Looks like Universal got the jump on everyone at the end of this past week by announcing a boatload of release dates. Others are falling in line to grab their own weekends, and so we’ve got new dates for Lionsgate’s 3D version of Conan, which now seems to be officially called Conan 3D, and Sony’s 21 Jump Street, the latter of which is being pushed back from a 2011 date and had previously been dated as a ‘Winter 2012′ film. Read More »
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James Gandolfini is about to start work on Violet & Daisy but is lining up work to take on after that film wraps. One possibility is Great Hope Springs, the matrimonial drama that will re-team director Mike Nichols and Meryl Streep. Jeff Bridges was one possible candidate for the same role over the summer, but he’s out of the picture.
If Gandolfini signs on, he’d also join Philip Seymour Hoffman in the Vanessa Taylor-scripted film about “a husband and wife (Gandolfini and Streep) undergoing an intense weekend of counseling to decide their future after 30 years of marriage.” Streep sparring with Gandolfini with Hoffman as the ref? Yep, I’ll take that. Vulture says the trio is keen to work together, and the film could shoot in March if deals come together.
After the break, the fourth Mission: Impossible gets a new Russian agent, and a spot is held At the Mountains of Madness for Ron Perlman. Read More »
Disney’s next animated film is Tangled, which retells the classic Rapunzel story with a distinctly Pirates of the Caribbean, ‘maybe boys will see this’ vibe. We’ve seen a couple of teasers, some clips and plenty of art from the film. Now there’s a full trailer, which gives a much better idea of what the film might actually be like. Read More »
Briefly: Quite a cast that Nicolas Winding Refn has assembled for Drive: Ryan Gosling is the disaffected stuntman by day, getaway driver by night, and Carey Mulligan is the woman whose boyfriend (Oscar Isaac) initially gets Gosling’s character into the underworld. Then add Albert Brooks as the antagonist, with Christina Hendricks and Bryan Cranston on board, as well.
Now Ron Perlman has signed on, according to Screen Daily. The trade doesn’t peg which role he’ll play, but I’m guessing, based on a flip through the script, that he’s playing the guy who sets up one of the jobs that Gosling’s character gets involved in. And it’ll be great to see him do it — while Perlman walks through some paycheck jobs, pair him with a director like Refn and I expect real results. Drive is Refn’s biggest project yet, which is also an interesting factor here, and the film starts to shoot in LA at the end of September.
Walt Disney Animation Studios has released a new teaser trailer for their 50th full-length animated feature Tangled.
Directed by Byron Howard & Nathan Greno (the co-director and head of story on Bolt respectively), this new telling of the classic fairy tale Rapunzel (the original title of the film), will transport audiences “to a stunning CG fantasy world complete with the iconic tower, an evil witch, a gallant hero and, of course, the mysterious girl with the long golden tresses. Expect adventure, heart, humor, and hair, lots of hair.” The lead heroine is voiced by Mandy Moore while Chuck‘s Zachary Levi will play a “dashing bandit” named Flynn Ryder who hits the road with the “rebellious, teenage hair apparent.”
I’m definitely digging the watercolor/storybook-look they are employing with this new film. And the trailer is definitely playing up the prince’s character, likely in an effort to appeal to more boys. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Our hopes of seeing Mickey Rourke as papa to Jason Momoa’s Conan were shattered when Rourke left the project for Tarsem’s War of the Gods — but now it appears that there’s another badass on the horizon for Marcus Nispel’s Conan remake. Vulture is reporting that Ron Perlman — of Hellboy and Sons of Anarchy fame — is in negotiations to play Conan’s father Corin.
Perlman would be joining a cast which currently includes Rachel Nichols as Tamara, a royal bodyguard in league with Conan, and Stephen Lang as the villain, Khalar Singh.
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Last month, Lionsgate released a special 30-second Halloween teaser trailer for Dominic Sena‘s supernatural thriller Season of the Witch which had us scratching our heads. Sena is best known as the director of fun but disposable action films like Gone in Sixty Seconds, Swordfish and the recent comic book adaptation Whiteout, and I had heard great things about Brian Schut‘s script… But the teaser looked like a direct-to-dvd Dark Castle production. The new trailer gives us a much better idea of what to expect, and somewhat raised expectations. Watch the trailer for yourself after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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The first feature film to be directed by Charles de Lauzirika is shooting right now, having successfully flown under the trade-announcement radar all the way to its Detroit location. It’s a psychological thriller called Crave and will star Josh Lawson, Emma Lung and Ron Perlman. What makes it particularly interesting, I think, is the director. De Lauzirika is previously the man responsible for producing the extra content on the lion’s share of my favourite DVD boxsets and special editions.
Not only did he produce the one-time world champion DVD SKU with the Alien Quadrilogy box (points off for the name, though), he’s also the guy behind the Blade Runner set that finally knocked it off it’s perch. And though I’m sworn to secrecy about it (ie. legally tied up in knots by a scary studio’s powerful legal people), I was recently lucky enough to see something very, very special he’s putting together on Blu-Ray. And I mean very very.
I’ve heard DVDs like de Lauzirika’s called “film school on a disc” before now. Hmmm. Okay… but does that mean he’s going to be uniquely well schooled, and that we can all expect Crave to kick off from the legacies of Ridley Scott, Sam Raimi, the Coens, James Cameron, Jean Pierre Jeunet and Mark Romanek? I mean, no pressure Charles.
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