By Amelia Mularz
So Kim Kardashian got engaged this week, which ignited an epidemic of déjà vu across the globe. Our DVD pick (a throwback to 1989) will also take you back. But first, here's what's brand spanking new at the theater:
On the Big Screen: "The Counselor"
Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, and Cameron Diaz star in a film that opens today. The movie is a prequel to "Weekend at Bernie's." Can't wait!
Ok...fine. That's not true at all. But with such an all-star cast, does it even matter what the movie's about? In reality, Michael Fassbender plays a corrupt lawyer (aka "the counselor") who signs on for a lil' freelance drug trafficking with Javier Bardem's character, Reiner. And by "lil'" we mean moving a truckload of cocaine from Colombia to Chicago.
By Dana Brawer
Some highly anticipated Oscar contenders will not be making the cut this year, and last night, another joined that list. The release of George Clooney's World War II drama, "The Monuments Men," has been pushed from its original December release to a February 2014 opening, according to the LA Times, making it ineligible for a nomination.
Clooney's picture does not stand alone in a widespread trend of delayed Oscar prospects. Leonardo DiCaprio's "Wolf of Wall Street" has been delayed, though it will barely make the 2013 deadline with a new late December release. Nicole Kidman's "Grace of Monaco," originally anticipated as a huge competitor due to Kidman's past success at the Oscars, will now be released in 2014, however.
Historical drama, 'The Immigrant" and sports drama "The Foxcatcher" have also been pushed into 2014 releases.
By Ryan Rigley
Looks like we've finally gotten our first official cast member of "Star Wars VII." Last weekend, during this year's New York Comic Con, original C-3P0 actor Anthony Daniels may or may not have confirmed his role reprisal in the new trilogy. "Yes, I am the only actor to be in all seven because I feel... Six! Whatever," Daniels teased during a panel in New York.
While this is obviously far from an official announcement, it is entirely possible that Daniels could have let the truth slip out unintentionally. However, until Daniel's casting is made official, we'll just keep speculating as to which Star Wars Expanded Universe characters might appear in the new "Star Wars" trilogy. Take Vergere for example, a member of the New Jedi Order and secret student of the Sith!
By Charles Webb
After what The Hollywood Reporter describes as months of negotiations, Simon Crane has signed on to direct a "Hot Wheels" movie based on the Mattel line of die-cast toy cars.
Crane beat out "28 Weeks Later" director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo in the latest attempt at jump-starting the nascent "Fast & the Furious" competitor, after previous attempts to bring the project at other other studios (Columbia, Warner Bros.) and other directors (McG) stalled out.
"Hot Wheels" joins "Gran Turismo" and the upcoming Aaron Paul vehicle "Need For Speed" as attempts to catch up to Universal's seemingly unstoppable "Fast" franchise. Across six movies, they've earned nearly a billion dollars for the studio since Vin Diesel and Paul Walker first glowered at each other across the hood of a muscle car with 2001's "Fast and the Furious."
If you thought a "Hot Wheels" movie would offer some good, family fun, you've got another think coming: The script, currently undergoing a rewrite from "Quiz Show" writer Paul Attanasio, concerns a "washed-up Illinois State Trooper who, after a dangerous military device falls into the hands of a criminal, fights the man his father once put behind bars."
Crane has been a fixture in Hollywood, acting as a second unit director and stunt coordinator on films like "Titanic," "Goldeneye," "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider," and most recently, "World War Z." "Hot Wheels" would be the second feature to which Crane's name is attached as director, alongside the spy thriller "Echelon."
By Amelia Mularz
So your zero-gravity Sandra Bullock costume isn't exactly panning out. We've got a couple other movies that might inspire your Halloween wears. Here's what's playing this weekend:
On the Big Screen: "Carrie"
It's time for a whole new generation to develop illogical fears of tampons and high school dances. The new "Carrie" opens today, and it's got something big that the original didn't have. Social media.
This go-around the mean girls capture Carrie's menstrual nightmare on camera and the video goes viral. Age-old agonies are suddenly magnified when placed in the present day. Imagine if we revisited other Stephen King-created horrors and unleashed advanced technology on each of them. Give Cujo a blog so he can chronicle every moment of his rabid rampage. Let the clown from "It" terrorize children with Snapchat. See? So much scarier.
By Ryan Rigley
Michael B. Jordan is about to be a very busy man. Not only is the "Fruitvale Station" actor in talks to play the Human Torch in Josh Trank's "Fantastic Four" and a part in the "Independence Day" sequel, but now Jordan's also confirmed that he has joined the ranks of A-listers auditioning for a role in the upcoming "Star Wars" trilogy.
"I mean, everybody’s going in on this project," explains Jordan. "They’re trying to figure out what they want. That’s another incredible franchise. It’s pretty crazy! We’ll see how it happens. I don’t know how I can do everything." Unlike Saoirse Ronan, rumor has it that Jordan has auditioned for a role without a lightsaber. So which non-Jedi character could he be up for? Well, how about Jagged Fel, an ace pilot of the Chiss Ascendancy?
By Charles Webb
Nearly a year and a half after coming on board as director for Columbia's long-in-development "Masters of the Universe" film, director Jon Chu is now off the project, according to THR. Chu's departure represents the loss of one of the film's biggest cheerleaders, even if the public reaction to Chu helming the project hasn't exactly been positive.
While Columbia hasn't yet announced a replacement, writer Terry Rossio is on board to work on the script. Rossio and screenwriting partner Ted Elliot have been around for a while, working on the first four "Pirates of the Caribbean" films together at Disney and being pretty much inseparable since they began working together on the Howie Mandel kid's movie "Little Monsters."
By Alex Zalben
Is there a point when you're building a 150,000 block replica of the battle of Helm's Deep out of LEGOs that you stop and take stock of your life? Thankfully, whatever was going through Rick-K and Big J's minds when they were building this epic model, they didn't stop until 1,700 mini-figures were ready to do battle for the fate of Middle-Earth:
This isn't the first time LEGO builders have gone above and beyond for the sake of J.R.R. Tolkein's finest creations. Click past the jump to see more!
By Ryan Rigley
Looks like somebody finally let the cat out of the bag. While there have been a number of big name actors rumored to have auditioned for a role in "Star Wars VII," nobody has officially confirmed whether or not they have read for a part. Until now, that is. Last week, Saoirse Ronan ("Hanna," "The Lovely Bones") spoke to Empire Podcast about auditioning for a role in "Star Wars VII" that required using a lightsaber.
"I'd imagine J.J. is probably just scanning the earth to find the people that he needs," Ronan muses. "But nobody has a clue what it's about, and nobody's read the script. Even if I don't get it, I had so much fun auditioning, pretending to take out a lightsaber. That was great. A lightsaber! Star Wars!" So which lightsaber-wielding female did Ronan read for? Jedi? Sith? Or perhaps both, as is the case with one Tahiri Veila.
By Alex Zalben
The first trailer for "I, Frankenstein" has hit the Internet, and it is AMAZING. From the producers of the "Underworld" series, "I, Frankenstein" casts Aaron Eckhart as the titular monster, wandering the world before getting embroiled in what looks like a battle between demons and angels, or possibly Frankensteins and Gargoyles.
The movie is written and directed by Stuart Beattie, based on the graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux (who previously appeared in – and created - the "Underworld" series), and also stars Bill Nighy and Yvonne Strahovski.
Point being, January can't get here soon enough. So in celebration of this momentous event, we made a few posters for the movie – and even provided a blank one, so you can make your own!