Carla Gugino (Watchmen, Sin City) has joined the cast of Faster, the George Tillman Jr.-directed revenge thriller starring Dwayne Johnson. It seems logical that Gugino is the replacement for Salma Hayek, who at the last minute (January 31st) dropped out of the project due to supposed “scheduling issues”. If so, that is definitely a step-up in terms of acting talent, but a step down in terms of star value and marketability.
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I’m wildly curious to see what’s going on in Sucker Punch. Zack Snyder‘s follow-up to Watchmen features a wild cast (Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Jena Malone and Abbie Cornish, with Carla Gugino, Jon Hamm, Scott Glenn and Oscar Isaac) with the first five names as a group of girls locked in an unsavory mental institution, from which they escape through fantasy. It is said to be violent and weird and full of monsters. And now Abbie Cornish says there is…singing and dancing? Rad, count me in. Read More »
While promoting Sorority Row, actress Jamie Chung has been talking about Zack Snyder‘s upcoming film Sucker Punch, in which she is featured alongside Emily Browning, Jenna Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish and supporting players Carla Gugino and Jon Hamm. We know a few things about the film: Browning plays Baby Doll, a girl confined to a mental institution by her stepfather. She escapes into outlandish, violent fantasy to deal with her predicament. Chung gets a bit more specific, though, and her comments follow the break. Are they spoilers? Not really, if you’ve been reading what we’ve covered so far. Read More »
Staying faithful to one of his Minutemen, Zack Snyder has given Carla Gugino a role in the upcoming Sucker Punch. So far we know almost nothing about her part of Mrs. Schulz. Indeed, it could be a key part or it could be not: The Hollywood Reporter tag her only as “an adult figure in the institution.” This doesn’t even let us know if she’s another inmate or one of the psychiatric staff. She could even be some kind of super glamorous janitor. Or perhaps she appears to be one of the staff but is really an inmate – that’s a cliche that’s never gonna get new again.
UPDATE: Variety have followed through with their own piece on the casting and reveal that Mrs. Schulz is “a nurse in the insane asylum who becomes a madam at a brothel in the film’s alternate reality.” An oppressive asylum reimagined as a brothel? Okay, I see where this is going more definitely now… I now return you to a THR-centric report, already in progress.
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[This review is spoiler-free]
Watchmen first appeared on my radar years ago when I’d heard that one of my favorite directors, Paul Greengrass, was slated to helm the big-screen adaptation. I’m not a huge comic book reader, but I’d heard so many complimentary things about the graphic novel that I was induced to buy myself a copy and check it out for myself. What I discovered was that the book lives up to all the hype: Moore’s (and illustrator Dave Gibbons‘) 1986/1987 comic book series spun a gripping, dystopic tale of an alternate reality, one in which costumed vigilantes have taken to the street to quell civil unrest, and the U.S. and Russia are on the brink of nuclear annihilation, held back barely by the existence of the ultimate nuclear deterrent: Dr. Manhattan, the one “superhero” that actually possessed super powers.
While Moore’s book has been referred to by many as possessing cinematic qualities, it’s also repeatedly been referred to as “unfilmable.” After all these years, a convergence of fortuitous events have allowed director Zack Snyder to take his vision of the graphic novel to the big screen. My appreciation for the book led me to eagerly anticipate this film’s release, starting with the first trailer all the way up to the first 20 minutes of the film shown at NY Comic Con. Did Snyder achieve the impossible? Was he able to make cinematic sense out of Watchmen?
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Myspace has a new Watchmen featurette titled “Girls Kick Ass” which takes a look at the girls of Watchmen, or more specificly: Malin Akerman (Laurie Juspeczyk/Silk Spectre II) and Carla Gugino (Sally Jupiter/Silk Spectre). We get to see some of the mother/daughter sequences in Jupiter’s Florida home, and more importantly – Akerman’s fight scene in the jail.
From the producers of Paris, je t’aime, comes New York, I Love You, another anthology of 12-short films, this time focusing on the stories of love in New York’s five boroughs. Directed by Allen Hughes, Shekhar Kapur, Joshua Marston, Mira Nair, Brett Ratner,
Fatih Akin, Scarlett Johansson, Ivan Attal, Natalie Portman, Shunji Iwai, Jiang Wen, and Andrei Zvyagintsev. The film’s ensemble cast includes: Kevin Bacon, Maggie Q, Orlando Bloom, James Caan, Hayden Christensen, Blake Lively, Julie Christie, Chris Cooper, Drea de Matteo, Carla Gugino, Ethan Hawke, John Hurt, Shia LaBeouf, Natalie Portman, Rachel Bilson, Christina Ricci, Olivia Thirlby, Robin Wright Penn, Anton Yelchin, Burt Young and more.
I never got a chance to see Paris, je t’aime, but the idea always seemed appealing to me. While I live in probably the greatest city in the States – San Francisco, Manhattan has always been my favorite big screen city setting. New York, I Love You will screen as a work in progress at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, and is expected to hit theaters in mid-february 2009.
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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