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Friday, September 24, 2010

Beckinsale Confirmed For Underworld 4

Beckinsale Confirmed For Underworld 4
J Michael Straczynski doing rewrites
Source: Lakeshore press release (via CHUD)


Beckinsale Confirmed For Underworld 4

The January 2012 release date for the fourth Underworld was announced a few weeks ago, but a few more Underworld 4 details have now been confirmed.

We can put an end to the speculation about whether or not Kate Beckinsale will be squeezing back into Seline's vampy PVC. She will. It's official. And while the original rumour-mill suggested that she might be appearing in a tokenistic reduced capacity, the press release is pretty clear that Beckinsale will "take the lead".

We still think that might be spin though, since a role for Selene's daughter is also confirmed, which suggests some next-generation-type franchise torch-passing to us. An actress to play mini-Selene is currently being sought. As is a director, since series honcho Len Wiseman (Mr Beckinsale) will not be wielding the megaphone, although he is producing.

The surprise announcement, and potentially best news, is that J Michael Straczynski is working on the script, which was originally drafted by The Shield's John Hlavin. JMS was the brains behind the 90s TV space opera Babylon 5. More recently he wrote Clint Eastwood's Changeling, and he authored long runs of Amazing Spider-Man and Thor for Marvel, before defecting to DC's The Brave and the Bold. In other words, he knows his way around a fantasy plot and some smart dialogue.

No mention of Scott Speedman returning as Selene's vamp/wolf hybrid squeeze Michael yet. Shooting starts in Vancouver in March.

Source: EmpireOnline

More On Bill And Ted 3

More On Bill And Ted 3
Alex Winter speaks!
Source: MTV


More On Bill And Ted 3

Earlier this week it was Keanu Reeves spilling the beans, and now Alex Winter has weighed in on the possibility of a Bill and Ted Part 3.

Speaking to MTV as a follow-up to their original news-breaking story, Winter (aka Bill S Preston to Keanu's Ted "Theodore" Logan) confirmed that "the cat's out of the bag, and the truth is that, yeah, we [Reeves, Winter, and writes Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon] have finally hit upon an idea that we think is pretty great. We don't want to make a cynical 'Here's Bill and Ted — you guys are our kids, now YOU guys go be Bill and Ted and the franchise can live for another 25 years!' It's not that. It's a straight up, what's the funniest and most surprising take on where Bill and Ted would be right now if we stopped back in on them? That's what we're doing."

Everyone involved is still keeping quiet about what the idea actually is, but what seems important to all the key players is to be in-keeping with the tone of the originals, and not fall pray to any bogus audience-nudging, aren't-we-ironic shenanigans.

"We've been working on it for the past couple of years," says Winter. "The bottom line is that we still all feel like we need to sit down and look at a script and see if it's everything that it can be before we set about doing anything with it. We kicked around the idea over the years and had always thought if we could make something that was as kind of genuine in spirit as the originals and without falling prey to kind of retro cynicism or something that was unnecessary, it would be worth doing."

There are no plans to re-cast the late George Carlin's role as guru Rufus. "That would be horrible," Winter says. "We've been delicate about moving around him."

And when, should it all come to pass, might we see this most bodacious of prospects realised? "We would love to not be doing this when we're 60, I'll leave it at that," Winter chuckles. Excellent!

Source: EmpireOnline

Duncan Jones On Superman Director List?

Duncan Jones On Superman Director List?
Tony Scott & Matt Reeves also possibles
Source: Deadline


Duncan Jones On Superman Director List?

With Inception's promotional tour finished and Batman 3 slowly kicking into gear, it appears that Chris Nolan, producing partner/other half Emma Thomas and the rest of the Man of Steel team are getting down to the serious business of finding a director to bring Superman back to the screen once more. Already on the list of directors they’ve talked to? Such names as Duncan Jones, Tony Scott, Matt Reeves and Zach Snyder.

It should come as no real shock that with Nolan involved and the prestige of the character, a wealth of top directors are taking meetings about the idea. While Deadline’s report mentions a short list, we’re pretty sure half of the people who have wielded megaphones on decent films in the recent past will be badgering their agents to get a chat with Nolan and co.

But the names thrown up so far are certainly eclectic. Given the job he did on Moon (and the fact he’s made the leap to an even more effects-heavy piece with Source Code), we’re certain Duncan Jones isn’t hurting for job offers. Tony Scott might have a reputation as a style-over-substance man these days, but he’s still a big name. Matt Reeves wrangled Cloverfield and is currently drawing plenty of positive buzz for vampire remake Let Me In, while Zach Snyder is someone that Warners clearly likes working with, and who has made them plenty of money in the past with 300.

All that has apparently happened so far is a series of discussions, and several of the candidates (including Battle: Los Angeles director Jonathan Liebsman, who Warner Bros. plucked to direct its Clash of the Titans sequel) have lots of other projects on their plate. Nolan and his team are going to put their choice to Warners and Legendary Pictures in a few weeks, so it looks like we’ll known soon enough who’ll bring David Goyer’s script to the screen in the next couple of years…

Source: EmpireOnline

Emma Stone Up For Spider-Man role?

Emma Stone Up For Spider-Man role?
And she's circling 21 Jump Street...
Source: Variety


Emma Stone Up For Spider-Man role?

There’s no denying that Emma Stone is a rising star these days. She impressed us in Zombieland, and followed that with a snark-tastic performance in Easy A. It would seem Sony shares our enthusiasm, since she’s currently considering the female lead in the studio’s new take on 21 Jump Street and – in a move that could launch her career to the next level – she’s being considered a candidate for one of the main roles in the next Spider-Man film.

Let’s look at the wall-crawler first, shall we? There are apparently two juicy female roles in the new film, which would see the chosen actresses appear alongside Andrew Garfield's Spidey. While Sony is naturally staying quiet about exact details, there are conflict reports as to whether flame-haired girl-next-door turned object of Peter Parker’s obsession Mary Jane Watson is even in the movie, or if both roles are completely new. Stone would be pretty much perfect for MJ (she doesn’t need to dip into the hair dye or buy a wig like Kirsten Dunst needed) and she’s got the right blend of attitude with added vulnerability when called upon.

But she’s not the only person in contention – Sony has also been meeting with Lily Collins and Alice in Wonderland’s Mia Wasikowska for the roles, which makes us think the producers and director Mark Webb are close to finding the right person, but haven’t finally made up their minds yet. They’ll need to lock people in soon, though, as the film starts shooting at the end of the year for a 2012 release date.

And getting back to Stone’s flourishing career, she’s also talking to the 21 Jump Street team about starring in the cop comedy drama opposite Jonah Hill, who has co-written and is producing the project. Since they worked together well on Superbad, we can see why he might be trying to get her to sign on. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are sharing the director’s chair for that one, and it’ll kick off shooting early next year. Could she do both, given what looks like conflicting schedules? We’ll never know unless she wins the jobs…

Source: EmpireOnline

Chloe Moretz Will Be Emily The Strange

Chloe Moretz Will Be Emily The Strange
From Hit Girl to goth girl...
Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Chloe Moretz Will Be Emily The Strange

Chloe Moretz is adding another iconic role to her already crowded career, signing on to play the title character in Universal’s take on counterculture figure Emily the Strange.

After the rescuing the rights from Fox, where it was largely Emily the stagnant, Dark Horse Entertainment has been trying to get a film based on the character together for a couple of years now after making a big announcement in 2008 and raising more awareness at that year's Comic-Con. And, coincidentally, the first time Moretz really considered the role was at this year’s event, where she met Emily’s creator, skateboarder Rob Reger.

While Reger didn’t plan for Emily to become such a smash hit with the low-key Goth/Hot Topic crowd (she was originally just one of lots of designs he was printing to adorn stickers, boards and T-shirts back in the early 90s), the image caught on to such a degree that she became a sensation and made millions for Reger’s Cosmic Debris company.

Universal just grabbed the rights from Dark Horse, which has a first-look deal with the studio, and the Emily film will now go into active development. While there’s no writer or director formally attached just yet, the Hollywood Reporter mentions that the plot will chart the punk Goth girl’s origins and that of her four cats.

We can see it now – the Chloe Moretz icon series to inspire young girls: Hit Girl, Emily and primal, blood-sucking Abby from Let Me In

Source: EmpireOnline

Steve Carell May Be Burt Wonderstone

Steve Carell May Be Burt Wonderstone
For a new magician comedy
Source: LA Times


Steve Carell May Be Burt Wonderstone

Steve Carell might be giving up his position as manager on The Office next year to concentrate on his family and cinema career, but even while still employed at Dunder Mifflin, he’s scraping out some time to fit in film work, such as considering making Burt Wonderstone during a break from his TV schedule next month.

As the LA Times reports, the film is just one of a wide variety of options he has at his disposal. But it does sound like something he’d be good at.

The plot follows a flashy Las Vegas magician who loses his will to perform when he accidentally kills his partner. But he doesn’t have too much time to grieve – he’s got to get back in the game or a rival will end up taking all his glory.

New Line is behind the movie, having nabbed a new draft of the script from John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who have their names all over several recent screenplays, including Horrible Bosses and The $40,000 Man.

There’s no sign of a director for the comedy just yet, but if Carell chooses to make it his next job, you can bet there’ll be plenty of candidates. And while magicians on screen have been a mixed bag recently – Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist is wonderful, whereas the Mitchell & Webb pic Magicians, which shares some distinctly similar plot beats with the new film, was decent if unspectacular – it’s still ripe material for grabbing laughs. And as Arrested Development fans, we realise it would be awfully close to Gob, but surely Will Arnett could be considered for the rival magic performer?

Source: EmpireOnline

Christopher Guest Planning New Comedy?

Christopher Guest Planning New Comedy?
Set in the world of retro collectors…
Source: Women On The Web


Christopher Guest Planning New Comedy?

While at the moment there’s nothing official, any word that Christopher Guest is plotting to make a new film has us in Quietly Excited Mode. And when the story from admittedly gossipy site The Women On The Web also includes mention of him reteaming with Harry Shearer and Michael McKean, you can ramp that up to Expectant.

But the site’s Liz Smith (via the keen-eyed bods at Cinematical) is reporting that McKean is looking to collaborate with McKean and Shearer on a film about the kooky, cutthroat world of retro collectors. They’re the folk that haunt trade fairs, and the Interwebs looking for old comics, toys, records and all sorts of knickknacks.

It’s certainly a fertile world for the character-based comedy we’ve come to know and love from Guest and co and though there’s no word on whether it’ll be shot mockumentary style a la Spinal Tap and Best In Show or more traditional like For Your Consideration, we’re not sure we care either way. It's been four years since Consideration. We're ready.

Hopefully it’ll also see the trio calling up their usual reliable cadre of performers, including John Michael Higgins, Michael Hitchcock, Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Jennifer Coolidge and the rest (especially Jane Lynch- fingers crossed it shoots when she’s not working on Glee).

We’ll definitely stay on top of this one and start praying to the gods of Stonehenge that it comes together.

Source: EmpireOnline

New Day Of The Triffids Pic Planned

New Day Of The Triffids Pic Planned
Cannibal plants now in 3D?
Source: Variety


New Day Of The Triffids Pic Planned

John Wyndham is one of those authors that film and TV producers love to re-visit, and one of his most-adapted novels, mobile plant thriller The Day of the Triffids, is now in the hands of Transformers producer Don Murphy and Michael Preger, who has produced more than one Wyndham story in the past.

The Triffids, for the three of you that really don’t know the story, follows a devastating time for humanity when the discovery of aggressive flora coincides with a meteor shower that blinds a good proportion of the Earth’s population. Our hero, Bill Masen, is in hospital after being attacked by one of the rampaging stalk-ers and must try to help fellow survivors make it through an England now dominated by the plants.

"This original classic has still to be successfully envisioned on the screen," Murphy tells Variety. "It is a story that strikes at the heart of what it means to be human – and does so in an intensely cinematic way."

He’s right about both parts, in that it's a great story that has yet to be properly adapted. The 1962 version, with Howard Keel and Nicole Maurey, has its fans, but didn’t quite stick the landing. The 1981 BBC series was a cult favourite (and an endless source of fascination for this writer since his parents deemed it too scary to watch at the time) but suffered from a low budget and plant effects that varied from the enthusiastic to… er… the plastic. Last year’s post-modern second stab by the Beeb took the gritty route, yet seemed sapped of the pulpy fun in its stone-faced environmental message.

So can Murphy make it work this time? We worry a little about the involvement of Preger, since he’s had two shots at bringing Wyndham’s writing to the screen and between the 1995 John Carpenter version of Village of the Damned and that last BBC Triffids, and hasn’t exactly won lots of supporters either way.

Any modern-day take on the Triffids also has to fight the fact that the likes of 28 Days Later have appropriated its post-apocalyptic eeriness and those who’ve never read the book might think it’s all borrowed from Danny Boyle.

But the 3D thing could actually work well, with Triffid stingers whipping out towards us as we duck in our seats…

Source: EmpireOnline

Del Toro Offers A Midnight Delivery

Del Toro Offers A Midnight Delivery
A script by Luther's Neil Cross
Source: Pajiba


Del Toro Offers A Midnight Delivery

Just how many movies can Guillermo del Toro attach his name to before he has to start building a robot duplicate of himself (with Lightning Nipple Tweaking Action!™) to oversee everything that’s on his plate while also writing/producing/directing his own projects? He’s testing that limit with one more film, developing Midnight Delivery for Universal.

Neil Cross, who has been building a solid portfolio of telly writing work by creating Idris Elba ‘tec drama Luther and pumping out episodes of Spooks (or MI-5 as they prefer to call it across the pond), is stepping over to film screenplays for the first time.

Delivery follows a man who has to become a drug mule in order to save his son’s life. We don’t yet know if that means he needs the money to pay for some medical treatment or if his sprog is kidnapped by nasty narco types and the father is forced to go all Maria Full of Grace to secure his safe release.

It’s early days for the project, and since it comes via Pajiba’s Hollywood Cog source (who has been enjoying a healthy hit rate of rumour-to-reality recently), we’ll list it as a “watch this space” story for now.

Del Toro, meanwhile, is already shepherding Drood, the American remake of The Orphanage and Crimson Peak, based on one of the scripts he co-wrote with Mimic’s Matthew Robbins. Talking of del Toro/Robbins collaborations, their latest production, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, hits us on March 4 next year.

Source: EmpireOnline

The King's Speech Trailer Arrives

The King's Speech Trailer Arrives
Colin Firth's King George finds a voice
Source: Yahoo Movies


The King's Speech Trailer Arrives

One of the films to emerge with strong awards buzz from this year’s Toronto fest was the latest in a line of inspirational true stories. Starring Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech has just put its first trailer online at Yahoo and you can watch it below.

Speech follows the real-life tale of King George VI (AKA our current Queen’s father), who reluctantly assumed the throne after his brother Edward abdicated. Unprepared for public life, among his biggest challenges is giving big speeches, since he suffers from a strong stammer.

His wife, Queen Elizabeth (AKA the Queen Mother), played by Carter, brings in a variety of speech therapists to try to help him, but to no avail until Lionel Logue (Rush) an unorthodox man with methods to match arrives and gives George the courage he needs to succeed. Which is handy, since World War Two is kicking off and Britain was looking to their king to be a leader.

Firth and Rush are being talked about as likely Best Actor/Best Supporting Actor contenders, with the film nabbing plenty of chatter as a Best Picture possibility.

Take a look at the trailer above and see if you agree. The King’s Speech will make its entrance to our cinemas on January 7.

Source: EmpireOnline

Kimberly Peirce Gets Wicked Lovely

Kimberly Peirce Gets Wicked Lovely
Faerie fantasy coming to the screen
Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Kimberly Peirce Gets Wicked Lovely

If you’re tired of vampires, werewolves and zombies getting all up in your cinematic grill, how about faeries? Disney seems to think Tinkerbell is hero material, but other filmmakers (such as producer Guillermo del Toro on Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark) realises the flighty types can be mined for their menace. Universal is clearly in agreement with Guillermo, since the studio has set Boys Don’t Cry director Kimberly Peirce to direct Wicked Lovely.

While it sounds like a drama about a beauty pageant set in Boston, it’s not actually Ben Affleck’s next film. Wicked Lovely will be adapted by Corpse Bride writer Caroline Thompson from Melissa Marr’s fantasy novel, which follows a teenaged girl who possesses the ability to see dangerous faeries.

Initially, she’s warned by her wise grandmother to ignore the creatures lest they attack her, but then the Summer King, Keenan, barges into her life, snatching away her mortality and asking her to become his Summer Queen so they can take on his mother, the Winter Queen. If she says no, the Winter Queen will complete her plan to take over and destroy faeries and humans alike. Typical bloody Winter Queens – you just can’t trust ‘em.

The original book arrived on shelves in 2007 and since then Marr has been busy, writing one a year with the latest, Radiant Shadows, due this year and the next, Darkest Mercy, hitting shelves in 2011. Given Peirce’s history with young people confronting problems (admittedly more reality-based in Boys and Stop-Loss), she sounds like a solid choice for this type of story.

Source: EmpireOnline

Winslet Vs. Foster In God Of Carnage

Winslet Vs. Foster In God Of Carnage
Polanski's also got Waltz & Dillon
Source: Deadline


Winslet Vs. Foster In God Of Carnage

This has officially become a Project of Interest. Fresh off The Ghost, Roman Polanski is set to adapt the play God Of Carnage for the screen, and he's got an Oscar-licious cast for it. Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and Matt Dillon will be starring.

What's the plot, we hear you wonder? Well, the story starts with two sets of parents meeting following a fight between their children in the school yard. Both pairs start by attacking each other's parenting styles, but gradually turn on their own partners as the conflict drags on.

It should be a (slightly) lighter project for Polanski after the high crimes of The Ghost, and will be filmed in Paris since Polanski still ain't going to be travelling to the story's New York setting. Expect to see this in an Oscar season near you soon.

Source: EmpireOnline

New Monsters Featurette Online

New Monsters Featurette Online
A little more on the mini-epic


New Monsters Featurette Online

We're quite excited about the tiny-budgeted sci-fi road-movie love-story that is Monsters, what with the rather impressive effects we've glimpsed and the terribly good word of mouth from all the screenings so far. And now here's a little featurette about it to give you a tiny taste behind the scenes.

The film, in case you've missed it to date, sees a returning NASA probe scatter alien contagion all over Mexico, which grows up into very big, very scary monsters that essentially take over northern Mexico and the southern US. Our story sees a photographer try to escort his boss's daughter back across the infected zone to safety. Clue: it is not going to be easy.

Monsters is out on November 12 this year.

Source: EmpireOnline

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A Town Called Panic: New Clip

A Town Called Panic: New Clip
And download YOUR 2D glasses!
Source: Exclusive


A Town Called Panic: New Clip

It looks certain to be the most insane film of the year. Belgian animation A Town Called Panic stars a cowboy, a horse, an Indian and occasionally some creatures from the Black Lagoon (or thereabouts). And believe us when we tell you that that's about as sensible as it gets. See for yourself in this new clip.

In this one, as will be immediately apparent, our heroes are falling down to the centre of the Earth. Aaaand that's about as much as we can usefully tell you, really: just watch and enjoy...


And as if that weren't enough, you can now download 2D glasses below (not a typo) for watching the film. Just click here to go along and get them.

A Town Called Panic is out on October 8.

Source: EmpireOnline

The New Deathly Hallows Trailer Is Here!

The New Deathly Hallows Trailer Is Here!
Potter! Darkness! Nighy! Choir!
Source: Yahoo Movies


The New Deathly Hallows Trailer Is Here!

The portents have been in the sky for a good few days and on Tuesday we told you the new trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 would be arriving early this morning. Well, that time is now (as we write this, it is around 6pm LA Time, or 1am GMT for those of you who are tucked up slumbering in your beds). An action-packed new promo is live courtesy of Yahoo Movies and you can watch it below.

And what a trailer! While the earlier teasers and other clips have promised something epic, this first part of Deathly Hallows really is shaping up to be a huge adventure for our heroes on screen.

Making the choice to slice the story into two now looks like a truly smart move as there’s so much to cram into each part. We’re treated to our first proper look at Bill Nighy as Rufus Scrimgeour, whose dialogue frames the first part of this new footage. Plenty of things go boom, there are the amped up dramatic confrontation as Harry’s friendship with Ron and Hermione really gets put to the test, and of course, Voldemort’s forces gather for a massive final attack against both the good guys and us muggles caught in between.

There are details a-plenty to be picked apart here, so quit reading this and get to watching the thing full screen to find your favourite bit.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 arrives in cinemas on November 19, with Part 2 following on July 15 next year.

Source: EmpireOnline

Ready For GoodFellas: The TV Series?

Ready For GoodFellas: The TV Series?
Does that amuse you? Make you laugh?
Source: Deadline


Ready For GoodFellas: The TV Series?

If this goes ahead, Steve Buscemi and his Boardwalk Empire could have a little competition: according to Deadline, there’s talk of a new TV series being developed, based on Martin Scorsese’s mob classic GoodFellas, with the film’s screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi possibly involved.

Right now, the details are scarce, but Pileggi, who adapted his own book Wiseguy about the life of gangster-turned-FBI informant Henry Hill, is mentioned as a likely writer for the pilot of the series. The show has yet to find home but Warner Bros. TV are said to be interested in the idea.

Scorsese’s film, which arrived 20 years ago, is still considered a classic, and while the subject matter would surely be fertile land for a series, there is the lingering worry that A) it would forever be judged against one of the hallmarks of the genre and B) The Sopranos covered similar ground brilliantly for years. What do you think?

Source: EmpireOnline