Star Mores for Episode VII

Nope, still no one who fits Mara Jade ūüė¶

Hey, so remember how Lucasfilm 2.0 and J.J. Abrams had made a big deal about doing a worldwide casting search for an unknown young man and woman to be in the new Star Wars movie except when the cast was announced no one had been recruited through it and it had looked just like a publicity stunt?

Well it turns out it wasn’t as an unknown boy and girl have just been announced as part of the cast of Star Wars Episode VII. Hooray! Continue reading

VOTD: The Style of Michael Bay

Rat-tat-tat! Film-film-film!

As Transformers: Age of Extinction explodes the box-office everywhere, attention has once again turned to its director, Michael Bay. Regularly put down¬†by critics, his films almost invariably make tons of money to the point where he’s been labeled “critic proof”.

Personally I don’t think I’d list any of his films among my top favorites but I actually have a lot of respect for the man. He’s a hard-worker who clearly knows his stuff and has his own, unique, distinctive style. Though he has many copycats, it’s undeniable¬†there’s nothing quite like a Michael Bay film.

Tony Zhou over on Vimeo just posted a fantastic video dissecting Bay’s style and whether you like the man or not, it’s a must watch. Continue reading

Ryan Gosling HATED Rachel McAdams

“-In my arms lover!

-Take one more step and I’ll deck you…”

Thirty plus year olds have Titanic, but most¬†women in their twenties today would agree, The Notebook was it, one of their absolute favorite movies. I’m not ashamed to say it’s one of mine as well. Adapted from a Nicholas Sparks novel, the film was a huge hit in 2004 launching its two young stars, Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, into the stratosphere.

Audiences swooned for the epic romance on screen just as they¬†swooned for the apparent epic romance in real life, as Gosling and McAdams very publicly dated for three to four years. They were the Edward & Bella¬†of their time. People loved to love them,¬†equating the two thespians with their characters and dreaming of a happily ever after. Except it turns out they couldn’t stand each other. Whoops. Continue reading

2 New Sin City 2 Pics

Miho phone home

Complex has debuted two new pictures from Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s hotly anticipated sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. That’s Jamie Chung above, taking the role of Miho over from Devon Aoki. While Aoki won’t return for this, it was ironically recently announced she will next be seen in a recurring role asTatsu Yamashiro (aka¬†Katana) in the third season of The CW’s Arrow.

Sin City 2 premieres on August 22 and will once again feature four interconnected storylines from the mind of Frank Miller. Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Mickey Rourke, Powers Boothe and Jaime King all reprise their roles from the first film with Josh Brolin, Jamie Chung, Eva Green, Marton Csokas, Dennis Haysbert, Lady Gaga, Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Juno Temple and Alexa PenaVega all joining in on the fun.

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Superman’s BvS Look Revealed

Warner Bros. has just released the first official picture of Henry Cavill as Superman in the forthcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and well…it looks exactly like an¬†official picture of Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel except with a Dark Knight Rises background photoshopped in (so mission accomplished?). Check out the picture and some comments from returning director Zack Snyder after the jump. Continue reading

New Writer Hired for G.I. Joe 3

Can we get her back please?

Yo Joe! Paramount Pictures, who recently announced the next G.I. Joe film would release about two years from now, have just hired screenwriter Jonathan Lemkin to take over the script from Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman, Divergent). Continue reading

Olivia Munn is Riding Along

UPDATE: Ken Jeong will also be in the film, playing a computer hacker who fancies himself a ladies man but who also is key in solving the case that Cube and Hart are working on.

This year’s “urban” buddy cop comedy Ride Along was a huge hit in the US when it premiered earlier this year, so naturally it’s getting a sequel. Two of the original’s four (!) screenwriters,¬†Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (also Clash of the Titans,¬†√Üon Flux, R.I.P.D.) return for the sequel which will again center on security guard¬†Ben Barber (Kevin Hart, Scary Movie 3 & 4) and his would-be brother-in-law, tough Atlanta cop¬†James Payton (Ice Cube, 21 Jump Street) and also be directed by Tim Story (also Fantastic Four 1 & 2).

According to The Hollywood Reporter, former Attack of the Show! co-host, The Newsroom actress and infamous Brett Ratner shrimp fling Olivia Munn (also seen in Magic Mike) will join the anticipated sequel as a Miami homicide detective and love interest for Ice Cube’s character. Perhaps not coincidentally, the 33 year-old actress’ latest film, the “true horror” pic Deliver Us from Evil, is just about to release Stateside.

What do you think of Munn’s addition to the film? Does she have the chops to plays it up with Cube & Hart? Or will she just be token eye candy? Watch some of her early AotS comedy after the jump and sound off in the comments! Continue reading

R.I.P. Paul Mazursky (1930-2014)

Acclaimed writer, director and occasional actor Paul Mazursky passed away Monday in Los Angeles from a pulmonary cardiac arrest. He was 84.

The five-time Oscar nominee started out as an actor in Stanley Kubrick’s first fiction film¬†Fear and Desire at the age of 22, after being noticed in a play. 1969 saw the release of his first directorial effort,¬†Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, starring Natalie Wood, Robert Culp, Elliott Gould and Dyan Cannon, which he also wrote and was nominated for four¬†Academy Awards.

His last work as a director is the 2006 documentary Yippee and he had also remained active as an actor, recently appearing on the TV show Curb Your Enthusiasm and voicing a character in Kung Fu Panda 2.

Our thoughts go with Mr Mazursky’s family and friends, including his widow Betty and daughter Jill. If you are unfamiliar with his work, I’ve included an interview and a few trailers after the jump. Continue reading

New Pictures: The Last House On The Left

Friday The 13th isn’t the only Sean S. Cunningham-related remake to come out next year. Indeed the 66 year old filmmaker served as a producer on The Last House On The Left, the controversial 1972 writing/directing debut from good¬†friend¬†Wes Craven (Red Eye). Noted for its incredibly graphic scenes and made for less than $90000, the film has long been unavailable in several countries such as the UK and Australia until recently due to censorship.

Now¬†thanks to the success of the recent remake of Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes, several other remakes of the horror master’s movies are being planned, the first of which¬†is obviously The Last House On The Left, courtesy of Rogue Pictures. Produced by Craven and Cunningham, the film marks the second feature directing effort (and first English-language movie) for Greek director Denis Eliadis (Harcore) while the screenplay was adapted by newcomer Adam Alleca and Carl Ellsworth (Disturbia).

Like the original, the new movie will feature a gang of criminals who kidnap, rape and murder a couple of teenage girls before unknowingly seeking refuge at one of the girls’ parents’ house while hiding from the police. The parents then realize who their guests are and decide to have their revenge. The remake stars Sara Paxton (Superhero Movie), Monica Potter (Saw), Garret Dillahunt (The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford) and Tony Goldwyn (The Last Samurai) among others and¬†will be released sometime next year. I’ve included the 1972 film’s trailer after the jump.

Fun Fact: The 1972 original was heavily inspired by the Ingmar Bergman-directed 1960 Swedish film The Virgin Spring, winner of the Best Foreign Film Oscar and Golden Globe in 1961.

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New Trailer & Poster: Friday The 13th

Friday The 13th is undoubtedly one of the biggest, most enduring and recognizable horror franchises in movie history. It all started with John Carpenter‘s seminal 1978 slasher Halloween (recently remade by Rob Zombie) which paved the way for the 1980 release of the original Friday The 13th. Directed by Sean S. Cunningham and written by Victor Miller and Ron Kurz, the film was a big success (in no small part thanks to its tiny $700000 budget) and eleven movies later the producers decided it was¬†time to reboot the franchise.

Enter Platinum Dunes, a production company headed by Michael Bay (director of Transformers), Brad Fuller and Andrew Form that specializes in horror movies (mainly remakes) much like the Joel Silver/Robert Zemeckis-headed Dark Castle Entertainment and the Sam Raimi-headed Ghost House Pictures. Originally in talks with Jonathan Liebesman (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning), Platinum Dunes finally chose to put Marcus Nispel (Pathfinder) in charge, the director who provided them with their best received film, the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Written by Freddy Vs. Jason scribes Damian Shannon¬†& Mark Swift, the film will reportedly not be a direct remake but will instead take elements from the first three films in the franchise and go in its own direction. The movie stars Jared Padalecki (The CW’s Supernatural), Danielle Panabaker (CBS’ Shark), Amanda Righetti (Role Models), Travis Van Winkle (Meet The Spartans), Aaron Yoo (Nick And Norah’s Infinte Playlist) and Derek Mears (The Hills Have Eyes 2) among others.

It will premiere on February 12th, 2009 in Argentina, Germany, Portugal, Russia and the Netherlands, and come out the next day in a few other countries including the USA and the UK. You can check out four pictures from the new flick here and I have included the trailers for the first three films of the franchise after the jump. Don’t forget to tell me what you think in the comments.

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