Chris Zylka -- a.k.a. some dude you've probably never heard of so don't feel bad about yourself -- has officially joined the new Spider-Man reboot. According to The Wrap, the young actor will play Flash Thompson, Peter Parker's antagonistic classmate in high school. And although he spends his days as a football player teasing "Puny Parker," he's one of Spider-Man's biggest fans. But, little does he know...
Anyway, Zylka joins just in time because the Marc Webb directed picture starts shooting in a few weeks. The cast already features a butt-load of talent with (deep breath) Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Rhys Ifans, Irrfan Khans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Julianne Nicholson, and Annie Parisse. Whew.
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British beauty Campbell was honoured with the Special Recognition Award to mark her 25-year career during the ceremony at the Savoy Hotel.
During her acceptance speech, she told the crowd, "It's overwhelming to be in your own country and to receive such an award."
Meanwhile, British funnyman David Walliams' Danish wife Stone was handed the coveted Model of the Year title.
Taking to the stage, she admitted, "It's an honour to represent British style."
Other winners on the night included late designer Alexander McQueen, who was awarded a posthumous honour for Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design for his clothing label.
Victoria Beckham was nominated for her first fashion accolade for the Designer Brand Award at the bash, but lost out to fashion house Mulberry.
U.K. TV presenter Alexa Chung won the British Style Award at the star-studded event, which saw celebrities including Beckham, Emma Roberts, Thandie Newton and Lily Cole in attendance.
Stewart picked up the Best Fantasy Actress honour at the event, held to applaud all things sci-fi, and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse was named Best Fantasy Movie. It was also a big night for True Blood, which picked up Best TV Show from number one fan Marilyn Manson.
The drama also claimed the Holy Sh--! Scene of the Year accolade for its much-publicised head-twisting sex encounter, while True Blood stars Alexander Skarsgard and Anna Paquin were named Best Horror Actor and Actress.
Other prizes went to Zombieland (Best Horror Movie), Ryan Reynolds (Top Anticipated Movie for Green Lantern), Mickey Rourke (Best Villain for Iron Man 2) and moviemaker Christopher Nolan (Most Mind-Bending Film for Inception).
Halle Berry and Megan Fox were among the early presenters but even they failed to steal the highlight of the night - as tributes to Back to The Future and Ghostbusters hit the stage.
Funnyman David Spade stepped out of Back to The Future's time-travelling DeLorean, which was driven onstage at the Greek to a standing ovation and then he introduced the film's stars Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, who were given another rapturous welcome.
Later, Bill Murray took to the stage in his Ghostbusters costume to accept Zombieland's Best Horror Movie prize.
Other highlights included a guest appearance from Sir Anthony Hopkins, who gave the audience a preview of his upcoming exorcism movie The Rite.
Horror icon Wes Craven then joined Scream 4 castmates Emma Roberts, David Arquette and Neve Campbell to present a world-premiere teaser for the latest film in the Scream franchise.
There was even a special moment for Sigourney Weaver, who was handed a lifetime achievement award and rolled onto the stage in an egg-like structure similar to the pods in Avatar.
The very special awards show was rounded off by a performance from M.I.A.
First we had the 70th birthday of John Lennon over the weekend. Then yesterday we had footage surface of Eric Stoltz as the original Marty McFly in Back to the Future. And today we have a weird hybrid of those two stories: Robert Zemeckis’ (Director of BTTF) 3D motion-capture remake of Yellow Submarine (popular Beatles’ song and movie) is still happening and starts filming in April (see the connection now?).
Also, further strange little side note - Eric Stoltz directed last night’s episode of Glee. Just thought I’d share that.
Anyway, while at the New York Comic Con, Cary Elwes confirmed that Yellow Submarine was still happening and filming begins in April. Now is this just a diversion? After all, April is pretty far off and this gives us plenty of time to forget about it or is it actually happening for real? Is Cary Elwes that devious? I’m going to have to say no.
Another strange side note - I loved Elwes in Robin Hood: Men in Tights, but I don’t really see what the big deal is with The Princess Bride. I mean, its a good movie but I didn’t think it was that funny? Sue me. Please don’t.
Back to the movie. Elwes has been cast as George Harrison. Dean Lennox Kelly will be playing John Lennon. Kelly is kind of amazing in his turn as Shakespeare in Doctor Who which I’m sure you all saw and by gosh, I am making that show popular in the US whether Americans like it or not. If you haven’t been watching Running Wilde, you are missing out on the delight that is Peter Serafinowicz who will be playing Paul McCartney. And the lovable Ringo Starr will be played by Adam Campbell.
Wait, what’s this? Adam Campbell dates Jayma Mays, the lovable Emma on Glee? Is the whole news cycle collapsing in on itself? Should I be worried? Do I need to get duct tape? Or is this just an instance of me reading too much into pure coincidences because Hollywood is a relatively small community of members who constantly work on other people’s projects? Nah, definitely a conspiracy.
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1. Kick-Ass 2 Can Only Be a Good Thing.
As a longtime proponent of Matthew Vaughn (well, since 2004) I'm happy to hear we're going to get a sequel. I would guess that Nic Cage will have less involvement, which I'm disheartened to say is a good thing at this point in his career, though ideally they'd find some method for writing off Mintz-Plasse too. I liked him in Superbad and Role Models but the material seemed slightly out of his wheelhouse in Kick-Ass. The film is currently ranked 186th all time on IMDB, and it very nearly cracked $100m at the worldwide box office despite being initially left for dead.
For my money, Hit-Girl is the most innovative character to hit the screen this year. While one could, if one were so inclined, point out a few obvious parallels between the mayhemic Japanese film Battle Royale and Kick-Ass my counterargument would be that Hit Girl's reign of destruction occurs in a largely realistic world. Batle Royale definitely skews more Running Man. Second place on the iconic characters of 2010? Probably Gru from Despicable Me. Hard not to love that guy.
2. Breaking Dawn Gets Graphic?
Word has come down from screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg that they might attempt to show the infamous "birthing scene." This would be an unequivocal mistake. For those not familiar with the Twilight franchise, Breaking Dawn is the madcap finale to the series wherein Bella (spoiler alert) gives birth to a half human, half vampire baby who proceeds to break Bella’s ribs, causing massive internal and external bleeding. Clearly, it's quite the scene. But Twilight has managed to keep the gore down to a minimum, probably to satisfy the core fanbase.
The scene, even in the books, is slightly out of place. Stephenie was clearly feeling her writing oats after the success of the first books and wanted to try a small tonal shift which indicated how much Bella was willing to sacrifice for Edward. But things quickly shift back to non-violent methods, and by the end of the books some fans were even complaining Meyers went too pacifist. What's this all add up to? Well, it would be incredibly easy to sucker in an audience emotionally with this scene, and Rosenberg's Dexter work (and heck, even her Party of Five work) has left her with a deft and capable hand to do just that. But it's the wrong route, especially given the overall story arc and themes presented. This isn't vamp horror, it's a modern romance, and the truly gnarly bloodletting is best left on the cutting room floor.
3. The Meta Effect.
Our friend Adam Quigley at /Film has an interesting article on the overall self-awareness of cinema these days. Citing all levels of cinema, from genius works like Hot Fuzz and Inglourious Basterds to clear parody a la Vampires Suck, Quigley has managed to form a cogent argument on the end of true creativity in cinema. Simply put, if everything references everything else than nothing can be truly new.
So far as that goes, it's an interesting observation, and I'd surmise much of it has to do with the massive communications we're all exposed to on a daily basis. New ideas don't creep out because you're exposed too many old ideas every single day. There are 35 ways for people to reach you, and you can't create in a vacuum anymore. The stoic and hermit creator is gone, replaced by the overly connected and self-referential schmoozer. However, I wonder if we're missing a more elemental point here, referred to by Joseph Campbell's Hero With a 1000 Faces work. Essentially the theory holds that disparate cultures developed eerily similar mythologies. One could make the argument that there are only so many stories to tell, and the current vibe of "been there, done that" is more an indicator of the wealth of stories we have access too ... and not the overall creative level of the medium itself.
4. Liking The Look of Easy A!
I've seen the Easy A trailer half a dozen times, with half a dozen different people, and the reaction has been uniformly positive. When is the last great high school comedy we had? Okay, I'll cede Superbad but that was Apatow raunchiness, not Election or Mean Girls subversion. And Emma Stone feels ready for a big move, as we're in need of a new Julia Roberts. Could this be a rare September classic? Here's hoping.
On that note, I hope you have a weekend devoid of labor.
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Dimension Films executives have confirmed to WENN that Paquin and Bell will team up with Scream regulars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette in the fourth installment of the horror franchise.
The cast will also feature Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Marielle Jaffe, Rory Culkin, Erik Knudsen, Anthony Anderson, Adam Brody, Marley Shelton, Alison Brie and Mary McDonnell.
Wes Craven is producing and directing the project, which is schedule to open in April (11).
UPDATE: A rep for Dimension Films has confirmed that Kristen Bell and Anna Paquin will appear in Scream 4.
Wes Craven never fails to bring good looking gals to the set of his Scream movies and nothing is different with the highly-anticipated fourth installment of his genre-redefining franchise. The director has reassembled some of the survivors of his initial trilogy, including Neve Campbell's Sidney Prescott and David Arquette's Dewey Riley, in addition to populating the cast with young stars like Emma Roberts and Hayden Panettiere, but that's not where the girl power ends in this production.
Though the film has been shooting for close to two months now, USA Today reports that there may be a few secretive last minute additions to the roster. The paper's Cindy Clark says that Anna Paquin and Kristen Bell will appear in the fourquel in undisclosed roles, which has led to speculation that the pair of blond's may start the film off strong and sexy with a particularly exciting death scene. There is no evidence to support that, but I can't deny that I'd love to see Sarah Marshall and Sookie Stackhouse exploring the depths of their sexuality in the back seat of a car before getting hacked to pieces by Ghostface. An even more interesting turn of events would be finding out that Bell and Paquin are behind the mask this time around...
Scream 4 also stars Courteney Cox, Rory Culkin, Nico Tortorella, Anthony Anderson and Marielle Jaffe and will hit theaters on April 15th 2011.
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"It's great working with Courteney and David again; it's like summer camp. The biggest change is this younger cast we have, and they're great." NEVE CAMPBELL is overjoyed to be reunited with her SCREAM co-stars COURTENEY COX and DAVID ARQUETTE for the fourth installment of the horror film, which will also feature Emma Roberts and Hayden Panettiere.
The fourth movie in the horror franchise has been filming in Detroit, Michigan and sees original stars Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox reprise their roles alongside new additions including Panettiere and Emma Roberts.
Rumours of onset troubles have been rife ever since production began, with actress Lake Bell dropping out just days before filming was due to begin and online gossips alleging Panettiere had fallen out with producers over the script.
But the Heroes actress is adamant the reports aren't true - because she's having a "really good time" working on the slasher picture.
She tells Access Hollywood, "I don't know whether it's somebody projecting or, who knows where it came from, but ultimately it was very untrue and I love my character... I'm having a really good time doing it. It's a really great cast."
And Panettiere reserves extra praise for the film's director, Wes Craven, adding, "Wes Craven is an amazing human being and such a nice guy. It is such a pleasure to work with him... you can feel the crews at ease. They're able to have fun - it's not like twisting their arm to come to work. They actually really, really enjoy it, so it's been a blast thus far."
UPDATE: I just can't catch a break. Every time I finish writing something about the damn Scream 4 casting, Dimension Films goes and announces another addition to the already huge ensemble cast. Today's news: the delightful Alison Brie (of Community) and Mary McDonnell (the President on Battlestar Galactica) have signed on to the slasher horror. Brie will play Neve Campbell's ambitious personal assistant, who is envious of her boss's success. Mary McDonnell's role is still unknown, although it is possible she will be replacing Lauren Graham, whose publicist just confirmed the rumors that she has dropped out due to a scheduling conflict, most likely with the NBC series Parenthood.
Original Story: News continues to come off the set of Scream 4, which reunites horror director Wes Craven with Kevin Williamson, who wrote the original script for Scream (1996) and Scream 2 (1997). Last week we reported that Lake Bell, who had been cast as Deputy Judy Hicks, was leaving the project due to a scheduling conflict; it has been rumored (but not confirmed) that Lauren Graham will also have to be replaced. While we suggested Jennifer Connelly play the character, described as a "sexy but a bit off" high school friend of Sidney's (Neve Campbell), we learned today that the part has gone to Marley Shelton, who recently acted opposite Josh Brolin in Planet Terror.
Joining Shelton is Adam Brody of O.C. fame and Erik Knudsen (Youth in Revolt, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), who will fill two previously unrevealed roles. Brody will play a cop and recent college graduate whose training appears to be unduly influenced by the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation school of forensic science. Knudsen's role is that of the wisecracking movie buff, modeled after Jamie Kennedy's character 'Randy' in the first three Scream movies, whose knowledge of horror conventions and cliches is one source of the series' unique brand of meta-comic relief (I imagine the movie-within-a-movie slasher series 'Stab' will make a reappearance as well).
On a side note: whoever at Dimension Films had the bright idea to release this casting information so gradually, kudos to you for tricking people like me into building hype for your movie. It's working! With news trickling off the set at a deviously calculated rate, anticipation has never been higher for the fourth Scream, which sees the old guard (Campbell, Kennedy, Courteney Cox, David Arquette) making way for a new generation of slasher victims some ten years after Scream 3. While many of the original cast members will reprise their roles, they will be joined by a host of fresh faces, including Emma Roberts as Jill Kesler, Sidney's cousin and one of the film's heroines; Hayden Panettiere as Jill's best friend Kirby Reed, a cute film geek; Rory Culkin as Charlie Walker, Jill's maybe love interest; and Nico Tortorella as Trevor Sheldon, a handsome high school jock with a secret.
Who's wearing the 'ghostface' mask this time around? Probably not Adam Brody or Hayden Panettiere, but we'll have to wait until April 15th to find out for sure.
Source: Heatvision, /Film