This is just a three exclamation point kind of story. Every news outlet on the planet has been trying to get J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman to open up with some kind of talk on their in-development sequel to "Star Trek." Those guys know too much about preserving a secret though. They won't budge!
Well the threesome recently sat down for a deep dive feature with SFX Magazine (via TrekMovie.com). And while there's still no talk specific talk about the sequel's plot points, words like "Klingon" and "Khan" were thrown around, much to the delight of fans everywhere. Even with those buzzwords being broached, Abrams acknowledges right off the bat the key challenge faced with crafting a sequel. Read More...
My favorite news of the day, right here. Eli Roth and Wu-Tang producer/emcee RZA are teamed up for an ass-kicking martial arts flick, "The Man With the Iron Fist." That's not news. They've been working with Quentin Tarantino on this for five years, and only recently got the green light from Universal with a $20 million budget attached.
No, the news here falls more into the "so bizarre it's awesome" category. RZA was doing some talking on the red carpet at Sunday's 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, and he told E! Online that Russell Crowe will star in the film. Wait, really? Yup. The Wu founder wouldn't reveal much, but he did say that Crowe is "gonna be the baddest man alive." RZA, who writes and directs, will also have a starring role, as a weaponsmith in Feudal China. "That man will knock you out," he said of Crowe, adding, ""It's nerve-wracking [the idea of directing him]. He's a master of the craft. I'm quite sure that I may learn something from him."
Last year saw the release of an powerful flick from out of Sundance, Oren Moverman's directorial debut, "The Messenger." Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster starred as modern-day U.S. soldiers based at home and tasked with delivering death notices to next of kin. Moverman is reuniting with Harrelson and Foster for his follow-up effort, the crime thriller "Rampart," which also stars Ice Cube.
Today brings some super-sized casting news. A whopping five actors have been added to the mix, a not-unexpected development since shooting is supposed to start in late October. Steve Buscemi, Anne Heche, Cynthia Nixon, Sigourney Weaver and Robin Wright are all in, according to Variety. The fictional tale is set against the the Rampart Division scandal that unfolded in Los Angeles in the late-'90s (see also: "Training Day"). Harrelson will play a police officer who is caught up in the scandal. No word on how the new cast members fit into the larger picture.
"Eclipse" released over the summer, to the delight of fans everywhere. I even enjoyed it; while I certainly respect the sizable fanbase that has built around the franchise, I've been open with you readers all along that the series just isn't for me. But "Eclipse," for any of its faults, does manage to deliver a decidedly darker take on things, with much more action. As a dude, I left mollified.
While I won't be running out to pick up the home video release, I'm pleased to report to you that a date has been set for the Blu-ray/DVD: December 4. One of the key bonus features on two of the four different versions being released will leave you all pretty excited too-- an audio commentary with stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.
Now how about those four flavors of release? What's happening there? Read More...
The next season of "South Park" kicks off in April, a mere few weeks after another momentous development in the career of the crass cartoon series' creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. "The Book of Mormon," a musical that the duo developed alongside "Avenue Q" composer/lyicist Robert Lopez, will open at New York's Eugene O'Neill Theater in March. The story follows two modern-day Mormons in Africa, with scenes from the life of Joseph Smith, founder of the Latter Day Saints movement, peppered throughout.
Does news get any better than this? Parker and Stone are behind one of the most impressive, cleverly crafted musicals in recent memory -- I am referring, of course, to the movie "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut" -- and the idea of them bringing that talent to a Broadway stage is exciting in the extreme. Especially given the subject matter-- a similar story unfolded in an episode of "South Park," one that continues to rank among the funniest in the series' history. I can't embed the episode in the blog, but you can watch it right here.
In a rather odd twist, Rihanna has the lead female role in director Peter Berg's upcoming adaptation of the board game "Battleship." It will be the pop singer's first movie role; that, coupled with young up-and-comer male leads Taylor Kitsch and Alexander Skarsgard, means that a lot of eyes are going to be on this planned 2012 release. And with the shoot happening in Hawaii right now, it's something of a miracle that Rihanna was able to get to Los Angeles for her surprise Video Music Awards appearance with Eminem.
"It really killed me that I couldn't be here and, luckily, I got the day off," she told MTV's Jim Cantiello backstage after her performance. "Eminem, he called me the day before and said, 'Please, I'm having a really hard time doing this without you.' We had a really great song ['Love the Way You Lie'], and I just was like, 'Oh damn!' It killed me. And then they allowed us to leave [the set] and do it, and we jetted in and we're gonna jet right back out." Read More...
I hesitate to embed the below TV spot for "Buried," as I feel like it shows just a bit too much. That's not my decision to make though, and my opinion is further colored by the fact that I've seen the movie. If the basic premise -- Ryan Reynolds spends 90 minutes trapped in a box -- isn't enough to sell you, then maybe check out some trailers. If you're intrigued with just the basic concept, take my advice: swear off all ads from here on out and just wait for the October 8 release (September 24 in select theaters). You won't be disappointed.
This ranks among the more bizarre, yet perfectly welcome, news of the day. Before "Titanic" and after "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," James Cameron reunited with his newly lovable for the 1994 secret agent farce "True Lies," starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis and Tom Arnold. It was a fun flick, a full-on Cameron uber-production with big explosions and an epic scale. It was also a cute, little family comedy in which Schwarzenegger played a devoted father and husband living a double life as a top-level government spy. There have been rumblings of a sequel over the years, but most had written it off as the stuff of rumor and hearsay.
Now, Deadline is reporting that Cameron and his Lightstorm Entertainment is developing a TV series take on "True Lies" in conjunction with 20th Century Fox TV, which they'll be shopping to networks soon. Zero details are given in terms of how the movie will connect with the TV series, but Deadline confirms that past Cameron collaborator Rene Echevarria will serve as the writer and showrunner, executive producing with Cameron. Echevarria has a ton of TV writing/producing experience, on "Castle," "The Medium," "The 4400," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and Cameron's post-"Titanic" secret agent TV series "Dark Angel." Any guesses as to how this might shape up? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Mickey Rourke's career received a nice boost in recent years, after his work in films like "Sin City" and "The Wrestler," the latter of which earned him an Oscar nomination. Now there's news that he may be taking on the challenging task of playing one man who himself played two roles in his daily life for more than 40 years.
Rourke is attached to star as Richard "The Ice Man" Kuklinski in an adaptation of the non-fiction bio "Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer," The Hollywood Reporter reveals. As the title indicates, Kuklinski was a noted Mafia assassin who, for more than four decades, somehow managed to balance regular contract killings with the duties of a husband and father as a family man (as opposed to Family man) in suburban New Jersey. While I buy Rourke for the killer-type, the soccer dad seems like a tougher sell. He's just not the sort of guy I could see driving a minivan and acting as a loving breadwinner.
Then again, he showed real heart in "The Wrestler." Perhaps there's even more to the sensitive side that's just waiting to be tapped. He'll have help; "Blow" screenwriter David McKenna is penning the script.
Another difficult loss for the film-loving community. Noted character actor Kevin McCarthy passed away yesterday in a Cape Cod, MA hospital at the age of 96. He is maybe best known for his starring role in the 1956 cult sci-fi classic "Invasion of the Body Snatchers." McCarthy also picked up a Golden Globe award and an Oscar nomination for his performance as Biff in the 1951 adaptation of Arthur Miller's play, "Death of a Salesman."
I'll be honest though: these aren't the role that I personally think of when McCarthy's name is mentioned. First for me is undoubtedly "Innerspace," the Dennis Quaid/Martin Short-starring sci-fi/comedy in which McCarthy played the devious villain with a golden grin. It was much the same in the "Weird Al" Yankovic comedy "UHF." McCarthy had a knack for playing the smiling villain; his kindly face belied the evil genius lurking within. Let's also not forget the great Eddie Murphy comedy "The Distinguished Gentleman," in which the actor, a distant cousin to Eugene McCarthy, played a scheming congressman. McCarthy's list of big-screen appearances is long -- around 100 films in his 70 year career -- and there are some truly memorable gems populating that list. Interestingly, many of them come from his frequent collaborations with filmmaker Joe Dante; in addition to "Innerspace," there's "Piranha," "The Howling," "Twilight Zone: The Movie" and, in later years, "Looney Tunes: Back in Action."
My thoughts go out to McCarthy's friends and family. He is survived by Kate Crane, his wife of 40 years, and their two children, as well as three other children from a previous marriage.