Archive for April 9, 2012

Sir Ben Kingsley in Talks to Play ‘Iron Man 3′ Villain [Updated]

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Ben Kingsley a villain in Iron Man 3

Next month not only marks the beginning of an action-packed summer of superhero movies, led by Marvel’s The Avengers, but it also hosts the beginning of production on Iron Man 3.

With principal photography creeping up soon, new casting additions have to be completed even sooner and so two weeks ago came a casting call sheet revealing important information about returning characters joining Robert Downey Jr. We know Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow and Scarlett Johansson are all back from Iron Man 2, and they may just be joined by newcomer Ben Kingsley for the threequel.

Variety has the scoop, reporting that Sir Ben Kingsley is in final negotiations to play “the villain” of Iron Man 3. Any movie fan familiar with Kingsley’s repertoire and of ...

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‘Ender’s Game’ Moves to Holiday Friendly November 2013

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Ender's Game November Release Date

Landing the right release date can mean everything for a film’s box office success, and for Summit Entertainment, they will be making a slight change to one of their upcoming tentpole films which is moving from a spring 2013 date to a November 2013 release.

Ender’s Game will be now released in the more holiday-friendly release of November 1st, 2013. Other films that will be compete against Ender’s Game are Roland Emmerich’s sci-fi pic Singularity and DreamWorks Animation’s Me and My Shadow opening a week later (followed by Thor 2 and The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire).

Rescheduling dates in this instance, is not a cause for concern nor does it signal the quality of the movie. At this point it’s way to early to determine that. The new release date may ...

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Matt Damon’s ‘Promised Land’ Addresses Controversial Environmental Issue

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Matt Damon anti-fracking

At first, the premise of Gus Van Sant’s upcoming feature The Promise Land seemed like it would tell the humbling story of a man who experiences great change when he returns to his hometown. Co-star and co-writer John Krasinski plays a rival executive in a story described as “Capraesque,” with Rosemarie DeWitt playing the female lead.

But new details are emerging on the film, revealing that the story isn’t as simple as it may seem. According to a story over at Politico (via Vulture), the plot of the movie centers on the dangers of fracking (not a Battlestar Galactica reference), a controversial method of blasting rocks with sand, water, and chemicals to extract natural gas.

Now, the movie has been completely turned on its head as it won’t be just a simple story about two ...

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‘Catching Fire’ Update: Gary Ross Still in Talks to Direct ‘Hunger Games’ Sequel

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Gary Ross Catching Fire

The Hunger Games has become a huge box office success, claiming the number one spot at the box office for three consecutive weeks, and grossing over $300 million domestically. But last week, word of Gary Ross not returning to direct Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games, flooded the Internet.  Turns out we may have all jumped the gun, as word is now coming out that Ross may not have withdrawn his name as we previously reported.

According to Deadline, Ross is formally not out of the running as of yet, and reports stating otherwise are simply inaccurate.  But Ross isn’t formally signed on to direct Catching Fire, either.

It all started off with a tense standoff between Lionsgate and Fox over their sequels, which both ...

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‘Looper’ Trailer Preview, Hosted by Rian Johnson & Joseph Gordon-Levitt [Updated]

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Looper Trailer Previews

[UPDATE: Check out more preview footage from the Looper trailer]

If you haven’t seen our reports on the 2012 slate of sci-fi movies, suffice to say, the genre is getting as much exposure as superhero movies this year.

One of the more anticipated sci-fi flicks (for cinephiles who lean slightly toward the art house end of things) is Looper, the new time/mind-bending thriller directed by acclaimed filmmaker Rian Johnson (Brick) and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception) and Bruce Willis as younger and older versions of a hitman tasked with assassinating himself.

If that explanation above isn’t sufficient, Johnson and Gordon-Levitt host an announcement of the upcoming Looper trailer, complete with first-hand explanations about what the film is about and plenty of preview footage: