19 items from 2010
Veteran Irish theater actress and director Fiona Shaw (Aunt Petunia in the Harry Potter series of films), has joined "True Blood" as a regular, reports Deadline. The actress will play Marnie, a timid but secretly self loathing palm reader/storefront medium who is taken over by the spirit of a powerful witch. Apparently, the character was originally envisioned as being younger but is now being adjusted accordingly for Shaw. Shaw's other previous credits include "Fracture," "Dorian Gray," "Three Men and a Little Lady" and TV's "Empire." »
A quick update regarding Warner Bros.' big screen adaptation of the Japanese novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, All You Need is Kill. Ryan Gosling (Drive, Fracture, Blue Valentine) has been offered the role of "Private Billy Cage" in director Doug Liman's big screen take on the tale.
Check out the plot crunch below for the uninitiated.
"There’s one thing worse than dying. It’s coming back to do it again and again ...
When the alien Gitai invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many raw recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to find himself reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On the 158th iteration though, he sees something different, something out of place: the female soldier known as the Bitch of War.
Is the Bitch the key to Keiji »
- Uncle Creepy
Another news bites breaking as we speak is that Ryan Gosling (Drive, Fracture, Blue Valentine ) has been offered the role of "Private Billy Cage" in All You Need Is Kill, the Doug Liman-directed Manga adaptation from Warner Bros. Pictures that's described as in the vein of Groundhog Day (which could be insanely awesome). Penned by Dante Harper, a new soldier is sent into battle an alien race known as Gitai only to die and find himself reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. He learns a bit more with each reincarnation that could ultimate save the day. »
There have been several exorcism themed films in the last few years including: The Last Exorcism, The Exorcism of Emily Rose and a recent re-release of the original The Exorcist on Blu-Ray. This latest possession themed thriller will star Anthony Hopkins as a devout priest, who specializes in demons and their unfortunate hosts. The Rite claims to be based on true events and Warner Bros. will release this title in theatres throughout 2011. This genre has no lack of material as fans seek images and films dedicated to the supernatural for entertainment. 2011 is already proving that the spiritual has fans interested and those with a curiousity for the devilish can check out the first trailer for The Rite below.
The synopsis for The Rite is here:
"Inspired by true events, follows a skeptical seminary student Michael (Colin O'Donoghue) who reluctantly attends an exorcism school at the Vatican. While there, he meets an unorthodox priest, »
- 28DaysLaterAnalysis@gmail.com (Michael Allen)
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary Hollywood filmmaker Steven Spielberg in the fourth of a five part feature... read parts one, two and three.
Collaborating with co-director Douglas Day Stewart (Listen to Me), filmmaker Steven Spielberg produced a ninety-minute video release called The Visionary (1990). The Western centres around a psychiatrist who skeptically recruits the services of an Indian medicine man to heal the troubled relationship between an American Native Indian and his wife.
A modern-day retelling of a classic children’s tale by British playwright J.M. Barrie was the next theatrical release for Spielberg. Hook (1991) stars Robin Williams (One Hour Photo) as the middle-aged Peter Pan who must return to Neverland in order to rescue his kidnapped son and daughter from the clutches of his pirating archenemy Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman). “When I was eleven years old, I, along with other kids, directed a shorten version of Peter Pan in my elementary school, »
Craig here. It's Sunday. It's Take Three time.
Today: Rosamund Pike
Take One: An(ti) Education?
Earlier this year two great 1960s booze-soaked lushes missed out on Supporting Actress Oscar nods: Julianne Moore's Charley in A Single Man and Pike's Helen in An Education (2009). I'd personally have slotted both in the running had I sole ownership of the voting ballots. Similarly with her performance in The Libertine (see below) Pike sneaks in and very nearly scoops the film out of the hands of her co-stars. But, as with Moore, maybe her screen time wasn't quite enough to grab the Academy's full attention. No matter - Pike was the freshest and most lively presence in the film, Oscar nom or no.
Helen comes on like a Bright Young Thing - albeit dimly lit - full of the joys of life. But she wasn't all just boozy bewilderment though. She had »
- Craig Bloomfield
There have been a number of supporting players in "The Twilight Saga" who have been able to use their newfound notoriety into bigger roles but none who have deserved the chance more than Billy Burke. Better known as Bella's dad Charlie Swan, Burke has been working in Hollywood for almost 20 years with small roles in films such as "Fracture," "Ladder 49," "Along Came A Spider" and TV series roles on TV series such as "Gilmore Girls," "My Boys" and "24." Now, he's getting his most significant break yet as a conniving and evil cult leader in the supernatural action thriller »
- Gregory Ellwood
Too busy turning into a nocturnal beast to watch this Victorian schlocker? As the film gets its DVD release, why not wolf down our precis instead?
Ext. Night. A storm rages over the village of Blackmoor, scene of several savage attacks, no doubt by an animal. Lightning crashes on to Talbot Hall, the ancestral home of the Talbot family. Or maybe the Hall family. You never can be sure.
Anyway, Benicio Del Toro is standing outside the hall in the rain. He approaches the front door and pulls on an antiquated doorbell embossed with the image of a wolf gorging on a maiden's pancreas. The front door opens. Behind it stands Sir Anthony Hopkins.
Sir Anthony Hopkins: Not today thank you. My windows are perfectly clean.
Benicio Del Toro: Pops! It's me, your son! »
- Paul MacInnes
You know you're not really Peter Pan, don't you? This is only a dream. When you wake up, you'll just be Peter Banning - a cold, selfish man who drinks too much, is obsessed with Casting Tidbits, and runs and hides from his wife and children! First up, after hearing about Steve Zahn and Ryan Kwanten joining Peter Dinklage in the horror comedy Knights of Badassdom, Bleeding Cool has a new scoop that Summer Glau (Serenity) and Danny Pudi ("Community") will also be joining the crew of LARPers who who find themselves facing more than their imagination when a real-life demon with a taste for blood and souls. Second, Production Weekly is reporting (via The Playlist) that Amber Heard (Pineapple Express) and Rosamund Pike (Fracture, An Education) are in early talks to join the cast of Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class. Pike had been the subject »
- Ethan Anderton
"Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's Sundance feature "Howl" starring James Franco as Allen Ginsberg. Oscilloscope will release the film in theaters and VOD on September 24th..." (full details)
"Hulu.com, the popular online site for watching television shows, plans to begin testing a subscription service as soon as May 24th. The site will continue to provide for free the five most recent episodes of shows but those who want to see additional episodes would pay $9.95 a month to access a more comprehensive selection..." (full details)
- Garth Franklin
-- Zooey Deschanel is Ada Lovelace in "Enchantress of Numbers," a new biopic about the math genius directed by Bruce Beresford. Billy Crudup co-stars as her husband William King, while Toby Jones has been cast as mathematician and philosopher Charles Babbage. [Production Weekly]
-- "Lost" actor Daniel Dae Kim is keeping busy. He's already signed on for the "Hawaii Five-o" television remake and now he's slated to star in "Deathgames" as a Kendo master opposite the previously cast Samuel L. Jackson and Kellan Lutz. [Heat Vision]
-- "Asskicking western" isn't the first phrase that comes to mind when thinking of Bobcat Goldthwait, but the comedian and director is looking to develop just that with a brand new action/adventure story about "crooked cops, unavenged murders, injustice, discrimination and drag." [Slash Film]
- Josh Wigler
Gregory Hoblit will direct and produce an untitled Castle Rock drama written by Frank Baldwin, says The Hollywood Reporter . In the film, an au pair, a reformed Harlem drug dealer, three Princeton graduates and a ruthless Chilean drug lord cross paths after a kilo of cocaine is stolen. Hoblit's credits include Fracture , Frequency , Primal Fear , Hart's War , Untraceable and Fallen . »
Hoblit helmed Castle Rock's "Fracture," which New Line released in 2007. In the new project, an au pair, a reformed Harlem drug dealer, three Princeton graduates and a ruthless Chilean drug lord cross paths after a kilo of cocaine is stolen.
Castle Rock president Liz Glotzer is overseeing for the company.
Repped by Wme and Benderspink, Hoblit also directed the features "Frequency," "Primal Fear," "Hart's War," "Untraceable" and "Fallen" as well as episodes of "NYPD Blue" and "L.A. Law." He is developing the graphic novel "Pencilneck," written by Victor Carungi.
Repped by Wme and Leverage Management, Baldwin landed his script "When Corruption Was King" on last year's unofficial Black List of most-liked screenplays. That project is with Temple Hill Entertainment.
He also has adaptations of two true-crime stories, "The Art of Making Money" and "Tokyo Underworld, »
- By Jay A. Fernandez
"Revolutionary Road" actress Zoe Kazan understands why people still bring up her being the granddaughter of filmmaker Elia Kazan, but the Brooklyn-based beauty should be taken on her own terms, having quietly banked an impressive résumé of stage and screen credits (including "Me and Orson Welles," "Fracture" and "It's Complicated"). Currently, she co-stars on Broadway with Christopher Walken, Anthony Mackie and Sam Rockwell in Martin McDonagh's oddball comic thriller "A Behanding in Spokane," which isn't a shabby gig for someone who only graduated from college in 2005.
On the movie screen, Kazan headlines the introspective indie drama "The Exploding Girl," written and directed by Bradley Rust Gray (co-writer of "In Between Days"). Stricken with epilepsy, college freshman Ivy (Kazan) ventures home to Manhattan, hangs out with her gawky best friend Al (Mark Rendall) and occasionally fields uncomfortable phone calls from her long-distance boyfriend. A downbeat psychological portrait of a vulnerable girl's tricky transition into womanhood, »
- Aaron Hillis
Horror fanatics are still buzzing like chainsaws over the Academy Awards’ genre montage. Anywhere there could be a conversation about it online, there was one. Many were upset over the Twilight ‘tweens’ participation, as if their mere presence sent a message about the state of scary in Hollyweird, USA.
A few seemed happy, though, to just get a glimpse of their beloved Evil Dead and Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 if only for a few seconds. But many called the selections generic and thoughtless, demanding the likes of Demons and TerrorVision instead (well, maybe not TerrorVision; that was just me).
How about Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer? Re-Animator? It’s Alive? Tombs of the Blind Dead? Coffin Joe? No list is perfect, but with a bit more care and a phone call to any one of us, the Oscars could have elevated that section into a real scream. Or maybe they »
- Heather Buckley
There's also five behind-the scenes photos from Predators, maquettes of the 'Version 6' armor seen in the upcoming Iron Man 2, and some impressive early but ultimately discarded artwork from last year's Inglourious Basterds.
A sample from Paul Haslinger's rejected rock-themed score for "The Wolfman" is up at Chud.
Paramount Pictures has announced a September 2nd 2010 Australian release date for the film adaptation of John Marsden’s best-selling "Tomorrow: When the War Began". A teaser trailer and first poster is due out at Easter, followed by a regular trailer around mid-year.
"Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all Us and Latin American rights to David Michod’s Sundance prize winner “Animal Kingdom..." (full details)
"Remember the "Harry Potter" broomsticks that vibrated and had to be recalled because young girls enjoyed playing with them a little too much? »
- Garth Franklin
Folks leaving theaters may be compelled to howling into the night, induced by seeing Joe Johnston’s remake of Universal’s classic The Wolfman, but don’t assume these are howls of appreciation. While Joe Johnston (Jumanji, Hidalgo) starts the film out right… dark, moody and Gothic, playing somewhat on the old school vibe that allows the original to remain enjoyable, however the consistency begins to fall apart soon after.
The story is fairly straight-forward… silly man goes out into the dark woods against the town’s warnings, silly man gets attacked and bitten by a powerful creature of the night, silly man becomes a werewolf. We all know the basic premise. However, it’s the underlying story of Lawrence Talbot, played by Benicio Del Toro (Traffic, Che), and his relationship to Sir John Talbot and his brother’s wife Gwen, played by Emily Blunt (The Young Victoria).
Lawrence is an American actor in London, »
After a lengthy career in genre cinema, Denmark's Nicolas Winding Refn is finding himself in the driver's seat. With a couple of Hollywood options available to him, the filmmaker is now doing donuts around Drive - a Universal project that once had Neil Marshall on board to direct and had Hugh Jackman manning the wheel. Another bit of interesting news is that the helmer will be teaming with Ryan Gosling... - After a lengthy career in genre cinema, Denmark's Nicolas Winding Refn is finding himself in the driver's seat. With a couple of Hollywood options available to him, the filmmaker is now doing donuts around Drive - a Universal project that once had Neil Marshall on board to direct and had Hugh Jackman manning the wheel. Another bit of interesting news is that the helmer will be teaming with Ryan Gosling - the actor who blew way audiences at Sundance »
Ryan Gosling, it’s really endearing how close you are with your mom! You were snapped with your mother, Donna, during Sundance, while promoting your new film Blue Valentine, co-starring Michelle Williams.
You even took her, as well as your sister Mandie, to the Oscars that year, including the super exclusive Vanity Fair Oscar party!
Even though every girl dreams of being your red carpet date, it only makes you that much hotter knowing that you are so good to your mom! »
19 items from 2010
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