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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 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.
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. »
A short but sweet update from Guillermo Del Toro concerning Pacific Rim and where he's at in the principal photography process. Del Toro told io9: "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." Being surrounded by robots (and we know they're building some practical parts) isn't a bad way to spend the day. Del Toro will be shooting Pacific Rim well into 2012. Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Rinko Kikuchi, Max Martini, Rob Kazinsky, Clifton Collins Jr. and Diego Klattenhoff star. The film opens July 12, 2013. »
I recently attended a QandA session with Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, The Adjustment Bureau) as part of the Chicago International Film Festival. The actor, who was receiving an honor for his artistic achievements, mentioned how he felt Hollywood was lacking a leading man of color under the age of 40 and that he was hoping to fill that void. I've recognized this void for some time, but it means much more when supported by a statement from someone like Mackie. But why has Hollywood failed so miserably to groom new stars to replace aging headliners like Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Will Smith and Samuel L. Jackson? It's clear to me the void doesn't exist for lack of talented contenders. But is Mackie our best bet to fill that void? He certainly has been on fire lately, landing roles in Real Steel, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Gangster Squad, just to name a few. »
- Kevin Blumeyer
In news sure to delight Star Trek fans, Paramount has booked a release date for the untitled follow-up to its 2009 relaunch of the franchise.
Captain Kirk and co are setting a course for May 17, 2013, it's been announced.
It will be a busy month, with Iron Man 3 (May 3) and Guillermo del Toro's monster movie Pacific Rim (May 10) coming out just before and Fast & Furious 6 (May 24) and The Lone Ranger (May 31) on the subsequent weekends.
It's also been revealed that Star Trek 2 - as we're calling it at present - will be made in 3D. This indicates it will be shot in that format rather than undergoing a post-production conversion but there's been no official word from the studio on that.
- David Bentley
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