Posted on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
Gravity was one of the unqualified successes of 2013, earning universal acclaim, awards season love, and approximately a gazillion dollars at the box office. But the road to the theater wasn’t exactly easy. One of the tricky aspects was the casting. In 2010, Gravity was practically a revolving door of movie stars.
Two that were attached to star for some time were Angelina Jolie and Robert Downey Jr. Eventually, both dropped out and were replaced by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. In a new interview, director Alfonso Cuaron explains why, exactly, the original casting failed to work out. Hit the jump to read his comments.
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Briefly: It was a long, hard-fought battle, but the star of Jack Reacher and A Good Day To Die Hard has emerged victorious. Now he just has to fight a bunch of killer robots.
Jai Courtney has been cast as Kyle Reese in Alan Taylor‘s Terminator: Genesis, a 2015 reboot of James Cameron’s blockbuster franchise. (It’s the role made famous by Michael Biehn in Cameron’s original.) He’ll join Arnold Schwarzenegger, who plays the killing machine, Jason Clarke as his son John Connor, and Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor, who Reese is sent into the past to protect. If you want to know if the plot details this time around are all the same as in Cameron’s first film, address questions to Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier, who wrote the script. [Variety]
Jada Pinkett Smith has joined the cast of Fox’ Batman prequel show Gotham, playing a villain. But she isn’t going to be taking the role you might immediately assume she would nab. Details are below. Read More »
After becoming a fan favorite on AMC’s horror hit The Walking Dead, it was only a matter of time before Norman Reedus hit the big screen in a big way. Turns out, it’ll happen with the help of the man who made him a star in the first place.
Reedus is joining Djimon Hounsou in a sci-fi thriller called Air, which will be produced by Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman. Christian Cantamessa, who co-wrote Red Dead Redemption and GTA: San Andreas for Rockstar, will make his directorial debut from a script he co-wrote with Chris Pasetto.
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Briefly: Here’s a curious piece of casting. Haley Joel Osment has joined the cast of the currently-shooting Entourage movie, written and directed by Doug Ellin. Osment, however, won’t be playing himself, which would have made sense in that wacky world. Instead he’s playing Travis McCree, the son of Billy Bob Thorton‘s character Larsen McCree, who is paying for Vince’s (Adrian Grenier) new movie. Travis is sent to oversee everything and gets a little too caught up in the Hollywood lifestyle. The film doesn’t have a release date, but late 2014 or early 2015 is likely. [Deadline]
Finally, The Rock has come back to TV! Dwayne Johnson is quickly becoming one of the biggest action stars in the world, but he’ll soon put that aside to headline a new HBO show called Ballers. The half-hour dramedy follow a group of former and current football players and was just picked up to series. It’s being produced by its own all-star team including Mark Wahlberg, Peter Berg, who’ll direct the pilot, and Entourage‘s Stephen Levinson, who wrote the script. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 13th, 2014 by Angie Han
It’s pretty clear at this point that the Friday Night Lights movie sequel isn’t happening. Even Peter Berg, who’s been pushing the idea for years now, seems to have given up. But that doesn’t necessarily mean we’ve seen the last of the Dillonites.
NBC revealed today that FNL characters Landry Clarke (Jesse Plemons) and Billy Riggins (Derek Phillips) are slated to appear in an upcoming Parenthood web series. It’s one of several that the network has planned for the near future; Chicago Fire, Parks and Recreation, and Grimm will also get digital spinoffs during the Olympics hiatus. Hit the jump for plot details and more.
Update: The first part of the web series is online now. See it below.
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