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Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor's 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance' sequel brings us more Johnny Blaze action and this fact has never been so more apparent with the reveal of these 3 new stills from the movie. Sony Pictures have given us a trio of fiery stills to warm our cockles this Wintery week and we can see Nicolas Cage in action as the skeletal-faced one. Whitworth ('Limitless'), Ciaran Hinds ('The Woman in Black'), Idris Elba ('Prometheus', 'Thor', 'Pacific Rim') and Violante Placido all co-star. Peep at the new stills below. »
 Thanks to the dual successes of last year's Easy A and this year's Friends with Benefits, director Will Gluck is on a hot streak right now. He's been attached to helm  the reality-based moon rock heist movie (really) Sex on the Moon since the spring, has plans to produce a remake  of Ed Zwick's About Last Night..., and could be reuniting with Easy A star Emma Stone for another Screen Gems pic. And that's just on the silver screen -- he's also executive producing the upcoming TV series Mrs. Miller, with Ugly Betty developer Silvio Horta. Now Gluck's newest gig is Secretaries Day, which thankfully is not a sequel to Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve, but an action comedy from Iron Man 3 writer Drew Pearce. More details after the jump. Sony Pictures recently acquired the spec script for Gluck to direct, as well as produce through his Olive Bridge Entertainment shingle. »
- Angie Han
A new trailer for Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor's 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance' has hit the web courtesy of Yahoo! Movies and gives us more opportunity to check out Nicolas Cage in all his over-acting glory as Johnny Blaze. Cage is featured along with all his fellow co-stars Johnny Whitworth ('Limitless'), Ciaran Hinds ('The Woman in Black'), Idris Elba ('Prometheus', 'Thor', 'Pacific Rim') and the sexy Violante Placido (below). Check out the new action-packed trailer below. »
Easy A director Will Gluck — who also showed us how Friends With Benefits works earlier this year — is a welcome new voice in the comedy world. According to Deadline, he'll soon be tackling a movie with a different kind of action (action-comedy, to be exact) with the upcoming Secretaries Day. We don't know much about the project yet, but it looks like Iron Man 3 and Sherlock Holmes 3 screenwriter Drew Pearce will be taking on script duties. Pearce is also working on the Marvel comics adaptation, Runaways, and helping out busy genre director Guillermo del Toro on Pacific Rim. Clearly he's got the action chops required, so it will be interesting to see what he does with the funny stuff. Gluck was reportedly attached to an adaptation of...
- Alison Nastasi
Sony Pictures has purchased the spec script from Drew Pearce titled Secretaries Day. Variety reports that Will Gluck is attached to direct and produce the action-comedy through his studio-based Olive Bridge Entertainment.
Secretaries Day marks the first original feature idea for Pearce, which he will also serve as exec producer. He has been working with Shane Black on Marvel’s Iron Man 3 and recently signed on to write Sherlock Holmes 3 for Warner Bros. He worked with Guillermo del Toro on the sci-fi film Pacific Rim and is currently writing the script for a Runaways project based on the comic Lost for Marvel. Pearce gained attention with his UK TV series No Heroics, about “a bar hangout for superheroes.”
This project reminds me of 9 to 5. Not many other details are known about the story at this time. I think Pearce is the perfect person to write comedy and action. What »
Sony Pictures has acquired a spec script for an action-comedy called Secretaries Day, and Will Gluck is set to direct and produce. Deadline reports that Sony acquired the spec from Drew Pearce, a scribe who’s becoming more prolific by the day. The writer has been busy working on Iron Man 3 for director Shane Black and was recently tapped to pen Sherlock Holmes 3—which is all but guaranteed to go into production if tracking for A Game of Shadows holds up. The report has no plot details regarding Secretaries Day other than to say it’s an action-comedy, though I’m assuming it involves secretaries in some action-y way (fingers crosses for ninja secretaries). I was a huge fan of Gluck’s past two movies (Friends with Benefits and Easy A) so I’m interested to see what he does with the action-comedy genre. Aside from Iron Man 3 »
- Adam Chitwood
Exclusive: Sony Pictures has bought a spec pitch from Drew Pearce titled Secretaries Day, attaching Will Gluck to direct and produce the action-comedy through his studio-based Olive Bridge Entertainment shingle. The project represents the first original feature idea for Pearce, who has been plenty busy writing Iron Man 3 for Marvel with director Shane Black, and he also recently came aboard to pen Sherlock Holmes 3 for Warner Bros. Pearce — who moved from London to Los Angeles this year after creating the irreverent UK TV series No Heroics, about a bar hangout for superheroes, as well as penning a Runaways script based on the Marvel comic — also did some writing on Guillermo del Toro’s alien-invasion film Pacific Rim. He also will serve as executive producer on his Secretaries project. Pearce is repped by Wme and Warren Dern. Gluck is repped by UTA. »
- MIKE FLEMING
Presenting our weekly round-up of all the biggest news stories from the world of movie superheroes…
We’ve known about it for what seems like an eternity now, but Warner Bros. have finally confirmed that the six-minute prologue from The Dark Knight Rises will be attached to certain IMAX screenings of the upcoming Tom Cruise action sequel, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, which hits North America on December 16th and arrives in the UK five days later. “Our experience on The Dark Knight shooting and projecting IMAX 15 perf 65mm/70mm film was inspiring. The immersive quality of the image goes beyond any other filmmaking tool available, and in revisiting Gotham, we were determined to shoot even more of the movie in this unique format,” said director Christopher Nolan as part of the official announcement. “Giving the fans an early look at an IMAX sequence is a great way to draw attention »
Stringer Bell is about to get legitimate. According to a report at Flickering Myth, The Wire star Idris Elba is lined up to portray South African president Nelson Mandela in an upcoming biopic. Details are scarce, only that it is an “official” biopic with production set to kick off next year.
Will Smith and Denzel Washington have both previously been attached to play the figure, but it is unknown who is behind the project. We’ve recently seen Mandela portrayed by Terrence Howard in Winnie, which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and Morgan Freeman in Clint Eastwood‘s Invictus. Neither capture his entire life, so it will be interesting to see Elba take on this character.
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Idris “Stringer Bell” Elba, the star of HBO’s The Wire and the BBC’s Luther, is about to sign on to play the role of Nelson Mandela in an “official” biopic of the man, to start filming sometime next year.
You’d hope Elba doesn’t receive the same criticism as when he played Heimdall, a Norse God character in Thor, for being black.
Following his breakthrough as drug kingpin Stringer Bell in The Wire, the British actor has enjoyed a growing reputation in Hollywood, with appearances in films such as 28 Weeks Later, American Gangster, RocknRolla, Prom Night, The Unborn, Obsessed, Takers and The Losers, along with his Golden Globe-nominated turn in the detective series Luther.
Idris Elba will next be seen in the superhero sequel Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, with his other upcoming releases including Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel, Prometheus, and Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim. »
"There's a strong possibility there will be a 'Luther' movie in the near future" Cross tells Variety. Before that though will be a third series of the show which will also likely be the last as star Idris Elba "is a busy man".
- Garth Franklin
So, remember a few days ago when we wrote about Steven Soderbegh and we said that The Bitter Pill will be his next project? Yeah, I remember that too and I’m so glad that we already have an update on the whole thing because – hey, it’s Soderbegh’s next, and some serious team is on [...]
Continue reading Steven Soderbegh’s The Bitter Pill Plot Details on FilmoFilia.
The Munsters are headed back to television.
After developing a reboot of the ’60s sitcom last season with Guillermo del Toro (who has since moved on to full-time duties on Pacific Rim), “Pushing Daisies” creator Bryan Fuller’s new millennium “Munsters” pitch was one of the few to survive the changing of the guard at NBC. As of November 4, Fuller delivered a reworked, “edgier” script for current NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt, who promptly ordered it to pilot.
According to Deadline, Bryan Singer (X-Men, Superman Returns) is finalizing a deal to direct that pilot episode and executive produce the potential series, said to be “a visually spectacular one-hour drama” intended for the summer or an event series. (No, not “The Event.” NBC tried that already.) Singer also directed the pilot episode of Fox’s “House,” and serves as executive producer on the long-running medical drama.
Fuller’s revival won’t be »
- Jeff Leins
NBC has recently ordered a pilot for a reimagining of the '60s TV show The Munsters and now Bryan Singer, helmer of such films as X-Men and Superman Returns, is negotiating a deal to direct it as well as produce. Based on a script by Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies), the show is "described as an imaginative reinvention of The Munsters as a visually spectacular one-hour drama." Those familiar with the original show will know the word "drama" hardly categorizes the zany antics of its characters, so, based on that, expect vast changes. This won't be Singer's first experience with TV as he's previously directed the pilots for House and Football Wives. The show was in development for last season with Guillermo del Toro attached, but it eventually stalled out and del Toro moved on to Pacific Rim. While the reimagining could be drastically different from the original, it's worth »
In 2010 when talk first started to surface about a new version of The Munsters, it was to be a collaboration  between Guillermo del Toro and Bryan Fuller (Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies). The show stalled out and when NBC eventually asked Fuller to rework the pilot script  into something edgier, Guillermo del Toro was already moving forward with Pacific Rim. A new name from the roster of geek-friendly film directors has joined the production, however. Bryan Singer will now act as executive producer of the new Munsters, and he'll direct the pilot, too. Deadline  says that Singer is in talks for the jobs right now, and reports that Fuller's new pilot script "calls for striking visuals mixed with all the classic Munsters archetypes." Singer has exec producer and pilot experience with House, and he directed ABC's Football Wives pilot, too. So this isn't his first brush with TV by any means. »
- Russ Fischer
Plus a killer endorsement…for us! Go us!
Allow me a second to gloat over all the people who — on the occasions I’ve pitched this little project as an important educational resource — scoffed. We’ve been endorsed by the American Library Association. That’s just wonderful.
Meanwhile, two of our most gregarious gurus took to the streets earlier this month in righteous defense of genre. First, Guillermo del Toro was in Toronto way back at the beginning of the month.
Despite being a bigshot Hollywood director, del Toro remains a film geek, the kind of guy who can rap aboutRoad Warrior for hours. After showing a montage of some of his favourite movies (including Mad Max and Planet of the Apes) Del Toro started by explaining that he’s in town to shoot the alien invasion blockbuster, Pacific Rim. ”What I do every morning before I go to the »
After Guillermo del Toro’s dream project — At the Mountains of Madness — was cancelled unceremoniously, he has thrown himself into a number of new projects. Currently, he’s directing Pacific Rim, starring Idris Elba and Charlie Day, and developing The Hulk TV show.
Today, an interview with del Toro hit the Internet where he discussed both Pacific Rim and The Hulk while promoting the comic book adaptation of his vampire book series, The Strain. Check it out below.
“Very good, we’re at the end of our second week. We are shooting everything for the main complex in the movie, which is a huge complex in Hong Kong where the robots are ...
- Ben Moore
There are few movies we are looking forward to more than Guillermo del Toro's giant monsters vs. robots movie Pacific Rim! The possibilities for absolute rock 'em, shock 'em mayhem are just through the roof on this one. Today del Toro offered a quick update to hungry fans on the film's status.
"We're at the end of our second week," del Toro tells website io9. "We are shooting everything for the main complex in the movie, which is a huge complex in Hong Kong where the robots are maintained. We are doing that, while building downtown Hong Kong streets."
Please let those buildings eventually be trampled by guys in crazy rubber suits! Please!
Travis Beacham's script is set in 2025, the 12th year of a war against alien »
- Uncle Creepy
In an interview with io9, director Guillermo del Toro revealed a pretty sweet little tid-bit about his now filming Pacific Rim, which will pit giant robots against massive monsters. "We're at the end of our second week. We are shooting everything for the main complex in the movie, which is a huge complex in Hong Kong where the robots are maintained. We are doing that, while building downtown Hong Kong streets." Small news, but still pretty amazing considering that it sounds practical. Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Rinko Kikuchi, Max Martini, Rob Kazinsky, Clifton Collins Jr. and Diego Klattenhoff star in the film battling the summer boxoffice May 10, 2013. »
Guillermo del Toro is currently in the process of directing his next big epic feature film Pacific Rim, which deals with giant monsters battling giant robots. He is also developing the Marvel/ABC Hulk TV series, which a lot of fanboys and fangirls are getting excited about. In a recent interview with io9 the director gives an update on these two projects and where they currently stand...
On the progression of Pacific Fim:
...we're at the end of our second week. We are shooting everything for the main complex in the movie, which is a huge complex in Hong Kong where the robots are maintained. We are doing that, while building downtown Hong Kong streets.
On the Hulk Tv series:
We delivered the screenplay to the network. I have a very specific idea of how to do it, and we're waiting for the green light. We know all the iterations of the Hulk pretty good. »
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