Finally, America will get what it's always wanted: Paul Rudd sporting a huge fucking beard.
At the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, The Weinstein Company just closed a deal to distribute My Idiot Brother, the new comedy starring Rudd as a paroled pot dealer. It guarantees a minimum of $6 million and has a $15 million P&A commitment for a wide theatrical release.
The film follows Rudd as a paroled pot dealer who moves in with his sisters as he tries to get his life together. And, it carries one helluva cast. On top of Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Rashida Jones, Adam Scott, Steve Coogan, Hugh Dancy, Kathryn Hahn, Shirley Knight and Janet Montgomery all are starring. Yeah, we know, right?
Anyway, in other Sundance news, The Big Bang was just purchased by Anchor Bay. Starring Antonio Banderas, he plays a detective investigating the murder of an unknown stripper. Throughout the case, unfortunately, more deaths occur. The noir-thriller also stars William Fichtner, Sienna Guillory, Bill Duke, James Van Der Beek, Sam Elliott, Delroy Lindo and -- yeah that's right -- Snoop Dogg. To make matters ever more awesome? Johnny Marr scored the film. So, yeah. Once again, we know, right?
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I guess a movie of epic proportions needs a cast of epic proportions as well. The Clash of the Titans sequel, Wrath of the Titans, is working on rounding out its ensemble cast with two more names practically down and two more on the horizon. First up, Bill Nighy is being courted for the role of Hephaestus though he’s far from signing on the dotted line. (It shouldn’t be too hard though; he’s worked with the Kraken before.)
In the department of things that are almost-done deals, Edgar Ramirez (who you may know from his supporting roles in movies like The Bourne Ultimatum and a starring role is the critically acclaimed Carlos) is in negotiations for the role of Ares. The Sorceror’s Apprentice’s Toby Kebbell is about to accept an offer for a role as Agenor in the film as well – and after playing villains in Sorcerer and Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, this style of film seems to be his thing.
In addition to those roles, the studio is still looking to fill the role of Andromeda, with Captain America’s Haley Atwell testing and Clemence Poesy (Gossip Girl) and Janet Montgomery among others in the running.
The film already packs a few big stars with Sam Worthington, Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson, and Gemma Arterton all returning for the sequel.
Source: The Wrap
The God of Legion secular Hollywood’s latest Biblically-inspired action flick is old-school an angry spiteful Almighty with a penchant for Old Testament theatrics. Fed up with humanity’s decadent warmongering ways He’s decided to pull the plug on the whole crazy experiment and start over from scratch.
Fortunately for us the God of Legion is also a rather lazy fellow. Instead of doing the apocalyptic work himself and wiping us out with a giant flood which worked perfectly well last time He opts to delegate the task to His army of angels — a questionable strategy that starts to fall apart when the archangel charged with leading the planned extermination Michael (Paul Bettany) refuses to comply.
Michael who unlike his boss still harbors affection for our sorry species abandons his post and descends to earth where inside the swollen belly of Charlie (Adrianne Palicki) an unwed mother-to-be working as a waitress in an out-of-the-way diner sits humanity’s lone hope for survival. Why is this particular baby so important? Is it the one destined to lead us to victory over Skynet? Heaven knows — Legion reveals little details its script devoid of actual scripture. What is clear is that God’s celestial hitmen want the kid whacked before it’s born.
But Michael won’t let humanity fall without a fight. Armed with a Waco-sized arsenal of assault weapons he hunkers down with the diner’s patrons a largely superfluous collection of thinly-sketched caricatures from various demographic groups led by Dennis Quaid as the diner’s grizzled owner Tyrese Gibson as a hip-hop hustler and Lucas Black as a simple-minded country boy.
Together they mount a heroic final stand against hordes of angels who’ve taken possession of “weak-willed” humans turning kindly old grandmas and mild-mannered ice cream vendors into snarling ravenous foul-mouthed beasts. They descend upon the ramshackle diner in a series of full-frontal assaults commanded by the archangel Gabriel (Kevin Durand) the George Pickett of End of Days generals.
Beneath its superficial religious facade Legion is really just a run-of-the-mill zombie flick a Biblical I Am Legend. Bettany an actor accustomed to smaller dramatic roles in films like A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code looks perfectly at ease in his first major action role wielding machine guns and bowie knives with equal aplomb. Conversely first-time director Scott Stewart a former visual effects artist does little to prove himself worthy of such a promotion serving up some impressive CGI work but not much else worthy of note.
Even dreams of being a millionaire becomes passe after a little while.
And that's perhaps why the once ubergameshow "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" is upping its loot.
According to USA Today, the titular ABC quiz show -- which has brought daytime talker Regis Philbin to primetime TV -- is increasing its top prize to save itself from declining ratings and waning audience interest.
Here's how the monetary hike is going to work: Starting with the Jan. 4 episode, the show's producer will tag on an additional $10K for each day that the million-dollar jackpot isn't hit.
Let the games begin. PAPA DON'T PREACH: Once your little girl, always your little girl. And it doesn't matter if she is now all grown up, married and is an international superstar.
Just ask Jon Voight.
The "Midnight Cowboy" actor has expressed concern over his daughter Angelina Jolie's safety during filming for the video game turned big screen action flick "Tomb Raider." Apparently, Jolie has been performing a lot of her own stunts for the part of Lara Croft, the archaeologist-heroine of the film.
"She's done things I couldn't, or wouldn't do, and I wish she wouldn't," Voight, who plays the father of the Croft character, told Reuters.
TO THE TUBE: Speaking of Angelina Jolie, her man Billy Bob Thornton is in talks to develop an animated series with "The Simpsons" scribe Ron Hauge for television.
The half-hour series would be about a dad who has been in a garage band for 20 years.
GOING SEPARATE WAYS: Erstwhile "Laverne & Shirley" actress Cindy Williams on Wednesday filed for divorce from musician husband William L. Hudson, The Associated Press said. The couple have been married for 18 years and have one 14-year-old son, whom the 52-year-old Williams is seeking joint custody.
OBIT: Actor George Montgomery, who had made a name for himself as a cowboy star in B-type westerns during the 1930s, died from heart failure at his home near Palm Springs, Calif., on Tuesday. He was 84.