Anthony Mackie and Dominic Cooper have joined 20th Century Fox's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Mackie will play Will, Lincoln’s best friend who gets to take part in the killings. Cooper will play Henry. Who that is depends on whether you read the book or not. Considering I haven’t, I’m going to assume Henry is a good guy. A quick glance at Wikipedia confirms that Henry is indeed a good guy - a good vampire in fact - and the one that turns Honest Abe into a vampire at the end of the book, WHOOPS, spoiler alert!). These two join Benjamin Walker as Abraham Lincoln. Timur Bekmambetov will direct from a script by the novel's author Seth Grahame-Smith, while Tim Burton produces.
Source: Deadline, Variety
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has had one hell of a ride toward its start. First David O. Russell came along to helm and in the process wrote an acclaimed screenplay. Then he dropped out, leaving the script behind as Mike White stepped up and all seemed well with the world. But then he had some scheduling conflicts and left. But we still have the script!
Now we have a new filmmaker preparing for the challenge. This time, Lars and the Real Girl’s Craig Gillespie is in talks to take on the Seth Grahame-Smith adaptation. While the guy who handled a film in which Ryan Gosling cared for a mannequin might seem an odd choice, Gillespie’s latest film is a remake of the 1985 cult horror film Fright Night, a project more along the lines of the revisionist period piece. I was excited when White took the job but, in the interest of not having my heart broken again, would be happy just to see someone take the damn job.
I guess this was bound to happen eventually. Warner Bros. Pictures recently bought the rights to the Fletch mystery novels with a plan to reboot the film franchise they spawned. Originally adapted into a 1985 movie starring Chevy Chase with a sequel in 1989, the pictures were released right in the middle of Chase’s career apex. The films have aged fairly well and there were plans for another reboot several years ago with Kevin Smith attached to write and direct. Considering it was Smith, there is plenty of evidence of how well that went (needless to say “not good”). No writers or director have yet been attached to this most recent reboot.
Frankly, I’m down for a reboot. The "smart-ass liar" is a timeless trope that doesn’t ever get tired and the world hasn’t exactly aged well enough where an investigative journalist wouldn’t seem out of place. And it would be good exposure for an up-and-coming comedic actor. Maybe even Chase’s Community costar Joel McHale, though I doubt he would take the part out of respect. Some purists might be upset at the thought of their beloved character being re-cast, but this is a fresh start and there is plenty of source material remaining for a good film.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
With the recent announcement that Henry Cavill would portray Clark Kent/Superman in the sixth feature film featuring the Man of Steel, it was widely noted that the three biggest superheroes - Superman, Batman and Spider-Man - are all currently being played Brits (with Christian Bale and Andrew Garfield taking the last two roles, respectively).
As true red-white-and-blue-blooded ‘Mericans, we have something to say about that! We’re actually cool with it; those three guys are fine actors that will make great superheroes. But we do have a problem with jobs designed for Americans taken by foreigners who can do a decent American accent! And if the Brits can take our superheroes then we’re going to take classic British characters and put some Americans in them! After all, it worked for Sherlock Holmes.
Jon Hamm as James Bond
I once read an article that compared James Bond to Indiana Jones as the two iconic roles for actors across the pond. Bond represented everything “British” - suave, quiet, efficient and good looking in a good tux. Jones is the quintessential American hero - rough and scruffy with a screw-you attitude all the way to the booby-trapped bank. Hamm could do both. Who else in America could pull off the charm, deadliness and sleekness of 007 better than the Hamm? No one. After all, Mad Men pretty much shows what would’ve happened to Bond had he gone into advertising instead of espionage. Look at this picture that creator Ian Fleming commissioned for a comic book featuring his character. It’s like Fleming had a vision and saw Hamm (now THAT’S a sexy vision). How can any other American be 007?
Max Records as Harry Potter
Don’t even think for a second that they won’t remake Harry Potter eventually. It will only be five years between the new Spider-Man reboot and the dreadful last chapter, so just go ahead and preparing yourself for the inevitable. Max Records will probably be too old for the part when it becomes available again, but if it were casting now he’d be the perfect American choice. Based on his performance in Where the Wild Things Are alone he has everything Harry needs. He’s innocent and unassuming, but that hides deep pain beneath the surface. He can explode at any moment in a burst of exuberance and he definitely has the potential to grow into the man Harry becomes. Plus, just look at this picture from WTWTA. How can you not see Harry in there? Throw a lightening scar on him and give him a wand!
Lee Pace as Doctor Who
As much as it pains me to write this, the Doctor is an iconic British role that I have to Americanize. Considering the fact that each actor has brought his own interpretation to the role, I can’t just pick someone who could imitate Matt Smith or David Tennant well. Therefore I had to think “Who would bring something unique to the role, something that hasn’t been seen before?” Which led me to Lee Pace. As the Doctor, Pace would have the same basic demeanor as Ned from Pushing Daisies but not quite as love-struck or shy. He would be quiet, but would speak quickly like Smith’s eleventh doctor. I see him as a happier Ninth doctor but also walking around with his hands behind his back, again like in Pushing Daisies. Pace’s Doctor would above all else be wise, focusing more on the mentor aspect of the character rather than the adventurer. I’m actually really excited about Pace playing the Doctor. As soon as Smith steps down, I say we get Pace in the TARDIS.
Naomi Watts has joined the cast of Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar in which she is set to play Helen Gandy, the personal secretary of J. Edgar Hoover of fifty-four years. She joins a stellar cast led by Leonardo DiCaprio as the infamous FBI founder/director. Charlize Theron was originally set to play the part, but backed out due to scheduling difficulties.
Here’s the fun part. You may not think playing a secretary in a government office is a great role, but Gandy was apparently a big deal. She was with Hoover for fifty-four years and had an unnaturally tight hold on the behind-the-scenes dealings of the institution. Which proves Mad Men to be more factual than we thought. The craziest thing about Gandy is that following Hoover’s death, she took it upon herself to destroy Hoover’s “personal” files that supposedly held a lot of incriminating evidence. Loyal, much? It’s an intriguing part of American history and it’ll be interesting to see how Eastwood handles it.
As for the rest of the cast, I’ll let Deadline block quote for me:
Ed Westwick is set to play Agent Smith, a clean-cut operative hired by Hoover to write his biography; Josh Lucas plays aviator Charles Lindbergh; Damon Herriman plays Bruno Hauptmann, the German immigrant accused of kidnapping Lindbergh's 20-month baby in 1932. Called the crime of the century, Hauptmann’s trial was a major case for Hoover; Ken Howard is playing U.S. attorney General Harlan F. Stone and Armie Hammer is set to play Clyde Tolson, Hoover's alleged lover.
UPDATE! Someone taped the whole thing and they're embedded below!
Oh, Kevin Smith. Kevin, Kevin, Kevin. It’s not that I disagree with what you’re doing and saying, because I am totally behind you in that regard. The thing that bothers me though is the way you go about and say it. But then again, you are making quite the splash with your stunts, so who knows. You might have struck gold after all.
In the past few weeks, Smith has been promising a crazy show following the premier of his new movie Red State at Sundance. He promised an auction to the highest bidder for distribution rights to his latest (and wildly different) flick, a horror film sort-of but-not-really but-definitely-is based on Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church. But after delivering a scathing 15 minute “sermon” himself to all the buyers in the room about how fucked up the system is and how hard it is to turn a profit on a film when marketing this $4 million film would require at least $20 million more, he sold the movie to himself. Going the self-distribution mode, he plans on taking the film across the country in a tour with a screening and a Q+A with himself and the star of the movie, Michael Parks. And then once that is said and done, he’ll release it to the various venues himself hoping to strike better deals than the studios.
And that's not even half of the news Smith brought to Sundance: Prior to the screening, members of the Westboro Baptist Church protested it. Smith called for a counter protest that produced hoards of his fans with hilarious signs of his own. He also announced his retirement from acting following the completion of his next film, Hit Somebody. Honestly, I'm more excited about Hit Somebody than I am Red State, if only because it seems more in line with Smith's strengths (comedy and hockey) than it does with Red State.
As Deadline points out, it was kind of dickish (at least to the people there doing their jobs). But Deadline suckles at the teat of the entertainment industry, so who knows. Vulture has a better summation of the whole thing. As for me, good for Kevin Smith taking his own life into his hands! I may think he talks too much and his constant whoring of his podcast might rub me the wrong way, but I enjoy his films (save for Cop Out - yeesh). I’m not quite sure if I want to pay “six, seven, or even ten times what you’d normally pay to see a movie,” especially a Kevin Smith film. But Red State has been getting good reviews and Smith is doing this whether we like it or not. If it succeeds, good for him. And if it doesn’t, oh well. Didn’t hurt anyone. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Source: Vulture, Deadline, and AV Club give you three different POVs for the whole thing
The Die Hard star led the cast of Smith's 2010 comedy Cop Out, but the film was panned by critics and the moviemaker subsequently compared the scathing reviews to "bullying".
Smith has now revealed he was unimpressed with the actor's attitude on set and his alleged reluctance to promote the picture.
Speaking on American comedian Marc Maron's podcast, Smith says, "It was difficult. I've never been involved in a situation like that where one component is not in the box at all. It was f**king soul crushing.
"I mean, a lot of people are gonna be like, 'Oh, you're just trying to blame the movie on him'. I had no f**king help from this dude whatsoever."
But Smith is full of praise for Willis' co-star Tracy Morgan, adding: "He's a f**king dream. Tracy Morgan, I would lay down in traffic for. Were it not for Tracy, I might've killed myself or someone else in the making of that movie."
So we have this adaptation of a fairly popular book that had all of Tinsel Town atwitter thinking it’ll be a big blockbuster. The book revolves around an alternate history of one of the United States of America’s (God Bless Her in all her glory) most iconic Presidents and re-imagines him as....a vampire hunter. Ok, I’m cool with that. Abe Lincoln was pretty bad-ass, let's make him more bad-ass in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. I think the movie is a great idea, but now 20th Century Fox started to handpick actors that are auditioning and all I can think is... Brit's? You’re seriously considering hiring a British actor to pay Abraham Mother Fucking (that’s his true middle name, look it up) Lincoln?
The shortlist includes the fine red-blooded American actors Timothy Olyphant, Benjamin Walker, Adrien Brody, and Josh Lucas. The Brits they are considering are James D’Arcy and Oliver Jackson-Cohen. You really can’t get any more British if your last name is Darcy. I’m not an Anglo-phobe by any stretch of the means. I love Doctor Who. But this is Abraham Lincoln. You just can’t have someone that isn’t American play the part. It’s not like we’re trying to shove one of ours to be James Bond, are we?
The best choices here are Timothy Olyphant and Benjamin Walker. Olyphant because he is such an ass kicker in his own right, he would simply kill the role (and we mean that in a good way). Walker, because he has experience playing a kick-ass Presidents (he debuted as Andrew Jackson in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) so he knows how to walk the walk.
No word on who's the current front runner, but Fox will have to cast up soon enough; the film needs to be in production soon to meet its June 22, 2012 release date.
We've pored over the headlines and highlights of the last 12 months and come up with a quiz that'll test the old grey matter.
So, put down the eggnog and turn down the TV...
1. She played a Salt-y spy, he voiced Metroman. Name the celebrity couple.
a. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
b. Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise
c. Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith
2. ... and can you name their three biological children?
a. Pax, Maddox and Shiloh
b. Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox
c. Isabella, Conner and Suri
3. Name Scarlett Johansson's super villainess character in Iron Man 2.
a. Black Widow
c. The Bride
4. Hollywood icon Tony Curtis died in September after suffering a cardiac arrest. Name his daughter.
a. Jennifer Jason Leigh
b. Jamie Lee Curtis
c. Carrie Fisher
5. Which fugitive actor spent the latter part of the year seeking asylum in Canada after confessing he feared for his life if he returned to the U.S.?
a. Dennis Quaid
b. Chevy Chase
c. Randy Quaid
6. Which Harry Potter star appeared in a Halloween episode of The Simpsons as a mysterious character called Edmund?
a. Daniel Radcliffe
b. Rupert Grint
c. Alan Rickman
7. Name Mel Gibson's Russian ex.
a. Anna Kournikova
b. Olga Chernikova
c. Oksana Grigorieva
8. This Hollywood actor returned to Wall Street and battled throat cancer. Name him.
a. Michael Douglas
b. Charlie Sheen
c. Josh Brolin
9. What do Toy Story 3, Clash of the Titans and The Last Airbender all have in common?
a. They were all remakes
b. They all starred Tom Hanks
c. They were all 3D films
10. Which Bond star landed himself a role in the Hollywood remake of smash-hit Swedish film The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo?
a. Sean Connery
b. Daniel Craig
c. Roger Moore
11. Which movie won the Oscar for Best Picture in 2010?
a. The Hurt Locker
c. Up in the Air
12. His 'Crazy Heart' won him gold at the Oscars in 2010 and his 'True Grit' looks put him in contention in 2011. Name the movie veteran.
a. Brad Pitt
b. Jeff Bridges
c. Robert Duvall
13. Which Walt Disney movie became the highest grossing animated film of all time in 2010?
a. Toy Story 3
14. Which actress was jailed in July after violating probation stemming from a 2007 DUI arrest?
a. Paris Hilton
b. Lindsay Lohan
c. Nicole Richie
15. Which Pirates of the Caribbean star married his model girlfriend Miranda Kerr in July?
a. Johnny Depp
b. Geoffrey Rush
c. Orlando Bloom
16. Which Oscar winning actress surprised the world by announcing she had adopted a baby boy, just weeks after winning her first Oscar - and then leaving her cheating husband?
a. Sandra Bullock
b. Halle Berry
c. Kate Winslet
17. Hollywood legend Dennis Hopper lost his battle with prostate cancer at age 74. Name his character in cult biker movie Easy Rider.
18. Who hosted the 2010 Oscars?
a. Billy Crystal and Steve Martin
b. Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin
c. Alec Baldwin and Billy Crystal
19. Which royal couple is Madonna currently making a movie about?
a. Prince Charles and Princess Diana
b. Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn
c. Edward VII and Wallis Simpson
20. Seth Rogen and Ryan Reynolds both became green superheroes in 2010. Name their characters in the upcoming movies.
a. The Green Goblin and Green Lantern
b. Green Hornet and Green Lantern
c. The Riddler and Green Hornet
21. And while we're going green, which actor was named the new Hulk?
a. Mark Ruffalo
b. Brad Pitt
c. George Clooney
22. Who co-starred with Bruce Willis in the film Red?
a. Kate Winslet and Morgan Freeman
b. Helen Mirren and George Clooney
c. Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman
23. Liam Neeson portrayed John 'Hannibal' Smith in the film version of which 80's TV show?
a. The A-Team
b. Dukes of Hazzard
c. The Six Million Dollar Man
24. Which Twilight Saga star was crowned Homecoming Queen for the 2nd straight year at her school?
a. Kristen Stewart
b. Dakota Fanning
c. Ashley Green
25. Name Leonardo DiCaprio's mindbending 2010 film
a. The Last Airbender
26. Which movie star dumped a Canadian model for a French hunk?
a. Halle Berry
b. Sandra Bullock
c. Kate Winslet
27. He campaigned for Sudan, played 'The American' and fell for an Italian TV personality. Name the international movie star.
a. Matt Damon
b. Brad Pitt
c. George Clooney
28. Name John Travolta's baby son.
29. Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz teamed up for which 2010 summer blockbuster?
a. Knight and Day
b. Day and Knight
c. Mission: Impossible 4
30. She teamed up with Gerard Butler in The Bounty Hunter. Name the actress.
a. Drew Barrymore
b. Katherine Heigl
c. Jennifer Aniston
I figured this would happen. I go trudging off to the wilderness that is North Carolina and when I come back I find that no one has posted the trailer for the new season of Doctor Who. That's what you get when a bunch of non-Whovers are holding it down.
Anyway, we have the trailer for the next season. Current showrunner Steven Moffat has already promised us big cliffhangers and we get a taste of the American country where they filmed earlier this year. Plus it has everything that you have come to love from Doctor Who: wit, charm, action, Matt Smith in a funny hat, aliens and cryptic lines like “monsters are real.” Not to mention the creepiest sight of all: Karren Gillan with tally marks etched in her face. Poor poor Gillan, does she need someone to comfort her? Can I volunteer?
For those of you who checked out BBCA’s presentation of the Doctor Who Christmas Special (on Christmas day no less! Merry Christmas to us!), wasn’t it grand? A lovely twist on Dickens' classic Christmas Carol that had very little Amy Pond (boo!) but did have a sleigh being pulled through the air by a shark (yay!).