Archive for August 11, 2012
It’s The Hunger Games: “Casting” Fire; Mary Steenburgen goes to Last Vegas; writer Nic Pizzolatto mounts the remake of The Magnificent Seven and Steve Pink wants to know About Last Night.
This week has seen a flurry of casting news for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, with E. Roger Mitchell, Alan Ritchson and Bruno Gunn joining the cast of the eagerly awaited adaptation of the Suzanne Collins best-selling novel.
Mitchell has signed on to play Chaff, “a tribute from District 11, Chaff won the 45th Annual Hunger Games and will compete in the Quarter Quell.” Ritchson will take on the role of Gloss, a “former Career tribute from District 1,” while Gunn will play Brutus, a “former Career victor from District 2.”
Are these actors suited to their roles?
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A first look still is out via USA Today of a gruff looking Russell Crowe as the title character on the set of Darren Aronofsky's big-budget Biblical epic "Noah" which recently began filming in Iceland. "I’m living on a vast plain of volcanic ash in the lee of a volcanic glacier. The commute to work is a hike up a mountain" tweeted Crowe recently about the shoot which will move to New York state once wrapping in Iceland. "Noah" is currently slated for release March 2014.
Universal Pictures shuffled around its release date schedule this week with three films due to open next year either scoring dates or setting new ones says Heat Vision.
First up is the supernatural thriller "Mama", being released under the 'Guillermo del Toro Presents' banner, which will hit January 18th 2013. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ("Game of Thrones") and Jessica Chastain ("Tree of Life") star.
Next comes the Tom Cruise-led sci-fi saga "Oblivion" which has been moved up a week to from April 26th to April 19th 2013 with an IMAX exclusive early release the week before on April 12th 2013.
Finally, Ron Howard’s Formula 1 movie "Rush", about the merciless 1970s rivalry between James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl), has been given a September 20th 2013 release date.
Keira Knightley has come out on top and is in negotiations to star opposite Chris Pine in Kenneth Branagh's Jack Ryan franchise reboot at Paramount Pictures.
The story centers on ex-Marine and Moscow-based financial analyst Jack Ryan (Pine), who uncovers a plot by his employer to finance a terrorist attack designed to collapse the U.S. economy. Ryan must race against time to save America and his wife (Knightley). [Source: Heat Vision]
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
E. Roger Mitchell ("Battle: Los Angeles," "S.W.A.T.") has joined the cast of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" as Chaff.
Chaff is a Tribute from District 11 who previously won the 45th Annual Hunger Games almost thirty years before Katniss won her round. [Source: Deadline]
Mary Steenburgen has joined the cast of Jon Turteltaub's comedy "Last Vegas" at CBS Films and Good Universe. The story follows a group of old pals who throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single all these years.
Steenburgen will play a Sin City lounge singer who gets close to the soon-to-be-married Billy (Michael Douglas). She then becomes the object of both the affections of him and his friend (Robert DeNiro). [Source: Deadline]
Dean Parisot ("Galaxy Quest") has become attached to direct a third film in the "Bill and Ted" franchise says Vulture.
Original "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" creators Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson penned the script for a third film in the series on spec. Rather than remaking or rebooting the property, the film is a sequel exploring where Ted Theodore Logan and Bill S. Preston, Esq. are in their lives today.
Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are attached to star and the aim is to make the project for a modest but still decent sized budget (ala "Hot Tub Time Machine").
The catch however is the rights - MGM still owns the property, but this package is being shopped around to other studios to co-finance it. Parisot begins shooting the "RED" sequel this spring.