X-Men: First Class, one of many X-Men sequels hinging on X-Men Origins: Wolverine's success, will be written by Gossip Girl/Chuck producer/writer Josh Schwartz, but he won't direct.
"I would be terrified to have the first thing I direct be a giant franchise movie," Schwartz told MTV at New York's Comic-Con, adding that there was no truth to him turning down the directing job.
As for the movie's plot Schwartz said: "I'm not really allowed to say anything. They're watching me as we speak. It's exciting, it's a huge honor and we're just getting started." Posted 02.12.09 by Ryan
The Rum Diary, the adaptation of a Hunter S. Thompson novel about a journalist living in 1950's Puerto Rico is adding some big names to its cast list. Johnny Depp, who is also producing and has been trying to get the movie adaptation produced since 2003, has long been announced as the lead, with Amber Heard (Pineapple Express) being cast as Depp's love interest just this week. Now both Aaron Eckhart and Richard Jenkins are joining the production.
Jenkins, a current Oscar nominee for The Visitor, will play the man who runs the newspaper Depp works for, and Eckhart will play a wealthy landowner who becomes involved in a love triangle with Depp and Heard.
The Rum Diary starts production in Puerto Rico March 30. Posted 02.12.09 by Ryan
The world's unhappiest summer camper has sharpened his machete in time for 2009's first Friday the 13th.
Who's to thank -- or blame -- for this big-budget reboot of the classic horror series? Marcus Nispel and Daniel Pearl, the team behind the successful remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Last night the duo and movie's stars talked with fans and press at the "Black Carpet" premiere. See what they told us.
And if you're one of the skeptical ranks, unconvinced the world needs another visit to Crystal Lake? Never fear, we've compiled the Top 10 Reasons a Remake Is Necessary. Posted 02.11.09 by reelz
New pictures from the concert movie featuring the "Hottest Guys in Hollywood" have been released, and singing, running, and screaming fans (sometimes in combination) appear to be the main themes. Check out the full gallery. Posted 02.11.09 by reelz
Just in time for a certain rapidly-approaching holiday, we've got two exclusive new images from Madea Goes to Jail. Both feature Madea in the slammer, something we can't wait to see on film. The first even shows the big lady sporting a new (to us?) hairstyle with her grey locks done up in braids, while the always flamboyantly dressed Leroy stands by holding what looks to be a bible. In the second, our lady is shown doing laundry in the slammer -- perhaps her job in there -- but with more sass than we've ever seen someone approach a commercial dryer.
We've also got word of a new MySpace page for the movie that launched last night. It's not a page for Madea herself but for a movement to "Free Madea" from jail. The site tells you how you can attend a rally in your area to support the cause. If that's sounds like too much effort, it might be easier to just kill some time at work inserting your own photo into Madea's mugshots, which you can also do on the page.
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Posted 02.11.09 by reelz
You can't have a major blockbuster movie without the merchandising that goes along with it. And the toy companies are notorious for spoiling characters months before the movie.
So, even though Michael Bay has kept a secure set on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, even planting false rumors early on, he still can't stop the action figure makers from advertising early.
And if there was one Autobot or Decepticon that he wanted to keep under wraps, it was probably the title character The Fallen.
Well, it ain't gonna happen. So, if you don't like spoilers. Be sure not to click on the next link. Behold The Fallen and Devastator in their full glory -- toy mode. Posted 02.11.09 by reelz
The trailer for Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds premiered on Entertainment Tonight last night, and is now available via YouTube and some guy who videotaped his television. Even in this digital age, that's the best we can do right now.
The Basterds trailer will be available this weekend, playing before showings of Friday the 13th, proving that fans of Jason also love World War II movies. Let's just hope a better version turns up then. Posted 02.11.09 by Ryan
Zombie movies have been breeding like great big undead rabbits lately. There is World War Z, which won't be hitting theaters till 2011, but which has at least released some cool concept art, to give fans a taste of what's to come. And Underworld writers have just been tapped to adapt the Red 5 comic ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction for the screen.
So, zombies are hot. Now it seems they are going to be well-mannered as well. Studios have started fighting over the rights to the not yet published novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies which went viral over the last few weeks. The opening line of the novel, liberally adapted from the Jane Austen original, sensibly notes that "It's a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." Apparently studios agree. Check out the publisher's astonished reaction to the book's rapid climb to the top of the heap in an interview at the NYC Comics Convention. Posted 02.10.09 by reelz