Archive for January 5, 2012
Today we have interesting news on Matt Damon’s long-rumored directorial debut: The actor is no longer attached to direct, although he may still act in the project. The as yet-untitled movie was co-scripted by himself, Dave Eggers (Away We Go, Where the Wild Things Are) and John Krasinski (The Office, Away We Go),
Few details are known about the plot of the movie, save for the fact that Damon was to have played a salesman whose arrival in a small town leads to an intense personal introspection that turns his life upside down. Sources say that script issues pulled Damon out of the directing chair of the $12 million project.
The interesting thing about this development is that the script was supposedly written by Krasinski and Damon – so why would he be hesitant about directing something he himself ...
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By the time we reach the end of 2012, most moviegoers will know all too well who Liam Hemsworth is. The younger brother of Thor (a.k.a. actor Chris Hemsworth) will first appear as Gale Hawthorne in this spring’s The Hunger Games; later this summer, he’ll also star alongside innumerable action movie icons in The Expendables 2.
Speaking of beefy, big-name action stars: Dwayne “Don’t Call Him The Rock” Johnson is in talks to star alongside Hemsworth (who is already pretty much a lock) in a new indie thriller that was formerly titled The Sentry Keep – but has now been re-dubbed Empire State.
Deadline has the scoop on Hemsworth being set for Empire State and Johnson having begun negotiations to join the cast. The latter, as it were, also seems poised for ...
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Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story, one of two competing biopics about the legendary and controversial pornographic actress, is in final talks to add Adam Goldberg (Zodiac, Dazed and Confused). Goldberg would play fellow porn actor Harry Reems in the film. Matthew Wilder (Your Name Here) has been tapped to write and direct.
Linda Lovelace was arguably the most famous porn actress of the ’70s, a time when pornographic films were still seen as legitimate art. She only made a handful of pornographic films before quitting the industry and divorcing her husband, Chuck Traynor. Malin Akerman (Watchmen) will play Linda Lovelace in the film.
Inferno will be based on “Ordeal: An Autobiography”, the controversial book Lovelace wrote with Mike McGrady. In the book, Lovelace claimed that Traynor, who will be played by Matt Dillon in the movie, beat her and held a gun ...
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There’s good reason for Musical Theater (and movie) fans to be excited to see The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper’s cinematic take on the Broadway musical version of Les Misérables.
Besides the impressive cast chock-full of stars who can both act and belt their lungs out quite well, the project will mark one of the rare occasions where actors and actresses will sing live on-camera, rather than pre-record their vocals and mime the lyrics while performing. Those classic Les Misérables (a.k.a. Les Miz) songs are also expected to be kept largely intact while making the jump to film form, courtesy of Oscar-nominated screenwriter William Nicholson (Elizabeth: The Golden Age).
Most of the major casting for Les Miz has been completed by this point. However, there are still a few pivotal roles that need to be filled – and now, one ...
Click to continue reading Amanda Seyfried Set To Join ‘Les Misérables’; Taylor Swift Offered Role
In what is surely to be great news for those moviegoers who hate the recent overflow of reboots and remakes, it seems as though Warner Bros.’ big-budget Americanized version of Akira has hit a wall. Production on the film has reportedly been shut down, the crew sent home, and the production offices in Vancouver have closed their doors.
The issue? Too big a budget for such a big gamble.
Again, fans of the classic Akira anime film and manga source material are going to see this as a no-brainer; the disdain for this project has been palpable ever since it was resurrected from limbo back in 2009; recent news like Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra taking the helm, or TRON Legacy star Garrett Hedlund taking on the leading role of Kaneda, did ...
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