Burlesque Movie Trailer #2

Screen Gems has released a second movie trailer for Steven Antin‘s contemporary musical Burlesque (if you missed the first movie trailer, you can watch that at the link). I’m not a big fan of musicals, and when I have liked a film musical, it has usually been of the more cinematic variety. Burlesque is obviously a musical of the stage show-variety. I was also once interested in this project because it was announced that screenwriter Diablo Cody was doing a draft of the script, but I don’t see her name listed in the early credits, and the film doesn’t look to have any of her signature touches. Basically, this is a long way of saying, this just isn’t my thing.

But I’m sure some of you are interested. Watch the second trailer now embedded after the jump thanks to Vlicious (found via FirstShowing).

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WTF: Bruce Willis Has His Own Fragrance

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To all those who have spent the past 22 years since Die Hard‘s release harboring a secret desire to wear Bruce Willis‘ scent, today is your lucky day. Geekosystem has relayed an announcement for his new fragrance, titled simply: BRUCE WILLIS. In big, bold letters. You know, because it’s manly.

It’s said the aroma features hints of grapefuit, pepper and vetiver, which is disappointing for me, since I always assumed Bruce Willis gave off a scent of dirt, sweat, and terrorist blood. In any case, the smell doesn’t matter, since it’s really just a bunch of indiscriminate chemicals with a celebrity name slapped on it. Other examples of this include Cumming, the cologne endorsed by Alan Cumming (which is even funnier than it sounds, and can be seen after the break), and the half-dozen fragrances by Antonio Banderas. You can find out which others celebrities have attached their name to smelly chemical water over at Wikipedia. Apparently they have a list for everything. Read More »

Movie Trailer: Jackboots on Whitehall

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What if Team America: World Police were British, took place during World War II, and was totally serious? Well…more serious. OK, fine, what if Team America was British and set in WWII? You might have something like Jackboots on Whitehall, which tells the story of an alternate WWII in which Goering, Goebbels and Himmler plan to tunnel under the English Channel and into the heart of London in order to capture Britain while the country’s army is elsewhere. A small group of villagers represent the last line of defense against the Nazis.

Who says Inglorious Basterds has a lock on revisionist war history? Read More »

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Benicio Del Toro has signed to play g-man Jack Garcia in Making Jack Falcone. Garcia targeted the Gambino family, and was responsible for taking down dozens of made men. Garcia is Cuban-born, but managed to play an Italian so successfully that he was invited to become a made man himself. Steven Soderbergh is producing the film, with a script by Che screenwriter Peter Buchman based on Garcia’s memoir about the Gambino operation.

Garcia also worked a lot of other undercover jobs for the FBI — a surprising thing given that he hardly blends into a crowd. At 6’4″ and 390 pounds, he’s exactly the opposite of the image typically held of a guy who can worm into many different organizations. But Garcia is charming, too — take a look at the 60 Minutes interview clip embedded after the break to see what he’s like. [Deadline Hollywood]

After the break, four voices for Smurfs and a love interest for Conan. Read More »

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It’s casting notes time again. Alan Cumming has joined Steve Antin‘s Burlesque, about “an ambitious small-town girl with a big voice who finds herself at a neo-burlesque club.” Christina Aguilera is the girl, Kristen Bell is the rival dancer, and Cumming is the gender-bending club MC. So this is really a failsafe in case that Showgirls sequel falls through? [Variety]

After the break, news about Helen Mirren, Patrick Dempsey, confirmation on a Gerard Butler role and more for the Ed Helms flick Cedar Rapids. Read More »

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I’ve been very busy this week, but now I’m back and hitting the /Film trail in a big way. Just to clear my plate enough to get some more on there, however, I’m going to bring you my very own Page 2.

At the head of the post you can see a new still from The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. As well as Heath Ledger you can see Lily Cole and the really very amazing Andrew Garfield. There’s a new fan blog that seems to be posting every scrap they can, including scans from a French Magazine that let slip of some more images.

Countless more fragments of new news after the break. Come join me.

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Tin Man Trailer

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A trailer/advertisement for the Sci-Fi Channel mini-series Tin Man is now online. The story is a based on Lyman Frank Baum’s classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

A fierce tornado rips DG (a re-imagined Dorothy Gale), a rebellious young waitress from Omaha, and deposits her with a shocking bump on “the other side.” The once-beautiful “Outer Zone” (Oz) has been zapped into a frigid and decaying wasteland.

Aided by her Longcoat storm troopers and winged Mobat (monkey-bat) spies, Sorceress Azkadellia (The Wicked Witch of the West) has seixed power from her own mother, as part of a nefarious plot-to suck the souls out of her minions and harness the energy to jump the gap between her world and the “other side”-a place called Earth. And of course, DG is the only person who can halt Azkadellia’s twisted master plan.

The special effects, in true miniseries fashion, aren’t good enough for prime time. But the film has a great all-star cast (Zooey Deschanel, Alan Cumming, Richard Dreyfuss), and features an interesting and unique take on a classic story. I’m a sucker for anything featuring Deschanel, and Tin Man looks strange but interesting. Check out the advertisement after the jump.

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Remember that cool Darth Vader voice changing helmet from a couple years back? Well now they’ve announced a Transformers Optimus Prime voice changing helmet. This isn’t quite as cool, but it’s definitely more geeky.

Sneak a peak at the new CARS Race Rally ride, which is being built at the Walt Disney Studios Park in France.

We were huge fans of the Oscar-nominated doc Deliver Us From Evil. Well director Amy Berg is going to direct her first narrative feature This is Not America. Based on a real story, the movie follows a Yupi’k American Indian girl taken from her Alaskan family in the 1960s and sent to a series of foster care homes in a government-run “Americanization” campaign. Sounds interesting.

The Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan is pissing even more people off. He won a court ruling to put up a fence around his Philadelphia, Pennsylvania estate. As it turns out, his neighbors complained to local officials that it looked awful and hurt property values in the area. Shyamalan just wanted to keep the deer out.

Richard Dreyfuss is joining to SCI-Fi Channel miniseries Tin Man. The six-hour series stars Zooey Deschanel and Alan Cumming in a fantasy retelling of The Wizard of Oz. Dreyfuss will play a wizard known as the Mystic Man. Deschanel plays DG, a young woman thrust into the Outer Zone. Cumming plays Glitch, an odd man missing half his brain who becomes one of a trio of companions who joins DG on her journey. You had me at Zooey.

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Mark Steven Johnson explains why Ghost Rider sucks so bad: “It was a hard R and bleak in my opinion, Johnson says of David Goyer’s early script. “But then the studio says to you, ‘I’m going to let you make your movie, your vision, but you’ve got to make sure it’s a PG-13. We’ve got to make money.’ Which is fair.” So don’t expect the unrated directors cut on DVD: “There’s not an R-rated version, We didn’t shoot that.”

Possitive early reviews of Evan Almighty are streaming in. The Bruce Almighty sequel starring Steve Carell is “funny, heart warming and impactful film – it is a close encounters of the almighty kind,” according to one audience member.

DreamWorks has hired Carter B. Smith (Love Rome) to direct the big screen adaption of Scott Smith’s novel The Ruins. The horror thriller follows four American friends on vacation in CancĂșn who find themselves lost in the jungle. A Simple Plan author/screenwriter Scott Smith is writing the script.

Night at the Museum helmer Shawn Levy is getting handed everything now-a-days. Next up will be an adaptation of the canine bestseller Marley & Me. This sounds more Levy’s speed than Flash. I hope he has to drop out of The Hardy Men, because that film has potential. Shooting will start in late April in Los Angeles.

Pop Quiz: How much does it cost to buy an advertisement during the Academy Awards?
Answer: $1.6 million, up from $700,000 in 1995.

New Star Wars video game will hit stores in November. The game allows players to become Darth Vader’s “secret apprentice” and promises to reveal new secrets about the Star Wars galaxy. George Lucas has no shame.

Zooey Deschanel (Elf) has been cast as the Tin Man in SCI FI Channel’s miniseries retelling of The Wizard of Oz. Alan Cumming is playing the Scarecrow-like character of Glitch. Sounds interesting.

Forest Whitaker, Kate Beckinsale, Guy Pearce and Dakota Fanning will star in the ensemble drama Winged Creatures, about “survivors of a brutal restaurant murder who are left to divine their own individual paths to understanding their mortality and connection to society.”

Warner Bros. are moving back the remake of Takashi Miike’s One Missed Call from August 2007 to January 4, 2008. The movie follows a bunch of people who receive terrifying cell phone messages of their own final fatal moments. The film is directed by Eric Valette, and stars Ed Burns, Shannyn Sossamon, Ana Claudia Talancon, Ray Wise, Azura Skye, Johnny Lewis, Jason Beghe and Margaret Cho.