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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Megan Fox Out Of Transformers 3

Megan Fox Out Of Transformers 3
Shia's getting a new love interest
Source: Deadline


Megan Fox Out Of Transformers 3

Here’s today’s shocker: Megan Fox’s contract has not been picked up by Paramount for Transformers 3. Perhaps this is what Michael Bay meant by cutting down on the spectacle this time around?

Deadline broke the story first, with word that, despite her appearing on the set to shoot previsualisation footage for the movie, it would appear Bay doesn’t want her back.

There have been some fractious words between the pair, with Fox comparing acting for Bay to working with Adolf Hitler (subtle!) and Bay shooting back a smarmy message about welcoming her back to the franchise with a caveat that she might get sick. Their respective PR teams have tried to pass it off as a joke, but it would appear that was a smokescreen for some true hostility.

We doubt the honest truth will come out for some time, but an insider source did blab that, “Giving Shia a new love interest makes more sense for the story.” Said story has been pumped out by Ehren Kruger, and Bay is now shooting with Shia LaBeouf, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Patrick Dempsey, Alan Tudyk and more aboard.

Of course, now all we need to do is wait for the set reports to come rolling in for theories to start up that this is all a big joke on Michael Bay’s part and that, like his claims about Megatron last time around, she will indeed stalk into the plot.

Somehow, though, this all feels a bit more real. So cast your guesses: will Bay go with some even fresher young ingénue to replace the Fox, or will he pick an established talent to make us believe they’re in love with Shia?

Update: Well, that didn't take long - The Wrap is now reporting that Gemma Arterton is the front-runner to replace Fox, and that she's already been in discussions about a role. Models Bar Rafaeli, Miranda Kerr and Brooklyn Decker are also all said to be in the running.

Update Part Deux: Now, according to HitFix's sources, Fox walked from the film, which would sort of tie in with the fact that she turned up to do the pre-vis shoots. It did seem odd that an actress would be called to do work like that if the director/studio had decided to let her go. The truth, we suspect, still might lie somewhere in between...

Source: EmpireOnline

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Gilliam's Don Quixote Bags Ewan McGregor

Gilliam's Don Quixote Bags Ewan McGregor
Excl: He'll star alongside Robert Duvall


Gilliam's Don Quixote Bags Ewan McGregor

Good news! We bumped into the great Terry Gilliam last night at a party in Cannes for the Doha Film Institute, and he revealed to us exclusively that Ewan McGregor has joined the cast of his long-delayed film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.

McGregor will take on the role that Johnny Depp had been set to play in the original, aborted version back in 2000. Depp had still been attached to the role for this version, but with Pirates Of The Caribbean 4 eating into his schedule, and a September start date looming for The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, Gilliam has clearly decided to go with McGregor instead.

McGregor will play, if the current version remains faithful to the original attempt, a 21st century advertising executive who travels back in time to 17th century Spain, where he meets Don Quixote and becomes involved in adventures with him. Robert Duvall has been on board the revamped film, as Quixote, for some time, replacing Jean Rochefort. But the addition of McGregor is brand new.

"Robert Duvall is one of the greats, no question - and he can ride a horse!" laughed Gilliam. "And Ewan has gotten better over the years. He was wonderful in The Ghost. There's a lot of colours to Ewan that he's not been showing recently and it's time for him to show them again. He's got a great sense of humour and he's a wonderful actor. He's wonderfully boyish and can be charming - when he flashes a smile, everybody melts. He wields it like a nuclear bomb!"

Watch Terry Gilliam discuss the casting in our daily Cannes video diary below (jump to about 3.42).

Gilliam also revealed that the budget of the movie will be around the $20 million mark, a far cry from the $35 million he had to play with in 2000.

We wish him all the best with this new version. Fingers crossed!

Source: EmpireOnline

New Toy Story 3 Video Online

New Toy Story 3 Video Online
Behind the scenes with Ken 'n' co
Source: Yahoo Movies


New Toy Story 3 Video Online

July 21. It’s only a couple of months away now, but when you consider that it’s when those in the UK finally get to see Toy Story 3, it begins to sound like far too long to wait. Not helping at all is the latest behind the scenes video from the Pixar crew, which has popped online, and which you can see below.

There’s some fresh footage to be found lurking within the piece, which boils down to the likes of director Lee Unkrich, producer Darla K Anderson and cast members Michael Keaton (Ken) and Ned Beatty (Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear) talking about the film’s premise and how much they enjoyed working on it. Keaton in particular seems to be enthused at the idea of playing a toy trying to deal with the idea that he’s basically an accessory for Barbie.

If there’s one warning we’d offer, it’s that it goes into a little more of the plot than you might have seen, especially if you’ve stayed away from all of the trailers so far. If you’re hoping to see the film all fresh and new and pure, then you might want to skip this.



So, yeah… July 21. Must… be… patient.

Source: EmpireOnline

Director Lined Up For Desperados

Director Lined Up For Desperados
With Isla Fisher still set to star...
Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Director Lined Up For Desperados

You may not have heard of the wonderfully monikered Wayne McClammy, but if you're remotely web-savvy and like hilarity, you've probably seen his work - making the news that he's set to direct Isla Fisher vehicle Desperados rather good news all around.

McClammy's the director behind the brilliant I'm Fucking Matt Damon video from Sarah Silverman / Jimmy Kimmel / Matt Damon, and the I'm Fucking Ben Affleck riposte. On that evidence, we're happy to hear that he'll be directing the story of a woman who sends an outraged email to a guy who doesn't call her back after sex - only to learn that he's in a coma in New Mexico. Cue a cross-country chase to erase the email before he wakes up.

Written by Ellen Rapoport, it's described as a "female-oriented version of The Hangover", the difference being that you're more likely to lose a friend on a night out than travel across country on the most spurious of reasons, when a simple follow-up email going, "Wow, sorry, that was a bit deranged of me" would probably do as well. Or, I dunno, not writing a psycho email in the first place. Anyone would think Hollywood were just assuming that "hell, bitches be crazy" when commissioning these rom-coms.

Assuming that everything continues to come together, this should be in production by the end of the year.

Source: EmpireOnline

Pirates 4 Will Be 3D

Pirates 4 Will Be 3D
On Stranger Tides gets another dimension
Source: Variety


Pirates 4 Will Be 3D

Hands up anyone who thought Disney might actually make Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in 2D. Crazy fools! With Alice In Wonderland’s 3D-boosted box office success, it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that the studio would want to get the latest voyage of their action adventure mega franchise released in what they like to call Disney Digital 3D.

At least the decision has been made before the film actually starts filming: it means that director Rob Marshall and his crew can incorporate the technology into their shots and not end up faced with a last-minute conversion job like Clash Of The Titans.

On Stranger Tides will see Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow questing for the legendary Fountain of Youth. He’ll encounter trouble with Blackbeard (Ian McShane) and may find some romance with the villain’s daughter (Penelope Cruz).

And despite the seemingly late announcement of a 3D shoot, the movie’s apparently still on course to dock in cinemas May 20, 2011.

Source: EmpireOnline

Paramount Going On A Field Trip

Paramount Going On A Field Trip
Ivan Reitman producing a sci-fi comedy
Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Paramount Going On A Field Trip

Hardly a week goes by when there isn’t some new, high concept studio comedy being touted around, usually with the proviso that the plot is a tightly kept secret and can’t be let out of its cage for fear of destroying downtown Los Angeles. Today’s candidate is Field Trip, which Paramount is producing with Ivan Reitman’s Montecito company.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the companies have splashed some cash to buy Jordan Cahan’s sci-fi comedy spec script. What actually happens in it is anyone’s guess, but the basic premise apparently involves a high school teacher and his students getting caught up in a time travel adventure while on a school outing.

Clearly no lessons have been learned from the recent box office difficulties of movies that combined time travel and comedy, with both Land Of The Lost and Hot Tub Time Machine struggling to find appreciative audiences. Still, Reitman knows how to blend them (Ghostbusters), even if he’s been a little iffier since then (Evolution, My Super Ex-Girlfriend).

Throwing up a red flag right from the start is the fact that Cahan wrote 2008’s Jason Biggs/Dane Cook/Kate Hudson relationship comedy My Best Friend's Girl which we, er, didn’t like. Can crossing the genre streams work? We'll find out soon enough...

Source: EmpireOnline

Warp Films Swears A Blood Oath

Warp Films Swears A Blood Oath
Vampire secret agent novel bought
Source: Heat Vision Blog


Warp Films Swears A Blood Oath

How many more twists on the vampire genre can filmmakers find? Given that the undead creatures of the night have been around for ages, the answer appears to be: plenty. So it should be no surprise that a production company has snapped up the rights to Christopher Farnsworth’s thriller novel Blood Oath, which sees a fanged type serving on the secret service.

The book, which arrives in US bookstores today, features Nathaniel Cade, a bloodsucker captured by the Union Army shortly after the Civil War. In exchange for sparing him, Nathaniel swears loyalty to then-President Andrew Johnson and spends the next 150 years protecting the Commander in Chief.

According to the Heat Vision Blog, Warp Films founder Lucas Foster, who last produced Law Abiding Citizen, has snapped up both Oath and follow-up tome Black Site, which Farnsworth is still busy scribbling. The first book finds Nathaniel assigned a new human partner/handler and set to investigate a deadly plot involving a terrible biological weapon.

"It’s a big idea and it’s an idea that in the wrong hands could have been cheesy," Foster says. "Chris did a very good job of making the reader, and me, buy it. It’s the right tone between thriller and improbable fantasy."

A vampire James Bond? In the service of the US President? Bet the Tea Party folk would love that one. In fact, a few probably already think Farnsworth’s book belongs in the non-fiction section.

Source: EmpireOnline

Gidget Surfs Back

Gidget Surfs Back
Sally Field’s surfer girl will reboot
Source: Variety


Gidget Surfs Back

Is the world ready for a new take on iconic surf girl Gidget, even though she exists more as a worldwide merchandising property than a film or TV character these days? 300 producer Mark Canton seems to think so, and he’s teaming up with Pterodactyl Productions to bring the character back to the big and small screens.

First birthed in a 1957 novel, Gidget became something of a pop cultural sensation in the late 1950s and ‘60s across the pond, with TV series and movies based around her, which kick-started the careers of Sandra Dee and Sally Field, who played her.

The most recent screen incarnation was 1987’s series The New Gidget, though she’s better known as the surf bum equivalent of Hello Kitty or Emily The Strange right now, with her name plastered over sporting goods, skateboards and (natch) surfboards.

Barney Cohen is in charge of getting the new projects up and running, having set up a deal with Gidget Worldwide (which controls the rights to the character) to develop it.

"Gidget has always been such a strong symbol of girl power," Canton tells Variety. "With female surfing exploding across the globe, the time is right to bring her back in a major way." Cowabunga, dudette?

Source: EmpireOnline

Tim Burton Grooms Mai The Psychic Girl

Tim Burton Grooms Mai The Psychic Girl
Possible future Burton project, part 874
Source: Latino Review


Tim Burton Grooms Mai The Psychic Girl

The list of projects that Tim Burton might tackle next is getting longer and longer. We could start making them up at this point, and nobody would notice. But according to a trusted source at The Latino Review, Japanese manga Mai, The Psychic Girl has been added to the Burton rolodex.

The comic series, written by Kazuya Kudo and drawn by Ryoichi Ikigami, is about a powerfully psychic 14-year-old girl, being pursued by the shady Wisdom Alliance, which already has four psychic kids backing up its plan for world domination.

Mai was one of the first manga to be translated into English in the late 80s, pre-empting the Akira-led explosion in Western popularity in the 90s and beyond. Burton had a film in preparation once before (Sparks even finished a soundtrack) but it ultimately came to nothing. It's taken this long for Burton to re-aquire the rights from Sony.

"Burton is supervising the screenplay and has put this on the front burner" says LR's mysterious fount of knowledge El Taco. So let's recap: Burton now has Mai, the Psychic Girl; the Sleeping Beauty reworking Maleficent; the Johnny Depp-starring goth soap opera Dark Shadows; a stop-motion Addams Family; a full-length extension of his Frankenweenie short; and, maybe, the monster-mash Monsterpocalypse on his agenda. And he's supposed to be producing Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter with Timur Bekmambetov.

That's a lot of spinning plates. Which will he drop first?

Source: EmpireOnline

Reese Witherspoon & Jim Toth: Saturday Smooch!

Reese Witherspoon & Jim Toth: Saturday Smooch!

Reese Witherspoon & Jim Toth: Saturday Smooch!

Reese Witherspoon steals a smooch with boyfriend Jim Toth as they walk together in Ojai, California on Saturday (May 15).

The 34-year-old actress and her CAA agent beau walked arm-in-arm through town and stopped at Ruben’s Burritos to grab a bite to eat.

Can you believe Reese and Jim have only been dating since February? It looks like they’ve really hit it off!

More pics at X17!

Shia LaBeouf: Acting in Indiana Jones was 'My Fault'

Shia LaBeouf: Acting in Indiana Jones was 'My Fault'

Shia LaBeouf: Acting in Indiana Jones was 'My Fault'

Shia LaBeouf has shared his thoughts on his past few blockbusters - and he doesn’t seem to be a fan of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull or Transformers 2!

“You can blame it on the writer and you can blame it on Steven,” Shia, 23, said of the most recent Indy film (via L.A. Times). “But the actor’s job is to make it come alive and make it work, and I couldn’t do it. So that’s my fault. Simple.”

“[Harrison Ford and I had] major discussions,” Shia added. “He wasn’t happy with it either.”

Last week, Shia also said that while he’s excited for Transformers 3, the second film in the series wasn’t his favorite.

“When I saw the second movie, I wasn’t impressed with what we did,” Shia told the AP. “There were some really wild stunts in it, but the heart was gone.”

Megan Fox Covers ALLURE June 2010

Megan Fox Covers ALLURE June 2010

Megan Fox Covers ALLURE June 2010

Megan Fox is described as having a “dirty mind” and “clean hands” in the June 2010 issue of Allure, on newsstands May 25.

When she arrives for her cover shoot at Milk Studios in Los Angles, the 23-year-old actress had her Kindle with her; queued up was New York Times best-seller “Jesus Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (And Why We Don’t Know About Them).” Here’s what Megan shared with the mag:

On the topless pic that was leaked while filming Passion Play: “If I knew who took this picture, I would personally cause them harm — physical harm, I’m not a f—ing reality-TV star that’s courting the paparazzi and wants my f—ing picture taken all the time. I’m at my job and I’m trying to play a character and I’m trying to be serious, and this is the sh– that’s happening to me. It makes me furious.”

On plastic surgery: “I would encourage anyone to first speak with a therapist, to try and figure out where this want comes from, because a lot of times it’s not related to your teeth or your nose or your chin — the surgery is not going to alleviate that insecurity for you. If, then, you feel, This is something that I want to do, then do it. It’s amazing that we have the technology to do the stuff that we do.”

On avoiding industry events: “Everyone blows sunshine up everyone else’s ass. I hate receiving compliments; I hate being told I’m talented or people think I’m going to be a movie star. I always feel that it’s forced and fake.”

Check out the full set of pics at Allure.com!

Jake Gyllenhaal: TOM FORD Suit Sexy

Jake Gyllenhaal: TOM FORD Suit Sexy

Jake Gyllenhaal: TOM FORD Suit Sexy

Jake Gyllenhaal hits the red carpet with co-star Gemma Arterton at the Los Angeles premiere of their new movie, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, held at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Monday (May 17) in Hollywood.

The 29-year-old suited up in a Tom Ford two-piece, black Falconer suit, white shirt, and a black tie with a polka dot pattern.

Earlier in the evening, the twosome, Tom Cruise, Billy Bob Thornton, Nicolas Cage and Ben Kingsley celebrated producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s hand and footprint ceremony also held at Grauman’s.

Prince of Persia opens everywhere on Friday (May 21)!
30+ pictures inside of Tom Ford suit sexy Jake Gyllenhaal