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Monday, March 31, 2008

Michael Cera Talks Scott Pilgrim

Michael Cera Talks Scott Pilgrim
Exclusive: And Arrested Development film


Michael Cera Talks Scott Pilgrim

So, Empire had the good fortune to run into Michael Cera the other day (exactly how you imagine him – very nice, very sweet and shy) and we took the time to grill him on two of his upcoming projects: Edgar Wright’s adaptation of ace underground comic, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, in which Cera was cast just recently; and the mooted movie adaptation of the wonderful TV show that first brought him to our attention: Arrested Development.

First, to Arrested Development: The Movie, which would give the show the send-off it deserves. Jason Bateman has mentioned the possibility several times in the past and last we heard the show’s creator Mitch Hurwitz was actively pursuing it. So, what has Cera heard about the possible big-screen bow of the Bluths?

“I’ve heard that they want to do it, and I know Jason really wants to do it. I think it’s definitely possible, but there’s no script or anything,” he said. “Hopefully it’ll have a kinder fate than the show, and that people who don’t know the show would see it.”

But Scott Pilgrim is definitely happening, with Cera in the title role as a young Toronto wannabe rock star who, in order to get with the (literal) girl of his dreams, must do battle with her seven evil ex-boyfriends. Turns out that Wright couldn’t have cast more aptly.

“I love the graphic novels, they’re amazing,” gushed Cera. “The first time I met Edgar, we hung out in Toronto [Cera’s home town and the setting for Pilgrim] with Bryan Lee O’Malley [the series’ creator, also from Toronto], and he showed me pages from the fourth book that hadn’t come out yet. It was awesome!”

Although Cera couldn’t say too much about what Edgar’s planning for the movie, he did fill us in as best he could. “Filming hopefully in the fall, that’s when they’re trying to go,” said Cera (although the impending actors’ strike may have a lot to do with the movie’s ultimate fate). “Scott’s a dreamer, I guess, so it’s a bit of a change. I’m really excited to do it and work with Edgar – he’s someone who’s really funny and an awesome guy.”

We’re hugely excited about this movie, by the way – the comics are amazing, hilarious and original, and they should mesh perfectly with Wright’s visual sense. And Cera’s the icing on the cake. We’ll bring you more on Scott Pilgrim as and when we get it.

Source: EmpireOnline

New Dark Knight Viral Developments

New Dark Knight Viral Developments
The Joker may have returned
Source: Hollywood Chicago


New Dark Knight Viral Developments

There have been a few goings on in the world of The Dark Knight over the weekend. Short version: Some people who registered with the Ibelieveinharveydent.com site received a new phone call, which lead to a number of other websites. Those include ccfabg.org, a site running a smear campaign against Harvey Dent, complete with video. That also leads to josephcandoloro.com (stated to be the found of ccfabg.com).

The more interesting part is that a number of US journalists who received promotional phones from The Joker have received another call. According to one of those lucky few, who posted on Hollywood Chicago, the message was:

“Hey clown, ready to get to work? (I replied “yes”.) Ok, good. You are 1 of 17 clowns still left in the game (remember, there were 22 phones initially) I have a letter for you. Here is your secret letter… are you ready for it? Your secret letter is “L” as in “Laugh”. Can you remember that? Good. Now get to work and tell all of your goons. We’ll be in touch soon.”

How all the people with phones came to learn each others' letters, we don't know, but they added up to a new URL for clowntravelagency.com. There you can see a suitcase with stickers for several international cities and a date of travel of April 1, which is tomorrow. So is there something big coming tomorrow? We'll keep you updated.

Finally, the thehahahatimes.com has updated with a new Joker-defaced version of the issue of The Gotham Times posted last week.

OK, that wasn't really a short version. But this thing is complicated. Fun though.

Source: EmpireOnline

Mos Def Is Chuck Berry

Mos Def Is Chuck Berry
In the 50s-set Cadillac Records
Source: Variety


Mos Def Is Chuck Berry

Mos Def wants you to play with his ding-a-ling.

Don’t worry – no need to call the cops. That’s a roundabout way of saying that the talented and under-rated rapper/actor (certainly under-rated as an actor) has signed on to play rock’n’roll legend Chuck Berry in Sony’s currently-filming Cadillac Records.

The movie, written and directed by Darnell Martin, tells the story of Chess Records, the legendary 1950s record label that launched the careers of Berry, Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, to name but three.

Def joins an excellent cast that already contains Adrien Brody – who will play Chess who, along with his brother Phil, started selling records out of the back of a Cadillac (hence the name) – Jeffrey Wright (who’ll play Muddy Waters), Beyonce Knowles (as Etta James) and, also signing on today, Gabrielle Union, who will play Waters’ girlfriend, Geneva Wade.

For those of you who may not know, Berry was one of the pioneers of rock’n’roll, with tunes like You Never Can Tell, Maybellene, Roll Over Beethoven and Johnny B. Goode doing much to popularise this new and controversial musical movement. And yes, the old stager – whose cousin, Marvin, once played at the Enchantment Under The Sea dance with his band, The Starlighters – is still going strong today. To read more on Berry, click here.

As for this casting, we like it. Def is most definitely a fine actor, but a lot of his performances thus far have been quite laidback. We imagine that the energetic Berry might draw a different kind of performance from Def.

Source: EmpireOnline

New Indiana Jones IV TV Spot

New Indiana Jones IV TV Spot
More footage from Crystal Skull
Source: Indianajones.com


New Indiana Jones IV TV Spot

IndianaJones.com has a brand new TV spot for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Click here to see it. It doesn't have a lot of new footage, just a little exchange between Indy (Harrison Ford) and Mutt (Shia LaBeouf) at the beginning, but it should sate your Indy cravings a little until the next full trailer appears later this month.







Source: EmpireOnline

Steve Martin And Diane Keaton Reunite

Steve Martin And Diane Keaton Reunite
But not for Father of the Bride 3. Phew
Source: Variety


Steve Martin And Diane Keaton Reunite

In their day, both Steve Martin and Diane Keaton have made some great comic films. Even one of their two films together, the first Father of the Bride, was pretty decent in a guilty pleasure sort of way. But the news that they are to star together again in One Big Happy somehow fills us with dread.

The plot details are under wraps, but apparently it's a "family comedy" wherein a couple (we're going to go ahead and guess that's Martin and Keaton) and their family "reconnect amid various obstacles". Which could describe most of their separate film output of the last 10 years - and most of those have been pretty dire (consider, if you can bear to, Because I Said So and Cheaper By The Dozen 2).

But surely we can hope for a return to form, or at least something on a Parenthood level. They've still got it somewhere, deep down - right? The script for this effort comes from Party of Five creators Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman, so let's hope they hold the schmaltz and add a side order of funny. In the meantime, you'll get to see Keaton next in Mama's Boy and Mad Money, and Martin's gearing up for Pink Panther 2.

Source: EmpireOnline

Craven Casts Son Of Frank Booth In 25/8

Craven Casts Son Of Frank Booth In 25/8
Meet Henry Lee Hopper


Craven Casts Son Of Frank Booth In 25/8

You know how it is. You’re at a party. Just standing around. Then some older dude comes up to you and strikes up a conversation. You bond over art – particularly your abstract expressionist work – and then next thing you know, you’ve been cast as the lead in the old dude’s latest film.

Happens all the time, right? Well, if you’re Henry Lee Hopper – son of Dennis – it does. For that’s how he came to be cast in the lead role in Wes Craven’s latest psycho thriller, 25/8.

Hopper, the (roughly) 18 year-old son of the Blue Velvet star, will play a character named Bug, which may or may not be the lead role, in the movie, about a serial killer, thought to have died fifteen years earlier, stalking seven teens who were born on the titular date.

He’ll be joined by an eclectic cast of highly promising teens, including Shareeka Epps, so good alongside Ryan Gosling in Half Nelson; Denzel Whitaker, from The Great Debaters; and Emily Meade. As with Scream and A Nightmare On Elm Street, Craven is committed to casting unknowns, so the audience won’t be able to tell who gets bumped off and when.

But, given his unique story (the party he met Craven at was a party for his godfather… Julian Schnabel) and background, it’s Hopper who’s being singled out at the moment. 25/8 will mark his first film and, if he’s as good as his dad, it could mark the start of a very long career indeed. We hope, though, that he doesn’t go down the Jake Busey ‘series of villains in straight-to-DVD dreck’ route.

Mind you, a young Frank Booth movie would be absolutely awesome... anyone agree?

Source: EmpireOnline

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Exclusive: New Valkyrie Pictures

Exclusive: New Valkyrie Pictures
Tom Cruise and Bryan Singer and Hitler


Exclusive: New Valkyrie Pictures

Tom Cruise and Bryan Singer, like all right-minded people, don't like Nazis. More specifically, they don't like Hitler and they want to kill him. In the upcoming movie Valkyrie, directed by Singer, Cruise will play Claus Von Stauffenberg, a key player in a failed (obviously) attempt to assasinate the Fuhrer. We have here for you three exclusive images from that film. Click any pic below for bigger.

The film also stars Bill Nighy, Kenneth Brannagh, Terrence Stamp, Carice Van Houten and Eddie Izzard. These images and more appear in the new issue of Empire on sale now, along with a brand new interview with Singer on the movie.








































Source: EmpireOnline

Dolph Lundgren Is Back, Baby!

Dolph Lundgren Is Back, Baby!
Directing Command Performance
Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Dolph Lundgren Is Back, Baby!

We can't believe we missed this earlier – we blame Friday – but Dolph Lundgren is making the best film ever. Ivan Drago will direct and star in (can you still call Lundgren a star?) Command Performance.

Lundgren, who is currently polishing off another directing effort called Missionary Man, describes the film as "Die Hard at a rock concert" (we just weed a little), with a story that follows a band supporting a big American performer giving a concert for a Russian premier. Then, awesomely, bad guys stop the show. More awesomely, the drummer in the band is an ex-Marine and, yes, Dolph Lundgren. Saving the day ensues.

Lundgren says that the idea came from Madonna (?!). He will also do all his drumming, because he used to play as a child.

We're going to have to go and lie down for a while because there's nothing in this whole story that isn't absolutely amazing. Really, anyone else making films should just give up now, because we've got a winner right here.

Source: EmpireOnline

X-Files 2 Poster Online

X-Files 2 Poster Online
The truth remains out there
Source: IGN


X-Files 2 Poster Online

We didn't post this earlier because we weren't 100% sure it was real, but it's now clear that the X-Files 2 poster doing the rounds is legit. There are some shadowy looking copies around, but IGN has a good clear hi-res one, which you can see by clicking the image below.

It's a really nice image for the film, encompassing the stars (David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson), the X and a suggestion of two-ness. Pretty classy.

There should be a new trailer for the film online soon. A dodgy assemblage of footage is lurking around the interwebs, but it's not certain whether that's the new trailer or a Fox internal sizzle reel not intended for public viewing. We'll keep you updated.

New X-Files 2 Poster

Source: EmpireOnline

New Hancock Pictures

New Hancock Pictures
Will Smith as the reluctant (super)hero
Source: DVD Forum


New Hancock Pictures

The German site DVD Forum has a selection of new images from the Will Smith movie Hancock. Click here to take a look. There's not a lot of action on display in the photos, but they're still worth a squiz.

It feels like we're about due another trailer from this film. The first one, which was released a few months ago, was one of the funniest teasers we've seen in a while, so we have high expectations for this.

Hancock stars Smith as a superhero who's lost enthusiasm for his work. He doesn't do his public image much good by falling for the wife (Charlize Theron) of the PR man (Jason Bateman) who has been hired to get him back in the world's good books.

Source: EmpireOnline

Lindsay Lohan To Be A Manson Girl

Lindsay Lohan To Be A Manson Girl
In a biopic of the famous loon
Source: Entertainment Tonight


Lindsay Lohan To Be A Manson Girl

Kudos to Lindsay Lohan for making efforts to get her career back on track. After a spell of being more famous for flashing her gusset, or lack thereof, she seems to be picking roles to remind people that she is actually a talented actress. Entertainment Tonight is reporting that she's just signed up for biopic Manson's Girls.

The film will see her play Nancy Pitman, an upper-middle class girl from Malibu who became obsessed with famed whackjob Charles Manson. Though not part of the gang involved in the notorious mass murder that included the killing of Sharon Tate, Pitman was sent to jail for being an accessory to murder and for her involvement with prison gang The Aryan Brotherhood.

Source: EmpireOnline

Elliott And Rossio Writing Lone Ranger

Elliott And Rossio Writing Lone Ranger
Pirates pair bring TV classic to screen
Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Elliott And Rossio Writing Lone Ranger

It was rumoured late last year that Jerry Bruckheimer was looking to bring The Lone Ranger to the big screen, and now it's been confirmed that Pirates of the Caribbean writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio will script a new adventure for the masked hero for the über-producer.

For those not familiar with the Lone Ranger, who was first heard on a 1930s radio show before a hit television series in the '40s, he was part of a band of Texas Rangers lead by his brother Reid. While hunting down the dastardly Butch Cavendish, leader of the Hole in the Wall Gang, the Rangers were ambushed and left for dead. One of their number, our hero, was found alive by a Native American named Tonto. From there, he went on to avenge his slain friends and fight crime with the aid of Tonto, his horse Silver (of "Hi-ho..." fame) and a jaunty hat.

There's plenty of scope for this to be a fun throwback adventure in a very similar style to the first Pirates of the Caribbean or Mask of Zorro, so Elliott and Rossio, who've written some cracking comedy scripts, would seem ideal choices. We'd imagine Bruckheimer will be looking to turn this into a franchise.

As for who should play the Ranger; well, Disney will probably want to cast younger, but we reckon Nathan Fillion has got the right mix of heroism and tongue-in-cheek charm to carry this off. Do we suggest Fillion for almost every role going? Yes, what's your point?

Source: EmpireOnline

Bangkok Dangerous Poster Online

Bangkok Dangerous Poster Online
It's Nic Cage's face, but bluer
Source: Coming Soon


Bangkok Dangerous Poster Online

Coming Soon has a new poster for the Pang brothers' next film Bangkok Dangerous, a remake of their own 1999 movie. Click the image below to see their hi-res version.

As posters go, it's...well, it's really quite boring. It's just Nic Cage's face with a few words on it. That's great if you just like looking at Cage's face or want to count his pores or work out why he's glowing slightly, but it doesn't say 'exciting movie'. The best it might convey is 'cool, a mirror', but only if you're Nic Cage.





The original film follows a deaf-mute hitman working in Bangkok. In the re-make, Cage will talk, which considerably changes a fairly key element of the film, i.e. the hitman's disabilities mean that nothing scares or affects him. But never fear, deaf-mute fans, Cage's girlfriend in the film will take on the non-talking, non-hearing mantle.

Source: EmpireOnline

Radha Mitchell In Surrogates

Radha Mitchell In Surrogates
She's female lead in Bruce Willis flick
Source: Coming Soon


Radha Mitchell In Surrogates

Coming Soon is reporting that Radha Mitchell has joined the cast of Surrogates, an upcoming sci-fi action thriller starring Bruce Willis and directed by Jonathan Mostow. There's no word on who she might be playing, but the suggestion is that she's the female lead.

Based on a comic book by Robert Venditti, Surrogates takes place in a future where humans live solitary existences and only interact via robots that are more attractive versions of themselves. Willis plays a cop whose surrogate is investigating the murders of other surrogates and is forced to actually leave his home for the first time in years in order to get to the bottom of the killings.

Well, that sounds weird.

Source: EmpireOnline

Friday, March 28, 2008

Will Arnett Heading To Rome

Will Arnett Heading To Rome
He's joining the Kristen Bell comedy
Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Will Arnett Heading To Rome

When In Rome just got a good deal more exciting for us. Will Arnett has signed to join the romantic comedy and extensive scientific tests have proved that he is completely awesome (within a 0.34% margin of error).

The comedian will play an Italian artist, one of an extensive group of men who falls for Kristen Bell's character, who is unlucky in love until she steals some wishing coins from the Trevi Fountain in Rome. We know it's hard to believe that Kristen Bell might have trouble finding a man, but movies demand the suspension of our disbelief.

Already on board the Mark Steven Johnson comedy are Josh Duhamel, Dax Shepard, Anjelica Huston and Jon Heder.

Source: EmpireOnline