Archive for May 14, 2012

Steve Kloves Is "Defending Jacob"

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"Harry Potter" series scribe Steve Kloves is in talks to write and direct "Defending Jacob" for Warner Bros. Pictures and Disruption Entertainment reports Variety.

An adaptation of William Landay's legal thriller and set in a wealthy Boston suburb, the story follows a district attorney who must leave his day job to defend his son from a murder charge while uncertain of his son's innocence.

Mary Parent will produce the film which is said to be in the vein of "Presumed Innocent".

Casting: Mawle, Neill, Tomlin, Deklin

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Half of a Yellow Sun
Joseph Mawle ("Game of Thrones," "Clapham Junction") has joined Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anika Noni Rose and John Boyega in Biyi Bandele's "Half of a Yellow Sun" which is currently shooting in Nigeria and London.

The story is based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel about Biafra's struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria. Newton and Rose portray twin sisters while Ejiofor plays a proferssor and Mawle an English writer. [Source: Variety]

The Tomb
Sam Neill will play a prison doctor in Mikael Håfström's action thriller "The Tomb" at Summit Entertainment which has begun production in New Orleans.

Sylvester Stallone plays a man who must escape from a high-tech prison facility of his own design. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson,, Jim Caviezel, Amy Ryan, Vincent D’Onofrio and Vinnie Jones also star. [Source: The Daily Blam]

Admissions
Lily Tomlin has joined the cast of Paul Weitz’s dramedy "Admission" which begins production this week. Gloria Reueben, Wallace Shawn and Michael Sheen also recently joined the cast.

Tina Fey plays an admissions officer at Princeton University whose life is thrown for a curve when she runs into an old friend (Paul Rudd) while visiting an experimental New Hampshire high school. [Source: Screen Daily]

Tarzan 3D
Mark Deklin ("GCB") has joined the cast of Reinhard Klooss' 3D CGI motion-capture version of Tarzan at Constantin. Shooting kicks off this week in Munich.

Deklin will play Tarzan’s father, who is exploring the site of a mysterious ancient meteorite and is on the brink of a discovery when he dies alongside his wife (Jaime Ray Newman). Kellan Lutz and Spencer Locke will play Tarzan and Jane respectively. [Source: Heat Vision]

Glee
Kate Hudson and Sarah Jessica Parker will do multi-episode arcs on Fox’s "Glee" next season. No details on their characters yet. [Source: Deadline]

"Sherlock" Loses 8 Mins An Episode

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It has been known for a while that PBS has been editing down BBC's "Sherlock" for its second season broadcast this month in the United States. Now it has been revealed just how deep those cuts are.

Executive producer Sue Vertrue recently spoke to The Independent and revealed that PBS has sliced episodes of the show down from 90 minutes to 82 minutes to make room for sponsor ads - as a result almost half an hour of scenes (nearly 10% of the series) across the three episodes are being lost to American viewers.

"We had to cut eight minutes. The PBS episodes have to be 82 minutes because of sponsors announcements. It breaks your heart. We try to cut the bits which aren't essential to the story but they are often the lovely character scenes. We'll see if we can avoid it next time" says Vertrue.

The U.S. DVD and Blu-ray release of the season, due out this month, is expected to contain the full unedited versions.

Riggle, Ferrell, Wahlberg Team For HBO

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HBO is developing a single-camera comedy project for Rob Riggle to star in and produce and will reunite some of the key players from the feature comedy "The Other Guys" reports Deadline.

Set in the world of bond traders in 1980s Wall Street, it revolves around a successful, hard-living boss (Riggle) who lives a dark, self-centered, unhealthy life.

Adam McKay and Chris Henchy are penning and will executive produce with Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Peter Principato and Paul Young.

‘Prometheus’ Clip: On Approach to Doom

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If the Advil and sunglasses aren’t enough to help cure your P.A.S. (Post Avengers Syndrome), then perhaps the next round of blockbusters can help guide you on your road to recovery.

In a summer that will be dominated by big names such as The Avengers, Spider-Man and Batman, 20th Century Fox’s Prometheus continues to build a slow buzz, just waiting for its chance to attack the box office. Apple has released the first official clip from Prometheus, and  if you’ve seen the trailers for the Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator) directed sci-fi film, then you are well aware that Prometheus feels much more like an event than an actual film.

The clip shows a team of explorers on board the spacecraft Prometheus, as it prepares for landing on an alien planet.  As rumors continue about Prometheus possibly being an Alien prequel, one has ...

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