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Friday, January 22, 2010

Conan Has Been Cast At Last!

Conan Has Been Cast At Last!
Jason Momoa is the new Barbarian
Source: Deadline Hollywood


Conan Has Been Cast At Last!

Well, thank Crom for that. The world might not quite have been on tenterhooks waiting to find out who would claim the rebooted throne of Conan (and see their enemies driven before them and hear the blah blah etc), but for everyone who was invested: rejoice! We have a new Barbarian. His name? Jason Momoa.

Best known for his role as Ronon Dex in Stargate Atlantis, Momoa beat off (steady...) the likes of Supernatural's Jared Padalecki and Twilight's Kellen Lutz for the part in Marcus Nispel's retooled version.

As we reported just yesterday, the casting choice, after a long struggle between at least five actors, had come down to those three. According to Deadline Hollywood, Momoa clinched it with a sword-wielding screen-test and a charm offensive at Lionsgate. Also, he crushed his enemies, saw them driven before them and etc. etc. and so on and so forth.

And in related Conan news, Latino Review has it that none other than Mickey Rourke has been sent an offer to play Conan's father, Corin. Hhhm… Can't say there's a massive resemblance, but that's for Marcus Nispel to worry about.

All being well, the new film should kick off shooting mid-March in Bulgaria, news which will be greeted with a massive sigh of relief from the producers who will finally get to see this thing move into production, not to mention crushing their enemies, seeing them driven before them and hearing the lamentations of their so on and so forth ad infinitum.

Source: EmpireOnline

Tom Wilkinson Onboard Burke & Hare

Tom Wilkinson Onboard Burke & Hare
And Isla Fisher's joined the cast too…
Source: Heat Vision Blog


Tom Wilkinson Onboard Burke & Hare

You might recall yesterday that Simon Pegg tweeted about Andy Serkis replacing David Tennant alongside him in John Landis' Burke And Hare. While Pegg deleted that announcement (it's likely he jumped the gun), Serkis has now been officially confirmed, along with Tom Wilkinson and Isla Fisher.

The lead cast for the film has now grown to four, with Pegg and Serkis playing the infamous 19th century grave robbers, William Burke and William Hare, who, when they start to run out of easily accessible bodies to sell to medical schools, turn to murder to keep their business running.

Fisher has signed on to play Burke's girlfriend, a wannabe actress looking for a patron who likely becomes an accomplice to the killings.

Wilkinson, meanwhile, will bring his gravitas/comedy chops to the role of Dr Robert Knox, an anatomy lecturer on the hunt for fresh, dead meat to slice 'n' dice.

After a break from directing for 10 years, Landis will jump back into working at the start of February, when the film starts shooting in Edinburgh and London.

Source: EmpireOnline

Boy: Trailer & Website

Boy: Trailer & Website
Eagle Vs Shark & Conchords helmer's next


Boy: Trailer & Website

With Sundance 2010 now underway, expect to see a flurry of official sites and trailers for the films in participation. Luckily for us, one of the films we’ve had our eye on for a little while now – Taika Waititi’s Boy – is among the first wave to hit the intertubes.

Waititi is the New Zealander who brought us Eagle Vs Shark, and has since written and directed some of the best episodes of Flight Of The Conchords, but his latest feature takes us back to the territory of his Oscar nominated short film, Two Cars One Night. It follows Boy, a lad who has to deal with the return of his absentee father (who’s been serving at Her Majesty’s pleasure for seven years) – a man whom the child has been, in between obsessing over Michael Jackson (it is 1984, after all), mis-remembering for most of his life – see the trailer for the full list of his talents here.

What's really caught our eye though, is this viral site for Boy’s Dad’s gang, the Crazy Horses. Make sure you click through to the ‘videos’ page to see the hilarious demo on streetfighting, and a rundown of the rules of being in the gang, which should give you an idea of what Boy’s parental unit is really like.

It’s a great set-up for what looks to be a terrific little film, so keep an eye out for a report from Damon Wise on Boy in the coming days.

Source: EmpireOnline

Scorsese On For Hugo Cabret Again

Scorsese On For Hugo Cabret Again
Marty + kid lit: together for good?
Source: Variety


Scorsese On For Hugo Cabret Again

You know how the old saying goes: "You win the Cecil B DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Globes and you can pretty much write your own ticket in Hollywood." And gosh darn it if plucky newcomer Marty Scorsese hasn't done just that, romping straight into the director's chair for The Invention Of Hugo Cabret.

All right, so Scorsese is neither a plucky newcomer, nor someone who needs a gong to opt for any film he wants. But he's definitely interested in the adaptation of Brian Selznick's kid lit novel, which finds a 12-year-old orphan living in a Paris train station during the post-World War Two era and trying to connect with his father's life by finishing pop's robot invention.

Marty's history with the tome stretches back to 2007, when he and producer Graham King first snatched up the rights. Since then, Scorsese's schedule filled up with more pressing projects and the job of bringing Hugo to life fell to Ice Age/Robots director Chris Wedge.

But today, Variety brings word that Wedge is off and Scorsese is back on, with the director apparently looking to make it his next job. Semi-regular Scorsese scriptwriter John Logan has worked on the adaption and given that it's an award-winning, 533-page tome filled with elaborate, evocative imagery, it's perfect for him. Think Amelie but instead of romance and good deeds it's about the history of cinema and surviving in a hostile world: what's not to love?

Source: EmpireOnline

Paramount's Waiting For Superman

Paramount's Waiting For Superman
Buys new Guggenheim documentary
Source: Variety


Paramount's Waiting For Superman

Davis Guggenheim, director of An Inconvenient Truth and this year's music documentary It Might Get Loud, has made the first sale of the Sundance Film Festival, signing his new film Waiting For Superman to Paramount.

The film looks at America's public schools in a way that's a sort of cross between An Inconvenient Truth's analytic approach and Spellbound's kid-focused tactics, following Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily through different schools to look at their experiences and the system as a whole.

Whether such a US-centric film will ever be released over here is another question, but as much as the premieres last night, this deal signals that Sundance is on, baby.

Source: EmpireOnline

Iron Man 2 Toys Reveal New Threat

Iron Man 2 Toys Reveal New Threat
Warning! Plastic spoiler alert!
Source: Diamond Select Toys


Iron Man 2 Toys Reveal New Threat

We would warn you not to read any further down this story if you don't want an (admittedly small) part of Iron Man 2's plot to be spoilerised.

Seriously. We mean it. Move along...

Still with us, brave souls? Allrighty... So Diamond Select Toys today revealed their new line of Minimates figures (or LEGO characters who have eaten too many pies, for the uninitiated) and, as the company is quick to point out - and MTV draws attention to - they contain some new characters only glimpsed in silhouette in the trailers thus far.

Yes, if you scoot down to the bottom picture, those are robo-drones styled after the branches of the US military standing around ol' Tin Head, bristling with weapons. And in the latest trailer, it looks like Tony Stark and Jim Rhodes (in his War Machine suit) are fighting off a horde of the metallic mercenaries.

Can't think how they come about: it's not like there's a military-supplying weapons manufactured named Justin Hammer, played by Sam Rockwell in the film. Oh, hang on…

It's not unknown for toys to spoil surprises, but we sort of wish Marvel had made the Diamond Select crew hold these back a bit longer. Still, they're out there now, and on Twitter, Jon Favreau himself has commented, "The toys don't lie…" Or do they? No. Do they? Oooh… Our brains hurt.

Iron Man 2 Minimates

Click the image above for more information on www.diamondselecttoys.com

Iron Man 2 Minimates

Click the image above for more information on www.diamondselecttoys.com

Source: EmpireOnline

Winterbottom Finds Promised Land

Winterbottom Finds Promised Land
An Arab-israeli conflict drama
Source: Variety


Winterbottom Finds Promised Land

Noted genre-hopper Michael Winterbottom is getting both dramatic and historical for his next project. Promised Land will take place against the lead-up to the 1948 partition of Palestine and the subsequent creation of the Israeli state.

Across The Universe star Jim Sturgess has been cast as a British officer who must track down Jewish extremists who launched terror attacks against both Arabs and British forces during their campaign for statehood.

It's sure to be a controversial project (anything set in the region tends to be), but we doubt that'll put Winterbottom off. In fact, given that this is the man who made 9 Songs, it'll only encourage him. Add to that his history with Middle East subjects, including A Mighty Heart and In This World and you can see why he'd be attracted to it...


Source: EmpireOnline

Alcon Entertainment Has A Late Bloomer

Alcon Entertainment Has A Late Bloomer
One man's puberty happens in three weeks
Source: Variety


Alcon Entertainment Has A Late Bloomer

You might expect that Alcon Entertainment, the company that has enjoyed a big hit with triumph-over-adversity, based-on-truth, Sandra Bullock-starring pic The Blind Side, would adapt the tale of a man who experiences puberty in three weeks thanks to a weird medical condition into a stirring tale of hormones and humanity. You'd be wrong: they're going for the laughs.

Late Bloomer will be adapted from Ken Baker's 2001 book Man Made: A Memoir, which chronicles his struggle with a tumor that squatted on his pituitary gland and delayed his puberty, leading to plenty of high school taunting.

Things took another turn when a successful operation at age 27 saw him back to normal, but facing the prospect of experiencing all the usual effects and issues of puberty over a short three-week period. Ouch.

Alcon nabbed the rights back in 2008 and apparently commissioned Gary Rosen to write a more dramatic script. But now the company has decided to pitch it more along the lines of The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Sleepover director Joe Nussbaum has been hired to turn it into a chuckle-fest.

Source: EmpireOnline

Sam Jackson Has Sympathy For The Devil

Sam Jackson Has Sympathy For The Devil
A battle between Heaven and Hell...
Source: Latino Review


Sam Jackson Has Sympathy For The Devil

Samuel L Jackson and Josh Duhamel have signed on to supernatural thriller Sympathy For The Devil, from director Boaz Yakin.

The plot finds Duhamel and Jackson as Louisiana lawmen who are tasked with stopping the assassination of a charismatic preacher. But they soon discover that far more powerful forces are behind the crime, and that they're facing a cosmic confrontation between Heaven and Hell.

Sounds awesome to us and perfect for a little Samuel L Jackson action, even as Latino Review's report mentions it'll be both controversial and violent. Bring it on!

Hopefully Yakin will have his Remember The Titans directing head on, and not his Uptown Girls side. This one apparently needs to lock in some final financing, but should then be ready to shoot soon...

Source: EmpireOnline

Water For Elephants For Pattinson

Water For Elephants For Pattinson
Joins Witherspoon and maybe Penn
Source: Deadline Hollywood


Water For Elephants For Pattinson

Robert Pattinson is in talks to run away with the circus, joining the already-attached Reese Witherspoon on Water For Elephants, Francis Lawrence's adaptation of Sarah Gruen's novel. According to Deadline Hollywood, Sean Penn is also circling the project.

The story, set during the American Depression, is about the recently orphaned Jacob, who takes up with the misfits and freaks at the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show On Earth as a vet, falling in love with the married star-of-the-show Marlena (Witherspoon), and with Rosie the elephant (The latter relationship is, we're hoping, purely platonic).

Trouble is, Marlane is married to the nutcase animal trainer August: reportedly the role that Penn is interested in.

The plan is to get this in front of the cameras before Pattinson rubs on the sparkle again for Breaking Dawn. Penn is attached to The Three Stooges, but that won't go ahead until MGM's problems are resolved. And Francis Lawrence aparently always planned to make this before he moved onto Sgt Rock. It looks like the fates are aligning.

The novel is bookended with scenes of a much older Jacob relating the events from his nursing home, so we could be looking at some Benjamin Button style ageing of Pattinson. He's used to playing 108, so 90 should be a doddle, surely?

Source: EmpireOnline

Hot Tub Time Machine Trailer Arrives

Hot Tub Time Machine Trailer Arrives
Pure red band filth - hooray!
Source: Coming Soon


Hot Tub Time Machine Trailer Arrives

What we like about Hot Tub Time Machine is that the title allows you to infer exactly what the plot might be. There's a hot tub, right? And it's a time machine. Here's the trailer at Coming Soon.

Biggest surprise? Laughs! There have been clues all along: the casting of John Cusack; Grosse Point Blank alumnus Steve Pink directing; Crispin Glover; Chevy Chase... But we still didn't quite believe it until we saw it.

The plot, should you require one, hinges on a group of jaded drinking buddies getting wasted at a ski resort and finding themselves transported back to 1986 after taking a tub because they can't afford a hooker. It's possibly ramming the joke home a bit to have Rob Corddry namecheck Back to the Future when even in the trailer we see Clark Duke's Jacob bump into his slutty 1986 mom, but hey, nobody said this was subtle.

Get tub'd this March, as someone said. And give us your thoughts below.

Source: EmpireOnline

Monster! It's Danny Boyle's Frankenstein

Monster! It's Danny Boyle's Frankenstein
A stage version at the National Theatre
Source: The Daily Telegraph


Monster! It's Danny Boyle's Frankenstein

“Choose life. Choose a stage. Choose the National Theatre. Choose Danny Boyle. Choose a fucking big monster, choose a classic Mary Shelley novel, an adaptation written by Nick Dear, Sir Nicholas Hytner as the artistic director and a central idea by Boyle. Choose a long-standing ambition to direct Frankenstein on the stage, the desire to take creative risks after bagging eight Oscars for Slumdog Millionaire, and a gap in his schedule after directing 127 Hours. Choose a run at the Olivier Theatre, to be precise. Choose an opening date sometime next winter. Choose your cast at some point in the near future. Choose someone who can capture Victor Frankenstein’s mixture of melancholy and madness. Choose a guy who looks good in a monster suit as the Creature. Choose a setting in the 19th century. Choose a play on a 'huge scale', according to Nicholas Hytner, 'a theatrically and visually ambitious event.' Choose going onto Ticketmaster to get tickets for opening night. Choose your future. Choose life...”

Source: EmpireOnline

Leona Lewis: Charity Single for Haiti with Simon Cowell?

Leona Lewis: Charity Single for Haiti with Simon Cowell?

Leona Lewis: Charity Single for Haiti with Simon Cowell?

Leona Lewis is pretty in pink as she arrives at Radio One’s Live Lounge in London, England on Thursday (January 21).

The 24-year-old singer stopped to sign autographs for fans on the way inside!

Simon Cowell recently said he’s planning to produce a charity single to benefit the victims of the Haiti earthquake. Although he hasn’t nailed down talent yet, speculation is that he’ll use his X Factor connections and ask Leona to sing on the track!

“I don’t know who’s available, but I will get a record out within seven to 10 days,” Simon said.

Ellen Pompeo & Chris Ivery: Drenched Duo

Ellen Pompeo & Chris Ivery: Drenched Duo

Ellen Pompeo & Chris Ivery: Drenched Duo

Ellen Pompeo heads to work with her husband Chris Ivery in heavy rain in Los Angeles on Thursday (January 21).

The 40-year-old Grey’s Anatomy actress kept a little dry thanks to her green Hunter ‘Original Tall’ rain boots and a hooded jacket.

Earlier in the week, Ellen was working hard filming scenes with costar Patrick Dempsey on the set of Grey’s.

In the middle of February, it looks like the show will go back in time. According to TV Guide, Broadway star Sarah Paulson and Angel’s J. August Richards will make a guest appearances playing a younger version of Dr. Ellis Grey and Dr. Richard Webber.