American Pie returning to theaters?

 

Following the franchise’s third outing in 2003, American Wedding aka American Pie: The Wedding, Universal Pictures produced three straight-to-DVD sequels featuring none of the original cast apart from Eugene Levy (Jim’s Dad) and Chris Owen’s Sherman (in the first one) and focusing on members of Stifler’s family (the character played by Seann William Scott).

The success of these video outings has prompted Universal to think of a new theatrical installment, featuring the original cast of course. No one’s been signed on to the as yet untitled flick, but since none of the cast have really it hit big (with the possible exception of Scott), I don’t really see anyone turning down the flick. Are you interested in a new American Pie flick with the original cast?

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Movie Of The Day: Alexander (2004)

Back in 1964, the huge financial failure of The Fall Of The Roman Empire pretty much single-handedly buried the big-budget peplum genre, and it wasn’t until forty years later that new attempts at grand American sword and sandal epics were made. Indeed Gladiator‘s success back in 2000 slowly revived interest in the genre, which led to the release of no less than three such films in 2004: King Arthur, Troy and Alexander.

Existing in three (very) different cuts, the film is obviously based on the life of Alexander The Great and follows the Macedonian king through his childhood, youth and tenure as king, his loves, conquests and relationships with friends and family. Directed by Oliver Stone (W.), who co-wrote the film with Laeta Kalogridis (Pathfinder) and Christopher Kyle (K-19: The Widowmaker).

Alexander stars Colin Farrell (Pride And Glory), Angelina Jolie (Changeling), Val Kilmer (Felon), Anthony Hopkins (Fracture), Jared Leto (Chapter 27), Rosario Dawson (Eagle Eye), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Children Of Huang Shi) and Christopher Plummer (Closing The Ring) among others. Trailer and review after the jump. Continue reading

Cast announcements: Couples Retreat, The Avengers and a new Jonas Bros/Farrelly Bros movie

Internationally-known French superstar Jean Reno (Flyboys) will join Vince Vaughn (Fred Claus), Jon Favreau (Iron Man), Jason Bateman (Hancock), Kristen Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Malin Akerman (27 Dresses), Kristin Davis (Sex And The City) and Faizon Love (Idlewild) in Couples Retreat for directing newcomer Peter Billingsley.

Story follows four couples who go to a tropical island resort, where they discover that participation in the resort’s couples therapy is not optional.

Favreau wrote the script and production is set to start very soon. Source.

Tween fraternal singing sensations Nick, Joe, Kevin and Frankie Jonas will make their feature film debut in Walter The Farting Dog for sibling helmers Peter and Bobby Farrelly (The Heartbreak Kid). Oh my.

The title character in the “Walter” books is a fat dog with severe flatulence. The brothers play musicians whose parents are asked to care for the dog by an aunt just before she passes away.

“By the time they’ve driven the dog home, everybody’s head is out the window of the family station wagon but Frankie, and only because he has a serious sinus problem and doesn’t notice the stench coming from Walter,” said Peter Farrelly.

While his brothers play music, Frankie and the gaseous hound get involved in a plot that involves liberating a koi fish and thwarting jewel thieves.

Based on a series of bestselling books by William Kotzwinkle (A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master) and Glenn Murray, the screenplay is written by  duo Alec Sokolow & Joel Cohen (Daddy Day Camp). The film is set to be the start of a franchise. Source.

Last but definitely not least, Robert Downey Jr. and Terrence Howard replacement Don Cheadle (Traitor) have both officially signed onto The Avengers, where they will continute to portray Tony Stark/Iron Man and Jim Rhodes/War Machine respectively.

In a movie event, The Avengers will bring together the super hero team of Marvel Comics characters for the first time ever, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk and more, as they are forced to band together to battle the biggest foe they’ve ever faced.

In addition, Iron Man helmer Jon Favreau will serve as executive producer on the film, which is set for July 15th, 2011 in the US (no word on whether he’ll reprise his role as Stark’s driver). So does this mean no other Iron Man characters will appear? Or just that their contracts aren’t ready yet? Source.

George Clooney for The Birds remake?

 

According to original star Rod Taylor, Burn After Reading actor George Clooney is the main contender for the lead role in Platinum Dunes’ planned 2009 The Birds remake.

“I often cringe when I hear mention of remakes, but I’ll hold judgement, especially since I’ve been told Clooney’s the favourite.”

Based on a shot story by Daphne Du Maurier (Rebecca), the original movie is of course one of legendary director Alfred Hitchcock’s most famous and tells of birds developing a hostile attitude towards humans. The film is to be helmed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) and also stars Naomi Watts (Funny Games).

Fun Fact: The Hitchcock film received an apparently horrible sequel in 1994, The Birds II: Land’s End directed by Rick Rosenthal (Halloween II and Halloween: Resurrection) who chose to be credited as the infamous Alan Smithee and featuring original lead Tippi Hedren in a different role for some reason.

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Cleopatra: The 3D Musical

Prolific director Steven Soderbergh (the Ocean’s movies) is setting up a 30 million dollar 3D musical on the life of Cleopatra, the famous Egyptian queen. For the role, the filmmaker is hoping to reunite with his Ocean’s Twelve actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, while Hugh Jackman (Deception) is in talks to play Marc Antony, Cleopatra’s lover.

The best-known film about the supposedly beautiful queen is undoubtedly the 1963 epic Cleopatra. Soderbergh’s next, the two-part Che Guevara biopic, will premiere in the US in December, and he will release several other films before the Cleopatra project, including The Informant, The Girlfriend Experience and his Liberace biopic.

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New skating drama coming soon

Filming will begin this month in Shreveport, Louisiana on the coming-of-age drama Skateland. The cast includes a bunch of fresh and veteran faces, including Ashley Greene (King Of California), Haley Ramm (Into The Wild), James LeGros (Vantage Point), Taylor Handley (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning), and probably Shiloh Fernandez (CBS’ Jericho).

Shiloh Fernandez is in final negotiations to play Ritchie Wheeler, a teen forced out of a job when his small-town roller rink shuts down. He faces tough decisions about his future, his parents’ divorce and complicated relationships with friends Brent (co-screenwriter Heath Freeman) and Kenny (Taylor Handley), his sister Mary (Ramm) and Brent’s sister Michelle (Greene). LeGros plays Brent and Michelle’s father.

Set in the eighties, the independent film’s creative team is composed of several newcomers including director Anthony Burns and screenwriting brothers Brandon, Heath and Burns Freeman.

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Music Of The Day: Les Rivières Pourpres

Les Rivières Pourpres is title track of the eponymous French thriller known in English parts of the world as The Crimson Rivers. Based on a novel by Jean-Christophe Grangé (The Stone Council) and directed by Mathieu Kassovitz (Babylon A.D.), the film is amazing, a perfect blend of action, intrigue, suspense and visual style. I could seriously watch the the film several times in a row and this is no small part due to Bruno Coulais’ wonderful score. The visuals of the above video are pretty dumb and useless, but hey it’s the sound that counts.

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Sex And The Animal Kingdom

Summit Entertainment has hired writing duo Julia Rottenberg & Elisa Zuritsky (several episodes of Sex And The City) to adapt the non-fiction book Kicked, Bitten And Scratched for the big screen.

The company has signed on for the romantic comedy “Kicked, Bitten and Scratched,” a story about love and the animal kingdom based on Amy Sutherland’s eponymous book about how she learned more about how to deal with a husband or boyfriend from an exotic-animal training course than she could from any therapist. Her research also gave rise to “What Shamu Taught Me About a Happy Marriage,” a New York Times op-ed article that became an online sensation in 2006.

An earlier version of the script was written by newcomers Jacob Koskoff and Todd Louiso and Naomi Watts (Funny Games) was attached to the film back in March.

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Fun Stuff: The Sticky Note Experiments

Chances are you’ve already seen this, but honestly do you need an excuse to watch it again? The Sticky Note Experiments is the latest vid from EepyBird, the dudes behind the whole Diet Coke + Mentos thing, and all I can say is I don’t know how they do it but just as their previous video, it’s frickin’ beautiful…

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Respectable pair joins new Alba flick

Actors J.K. Simmons (Burn After Reading) and Chris Messina (Vicky Cristina Barcelona) have signed on to star opposite Jessica Alba (The Love Guru) in An Invisible Sign Of My Own, aka the “Jessica Alba is a math genius” movie.

Marilyn Agrelo’s “Amelie”-style indie follows the transformation of a sheltered, math-obsessed teacher when a new science teacher arrives at her school. 

Co-written by Michael Ellis and Pamela Falk (The Wedding Planner), the film is described as a “whimsical fable” and marks the fiction debut of director Marylin Agrelo (Mad Hot Ballroom). I call it “most unrealistic movie ever”.

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