Through the Ice Age movies, Blue Sky Studios has become one of the premier CG animation houses for feature films, and the company’s new effort is a whimsical forest battle called Epic. Chris Wedge, who directed the first Ice Age film and has voiced the Scrat character throughout that franchise, is directing.
This one features Josh Hutcherson as the voice of the lead character, a diminutive forest warrior who rides a hummingbird, but all you’ll hear of him in the first trailer is a bunch of grunts and exclamations. Most of the audio in this trailer is Snow Patrol’s song ‘The Lightning Strike,’ though there is a bit of dialogue from Aziz Ansari (as a slug) and Amanda Seyfried as a teenage girl who finds herself in the midst of a strange forest war.
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Tom Cruise‘s career is on a real upswing, especially when compared to his mid-aughts status in the wake of Scientology videos and Oprah couch-jumping. The last Cruise star vehicle, Brad Bird’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, was a big hit, and Fox seems pleased with his musical turn in Rock of Ages. He’s lined up for two sci-fi films, Oblivion at Universal and All You Need is Kill at Warner Bros, and the thriller One Shot is in the can and will be released just under a year from now.
And now WB is taking a cue from Fox, and is evidently pursuing Cruise to play the male lead in Clint Eastwood‘s new version of A Star is Born. Read More »
Four of the most famous, beautiful women in the world – plus Andy Samberg – are planning on making a movie with the creator of Glee. Ryan Murphy, who also created American Horror Story and directed Eat Pray Love, is set to co-write and direct a film called One Hit Wonders for Sony which will team Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz and Beyonce in a film about pop singers of the ’90s who come back today to form a supergroup. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Briefly: Last night was MTV’s Video Music Awards, and with the exception of the trailer premiere for The Hunger Games, it sounds like it was a broadcast dominated by proof of Beyoncé‘s pregnancy more than anything else. Big deal right? It might actually be for Clint Eastwood, who has been planning to shoot a new version of A Star is Born with the singer starring in the central role of a young woman who dreams of stardom and finds it through the aid of a washed-up older leading man.
But now that she’s pregnant, the shoot for A Star is Born might have to push well beyond the planned February 2012 start. Along with that push comes the news that Leonardo DiCaprio, once tipped as a possible choice to play the lead, has passed on the role. (He’s too young, anyway, especially paired against Beyoncé.) Christian Bale has been called a possible choice, but with the schedule for the film changing, anything might happen. And will Eastwood make another movie first? He’s certainly capable of turning out a stopgap film before doing this remake. [Deadline]
Posted on Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 by Angie Han
Clint Eastwood cast Beyonce Knowles as the female lead in his A Star is Born remake some time ago, but he’s been searching for someone to take on the male lead. Now it’s being reported that his top choice for the part is Leonardo DiCaprio, who worked with Eastwood on the biopic J. Edgar. DiCaprio is just the latest of several candidates who have been named for the part over the past couple of years — Russell Crowe, Gerard Butler, and Will Smith are among the actors once rumored for or attached to the film. DiCaprio would presumably be playing the role of Norman Maine, a fading star with a drinking problem who helps to launch the young starlet’s (Knowles) career.
DiCaprio isn’t the first actor I would’ve thought of for the part, but I’m all the more intrigued for it. We already know DiCaprio can do gloomy and brooding, but how often have we seen him do gloomy and brooding while surrounded by singing and dancing?
Eastwood’s A Star is Born is scheduled for a 2012 release. DiCaprio and Eastwood’s next collaboration, J. Edgar, will open later this year. [Deadline]
After the jump, the Sixth Sense kid is now old enough to play college students, and Jamie Chung signs up for a gritty indie.
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Well, it’s not Paint Your Wagon 2, but I guess this is as good a way to get another major filmmaker to do a musical as any. A new version of A Star Is Born is a film that has been lurking at the edges of possibility for a couple years. Now Clint Eastwood has agreed to produce and direct it, with Beyoncé starring. Read More »
Lets face it, the MTV Movie Awards is not a real award show. It’s more a piece of badly choreographed television “entertainment” than anything else. I mean, at what other Award show does Twilight: New Moon take home five awards, and the movie Obsessed win… well, anything — EVER?
For those of you who are interested, you can find a list of winners of the 2010 MTV Movie Awards after the jump. Leave your snarky sarcastic-filled responses below.
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Nine may have crapped out at the box office last year, but the movie musical isn’t dead by a long shot. There has been news this week that Russell Crowe may be the comically unlikely leading man to appear opposite Beyonce in a new version of A Star is Born, for one. (That may end up being a romantic drama with musical overtones, rather than a full-on musical.) And now a report says that New Line is tapping Bandslam director Todd Graf to oversee the new film version of Damn Yankees, which has long had Jim Carrey and Jake Gyllenhaal attached. Read More »
Back when Good Hair was first announced, I was elated to see that fellow-Aquarian Chris Rock was making a documentary that attempted to do for black women’s hair what Bill Maher did for religion. No more elusive secrets! Put it on the table in daylight and softly poke it with questions for all to see. So awesome. I mean, as the years go by and I casually encounter and work with fewer black people (that’s life!), as a white guy I am stricken with the fear that I might never know what is up. I have so many inquiries lingering unanswered and unfortunately Transformers 2 did nothing to curb my desire for first-hand knowledge. And when I type “first-hand,” I mean Salt and Pepa discussing “burn” stories. Bonus Prize: Raven from That’s So Raven offering an enligtening weave-shift.
“If your hair is relaxed, white people are relaxed. If your hair is nappy, they’re not happy” – Paul Mooney
What would Beyonce say? Sell-out. Sell-in: According to a guy in this trailer, the “black hair business” is a $9 billion industry, numbers that put it on par with the porn biz. “I am addicted to the Creamy Crack!” The trailer touches on the subject. “Creamy Crack!” is Urban Dictionary-speak for “relaxer,” which, sadly, most likely also needs a UB entry. Just watch the trailer after the jump.
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