New Trailer: Bride Wars

The UK trailer for the new romantic comedy Bride Wars, starring Anne Hathaway (Get Smart) and Kate Hudson (My Best Friend’s Girl), has just been released and while I like the two actresses I must say it really doesn’t look that good. Still, it’s probably just the trailer that’s very badly put together and judging from the pedigree involved, the film should be quite entertaining.

Bride Wars tells the story of two best friends who become bitter rivals when they accidentally schedule their respective weddings the same day. The film co-stars Candice Bergen (ABC’s Boston Legal), Bryan Greenberg (ABC’s October Road) and Chris Pratt (Wanted). It is directed by Gary Winick (Charlotte’s Web) and was written by Greg DePaul (Saving Silverman), and relative newcomers June Raphael & Casey Wilson. Bride Wars will premiere in the US on January 9th, 2009. Will you go watch it?

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Cast member added to Kick-Ass

Clark Duke (ABC Family’s Greek) has joined the cast of Matthew Vaughn’s (Stardust) forthcoming independently-funded adaptation of Mark Millar’s (Wanted) comic book Kick-Ass. He will play Marty, the hero’s best friend.

About 17, a chubby Caucasian high school student who loves comic books. He is Dave’s funny best friend. Together with Dave and Todd, he loves to go to comic book stores, and checks out the latest issues, while talking about school, girls, the futility of teenaged life, and the exciting adventures of Myspace insta-celebrity Kickass. He never suspects that Kickass is in fact Dave Lizewski — and neither would you if you knew Dave.

Duke thus joins Aaron Johnson (Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging), Lyndsy Fonseca (ABC’s Desperate Housewives), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad), Nicolas Cage (Bangkok Dangerous) and Chloe Moretz (ABC’s Dirty Sexy Money) in the movie, set for 2009. See a side-by-side comparision of characters and actors here. Meanwhile, you can catch Duke in the funny-looking Sex Drive, premiering October 16th in the Netherlands (?) and a day later in the US.

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Eva Longoria for Wasp?

Overrated beauty Eva Longoria (ABC’s Desperate Housewives) has recently visited Marvel Studios’ offices, leaving with a bunch of comic books and a business card, and apparently many believe she’s in talks to play Wasp/Janet Van Dyne in the forthcoming Avengers movie planned for 2011 and set up by various other comic book films such as Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk.

Wasp is one of the first Avengers and a character I’ve surprisingly absolutely never heard of before. According to Wikipedia, Wasp’s abilities include size manipulation, flight, bio-electric energy blasts and telepathic insect control… Eva Longoria is certainly sexy enough (at least with makeup on) but what do you think? Are you looking forward to Eva floating like a butterfly, stinging like a bee?

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Will you be able to suspend your disbelief?

The pretty but talent-deficient Jessica Alba (The Love Guru) has replaced America Ferrera (ABC’s Ugly Betty) in the lead of An Invisible Sign of My Own where she will play, get this, a math genius. Co-written by Michael Ellis and Pamela Falk (The Wedding Planner) and directed by Marylin Agrelo (Mad Hot Ballroom), the film will tell the story of a young math teacher consumed by numbers, who uses her subject to help her students. WTF?

Sure, she’s certainly nice to look at and I’ve actually somewhat enjoyed quite a few Alba films but always despite her annoying presence…Poor girl has to be one of the worst actresses with a decent career in Hollywood, ugh…Something tells me that if Denise Richards can’t be convincing as a nuclear physicist in The World Is Not Enough, Jessica Alba (who’s best known for pictures like the one above) certainly won’t make us believe she knows anything about equations.

Question: Have you ever witnessed Jessica Alba put in a “good” performance? Not a passable one, an actual good performance?

The Dark Tower to proceed once Lost finishes

Legendary author Stephen King (The Mist) is a big fan of ABC’s hit show Lost, to the extent of optioning the movie rights of his Dark Tower series to its creators for only nineteen dollars more than a year ago. In a recent interview, one of them, Damon Lindelof, states that they will only really start on the adaptation once Lost is over.

“The Dark Tower is to me every bit as daunting an adaptation as the Lord of the Rings trilogy must have been for Peter Jackson, except we’ve got seven books we’re looking at. And the idea of doing that at the same time Carlton and I are bringing Lost to a close is simply not viable. There are always Dark Tower conversations, but the figuring out of what this will look like as a movie has not begun. If The Dark Tower were in the right hands, I would love to see seven movies executed just right. But you have to get people to see the first one to get them to come and see the second one.”

Though I’ve seen quite a few movies inspired by his work, I’m not very familiar with Stephen King’s actual books, but from what I understand The Dark Tower is a series of seven books mixing the genres of fantasy, horror and western that tie virtually all of King’s other stories together. According to Wikipedia, the novels “describe a gunslinger’s quest toward a tower whose nature the books call both physical and metaphorical”. It is also to be noted that an ongoing series of original Dark Tower comic books is published by Marvel Comics under King’s personal supervision, but from Lindelof’s talk of “seven books” it seems they are unfortunately not part of the deal.

In any case, Lost will end in 2010 with its sixth season, so I guess we can expect a Dark Tower movie by 2012.

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Cha-Ching!

10 days ago I posted about The Movie Planet reaching 100 views (read it here). Guess what the count is now? Well over 2000 views total. Honestly, I have no clue how many views popular blogs get, and I’m obviously nowhere near that number, but it doesn’t stop me from being amazed day after day. So thank you. Thanks to all of you, whether you came here for the first time or are a regular visitor (I know there’s a few of you). I won’t go into extreme detail about things as I’d just be rehashing my previous, 100 views post, so instead, I’ll throw a few numbers at you:

As of writing, The Movie Planet has been viewed 2188 times, averaging 140 times a day

Nearly every day gets more views than the previous one, with today clocking in at 370 for now.

In the last week, viewership of The Movie Planet growed 1133,33%

The most popular posts are those about the Superman Reboot (624 views), Helena Bonham Carter’s family disaster (183 views), and ABC’s midseason pickups (111 views).

In addition, people are starting to comment on posts (which is good, keep them coming!) and my Movie Of The Day column is gaining popularity. So once again, thank you, I can’t say that enough. A few of you checked out my empty “About” page, and I know I promised to fill it up, but I just haven’t had the time yet. I’ll do it as soon as possible. So, just keep visiting, tell all your friends about it, put this site in your favorites, don’t hesitate to comment and subscribe to my RSS feed (bottom of the page) if you think that’s cool, which everyone apparently thinks it is.

Thanking you one last time, I leave you with the music video for Shania Twain’s hit Ka-Ching!. Sure, the song is annoying is kind of nonsensical but even if this isn’t your kind of music, that is one hot Canadian. What else do we need to celebrate The Movie Planet’s success?

ABC unveils five new shows for midseason (also, Lost news)

American network ABC has picked up five shows to premiere mideason. According to Wikipedia:

In North American Television a midseason replacement is a television show that premieres in the second half of the traditional television season, usually between January and April. Midseason replacements usually take place after a show that was in the fall schedule was canceled, put on hiatus or had a shorter season than other shows and the timeslot needs to be filled. Some midseason replacements get canceled like the shows they replaced, but others have gone on to be very successful.

First up we have Castle, a drama created by Andrew W. Marlowe (Hollow Man) starring Nathan Fillion (Waitress), Monet Mazur (The House Bunny) and Stana Katic (Quantum Of Solace). Fillion stars as a writer of horror novels who helps the NYPD on some cases. Mmmh, sounds pretty standard but who knows? Castle‘s pilot was directed by Rob Bowman (Elektra).

Next is The Unusuals, also a drama, created by Noah Hawley (6 episodes of Bones) and relating the daily happenings of a police station. The Unusuals stars Harold Perrineau (Lost), Adam Goldberg (2 Days In Paris), Amber Tamblyn (The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants 1 & 2) and Jeremy Renner (28 Weeks Later), and its pilot was directed by Stephen Hopkins (The Reaping).

Third is Cupid, a drama created by Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars), who’ll be remaking his own, eponymous, failed show from 1998. Bobby Cannavale (Diminished Capacity) will play Trevor Hale, a man convinced he was sent to Earth by Zeus in order to make people love each other. Rounding up the cast are Camille Guaty (Las Vegas) and Sarah Paulson (Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip). It’s interesting that this project has been greenlighted as ABC is the network that cancelled the original show.

In fourth we have Better Off Ted, a comedy created by Victor Fresco (4 episodes of My Name Is Earl), about a morally upright man living in a morally corrupt world. The series stars Jay Harrington (Desperate Housewives) and Andrea Anders (The Class). The pilot was directed by creator’s relative Michael Fresco (12 episodes of Earl).

Last is Single With Parents, a comedy created by Kristin Newman (2 episodes of How I Met Your Mother) in which a thirty-something year old woman played by Alyssa Milano (Charmed) attempts to take control of her life by distancing herself from her family, friends and work. Beau Bridges (Stargate SG-1), Eric Winter (Days Of Our Lives), Amanda Detmer (What About Brian) and Stella Hudgens (Vanessa Hudgens’ sister) round up the cast. The pilot was directed by Michael Engler (6 episodes of 30 Rock).

I’ll give them all a try, but honestly, none of them seem that interesting to me, what do you think?

Michelle Rodriguez scuttling back to the island

In related ABC news, it has been reported that Michelle Rodriguez (Battle In Seattle) will be back in an episode of Lost‘s fifth season. Michelle’s character, Ana-Lucia Cortez, was introduced at the end of the popular show’s first season and played a prominent part in the second. It is unclear how Michelle’s appearance will play out, but knowing Lost, you can expect anything.

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