Jessica Jones Casting

With shooting already well underway on Daredevil, Marvel is getting the ball rolling on its next two Netflix shows. Testing has begun for the lead role in Jessica Jones, with Krysten Ritter, Alexandra Daddario, Teresa Palmer, and Jessica De Gouw in the mix.

Meanwhile, Lance Gross and Mike Colter are being looked at to play Luke Cage, the character who will appear on Jessica Jones before going off to headline his own series. Hit the jump for more details on the Luke Cage and Jessica Jones casting. Read More »

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This second trailer for Thor Freudenthal‘s Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters features a cavalcade of beasties, and also a significant presence from Nathan Fillion, who plays a modernized version of the god Hermes. That’s probably enough to warrant a look from many potential audience members.

Those elements were present in the first trailer, along with plenty of material featuring returning cast (Logan Lerman, Brandon T Jackson, and Alexandra Daddario). But the intent here seems to be to sell the movie as a real spectacle. In that respect it succeeds pretty well. The series still has to truly establish itself as a proper successor to the Harry Potter films — and that may not be possible — but at least it appears to be able to make good on a promise to deliver colorful and dangerous monsters. Read More »

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One of the many YA series to get life on movie screens has been Percy Jackson and the Olympians. The first film in the series, The Lightning Thief, bowed in 2010 and introduced film audiences to the story’s modernized take on classic mythological characters.

Like many YA adaptations outside the Harry Potter and Twilight series, The Lightning Thief didn’t quite wow audiences. Unlike many stillborn series, however, this one is actually getting a sequel. Star Logan Lerman may quickly be aging out of the role, but he’s back for Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters, in which Percy, the half-human son of Poseidon, goes after the legendary Golden Fleece.

This chapter features Alexandra Daddario and Brandon T. Jackson returning to support Lerman’s hero, and we get to see Stanley Tucci as Dionysus. Oh, and Nathan Fillion plays Hermes, which might be enough to get people watching. Read More »

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Here are some sequel-related odds and ends for the start of the week. After the jump:

  • Transformers 4 scouts the GM plant as a possible location
  • Dredd isn’t getting a sequel, but may get a short film
  • Win one of 50 uniform from Star Trek Into Darkness
  • Star Trek Into Darkness participates in Earth Hour
  • Universal’s “Despicablimp” embarks on a cross-country tour
  • See the first pics from Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

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There’s not a cloud in the sky as the unfaltering Louisiana sun beats down on a barren piece of land in the middle of nowhere. As unforgiving and uncomfortable as the weather is, though, the sun has nothing on the man who lives here: Leatherface. The horror icon with the skin mask and chainsaw is soon coming back for his seventh film: Texas Chainsaw 3D. However, this film differs from the rest of the franchise in that it wipes the slate clean of anything that happened in the previous five sequels, prequels, remakes and reboots. They never happened. Texas Chainsaw 3D is a direct sequel Tobe Hooper’s 1974 masterpiece, picking up exactly where that film left off.

And exactly where that film left off is right where I stand on August 16, 2011. Director John Luessenhop (Takers) and his team have gone through the painstaking process of making an exact replica of the classic house of horrors seen in the original film. Everything from the skulls on the floor to the cuts in the door are precisely how a young Sally Hardesty (Marilyn Burns) left it when she ran away screaming for her life. For the characters on set today, those events happened mere hours ago. For the people inhabiting those characters – including some of the original actors from that classic film – it’s been almost four decades. And while the franchise isn’t exactly where Tobe Hooper left it on that hot Texas day, on this hot Louisiana day, it feels like nothing has changed.

It’s day 22 of a 30 day shoot as /Film was on the set of Texas Chainsaw 3D to talk to the filmmakers, new stars and familiar faces who’ll help continue the story of Leatherface on January 4, 2013. Read More »

Here’s Leatherface in ‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’

When we last saw Leatherface at the end of Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, he was doing a dance of frustration, spinning like a dervish flailing his chainsaw, as the Final Girl Marilyn Burns escaped in the back of a stranger’s pickup truck.

We’ve seen versions of Leatherface many times in the years since, but John Luessenhop‘s film Texas Chainsaw 3D purports to be a direct sequel to Hooper’s film, picking up right after the end of the 1974 original. We saw a poster for the movie a couple days ago, and while we wait for the trailer there’s now a still of Leatherface, showing the not-quite all there marauder trudging towards what might be a slaughterhouse. Check it out in full below. Read More »

It’s only October 2011 but Hollywood is already gearing up for October 2012. Lionsgate in particular will have a very bloody month. That’s when they’re expected to debut their latest acquisition, Adam Wingard’s awesome horror/thriller You’re Next as well as the latest installment in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre series, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D.

Set for release October 5, 2012, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D ignores everything that came after the 1973 original by picking up immediately after the Tobe Hooper film left off. It’s directed by John Luessenhop (Takers) and stars Alexandra Daddario (Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief) as a young girl who heads to Texas to collect an inheritance that includes the infamous Leatherface.

I was on the blazing hot Louisiana set of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D in August and while I can’t say anything more than that, I’ll say the film is certainly a love letter to fans. Expect much more about the film as we get closer to release but, for now, check out the first poster from the film after the jump. Read More »

Some purist genre fans might be starting to feel like they’re in a Scream-like movie where the terror of the plot is that all the movies they like are being given hybrid sequel/remakes. Recently the horror classics have been on the block, with all sorts of news about an Evil Dead remake, and now some new casting info on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D. Takers director John Luessenhop will be behind the camera this time, for a story that is meant as a direct sequel to Tobe Hooper‘s original film, though it takes place in the present day. Alexandra Daddario (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Hall Pass) was cast in the lead late last week, and now Tania Raymonde (Lost) has been added, too. Read More »

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