Robert Zemeckis is preparing to make his live-action return with the film Flight, in which Denzel Washington will play a commercial pilot who safely lands a troubled flight, saving almost all aboard, but finds his own role in the flight’s trouble under investigation.

Now Kelly Reilly (Pride and Prejudice, Eden Lake, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) is in talks for the other lead role, “Nicole Devlin, a drug addict who is at rock bottom when she meets Whip,” with the latter character being Denzel’s role. The two characters find their friendship developing as they each deal with their personal demons. John Gatins wrote the script. [Deadline]

After the break, Olivia Wilde becomes the object of one man’s affection, and Vanessa Hudgens becomes another. Things definately don’t work out well for one of the two of them, however, and perhaps for both. Read More »

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After years of talk, Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are finally making a film version of the ’60s supernatural soap opera Dark Shadows, and Warner Bros. has just given the film a plum date: it will open on May 11 2012. So one year from now, you’ll be able to join the argument over whether the film is the latest step for one of the most significant director/actor teams of the past two decades, or only another predictable product of Tim Burton’s well-documented idiosyncrasies. I have no idea what to expect out of the film, but the cast includes Helena Bonham Carter, Chloe Moretz, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer and Jackie Earle Haley, which should be a lineup strong enough to convince even the Burton-averse to take a look.

After the break, info on releases for The Rock’s next movie, and a Will Ferrell/Zack Galifianakis pairing. Read More »

The indie drama Gimme Shelter will go into production at the end of this month in Connecticut, and it has Brendan Fraser set to star, with Vanessa Hudgens now likely appearing as well. Ron Krauss wrote and will direct; the film follows a pregnant homeless girl (Hudgens’ role) who “flees her abusive mother and seeks out her biological father. He first takes her in but then throws her out when she refuses to abort her child.”

The dad is Brendan Fraser, and it sounds like the sort of not so massively sympathetic role that he doesn’t often play. So that could be interesting. As a side note, I understand why the film is titled as it is, but at this point it is really time to leave certain Rolling Stones songs alone, and ‘Gimme Shelter’ is one of them. [THR]

After the break, Seth MacFarlane’s Ted gets one more, and Anthony Mackie might be in line for a couple big films. Read More »

It’s December 2009, and I’m in Vancouver Canada. Earlier this morning we saw the first press screening of James Cameron’s Avatar with an audience of Vancouver press and filmmakers which included District 9 director Neill Blomkamp. A few hours later, I’m standing in a green screen stage at Vancouver Film Studios. This is the production centre where a lot of sci-fi television series are filmed, shows such as Dark Angel, Smallville, Battlestar Galactica, Bionic Woman, Reaper, Caprica, Eureka, Fringe, Human Target and films such as X-Men II and 3, I Robot, Fantastic Four 1 and 2, The A-Team and 2012.

Zack Snyder filmed some of Watchmen on this lot, and has returned to Canada to shoot his latest — Sucker Punch.

Snyder even pushed our set visit back a couple hours so that we could attend that local screening of Avatar, allowing us the ability to see the movie at the same time as the press at the nationwide press screenings. The fact that Snyder was able to arrange this is mind-boggling for a bunch of different reasons, but especially considering studio politics — Avatar was being released by Fox and Sucker Punch was a Warner Bros production. And most other filmmakers probably would have said “Fuck Avatar”, not wanting to be out-done — how can your set visit possibly compete with a film which was billed as a cinema changing event? But that’s the kind of confident filmmaker Snyder has become.

A helicopter is situated about twenty feet above us, and Snyder is on a ladder talking to Jena Malone, one of the four main stars of the film. Jena Malone plays Rocket, beside her is Emily Browning, who plays Baby Doll, Abbie Cornish, who plays Sweet Pea, Vanessa Hudgens who plays Blondie and Jamie Chung who plays Amber. Snyder explains how the helicopter will bank to the left in the upcoming wide shot. Emily asks how far they’re jumping in the real world, and Zack quickly responds “About twenty feet” before stopping himself and laughing “What real world?”

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‘Sucker Punch’ Trailer #2

Warner Bros. has released a new movie trailer for Zack Snyder‘s new action fantasy film Sucker Punch, which stars Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens and Jamie Chung. It’s essentially a music video compilation of a bunch of kick-ass special effects-enhanced action sequences. It seems as if they got a bath of the final special effects shots approved and wanted to show them off to the public. Watch it now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Final ‘Sucker Punch’ Poster

Warner Bros. has released yet-another movie poster for Zack Snyder‘s new action fantasy film Sucker Punch which showcases the five female leads: Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens and Jamie Chung, alongside Babydoll’s bunny-killing mech. Check out the full poster after the jump.
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‘Sucker Punch’ Banner

Warner Bros. has released a widescreen banner for Zack Snyder‘s new action fantasy film Sucker Punch which showcases the five female leads: Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens and Jamie Chung. Check out the full banner after the jump.
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Movie Trailer: ‘Beastly’

If /Film is anything, it’s a breeding ground for High School Musical fans. So we were all very understanding when Beastly, which stars HSM alum Vanessa Hudgens, was bumped from its original Summer 2010 release date to make way for Charlie St. Cloud, which stars Hudgens’ boyfriend, and fellow HSM alum, Zac Efron. Inside, we all breathed a sigh of relief that we wouldn’t have to let our box office dollar reveal our true alliance to either Team Gabriella or Team Troy (which, in case you don’t know, are their High School Musical character names).

Well Charlie St. Cloud came and gone and now it’s Beastly’s chance to shine. The film is a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast, if it was influenced by She’s All That and The Craft. Written and directed by Daniel Barnz, it stars Hudgens, Alex Pettyfer, Mary-Kate Olsen, Neil Patrick Harris and Peter Krause and opens March 18. Check out the trailer below and official plot description below. Read More »

Five Mini-Clips: Zack Snyder’s ‘Sucker Punch’

Got about 46 seconds to spare? If so, there are few better uses of your movie-loving time then watching these five mini sizzle reels from Zack Snyder’s upcoming Sucker Punch, set for release March 25. The film stars Emily Browning as Baby Doll, an abused young girl who is forced into to a mental hospital for women. There she uses her unique powers to transport her and her fellow inmates, played by Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, and Jamie Chung, to alternate plains of reality in order to help them to escape. There are worlds with 20 foot samurais, Nazi zombies, mechanical droids, flame breathing dragons, laser shooting robots and more. You’ve probably seen many of these images in some of the previous footage that’s been released, but, these clips are like trailers for people with A.D.D. Very easily digestible. Check them out after the jump. Read More »