George Lucas is finally realizing his decades-long dream of producing a film about the Tuskegee Airmen, and the wildly unique cast includes Cuba Gooding Jr. and Method Man. The Anthony Hemingway-directed flick "Red Tails" has popped up from time to time for Lucas in interviews, but an announcement today indicates that he has his actors and they're ready to suit up and start production.
“I’ve been wanting to do 'Red Tails' for 20 years, and we’ve finally got the means to showcase the skill of the Tuskegee pilots,” Lucas said in the press release. “We’re working on techniques which will give us the first true look at the aerial dogfighting of the era. And our top-notch cast will really make this story special.” Read More...
Miley Cyrus and Nick Jonas aren't the only Cyrus and Jonas family members working together on new projects these days. Noah Cyrus, Miley's 9-year-old little sister, and Frankie Jonas, 8, better known as the Bonus Jonas, are voice actors in the animated flick, "Ponyo," by "Spirited Away" director Hayao Miyazaki.
"I actually have a movie coming out call 'Ponyo,' " Noah told the Press Association about the movie. "I play a goldfish in it, and I wanna be a human in it, and my best friend is a human, and I think that's where I get it from, and then I turn into a human. The guy who plays my best friend in it is Frankie Jonas, the Jonas Brothers' little brother."
"Ponyo," which was released as "Ponyo on a Cliff by the Sea" in Japan last July, will be released stateside on August 14, according to Slashfilm.com.
Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Cloris Leachman, Liam Neeson, Lily Tomlin and Betty White have also been cast to do voices in the film. According to Slashfilm, Disney hopes to make the American release of "Ponyo" Miyazaki's "biggest hit ever Stateside." "Spirited Away" earned more than $10 million dollars stateside.
"Quantum of Solace" director Marc Forster lifted Khaled Hosseini's first novel "The Kite Runner" to a new plateau of prominence when the film came out in 2007. The hot-button political and cultural issues that the story touched on, however, resulted in a delayed release of what was already a daunting project to put together.
Forster is currently looking ahead to his next film "World War Z," but said that he looked at Hosseini's second book "A Thousand Splendid Suns," currently being developed at Columbia Pictures, opting to pass because he wasn't ready to go through the gauntlet of demands posed by "Kite Runner" without some time on other movies.
"I met early on," Forster told MTV News. "They gave me an early copy and said, ‘Look, would you want to do it?’" Read More...
Orlando Bloom may have kept a lower profile after "Pirates of the Caribbean" than his costars, but he's making up for it this year. He's in the middle of filming Mark Ruffalo's "Sympathy for Delicious" which has him playing a hard rock singer, and he's playing a border guard in the sci-fi thriller "The Cross." Now he's looking to join the ensemble cast of "Main Street," adapted from one of Horton Foote's final screenplays.
Andrew McCarthy, Ellen Burstyn, Patricia Clarkson and Colin Firth are already signed to star in the indie drama, which will be directed by John Doyle. Read More...
FROM SPLASH PAGE: Johnny Depp's production company, Infinitum Nihil, already has its script and an impressive lead actor (namely, A-list leading man Depp) tagged for the live-action adaptation of Arvid Nelson and Eric Johnson's comic book series "Rex Mundi." In their search for a "Rex Mundi" director, the bar is remaining as high for the talent behind the camera as it is in front of it.
According to Infinitum Director of Development Sam Sarkar, the studio wants a talent on the level of "Watchmen" mastermind Zack Snyder to bring the Dark Horse series to the big screen.
"We really need to find a guy who has that kind of visual style -- not unlike Zack Snyder," Sarkar told MTV News. "You need a guy that’s that kind of visionary to do 'Rex,' because it’s a really visually complex world."
For more on the search for a "Rex Mundi" director, head over to SplashPage.MTV.com.
He’s married to one of the most beautiful women in the world, and has established the type of successful Hollywood career that usually has actors excited to work with him. Yet, Ryan Reynolds’ new film “Adventureland” was a thrill to the 32-year-old star for a reason you might not expect: It brought him one step closer to Robert Pattinson.
“I love ‘Twilight’,” insisted the star, who shares some steamy moments in April 3rd’s “Adventureland” with Kristen Stewart. “Oh my God are you kidding me? Robert Pattinson in a word: dreamy.”
If you follow Stephenie Meyer's official website, you might have already heard this news, but we're bringing it to you anyway. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chris Weitz has cast the Wolf Pack for "New Moon", all of whom will make their big screen debut in the "Twilight" sequel.
Joining the humans of Forks, Washington (and fellow werewolf Taylor Lautner) in their fight against the vampires will be: Chaske Spencer, Bronson Pelletier, Alex Meraz, Kiowa Gordon and Tyson Houseman. All the actors are of Native American descent, with Sioux, Purepecha and Hualapai being the tribes represented among the new cast members. That's a good thing for fans of the series and the Native American community, and it's been one of the major perks of the "Twilight" name. The series is a big enough draw that Summit can focus on casting the characters appropriately rather than landing big star power. Read More...
Considering the past year has already seen news of a "Monopoly" movie and a franchise based on the once popular "Stretch Armstrong" toy, you can probably understand why I thought this indie drama would actually be about Just Born's Peeps candy.
It's not (and I don't know whether to be disappointed or relieved) but what it does have is a pretty cool comedic line-up. Sarah Silverman, Michael C. Hall ("Dexter"), Rainn Wilson ("The Office"), and Ben Schwartz ("I Hate Valentine's Day")are all attached to "Peep World," a indie comedy directed by Barry Blaustein ("The Ringer") and produced by Occupant Films. Read More...
Our "Rough Cut" interview with Julia Roberts and Clive Owen was certainly one of our more atypical movie star chats (though we pride ourselves on making ALL our chats unique). No, it wasn't an interview in an elevator or the back of cab. Just the typical junket setting. But any interview results in one of the world's most adored actresses rubbing my back and cleaning my glasses -- well that's a memory.
Check out the full crazy chat with Julia and Clive here. Or begin with my personal favorite segment of the chat below.
Contributed by Jeff Sneider
Brad Pitt is going back undercover. Variety reports that Paramount has nabbed the film rights to John Le Carre’s 1993 spy thriller “The Night Manager,” which Pitt’s company Plan B will produce.
Former Gulf War intelligence officer and Nicholls fellow Robert Edwards will adapt the critically acclaimed novel, which follows Jonathan Pine, the night manager of a Swiss hotel who’s recruited by a government agency to infiltrate the network of a dangerous international arms dealer named Richard Roper, a character of no relation to the famed film critic. Read More...