For some time, Andy and Lana Wachowski were trying to follow up Speed Racer with a film said to be a hard-R gay love story set during the Iraq war, with leads being a US soldier and an Iraqi citizen.
That movie didn’t happen, perhaps because of the politicized nature of the script, and instead the Wachowskis teamed with Tom Tykwer to make the very intriguing Cloud Atlas. Now Cloud Atlas is wrapped, and the Wachowskis are turning towards their next film. That looks to be Jupiter Ascending, an original sci-fi story from the pair. Now the lead roles in the picture have been offered to Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum, who is looking to have a banner year in the wake of 21 Jump Street. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, March 2nd, 2012 by Angie Han
The cast of Stuart Zicherman‘s A.C.O.D. just keeps getting better. Mary Elizabeth Winstead has just joined Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, and Jane Lynch in the comedy, which centers around around thirtysomething Carter (Scott). When his younger brother gets engaged, Carter must try and keep the peace between his long-divorced parents lest they ruin the wedding. Winstead is set to play Lauren Stinger, Carter’s supportive longtime girlfriend.
Winstead drew raves at Sundance earlier this year for her turn in James Ponsoldt’s Smashed, and has A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter due out later this year. [Deadline]
After the jump, Mila Kunis gets demonic, while Vera Farmiga’s little sister goes on a crime spree.
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In the months that followed the release and general success of Lee Daniels‘ film Precious, the director considered two follow-ups. One was Selma, a civil-rights drama that would have recreated the relationship between Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Lyndon Johnson. The other was The Butler, about a man named Eugene Allen, who was a servant in the White House starting in 1954 and working through eight presidencies.
Neither of those films ended up happening. Daniels made The Paperboy instead, and that film will be released later this year.
But now Daniels is looking once again at making The Butler. The film isn’t financed at this point, but as he did when originally trying to make Selma, Daniels is puling together a cast. Right now he’s got Hugh Jackman, Mila Kunis and John Cusack, with David Oyelowo and Oprah Winfrey, who hasn’t acted in a live-action drama since Beloved, as possible additions. Finally, Liam Neeson could end up playing Lyndon B. Johnson, a role he was previously set to play for Selma. Read More »
With the press release announcing the commencement of shooting on Sam Raimi‘s Oz the Great and Powerful, I’d hoped we might have some small casting additions. Maybe a role for Ted Raimi? Nothing new on that front, however. So we’ll make do with the knowledge that James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams lead the cast.
The release does have a few good tidbits of info, however, such as the fact that cinematographer Peter Deming (Evil Dead II, Drag Me to Hell, Lost Highway) is shooting. That’s great news; I’ve been a big fan of Mr. Deming’s work for many years, and thought he did a wonderful job on Drag Me to Hell. Additionally, Howard Berger is “[creating] the looks of several of the unique denizens of Oz, including creatures such as the Whimsies, the Tinkers and the Winkies, as well as the ghastly look of the Wicked Witch of the West.”
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Jamie Chung has two big Legendary Pictures films behind her this year, Sucker Punch and The Hangover Part II, and now (probably not as a response) she’s going indie for the film Knife Fight. That’s the one starring Rob Lowe where he plays “a political crisis manager who specializes in playing hardball on behalf of scandal-plagued clients.” Jamie Chung will be his savvy assistant. Quite a few other people are in talks for roles, too: Julie Bowen, Connie Britton, Jennifer Morrison, Rebecca Mader and Titus Welliver. Bill Guttentag directs and co-wrote the script with Chris Lehane; the film will shoot next month in San Francisco, and a release is planned for October 2012, timed around the next US Presidential election.
Before Knife Fight makes it to theaters, Jamie Chung will be in Premium Rush, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and was written and directed by David Koepp. [Variety]
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Briefly: In February we talked about how the start of the summer movie season has essentially been pulled back from Memorial Day weekend to early March. Next year continues that trend as March 2012 is packed with Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, John Carter, The Hunger Games, Clash of the Titans 2 and now Relativity’s Snow White film. Disney looks like it wants to continue the early summer trend in 2013, as the studio has just dated Sam Raimi‘s Oz: The Great and Powerful for March 8, 2013. Read More »
Seth MacFarlane has already built a television empire and he’s about to do the same thing at the multiplex. He’s currently shooting Ted, an R-rated comedy about a man whose Christmas present from the 1970s, a talking teddy bear, comes to life and achieves fame as a foul-mouthed womanizer. Mark Wahlberg is the lead, Mila Kunis is his girlfriend and MacFarlane himself will play the bear in full motion capture. Scheduled for release July 13, 2012, Ted also stars Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi, Patrick Warburton and more.
And while we already know the basic plot, a scooper over at Flixist has uncovered a few details that aren’t necessarily major, but give a great idea of where MacFarlane is going with this. These should be considered spoilers. And completely mental. Read More »
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Director Sam Raimi is assembling quite the cast for his Wizard of Oz prequel Oz The Great and Powerful. First he locked up James Franco to play a traveling salesman who finds himself in the magical land, then he cast Franco’s Date Night co-star Mila Kunis as the impressionable young witch Theadora, followed by Oscar-winner Rachel Weisz as her evil sister Evanora and now Variety reports that he’s cast Oscar nominee Michelle Williams as Glinda, the good sister who, along with Franco, battles for control of Oz against the brunette beauties. Read More »