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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Anchorman 2 Is Official!

Anchorman 2 Is Official!
Ronald Joseph Aaron Burgundy is back...

Source: Will Ferrell

Ladies and gentlemen, can we please have your attention. We've just been handed an urgent and horrifying news story. We need all of you, to stop what you're doing and listen. Right then... Deep breath... ANCHORMAN 2 IS OFFICIAL. RON BURGUNDY HIMSELF HAS SAID SO. LOOK AT THE VIDEO BELOW.



Assuming you’ve now stopped jumping for joy, it is indeed true. Will Ferrell, in his guise of San Diego's premier news man, arrived on Conan O’Brien’s talk show to announce that he and director Adam McKay had been able to reach a deal with Paramount to make an Anchorman sequel. Raise a glass in salute! We suggest scotch. And if it’s warm, don’t pick milk. Milk would be a bad choice.

Ferrell will be writing the script with McKay, but few other details are official at this time. MEGA UPDATE: Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, despite their massive fame, will both be back, but there's no solid word yet on David Koechner, according to Entertainment Weekly But surely all Ron has to do is ask demand that everyone assembles?

As for the plot? Well, there have been ideas floated in the past – everything from a musical to an Alive-style situation where the news team crashes and must survive. Or even (brace for it) Ron and co entering the ‘80s as only they know how… Sexually. But we'll have to wait and see what remains after all this time.

If you need us, we’ll be wearing Sex Panther in a glass case of emotion. There’s just the slightest concern, itching the back of our minds, that nothing could compare to the genius of the original, but who knows? For now, we banish those thoughts to their home on Whore Island and revel in the idea that we’ll get more of Ron, Brian, Champ and Brick. And, perhaps, Veronica Corningstone too. Aqualung!

MEGA UPDATE PART THE SECONDE: Adam McKay has tweeted that he and Ferrell are writing the script now and plan to shoot in February.

Source: EmpireOnline

DJ Caruso In talks For Invertigo

DJ Caruso In talks For Invertigo
He may tackle the sci-fi drama

Source: Deadline

DJ Caruso In talks For Invertigo

His last shot at science fiction, I Am Number Four, may not quite have taken off at the box office the way he would have liked, but that’s not stopping DJ Caruso from looking to add another high concept film to his stockpile of possible projects: he’s in talks to direct Invertigo for Sony.

When we saw the title, we thought it might be some take on Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, which conjured visions of the enraged filmmaker’s ghost trying to throttle Caruso for messing with his work again after the less-than-subtle nods to Rear Window in Disturbia.

But no, this is in fact a big budget movie written by Transformers: Dark Of The Moon scribe Ehren Kruger, alongside Brandon Camp, about a NASA satellite crashing in New York and creating something called a reverse-G vortex which means that gravity is reversed and the whole planet is in danger. Only Bruce Willis can save us all… Wait, no… that’s Armageddon.

Still, if Caruso makes a deal to take on the movie, he’ll be working on it for a while as Deadline reports that it’ll involve a lot of pre-and-post-production, plus a big shoot, so he may not start filming until next year. Meanwhile, he’s just finished work on low-budget passion project Goat Island and is now looking for a distributor.

Source: EmpireOnline

Expendables 2 Will Not Be PG-13

Expendables 2 Will Not Be PG-13
Dolph Lundgren confirms R-Rating

Source: Exclusive

Expendables 2 Will Not Be PG-13

Back in January there was a kerfuffule of fan annoyance over reports that, at the behest of Chuck Norris, Sylvester Stallone was aiming the Expendables sequel at a PG-13 certificate from the MPAA. AICN however, picked up rumblings from Stallone a couple of weeks ago that an R-rating was back on the table for Expendables 2. And speaking to Empire over the weekend, Dolph Lundgren confirmed that he's been hearing the same thing.

"I heard that it's now R again," says Dolph. "Stallone's basic setting is to make it very violent. That's just in his personality, and if it was me I would do the same. I guess the producers figure they can make another $50m if it's PG-13, and if it was my money I might say the same thing! But I think for the fans, if it's tougher it's better."

Chuck had apparently complained about the R, saying that he "doesn't make films like that anymore" and earning some concessions from the production. But, Dolph reveals, it's actually a moot point for Norris, who has his own unique way of making his films accessible anyway.

"Chuck likes to re-cut all of his films before he shows them to his kids," grins Dolph. "He told me he has his own editor. So it's irrelevant! He could make it a G-rating if he wanted to!"

We'd prefer to believe that Chuck Norris is so tough, he shoots the offending frames right out of the film with an AK47.

Expendables 2 of course, stars Jason Statham, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jet Li, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Randy Couture, Terry Crews and Liam Hemsworth alongside Stallone, Norris and Lundgren. It's directed by Simon West, and is out in the UK this summer.

Watch this space for lots more from Dolph...

Source: EmpireOnline

Are You Ready For Revenge Of Chucky?

Are You Ready For Revenge Of Chucky?
Brad Dourif says it's in the works

Source: Moviehole

Are You Ready For Revenge Of Chucky?

We're creeping up on the 25th anniversary of the original Child's Play, and at a panel at North Carolina's Mad Monster Party convention, series icon Brad Dourif has confirmed that no fewer than two new killer doll movies are in the works. We might get a fifth sequel in Revenge of Chucky, or we might be taking the remake route.

Child's Play starred Dourif as serial killer Charles Lee "Chucky" Ray, The Lakeshore Strangler, who is shot by heroic cop Chris Sarandon. But thanks to his convenient voodoo abilities, Ray manages to transfer his soul into a doll before he carks it. The Chucky doll, still voiced by Dourif, continued through a couple of conventional follow-ups before the series went mental in 1998, with Ronny Yu's Bride Of Chucky. John Waters named it his film of the year, and it spawned Seed of Chucky in 2004.

Since then little's been heard (although Chucky did make a guest appearance in Tim Seeley's Hack/Slash comic), and there's admittedly not much to go on this morning either, bar the new title. Dourif says he's involved with both projects, whichever comes to bloodily absurd fruition, but hasn't seen any scripts yet.

We do know that Child's Play gurus Don Mancini and David Kirschner are still guiding Chucky through development hell (the ructions at MGM didn't help), and that they're keen to make him scarier when he returns. Mancini is also planning to write and direct, as he did with Seed.

We'll bring you more news as we get it.

Source: EmpireOnline

Owen Wilson Says You Are Here

Owen Wilson Says You Are Here
For director Matthew Weiner

Source: Variety

Owen Wilson Says You Are Here

While it may not hit the synapses as instantly as, say, the name Don Draper, the name Matthew Weiner is one that should be familiar to all fans of Mad Men. Without him, there wouldn’t even be a show in the first place. With the fifth season just kicking off both here and across the pond, Weiner is switching his attention to making movies, snagging the services of Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and, possibly, Amy Poehler for You Are Here.

The film will see the two men, who were childhood friends, go on a road trip spurred by the death of Galifianakis’ father, who has left him a considerable sum in his will. Given what happened the last time anyone went on a road trip after the death of a Galifianakis character’s father (Due Date), we’d be very worried for Wilson… Oh, and assuming she signs on, Poehler will play his sister.

"This movie has been my passion for eight years, and to see it come together with Owen and Zach and Amy is a dream come true," Weiner tells Variety. "I can't wait to get started because the movie is about everything I care about, and I'm tired of reading it out loud to my friends." It’s not his first stint behind the camera, though few people have seen What Do You Do All Day, which according to the trade mag, premiered at the Santa Barbara Film Festival and has rarely been seen since.

Still, Mad Men (and his work on The Sopranos before it) is a heck of a calling card, so it’s not surprising that Weiner’s been able to secure a solid cast for this next stab at film directing.

Talking of Mad Men, have you checked out our 10 Great Moments feature yet?

Source: EmpireOnline

Safety Not Guaranteed Trailer Debuts

Safety Not Guaranteed Trailer Debuts
Aubrey Plaza wants to go back in time

Source: Apple

Safety Not Guaranteed Trailer Debuts

Imagine if Doc Brown had perfected his plutonium-powered, DeLorean-housed time machine, but had no Marty McFly to show it off to? He might well have turned to the wanted ads in a local newspaper to find someone nutty enough to accompany him on his planned trips around the time continuum. But how many people would think he was for real? Given the very palpable evidence of the car itself, we figure he’d have had an easier time of it than Kenneth (Mark Duplass), who places a similar lonely-hearts ad kicking off the plot of Sundance hit Safety Not Guaranteed. The trailer has arrived over at Apple.

Colin Treverrow directed the dark comedy based on Derek Connolly’s script, and the story expands to find Seattle magazine journalist Jeff (Jake Johnson) dragging two interns Darius (Aubrey Plaza) and Arnau (Karan Soni) into investigating Kenneth’s unusual claim, which includes the assertions that he’s done it once before, it’s not a joke and that anyone looking to volunteer should bring their own weapons.

Eventually, Darius gets closer to him, and learns more about Kenneth’s plan, including his tragic reasons for wanting to travel through time. Our own Damon Wise saw it at Sundance and liked it, so we’re hoping this could be one of those festival films that breaks out. Given that it’s from the producers of Little Miss Sunshine, it’s got a good chance…

The movie arrives in the US this June, but there’s no set UK release date yet. Still, you’ll get a chance to see it next month, as it’s part of the Sundance UK line-up.

Source: EmpireOnline

Moore On for Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Pic

Moore On for Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Pic
She'll mentor his wayward lothario

Source: Variety

Moore On for Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Pic

As a first-time director, it can sometimes be tough to convince top-flight talent to join your film, especially since you don’t have a track record to point to. But Joseph Gordon-Levitt is having no such issues since A) he’s long since proven himself in other areas of filmmaking and B) he’s already won over Scarlett Johansson. So it’s not shocking to report that Julianne Moore is now in negotiations to co-star in his directorial debut.

Gordon-Levitt doesn’t have a confirmed title for the film yet, and the plot is mostly still being kept quiet. But we do know he’ll be starring as well as directing, playing a modern day Don Juan who starts to revaluate his life and decides he needs to become a less selfish person. Moore is circling the role of an unlikely mentor who helps him with his quest.

The newly minted actor-director also wrote the script and has secured financing for the movie from Hurt Locker producer Nicholas Chartier. He’s looking to kick off shooting next month.

Moore, meanwhile, was last seen in Crazy, Stupid, Love alongside Steve Carell and has been winning healthy reviews for her performance as Sarah Palin in HBO TV movie Game Change. She’s currently at work on fantasy adventure The Seventh Son.

Source: EmpireOnline

David Katzenberg Directing The Waiting

David Katzenberg Directing The Waiting
Found footage meets traditional horror?
Source: Variety

David Katzenberg Directing The Waiting

Writer/producer types Seth Grahame-Smith (yes, the man responsible for Pride & Prejudice & Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and David Katzenberg are busy bees right now, with TV shows and movies already in development based either on work they’ve created (see above) or other peoples’ books. Despite that, Katzenberg has decided that he wants to add “film director” to his already bulging credit list, scoring the job of making horror movie The Waiting for Warner Bros.

The studio bought the spec script from Mark Bianculli and Jeff Richard last month. It follows two young filmmakers who conspire to convince a neighbour that their house is haunted, a scheme that we figure will go badly wrong and lead to some nasty consequences for all involved.

According to Variety, the project will blend found footage (the studios’ current medium of choice for horror) and more traditional filmmaking. It’s not Katzenberg’s first time behind the camera, though he’s largely limited himself to directing episodes of TV series including The Hard Times Of RJ Berger and Awkward.

Katzenberg and Grahame-Smith are producing via their freshly formed KatzSmith company, but there’s no word on when he’ll start the cameras cranking.

Source: EmpireOnline

Rise Of The Guardians Trailer Online

Rise Of The Guardians Trailer Online
Santa has a posse

Source: Apple

Back in the middle of the month, you may recall us strolling along to watch some new footage from DreamWorks Animation’s 2012 releases, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and Rise Of The Guardians. Trailers for both movies were also shown and while Madagascar has already hit them thar Interwebs, we’ve had to wait a week or so for the Guardians. But now the promo is online and can be viewed below.



Rise Of The Guardians finds the DWA bods looking to bottle more of the magic that How To Train Your Dragon brought, this time adapting the work of William Joyce. His Guardians series of novels finds the likes of North (AKA Santa Claus), Bunnymund (the Easter Bunny), Tooth (the Tooth Fairy, natch) and Sandy (the Sandman) working together to spread joy and wonder throughout the world via kids’ imaginations.
But their very existence is under threat from Pitch, the bogeyman, who wants our world to be dominated by fear. To combat this newly resurgent threat, the Guardians begrudgingly agree to allow a new member into their number, Jack Frost. He comes with his own baggage, though, since he’s not exactly a team player…
While the Frost angle isn’t covered in this first promo, this does at least introduce you to most of the main cast, voiced by the likes of Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman (getting to break out an Aussie tones for the first time in a while), Isla Fisher and Jude Law (yup, the bad guy has a British accent. Surprise!)
It looks to be a fun twist on some very iconic characters and this first look certainly gives a hint of the visual style and sense of fun that we glimpsed in the footage.
Rise Of The Guardians is out on November 30.
Source: EmpireOnline

Soundgarden Reassembles For Avengers

Soundgarden Reassembles For Avengers
Soundtrack details online


We know you’re excited about Avengers Assemble, which arrives in our cinemas on April 26. But what about the music for the movie? Well, if you enjoy what you hear while munching your popcorn, you’ll be able to buy the soundtrack on May 1. And in a move that will warm the heart of all Chris Cornell fans of a certain age, Soundgarden has decided to grace the pic with its first tune in 15 years.

"We've been hard at work on our new album, which will come out this autumn,” says the band (we’re assuming they didn’t say it all at once like school kids greeting their teacher). “When the opportunity to write an original song for the Avengers film came our way, we thought it could be a cool match. We are excited to release our new song Live To Rise, which is also the only new song in the film.”

A snippet of the track is online, which you can wrap your lugholes around below.

As for the rest of the album, check out the track list:

1. Live To Rise Performed by Soundgarden

2. I’m Alive Performed by Shinedown

3. Dirt And Roses Performed by Rise Against

4. Even If I Could Performed by Papa Roach 

5. Unbroken Performed by Black Veil Brides 

6. Breath Performed by Scott Weiland

7. Comeback Performed by Redlight King 

8. Into the Blue Performed by Bush
9. A New Way to Bleed (Photek Remix) Performed by Evanescence

10. Count Me Out Performed by PUSHERJONES

11. Shoot to Thrill Performed by Theory of a Deadman

12. Wherever I Go Performed by Buckcherry 

13. From Out of Nowhere Performed by Five Finger Death Punch 

14. Shake the Ground Performed by Cherri Bomb
ADDITIONAL TRACK ON THE INTERNATIONAL RELEASE:
15. Pistols At Dawn Performed by Kasabian

And there’s more good sonic news: the score by Captain America’s Alan Silvestri will hit shops both real and digital on the same day. Can he top Star Spangled Man? And what’s with this track listing that reads Nick Fury Chokes On A Grape And Falls Off The Helicarrier To His Death?

All right, so we made that bit up.

Source: EmpireOnline

Titanic 3D's London Premiere

Titanic 3D's London Premiere
Cameron & Winslet reunited


Prior to its release in 1997, the prevailing wisdom had it that you're as like have angels fly outta yer arse as see Titanic back on the big screen 15 years later, and in 3D. How times change, both for the film and the format. Titanic became the biggest film of all time* and the stereoscopic version premiered in London last night to huge excitement.

The premiere last night, in the somehow appropriate surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall, saw James Cameron, Billy Zane and Kate Winslet reunite to show that, far across the spaces and distance between them, their collective heart goes on. So that's nice. It was good, too, to see that Cameron wasn't suffering any agoraphobia after his record-breaking trip to the lowest point on the Earth's surface when he descended the Marianas Trench last weekend.

For those feeling nostalgic about the film, we've thrown in a couple of pictures from Titanic's original 1997 premiere below.

Titanic 3D is out on April 6. To pass your time in the meantime, may we suggest life-drawing classes, swimming lessons and/or a course in safer ship design?

*At least until its director made another feature

Source: EmpireOnline

Exclusive: David Koepp on Premium Rush

Exclusive: David Koepp on Premium Rush
'There are no giant anvils or anything'


Exclusive: David Koepp on Premium Rush

David Koepp may be best known for his writing gigs - he's the man behind many of Brian De Palma's thrillers as well as Spider-Man and Spielberg's War Of The Worlds - but he's turning his hand at directing again with thriller Premium Rush.

Taking a leaf out of his aliens' book, we sent Empire's news probe snaking into the Koepp basement and made him share some nuggets on his tale of bike courier Willee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who ends up cycling for his life when he picks up a certain package. Think Collateral meets Breaking Away.

"I wanted to do a map movie about getting to a certain place at a certain time," says Koepp, "and a bike courier seemed a logical person to do that. Getting that feeling of speed moving through traffic was the whole challenge of the movie."

Koepp's first directorial gig since 2008's Capra-lite romance Ghost Town sticks Gordon-Levitt on a racer and unleashes New York's least finest upon him. That would be Michael Shannon. He plays Bobby Monday, the best-named law enforcer since Lorenzo Zoil.

The hero's name has an even stranger genesis. As Koepp tells us, he's named after Road Runner's ACME-bothering nemesis: "Wile E. Coyote is a plucky sort who gets injured a lot and keeps going. But we're not quite that absurd. There are no giant anvils or anything." Look out for a "meep!" or two from Gordon-Levitt's adversaries in the movie's trailer.

Premium Rush is out on September 14.

Source: EmpireOnline

Exclusive: The Cold Light Of Day Clip


Exclusive: The Cold Light Of Day Clip

Bruce Willis' super punch-out!


It seems almost too obvious to mention, but the bad guys in The Cold Light Of Day seem to have overlooked the fact that the Shaw family, their victims of choice, includes Superman and John McClane. This new clip from the film shows why that might have been a bad idea. Seriously, who else do they need to see sitting around the Shaw dinner table to think they might be better off picking on someone else? The Kraken?



Henry Cavill and Bruce Willis - for 'tis they - are separated by a sinister gang of nasties when old man Shaw is kidnapped. The baddies represent even more sinister interests, including Sigourney Weaver's shadowy figure, who have dark designs on Willis's ex-spook. Well, at least they've got Ellen Ripley on their side.

The man presiding over the carnage is French director Mabrouk el Mechri, director of meta-mindbender JCVD. He's gone from the Muscles from Brussels to the, erm, Willis from West Germany*, and, judging by this footage, hasn't shirked on the violence. It's strong medicine, especially the bit with the classic multiple-door-slam-on-body technique. Heck, why not? It's served the likes of Vinnie Jones and Jason Voorhees well in the past.


The Cold Light Of Day will be kicking down cinema doors and punching its way to the pick 'n' mix counter from April 6. Head here for the full trailer.

*Fun fact: Bruce Willis was born in West Germany! We're not just throwing this stuff together, you know.

Source: EmpireOnline