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Jessica Biel is pure enigma, a riddle wrapped inside a Justin Timberlake dance move. Is she the sultry sex symbol who posed in Gear Magazine (R.I.P.), much to the annoyance of her "7th Heaven" producers? Is she the bright-eyed lass who stole Freddie Prinze Jr.'s heart in "Summer Catch" or the Cameron Crowe-approved actor whom he made one of the heavies in "Elizabethtown"? Or perhaps none of the above?
Even a cursory YouTube search of "Jessica Biel Acting" reveals that the Internet finds her to be "hot" and enjoys compilations of her in various stages of undress. Essentially, is this the encapsulation of Jessica Biel:
Or perhaps you'd prefer:
That's quite the nightmare she's entrapped herself in, isn't it? There are shades and echoes of Megan Fox and Katherine Heigl in there, all rolled into one taut ball of poor script choices. To continue piling on (and don't worry, »
- Laremy Legel
Wow, what a week for movie news. I did not expect to see this or hear anything like this, but then again, two days ago I did not expect to hear we'd be getting another Star Wars movie by 2015. Variety is now reporting that Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx has been cast, or is specifically "in early talks", for the role of Electro, one of the villains, in the new Amazing Spider-Man sequel. A few months ago, director Marc Webb and star Andrew Garfield were confirmed to return, and the next unique casting name that popped up was Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson. Now we have this — Foxx as Electro — and it's very big news. Ever since being in the atrocious Stealth, Jamie Foxx has been turning around his career in big ways. From Dreamgirls to The Soloist to Law Abiding Citizen, and of course playing Dean »
- Alex Billington
Gavin, we hope you have 'no doubts' as you celebrate your birthday! The lead singer and guitarist for the rock band Bush, Gavin Rossdale, is also an actor. Terminator 3 and Stealth were a couple of his big hit movies. We know you will have a 'sweet escape' as you celebrate your birthday with Gwen and your two boys. Have a rockin' birthday! Happy birthday, Gavin Rossdale! Smoldering is one way to describe your cosmic combination of a Sun in Scorpio and a Moon in Capricorn. You certainly don't like to show all your cards, and the easy glamor and panache of wife Gwen Stefani provides a nice balance for your more reserved persona. Jupiter in tender Cancer makes you a happy parent, and you may be thinking 'the more, the merrier' this year! Click to read more at Astrology.com! »
- HL Intern
Alex Cross director Rob Cohen has never been one what could label a “critical darling.” There are a few notable exceptions in Cohen’s filmography, like Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story or The Rat Pack, but even his most successful and well-liked blockbusters – xXx and The Fast and the Furious – didn’t get much love from the critical community. To Cohen, that doesn’t matter so much, especially if the audience eats it up. A bad review may hurt Cohen, as he compares it to someone calling your baby the ugliest baby of all, but it won’t ever match the power of having a mass audience enjoying one of his popcorn movies. Obviously Alex Cross, his latest film starring the box office overlord Tyler Perry, hasn’t been met with a kind response thus far. Considering who Cohen wisely cast in the lead, those reviews won’t matter much when he sees this weekend’s box-office »
- Jack Giroux
Chicago – A cinematic lifetime ago, Morgan Freeman injected a bit of class and style into the role of Alex Cross in the adaptations of James Patterson’s “Along Came a Spider” and “Kiss the Girls.” Seventeen years later, director Tyler Perry steps into the shoes of the detective doctor with all the answers in the narcoleptic, horrendous “Alex Cross,” a misfire that makes the Freeman movies look like “The Silence of the Lambs” by comparison.
With a nightmarish production that saw a talented director (David Twohy, “A Perfect Getaway”) and talented actor (Idris Elba, “The Wire”) replaced by the truly inept Rob Cohen (“Stealth”) and the miscast Mr. Perry, “Alex Cross” is the kind of disaster that should have been shelved entirely once the wheels came off. Instead, the producers played games with the character and boring script, substituting Cleveland for Detroit in shooting instead of just throwing the entire production in Lake Erie. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
After about 10 minutes of Alex Cross you realize you've just watched ten minutes that could have been cut from the film. We're introduced to the title character, detective (and doctor) Alex Cross (Tyler Perry) and his team -- Tommy (Ed Burns) and Monica (Rachel Nichols) -- in a routine foot chase as a means of getting to know the generic group dynamic. This is followed by an introduction to the film's villain (Matthew Fox) whose been hired to carry out a series of high-profile killings, the first of which he carries out by worming his way into an underground boxing match as a means of capturing the attention of a young female we'll soon come to know as his first victim. It's at this point Alex Cross could have actually kicked in. To do so would have introduced us to the film's killer, knowing nothing about him other than the »
- Brad Brevet
Our weekly round up of the latest news stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Thor: The Dark World, Captain America 2, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man 3, The Avengers 2, Daredevil, Marvel Animation, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Fantastic Four, Kick-Ass 2, Chronicle 2, Justice League, The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight Returns, DC Nation and Arrow...
...Now that The Avengers has received its home-entertainment release (raking in an additional $103m in North America after just five days of sales), all eyes are turning towards Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with cameras currently rolling on Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World and development well underway on Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy. Despite the fact that Iron Man 3 will get Phase Two underway next spring, it's fellow 2013 release Thor: The Dark World that's the »
Back in 2007, Warner Bros. hired director George Miller (Mad Max) to work on an adaptation of DC Comics' Justice League, with Miller subsequently turning to a cast of up-and-coming actors to portray the legendary superhero team in what was planned as a big-budget motion-capture animation. Despite the studio pulling the plug on the project the following year, it's now being rumoured that Warner Bros. could be turning to one of Miller's original casting choices for the role of Batman, with MovieHole suggesting that Armie Hammer (The Social Network, Mirror Mirror) is under consideration to star as the Dark Knight in the studio's proposed ensemble.
According to MovieHole's report, The Lone Ranger star "is, at this stage, in with a very good shot to jump from a horse to a batmobile shortly after... but the Batman in this movie might only be used in Justice League so chances are someone »
Actor Josh Lucas has certainly had a diverse career so far, from the quality of movies he makes, to the scope of the films he’s appeared in, to their level of success. It’s quite a leap going from David Gordon Green’s understated Undertow to Rob Cohen’s opus Stealth, and there was a time when it seemed as if we were going to see Lucas appear in plenty of Poseidons and Stealths. Yet, in recently speaking with the actor, it seem that type of “candy” entertainment just doesn’t peak his interest nowadays. When discussing his recent project Red Dog, Lucas sounded more interested in pursuing projects more in line with the feel-good Australian “dog” picture. It’s a movie where all the actors never veer from sentimentality, something that doesn’t bother Lucas, which, as he tells us, usually isn’t a part of his “less is more” approach. Here »
- Jack Giroux
By the time October rolls around the Fall movie session is in full swing as we now move to part two of my 2012 Fall Movie Preview with a look at over 20 more films coming out inside the next four months. Here we find some interesting titles mixed in with the expected Halloween, horror-inspired seasonal titles. Each weekend in October has at least one sequel. Each weekend has at least one film that could be vying for an Oscar. And we're looking at films from directors such as Tim Burton, Andrew Dominik, Andy and Lana Wachowski, Lee Daniels, Ben Affleck and Martin McDonagh. And with these directors come actors including Jennifer Garner, Liam Neeson, Ethan Hawke, Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, Brad Pitt, John Cusack, Helen Hunt, Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Sam Rockwell, Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken and many, many more. There's plenty of horror, comedy, action, animation, drama and »
- Brad Brevet
Taking a cue from Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel is accepting a role as a second-tier female character in a flick based on a first-tier male Marvel comic book superhero. Welcome to the 21st century moviemaking paradigm, Ms. Biel! We've been expecting you.
According to Deadline, Biel has joined the cast of The Wolverine to play Viper, who fanboys (I mean, fanpeople) will also know as the wicked Madame Hydra, a villain whose extensive history of iniquity can be boiled down to being a total pain in the ass of both Captain America and Wolverine.
In this sequel to Hugh Jackman's spin-off of the popular X-Men franchise (again, welcome to the 21st century moviemaking paradigm), Biel will apparently be going up against Jackman in an arc drawn from Wolverine's Japanese period, during which Logan travels to the Far East and trains as a samurai with an immortal sorcerer. So, if »
It's hardly surprising given the $1.45 billion box-office haul of The Avengers, but shared universes are all the rage at the moment. Rival movie studios have watched on with envy as Marvel Studios carefully crafted their Cinematic Universe with Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger, before sitting back and reaping the rewards by bringing their various characters together for the ultimate superhero ensemble. Now everyone seems to be at it - Sony are already making preparations for a spin-off to The Amazing Spider-Man with a solo Venom flick, and Fox are rumoured to be eyeing an adaptation of the classic 'Days of Future Past' X-Men story arc, which would potentially allow them to merge the world of X-Men: First Class with their previous mutant offerings. But if there's one studio »
Luke Y. Thompson is contributing to Deadline’s Comic-Con coverage. This year’s event runs July 12-15. Ever since 20th Century Fox showed the naked wrestling scene from Borat a few years ago at Comic-Con, the convention has been a lot stricter about R-rated clips, and companies like The Weinstein Co. and Lionsgate have scheduled off-site events for edgier genre fare such as Machete and the later Saw sequels. But when an icon of pop culture asks for a panel at the biggest pop-culture convention, well, you give Quentin Tarantino a Saturday slot in Hall H to show Django Unchained clips. Cast members who’ll attend were not announced in the Saturday lineup posted today. That may mean they probably don’t know if Jamie Foxx’s schedule will allow it for sure (last time I remember him coming down was for Stealth. Remember that one?). Similarly, the special guests »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
"Starship Troopers" just might be Paul Verhoeven's masterpiece. The Dutch helmer has several films that might run close to that title -- "Flesh & Blood," "Soldier Of Orange," "Black Book" and his Hollywood debut "Robocop." But it's his epic, slyly satirical adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein's sci-fi novel about the war on a bug-like alien race that we keep coming back to rewatch and rewatch, and feels like the culmination of everything he worked towards across his career. Which is why of all the remakes circulating out there, the one we're most puzzled by is "Starship Troopers."
After all, it's just under fifteen years since the release of Verhoeven's film, which is still on heavy rotation on TV, and the original was strong enough that we don't feel the need for a different take, and successful enough that it spawned a couple of direct-to-video sequels. But apparently that's not »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Just last month we got some wild-looking first stills from the next film by Rob Cohen (xXx, Stealth), which hinted at a possible return to the fun arena the Harvard grad found himself in for The Fast and the Furious director. But with the first trailer arriving for Alex Cross, the next film based on James Patterson‘s best-selling detective series, it’s looking like another low-rent, silly action drama that’s surprisingly heading to theaters.
Starring Tyler Perry as Cross, he teams with his partner (Ed Burns) and they need to track down Fox’s character Michael Sullivan, a ruthless assassin who murders Cross’ wife. Also starring Rachel Nichols, Giancarlo Esposito and Jean Reno, the cheesy factor here is too much to take. I’m sure Fox will deliver something worth watching, but I can’t say the same for the rest. Check out the first trailer below.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Man, that picture above of Matthew Fox in Alex Cross still freaks me out, but today's premiere of the film's poster isn't as strangely disturbing. Based on James Patterson's "I, Alex Cross" and starring Tyler Perry in the title role, the film is being looked at as a franchise starter and origin tale of the detective/psychologist Alex Cross as he tracks a serial killer and rapist who may have murdered his pregnant wife years earlier. The film is directed by Rob Cohen (xXx, Stealth) and costars Edward Burns, Jean Reno, Giancarlo Esposito, John C. McGinley and Yara Shahidi. The film is set to hit theaters on October 26 and perhaps with this week's release of Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection we'll be getting a trailer in the coming days. Also, if you'd like to check out a few more images from the film click here. Photo: Summit Entertainment »
- Brad Brevet
Winning an Oscar for best actor/actress does not always guarantee that one will make the best professional decisions following their feat. In Adrien Brody’s case, there’s a King Kong for every The Pianist, and if you’re Jamie Foxx, there’s a Stealth for every Ray. So, what’s one way big screen talent can avoid a flop after being anointed the “king” or “queen” of Hollywood for a year? The answer is quite simple – you team up with the best.
According to THR, Jean Dujardin, who is fresh off taking home the Oscar in the best actor category for his work in The Artist, has entered negotiations to join the cast of the Martin Scorsese directed The Wolf of Wall Street. Assuming Dujardin comes aboard the project, he will be joining the tandem ...
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- Jason Marrero
On any average week, one can usually expect news on one or two sub-standard projects to surface into development and production, but as studios frantically look for big-budget pap to quickly fill next year’s summer calendar, three new films have quickly announced their journeys into bafflingly misguided being.
After finding a director in Tim Burton, its leading man in Jim Carrey, and a sizable Paramount dime to the tune of $175 million, the biopic production of “Ripley’s Believe or Not” still managed to fall through just weeks before filming began in China. That project may have died a quick death shortly thereafter, but fear not, because Warner Bros. have recently announced negotiations to bring the “Guinness Book of World Records” to life as an action-adventure film. One can only wonder at the feat-based shenanigans writer Danny Chun (“The Office”) has been hired to supply, or whether he’ll mine »
- Charlie Schmidlin
Director Rob Cohen hasn't exactly delivered the best films from the original Fast and the Furious to xXx and the flop that was Stealth. However, the guy does know how to direct action, and now he's going to bring some of that to a somewhat head-scratching project. Variety has word that Cohen is working with Gene Kirkwood (who has produced the classic Rocky but also the terrible Get Rich or Die Tryin') to develop an action adventure film focusing on Sir Isaac Newton. That's right, folks. One of the world's most brilliant minds is being turned into an action hero with a graphic novel that is coming in conjunction with the film. No story details are known, but Cohen is writing the screenplay himself (his only good work on the page seems to be for Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story) and will guide the design of the graphic novel that »
- Ethan Anderton
We've got a vampire-hunting Abraham Lincoln, now how about one of history's foremost scientists as an action hero?
The 17th century physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist, and theologian is credited with laying the foundations for most classical mechanics.
Cohen will pen an original screenplay as well as guide the design of a graphic novel based on part of Newton's life when he served as chief detective and head of the British Mint. Gene Kirkwood ("Rocky") will produce. »
- Garth Franklin
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