Clint Eastwood is currently shooting his J. Edgar Hoover biography called J. Edgar, with Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role and Armie Hammer in the key secondary role of Hoover colleague and reported lover Clyde Tolson. Even as the film shoots it is adding cast members to fill out ancillary roles. The latest addition is Stephen Root, a character actor that is always a pleasure to see on screen. (You can see him right now doing great work in Cedar Rapids.)
Mr. Root will play Arthur Koehler, “an introverted man and wood specialist who helps J. Edgar Hoover piece together the mystery of the Lindbergh kidnapping case through an examination of the ladder used by the abductor.” [Variety]
After the break, Monica Bellucci makes up for Manual of Love 3 and Fernando Meirelles’ 360 gets another actor. Read More »
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Just yesterday we told you that Anvil! The Story of Anvil director Sacha Gervasi is in talks to write and direct a film based on Stephen Rebello‘s book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. In the source article for that piece there was a mention that Anthony Hopkins was one of the actors mentioned as a possible on-screen Hitch.
That stemmed in part from a different version of the same film that was in development a few years ago under Running With Scissors director and Glee creator Ryan Murphy. That version never happened, obviously, but now the actor is in talks for the version being developed for Sacha Gervasi to direct. Read More »
In late July we saw a leaked version of the Comic Con trailer for Thor. The very unofficial release spread like wildfire, but Marvel Studios managed to scrub it away from many corners of the web.
Now the official trailer release is out, and you can see it after the break. Read More »
The Rite is based on Matt Baglio‘s nonfiction book The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist, but the film, directed by Mikael Hafstrom and starring Anthony Hopkins, Colin O’Donoghue, Alice Braga, Ciaran Hinds, and Toby Jones, looks like it has taken a few liberties with the text. I hope not too many, because the idea of a young seminary student (O’Donoghue) learning a thing or two about exorcism from an odd older priest (Hopkins) has some promise.
We’ve seen one trailer already; now there’s a second, which gives up a bit more story and a few more thrills. Read More »
[Editor's note: The following article debatably contains a spoiler for the original Zombieland.]
It’s not crazy to surmise that Zombieland went from good to great when Bill ‘Ghostbustin” Murray hit the screen. His cameo in the Ruben Fleischer directed, Rhett Reese/Paul Wernick horror comedy took an entertaining film to a whole new level because it was so totally unexpected and funny. Well, as is the case with any sequel, the surprises are going to be tougher to come by this time around. Reports are coming in that the new script for Zombieland 2 features another “superstar cameo.” And while Reese and Wernick currently have their hands full with various projects and Fleischer himself has one film coming out with another in development, there’s no word on when that role will be filled. Hit the jump for a few names on the wish list in addition to some other early hints of what to expect from Zombieland 2. Read More »
A bunch of new movie posters have hit the web over the last 12 hours, including new one-sheets for Greg Mottola‘s sci-fi comedy Paul starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, and Bill Hader, The Mechanic remake starring Jason Statham, Ben Foster, and Donald Sutherland, the computer animated feature Gnomeo and Juliet, the horror/thriller The Rite starring Anthony Hopkins, the Ron Howard-directed comedy The Dilemma starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James. Hit the jump to see the posters.
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Since Anthony Hopkins was first cast in Mikael Hafstroem‘s film The Rite earlier this year, I’ve wondered what kind of film it might end up being. The script is based on Matt Baglio‘s book The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist, which seeks to delve into the real-world practice of exorcism. I was afraid the film would be to the book what Wes Craven’s The Serpent and the Rainbow was to Wade Davis’ excellent ethnographic book of the same name. That is: a crappy, lurid and not terribly effective gloss on the material.
There’s now a trailer for The Rite, and what we see here looks to be somewhere in the middle of ‘faithful’ and ‘lurid,’ if perhaps skewed towards the lurid side. Read More »
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We missed a big piece of casting news about a week ago, which was that Rachel Weisz had signed on for Fernando Meirelles‘ film 360. The picture is scripted by the ubiquitous-of-late Peter Morgan, based on a play by Arthur Schnitzler. (The gent who wrote Traumnovelle, which was last adapted to film as Eyes Wide Shut.)
Now joining Weisz in the film is Anthony Hopkins. There’s also an interesting duo in talks. (Not much of a secret — their names are right there in the headline.) Read More »