Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke, Brie Larson and Margot Robbie have emerged as frontrunners for the lead in the latest Terminator movie. Director Alan Taylor has already started screen testing the actresses for the role of young Sarah Connor in the prequel, in which Arnold Schwarzenegger will reprise his role as the title character.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Clarke and Larson will be tested next week (beg11Nov13), while sources tell the publication that producers are also interested in Robbie.
Connor was played by Linda Hamilton in the classic James Cameron-directed Terminator movies, while Clarke's Game of Thrones co-star Lena Headey played the freedom fighter character in TV spin-off Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
Relatives of a cameraman who died in a helicopter crash during filming of a James Cameron documentary are suing a production company. Mike deGruy was one of two victims who were killed in the accident in Australia last year (12) while working on Cameron's DeepSea Challenge film.
Cameron told of his heartache after the tragedy, referring to deGruy and the other victim, producer Andrew Wight, as "like family to me" but now his production company, Lightstorm Entertainment, is facing a lawsuit from deGruy's family.
Court papers were filed at Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday (04Nov13) in which the relatives demand unspecified damages.
"I want to. Please, all the directors, James Cameron, hire me... Blue background with all the wire, flying around, that’s more easy. But all the directors, they think about me: 'OK, Rush Hour 4 and Shanghai Noon'... (I’d) rather do a drama, comedy drama, a love story, sing a song on the beach, running around, slow motion, with a girl, kissing. But nobody buys a ticket to see Jackie Chan in a theatre kissing." Jackie Chan dreams of a role in a superhero movie or romantic film.
Actor Stephen Lang is set to reprise his villainous role in the three Avatar sequels, despite the fact his character died in the original. Lang's character, Colonel Miles Quaritch, was shot in the chest with an arrow by Zoe Saldana's character Neytiri, but director James Cameron is eager to bring the tough guy back, according to Deadline.com.
He says, "Steven was so memorable in the first film, we're privileged to have him back. I'm not going to say exactly how we're bringing him back, but it's a science fiction story, after all.
"His character will evolve into really unexpected places across the arc of our new three-film saga. I really look forward to working with such a gifted actor, who's also become a good friend."
Sam Worthington, who plays Jake Sully in the film, has recently revealed the second movie will begin filming next year (14).
Justin Timberlake's newest movie, Runner Runner, is in theaters now, and even though it boasts big names like Ben Affleck, it's not winning over the critics or audiences. Timberlake plays Richie, a Princeston student who plays online poker to pay for his tuition and gets swindled by an online gambling boss (Affleck), who later takes Richie under his wing. Timberlake's latest inspired us to take a look back at his entire movie career, so we did just that and ranked his most notable movies from best to...not so great.
The Social Network
Not only did The Social Network win several Academy Awards, but it almost earned Timberlake an Oscar nod for best supporting actor. Now that is impressive. Timberlake's portrayal of Napster founder Sean Parker is arguably the best of his career.
Inside Llewyn Davis
You know you've made it when you're cast in a Coen brothers movie. In this one, Timberlake plays a musician and performs covers of classic folk songs live for the film.
Friends With Benefits
This movie came out around the same time as No Strings Attached, which basically had the same premise, but Timberlake's film was by far the superior of the two. He and Mila Kunis have palpable chemistry and a very natural rapport. The movie's real magic, however, lies in its postmodern mocking of the rom-com genre.
Black Snake Moan
Still starting out in his career, Timberlake played a minor role in this 2006 drama, but anytime he was on screen, his presence was overshadowed by another actor. Even when sharing the frame with little-known actor Michael Raymond-James, James clearly has more weight as an actor than the pop singer.
Though he stood out as a goofy supporting friend character, the movie is one of the most painful to watch in recent memory.
Trouble With the Curve
Not even Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams can save this snoozefest. It sort of makes you wonder if Timberlake only signed on because Eastwood's name was attached.
Cameron Diaz is hilarious as the teacher who smokes pot in front of her students and cares more about finding a rich husband than teaching, while Timberlake is the weakest link in a solid cast of comedians that also includes Jason Segel and Lucy Punch.
This wannabe sci-fi dystopia flick, about a future world that uses time as currency, looks slick, but the plot is ludicrous and poorly executed. Timberlake especially falls flat in his first major action role.
It just so happens that Timberlake's latest movie is his worst. His acting in the thriller may have improved marginally — he's doing the obvious head turns and concerned face less — but the movie fails to engage the audience with the subject matter.
Stars including Nicole Scherzinger, Kimberley Walsh, Alexandra Burke and Peter Andre were on hand to honour brave Brits at the annual Pride of Britain Awards in London on Monday night (07Oct13). James Corden, Ronnie Corbett, Sarah Harding, Katherine Jenkins and Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron also attended the ceremony, but were overshadowed on the night as the spotlight was shone on the country's most inspirational citizens.
Among those honoured included lollipop lady Karin Williams, who dived in front of an out-of-control car to push a group of children to safety, as well as eight-year-old Harley Lane, who raised more than £1,000 for charity by completing a sponsored run, despite having his arms and legs amputated as a toddler.
After presenting him with his award, Scherzinger told reporters, "I'm humbled to be here. Last year was my first year and I cried rivers. I just want to embrace everyone here."
Also feted was teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who hit headlines around the world last October (12) when she was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen after campaigning for the rights of girls in Pakistan to go to school.
Director Guillermo Del Toro is moving into publishing with the release of an illustrated book adapted from his private journals. The Pan's Labyrinth filmmaker will release Guillermo del Toro Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions on 29 October (13).
The tome will give fans an insight into Del Toro's musings and creative streak through his scrawlings and drawings.
Titanic director James Cameron has penned the foreword for the books, and writes, "He sees with the wonder and stark terror of a child.
"His notebooks are a map of the subconscious, and his films (are) doorways into the dungeons of our dreams, allowing us to confront our own individual hearts of darkness, to do battle and emerge victorious."
Earlier this year (13), Del Toro revealed how he was thrown into a panic after leaving his beloved notebook in the back of a London taxi. The driver later returned the pad and was handed a huge tip.
A lawsuit filed against filmmaker James Cameron was dismissed by a Los Angeles judge on Wednesday (02Oct13). Eric Ryder sued Cameron in 2011 alleging the storyline for the director's smash hit 3D movie Avatar was copied from his 1999 story K.R.Z. 2068.
K.R.Z. 2068 is described as an "environmentally-themed 3-D epic about a corporation's colonisation and plundering of a distant moon's lush and wondrous natural setting".
While the plots are similar, a California judge ruled in Cameron's favour, stating, "There is no evidence James Cameron did not create Avatar in 1996.''
Reacting to the ruling, Cameron said, "Sadly, it seems that whenever a successful motion picture is produced, there are people who try to get rich quick by claiming their ideas were used. Several such claims have been asserted in connection with Avatar. I am grateful that our courts have consistently found these claims to be meritless.
"As I have previously stated, Avatar was my most personal film, drawing upon themes and concepts that I had been exploring for decades. I am very appreciative that the court rejected the specious claim by Mr. Ryder that I used any of his ideas in my film."
Despite the victory, Cameron is still fighting several other lawsuits over the blockbuster movie, including one from science fiction writer Bryant Moore, who claims Avatar derives from two screenplays that were submitted to an executive at film production company Lightstorm.
Avatar is the highest grossing film of all time, having earned nearly $2.8 billion worldwide. Cameron is planning three sequels.
"She doesn't hold back. There's no filter. She's a lot of fun to hang out with because you always know what she's thinking... I'm kind of kicking myself today that I killed her (character) off." Moviemaker James Cameron on working with Michelle Rodriguez on the set of Avatar.
The kids who loved the zany humor in Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, a digitally animated film version of a children’s book that mused on the hypothetical situation of clouds raining down prepared food on a small town, will probably love the even further heightened zaniness of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. The adults who appreciated the cute romance between the clumsy inventor Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader) who created the surreal weather disturbances and the aspiring meteorologist Sam Sparks (Anna Faris), who fell for him, however, may feel a little dissatisfied.
In this sequel, Flint and Sam venture back home for a clean-up assignment. Joining them are some of the last film’s regulars, including Flint's fisherman father (James Caan), Flint's former bully turned pal Brent (Andy Samberg), Sam's steely Guatemalan cameraman Manny (Benjamin Bratt), Flint's "lab assistant" monkey Steve (Neil Patrick Harris), and the town's burly cop Earl (Terry Crews replacing Mr. T). Flint takes the job to impress his science idol Chester V (Will Forte), who is the celebrity CEO of a company called Live Corp that manufactures processed food bars and happens to have a vested interest in the leftovers.
A contrived if familiar front obscures the greed driving Chester's faux-hippy demeanor (he greets people with "Namaste"). Live Corp's headquarters are inspired by the play/work complex of Google and fueled by Steve Jobs-esque pep speeches from the company's leader, who mostly uses holograms of himself to connect socially. Of course something nefarious bubbles below the surface. It's a sly stab at Apple and its purported sweat shops in China that are used to manufacture the iPhones for which the West is so crazy.
However, the mission goes awry when Flint and the gang turn conservationists due to the irresistible cute factor of the food somehow turning into "foodimals" (tacodiles, mosquitoasts, and flamangos, among others). There is something lost without the romance at the heart of the first Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. But there are messages to be had, both overt (don't leave your friends behind while chasing your dreams!) and subtle (don't be distracted by smoke and mirrors into fanatical consumerism!). If it's delivered by a wide-eyed, smiling strawberry named Barry that "jams" itself when startled, so be it.
The film may sometimes feel uneven, as the characters have little room to develop after the first getting-to-know-each-other film, speaking primarily to explain their behavior. But for every shruggable, over-expository explanation of action among the characters, you get a moment in the background like Steve the Monkey struggling with a sparkling, self-lighting birthday candle. It's all about sight gags and puns. (Guess what foodimal inspires the exclamation "There’s a leek in my boat!")
Some might take issue with the replacement of Phil Lord and Chris Miller with upstarts Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn. And don't bother to untangle the writing credits, which pay tribute to the original authors, the first directors, and three other writers. And sure, despite the 3D theatrics, I would not argue that there's something flat about Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. Maybe it's the overly simple design of the "foodimals" at the center of the story or a lack of character dynamic between the group of friends. But, ultimately, this kiddie movie is high-geared for cuteness that will delight those who liked the preposterousness of the first film and want to see the zaniness heightened a notch.
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