We’ve got a handful of release dates to share, with the biggest possibly being Guillermo del Toro‘s upcoming Pacific Rim, which, if things go well, will begin shooting late this summer or in early fall. Warner Bros. will distribute the Legendary Pictures production, and has just set July 12, 2013 as the release date. Pacific Rim is scripted by Travis Beacham and already boasts Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba and Charlie Day in the cast. The story is “set in a future where giant malevolent creatures threaten to destroy the earth, and the planet must band together and use advanced weapons technology to eradicate the growing threat.” [THR]

After the break, a new date for Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion, and dates for the Stephenie Meyer adaptation The Host, as well as for Roman Polanski’s Carnage, Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In, and Tucker & Dale Vs Evil. Read More »

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We’ve already seen photos of Andrew Garfield as both Peter Parker and Spider-Man and Emma Stone as love interest Gwen Stacy in
Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man. Today we have the first looks at Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors a.k.a. The Lizard, and Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben.

The first photo, snapped by college student J. Anthony Hall, shows Ifans and Garfield filming an outdoor scene. Not much is actually happening in the still, but it’s worth noting that Ifans is clearly wearing a bright green sock or covering over his right hand — presumably so it can be made to look missing or changed in post-production. (In the comics, Connors was a war surgeon who lost his arm in a blast. Upon returning to civilian life, he developed a serum from reptilian DNA and regenerated his arm. Then he became a full-on reptilian monster. Oops.)

The other images, from the Daily Mail, feature Sheen and Garfield standing outside in sunglasses. I’d guess that they aren’t in character in these pictures, but I can’t be sure. Scroll past the jump to see the full images. [Coming Soon via Obsessed with Film]

Also after the jump: possible bad news for Wonder Woman fans, possible good news for Pepper Potts fans, and an image from The Avengers set, and details on The Avengers‘ budget and locations.

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For the past few months, Steven Soderbergh has been all over the place with the cast and crew of Contagion. They’ve been shooting in San Francisco over the past week or so, and will close out work in that city with a massive scene at Candlestick Park that involves over 1000 extras. (The production manager for the film described the scene at the 49ers home field as “like a large vaccination center.”)

Before that happens, we’ve got some set pics showing at least one urban setting for the film, which follows the outbreak and effects of a global pandemic. Read More »

I’m always excited to see independently-produced science fiction films at the Sundance Film Festival because it usually means I’m in for a treat. Notable mentions include Shane Carruth’s 2004 time travel movie Primer, and Duncan Jones’ 2009 psychological space thriller Moon. This year’s line-up is almost completely devoid of sci-fimovies. As far as I can tell, the only two films are: the Midnight movie selection Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same and a film in the dramatic competition called Another Earth.

Another Earth is described as follows: “On the night of the discovery of a duplicate planet in the solar system, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident.” Sounds like a cool concept for a sci-fi movie, right?
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Adam Shankman‘s big-screen version of the rock opera Rock of Ages is slowly coming together. There has been a lot of word about actors circling the project, but no hard and fast casting news as of yet. The biggest name being discussed so far has been Tom Cruise, who will reportedly take a supporting role in the musical. Now Russell Brand is circling a role as well. A rundown of the possible cast as it stands is after the break. Read More »

Briefly: Sometimes offer stories turn into something real; not long ago we reported that Tom Cruise had been offered a role in the film version of the stage musical Rock of Ages. Now we know, thanks to EW, that Mr. Cruise is now in talks for an unspecified role, and that another offer is out to Gwyneth Paltrow. The actress confirms the offer, saying, “It sounds cool… I just got the script and I will read it on the plane home tomorrow. But it sounds like it could be fun.”

Adam Shankman is set to direct the film version of the musical that follows the romance of a couple with, telling their story in part through arrangements of ’80s rock songs. Appropriately, the news about Gwyenth Paltrow’s involvement comes from her appearance at the Country Strong premiere; she sings in the film, and has also made a recent appearance on Glee, so this offer makes all sorts of sense. Chime in below with opinions about who she’s likely to play, if things move forward.

Briefly: While he didn’t talk in too many details about The Avengers during the LA Times web chat on Friday, Kevin Feige did hint that the film might have a cameo or two beyond the scope of the giant announced cast. But one character who won’t be appearing, according to Gwyneth Paltrow, will be Iron Man’s girl Friday Pepper Potts.

Speaking to Collider, the actress said, “No. No Pepper… I think it’s a for sure. I think they’re starting shooting soon and they probably would have asked me by now.” Actors are often the last to know what’s going on with a film (unless they’re also producers) but in this case, given that The Avengers is set to shoot within the next few months, we can likely take her at her word.

Movie Trailer: ‘Country Strong’

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Here’s something a little different from Screen Gems, which is far better known for mid-budget genre fare like Resident Evil and Priest than a movie about a country singer trying to get her career back on track.

But looking at this trailer for Country Strong, you might make the argument that this movie is courting a genre audience in exactly the same way that Resident Evil courts its fanbase: by giving people what they want in a stripped-down, not too challenging scenario. See what you think when Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Garrett Hedlund, and Leighton Meester take the stage to get crazy (heart), after the break. Read More »

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