Bieber's Pad Busted, Three More Avatars, Far Out Oscar Nominations, Frozen on Broadway, Movie Magic and Dr. Depp, Sorcerer Supreme
01.17.14 by BJSprecher
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BIEBERVERSE The hits just keep on coming for Canadian pop star Justin Bieber and this time we're not talking about his music. Trouble followed him around the globe in 2013, from his shirtless antics in London, to his brothel visit in Brazil, and it looks like 2014 is shaping up to be more of the same. Roughly a dozen police officers investigating a case of vandalism to the home of one of Bieber's neighbors raided the singer's home Tuesday in search of surveillance video footage that might point the finger at the culprit behind the egg-tossing incident. Whether they recovered said footage or not is unknown, but one member of Bieber's entourage, Lil Za, was arrested on drug charges. If Bieber is found to be complicit in the vandalism on his neighbor's home and convicted of a felony, his work visa could be revoked and he could be sent back to Canada, eh.
AVATAR It's long been known that Avatar stars Sam Worthington and Zoë Saldana would be returning to Pandora in sequels to James Cameron's Avatar, but we just didn't know how many more movies there would be. Initially, Cameron said that he envisioned a trilogy of films, but it's now been revealed that there will be three sequels to the highest grossing movie of all time and that Worthington and Saldana will reprise the roles of Jake Sully and Neytiri, respectively, in all of them. The as-yet-untitled sequels will be filmed back to back, with Avatar 2 aimed at a December 2016 release and subsequent films arriving each December thereafter. A start date has not been set, but filming could begin as early as December of this year.
OSCARS The nominees for the 2014 Academy Awards were announced (by Thor, no less!) on Thursday, with Alfonso Cuaron's space thriller Gravity and David O. Russell's American Hustle picking up 10 nominations apiece. Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave picked up 9 nominations, including Best Picture. Christian Bale, Bruce Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio and Matthew McConaughey are pitted against each other for Best Actor, while Amy Adams, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Judi Dench and Meryl Streep will duke it out for Best Actress. Robert Redford and Tom Hanks were snubbed, as was Oprah Winfrey and Inside Llewyn Davis, but the biggest surprise was the nomination of the song "Alone Yet Not Alone" from the movie of the same name. The obscure song from an equally obscure movie beat out Taylor Swift, Coldplay and Beyonce for nominations. Could it have something to do with the fact that the writer of the song served on the Academy's board of governors as a representative of the music branch for nearly a decade? Naw, that would never happen.
FROZEN Disney's latest animated movie froze out the competition at the box office to surpass The Lion King as Disney's highest earner. The next step? Take the show to Broadway. Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed to Forbes that plans are underway to translate the movie for the stage, and that the production will be "a very, very important event" to the "success and vitality of the brand." There is no timeline in place, as Iger reinforced, "We're not demanding speed, we're demanding excellence."
MAGIC The epic battles between magic-wielding Planeswalkers that have until now only been waged on table tops and video game consoles could be coming to the big screen. 20th Century Fox has acquired the screen rights to Hasbro's wildly popular Magic: The Gathering fantasy card game, with an eye to turning it into a Harry Potter-scale franchise. Writer/producer Simon Kinberg, who helped oversee the development of Fox's X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises, will shepherd the project.
MARVEL Comic book movie fans have been dying to see superstar Johnny Depp take on one of their favorite characters for some time and it looks like they might finally get the chance. Or, you know, maybe not... Popular entertainment site LatinoReview was the first to claim that Depp is meeting with Marvel about the role of Dr. Strange, Sorcerer Supreme, but Variety also picked up the story, giving the rumor a bit more weight. However, the Hollywood insiders at Deadline say that any talk of Depp as Dr. Strange was "eons ago" and that there is "no truth" to the recent rumor.