Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 by Angie Han
Olivia Wilde has landed the coveted role of ’70s supermodel Suzy Miller in Rush, Ron Howard‘s Peter Morgan-scripted drama about the real-life rivalry between British Formula One driver James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Austrian racer Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl). Miller married the womanizing Hunt, but then fell in love with Hunt’s friend Richard Burton. Burton agreed to pay the $1 million divorce settlement that Hunt owned Miller, and then married Miller.
Howard is reportedly eyeing Russell Crowe to play the supporting role of Burton, but it doesn’t sound like negotiations are too far along at this time. Rush began preliminary shooting last month, but real principal photography is starting soon. [Deadline]
After the jump, Billy Crudup gets to show off his comedic chops while Helen Hunt, Maggie Grace, and Aaron Paul get to fight breast cancer.
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Sony has released the first movie trailer for Ryan Murphy’s adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert‘s best-selling memoir Eat, Pray, Love. Julia Roberts plays “a happily married woman realizes her life needs to go in a different direction, and after a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey.” Watch the trailer now, embedded after the jump.
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While Hollywood held its breath in anticipation of this morning’s Oscar nominations, a few new casting notes slipped out, mostly for upcoming indies. For example, Orlando Bloom will take the lead role in The Good Doctor, which he’ll produce as well. Written by John Enbom, the film is about “a frustrated doctor looking to impress his superiors and colleagues. When his 18-year-old patient, admitted for a kidney infection, provides him with the esteem he so craves, the doctor tampers with her treatment so that she’ll have to stay at the hospital with him.”
Co-starring with Bloom may be an excellent cast: Michael Pena, Troy Garity, Courtney Ford, Taraji P. Henson, Rob Morrow and J.K. Simmons are all negotiating roles. [THR]
After the break, new cast members for the indie The Convincer, which sounds like a point of interest for fans of movies like Fargo. Read More »
Funny Or Die’s GI Joe parody probably has a bigger all-star cast than the actual movie. Written by Daniel Strange & Kevin Umbricht, The Ballad of GI Joe shows us what the GI Joes do in their off time for fun, through a brilliant musical number.
The list of stars features include: Laz Alonso as Doc, Alexis Bledel as Lady Jaye, Billy Crudup as Zartan, Zach Galifiankais as Snow Job, Tony Hale as Dr. Mindbender, Vinnie Jones as Destro, Joey Kern as Tomax and Xamot, Chuck Liddell as Gung Ho, Julianne Moore as Scarlett, Henry Rollins as Duke, Alan Tudyk as Shipwreck, Olivia Wilde as The Baroness, and Sgt. Slaughter as Himself. Watch the video embedded after the jump.
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It’s a really slow news day (how can you follow Ridley Scott going back to Alien?) so here are a few small casting notes to chew on. First, appropriately, is the news that Billy Crudup has joined the adaptation of best-selling memoir Eat, Pray Love. Variety notes that he’ll work alongside Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem and Richard Jenkins under the direction of Ryan Murphy. Crudup will play husband to Roberts’ protagonist, who leaves him behind to undertake a global journey of self-discovery. The film goes before cameras next week.
Meanwhile, three actors have been added to the science fiction action flick Battle: Los Angeles, and they’re all after the jump. Read More »
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Warner Bros has released six new character posters for Zack Snyder’s Watchmen. The line-up includes: The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), Silk Spectre II (Malin Akerman), Ozymandias (Matthew Goode), Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley), Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup) and Nite Owl II (Patrick Wilson). I have updated the story with super high resolution versions (2326px x 3601px, 2+mb) of the six character banners. Click on the photos below to enlarge.
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It is the 6th of the month which means that another Watchmen video journal has hit the web, this time on SciFi.com. The latest journal “Blue Monday” is on the behind the scenes magic employed to bring Dr. Manhattan to life. From the intricate series of blue light emitting lights which are spread around actor Billy Crudup’s suit to motion capturing facial expressions, to the challenges of filming a character that can expand to be 45-feet tall.
BILLY CRUDUP as Jon Osterman in transformation.
Warner Bros sent us high resolution versions of the Watchmen photos which appear in this week’s Entertainment Weekly. Check them out below. As always, click to enlarge!
JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN as The Comedian
JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN as The Comedian and CARLA GUGINO as the original Silk Spectre
PATRICK WILSON as Nite Owl II with MALIN AKERMAN (in the background) as Silk Spectre II
JACKIE EARLE HALEY as Rorschach
The movie trailer for Zack Snyder’s big screen adaptation of Watchmen has hit the internet, just in case you can’t wait until that midnight screening of The Dark Knight.
I’m shocked at just how much footage Snyder shows us in this first trailer. Dr. Manhattan? The Night Owl Ship? Mars? It’s all right out of the comic book. This is a fanboys wet dream. I had hesitations about if Warner Bros could market an adaptation of Watchmen to the masses, but they’ve done it. That said, Ozymandias still looks stupid in full motion. I need to see his thing on the big screen. Anyone with midnight tickets to The Dark Knight is in for a three hour long geekgasm. It will be exhausting. First this Watchmen trailer, then the Terminator 4 teaser, and then the greatest comic book movie of all time.
The trailer is now available in HD on Apple.com. I want to hear your thoughts. Please comment below!
A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the “Doomsday Clock” – which charts the USA’s tension with the Soviet Union – is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed-up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion – a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers – Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity…but who is watching the watchmen? Watchmen hits theaters on March 6th 2009.