Rhys Ifans: Spider-Man villain
When it was announced earlier this week that Rhys Ifans (Greenberg) would play the villain in the new Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, speculation began as to which nemesis director Marc Webb and Sony would choose. Well, The Wrap confirmed that Ifans will play Dr. Curt Connors, aka The Lizard. Connors was played by Dylan Baker in Sam Raimi’s second and third Spider-Man films. The new Spider-Man will be in theaters in 3D on July 3, 2012
Drake’s Fortune a go
This week the LA Times reported and Sony confirmed that David O. Russell will direct and write a new draft of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, the popular and critically acclaimed videogame series. Russell had left the project as recently as August, but Sony is confident that the director of Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees, and the upcoming The Fighter can handle all that comes with a big action-adventure film including a Twitter casting campaign -- Nathan Fillion, anyone? Read Sony’s announcement here.
The Way Back trailer
Peter Weir returns to directing for the first time since 2003’s Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World with The Way Back, the story of a group of prisoners who escape a Siberian Gulag in 1940 and trek 4000 miles to safety. Weir also wrote the script based on Slavomir Rawicz’s fact-based novel, The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom. Jim Sturges, Ed Harris, Colin Farrell and Saoirse Ronan star. The Way Back will have an Oscar-qualifying run in Los Angeles starting December 29 before going wide in 2011.
Blue Valentine trailer and rating
While the MPAA judged the film to be worthy of an NC-17 rating this week, The Weinstein Company released a sweet first official trailer for Blue Valentine. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams and follows the disintegration of their relationship. Deadline has details of what is believed to be the scene that pushed the film to an NC-17 rating, and, while emotionally wrenching, the scene contains very little nudity. On Thursday, Harvey Weinstein responded with the following statement: “We want to express our deepest gratitude to our colleagues in the industry and in the media for their recent outpouring of support for Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine after the film surprisingly received an NC-17 rating from the MPAA. We are taking every possible step to contest the MPAA's decision. We respect the work of the MPAA and we hope, after having a chance to sit down with them, they will see that our appeal is reasonable, and the film, which is an honest and personal portrait of a relationship, would be significantly harmed by such a rating.” Blue Valentine will receive a limited release on December 31 before expanding in 2011.
Drive Angry 3D trailer
From the director of My Bloody Valentine 3D (Patrick Lussier) comes a movie starring Nicolas Cage as a man who breaks out of hell to seek revenge on the cult that killed his daughter and stole her baby. Yes, you read that right. Amber Heard joins him in his quest while William Fichtner plays The Accountant, who wants to return Cage to hell. Could it tread that delicate line between insane and brilliant? We’ll have to wait and see. Drive Angry 3D hits theaters February 11, 2011.
Bourne won’t be in Bourne Legacy
As reported last week, Tony Gilroy will be writing and directing a fourth “Bourne” film, but what wasn’t clear was Matt Damon’s involvement. Some clarification came this week when Gilroy talked to Hollywood Elsewhere, revealing “It’s a completely original screenplay. ... This is not a reboot or a recast or a prequel. No one’s replacing Matt Damon. There will be a whole new hero, a whole new chapter ... this is a stand alone project.” Gilroy goes on to explain that Bourne will not be in the film, but he’s alive and his actions in the previous films are the trigger for the fourth, “...the world we’re making enhances and advances and invites Jason Bourne’s return [down the road].” Are you interested in a Matt Damon-less Bourne movie?
Tiny Furniture trailer
Tiny Furniture is the second feature from writer, director, and star Lena Dunham. The film follows Aura (Dunham) as she returns home to live with her mother and sister (played by Dunham’s real-life mother and sister) and figure out what to do with her life. The film received the Best Narrative Film award at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. See the film in New York on November 12 and other cities in the US through the rest of the year.
Harry Potter in 3D? Yes and no
Earlier this week, Warner Bros. announced that they will not be releasing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 in 3D due to an inability to achieve quality results within their given time frame. They do, however, plan to release Part 2 in 3D on July 15, 2011. Read the complete press release here. In additional Harry Potter 3D news, Variety reported on Wednesday that Warner is moving forward with Prime Focus to convert Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to 3D for Blu-ray release with both parts of Deathly Hallows to follow. No word yet on the first four Harry Potter films.
All Good Things Trailer
Andrew Jarecki (Capturing the Friedmans) moves from documentary to narrative feature film with All Good Things starring Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, and Frank Langella. The film is inspired by the life of Robert Durst, son of wealthy New York real estate mogul Seymour Durst, who was a suspect in his wife’s disappearance in the '80s. All Good Things will get a limited theatrical release on December 3.
Here’s a first look at newcomer Michael Greenspan’s Wrecked, starring Adrien Brody. Brody plays a man who wakes up in a wrecked car at the bottom of a ravine with no memory of who he is or what he has done to get there. A release date is not set. Do you want to see it in theaters?
Cast revealed for The Sitter
Jonah Hill will star in Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green’s The Sitter, which sounds like an update of Adventures in Babysitting. Hill agrees to babysit three rowdy kids, but when his girlfriend somehow persuades him to score some drugs, he takes the kids along with him and craziness ensues. Ari Graynor (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) will play Hill’s girlfriend, and The Wrap announced this week that Max Records (Where the Wild Things Are), Kevin Hernandez, and Landry Bender will play the kids, while J.B. Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Sam Rockwell will play the drug dealers.
Four Lions trailer
What would happen if four would-be British jihadists were completely inept at terrorism? This is the question at the center of Four Lions, a black comedy directed by Chris Morris and written by Morris, Jess Armstrong (In the Loop) and Sam Bain. The film will get a limited run in U.S. theaters starting November 5.
Darren Aronofsky, a Wolverine and a Tiger
Deadline reports that Darren Aronofsky is in talks to helm the sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine. This would re-team Aronofsky with Hugh Jackman, the star of The Fountain, and would be his first foray into big-budget Hollywood production. Playlist is also reporting (through an interview with screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga) that Aronofsky and Brad Pitt are still planning on making the big-screen adaptation of John Vaillant’s novel The Tiger, which could also star Angelina Jolie.
Casino Jack clip
Here’s a first look at Kevin Spacey and Barry Pepper in Casino Jack. Spacey plays infamous lobbyist Jack Abramoff and Pepper plays his partner in crime, Michael Scanlon. George Hickenlooper (Factory Girl) directs the film, due in theaters in December.
And Soon the Darkness trailer
And Soon the Darkness is a remake of a 1970s thriller by the same name. This version stars Amber Heard (The Joneses) and Odette Yustman (You Again) as two American girls taking a bike trip in Argentina. After Yustman disappears, Heard must find her before it’s too late. Karl Urban (this week’s new release Red) plays a man they probably shouldn’t trust. See it in limited release starting December 17.
Quick notes: Rumors, release dates, casting news and more
- Ready to head back into the Danger Zone? Top Gun 2 is in development - Vulture
- Tom Hardy (Inception) will work with Christopher Nolan again, this time in Batman 3. The question is: what role will he play? - Deadline
- According to Vulture, Fox really likes Damon Lindelof’s script for Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel and wants Natalie Portman to star.
- Robert De Niro and Sigourney Weaver will star in Rodrigo Cortes’ (Buried) next film, Red Lights. Weaver will play a psychologist who investigates a famous psychic played by De Niro. - Variety
- Summit announced the complete cast list for all Vampire Covens in the final Twilight films. See the list at AICN.
- Steven Spielberg’s War Horse will now be released on December 28, 2011 - LA Times
- James Cameron, Angelina Jolie and a 3D Cleopatra? Maybe. - Deadline
- Paranormal Activity 2 will be released on IMAX screens for two weeks - Slashfilm
- Mr. Popper’s Penguins starring Jim Carrey will come to theaters August 12, 2011, and Philip Baker Hall (Magnolia) has joined the cast. - The Wrap
- Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, and Rashida Jones are close to joining Jason Segel in the new Muppet movie - Heat Vision
- How will comic strip The Family Circus work on the big screen? - Deadline
- Julian Schnabel’s next film, Miral, will be released on March 25, 2011 - The Playlist
- Alec Baldwin, Gemma Arterton, and Sharlto Copley are in negotiations to join Men in Black 3 - Pajiba
- The releases of The Debt and Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark have been delayed until the Miramax sale goes through - LA Times
- Adam Brody has joined Greta Gerwig in Whit Stillman’s new film, Damsels in Distress - THR
- Noomi Rapace and Ben Kingsley have been cast in Oscar-winner Stefan Ruzowitzky’s (The Counterfeiters) The Last Voyage of Demeter about the journey of Dracula’s coffin from Transylvania to England - LA Times
- Luke Evans (Tamara Drewe) and Alice Eve (She’s Out of My League) have joined John Cusack in The Raven - Heat Vision
- Eddie Murphy has been cast alongside Ben Stiller and Alan Alda in Brett Ratner’s Tower Heist - Deadline
- Neil Patrick Harris will make his feature directing debut with Aaron and Sarah, starring Josh Hutcherson (The Kids Are All Right) and Emma Roberts (It’s Kind of a Funny Story) - THR