Thursday, October 28, 2010

Batman is back!


"In an interview with Hero Complex, Christopher Nolan revealed that the title for his third Batman movie will be The Dark Knight Rises. He added that the villain 'won't be the Riddler'.

'We'll use many of the same characters as we have all along, and we'll be introducing some new ones,' Nolan said cryptically. He also said that the studio has agreed with him not to shoot the film in 3D. but that he'll be experimenting with the scope of IMAX in unprecedented ways.

'We’re looking to do something technologically that’s never been done before,' Nolan explained.

The filmmaker also reiterated that The Dark Knight Rises will close out his trilogy.

'Our ambition for the third movie is to complete a story that has begun,' he said, 'This is not starting over. This not rebooting. We’re finishing something and keeping a consistency with what’s come before has real value.'

The Dark Knight Rises is scheduled for a July 20, 2012 release."

WOO-HOO! Let's get on with the villain!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Disney to release THE AVENGERS and IRON MAN 3


"The Walt Disney Studios, Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios announced they have reached an agreement under which Paramount will transfer its worldwide marketing and distribution rights to Disney for Marvel Studios' The Avengers and Iron Man 3. Paramount will remain the worldwide distributor of the upcoming films, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger, as well as the previously released Iron Man and Iron Man 2.

Under terms of the new deal, Disney will pay Paramount $115 million for the transfer of the distribution rights to Iron Man 3 and The Avengers to be paid on the theatrical release dates. These monies will serve as a minimum guarantee against the distribution fees.

'In completing this agreement, Disney will now assume worldwide marketing and distribution of The Avengers and Iron Man 3 and leverage these two highly-anticipated films across the multiple global platforms of The Walt Disney Company,' said Rich Ross, Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. 'We appreciate the tremendous momentum that Paramount established with these iconic Marvel characters and look forward to propelling the brand even further in the coming years.'

'Five years ago, when Paramount and Marvel made our initial deal, both our businesses were in very different places,' said Brad Grey, Chairman & CEO of Paramount Pictures. 'We are grateful for the partnership we have had with the terrific Marvel team over these years and proud of the work we have done together. Today, this new agreement is the right deal for Paramount, for Marvel and for Disney. We look forward to working together on Thor and Captain America, and we wish Disney and Marvel the utmost success, in what we know will be a very productive and wide-ranging partnership.'

'Paramount has been a wonderful partner in helping Marvel Studios bring our characters to the big screen,' said Alan Fine, Office of the President, Marvel Worldwide, Inc. 'This agreement makes sense now that Marvel is part of The Walt Disney Company.'

Paramount will release Marvel Entertainment's Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger worldwide beginning on May 6 and July 22 of 2011, respectively. The Avengers will be licensed to Epix under Paramount's existing pay television arrangement.

Disney is planning a May 3, 2013 release date for Iron Man 3."

Well, people like Joss Whedon, Robert Downey Jr. and Samuel L. Jackson have all been a part of Disney movies before; Joss Whedon had a hand in Toy Story and Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Robert Downey Jr. starred as the villain in The Shaggy Dog with Tim Allen (and is looking into a Disney prequel to The Wizard of Oz as the Wizard of Oz) and Samuel L. Jackson played the voice of Frozone in The Incredibles with Pixar.

This is, however, the first Disney film for Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson and Clark Gregg.

The Incredible Hulk returns to TV!


"ABC is currently developing a live-action television series based on 'The Incredible Hulk'.

The character of the Hulk and his alter-ego, Bruce Banner, first appeared in 1962's The Incredible Hulk #1. A scientist, Banner's accidental exposure to Gamma rays causes him to become an uncontrollable, rampaging beast whenever he is enraged.

Outside of comics, The Incredible Hulk is perhaps best known as a CBS series that ran from 1978 to 1982, starring Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno. More recently, the character has spawned two films, 2003's Hulk (starring Eric Bana) and 2008's The Incredible Hulk (starring Edward Norton). Mark Ruffalo [will] take over the role for 2012's The Avengers.

Although there is some planned continuity between the latter two films, it is unknown whether or not that plan will carry over for the ABC series, which is currently seeking writers."

Well, that's interesting. Maybe Edward Norton can do the TV show. It'd look something like this:

Friday, October 15, 2010

Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller... together?


Eddie Murphy is joining Ben Stiller and Alan Alda in the Brett Ratner-directed Tower Heist [previously titled Trump Heist] at Universal Pictures.

Tower Heist sees an overworked manager (Stiller) of an illustrious tower residence who leads a team of defrauded workers in a heist of its penthouse tenant, a Bernie Madoff-type Wall Street capitalist (Alda) who pulled a Ponzi scheme and swindled the staff.

Jeff Nathanson is rewriting the script for the action comedy, targeted for a November 4, 2011 release."

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Michael J. Fox is BACK!


"Spike TV's SCREAM 2010 awards will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Back to the Future with Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson and Elisabeth Shue reuniting onstage. To tease the event, Fox reshot the original teaser for the film! You can watch the new version below followed by the original teaser. The "Back to the Future" trilogy hits Blu-ray and DVD on October 26, 2010."

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Rhys Ifans is the Lizard?


"According to TheWrap, they've figured out who the villain in Marc Webb's Untitled Spider-Man Reboot will be, as played by the recently-announced Rhys Ifans, and it's a villain that's been discussed to be in the fourth movie even back when Sam Raimi was still going to direct it... The Lizard!

In the previous trilogy, Dr. Curt Connors was played by actor Dylan Baker, who had originally assumed he would be returning for Raimi's fourth movie, saying that the Lizard would indeed be next, but when it was decided to reboot the franchise and Marc Webb was brought on board, it was thought that maybe those plans had changed.

Who knows if and when Sony Pictures will make their own announcement confirming this (or not) or we find out who leaked this information? (Andrew Garfield was in London for the premiere of his new film Never Let Me Go tonight, so maybe that's where it came from? TheWrap ain't sayin'.)"

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Mike Myers as Pepe Le Pew?


"Vulture is reporting that Mike Myers will take on the voice of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies character Pepé Le Pew in a live-action/CGI feature at Warner Bros. Pictures.

In the cartoons, which first premiered in 1945, Pepé Le Pew is a French skunk who is always in pursuit of a black cat that has a white stripe painted down her back by accident. He, of course, thinks it's a skunk and won't take 'no' for an answer, even though she often physically assaults him.

In the film, Pepé and the cat would be CGI characters while the rest of the film would be live action.

The Chuck Jones-directed Pepé Le Pew short 'For Scent-imental Reasons' won an Oscar for Best Short Subject (Cartoons) in 1949.

Myers has voiced Shrek in DreamWorks Animation's popular franchise that includes four films, a theme park ride and two television specials."

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Face it, Tiger... Emma Stone IS Gwen Stacy?


"Emma Stone has been cast as the female lead in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot film from Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, it was announced today by Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures. Stone has been tapped for the role of Gwen Stacy opposite Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker. The film, to be directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt and produced by Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin, will begin production in December and will be released in theaters nationwide in 3D on July 3, 2012.

The casting continues an association between Sony Pictures Entertainment and the actress, who previously starred in Superbad, The House Bunny, and Zombieland, all for Columbia Pictures; she may currently be seen in Screen Gems' hit comedy Easy A, and takes a cameo role in Screen Gems' upcoming Friends with Benefits.

Commenting on the announcement, Tolmach said, 'It's been an incredible journey for us to watch Emma's star rise as an actress. She is extraordinarily talented and has a very special on-screen spark that is perfect for this role. Given her history with the studio, casting her in one of our most important franchises is a real thrill.'

Webb added, 'The chemistry between Andrew and Emma was stunning and made Emma the clear choice. At the heart of the story of Peter Parker is not only the amazing Spider-Man, but also an ordinary teenager who is wondering what he has to do to get the girl. Andrew and Emma will bring everything audiences expect to these roles, but also make them their own. Much to my surprise, it was fun to find out that our choice for Gwen (Emma) is also a natural blonde.'

Emma Stone can currently be seen starring in Screen Gems' hit comedy Easy A. Next year, she will star in Warner Bros.' Crazy, Stupid, Love opposite Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling and in The Help, the adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's bestselling novel; she also takes a cameo role in Screen Gems' Friends with Benefits and will voice a role in DreamWorks Animation's comedy The Croods. Stone's recent credits include Paper Man, Zombieland, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, The House Bunny, The Rocker, and Superbad."

YAY!!! Huh? Not as Mary Jane? What the heck???

Monday, October 4, 2010

Who watches the SUPERMAN? Zack Snyder does.


"Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300) has been officially confirmed as the director of the upcoming Superman reboot, reports Heat Vision.

Snyder's name recently appeared as a rumored candidate for the position and one of several directors on the Warner Bros. short list. Snyder himself revealed in 2008 that he was originally in line to direct Superman Returns, but that he was not interested in taking the job.

'They asked me to direct a Superman movie, and I said no,' was Snyder's response more than two years ago, 'He's a tricky one nowadays, isn't he? He's the king daddy of all comic-book heroes, but I'm just not sure how you sell that kind of earnestness to a sophisticated audience anymore.'

Whether it is Snyder's view of the project or the new tone itself that has changed remains to be seen, but what is known is that the film will move forward with a script from David Goyer and Jonathan Nolan. Christopher Nolan will 'godfather' the production, aiming for a late 2012 release.

Snyder's Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole is currently playing in theaters and his next film, Sucker Punch, opens March 25th.

UPDATE: Deadline has just spoken with Snyder, who both confirmed his involvement and made the following statement:

'I've been a big fan of the character for a long time, he's definitely the king of all superheroes, he's the one. It's early yet, but I can tell you that what David [Goyer] and Chris [Nolan] have done with the story so far definitely has given me a great insight into a way to make him feel modern. I've always felt he was kind of awesome. I'll finish Sucker Punch and get right at it.'"


As long as he doesn't make it too violent.

TRUE GRIT cuts down a trailer


"In the December 25 release, [True Grit] 14-year-old Mattie Ross's (Hailee Steinfeld) father has been shot in cold blood by the coward Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), and she is determined to bring him to justice. Enlisting the help of a trigger-happy, drunken U.S. Marshal, Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges), she sets out with him -- over his objections -- to hunt down Chaney. Her father's blood demands that she pursue the criminal into Indian territory and find him before a Texas Ranger named LeBoeuf (Matt Damon) catches him and brings him back to Texas for the murder of another man."