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Friday, November 19, 2010

Superman Kicks Off Shooting In June

Superman Kicks Off Shooting In June
And they're looking for a new(ish) face
Source: Deadline


Superman Kicks Off Shooting In June

Greetings folks, and welcome to what we firmly predict will be the first of approximately 57 zillion stories about the casting process for Superman: Man Of Steel as Deadline has just brought word that Christopher Nolan, Warner Bros. and director Zack Snyder have just hung the “Hero Wanted” sign outside the production offices for the new film.

We’re hoping that this won’t actually turn into a long, drawn-out period of rumours, suggestions, definite-no-really-we-heard-from-a-guy-who-heard-from-this-studio-caretaker “scoops” and other non-news, but given the recent history of superhero film development (hello, Captain America and Spider-Man), it seems all but inevitable.

Here’s what we do know for certain as of now. The focus on actors is on 18-32 year-old performers who are either unknowns or rising stars (sorry, Jon Hamm fans) without a lot of baggage and, more importantl,y minus the hefty price tag of established talents. Unlike with Christian Bale on Batman Begins, the studio’s looking for someone it can shape into star status with the iconic role as Clark Kent/Superman.

Deadline’s report also mentions a likely start date of next June, which would fit with Warners’ legal need to get moving on a film before 2012, which is when the family of co-creator Jerry Siegel can start to sue to get the rights back or win serious payments.

So as the casting call goes out, it’s our turn to ask – given the parameters above, which lesser-known actor do you want to see playing the Man of Steel? If we (and a certain someone who has employed him recently) had a choice, Mr Brandon Routh would get the job again.

Source: EmpireOnline

Claire Danes Finds A Homeland

Claire Danes Finds A Homeland
She'll play a driven CIA agent
Source: Deadline


Claire Danes Finds A Homeland

The last time there was any major news about Homeland, the new big drama pilot from US cable channel Showtime, it was the fact that the executives were trying to convince Ben Affleck to direct it. That task clearly failed, since LIE director Michael Cuesta has the job, but they did get one name they were after – Claire Danes will take a lead role.

Homeland is being loosely adapted from an Israeli series called Prisoners of War by former 24 writing/producing collaborators Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa. The basic plot finds two US soldiers going missing during the 2003 invasion of Baghdad. One of them turns up years later in Afghanistan after a drone attacks an Al Qaeda settlement. Though he’s given a hero’s welcome back in the States, he has to deal with the after-effects of his experiences.

Plus there’s a troubled CIA agent named Carrie Anderson (the part Danes has taken) who receives a tip that the veteran might be hiding something.

Danes’ film career has been ticking along quietly recently, but it’s on TV where she’s really found acclaim. Her big break was on My So-Called Life and just this year she scored an Emmy for her performance as autistic livestock behaviour expert Temple Grandin. So you can sort of see the appeal for her taking a longer-term job on telly.

While the show doesn’t yet have a full series commitment, the shorter schedule of cable shows means that even if it does work out, she’ll still have plenty of time for film work in between seasons.

Source: EmpireOnline

Howard Shore Returning For The Hobbit

Howard Shore Returning For The Hobbit
The LOTR conductor returns...
Source: The Province


Howard Shore Returning For The Hobbit

Given that he was responsible for the musical themes, atmosphere and voice of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, it was a good bet that Howard Shore would return to provide the audio accompaniment for Bilbo Baggins’ quest in the Hobbit films. But it wasn’t 100% confirmed – after all, while we’re pretty certain Jackson would have gone straight to Shore, there’s a chance the composer could have decided it was too much of a commitment and gracefully declined. But nope – he’s back.

Talking to Canadian paper The Province, Shore revealed that he is now getting set to devote another chunk of his life to crafting the music of Middle-earth. "We've talked about making these movies for many years, at least since 2002," says the composer. "It looks like finally it's going to be happening. I'll be working on it for the next three years - it's going to consume a lot of my time and work now."

It’s certainly reassuring to know that Shore’s score will be serenading Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, James Nesbitt, Aidan Turner, Rob Kazinsky, Stephen Hunter, Graham McTavish, John Callen, Mark Hadlow and the rest on their journey. We can’t wait to hear what Shore comes up with this time…

Source: EmpireOnline

Alexander Payne Considers Wilson

Alexander Payne Considers Wilson
A new Daniel Clowes adaptation
Source: Deadline


Alexander Payne Considers Wilson

You’ve got to feel for poor Sideways filmmaker Alexander Payne, who, after a few years away from the director’s chair, spent several months this year in Hawaii working with George Clooney on The Descendants. And by “feel for,” we of course mean, “feel incredibly jealous of.” But while he already has a few projects lined up as possible future writing/directing assignments, he’s added one more – an adaptation of Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel Wilson.

Clowes is the man who originally made Ghost World, and adapted it into a script for Terry Zwigoff to direct, which became a cult classic. The pair followed up with Art School Confidential, adapted from Clowes’ anthology Eightball, but it didn’t reach the same heights of critical love.

Now Fox Searchlight has picked up the rights to Wilson, which finds a middle-aged loser trying to reconnect with the world. Trouble is, every time he tries to make new friends or talk to old ones, his one-sided, bitter, sarcastic conversations and sudden jags of brutal humour don’t exactly endear him to anyone. After his father dies, he tries to re-kindle his relationship with his ex-wife and discovers he has a teenage daughter he never met.

This could be a solid fit for Payne, and we’re already picturing Sideways’ Paul Giamatti as the main character. But for now, it’ll wait in the seemingly eternal chamber that is development until the director decides what he’s doing next.

Source: EmpireOnline

Michael Hoffman Takes A Gambit

Michael Hoffman Takes A Gambit
A Coens-scripted remake...
Source: Deadline


Michael Hoffman Takes A Gambit

After floating around in limbo for a long time, it looks like the remake of 1966 Michael Caine/Shirley MacLaine caper Gambit is finally getting sucked through the plughole of production, with a company called Crime Scene Pictures stepping up to finance the film and director Michael Hoffman jumping aboard.

Hoffman last brought us Tolstoy drama The Last Station, but he’s only the latest director attached to remake Gambit – Doug Liman has, among others, been linked with the project in the past.

In the original, Caine had the role of a cat burglar who hatches a complicated scheme to relieve a billionaire of a priceless statue. His plan includes finding a woman who is a lookalike for the man’s dead wife. He strikes gold in MacLaine’s waitress, but the job gets complicated when the criminal pair falls in love.

While this could all too easily activate the Michael Caine Remake curse that struck Alfie, Sleuth and Get Carter, it does at least boast a script by Joel and Ethan Coen, which means that it has a strong starting point…

Source: EmpireOnline

Gus Van Sant Has A Boss

Gus Van Sant Has A Boss
A new TV drama with Kelsey Gammer
Source: Deadline


Gus Van Sant Has A Boss

TV continues to be a big draw for actors and other talented types, some of whom – like Pierce Brosnan from yesterday – are coming back to the goggle box, and some, like Gus Van Sant, that have rarely dabbled in it, who are taking the plunge. For his part, Van Sant has agreed to direct the pilot for a new political drama called Boss, which will star Kelsey Grammer.

Van Sant’s previous TV experience is largely limited to directing one short and playing himself on Entourage. Boss should prove to be something very different, though it is being backed by a US cable channel instead of the network territory that Grammer is more used to. For his part, the actor's work has usually been in comedy, so it'll be interesting to see him tackle a darker drama.

Starz (which has produced a series based on Crash plus Spartacus: Blood & Sand) has scooped up a script spearheaded by Grammer and Apocalypto co-writer Farhad Safinia and decided to take it straight to series with an eight-episode order. The King Lear-inspired plot will revolve around Grammer as the mayor of Chicago, who discovers that he has a degenerative medical condition. Instead of letting the rest of the world know, he tries to keep it between himself and his doctor.

The move to cable is less surprising than if Van Sant had, say, decided to direct an episode of Desperate Housewives – the likes of HBO, Starz and Showtime often tend to be a lot more creatively free than the demands of the networks.

There’s no word on when the show will actually air, but we’d guess it’d arrive either later next year or early 2012.

Source: EmpireOnline

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Dead Awake Trailer Shuffles Online

Dead Awake Trailer Shuffles Online
Haunting stuff from McGowan and Stahl
Source: Shock Till You Drop


Dead Awake Trailer Shuffles Online

"The walking dead are all around us," intones Rose McGowan. Yes, they've just been picked up for a second season on AMC. Haha. Joking aside though, this trailer for Dead Awake, starring McGowan, Nick Stahl and Amy Smart, looks to be an interesting take on perambulating corpses. If that's what's actually going on.

It's a pretty oblique clip, but we're rather liking having our interest piqued, rather than bludgeoned by the entire plot crammed into two minutes. Nick Stahl gets hit by a car, leaving Amy Smart behind to mourn. And yet, Stahl returns to the scene of the accident every year on its anniversary, talks to cops who died five years ago, and generally appears not to have gone anywhere. We see him in his coffin, and we see him walking around like regular people.

The plot synopsis over at the IMDb provides us with "Dylan, a young man working at a funeral parlor, is trying to unravel a mystery that shattered his life ten years earlier. After faking his own funeral to see who will show up, he befriends a mysterious street junkie and is reunited with an old love from his past. The lives of these three characters are transformed by supernatural forces as Dylan discovers that no one is who they seem to be."

You'd be hard-pressed to infer much of that from what we just watched, but all will presumably become clear when the film, written and directed by Omar Naim (The Final Cut), is released in the US in early 2011. No sign of a UK date yet.

Source: EmpireOnline

New I Am Number Four Featurette Online

New I Am Number Four Featurette Online
Behind the scenes with Caruso and co.
Source: Latino Review


New I Am Number Four Featurette Online

It's one of those clips that's basically a trailer with a tiny bit of talking-head making-of discussion, but a new featurette for teen sci-fi actioner I Am Number Four has just arrived online.

Director DJ Caruso (Disturbia, Eagle Eye), and young stars Alex Pettyfer and Dianna Agron provide their two-penn'orth on the story and the film's selling points, interspersed with a bit of behind-the-scenes and some glimpses of the finished action. We're getting Jumper flashbacks, but the alumni seem confident that the "action and the love story" are going to sweep us away.

The story, for those unaware so far, involves superpowered aliens-on-the-run, posing as American high school students in order to hide out, but finding that intergalactic planetary trouble has followed them. Pettyfer is the fourth of the aliens (hence the name), with the always excellent (except in Hitman, but that wasn't his fault) Timothy Olyphant as his Ben Kenobi.

I Am Number Four is an adaptation of the novel by "Pittacus Lore", a pseudonym for Jobie Hughes and Million Little Pieces fantasist James Frey, optioned well before the book's publication. The screenplay is by Smallville's Al Gough and Miles Miller, with subsequent tinkering by Buffy scribe Marti Noxon. It's out on February 18.

Source: EmpireOnline

New Brighton Rock Poster Unveiled

New Brighton Rock Poster Unveiled
Time to welcome back Cool Britannia
Source: Exclusive


New Brighton Rock Poster Unveiled

It's just a couple of months until release, so here's a new poster for Rowan Joffe's Brighton Rock to keep you topped up until then. And, in keeping with everything we've seen so far of the film, this one-sheet is moody and monotone and rather stylish.

Sam Riley stars in the film as Pinkie, a razor-wielding teenage criminal who's working his way up the gangster ranks in 1960s Brighton. Unfortunately for him, his alibi for one crime is shaky and dependent on waitress Rose (Andrea Riseborough) and Ida (Helen Mirren), a friend of one of his victims, is determined to uncover the truth of the matter.

Brighton Rock is out on February 4 here in the UK. For more on the film, you can read our Movie-Con Q&A with the filmmakers here.

Source: EmpireOnline

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

True Grit International Poster Online

True Grit International Poster Online
The Coens get moody, bullet-riddled
Source: Exclusive


True Grit International Poster Online

The True Grit trailer was cool, the first True Grit poster was cool - and sure enough, the new True Grit international poster is also gosh-darn cool. With Jeff Bridges transforming himself into the living embodiment of the word "grizzled", Matt Damon looking like he wants to hurt us* and Josh Brolin about 10 seconds from pulling the trigger of that shotgun, it's a moody effort that has our excitement levels at near breaking point.

The storyline, for those of you who aren't up on your John Wayne originals, sees a tough old US marshal (Bridges) help a young woman (newcomer Hailee Steinfeld) to track down her father's murderer. They're helped by a Texas ranger (Damon) and on the trail of bad 'un Tom Chaney (Brolin).

True Grit comes out in the UK on January 14, which is - by our count - not a mite too soon.

*In fairness, that may be the result of that horrendous slicked hair and moustache rather than any actual intent on his part. Good to know that Damon continues the fine tradition of good actors donning bad hair in Coen movies.

Source: EmpireOnline

Downey Jr May Learn How To Talk To Girls

Downey Jr May Learn How To Talk To Girls
And Gravity has lost its grip on him...
Source: Heat Vision Blog


Downey Jr May Learn How To Talk To Girls

Robert Downey Jr, it would seem, needs some advice about talking to girls. So he’s turning to a nine-year-old. We’re certainly surprised he requires help, since he’s got several womanising roles under his belt, those big brown eyes, that dry, winning personality and, oh yeah… a wife in Susan Downey. But the Heat Vision blog reports that he’s circling Fox’s adaptation of How to Talk to Girls.

The studio picked up the rights to Alec Greven’s book nearly two years ago and has since been developing it with Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps company as a possible film for the Night at the Museum director to handle.

Greven wrote the advice tips as part of a school project when he was nine, and was so successful that he won a publishing deal, toured the US talk shows and has since spawned at least three other books.

Former Daily Show head writer Ben Karlin and Stu Zicherman wrote the first few drafts, but with Downey Jr interested, it looks like Susan will be bringing her producing skills to the project, turning it into a vehicle for the actor with a new script and likely a new focus. Whether or not Levy stays attached remains to be seen, but he’s said in the past that he wants to turn the tome into a Big-style comedy.

Bear in mind that Downey Jr is merely flirting with the idea right now and no deals are in place. He’s also got his eye on Sam Raimi’s Wizard of Oz prequel film Oz: The Great and Powerful in play.

Oh, and bad news if you’re Alfonso Cuaron or were hoping to see him appear in Cuaron’s Gravity – he’s officially off the space-borne thriller that is still trying to drag Sandra Bullock into its orbit.

Source: EmpireOnline

Denis Leary Up For Spider-Man

Denis Leary Up For Spider-Man
He's in talks for Gwen Stacy's father
Source: Heat Vision Blog


Denis Leary Up For Spider-Man

The new Spider-Man’s cast count is about to go up by one, it would seem, as Denis Leary is now negotiating to take the role of police captain George Stacy, better known as the father of Emma Stone’s Gwen.

Given his gruff, sarcastic and occasionally violent attitude to men who approach his TV daughters on Rescue Me, we’re betting Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker will be glad he has Spidey strength and the ability to scuttle away up walls.

And in one run of the comics, of course, (spoiler alert in case this carries over into the new film) George comes to a rather sticky end thanks to falling debris caused by a battle between Spider-Man and Doc Ock. While the good (bad?) Doctor won’t be cropping up this time, and no one outside of the production knows what plot elements Marc Webb's film will use, it’s possible that Captain Stacy could still meet his end, resulting in a split between Gwen and Spidey. Tch… Girls, eh? One little super heroic incident in which their father is tragically killed and they’re all, “I need some space to think about our relationship! Boo hoo!”

Either way, it’ll be good to see Leary back on the big screen – his cinematic career has been somewhat mixed, but he could bring some real spark to the new Spider-outing.

Leary will join a cast that already includes Garfield, Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen and Sally Field for a shoot scheduled to kick off next month.

Source: EmpireOnline

Two New Projects For Eli Roth

Two New Projects For Eli Roth
But he'll produce, not direct
Source: Deadline


Two New Projects For Eli Roth

As a director he still seems to be at work on his FX extravaganza Endangered Species. But with his producing hat on, Eli Roth has just scored two new projects in the form of Clown and Aftershock, in a deal with new production company Vertebra Films.

Clown, which will grow Machete-style from a grindhouse-y fake trailer, involves a doting father who dresses up to entertain his son's birthday guests, but then finds that, alien-Venom-symbiote-like, the pom-poms and baggy trousers and big shoes are an evil entity that he can't remove. First-timers Christopher Ford and John Watts put the trailer together prominently using Roth's name. They were afraid he'd sue, so must be rather pleased that he gave them a job instead. Ford wrote and Watts will direct.

Aftershock meanwhile is a violent thriller set in the aftermath of this year's Chilean earthquake. Roth will co-write this one with Guillermo Amoedo and Nicolas Lopez. The Chilean Lopez, who helmed Roth-favourite Promedio Rojo, plus last year's highest-grossing Chilean film Que Pena Tu Vida, will direct.

The two films join the Funhouse remake and RZA's Man With the Iron Fists on the increasingly busy "Eli Roth Presents" roster, following this year's The Last Exorcism, which made $60m on a budget of practically nothing.

Roth hopes that the Clown (potentially part Pennywise and part Papa Lazarou) will join Freddy, Jason and Michael in the horror pantheon, and promises, "I'm giving us permission to go as hard as possible. I'd like to apologise to the MPAA for what we're going to put them through to get an R rating."

Of Aftershock, Roth says "The earthquake turned the country into a shaking amusement park ride. All hell broke loose. We thought of writing a supernatural element, but [Lopez's] description of the buildings and towns levelled, anarchy, and looters being shot from helicopters, was terrifying enough." The plot will follow several characters trying to survive following the disaster.

"Eli is a master at finding projects with great hooks," said Vertebra's Steven Prince. "We've been looking for the perfect projects to launch our company. We stopped looking after meeting him."

Funhouse and Iron Fists go before the cameras in the next couple of months. Clown and Aftershock won't be far behind.

Source: EmpireOnline

Park Chan-Wook Directing Stoker?

Park Chan-Wook Directing Stoker?
Eyeing English-language debut
Source: LA Times


Park Chan-Wook Directing Stoker?

It was a big enough surprise to learn that Prison Break's Wentworth Miller had written the script, but now comes the news that Park Chan-Wook is in talks to direct Stoker.

Stoker is the story of a young woman dealing with the death of her father and the coincident return of her mysterious estranged uncle. It's got nothing to do with Bram, as far as anyone's aware. Unless the returning uncle turns out to be Dracula.

The film has been coming together at Fox Searchlight since the summer, and has Carey Mulligan and Jodie Foster reportedly already attached to star. Something of a prestige project then (with all eyes on Black Swan), and a high-profile English-language debut for the director of the Vengeance Trilogy and Thirst. Sketchy plot-details aside, nobody's quite clear on the tone, with some sources claiming horror, and others a psychological thriller. With Park in the mix though, we're going to go right out on a limb and suggest "dark".

Ridley and Tony's Scott Free production company is calling the shots behind the scenes, and if Park signs, everyone's attention will next turn to casting the plum role of the uncle. Watch this space for updates, and give us your suggestions below.

Source: EmpireOnline

Pierce Brosnan Heads (Back) To TV

Pierce Brosnan Heads (Back) To TV
He'll produce and co-star in a PI show
Source: Deadline


Pierce Brosnan Heads (Back) To TV

Pierce Brosnan’s TV career kicked off around the same time as his cinematic run, and for a while back in the 1980s he was better known as Remington Steele than for anything he did on the big screen. His stint as Bond changed all that, but now Brosnan is looking to get back to the goggle box, signing on to produce and occasionally appear in an untitled drama thriller from former ER writer/producer Jack Orman.

Sony Pictures Television is backing the project, which will feature a private investigator who trots about the globe solving murders, foiling fraud schemes and tracking down kidnap victims, among other jobs. The pilot script and, if it gets picked up by a network, series will be based on real-life gumshoe Logan Clarke, who has his own international investigation agency based in Los Angeles.

Despite the amount of dosh that Her Majesty’s Government dropped on training him to be a super-spy, Brosnan won’t actually play the lead character, but he will crop up from time to time. Which, we assume, is so that he can keep on taking film roles. He'll be more involved behind the scenes, though, since his production company Irish DreamTime is helping get the show made.

As Deadline’s report mentions, the last time an actor had a dual acting/producing role in a TV show like this, the world was treated to Hugh Jackman’s Viva Laughlin, which A) was based on the David Tennant/David Morrissey-starring Blackpool and B) only got two episodes on the air before it was cancelled. For Pierce’s sake, we hope his show has more luck.

Source: EmpireOnline

Paranormal Activity 3 Scares Up A Date

Paranormal Activity 3 Scares Up A Date
Everyone practice their surprised look!
Source: Dread Central


Paranormal Activity 3 Scares Up A Date

Ever since the first Paranormal Activity left Saw VI a bleeding pile of mush on the floor of the American box office boxing ring, and the sequel did solid business, this news was pretty much inevitable, but we thought we’d relay it all the same: Paramount is planning a third entry in the fright film franchise.

We know, right?! We were totally surprised too! Who could ever have guess…. Okay, not so much. Dread Central has it on good authority from original writer/director and current producing overlord Oren Peli that a third instalment will hit the States on October 21, 2011, which means that we should see it the same day.

So now comes the nitty gritty: what do you think they’ll follow up from the second movie? And what do you want to see? Should they explain any lingering mysteries, or keep deepening the mythology? And should it be made at all? The second one didn’t turn out to be a franchise killer, but is it third time lucky or the start of a real downhill slide?

Plus, even if the film manages to be brilliant, how can it truly compete with this? We’re just saying… Paramount, if you’re looking for the rights, you know who to call. But if it’s the copyright lawyers looking for a slice, then the number’s been disconnected and there’s no one named Empire at this address.

Source: EmpireOnline