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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Could Harrison Ford Play Ender's Game?

Could Harrison Ford Play Ender's Game?
Asa Butterfield is locked as the lead

Source: Variety

Could Harrison Ford Play Ender's Game?

Just last week, word broke that X-Men Origins: Wolverine director Gavin Hood had offered the lead role in Ender’s Game to Hugo star Asa Butterfield. Now comes the news (via Butterfied’s own Twitter feed) that he’s locked in a deal for the movie. But buried within Variety’s report on the casting is a mention of Harrison Ford being considered as a possible co-star.

According to the trade mag, the hunt is on for someone to play Colonel Hyrum Graff, the man in charge of training the prodigious tykes who will lead a fighting force to help mankind battle an insect-like race.

Viggo Mortensen was apparently the first choice, but he wasn’t able to make a deal, so now the focus is on Ford. He’s just a name in discussion right now, however – formal talks haven’t kicked off yet. Plus, he may not want to tackle another big budget sci-fi adventure after Cowboys & Aliens disappointed at the box office this year.

Whoever ends up taking on the Graff role, he’ll deal with Butterfield’s Ender Wiggin, a talented gamer who ends up proving he’s got real world tactical skill during training. We can't help thinking that Ford would make a better Mazer Rackham than a Graff - in the book, Rackham is the General who previously drove off the alien menace, and who the youngsters are being groomed to replace - but it's possible that the script rolls both roles into one, in which case, carry on Mr Hood.

With Hood writing and directing the film, it’s due out here on March 29, 2013.

Source: EmpireOnline

Bryan Singer Will Meet The Munsters

Bryan Singer Will Meet The Munsters
He'll produce and direct the pilot

Source: Deadline

Bryan Singer Will Meet The Munsters

Though he’s usually to be found directing movies, Bryan Singer does occasionally flirt with TV: he crafted the pilot for House and his name is still on the show as an executive producer, and he’s also been involved with a few other, less successful shows. Now he’s been tempted back by Bryan Fuller’s planned reboot of The Munsters.

Fuller, who last produced Pushing Daisies, has been attached to the project for a while, cooking up what’s being described as “a visually spectacular one-hour drama” as opposed to the original’s sitcom format. The plot is likely to still revolve around Frankenstein’s monster-alike Herman, vampiric wife Lily and their family as they make their way in the world.

We’re fans of both Bryans, but was the world really, truly crying out for a new take on the blue-collar answer to the Addams Family? The 1960s show certainly had its following, managing a solid run of 70 episodes, and has been reworked several times in the years since, but it’ll take a hefty amount of re-tooling to make it work for today’s TV audiences. Still, you could have said that about Battlestar Galactica and that worked out.

Side note: the new Munsters is a quirky project and will be on the NBC network across the pond. Fuller already took one shot at the project and has had to redevelop it for the new executive team. Given the channel’s recent history of launching and dropping new shows, we give it one season at most, even with Singer aboard.

The director's next film, Jack The Giant Killer, will be out on June 15, 2012.

Source: EmpireOnline

New Mad Max First In A Trilogy?

New Mad Max First In A Trilogy?
George Miller has big plans

Source: Australian Financial Review (via Collider)

New Mad Max First In A Trilogy?

It's been a tough enough job getting the first one underway, but it now looks as if Mad Max: Fury Road is only the first film in a planned new trilogy in the post-apocalyptic road-rage franchise.

The big reveal comes at the end of a long and detailed interview with George Miller in the Australian Financial Review, mostly dedicated to the state of the Australian film industry, and Miller's uphill battles to do for it what Peter Jackson has done in New Zealand. “We started with Fury Road, but we then started to do a second story and a third,” says Miller's producing partner Doug Mitchell. “We’ve written the script for the second and almost finished the third. We never intended to; they were part of the exploration of the characters.”

Fury Road remains an Australian production, but as has been widely reported, it's had to relocate the bulk of its shoot to Namibia, after unprecedented rains turned the traditional Broken Hill desert locations into a verdant flower garden: not quite the blasted freak-filled wasteland we're used to. "The last thing we want to do is not make Mad Max here,” says Miller. “I seriously had to think about whether I wanted to disrupt my life and my family’s. It still weighs heavily. We were out at Broken Hill with a huge number of massive vehicles. They were built and parked for almost a year there."

The budget for Fury Road also seems colossal compared to its predecessors. Mitchell confirms that it's "a bigger budget": "If it’s above $100m it’s a big budget. This is a bigger budget. People have speculated around $200million, which I’d neither deny nor confirm. It’s a massive film.” The original Mad Max was shot for less than a million Austrailian dollars in 1979; Mad Max 2 for A$4m in 1982, and Beyond Thunderdome for A$12m in 1985. The record-high Australian dollar currently more-or-less has parity with the American one.

Head over to AFR for the full detailed article, which also reveals that a Fury Road video game is being developed by the former Team Bondi, the studio behind LA Noire, now absorbed into Kennedy Miller Mitchell Interactive (let's hope they can spell Mad Max correctly). Fury Road, as far as we know, still has Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, and Adelaide Clemens attached to star. It was originally slated to shoot in September 2010, then in April this year, but will now, apparently, finally go before the cameras in April 2012.

And the next two? "We're on a war footing," says Miller. "We're alert, resilient, and prepared for anything!"

Source: EmpireOnline

Monday, November 28, 2011

Breaking Dawn Still Atop US Box Office

Breaking Dawn Still Atop US Box Office
Muppets light the lights in second

Source: Box Office Mojo

Breaking Dawn Still Atop US Box Office

This past week saw the Thanksgiving holiday arrive across the pond, which meant a sudden avalanche of family movies looking to capitalise on the family gatherings traditional at that time. But while three new films arrived with their laser sights pointed at that audience, none of them could overcome the massive appeal of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, which continued to suck in crowds and ended up with $42 million for the weekend, with $221.3 million in the bank in the US alone so far.

The team behind The Muppets won’t be too disappointed though, as Kermit and co came back strong, earning $29.5 million for the three-day weekend and $42 million for the whole period since its release on Wednesday. That’s a big success, especially for a film that only cost around $40-$45 million in the first place. Third place was Happy Feet Two, which dropped just one place despite still lagging behind the first movie’s take. It made $13.4 million.

Arthur Christmas doesn’t look like it’ll be quite the big CGI success Aardman needed after Flushed Away, but it still managed to take in $12.7 million in fourth, with $17 million earned overall so far. That kept it ahead of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, which had a much more limited opening (1,277 cinemas compared to the 3,000 plus each for Arthur and Muppets) and is looking to build word-of-mouth. It made $11.3 million for the weekend in fifth, and $15.3 million overall.

Sixth was Jack And Jill with $10.3 million, Immortals sank to seventh with $8.8 million, Puss In Boots was down to eighth and $7.4 million, while Tower Heist was ninth with $7.3 million. Rounding out the top 10, we have The Descendants, which nabbed $7.2 million and has $10.7 million so far.

To pit moody vampire statistics against felt-covered charts, point your browser at Box Office Mojo.

Source: EmpireOnline

New John Carter Image Online

New John Carter Image Online
UPDATE: SIX PICS ADDED

Source: Entertainment Weekly

New John Carter Image Online

Update: Six new images have been released by Disney and can be seen in the gallery at the bottom. They incude pictures of Lynn Collins' Dejah Thoris, Willem Dafoe's Tars Tarkas and dog-like beast Woola.

You know how it is – one minute, you’re just a giant, slavering beast trying to potter quietly around your cavernous desert pit when a longhaired lunatic sporting pumped-up pecs and a massive chain comes to disturb your peaceful afternoon. And just when you start shouting to ask if he’d really rather stop being such a nuisance, he starts try to fight you! The nerve! Such is the life of the White Ape as seen in this new picture from John Carter over at Entertainment Weekly.

The movie, of course, finds X-Men: Origins’ Taylor Kitsch as the titular hero in a tale adapted from Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Barsoom series. Carter, a US Civil War vet, finds himself transported to Mars (called Barsoom by the locals, hence the name of the series), where he has to deal with various enemies on the war torn planet. And not only that, but he faces off against the lumbering White Ape, the biggest and most ferocious beastie of the Martian ecosystem.

To see a full-sized pic at EW, click the image above.

According to director Andrew Stanton, he decided to save the beasts – which show up much earlier in Burroughs’ story – for a big climactic clash: “They’re sort of an oversized gorilla in the books, and they’re kind of ubiquitous. They’re littered everywhere through at least the first several novels. They were always cool, just from a visceral standpoint, but they don’t really have a narrative function in the first book. So what we did is we made the White Apes a formidable creature that you kind of hear about throughout the movie, but you never really witness. There’s a subtle sense of anticipation for what these things might be like. Then Michael Kutsche — who did a lot of the designs on Alice In Wonderland – came up with this design on his own, for just their scale. He made them nocturnal, almost like moles — they stopped using their eyes, and just had a heightened sense of smell. We just love that. ”

There’s more from Stanton over at EW. John Carter will be out on March 9, and you can read yet more about him in a future issue of Empire. The next trailer is scheduled to come online on December 1.

Source: EmpireOnline

Rachel Weisz Joins The Railway Man

Rachel Weisz Joins The Railway Man
She's on for the Colin Firth drama

Source: Variety

Rachel Weisz Joins The Railway Man

Colin Firth already has the benefit of a compelling story for his next film, The Railway Man, and now he’s getting some superb acting support in the shape of Rachel Weisz.

Jonathan Teplitzky is directing the real-life tale of World War II veteran Eric Lomax. Frank Cottrell Boyce and Andy Paterson have adapted Lomax’s eponymous autobiography, which charts his capture and torture by the Japanese army and his forced work on the notorious “death railway” in what was once known as Burma.

War Horse’s Jeremy Irvine has been cast as the younger Lomax, and Weisz will play the older version’s wife, Patti. While earlier reports had Lomax going after his captors in order to get some vengeful closure, Variety now more accurately reports that he actually makes peace with his former torturers with the support of his wife.

Teplitzky will kick off shooting this coming February in Australia. Weisz was last seen in Dream House (though she probably wants to forget that) and will next be seen in Terrence Malick’s latest, still-untitled project and The Bourne Legacy. She’s also been busy working on Oz, The Great And Powerful.

Source: EmpireOnline

Ben Whishaw Confirmed As Bond's Q

Ben Whishaw Confirmed As Bond's Q
He'll be teching it up in Skyfall

Source: BBC

Ben Whishaw Confirmed As Bond's Q

There have been rumours floating about to this effect for a day or so now, but it appears that Ben Whishaw has been confirmed as the new Q in Skyfall, after the BBC called his agent to check. That means the star of Perfume will be kitting Bond out with the usual dart-pens, rappelling-watches and death-cars you'd expect, and probably a few new gimmicks you don't.

Whishaw steps into a role formerly occupied by the late, great Desmond Llewelyn and briefly by John Cleese. Given that the actor (one of the great stage Hamlets of the past couple of decades) is best known for playing nervy, cerebral young characters (Sebastian in Brideshead Revisited; John Keats in Bright Star), we're guessing that this Q will make a virtue of his relative youth, revelling in the fact that he's more hip to the tech than the spy he's equipping. After all, young people nowadays all seem like Q, eh, with their iThingies and Wiiyamacallits.

Skyfall has just started shooting at Bond's traditional home in Pinewood, and will be back in cinemas on October 26, 2012. Sam Mendes is of course directing, with Daniel Craig and Judi Dench returning and the likes of Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe and Javier Bardem joining them.

Source: EmpireOnline

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Gary Busey On Piranha 3DD

Gary Busey On Piranha 3DD
Exploding cows, dragons and 'Buseyisms'

Source: Exclusive

Gary Busey On Piranha 3DD

You may have noticed that yesterday was Thanksgiving in the US, which means that Hollywood is today sleeping off a turkey coma rather than producing movie news. But fear not, neophiles! We can today bring you a tiny nugget of news on Piranha 3DD, from the inimitable Gary Busey and the new issue of Empire. Here's what he had to say about his role in the 3D horror sequel.

"I play a farmer. A cow explodes because of its farting ability and out of it come hundreds of piranha, raining down on me. You'll see how I treat one of them."

So that's cleared that up then. Next year he's also planning to release a book called Buseyisms, full of the acronyms he's been creating since 1999. "'NASCAR' stands for Non-Athletic Sport Centred Around Rednecks. 'SOBER' is Son Of a Bitch, Everything's Real'" Etc. He's also due to appear on Celebrity Wife Swap and to work on musical projects and a solo stage show - which you need to read more about in this month's magazine.

A few other tastes of the world according to Busey...

On pelicans: "Don't let them fly over you. When they shit on you, it's like getting napalmed."

On his two year-old son: "The energy of ten wolverines chasing a zebra."

On the UK: "You guys don't have guns - you have sticks and dragons."

But that's not all! Allow us to share with you some classic Busey quotes that didn't make it into the actual article but are still so good we couldn't not share them with you.

His idea for a film: "I’ve got a great one. There’s a guy, he’s a wilderness guy, and he comes in to civilization and tunes into the world news. He learns about the gangs - the Crips and the Bloods and such - and builds a camp for them. Near that part of the woods the wilderness man senses a very negative vibration, and they don’t know what evil lurks there but there is evil. And what happens is at first the Crips and the Bloods start attacking each other, people are getting stabbed, but then the wilderness man comes in and starts taking them on, and there’s no way they can handle him, so he starts teaching them self-defence."

On doing photoshoots: "The thing about taking pictures of me in daylight - you will not see my teeth because I am a vampire with a day pass. You should get some duct tape to cover your neck and you’ll be safe from me."

On weight loss: "A good way to lose weight is to put salt on your ass and go to a petting zoo. But stay away from goats because I’ve seen them fornicate with a mail box."

On his dream role: "I’d like to play you [Empire], in a pornographic movie. In fact, I’m going to direct you in a pornographic movie. You’ll dress up like a woman and have Mr. Corndog [Empire's photographer] come in and inflate your ego. (Pause) You having a good time, Nick [de Semlyen]? I like your style. So authentic and not at all like an interviewer. And I’ve had lots of interviewers. I like the way you’re wiggling your right leg, because that means you’re sublimating some eager energy through that part of your body. I like that. Your dominant arm is your right arm. Your dominant eye is probably your left. That’s what you naturally keep open while you’re shooting a gun."

His suggestion for a follow-up feature: "Bring me over to your country and we’ll do an exclusive interview for Empire magazine where Gary Busey picks several people to make a Buttplug Patrol and we’ll go out at dawn and buttplug some cows."

Piranha 3DD is out next year.

Gary Busey can be heard from at more length in this month's Empire, in an interview that's as close to a must-read as we've ever published.








Source: EmpireOnline

Charlize Theron Talks Young Adult

Charlize Theron Talks Young Adult
'Being a bitch wasn't hard for me...'


Charlize Theron Talks Young Adult

Until we heard her speak at a special BAFTA screening of her latest movie, Young Adult, no-one in the Empire office quite realised what a quote machine Charlize Theron was.

Her role as “psychotic prom queen bitch” Mavis Gary in Jason Reitman's fourth movie written by Diablo Cody shows a different side to Charlize... One that sees her playing a complete and utter cow.

“Being a bitch wasn’t hard for me at all,” she laughs. “Okay, I take it back that’s the stuff you dream of doing, especially having a director like Jason saying, ‘Yeah, more of that!’

Other choice cuts of Charlizeyness include this one on dealing with her co-star, a dog called Dolce:

“Jason wanted an emotional breakdown with the dog at the end, and that didn’t happen. Because that dog wouldn’t give me an emotional breakdown. That dog said, ‘You know what? You’re not going to get anything from me today.’ My face was covered in apple sauce, I had liver pate on my breasts, I was dog treat heaven, and I couldn’t get this dog to focus.”

Then there's her story about how she actually met Reitman in the first place:

"This is embarrassing, but I was at the Oscars last year, the year that Up In The Air was nominated. I got there really early with my mom and we were in the bar area and I had three glasses of champagne – we were kind of stuck in the corner – and then they finally shoveled us all into the Kodak Theatre and Jason Reitman happened to be right in front of me."

"And if I didn’t have that last glass of champagne, I wouldn’t have had the courage to do this, but I tapped him and said: 'I just wanted to tell you that Up In The Air is my favourite movie of the year' – which it was! And a month later I found myself in a restaurant, and Jason was there. I swear I wasn’t stalking him, and he came up to me and he said, 'I’ve read this script Diablo sent me last night and I think it’s going to be my next film, and I want to do it with you.' And I was just... I was actually really depressed at the time, because I was getting ready to go to Australia to do [Mad Max] Fury Road with George Miller and I knew I wasn’t available, so I thought, 'Oh my God, the one time Jason Reitman wants to do a film with me, I’m unavailable.'"

"And I went to Australia and the film pushed, and Jason found out and called me up and said, 'I think you’re available, do you want to do this with me?' And that’s the very long reason why I’m in Young Adult."

See? Quote machine. For more beautiful, wonderful quotes from the beautiful, wonderful Charlize, check out this month's mag (out today) for more from her and the rest of next year's Oscar contenders.

Young Adult will be in cinemas here in the UK come February 10 2012.

Source: EmpireOnline

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Star Trek 2 Warps In On May 17, 2013

Star Trek 2 Warps In On May 17, 2013
JJ Abrams will shoot in 3D

Source: Deadline

Star Trek 2 Warps In On May 17, 2013

Now that Paramount has finally turned the electricity up high enough on the electrodes attached to JJ Abrams’ sensitive parts and made him commit to directing the Star Trek sequel, the pieces are slowly beginning to fall into place. The movie might not have a title yet, but it has a schedule, with the studio targeting a May 17, 2013 release date with its torpedoes.

Deadline reports that the executives took swift action after Sony shoved Roland Emmerich’s Singularity off that date, zeroing in on the time slot and stuffing Kirk, Spock, Sulu and co into place.We assume and hope it'll be day-and-date over here, given that's what happened with the first one.

Now, of course, it’s up to Abrams to make the thing, working from the script he’s been overseeing as it's written by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof (who tweeted the news with “You have boldly waited this long... We shall do our very best to make it worth that wait.”)

The big news on the Trek front is that Abrams will be making it his first stab at 3D filmmaking, which means the Enterprise will be warping RIGHT INTO YOUR FACE. Okay, hopefully not: Abrams knows what he’s doing. But we are little concerned about 3D lens flare burning our retinas out.

In related news, there’s still no official word on Benicio Del Toro signing on as a villain (Abrams will only cagily say that they’re still in discussions) but one person who will really, truly be contributing is composer Michael Giacchino. Yeah, try to look surprised. But definitely look pleased.

Source: EmpireOnline