Casting tidbits: Defendor, Zombieland, Unthinkable and Alice In Wonderland

Kat Dennings (Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist) will join Woody Harrelson (Semi-Pro) in the superhero-themed comedy Defendor, while Jesse Eisenberg (Cursed) will join him in the horror comedy Zombieland, which we’ve previously talked about.

Brandon Routh (Superman Returns), Gil Bellows (The Weather Man) and Martin Donovan (The Sentinel) have joined the cast of the terrorism-themed thriller Unthinkable from Australian director Gregor Jordan (Ned Kelly), which we’ve also previously mentioned. The film will start shooting on October 20th in Los Angeles.

Unsurprisingly since she shares his bed, British actress Helena Bonham Carter (every Tim Burton movie since Planet Of The Apes) has joined the cast of Burton’s Alice In Wonderland currently filming adaptation, as has Anne Hathaway (Get Smart). The actresses will play the Red Queen and the White Queen respectively.

Source: /Film

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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?

Tragedy befalls Helena Bonham Carter

Our condoleances go out to Mrs Carter and her family as four members of the Carter clan brutally died this week after their tour bus blew a tire and flipped over during a South African safari. MSN Movies reports:

Carter’s aunt, 74-year-old Brenda Bonham Carter, and her husband Francis Kirkwood, 75, were killed along with Marcus Egerton-Warburton, the 14-year-old son of Carter’s cousin, Fiona. Fiona is said to have suffered a broken collarbone in the accident. Her other son, Piers, reportedly suffered whiplash injuries. The fourth victim is believed to be Kay Boardman, the wife of Fiona’s brother Graham.

Helena Bonham Carter, a British actress, is best known in recent years for her roles in husband Tim Burton’s films and her part as dark witch Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter movies. She will next be seen on the big screen in 2009, in the blockbusters Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince and Terminator Salvation.

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Schwarzenegger’s face won’t appear in new Terminator movie. Voice still a possibility.

Everyone pretty much agrees that Terminator simply isn’t Terminator without Arnold Schwarzenegger. The current Governor of California has expressed interest and enthusiasm over the franchise’s fourth installment, and has even been open to the possibility of making a small appearance in the film. Turns out he won’t, but his voice might. Terminator producer Moritz Borman told Wired.com:

“I’m not going to answer the question about what we’re trying, or what we want, or what we’re toying with. It’s really up to what fits in the film or not. Maybe his voice, or maybe not.  It’s really not settled.”

In other words, expect robots to say “I’ll be back” throughout the movie. Still, it’s better than nothing. Terminator Salvation has been filming in New Mexico under the direction of McG (the Charlie’s Angels movies) and is due for release on May 22nd, 2009 in the USA, South Korea and Iceland. In an effort to reinvigorate the formula, it will be the first Terminator film set entirely in the future and will initiate a story arc that will continue in two further installments.

The film stars Christian Bale (The Dark Knight), Anton Yelchin (J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek), Sam Worthington (Rogue), Moon Bloodgood (Pathfinder), rapper Common (Wanted), Bryce Dallas Howard (Spider-Man 3) and Helena Bonham Carter (Sweeney Todd) and was written by John D. Brancato & Michael Ferris (Terminator 3) with David C. Wilson (Supernova) and polished by Paul Haggis (Casino Royale), Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight) and Shawn Ryan (FX’s The Shield). McG has cited 2006 apocalyptic masterpiece Children Of Men and the novel The Road as influences

Hey, here’s an idea! Why not get Robert Patrick to reprise his T-1000 character? Not in this movie, but in one of the next ones. They could show Skynet creating him or something, that’d be pretty neat wouldn’t it?

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