Comic Book Movies: Villains, Preacher & Agnes Quill

Sam Mendes (Jarhead) will direct the adaptation of Preacher, which has been gestating in what seems like forever.

Created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, “Preacher,” which ran from 1995-2000, told the story of a down-and-out Texas preacher possessed by Genesis, a supernatural entity conceived by the unnatural coupling of an angel and a demon.

Given immense powers, the preacher teamed with an old girlfriend and a hard-drinking Irish vampire and set out on a journey across America to find God — who apparently had abandoned his duties in heaven — and hold him accountable for his negligence.

James Marsden (Sex Drive) was once attached as the lead. Source.

Relative newcomer Thor Freudenthal will helm an adaptation of Agnes Quill: An Anthology Of Mystery, the story of a teenage detective, the haunted city she lives in, the strange cases she solves, and the ghosts who help, hinder, or just plain annoy her, according to book’s official plot synopsis. Evan Spiliotopoulos (The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning) is writing the script. Source.

  

Finally, Universal Pictures has hired newcomers Matt Jennison & Brent Strickland to adapt the comic book Villains. The story tells of a young guy who discovers that his old neighbor was once a notrious supervillain and decides to blackmail him into giving him crime lessons. Source.

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Fun Stuff: Best Movie Car Chases

YouTube user Brutzelpretzel did an amazing job at editing together some of the best car scenes witnessed on screen from 1964’s Goldfinger to 2008’s Vantage Point, and with an inspired music choice to boot! Seriously, this guy deserves some praise, superb video. View a full list of movies used after the jump (the only inexplicable omission I detect is Casino Royale and its record-breaking crash).

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New movies for Amy Adams, Natalie Portman, Vince Vaughn, Adrien Brody and…Tom Ford

Amy Adams (Charlie Wilson’s War) will star in the biopic Daughter Of The Queen Of Sheba.

Script, penned by Karen Croner based on the bio of NPR correspondent Jacki Lyden, centers on how a woman uses her mother’s madness and delusions to empower herself.

Karen Croner previously wrote the Oscar-nominated One True Thing. Source.

Natalie Portman (The Other Boleyn Girl), Scott Cohen (Law & Order: Trial By Jury) and Charlie Tahan (Nights In Rodanthe) will star in Love And Other Impossible Pursuits, written and directed by Don Roos (Happy Endings) and based on a novel by Ayelet Waldman.

Story revolves around a young woman who finds the key to recovering her marriage in her relationship with her precocious stepson.

Natalie Portman, who also serves as an executive producer, replaces Jennifer Lopez (Bordertown) who abruptly dropped out of the role…Quite an upgrade if you ask me. Source.

Colin Firth (Mamma Mia!), Julianne Moore (Blindness) and Matthew Goode (Match Point) will star in the drama A Single Man for newcomer helmer and former Gucci creative director and fashion guru Tom Ford.

“A Single Man,” penned by Ford and David Scearce, centers on a British college professor who loses his partner of 16 years. The script’s adapted from Christopher Isherwood‘s 1964 novel, which follows a single day in a professor’s life in Los Angeles.

Christopher Isherwood’s writings also inspired the 1972 classic Cabaret. Source.

Vince Vaughn (Fred Claus) will produce and star in Sunny And 68, a drama with comedic elements from co-writer/director Gavin O’Connor (Pride And Glory).

Vaughn will play a superstar on the poker circuit whose alcoholism and recklessness cause him to flame out on national television. Wiped out and owing $500,000 to bookies, he heads home to upstate New York for the first time in 20 years, looking to take back cash he’d been sending his mother. Instead, he finds his mother dying of cancer and raising a 5-year-old girl who is actually his daughter. Mom has been positioning his former high school g.f. to become the girl’s eventual caretaker.

And eventually the three women teach the character to grow up. O’Connor wrote the script with newcomer Anthony Tambakis. Source.

Adrien Brody (The Darjeeling Limited) will play the lead in The Courier, a new action film from back-in-the-spotlight director Russell Mulcahy (Resident Evil: Extinction) and writers Michael Brandt & Derek Haas (Wanted). The film, which will start lensing this January in Louisiana and Las Vegas, has Brody portraying a Transporter-ish character who’s pursued by everyone while attempting to deliver a package to a mobster that just can’t be found. Source.

What project are you most interested in if any? Tell me below in the comments.

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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