17 items from 2012
While Guardians Of The Galaxy may be the weirdest, most oblique and obscure of Marvel Studios’ film slate to this point, it looks like it won’t lack for star power. We haven’t heard much about the project since it was announced that James Gunn (Super, Slither, Scooby Doo) was hired to write and direct the project, but now we have some casting news.
Apparently a whopping eight actors are in the running to play Peter Quill (or Star-Lord), the likely lead of the film and the squad of heroes. He will join a roster that includes Drax the Destroyer, Groot, Rocket Racoon, and Gamora as they protect the galaxy from villainy (probably Thanos).
So who do they have auditioning for the part?
- Andy Greene
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences extended their 2012 membership invitations today to 176 lucky actors, directors, cinematographers, and other members of the filmmaking industry.
For actors, Melissa McCarthy’s invitation continues her incredible post-Bridesmaids rise. In addition, actors Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Andy Serkis, Jessica Chastain, and Octavia Spencer were all invited to be members, among others.
Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003, according to the Academy’s website. »
- Erin Strecker
HollywoodNews.com: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 176 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2012 to the Academy’s roster of members.
“These film professionals represent some of the most talented, most passionate contributors to our industry,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “I’m glad to recognize that by calling each of them a fellow Academy member.”
Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003.
The 2012 invitees are:
Clifton Collins, »
- Josh Abraham
The Chuck vet has booked a potentially recurring role on the TNT caper drama, per TVGuide.com, playing a former soldier who now runs a government counter-terrorism unit. (Paging Jack Bauer!)
Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…
• Falling Skies‘ Season 2 opener drew 4.5 million viewers Sunday night. That’s down »
- Megan Masters
While the ongoing leitmotif of Fire and Ice featured heavily in the Season Two finale of Game of Thrones, the real theme of the episode may well have been "lowered expectations". Whether it was Tyrion's coming to after saving King's Landing to find that he'd been stripped of his title, Daenerys's securing the fortune of Qarth only to find that there Is no fortune of Qarth and realize that after all that she's really more of a stay-at-home dragon mom, really, or Theon's being c*ck-blocked by his own army, the denoument to last week's excellent big battle scene seemed determined to readjust expectations across the board.
We start with a close-up of a reflection of fire in an eye that I immediately recognize as being one of Tyrion Lannister's (Peter Dinklage). He wakes up to learn from Maester Pycell (Julian Glover) that Stannis has been beaten down, »
With production underway on Brian Helgeland's Jackie Robinson biopic "42," we now have a number of set photos that provide us our first looks at newcomer Chadwick Boseman and "Shame" star Nicole Beharie respectively portraying Robinson and his wife, Rachel Isum.
The story, of course, centers the rise of Robinson, the first African-American baseballer in the Major League, and the controversy that surrounded the move, with another actor also added to the roster in Lucas Black (star of the original "Friday Night Lights" movie) who'll play shortstop Pee Wee Reese, a Dodgers player who embraced Robinson as soon as he joined. Cast also boasts Jon Bernthal as starting pitcher Ralph Branca, Christopher Meloni as in-fielder Leo Durocher, T.R. Knight as travelling secretary Harold Parrott, John C. McGinley as journalist Red Barber and Ryan Merriman as right-fielder Fred "Dixie" Walker.
No sign just yet of Harrison Ford, who plays Dodgers manager Branch Rickey, »
- Simon Dang
Before we get to the casting items at hand, just you go ahead and look at that freaking image. No, this isn’t from the set of a horror film about a carnival of half-sized amputees; it’s for the biopic of a sports legend. Over at The Birmingham News, we’ve been able to gander at the production of Brian Helgeland‘s 42, which features newcomer Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson, while Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie, Christopher Meloni, a large supporting cast of notable character actors, and inflatable people are also making onscreen appearances.
Well, no, not really. The nightmare-inducing creatures are actually being utilized for post-production, a time in which they’ll be replaced by digital figures that should, with any luck, seamlessly integrate with actual humans in the crowd. Although that’s obviously the best course of action for 42, I sort of wish they’d stick with these »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
With model-turned-actress in two movies opening the same day, we look back at (and forward to) other stars' box-office twofers.
Photo: Universal Pictures
If you have a thing for busty blondes, we suggest you pencil a double feature into your weekend plans, seeing as model-turned-actress Brooklyn Decker stars in not one, but two movies opening Friday: the blow-'em-up action flick "Battleship" and the pregnancy rom-com "What to Expect When You're Expecting."
In the Decker vs. Decker showdown, box-office analysts seem to agree that "Battleship" will sink "What to Expect," though it's unlikely either will unseat reigning superheroes of the cinema, "The Avengers," who are eyeing their third first-place weekend. Nonetheless, having two films open on a single day is a neat distinction for the 25-year-old actress, though one that's not as rare as you might think. Here are a cluster of stars who »
By Jeffrey Matulef
There's a lot of reasons to love the Mass Effect series. It's got an extremely well-realized universe, rich characters, mesmerizing art direction, a fantastic score, and deals with some pretty heavy political issues like genocide and colonization. Plus, there are nifty space battles and giant sand worms. That's pretty cool, right?
But there's always been one glaring design issue that's severely dampened my enjoyment of these games; their cut and dry morality.
One of the main appeals to the series is that you have to make truly important decisions that affect how the story plays out. Some of these are small, like whether to encourage a woman to stick to her gut and refuse to genetically modify her unborn baby. Other times they're a matter of life or death as you pick which team member to sacrifice as they stay behind to ignite a bomb. And sometimes they're of galactic importance, »
- MTV Video Games
I was pleasantly surprised by Chronicle when I reviewed it. 20th Century Fox has now announced the Blu-Ray and DVD release for the film so you can pick it up and check out what you missed if you didn’t catch it in the theaters.
From the Press Release
Take an extraordinary journey with three teens who uncover a power greater than anything they’ve ever imagined. Up-and-coming actors Dane DeHaan (“True Blood”), Alex Russell (Almost Kings) and Michael B. Jordan (“Friday Night Lights”) star alongside Michael Kelly (The Adjustment Bureau) in the innovative action film Chronicle, debuting on Blu-ray and DVD May 15 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Three high school students make an incredible discovery, leading to their developing uncanny telekinetic powers beyond their understanding. As they learn to control their abilities and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of control as their »
- Andy Triefenbach
Please check out the video interview below the official details about the project.
MoreHorror in Hollywood has announced the availability of a recent discussion with the creative team intent on bringing The Devoted to the big screen. In the new video segment Dawna Lee Heising questions the team about the reason they chose to “The Devoted,” the story’s plot, the estimated opening date and the goals of filmmaker Richmond Riedel, his producing partner Thom Michael Mulligan and writers Eric Shapiro and Rhoda Jordan.
The Devoted was written by Eric Shapiro and Rhoda Jordan. Shapiro and Jordan co-produced the film Rule Of Three, and which, like Target Practice, was released in 2010 by Big Screen Entertainment Group. Earlier this month, Ravenous Shadows, »
For those of us in need of something to fill the football-and-weeping niche vacated by the much-missed "Friday Night Lights," AMC is developing a period football drama entitled "The Real All Americans" that looks like it could totally hit the spot. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series is based on Sally Jenkins' book of the same name about Pennsylvania's Carlisle Indian Industrial School (which operated from 1879–1918) and its football program, created by U.S. cavalry officer and abolitionist Richard Henry Pratt. The school's legacy is, let's say, a complicated one -- Pratt was focused on assimilation, his motto "Kill the Indian and the save the man." The football program, though, had an outstanding record and numbered among its participants coach Glenn "Pop" Warner and Olympic athlete Jim Thorpe. Tommy Lee Jones -- who played offensive tackle on Harvard's undefeated...
- Alison Willmore
For those of us in need of something to fill the football-and-weeping niche vacated by the much-missed "Friday Night Lights," AMC is developing a period football drama entitled "The Real All Americans" that looks like it could totally hit the spot. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series is based on Sally Jenkins' book of the same name about Pennsylvania's Carlisle Indian Industrial School (which operated from 1879–1918) and its football program, created by U.S. cavalry officer and abolitionist Richard Henry Pratt. The school's legacy is, let's say, a complicated one -- Pratt was focused on assimilation, his motto "Kill the Indian and the save the man." The football program, though, had an outstanding record and numbered among its participants coach Glenn "Pop" Warner and Olympic athlete Jim Thorpe. Tommy Lee Jones -- who played offensive tackle on Harvard's undefeated »
- Alison Willmore
Perhaps looking to fill the void left by the conclusion of Friday Night Lights, the Emmy powerhouse that is AMC is crafting their own football based drama series. THR has word that the cable network behind Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead is in the early development stages of putting together The Real All-Americans, an adaptation of Sally Jenkins' book about the football program created by U.S. cavalry officer Richard Henry Pratt at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The series would follow Pratt, an abolitionist and early equal rights proponent who made a harrowing journey to the Dakota Territory in 1879 to recruit the school's first students. More details after the jump. THR reports that Tommy Lee Jones is in talks to direct the pilot with a script from Nicholas Meyer (who has had his hand in several Star Trek franchise films), and this »
- Ethan Anderton
We scour the interwebs for the coolest movie news and more so you don't have to ...
Forget "The Avengers." The real trailer to watch this week on Fandango is the one for "Piranha 3Dd," which features plenty o' bikini-clad fish food, David Hasselhoff in his "Baywatch" get-up, a crazed Christopher Lloyd and Ving Rhames with ... well, we won't spoil it for you.
Consider all of the elements here: Tim Riggins from "Friday Night Lights" being directed by the guy who made "Wall-e" in a movie with a $200 million budget, marketing problems and the balls/lunacy to make the movie's adorable animal sidekick look like a svelte Jabba the Hut. Vulture asks 25 pressing questions about one of the year's most oddly fascinating films, "John Carter."
- Bryan Enk
We know they can sing, but can they act? With Dolly Parton’s return to the big screen in “Joyful Noise,” NextMovie was inspired to take a look at some of country music’s biggest stars who’ve transferred their talents from the recording studio to the screen.
They may be the toast of the town in Nashville, but do they make the grade in Hollywood? These nine crooner-thespians have had varying degrees of success, from “um, you should probably keep your day job” to starring roles that garner great reviews.
9. Faith Hill
In real life, this country queen is married to Nashville superstar Tim McGraw, and her one turn on the big screen was also as a wife -- one of the Stepford Wives -- in the 2004 film that costarred Nicole Kidman, Glenn Close and Bette Midler.
Hill’s infamous scene as the brainwashed Sarah Sunderson involves her having loud, »
- Hillary Atkin
Filed under: Movie News
Garrett Hedlund sure loves the Beat Generation. The actor, best known for his roles in the big-screen version of "Friday NIght Lights" and "Tron: Legacy," is negotiating to join the cast of the Coen Bros. 1960s folk music flick, "Inside Llewyn Davis," loosely based on the life of singer Dave Von Ronk. In addition to "Llewyn Davis," Hedlund will also play Dean Moriarty, the lead character in the anticipated adaptation of "On the Road."
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- Moviefone Staff
17 items from 2012
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