The casting news tonight is all over the place: First we have Billy Bob Thornton teaming up with Dwayne Johnson in Faster, a George Tillman Jr. (Men of Honor, Notorious) action drama vehicle. Johnson will star as Driver, an ex-con out for revenge following his brother’s murder. Thornton plays Cop, a (you guessed it) police officer tailing Driver. There’s also Killer, a hitman who’s after Driver for some reason (my god, maybe he killed Driver’s brother?!). The latter role remains uncast.
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Here’s a couple of short casting bites. First up, according to THR Danny Huston has joined the cast of Ridley Scott‘s still-untitled Robin Hood picture, which is currently shooting in England. The awesome Huston — well, maybe not so awesome in Wolverine, but just check him out in The Proposition — is stepping in as Richard the Lionhearted. You might remember that Iain Glen briefly played the same figure in Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven, which takes place in a timeline that slightly overlaps this new Robin Hood picture.
And, confirming news that started to percolate over a month ago, Jason Statham is in final talks to join the London-set serial killer thriller Blitz. Details after the jump. Read More »
When Sngmoo Lee‘s debut film was initially announced, the title was Laundry Warrior. Now that far more distinctive title has been ditched for the less provocative, perhaps even less mysterious, The Warrior’s Way. A promo reel for the Wuxia Western – think Samurai swordplay on the old West frontier – has appeared to leak online, via YouTube where it was discovered by 24fps. As it is unofficial and premature, don’t expect it to be entirely indicative of the finished product (as if that was ever true of officially sanctioned trailers anyway) but you can catch it after the break and get, I think, a good idea of the fun in store.
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I’ve been picking up a vague idea that – and you know, tell me if you’ve sensed it too – that Empire are trying really hard at the moment. Be sure and stop by their site to at least give them something back in return, eh?
Their latest scoop is an image from Edge of Darkness. Directed by Martin Campbell, who pretty much single handedly rescued the Bond franchise not once but twice, the film stars Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone and Danny Huston. In their image, Mel Gibson is seen with Bojana Novakovic, with him coming across as quizzical and concerned and her coming across as… well… dead.
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Critically acclaimed Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s second collaboration with Guillermo Arriaga, 21 Grams, is now available for free on Hulu. The film tells three stories starring Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Benicio Del Toro, Danny Huston, and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Not nearly as great as his debut feature Amores Perros, 21 Grams is still worth checking out. Leave your comments about the movie in the comments.
elcome to another edition of Movie Playlist, where we talk to the writers, directors, and stars about their favorite films. I’ve always found the celebrity playlists on iTunes to be interesting. Most everyone in the film business moved to Hollywood after discovering their love of films. And I’ve always love talking to people about their favorite films. So talking to the people who make the movies about their favorite films just seemed like a natural idea.
Last week I had the chance to sit down with Robert Pattinson, star of Twilight. In the past editions of Movie Playlist, I have gotten pretty much what I’ve expected. The intellectual director usually spouts off a bunch of cool obscure films from the 1950’s and 1960’s, and actors usually focus on the careers of a few key actors. But I’ll admit, Robert’s choices were both surprising and refreshing.
/Film: What’s the movie that you’ve seen the most, do you think, in your lifetime?
Robert Pattinson: I go through periods where I just watch the same thing again and again and again. I’ve been watching this movie called Ivansxtc. It’s a Danny Huston movie. I watched it like 50 times this year.
/Film: Why were you so attracted to that film?
Robert Pattinson: If you watched it, you’d understand. It starts off kind of stupid, but it ends up being Danny Huston. It’s kind of transcendent. He lifts the whole movie. It’s like when you just see an actor and they’ve got the part of their career, and the scene and they’re not messing up. It’s an amazing, amazing movie. I don’t even think you can buy it in America.
/Film: I haven’t even heard of this one.
Robert Pattinson: I know. It’s like they don’t sell it anywhere. They sell it in England everywhere, but I can’t get it anywhere in America.
Robert Pattinson: I grew up watching lots of different Jack Nicholson movies. So, I was like kind of really into Jack Nicholson. Five Easy Pieces – I guess I’ve watched that a lot.
/Film: Why Jack Nicholson?
Robert Pattinson: I think he is literally the only actor who I can guarantee if I see a Jack Nicholson movie which I haven’t seen, even though I’ve seen them all now, but it’s like the same Jack Nicholson on a DVD box or whatever. It’s like seal of approval. So, you know that there’s something going to be worth watching about the movie. Every single thing he’s done, It’s bizarre.
/Film: You’ve never been disappointed by a Jack Nicholson film?
Robert Pattinson: Sometimes a little bit by the movie, but like there’s always something. There’s a few other actors who have quite a good track like him; maybe 90%, but like he has 100%.
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According to AICN, Ryan Reynolds (Definitely, Maybe) will definitely be suiting up to play anti-hero Deadpool in 2009’s first X-Men spinoff X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Reynolds has been attached to the role for some time, including the character’s own flick. This news arrives after several bits of casting info for the film have popped up as of late. Before we get into that, I don’t understand why fanboy sentiment runs so high for Reynolds in this role. I mean, check out the image above (and yes, I liked the dude in The Nines).
Film School Rejects reports that The Blob, one of the more obese villains in comic lore, is set to appear in the Gavin Hood-directed summer tent-pole as well. What’s more, their source says the character will appear as an actor in a fat suit (as opposed to CGI) and pegs the villain’s weight at around 800-1,200 pounds (producers want the latter), which is several milkshakes past his comic book weight of 510. In the comics his skin and fat can absorb missiles, and cannot be punctured, making him a challenge to Logan. Has anyone tried middle school insults? No actor was named, but let’s hope it’s not Mike Myers.
As for the mercenary William Stryker, played previously in the X-Men films by Brian Cox, actor Danny Huston (30 Days of Night, The Kingdom) is set to play a younger version of the character according to JoBlo, against rumors that Dexter‘s Michael C. Hall was a lock for the part. Lastly, giving Wolverine a little relief from all of these heavily armed antagonists (also Liev Schreiber‘s Sabretooth) is the flick’s love-interest, Kayla Silverfox aka Silver Fox, “one of the few female victims of the Weapon X project,” and IESB says she’ll be played by redheaded actress Lynn Collins (Bug, The Number 23).
I didn’t expect this project to skimp and actually thought it’d be cool to see a less crowded X-Men flick, but The Blob news is definitely a surprise. Hugh Jackman wasn’t kidding when he said this would be on the scale (if not bigger) of a regular X installment. No need to worry that this means too many villains in the pot just yet, especially if Hood brings a fresh creative direction as expected.
Discuss: What kind of vibe are you getting from this project thus far?Â
People have been obsessed with numbers since the beginning of time. The number three for example is engrained in everything from a joke, to a story, to life. Dramatists say that the number is just part of how the human brain functions. It’s how we structure our thoughts, in three acts – a beginning, middle, and end. Even the Bible has a number obsession.
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