After being in development for almost a decade, Instant Karma is finally on its way to seeing the light of day. The project has just about run the gamut of movie studios, starting off at DreamWorks Pictures before moving on to Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment, and then eventually landing at New Line Cinema in 2003. They came very close to getting the film together, even going as far as to line up a voice cast that included Dwayne Johnson, Pierce Brosnan, Gene Wilder, Mira Sorvino and Eartha Kitt, among others. But the project kept getting picked up out of turnaround, and has now been acquired by Sony Pictures Animation. Read More »
If you’re planning on watching only one trailer to sell you on Green Lantern, make it this one.
That suggestion is probably coming a little late. Marketing has been in full swing for Green Lantern since the end of last year, and first impressions weren’t great. Either the studios were deliberately leaning on the Earth-bound storyline in hopes of presenting the material in a way that audiences would find more palatable (read: it looked lamely derivative), or this was the soonest they could render enough of the CGI to properly market the film. Whatever the explanation, I am now fully amped for this film, which looks exactly as crazy and otherworldly as one would hope for a film based on a comic book teeming with alien beasties. With only 30-seconds more than the previous extended TV spot, most of the footage is the same, but the enhanced pacing and set-up provided in those additional 30-seconds are very welcome.
Check out the spot, along with some brief updates on The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-Man, after the break. Read More »
Zorro has been making appearances in film for almost 100 years, but the most recent incarnation of the character played against tradition, with Anthony Hopkins playing an aged Don Diego de la Vega handing off the mask to a misfit outlaw played by Antonio Banderas. That was of course The Mask of Zorro, directed by Martin Campbell, who later followed up that film with the more family friendly The Legend of Zorro. The first film was moderately successful — enough, anyway, to get a sequel greenlit — but its follow-up barely even registered, either at the box office or with critics. At the time, it seemed like the character would be retired from movies, at least until a studio ran out of ideas and figured out a way to bring him back.
Only six years later, that time has come. Read More »
Tired of casting for Gary Ross adaptation of The Hunger Games clogging your RSS feeds? Sorry folks, we still have a ways to go. The most recent additions to the line-up are Ian Nelson and Kalia Prescott, two newcomers who will be helping fill out the cast for the 24 children selected to fight to the death. As you can see from the above photos, worries that the casting process would skew older to downplay the intense subject matter may have been for naught. Their characters are unnamed too, so — having not read the book — I can only assume that they will be meeting an untimely end. What fun! Read More »
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AMC’s new series The Killing premiered not too long ago to rave reviews from critics, and already its stars are benefiting from the exposure. Either that, or this is simply proving to be a very fortunate time in their careers.
First up in casting news is Mireille Enos, who centers The Killing as its know-it-all detective Sarah Linden. She’s in talks to star alongside Brad Pitt in World War Z, the adaptation of Max Brooks‘ zombie bestseller that only recently was recently fast-tracked by Paramount after countless delays and financial troubles. She would play Karin Lane, the wife of Gerard Lane (played by Pitt) and mother of his two children. This marks her first major studio starring role, having otherwise had only a three-season stint on Big Love and a number of bit TV roles. [Deadline] Read More »
Luke Cage isn’t one of Marvel’s higher-end properties, but in keeping with their strategy to build smaller budget action pics (about $20-$40 million) around their third tier characters, they’ve been slowly making progress on bringing the urban hero to the big screen. At one point John Singleton was attached to direct, and Tyrese Gibson (Fast Five, Transformers) was in talks to take on the role. That started around 6-7 years ago though, so that time may have passed.
The time hasn’t passed for Marvel, however. Just last year, the studio was said to be in preliminary talks for the film with “a notable Hollywood star”. It’s doubtful that was in reference to Old Spice spokesman Isaiah Mustafa — an actor who has frequently voiced his desire to play the character — but given how supportive the online comic book geek community has been toward his proposed casting, it’s worth noting that he has in fact met with Marvel about playing Luke Cage. Learn more about this, and where Captain America fits into The Avengers, after the break. Read More »
Universal is preemptively prepping the sixth entry in the [The] Fast and/or [the] Furious saga — having already hired on the series’ go-to writer to tackle the screenplay — and based on how well Fast Five is performing in the territories it’s already been released, their hubris will likely pay off. But that doesn’t mean they intend to just keep milking the franchise until it runs its course. Oh, they’ll keep milking it alright, but their strategy is to mix up the genre appeal of the films, hopefully generating interest among those who have previously written them off as being nothing more than dumb action films for car nuts. Read More »
Jennifer Lawrence was closing in on a starring role in Oliver Stone‘s Savages — an adaptation of Don Winslow‘s novel of the same name, in which the polyamorous gal playmate of two pot-dealing buddies is kidnapped and held ransom by a drug cartel — but that fell apart when she got swept off to compete in The Hunger Games. Many names were in the mix to take over the role, but Blake Lively became the frontrunner. Now she’s confirmed for the film, and John Travolta and Uma Thurman are joining her for the ride. Learn more about the parts they’ll be playing after the break. Read More »
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As much fun as it is to take a gander at the new movie posters being released every week, it’s often the case that a film’s best marketing material never makes it past the design stage, as studios tend to opt for simpler, more star-oriented imagery that’s more likely to generate interest in mass audiences. Case in point: These poster concepts for Hanna, which put to the shame the actual posters used to advertise the film. (Do we really need to see the sniper scope motif make its way into every ‘chase thriller’ movie poster?) Read More »
Disneyland is home to many celebrated attractions: pirates, haunted mansions, Indiana Jones, Michael Jackson in 3D, kid Jedi training, and so much more. Now it’s time to add mutants, webslinging and Norse gods to the mix. It’s still just talk at this stage, but with Marvel Studios now being a subsidiary of Disney, Marvel president Kevin Feige is excited about what sort of possibilities are available should they expand their presence to theme park rides and the like.
Check out what Feige had to say, and a whole slew of other superhero-related movie news, after the break. Read More »