Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst have signed up for the indie thriller Cities, alongside Clive Owen and Anil Kapoor.
Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job, Cocktail, et al.) is on board to direct the film, about intertwining stories of greed -- as it pertains specifically to the Dow Jones' all-time high -- and the consequences thereof.
Dunst is coming off the critical success of Lars von Trier's Melancholia, while Bloom is still recovering from the dud that was last week's The Three Musketeers. The two appeared on screen together in Cameron Crowe's 2005 dramedy Elizabethtown.
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We can all understand the desire to spearhead another period drama. Mad Men is still so many people's favorite show, and although Playboy Club tanked and Pan Am isn't exactly a ratings victor, the exploration of days long past is always going to be interesting. The question for Magic City, which takes place just a year before the 60s in the crime-laden, alcohol-induced high society of 1959 Miami, is: how far beyond the general premise are you willing to extend yourself?
Mad Men's charm isn't invested entirely in its 1960s backdrop. We watch the show because of Don Draper, and Roger Sterling, and Joan Harris. Magic City stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olga Kurylenko and Danny Huston -- all actors with great capability. So, we can hope that the writing will be rich enough for them to actually build characters we can get involved with.
Magic City will premiere this spring on Starz. Watch the trailer below and see what you think.
When you hear the phrases "sexual addiction" and "that guy from The Rocker" teamed together, you're ordinarily going to prepare for a comedic result. But Stuart Blumberg is a magician who aims to thwart everything you believe the be true.
Josh Gad, who you'll recognize from movies The Rocker and Love and Other Drugs and from the Jon Stewart-approved Broadway musical The Book of Mormon (and hopefully the upcoming film adaptation), is slated to join the new dramedy Thanks for Sharing. The film will be the directorial debut for Stuart Blumberg, who wrote The Kids are All Right, The Girl Next Door and Keeping the Faith to varying degrees of quality (and humor).
Gad's role is suspected to be a soulful and dramatic one, as a matter of fact, which will be a departure for the actor. Furthermore, it seems that Blumberg is getting more and more dramatic as the years go on. Keeping the Faith was a pretty upbeat whimsy. The Girl Next Door, while more than anything else a comedy, had its share of sincerity (I don't care what you say, Roger Ebert, I liked that movie). And last year's The Kids are All Right was a family drama, albeit primarily a light one. One consistency in each of these films, as well as in Thanks for Sharing, is that sex is a theme in the forefront. But of course, that could mean anything.
Joining Gad in Blumberg's film are Tim Robbins, Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow and Joely Richardson.
The Death Wish moviemaker is to marry his longterm partner Geraldine Lynton-Edwards at Chelsea Old Town Hall in London at the age of 75.
But he is keeping the nuptials a low-key affair, according to his pal Sir Roger Moore, by only inviting two guests to witness the vows.
Former Bond star Moore reveals he has not been invited to the ceremony, writing on his website, "Winner is only having two guests at his wedding on the 19th. Michael and Shakira Caine, his witnesses. He's keeping it intimate!"
UPDATE: Series regular John Slattery (aka Roger Sterling), has defended his costar Jones, telling E! Online: "Well, it's an intimidating character. I mean, that's the character. Betty Draper is an intimidating woman, I suppose, if you were a seven-year-old boy [or] her son." He added: "[S]he's a sweetheart. We got lucky. We don't have anybody like that [on set]."
EARLIER: Sounds like the highly popular television show Mad Men should potentially change its name to Mad Woman. The show will be recasting the role of Bobby Draper, yet again since the young actor who plays Bobby, Jared Gilmore, is heading to ABC's upcoming fairy-tale drama Once Upon a Time. But before saying goodbye, the young actor left some words of advice to whoever ends up filling his shoes as Don and Betty's son: "Be careful around January [Jones]." You can always count on little kids to tell it like it is, so it sounds like Jones isn't all that pleasant to work with on the set. Gilmore admits that "She's not as approachable as the others. She's really serious about what she does. Everyone else is so nice." Well, it's a good thing he'll no longer be on the show because after a comment like that I think he'd find her to be even less approachable now. You have to admire the kid for his honesty and guts to call her out like that (even though he's not the first to touch on this topic). Hopefully the upcoming fourth Bobby heeds his predecessor's words of wisdom and gets in on her good side -- if he knows what's good for him.
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Source: NY Mag
Though ostensibly successful 2009’s The Final Destination represented to many a horror franchise on its last hackneyed legs. Rote uninspired and humorless it scored a (modest) hit only by virtue of the novelty -- and added ticket price -- of its 3D transfer. Two years later Final Destination 5 arrives with a slightly tweaked formula a beefed-up storyline actors you might actually recognize and genuine honest-to-goodness 3D. It’s still schlock mind you -- but artful schlock and a marked improvement over the preceding entry.
The story begins in familiar fashion with a cursory introduction to the characters followed by a grisly premonition that sees them perish wholesale. An assortment of cubicle-dwellers at a paper factory are being bused to a corporate retreat when one of them Sam (Nicholas D’Agosto perpetually bug-eyed) dreams of a massive bridge collapse in which he and his co-workers are impaled beheaded bisected crushed by cars singed by tar -- however many ways a suspension bridge can kill a person the film’s opening set-piece explores it gruesome detail. Sam awakens duly horrified and demands the bus be evacuated. Seconds later the employees watch in horror from the sidelines as Sam’s vision comes to fruition.
You know what happens next. One-by-one death stalks the survivors who meet their fate in a series of elaborately-staged incidents. Some are relatively straightforward; others involve fiendish head-fakes and red herrings. The range of victims is older and more colorful than in previous Final Destination films in which death preyed exclusively on attractive nubile teenagers but the end result is invariably the same. (Not to give anything away but those considering acupuncture or laser eye surgery would be wise to avoid the film entirely.) As death’s scheme becomes achingly evident Sam his lachrymose girlfriend Molly (Emma Bell) and his increasingly unhinged buddy Peter (Miles Fisher) become increasingly desperate. Enter the ever-ominous Tony Todd returning to the franchise after (wisely) taking the previous film off offering a potential way out. But is it genuine or just another of death’s cruel tricks?
Director Steven Quale a James Cameron protege hired principally for his 3D expertise takes full advantage of the added dimension delivering some of the most vivid and immersive 3D sequences in recent memory. Unlike The Final Destination which seemed little more than a amalgam of crude one-liners Final Destination 5 feels like a real movie one with a discernible plot an element of suspense and a handful characters who are more than just punchlines. Most of the actors are surprisingly competent save for Fisher a credible doppelganger for Tom Cruise (he parodied him 2008’s Superhero Movie) who imbues every line with couch-jumping intensity.
Final Destination 5 ends with a twist that while genuinely unexpected feels like a Hail Mary for a franchise that can’t forestall its inexorable descent into stale irrelevance despite the best of efforts from Quale. Its trademark formula has simply lost its potency -- a problem no amount of cosmetic upgrades however welcome can fix. That the film is bracketed by two pointless and time-consuming montages -- the first an animated sequence that hurtles various hazardous objects at the audience the second a greatest hits compilation of memorable kills from previous Final Destination films -- is a telltale sign that the saga’s creativity is on life support. Perhaps it’s time to pull the plug.
UPDATE: Ray Winstone has joined the cast of Snow White and the Huntsman. The Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade actor will play Trajan, twin brother of Hadrian, who has been confirmed to be played by Eddie Marsan. Stephen Graham has also been confirmed for the role of Nero, the modern equivalent of "Grumpy."
EARLIER: Eddie Izzard (The Riches), Bob Hoskins (Who Framed Roger Rabbit) and Toby Jones (Infamous) are in talks to play dwarves in Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman. The project, directed by first-time director Rupert Sanders, will take a page out of Peter Jackson’s book and use average-sized actors in dwarf roles. Huntsman is one of several Snow White films in production at the moment, along with Disney’s Orientalism-tastic live-action version and Tarsem Singh’s untitled version starring Julia Roberts as the wicked Queen. In Universal’s reimagining of the classic story, adapted for ultimate teenage appeal, the huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) charged with killing Snow White (Kirsten Stewart) instead teaches her to fight back.
So far, Huntsman is doing its best to distinguish itself from the pack by drawing up an interesting cast, including Ian McShane and Charlize Theron. Along with Hoskins, Jones, and Izzard, Boardwalk Empire’s Stephen Graham and Eddie Marsan are also in talks to join the film. Perhaps by throwing as many character actors into the mix as possible, Sanders hopes to distract from the fact that they have Kristen Stewart as their titular star. (This is also known as the Twilight method.)
Huntsman has dispensed with the adjective names of old -- instead, the dwarves are apparently named after roman emperors. For some reason. Izzard is in talks to play Tiberius, the “biggest and burliest” of the dwarves; Hoskins for Constantine, described as “solemn and blind”; and Jones for Claudius, “the timid one.” Graham and Marsan’s parts are still unknown, but roles remain for Nero, “the angry one”, and Gus, the youngest dwarf, “seemingly smitten with Snow White.”
Snow White and the Huntsman is set to be released next summer.
Source: Slashfilm, THR
No bad deed goes unpunished and Roger Ebert is reaping what he sewed after his terrible tweets about Ryan Dunn's death hit the web. Ebert has blogged about the situation on his website saying, "To begin with, I offer my sympathy to Ryan Dunn's family and friends, and to those of Zachary Hartwell, who also died in the crash. I mean that sincerely. It is tragic to lose a loved one." In other words - I'm sorry I was such a douche and didn't consider your feelings before I made jokes at Dunn's expense. He continues his little turn-around by saying "I also regret that my tweet about the event was considered cruel. It was not intended as cruel. It was intended as true." So you're not sorry you said it, but you're sorry that we all didn't like it and got mad at you....got it. Ebert states that he made his claims based off of preliminary reports, but counters by saying, "I don't know what happened in this case, and I was probably too quick to tweet. That was unseemly." Just a tad. He still continues to defend the message in his tweet emphasizing that, "people should NOT drink and drive" Another good piece of advice: no tweeting before thinking.
Sorry or not, these actions come with repercussions. Facebook suspended Ebert's page (if only there was a way to 'like' this). Ebert wrote in response on his Twitter account, "Facebook has removed my page in response, apparently, to malicious complaints from one or two jerks." Well that's certainly a way to go about making friends again. Facebook explained by saying, "Among other things, pages that are hateful, threatening or obscene are not allowed." Nothing lasts forever though. Ebert's fans spoke out on Twitter, and the page was back and live on Facebook again within an hour. Facebook spokesman, Andrew Noyes, commented, “The page was was removed in error. We apologize for the inconvenience.” Sounds like Ebert isn't the only one going back on things he's said.
Sources: THR, TMZ
In a world of social media, people now turn to Twitter to express their every thought. Film critic, Roger Ebert, is no exception. Shortly after Jackass star, Ryan Dunn's death, Twitter practically exploded with rage when Ebert tweeted, "Friends don't let Jackasses drink and drive." Fans of Dunn were outraged by such a statement, but Ebert has made it clear that he stands by what he said. "Perez Hilton's readers agree with me and not with Perez about my tweet on Ryan Dunn. He drank, he drove, 2 people died," he later tweeted yesterday. Now I'm all about voicing your opinion (it's kinda my job), but in matters of death, it wouldn't hurt to show a little tact. To go and tweet a witty joke about the guy's death hours after he died is below the belt.
The police report says that "speed" may be a factor in the crash, but DUI or drinking was not mentioned. Do I think this could just be a cover up as a way to present Dunn in a different light? It could very well be the case. All signs seem to point to another tragic case of drinking while driving, but that doesn't excuse writing one line zingers on Twitter about the guy. Bad form Ebert. Two thumbs down.
Things are about to get a little more awkward for Donald Glover (Community). The young comedian/rapper/sitcom star is often confused with seasoned actor Danny Glover (or mistaken for his son and no, they are not related; stop asking) and now, Danny is encroaching on Donald's television turf. Well, not completely, but the "Donald Glover is on TV, Danny Glover is the one from Lethal Weapon" explanation is going to need some revising. Danny Glover just joined Fox's drama, Touch, alongside Kiefer Sutherland.
The show follows Sutherland as a father whose son can predict things before they happen, but of course because it's Fox and they love Sutherland, the show will be about him despite the fact that his son is a freaking clairvoyant. Glover (Danny, not Donald; boy, this is going to be annoying) will play a professor and expert in dealing with gifted children "who possess special gifts when it comes to numbers," whatever that means.
Fox is putting a lot of weight behind this show, but hopefully that plot has a little more teeth to it. Right now it simply sounds like a teen version of Medium with some of our favorite crime-fighting dudes thrown in for good measure.
Source: TV Line