Audiences love the summer because it’s the home of the blockbuster but, in terms of memorable films, the summer of 2010 was a major disappointment. Outside of Toy Story 3 and Inception, the rest of the top 10 films at the box office were a mixed bag of mediocre sequels and remakes. Thankfully, next summer will more than make up for it, at least in terms of blockbuster potential.

The summer of 2011 is absolutely loaded with massive, big budget films including huge sequels Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and The Hangover 2, new superhero films like Green Lantern, Thor and Captain America: The Last Avenger, kids fare such as Cars 2, Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom and Smurfs 3D and don’t forget Super 8, Rise of the Apes, X-Men: First Class and more.

Jon Favreau, director of one of the summer’s wildcards, Cowboys and Aliens, is potentially nervous about the box office back up and feels like many films are going to suffer surprising casualties. Hit the jump for more. Read More »


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Since it was first announced, I’ve been wondering what the tone will be for Jon Favreau‘s Cowboys & Aliens. Even coming out of the footage screened at Comic-Con, I wasn’t exactly sure. Screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci recently gave an interview with SciFiMedia Zone about the film and actually address the tone of the movie.
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Jon Favreau has always had great respect for his audience, and that fact has never been more clear than at Comic-Con. They’ve only been shooting Cowboys and Aliens for four weeks, but Favreau worked hard to finish cutting together some footage in hopes of giving fans a taste of its tone and style. Learn about what was shown, and what Favreau had to say about the film, after the break. Read More »

Abigail Spencer

Abigail Spencer is joining the cast of Jon Favreau‘s big screen adaptation of the comic book Cowboys and Aliens. Spencer started her career on
the soap All My Children, went on to become the star of Lifetime Television’s Angela’s Eyes, but is probably best known as Don Draper’s mistress Miss Farrell on the AMC series Mad Men. Abigail has appeared in a handfull of indie features, but this is her first feature length movie for a Hollywood studio. HeatVision reports that Spencer will play a prostitute named Alice, “a former lover of Daniel Craig’s character who makes him change his ways.”

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Jerry Bruckheim'er photos from the set of Pirates of the Caribbean 4

Back in the old days, people would sneak onto the side of a movie set and snap unwanted photos, and send them to a movie news website for us and other to post. Now it seems like all the set photos are coming from the filmmakers themselves. This morning we have new set photos from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Cowboys and Aliens, taken not by a tourist on the sidelines or paparazi, but by director Jon Favreau and Producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

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Hope Davis (About Schmidt), James Rebhorn (Independence Day, The Game) and Olga Fonda (Love Hurts) has been cast in Shawn Levy‘s futuristic robot boxing movie Real Steel. No word on what roles they will play.

Golden Globe nominated actor Adam Beach (Flags of Our Fathers, Windtalkers) has joined the cast of Jon Favreau‘s big screen adaptation of the graphic novel Cowboys and Aliens. Beach will play Nat Colorado, a half-Apache who works for Col. Woodrow Dolarhyde (played by Harrison Ford).

More details on both projects, after the jump.

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First Set Photo: Cowboys & Aliens

Jon Favreau has revealed the first set photo from his upcoming big screen adaptation of Cowboys and Aliens on Twitter.  The photo was taken during camera tests, and gives us a little glimpse into the costumes from the movie. Check it out now, after the jump.

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Cowboys & Aliens Plot Revealed

Dreamworks has revealed the official plot synopsis for Jon Favreau‘s upcoming big screen adaptation of Cowboys and Aliens. Since the film is based on the comic book series written by Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley, we had some idea, but now the full plot details have been revealed.

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Sam Rockwell Joins Cowboys and Aliens

Sam Rockwell will be re-teaming with Iron Man 2/Made director Jon Favreau, joining the cast of Cowboys and Aliens. Written by Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley, the story takes place in the Old West, where “settlers and Native Americans wage a bloody battle for control of the land. But when the Earth is threatened by conquerors from the stars, these sworn enemies must work together to save all humanity.”

HeatVision reports that Rockwell will play a bar owner named Doc who joins in the pursuit of the aliens. The role was originally written as a heavy set man, but the part was rewritten and expanded after Rockwell showed interest. Rockwell is one of the biggest surprises and best parts of Favreau’s Iron Man 2.

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