alita battle angel casting

James Cameron has been talking about a film adaptation of the manga Battle Angel Alita for a long, long time, with the science fiction action film at one point competing with Avatar to be his next project. Alas, Avatar got made first and Mr. Cameron decided to spend the rest of his life exploring every last nook and cranny on Pandora, which freed up the project for another filmmaker. Enter Robert Rodriguez, who signed on to make the film last year, with Cameron remaining on board as a producer.

Now that a less-preoccupied director is at the helm, Alita: Battle Angel (the new title for the film) actually looks like it could cease being a thing that Cameron occasionally mentions in-between Avatar updates and start being a thing that actually exists. They’re looking at lead actresses and everything!

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Amityville: The Awakening trailer

It was about a year and a half ago that we saw the first trailer for Amityville: The Awakening, which would bring the long-running horror franchise back to the big screen after a decade away. But its marketing push ended almost as quickly as it began, when Dimension Films suddenly yanked it off its 2015 release calendar. Eventually, though, the distributor got around to rescheduling it to 2016, so now it’s starting its promotional campaign anew.

Oscar nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh plays single mom Joan, who’s feeling really good about the new home she’s just moved into with her three kids. It’s nice and big, and situated in an idyllic suburb near a top-notch medical facility that can treat her comatose son James (Cameron Monaghan). Unfortunately, it also happens to bear the address 112 Ocean Avenue, which horror fans will recognize as the setting of The Amityville HorrorBella Thorne stars as Joan’s daughter Belle, who was cranky about the move even before the family realized they’d set up shop inside a horrifying murder house. Watch the Amityville: The Awakening trailer after the jump.  Read More »

Ratchet and Clank Trailer (header)

2016 may just be the year that the video game movie “curse” is broken once and for all. Assassin’s Creed has lined up a cast and crew that’d be the envy of most prestige dramas, Warcraft looks like a meticulously realized fantasy epic of staggering ambition, and even Angry Birds looks pretty damn cute.

Rounding out that roster now is Ratchet & Clank, the new film based on PlayStation’s hit game. The first trailer has just landed online, and it looks like an enjoyable all-ages ride. Watch the Ratchet and Clank trailer after the jump. Read More »

Scream TV series opening scene

MTV has a fine line to walk with its Scream TV series. Recreate the original films too closely, and they’ll be accused of laziness; stray too far from them, and they’ll alienate purists. We’ll have to wait and see how the series fares as a whole, but as revealed in a new Scream clip, the first eight minutes try their best to put their own spin on one of the movies’ classic scenes.

Bella Thorne plays Nina, a rich, popular mean girl whose evening goes horribly awry in a way that’ll feel very familiar to fans of the first Scream. Watch the Scream TV series opening scene after the jump.  Read More »

Scream mask

You got your first look at Ghostface’s replacement last week; now see the new masked killer in action. MTV has unveiled a new trailer for Scream, based on the hit film franchise. The iconic mask has changed, and the kids are chatting on iPhones instead of landlines, but the meta sense of humor remains. Watch the latest Scream trailer after the jump.  Read More »

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Some new pics, some casting, and some very interesting quotes in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump:

  • Ethan Suplee is also back for Mallrats 2
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks 4 books Bella Thorne
  • Sam Jones says he’s already set for Ted 3
  • Sharknado 3 will be “the worst,” says the Hoff
  • See Zoolander and Hansel model for Valentino
  • Vin Diesel predicts Best Picture for Furious 7
  • There will be a gay couple in Independence Day 2
  • James Wan is getting to work on The Conjuring 2
  • Simon Pegg is “terrified” to write Star Trek 3

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Frozen jokes Elsa

The East Coast of the United States has been stuck in a bit of a deep freeze over the past few weeks. Many inches of snow, subzero temperatures, and no one to blame. Or is there?

In Harlan, Kentucky (not quite the East Coast but still) they’re blaming Queen Elsa of Arendelle, aka the Ice Queen star of Disney’s hit film Frozen. The Harlan City Police Department has issued an arrest warrant for Elsa because of the snow.

In other Frozen-humor news the co-stars of The DuffBella Thorne and Mae Whitman, have shared a behind the scenes video from a live-action remake of Frozen, created with the help of Funny or Die. Check out two Frozen jokes below. Read More »

Drew Barrymore scene remake

It seems Bella Thorne is this generation’s Drew Barrymore, at least when it comes to the Scream franchise. Thorne has confirmed she’ll recreate Barrymore’s big scene from the original Scream in the first episode of the new MTV series. Hit the jump for more on the Drew Barrymore scene remake in the Scream TV series. Read More »

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After perfecting her plain-girl act in Arrested Development, Mae Whitman (her?) is trying to shake it off in The Duff. She plays Bianca, a high school senior who’s dismayed to realize she’s considered the DUFF — Designated Ugly Fat Friend — to her prettier pals. In an effort to reinvent herself, she enlists the help of handsome popular jock Wesley (Robbie Amell).

It all sounds pretty silly, starting with the notion that Whitman is ugly and fat. But this is movie-land, where Rachel Leigh Cook was once considered freakishly repulsive because she dared wear overalls and glasses. And where we’re supposed to believe Amell, a 26-year-old former male model, is a typical teenager. Hit the jump to watch The Duff trailer.

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Amityville The Awakening trailer

35 years after it scared away the Lutzes, 112 Ocean Avenue continues to welcome new residents in Amityville: The Awakening. This time around, the poor fools are single mom Joan (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and her three kids: pouty Belle (Bella Thorne), cutesy Juliet (McKenna Grace), and coma-struck James (Cameron Monaghan).

As always, the family starts out optimistic about their new digs. It’s near some excellent medical facilities, all the better to treat James’s illness. Then, as always, bizarre things start happening. Watch the first Amityville: The Awakening trailer after the jump.

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