Did you know "This Means War" could have had two different endings? Turns out McG toyed with the idea at one point. In other film news, Warner Bros. opens a new theater in Washington DC, Bret McKenzie laments not being able to perform at the Oscars and five new "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" images hit the web.
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If you missed it, we chatted with "This Means War" leading lady Reese Witherspoon last night during an MTV First dedicated to the flick. Her onscreen character Lauren is lucky -- or, rather, unlucky -- enough to start dating two men who turn out to be best buddies and coworkers at the CIA.
During the event, we debuted two new clips from the film, which you can check out right now. The first plays up the action side of the movie, with one of Witherspoon's beaus, FDR (Chris Pine), crashing her date with the other, Tuck (Tom Hardy). And we mean literally crashing: when Lauren goes to collect herself in the bathroom after the surprise appearance, FDR and Tuck manage to destroy the restaurant.
It looks as though McG will be conjuring up the dead for his next film.
The "Charlie's Angels" and "Terminator Salvation" director is in negotiations to helm "Ouija," Universal Pictures' planned adaptation of the classic Hasbro board game, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"The Crazies" director Breck Eisner had also been up for the gig, but McG reportedly won over Universal with his vision for the film. Though plot details are scarce, "Ouija" is being billed as an "Indiana Jones"-meets-"The Mummy" four-quadrant (appeals to men and women, young and old audiences) supernatural adventure focusing on a family... which presumably uses the titular board to unleash some manner of evil that they must then combat. Read More...
"Avatar" lead Sam Worthington's star is shining mighty bright these days, which might explain why he's backed away from the upcoming McG-directed action/comedy "This Means War." Now a replacement has been put in place, and while he doesn't quite have Worthington's street cred YET, he soon will: Tom Hardy. After his 2009 "Bronson" breakout, Hardy has had a lot of upward momentum; he delivers one of the standout performances in Chris Nolan's summer hit "Inception" and he'll also be starring in the long-awaited "Mad Max" sequel/reboot, "Fury Road."
Now he's taking over for Worthington in "This Means War," which follows a pair of spies -- Hardy and "Star Trek" lead Chris Pine -- competing for the love of one young woman. Reese Witherspoon is set for the lead female role; she's also producing with Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment. This is a project that's been percolating for almost a decade; Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence were once attached to star. Perhaps now things will get going, since Hardy is sitting tight with the "Mad Max" production delay.
Weird things come out of Japan. This isn't a negative value judgment mind you, simply an observation. Weird things come out of Canada too (see also: curling), it's just a cultural difference sort of thing. Still, really weird things come out of Japan when viewed in the context of a Western mindset.
This might not be the strangest thing you see all week, but it's definitely surreal. "Spider-Man" star Kirsten Dunst does some wacky cosplay and dances through the streets of Akibahara in Japan, singing the classic '80s ditty from The Vapors, "Turning Japanese." Not strange enough for you? How about the fact that McG directed it? Yeah, I thought that'd do it.
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McG can put his life jacket and swim gear back on the shelf — the "Terminator Salvation" director won't embark upon his planned sea voyage anytime soon, as "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" has been docked indefinitely.
Variety reports that the latest film version of the classic Jules Verne novel is currently on hold, with director McG no longer attached. The production was set to begin this February and was considered "on a fast track under the Dick Cook regime," but the departure of the former Disney chief may have derailed the film's priority status. Read More...
Opinions are like a Terminator-filled post-apocalyptic future -- they're absolutely everywhere.
On the matter of "Terminator" as a film franchise, opinions on the recent "Terminator Salvation" are fairly widespread, though the general consensus seems to be disappointment with the theatrical cut. A potential remedy might be on the way courtesy of the "Terminator Salvation - Director's Cut" home video release however. UGO reports that the MPAA has rated McG's cut of the film with a hard R for "some violence and brief nudity." Might this version of "Terminator Salvation," the one that McG wanted us to see all along, be enough to change the commonly held dissatisfaction with last May's release?
Possibly... but probably not. Read More...
Remember the "Charlie's Angels" movies? Directed by McG? Starring Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu and Cameron Diaz? No? Could be because it's been more than half a decade since the second movie in the series, 2003's "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle." It wasn't half-bad either, especially if you're into the whole "grrl power" blockbuster vibe.
So where has the series gone? "Full Throttle" didn't review so well, but the worldwide gross of $259 million more than doubled its $120 million budget. You'd think that with three hot leading ladies, a veteran blockbuster director and lots more money to be made, a third "Charlie's Angels" would be a foregone conclusion. Too bad the trio of "Angels" stars have a work ethic that "sucks." At least according to Cameron Diaz, who spoke with MTV on the series at San Diego Comic-Con.
The script for Disney’s adaptation of the classic Jules Verne character Captain Nemo is getting a revision, as Randall Wallace (“Braveheart”) steps in to rework the script previously penned by Bill Marsilii ("Deja Vu") and Justin Marks ("Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li"). As MTV recently learned, the film’s origin story focus will remain and producers have been traveling the globe to scout possible shoot locations.
“We’re just back from Australia on Friday,” producer Sean Bailey told MTV News. “We were looking around Australia and New Zealand. It’ll be a big, big globe-trotting movie. We feel like if you’re going to go 20,000 leagues under the sea, [the audience] needs to feel like you’ve done it with [Nemo].” Read More...
Disney's "Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" has been in silent running mode for awhile now. We first heard that "Terminator Salvation" director McG would be taking the helm of a fast-tracked origin story of Jules Verne's famed submarine captain back in January. In an interview with MTV a few months later, the director revealed his plans to carry the 139 year old story "into today's culture."
Today, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the script penned by Bill Marsilii ("Deja Vu") and Justin Marks ("Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li") is getting a rewrite from Randall Wallace. Wallace scripted Mel Gibson's "Braveheart," Michael Bay's "Pearl Harbor" and -- oddly -- the popular PC role-playing game "Titan Quest." Read More...