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What major Batman life event is about to be shot on the set of Batman v Superman? Did Joaquin Phoenix fess up to almost playing Doctor Strange? Are there going to be a lot of deaths in Thor: Ragnarok? Want to see some more videos from the Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray? Is that Aunt May Spider-Man movie actually happening? Which two superhero Mondo posters are coming out Thursday? When can you stream Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D on Netflix? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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We had a couple of days where mid-level casting for a lot of projects was going crazy. Maybe there was something in the air; maybe casting directors and agents just all got together and had a field day. It’s been a bit slower today, but still there are a couple of items to catch up on. After the break, you’ll find info on how:

  • Robin Williams appears to be cast in Gently Down the Stream, with Robert De Niro and Susan Sarandon.
  • Joel David Moore (Avatar) will be in Oliver Stone’s Savages.
  • and Katie Cassidy takes the lead in Freaky Deaky. Read More »

‘Monte Carlo’ Trailer

It goes without saying that Transformers: Dark of the Moon will win the box office over the fourth of July weekend. But, being as the audience for that film is primarily young men, Hollywood is wisely counter-programming. For adults, they’ve got Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts in Larry Crowne and for young girls, there’s Monte Carlo.

Monte Carlo stars Disney teen-sensation Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester and Katie Cassidy (the last two both from Gossip Girl) as three American friends who go to Paris only to have Gomez mistaken for a wealthy British party girl. Their penny-pinching vacation then becomes a first class whirlwind trip through Europe complete with shopping sprees, boys, and all those other things that appear in every other Disney Channel movie like this. But Monte Carlo isn’t a Disney Channel movie. It is directed by Thomas Bezucha (The Family Stone), produced by Nicole Kidman and scored by Michael Giacchino. Check out the trailer for the July 1 release after the break. Read More »

A Nightmare On Elm Street

There’s a joke at the center of A Nightmare on Elm Street, a very simple one, that would be hilarious if it wasn’t so damning. The joke is that a film about kids desperately trying to stay awake is so incredibly good at putting me to sleep.

A hybrid re-imagining and remake of Wes Craven‘s 1984 original, this Nightmare feels like it has been glued together out of ill-fitting parts. A shot for shot sequence remake here, characters mixed and matched there, and a Freddy Krueger that is far more vile than the original, yet significantly less interesting to watch. You’d think those two aspects might correspond. A more realistic, disgusting Krueger should be less overtly entertaining than Robert Englund’s version, which worked one-liners for over a decade. That’s part of it, but the one-liners aren’t actually gone, while the grim approach isn’t more frightening.

In the hands of director Samuel Bayer, multiple screenwriters and Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes, this is a would-be serious horror film with nothing to say, and no imagination to fall back on. Read More »

A Nightmare On Elm Street

Warner Bros/New Line Cinema has released the official production notes and 18 final high resolution production photos from Samuel Bayer’s reamke of A Nightmare on Elm Street. Hit the jump to check them out now.

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I just wrote about Butter the other day — that’s the Black List script by Jason Micallef that is becoming a comedy with satirical overtones starring Rob Corddry and Jennifer Garner. Now Ashley Greene, aka the one reason I’d think about ever wanting to watch any of the Twilight films, is signing on to play “a rebellious high school teenager.” I still love the core idea — an Iowa butter-carving competition is allegory for the 2008 Democratic caucus — and this cast is really shaping up. [THR]

After the break, new work for a Glee cast member and some terribly exciting news about the third Big Momma’s House movie. Actually, the opposite — the only exciting news would be that it isn’t happening. Read More »

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