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Natalie Portman Cast in Thor? Plus Casting Notes for the Lead Role March 17, 2009 5:38 pm

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natalieportman-031709Over at Deadline Hollywood Daily, Nikki Finke reports that Natalie Portman “is in the lead for the female lead” in Kenneth Branagh’s Thor.  Finke also provides a run down of all the actors that have tested for the role, including Josh Hartnett, Charlie Hunnam, Tom Hiddleston, Alexandar Skarsgard, Liam Hemsworth and Joel Kinnaman.

Andy Samber to Host 18th Annual MTV Movie Awards March 17, 2009 5:28 pm

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andysamberg-031709Saturday Night Live comic Andy Samberg has been tapped by MTV to host the 18th annual MTV Movie Awards, the network announced:

“I’m super excited to host the movie awards,” Samberg said in a statement released to Usmagazine.com. “I grew up watching the show and a lot of the past hosts are heroes of mine. Plus my friends and I were writers for the show prior to working at SNL, so it will be a sweet and satisfying homecoming.

MTV says they’re giving the comedian free range to do whatever he wants to parody this year’s movies.

“Andy’s connection with the MTV audience is so strong…it’s electric,” said Stephen Friedman, General Manager of MTV. “We can’t wait to see what subversive take he’ll have on our audience’s favorite movies of the year. We, like Andy’s many fans, are thrilled he’s decided to grace MTV with his unique talent.”

Sam Raimi Talks Spider-Man 4 March 16, 2009 2:56 pm

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samraimi-031609At SXSW to show off an early cut of his new horror film Drag Me to Hell, Raimi took some time out to give some updates on Spider-Man 4, the latest film in the incredibly popular film franchise. Details after the jump. (more…)

MacGyver Headed to the Big Screen March 16, 2009 2:22 pm

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macgyver-031609New Line putting MacGyver, the hit ABC series, into development as a feature film.  Raffaella De Laurentiis, daughter of Dino De Laurentiis (who is executive producer), is producing the project through her Raffaella Prods. along with Martha De Laurentiis and series creator Lee Zlotoff.

MacGyver starred Richard Dean Anderson and ran for seven seasons on ABC from 1985-92.  Two telefilms, also starring Anderson, aired in 1994.  There’s currently no writer attached, but according to THR, New Line “hopes to find a script that can acknowledge how the concept has staked a place into pop culture yet still makes for a serious and fun adventure movie: “We think we’re a stick of chewing gum, a paper clip and an A-list writer away from a global franchise,” said New Line’s Richard Brener, who will oversee with Sam Brown and Walter Hamada.

First Look at The Goon March 14, 2009 11:47 pm

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thegoon-031409AICN has an exclusive first look at the David Fincher-produced big screen adaptation of Eric Powell’s Dark Horse comic The Goon.  Powell is directing the computer-animated film.  Head on over to AICN by clicking the image above to see it, and two others, in high resolution.

New Up Clip: UPisode #2 March 14, 2009 11:43 pm

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upisode2-031409Disney has released a second UPisode clip for the upcoming computer-animated film from Pixar, Up.  Watch it after the jump.

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New Photo and Concept Art from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland March 13, 2009 3:59 am

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aliceinwonderland-aliceandconceptart-031309The latest issue of the new Disney magazine, Disney Twenty-Three, has an article about Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland which features images from the film (including of star Mia Wasikowska in her Alice outfit) and concept art from the film.  Click the linked image above to head on over to Tim Burton Collective News to see the rest of the magazine scans.

New Line Developing Second 3D Journey to the Center of the Earth March 13, 2009 3:47 am

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journeytothecenteroftheearth3d-031309New Line has decided to take another 3D Journey to the Center of the Earth.  The film grossed a respectable $240.6 million worldwide (its budget was just $60M), but New Line wanted to wait and see how the DVD numbers turned out before committing to a sequel.  Turns out the performance on DVD was strong enough to warrant pushing along with a sequel.

Contrafilm’s Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson are returning as producers along with Walden Media and Charlotte Huggins.  Eric Brevig, who directed the first film, will also be back and will this time be involved in the development of the script

Because the source material is based on just one book from Jules Verne, THR reports that the sequel’s story came together when a spec script by Richard Outten landed at Walden.  Titled Mysterious Travels, the adventure tale was based on the fantasy that the literary tales Gulliver’s Travels, Treasure Island and Verne’s own Mysterious Island all occurrred on the same island.  The producers all fell for the idea and are now repurposing the script to fit the ‘Journey’ characters (played by Brendan Fraser and Josh Hutcherson–both of whom are expected to reprise their roles).

So Is Juan Antonio Bayona Directing ‘Eclipse’ Or Not? March 13, 2009 3:33 am

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eclipsenovel-031309There are conflicting reports about the accuracy of a piece written by Nikki Finke of Deadline Hollywood Daily (and later confirmed by Variety) that Juan Antonio Bayona is directing The Twilight Saga’s Eclipse.

Here’s the quick rundown.  Yesterday, I reported on news that Summit Entertainment had settled on a director for The Twilight Saga’s Eclipse, and the director would be Bayona.  But now comes word from Summit (via a piece in the LA Times) that the reports were inaccurate and that the studio hasn’t settled on director to helm the film.  From the LA Times:

“The ‘Eclipse’ directing job hasn’t been offered to Juan Antonio or anyone else,” Erik Feig, president of production at Summit said. “We’ve met with three or four talented filmmakers and we’ll be meeting with three or four more other candidates before we make any decision. No one has been offered the job.”

For her part, Finke stands by her original story and points out that in her original piece she was careful to note that the announcement was being kept under wraps for the time being: “I can confirm that Summit Entertainment is telling Hollywood privately that Juan Antonio Bayona will direct Eclipse.”

So it seems to me that Bayona will be the director, it’s just that Summit wants to be the one to make it all official.

The Twilight Saga’s Eclipse hits theaters on June 30, 2010.  The film will be preceded by the second film in the franchise, The Twilight Saga’s New Moon on November 20, 2009.

WB Bringing Stephen King’s It to the Big Screen March 13, 2009 3:15 am

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itpennywise-031309Stephen King’s horror novel It is headed to the big screen.  Warner Bros. has announced that they are adapting the property with Lin Pictures and Vertigo Entertainment.

Dave Kajganich has been hired by the studio to pen the script, which according to THR, will follow a group of kids called the Losers Club that encounter a creature called It, which preys on children and whose favorite form is that of a sadistic clown called Pennywise. When the creature resurfaces, the kids are called upon to regroup again, this time as adults, even though they have no memory of the first battle.

While the novel was set in 1958 and 1985, the feature-film version will be set in present day.  The best-selling 1986 novel had a successful small screen adaptation in 1990, airing as a miniseries on ABC.

Marvel Sets Date for Spider-Man 4, Pushes Back Thor and The Avengers March 12, 2009 5:57 pm

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marvel-031209Sony and Marvel have announced that Spider-Man 4 will be released on May 6, 2011.  But three other Marvel films have been pushed back.  The studio has announced that Thor, originally scheduled to be released on July 16, 2010, will now hit theaters on June 17, 2011.  The First Avenger: Captain America is staying in 2011 but being pushed back by about two months from May 6, 2011 to July 22, 2011.  And finally, The Avengers is being pushed back from July 15, 2011 to May 4, 2012.

There have been no changes to the release of Marvel’s other high-profile property, Iron Man 2, which remains set for a May 7, 2010 release.

Sources: THR and Variety

Taken 2 and American Version of District 13 In the Works March 12, 2009 5:34 pm

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taken-031209Screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen tells the LA Times that he’s working on a sequel to the hit action film Taken as well as an American version of District 13, based on a popular 2004 thriller produced by Besson:

“I get to work with the world’s greatest filmmaker without ever worrying about being replaced,” he says with an exuberance you rarely hear in a screenwriter’s voice. “I feel like I died and went to writer’s heaven, which is a place where you don’t get rewritten and you can always get a three-star meal. It doesn’t get any better than that.”

This is awesome news.  Taken was great fun and featured a terrific performance from Liam Neeson.  The film has done incredibly well at the box office (it was #3 this weekend even after five weeks of release) and has grossed $119.6 million domestically and is nearing $200M worldwide ($192.7M).

Star Trek Trailer #3 Beats Apple.com Download Record March 12, 2009 1:26 am

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startrek-031209The new Star Trek trailer for J.J. Abrams Star Trek has broken all existing records on Apple.com with over 1.8 million downloads during the first 24 hours on the site.  The trailer also broke the weekly download record with over five million downloads since its exclusive debut on the site on March 6th.

Check out the full press release after the jump.  And if you haven’t seen the trailer yet, or just want to relive the epic awesomeness of it, watch it after the jump.

Star Trek hits theaters on May 8, 2009. (more…)

Charisma Carpenter Joins Cast of Sly Stallone’s The Expendables [UPDATE] March 12, 2009 1:17 am

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charismacarpenter-031209UPDATE: Variety confirmed the casting and also announced that former WWE wrestler “Stone Cold” Steve Austin has also been added to the cast.

Original article follows below.

I don’t know how I missed this news from a few days ago.  According to TV Guide, Charisma Carpenter (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) has been cast in Sylvester Stallone’s star-heavy action pic The Expendables. She’ll be playing the girlfriend of co-star Jason Statham.

In addition to Carpenter and Statham, The Expendables stars writer/director Sylvester Stallone, Eric Roberts, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren and Forest Whitaker.

via MovieWeb

Juan Antonio Bayona Tapped to Direct The Twilight Saga’s Eclipse March 12, 2009 1:08 am

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juanantoniobayona-031209Summit Entertainment has settled on Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona to helm the studio’s third film in the Twilight franchise, The Twilight Saga’s Eclipse.  According to Variety, Summit is expected to make the official announcement shortly.

Bayona is best known for directing the Spanish-language horror/thriller The Orphanage, which was executive produced by Guillermo Del Toro.  His next project is the Universal Pictures thriller Hater, with Del Toro and Mark Johnson on board to produce.

Production on the second film in the franchise, The Twilight Saga’s New Moon, is expected to begin shortly.  That’s set to hit theaters this November 20th.

The Twilight Saga’s Eclipse is scheduled to hit theaters on June 30, 2010.

Da Vinci Code Blu-ray to Offer Glimpse at Angels & Demons March 12, 2009 12:53 am

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angelsanddemons-031209Customers who purchase The Da Vinci Code: Extended Cut on Blu-ray April 28th will be treated to an exclusive five-minute scene from the upcoming prequel, Angels & Demons, which hits theaters two weeks later on May 15th.

The scene will be made available only on the Blu-ray version of The Da Vinci Code: Extended Cut and will feature an introduction by director Ron Howard.  The new Blu-ray release will also include $10 in movie cash good towards the purchase of Angels & Demons tickets as well.

The Da Vinci Code: Extended Cut includes 28 minutes of new footage from the 2006 film.

Source: Variety

Mickey Rourke and Scarlett Johannson Sign On To Iron Man 2 [UPDATE] March 11, 2009 9:21 pm

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mickeyrourke-031109Update: Variety has confirmed the casting with a few more details about the role.  Rourke “He’ll play Whiplash, a character that includes elements from that comicbook villain and Crimson Dynamo, another Russian baddie.”  Interestingly enough, Variety adds that Rourke has already met with director Jon Favreau and screenwriter Justin Theroux and has been involved in the development of his character.

Original article follows below.

After at first being low-balled by Marvel Studios, the studio has signed Mickey Rourke for the role of a Russian villain in Iron Man 2. According to Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood Daily, Rourke’s agent David Unger negotiated that original low-ball offer to a “significant” level.

Finke reports that Marvel isn’t expected to confirm the casting “until all the i’s are dotted and t’s crossed on the contracts.”

In a separate post, Finke also reports that Scarlett Johannson has officially replaced Emily Blunt to play the Black Widow.  But Finke reports that the deal, unlike the one just signed by Rourke, is not a good one:

“[It’s] just the opposite, a terrible deal made by CAA,” one of my insiders says. “It’s as bad as any deal that I’ve heard. It’s lowball money. And it ties her to countless movies, including that ensemble The Avengers, which is what makes this brutal for a lot of actors.”

New X-Men Origins: Wolverine Photos March 11, 2009 8:26 pm

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wolverine-031109Marvel.com has three new photos from X-Men Origins: Wolverine featuring supporting cast members Wiliam Stryker (Danny Huston), Gambit (Taylor Kitsch) and Agent Zero (Daniel Henney).  Click the photo above to see the photos in higher resolution.

Bruno Footage Screening at SXSW March 11, 2009 8:22 pm

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bruno-031109Universal Pictures has announced that they will be showing a sneak preview screening of some Bruno footage this weekend at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2009 in Austin.  The footage will be screened on Sunday, March 15th at 11:00pm.

Bruno, starring Sascha Baron Cohen, hits theaters on July 10, 2009.

Source: MovieWeb

Year One Poster March 11, 2009 8:14 pm

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yearoneposter-031109Sony Pictures has released a new poster for the Jack Black, Michael Cera-starring comedy Year One.

Year One hits theaters on June 5, 2009.

Universal Sets May 2010 Release Date for Robin Hood March 11, 2009 7:55 pm

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universalpictures-031109Universal Studios has set a May 14, 2010 release date for Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood project.  There’s no other film currently in that date, but Iron Man hits the week before (5/7/2010) and the rest of the month is already filled (Shrek Goes Fourth on May 21st and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time on May 28th).

Synopsis
Russell Crowe plays Robin of Loxley in an origin story of Robin Hood that hews close to historical facts of the period. Abandoned as a child, he finds community with the common people of Nottingham. Robin’s abandonment and trust issues hamper his ability to fall in love. He meets his match in Marian (Blanchett), a strong, independent woman.

Open Letter To The Fans from Watchmen Screenwriter David Hayter March 11, 2009 7:36 pm

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davidhayter-031109Watchmen screenwriter David Hayter has written an open letter to the fans, asking them to go see the film again.  Hayter insists his plea isn’t to get beef up the fim’s box office, but instead to ensure that in the future, more films like Watchmen get made.  Read a few excerpts from the letter after the jump. (more…)

Drag Me to Hell Trailer March 11, 2009 6:51 pm

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dragmetohell-031109Universal Pictures has released the first trailer for Sam Raimi’s upcoming horror film Drag Me to Hell.  Nice to see Raimi getting back to his roots.  As to the trailer itself, my first reaction is a positive one and I’m definitely looking forward to checking it out. Raimi will be on hand at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas this weekend to premiere a work-in-progress print of the film.  The film will screened on midnight, Sunday, March 15th at the Paramount Theatre.  Watch the trailer embedded after the jump.

Drag Me to Hell hits theaters on May 29, 2009. (more…)

Six New Clips from Race to Witch Mountain March 11, 2009 6:15 pm

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racetowitchmountain-031109ComingSoon.net has six brand new clips from Walt Disney Pictures’ upcoming film Race to Witch Mountain. The film, which stars Dwayne Johnson, AnnaSophia Robb, Carla Gugino, Ciaran Hinds, Alexander Ludwig, Tom Everett Scott, Christopher Marquette and Cheech Marin and Garry Marshall, hits theaters this Friday, March 13th.

Watch the clips at this link.

Arnold Talks Terminator and Expendables March 11, 2009 2:48 am

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schwarzeneggeterminator-031109California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was at his annual Arnold Classic in Columbus, Ohio over the weekend and was asked by TheArnoldFans.com about his cameos in McG’s Terminator Salvation and Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables.

While confirming his cameo for Terminator Salvation, Schwarzenegger really downplayed the appearance.  He’s concerned that the studio would overreach to promote his appearance in the film (which he says he’s seen only a working print of–without the sfx, etc.), something he’s not interested in being involved in.  Click through the jump to read what Arnold had to say. (more…)