“Everyone wants to do sequels,” says Chris Tucker. Indeed. After the jump:

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes gets a plot summary, will shoot in March
  • Keith Richards may return to the Pirates of the Caribbean series
  • Chris Tucker is interested in Rush Hour 4, not so much Friday 4
  • Nick Cannon talks up his plans for a Drumline sequel and TV series
  • Isla Fisher signs on for the kinda-sorta Jackie Brown sequel Switch
  • Transformers 4 explores Bangkok as a potential shooting location
  • The Last Exorcism Part II gets picked up by CBS Films; see a new image

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The image you see above is the first look at Amber Heard as she appears in the Robert Rodriguez film Machete Kills. The movie is, as you likely know, the sequel to 2009′s Machete, which was itself an expansion of the very entertaining “fake” trailer that appeared in the Rodriguez/Tarantino effort Grindhouse.

After the break, we’ve got more info on Machete Kills, as well as:

  • Tyler Perry will get another film as Alex Cross,
  • Warner Bros. sends a new corporate overseer down to keep tabs on Mad Max: Fury Road,
  • Keith Richards is ready for Pirates of the Caribbean 5,
  • and, in news that totally fits with everything mentioned above, Cynthia Nixon doesn’t want to do more Sex and the City.

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It seems like biopics and other similar true life stories are exploding in development right now, and we’ve got casting for three big ones. First up, the Jimi Hendrix film All is By My Side has just added a young Keith Richards. British actor Ashley Charles will play the Rolling Stones songwriter and guitarist.

John Ridley is directing the film now, with Andre Benjamin as Hendrix, and Hayley Atwell as Linda Keith, who during the story’s time frame was dating Richards. She ‘discovered’ Hendrix and tried to get the Stones management to work with him, to no avail. Keith Richards likely won’t play a big part in the film, which chronicles the days before Hendrix made it big.

Fun fact checking: let’s see how people refer to Richards in this film. In ’63 the Stones manager started listing the guitarist as Keith Richard, and it wasn’t until the ’70s that he once again became Richards.  [THR]

After the break, Donal Logue plays an important figure in the New York music scene, and Colin Farrell is in talks for the Mary Poppins film Saving Mr. Banks. Read More »

When he’s not getting made fun of at the Golden Globes, Johnny Depp has been known to make a movie or two. He’ll play the lead in Gore Verbinski’s animated Rango on March 4, then there’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, out May 20, The Rum Diary (above) should be out later this year, he’ll start shooting Dark Shadows in April with long time collaborator Tim Burton, he’s working on a Keith Richards documentary and, after all of that, he’s signed on to play Tonto in producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s big budget adaptation of The Lone Ranger with Verbinski attached to direct.

Talking to Entertainment Weekly, Depp not only confirmed that he’d be willing to come back for the fifth Pirates, he talked about the state of The Lone Ranger and offered an update on his Keith Richards documentary. Read his quotes after the jump. Read More »

We ran two pretty silly rumors the other day, and now both have (thankfully) been debunked. One was that LucasFilm was ready to announce that the Indiana Jones films would be converted to 3D. LucasFilm was quick to deny that one, to the surprise of exactly no one. Conspiracy theorists can feel free to maintain that a denial is exactly what they expected, but I’ll take the company’s word for now.

The other rumor is that, thanks to the discussion of drug use in his new book Life, Keith Richards would be cut from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Disney was pretty quick to deny that one, too, even taking to Facebook to make an announcement, which is after the break. Read More »

UPDATE: One LucasFilm source says this rumor is completely false, and that the company is only focused on producing 3D versions of Star Wars films right now. Original article follows.

With Lucasfilm revealing that the Star Wars movies will be converted to 3D for a six-year release pattern starting in 2012, it’s only natural that rumors would breed of the Indiana Jones films getting a similar treatment. The rumor du jour is that next month we’ll get an official release from LucasFilm about the 3D conversion and eventual release pattern for the four Indy films, starting with Raiders of the Lost Ark. (What, they’re not going in chronological story order?)

Blue Sky Disney
is bringing this rumor to the people, but doesn’t cite any sources. And I’m not sure how much control Lucasfilm actually has over the Indy films, but if Paramount wanted 3D versions made, LucasFilm would handle the gruntwork. So it’s likely all the same in the long run. More to the point, while George Lucas is on board with converting old films to 3D, has Indy director Steven Spielberg really been bitten by the bug? I can see him being interested in it, but given that the Indy films were all about returning to the glory days of adventure serials this would be a move very much at odds with the original spirit of the films.

After the break, an even better rumor: supposedly Disney is thinking of cutting Keith Richards from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides because *gasp!* he used drugs. Read More »

Keith Richards in Pirates of the Caribbean

Many of you will recall that star Johnny Depp credited Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards for inspiring his character in the original Pirates of the Caribbean movie, and Disney had the guitarist written into the last installment, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, as Sparrow’s father: Captain Teague. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is expected to be a stand alone adventure following Jack Sparrow’s quest for the Fountain of Youth. The latest adventure will somehow result in a family reunion.
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With Martin Scorsese’s Rolling Stones doc, Shine a Light, booked to play theaters in April, I find myself much more interested in Ruby Tuesday, an animated film from Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, the writers of the Beatles musical Across the Universe, that will utilize the Stones’ music in a similar fashion.

“We wrote an animated film before the strike that features the music of The Rolling Stones,” says Clement on Movieweb. “Obviously, that is not just a kiddy film. You can’t do The Stones, and think it will just be for kids. We hope that will get made in the next couple of years.”

Adds Frenais…

“The film was supposed to start next month. It is called Ruby Tuesday. It is going to be CGI. It will be interesting. The animation is actually going to be done in Paris. It will be some pretty hip animation. It is amazing how many French animators work at Dreamworks. When we were doing Flushed Away, we were over there. It was like a foreign campus.”

The film’s title derives from the eponymous hit single, about a charmingly quixotic and possibly tragic groupie, by the Rolling Stones from their 1966 album Between the Buttons. Whether the main character in the film, a single mother searching for happiness in New York City, was a groupie at some point in her life is unknown, but the writers say that while the film will be “edgier” than most American-released animation today, it’s not R-rated fare a la Ralph Bakshi’s Fritz the Cat and Heavy Traffic.

It’s about time the Rolling Stones, whose contributions and influence to film are not slight, had their own Yellow Submarine, don’t you think?

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