Rapper T.I. has done a few movies (Takers, American Gangster, ATL) but has had his cinematic aspirations derailed by little things like county jail and federal prison stints. But he’s back at work, and in an interview conducted at SXSW, T.I. said that he’s got a couple of film projects on the horizon.

Specifically, the rapper said “there is a Marvel Comic franchise that [has] been inquiring about my availability for some time,” and “we also have a new Tom Cruise film with Doug Liman… I have that as well, on the horizon.” That would be We Mortals Are, once titled All You Need is Kill, the film in which Cruise plays a soldier in a future war who is killed, but has to relive his last hours, Groundhog Day-style, over and over again. I liked one draft of the script quite a bit; the film could be a wild, action-packed and slightly weird experience.

Check the video interview after the break, and get news of Christopher Meloni’s new indie, and the dark comedy that has recruited actors like Gillian Jacobs and Ned Beatty. Read More »

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Sarah Polley is putting together a film she’ll direct as a follow-up to the sad and terrific Away From Her, and she’s just landed Sarah Silverman to appear alongside Seth Rogen and Michelle Williams. Take This Waltz is about “a young woman (Williams) whose struggles with infidelity leads her to the realization that she may be addicted to the honeymoon period of her relationships.”

Rogen’s character is married to Williams;  Silverman plays Rogen’s sister. Based on what we’ve heard of the script, which Polley also wrote, this will probably be tipped slightly more to the dramatic side of the scale, though I know it has significant funny aspects. I’m always happy to see comediennes play drama, so I hope Silverman’s role isn’t purely intended as comic relief. [Variety]

After the break, the Kennedys come to life (again) and Richard Gere partners up with Topher Grace. Read More »

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Self-described “right-wing nut job” 24 co-creator and producer Joel Surnow is shopping around a 10-hour miniseries that will “unveil secrets” and explore “the soiled and crooked steps” the Kennedy family took to get to the White House. A major U.S. cable network is in talks to acquire the project, which has a planned budget of $30 million. The official plot synopsis follows:

“The Kennedys takes an inside look behind the secret doors of the White House, [and] the soiled and crooked steps it took to get there,. It also tells the historical stories that are associated with the Kennedy era — the Bay of Pigs, the Missile Crisis, the civil rights struggle, the mob connection — each one told in the context of personal, Kennedy-family dramas.”

Despite Surnow’s conservative bias and a suspiciously slanted press release, executive producer Michael Prupas claims that it will be “surprising, arresting and truthful”. Truthful… uh huh.

Discuss: Are you interested in seeing a miniseries about the Kennedy family from a conservative slant?

source: Variety

Page 2 for April 30th

Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!

WALL-E Muni

WALL-E has been spotted hanging on to the side of San Francisco’s MUNI Fast Rail public transit system. [flickr]

Phillip Noyce is in negotiations to direct The Art of Making Money, a DreamWorks project about a notorious counterfeiter who printed more than $10 million in fake bills. [thr]

Henry Poole is Here PosterMTV has the poster for Henry Poole is Here.

United Artists and Lakeshore Entertainment have hired 24 co-creator-executive producer Joel Surnow to develop a contemporary spy thriller that will be directed by Casino Royale helmer Martin Campbell. [Variety]

Starship Troopers 3: Marauder
will arrive on DVD and Blu Ray on July 29th. [bloody-d]

Oscar winning screenwriter Diablo Cody is now on Twitter. /Film is also on Twitter too!

Warner Bros will release movies for Apple TV the same day as dvd. [gizmodo]

FirstShowing takes a look at all the comic books you should read before seeing Iron Man.

Disneyland will be hosting Indiana Jones events starting on May 22nd: “Indiana Jones: Summer of Hidden Mysteries” will be made of 2 different street shows, one involves a female Archaeologist and the other features Indy fighting on rooftops. [theraider]

The Last House on the Left

ShockTillYouDrop has posted the first photos from Rogue’s The Last House on the Left remake.

Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann, the original kid stars of Disney’s 1970s “Witch Mountain” movies, are coming back for Race to Witch Mountain. [thr]

Watch the video for Scarlett Johansson‘s first single “Falling Down” which features David Bowie on backup vocals (but not in the video). [badandugly]

Avatar t-shirt

Our friends at MarketSaw have photos of a t-shirt made for James Cameron’s AVATAR from 1996 which Digital Domain was working on concepts. Jeeez, this film has been in development for some time.

Mark Ronson told the BBC that Amy Winhouse submitted a demo for the next James Bond film Quantum of Solace: “The demo sounds like a James Bond theme, hopefully. But I don’t know if it’ll get used.” [empire]

Ultimate WALL-EDisney will be releasing an Ultimate WALL-E programmable toy robot manufactured by Thinkway, which will retail for $189.99 USD. It will feature 10 motors for realistic movement, and also a “variety of sensors” to allow for voice activation, navigation, and detection of obstacles, among other capabilities. [pixarblog]

Spout wonders if Iron Man is Too Critically Acclaimed to be a hit?

Alamo Drafthouse had a special advanced screening of Iron Man where they had a guy in a jet pack dressed as Iron Man flying around the parking lot. How cool is that?

SFGate have put together a cool Google Maps mashup of famous movies shot in San Francisco. Now if only someone created a Google Map containing every movie shot in San Francisco. That would be cool.

Rob Zombie has posted a cryptic Dylan Thomas poem on his Tyrannosaurus Rex blog.

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