Andrew Adamson, director of Shrek 2 and the first two Narnia movies, has set his sights on Lloyd Jones‘ novel Mister Pip. He has already written the script based on the book about ” the last white man left on the war-torn island of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, who reopens a school and reads his favorite novel, Great Expectations, to the students,” and will produce and direct the film. He’s got Hugh Laurie of House fame set to play the lead character. Read More »

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‘Hop’ Trailer #3

Universal Pictures’ Illumination Entertainment (the guys behind the computer animated feature Despicable Me, have released a third movie trailer for the upcoming Russell Brand Easter Bunny comedy Hop. Watch it now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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‘House M.D.’ Spoofs ‘Pulp Fiction’

The following is to be read in a dramatic announcer voice: On an all new House M.D., House and his partner travel to a small, dank apartment and spoof one of the most famous scenes in Pulp Fiction in order to save a friend from certain death. House, All New, Tonight on Fox. End Commercial.

Actually, it was Monday night on Fox and while I’ve never been a fan of the repetitive, overly-dramatic but critically acclaimed medical drama, if more episodes were like this, I’d be more inclined to watch. Check out the clip after the jump. Read More »

‘Hop’ Trailer

In Hop, from Alvin and the Chipmunks director Tim Hill, Russell Brand voices a CGI version of the Easter bunny and James Marsden plays the human who gets stuck taking care of him. Well, it isn’t the Easter bunny exactly, but a young bunny who has been tapped to be the next global deliverer of eggs and candy. Close enough.

We’ve seen one teaser, which basically consisted of a CGI bunny playing drums, but now there is a full trailer. If you think you can be convinced that this idea is a good one, by all means press on to the point beyond the break. Read More »

Aardman Animation is moving into 3D CGI holiday fare with Arthur Christmas, which stars James McAvoy as the title character in a story “which at last reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child’s question: ‘So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?’ The answer: Santa’s exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole.”

The voice cast also features Bill Nighy,Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton and Ashley Jensen, and now you can see a bit of the film at work. A teaser has just landed, and you’ll find it after the break. Read More »

The first movie poster for the upcoming Russell Brand Easter Bunny comedy Hop has been released on Facebook (via Bleeding Cool). The film is the first live-action production from Universal Pictures’ Illumination Entertainment, the guys behind the computer animated feature Despicable Me. Hit the jump to see the first poster which gives us our first look at Brand as the computer animated Easter Bunny.
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Arthur Christmas Voice Cast: Hugh Laurie, James McAvoy and Jim Broadbent

The last time we checked in on Arthur Christmas, the planned 3D CG holiday film from Aardman Animation, we had only a single promo image to offer up. Now there’s a lot more detail, including a full plot description, clarification on the behind the scenes talent, and a voice cast that includes James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie and Jim Broadbent. Read More »

oranges-supporting-cast

I talked a bit about The Oranges just the other day — that’s the indie that will put Hugh Laurie back on the big screen in a May-September romance with Leighton Meester. When I mentioned the film last week Catherine Keener was noted as being in the mix as the mother of Meester’s character. Now we’ve got a couple more names, and the cast as a whole is staring to look pretty good. Read More »

mildred-pierce-cast

I’m excited about the upcoming version of Mildred Pierce to be directed by Todd Haynes. Already set to star Kate Winslet in the title role, the HBO mini-series has just added a couple more good names: Guy Pearce and Evan Rachel Wood. Sure, Wood’s career has been spotty, but there’s something that suggests she can do a lot more than what we’ve seen her manage recently. I really liked her in Woody Allen’s Whatever Works, for example.

The obvious guess is that Pearce will play the husband from whom Mildred Pierce splits and that Wood will play their daughter. But that’s unconfirmed for now. [Production Weekly]

After the break, it’s buddy comedy time again, and the Hugh Laurie/Catherine Keener indie gets another cast member. Read More »

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