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 »

VOTD: The Ballad of GI Joe


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 »

Six New Watchmen Character Posters

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.

New Watchmen Photos Revealed

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 and CARLA GUGINO as the original Silk Spectre

PATRICK WILSON as Nite Owl II with MALIN AKERMAN (in the background) as Silk Spectre II


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.

What We Missed: Dedication Movie Trailer


Dedication Movie PosterThe new movie trailer for Dedication came out while we were away from the real world at a place called Comic-Con). Dedication is a new independent romantic comedy about a misogynistic children’s book author (Billy Crudup) who is forced to work closely with a female illustrator (Moore) instead of his long-time collaborator and only friend (Tom Wilkinson).

“I’ve never been good at finding things. I’ve always been good at losing things.”

The Weinstein Co nabbed the film at Sundance this year. I heard some descent buzz for the film at the festival, but was unable to find a convenient open slot for a screening. A couple weeks ago, TWC released a movie poster for the film, which I really dug. The trailer has shades of Garden State and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Check it out after the jump.

I’m a sucker for Mandy Moore films. Call it a crush. But even Moore can’t save a horrible mess of a film, which was evident in Because I Say So and License To Wed. So the question now becomes: Did Moore star in two or three bombs in 2007? We’ll find out.

Dedication is scheduled to hit theaters on August 24th 2007.

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Watchmen Cast List Confirmed/Announced

WatchmenThe casting for Zack Snyder’s big screen adaptation of Alan Moore’s classic graphic novel Watchmen has been confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter. But honestly most of the names on the list have been rumored to be attached to the project for months. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is the only name not in our report from last week.  Morgan will play the Comedian, “a cigar-chomping, gun-toting vigilante-turned-paramilitary agent.” Rumored to play the role were Thomas Jane and Ron Pearlman.

Also confirmed: Jackie Earle Haley will play Walter Kovacs aka Rorschach, Billy Crudup will play Dr. Manhattan, Malin Akerman will play Laurie Juspeczyk/the Silk Spectre, Mathew Goode will play Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias, and Patrick Wilson will play the Nite-Owl.

I’m still skeptical as to whether or not Watchman can be turned into a relevant and entertaining film, since most of the ideas and concepts have since been stolen and used in other comic books and films. But if there is anyone who can make this film seem revolutionary it could be Snyder. He has a good list of names to back him up in front of the camera. Shooting is set to begin in Vancouver this Fall.

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WatchmenLater this week at the San Diego Comic-Con, Zack Snyder is expected to reveal the cast for his upcoming big screen adaptation of the classic Alan Moore graphic novel Watchmen. But as we near our Wednesday afternoon flight to San Diego, actors names have started to leak onto the interwebs.

  • IESB reports that Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias will be played by Matthew Goode (The Lookout, Match Point). Previous internet speculation had Jude Law attached to the role.
  • Patrick Wilson (Little Children) as The Night Owl.
    • LatinoReview reports that Malin Akerman (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, The Invasion, The Heartbreak Kid) has been cast as Sally Jupiter aka The Silk Spectre.
    • Billy Crudup (Almost Famous) is supposedly attached to play Dr. Manhattan.
    • Jackie Earle Haley (Little Children) has been confirmed by LatinoReview as Walter Kovacs aka Rorschach

    Watchmen is considered the Citizen Kane of comic books. Many of the sucessful (and some unsucessful) comic book series have borred elements and ideas from the book. Because of that, I’m worried that much of the material might now seem cliche. It will be interesting to see if they can sucessfully adapt it to the big screen. Last month we published a rumored cast list which you can read at this link. I’m sure we’ll find out many more names at the Warner Bros panel on Friday morning.