Fox's reboot of "Fantastic Four" seems to finally be moving forward, with Variety reporting today that a handful of up and coming young actors are getting ready to make test deals to audition for the roles of Reed Richards, Read more
Each year with the end of summer and start of the fall TV season, we look forward to the return of all our favorites and anticipate the newest series that will soon get to earn our love. But fall Read more
Adapted from Tim Tharp’s novel and out in select theaters today, “The Spectacular Now” is continuing to garner glowing reviews for both director James Ponsoldt’s deft elevation of the standard coming-of-age film into one that is unapologetic in its Read more
Britt Robertson has landed the lead role of Casey Newton in Brad Bird's highly anticipated and highly secretive "Tomorrowland" after testing for the role against Naomi Scott, according to THR. Robertson now joins a cast that already includes Read more
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“Life of Pi” star Suraj Sharma had always said he planned to stay in India and finish his college degree despite his newfound fame, but sometimes the lure of Hollywood is just too strong, especially when you have a breakout moment like his and filmmakers start clamoring to cast you in all their cool new projects. Well, Sharma has finally caved and said yes to something, with The Wrap reporting the actor will star in Disney’s baseball drama “Million Dollar Arm.”
The true life baseball story will be directed by Craig Gillespie and stars Jon Hamm as J.B. Bernstein, who created a reality competition show called Million Dollar Arm in India, with cricket players competing for the top prize of a million dollars and a training session in the United States, with the possibility of being signed to a Major League Baseball team. The two winners in 2008, Dinesh Patel and Rinku Singh, became the first Indian pitchers to sign MLB contracts – with the Pittsburgh Pirates. There’s no word on which of the pitchers Sharma will play – Patel, who eventually went home to India to play for his country’s national team, or Singh, who remains in the US. Tom McCarthy wrote the script for “Million Dollar Arm”, which also stars Alan Arkin as a retired scout.
Sharma beat out thousands of hopeful young actors to star in Ang Lee’s gorgeous and meditative “Life of Pi”, his first and only film, and has plans to continue to study the medium at University. After “Million Dollar Arm”, presumably, which begins filming next month in Mumbai before moving to Atlanta.
Behold the power of a great breakout moment. When Jason Bateman first began producing comedy “ID Theft” as a starring vehicle for himself and another actor, the script called for one guy to steal another’s identity. But after Bateman saw Melissa McCarthy’s scene-stealing turn as an aggressive future sister-in-law in the recent monster hit “Bridesmaids”, he pushed for the role to be rewritten for her to be the identity thief instead.
Deadline reports Bateman and McCarthy are now attached to star in the film, which will also be delayed to work around McCarthy’s commitment to hit CBS sitcom “Mike and Molly”, for which she was just nominated for an Emmy. The plan is to shoot it in April 2012 when “Mike and Molly” goes on summer hiatus after its current season. Steve Conrad wrote the original script for “ID Theft” and Craig Mazin is currently rewriting to incorporate the gender swap of the identity thief.
Universal seems intent on keeping their newly discovered comedic gem under their wings, as in addition to “ID Theft”, McCarthy has also tentatively lined up two more comedies for the studio, and neither strays far from her “Bridesmaids” roots. Judd Apatow, producer and Paul Feig, director on the film, are producing an untitled “unconventional love story” and have McCarthy and co-star Jon Hamm in mind for the two starring roles. McCarthy is also tentatively attached to star in a different untitled comedy that reunites a whole gang of “Brdiesmaids” for the studio. She co-wrote the comedy, about a group of friends who decide to steal the Stanley Cup after one woman’s husband falls ill, with Annie Mumolo, who co-starred in and co-wrote “Bridesmaids” with Kristen Wiig. McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone, also in “Bridesmaids”, came up with the idea.
One of the biggest, most ambitious upcoming projects is Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s cross-platform adaptation of Stephen King’s epic novel series “The Dark Tower”. The plan is for the story – a genre-bending historical/fantasy/western/sci-fi epic journey involving a gunslinger and his quest to find The Dark Tower, said to be the axis of all universes – to be told over the course of three movies and two seasons on television. That’s right, a franchise on both the big and small screens featuring the same (potentially A-list) cast, that will be years in the making. The story will begin with an epic blockbuster film, continue on a 6-8 episode season as a TV series, then another film, presumably during summer hiatus, followed by season 2 of the show, and conclude with one last epic feature film. Howard is already committed to directing the first film and the first season of the series.
The ambitious undertaking is partly inspired by Peter Jackson’s revolutionary adaptation of “The Lord of the Rings”, with all three epic blockbuster scale features shooting back-to-back: “What Peter did was a feat, cinematic history,” Howard told Deadline in December. “The approach we’re taking also stands on its own, but it’s driven by the material. I love both, and like what’s going on in TV. With this story, if you dedicated to one medium or another, there’s the horrible risk of cheating material. The scope and scale call for a big screen budget. But if you committed only to films, you’d deny the audience the intimacy and nuance of some of these characters and a lot of cool twists and turns that make for jaw-dropping, compelling television. We’ve put some real time and deep thought into this, and a lot of conversations and analysis from a business standpoint, to get people to believe in this and take this leap with us. I hope audiences respond to it in a way that compels us to keep going after the first year or two of work. It’s fresh territory for me, as a filmmaker.”
A couple of days ago we were treated to a new banner for Zack Snyder’s epic “Alice in Wonderland with machine guns” fantasy “Sucker Punch”, and today an equally sexy and kick-ass poster for the film has been released as well. Emily Browning is once again front and center as Babydoll, the platinum-blond leader of a group of scared friends who escape from captivity in a mental institution by fabricating a fantasy world in which they become sexy, fearless warriors who go to battle against all sorts of sci-fi/fantasy inspired opponents.
Also starring Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Jamie Chung, Carla Gugino and Jon Hamm, “unprepare” yourself for “Sucker Punch” when it hits theaters on March 25, 2011.
One of our most anticipated movies of 2011 is Zack Snyder’s sci-fi/fantasy girls-with-machine-guns caper “Sucker Punch”. Today Warner Bros has released the first featurette from the March 25, 2011 film, starring Emily Browning as a girl sent to a sanitarium against her will and concocts a fantastical dream world to help her and her friends work up the courage to escape. Although it doesn’t include much in the way of B-Roll footage (blink and you’ll miss a bit of Browning filming upside down in front of a green screen), there are some soundbites from the cast and crew, going in-depth into the plot and themes of the film, plus, of course, a butt-load of highly stylized action sequences. The film also stars Jon Hamm, Carla Gugino, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Abbie Cornish and Jena Malone.
“True Blood” breakout star Joe Manganiello responds to rumors that he will don Superman’s iconic red cape for director Zack Snyder’s reboot, denying that he is “in negotiations” but seeming to indicate that he is indeed a contender for the role.
When reports surfaced from a sci-fi fan convention that Manganiello, who is blowing up thanks to his turn as a sexy werewolf on HBO’s vampire mega-hit “True Blood”, is in talks to play the Caped Crusader, he quickly took to Twitter to clarify: “Just to be clear… as of today, I am not “negotiating” to play SuperMan …but keep your fingers crossed and thanks for the wishful thinking!”
Recently, “The Social Network” star Armie Hammer indicated that at age 25, he was considered too young for the reboot team, and popular fan suggestion, “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm, considered himself too old. And in the out-of-left-field category, Examiner.com reports wrestling stars John Cena and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson are also in contention. We will keep you informed as we make our way through another high profile casting!
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