Parts Per Billion, an indie flick about how various people respond to some major catastrophe, now has one less part to account for: Robert Pattinson, who was supposed to star in the movie alongside Juno alum Olivia Thirlby, is dropping out due to the speeded-up production schedule of New Moon. Posted 01.07.09 by reelz
Adam Shankman (The Pacifier, The Wedding Planner) will produce an adaptation of the 1958 musical Bye Bye Birdie. Shankman directed the hit musical Hairspray in 2007 and is a former choreographer. Columbia Pictures hopes the musical vet will breathe some new life into the long-gestating adaptation, which has undergone a number of different incarnations, including a proposed re-imagining with a hip-hop star in the lead.
Shankman's next directorial efforts are Bob: The Musical and The 8th Voyage of Sinbad.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter Posted 01.06.09 by reelz
Cameras have yet to roll on Tron 2.0, and won't until March, but doesn't mean Olivia Wilde (TV's House) can't start giving away a few spoilers about the sequel. First, Wilde confirmed Bruce Boxleitner's association. "He's so fantastic, Bruce," she told SCI FI Wire, "He's been telling us all about the process of making the first one."
As far as the technical side goes, a lot of advancements have been made in movie making since 1982. Several new technologies will be used, including the face replacement technology used in Benjamin Button, but Wilde says Tron 2.0 will not be some greenscreen movie created on computers. Director Joseph Kosinski is "a really big fan of using as much sets as you can, because he's an architect as well, so he likes to build these worlds. And with something like Tron, I think it helps to create the environment as much as possible without too much green screen so that these characters can exist within this world, ... with the feel ... as real as possible."
Wilde didn't give away everything. When it comes to whether she will ride a light cycle, she won't say. "I'm afraid I'd be murdered before I left the building [if I told you]." Posted 01.06.09 by Ryan
Wondering what those wacky lads of Broken Lizard are up to? Wonder no more. Kevin Heffernan, Jay Chandrasekhar, and the rest of the comedy team behind Super Troopers and Beerfest are hard at work putting the finishing touches on their latest ensemble effort, The Slammin' Salmon. The film stars Michael Clarke Duncan as a former heavyweight boxing champ-turned-celebrity restaurateur who concocts a ridiculous scheme to earn enough cash to pay off his debts to Yakuza mobsters. Which comes as a relief to those of us who had assumed the plot centered around a promiscuous fish.
No release date has been announced yet for The Slammin' Salmon as the Lizard men are still looking for a distributor for the film. Let's hope they find one soon. Until then, our good pals at Collider have some pics for ya. Posted 01.06.09 by reelz
With the success of The Dark Knight and Iron Man, comic book publishers Marvel and DC have tasted movie success. Both have a long association with superhero teams and have put movie adaptations in motion -- Marvel with Avengers and DC with Justice League: Mortal.
Both companies want to dominate, but they have opposite strategies on how to get it done. What are those strategies? And more important, who will dominate this cinematic battle? We compare superhero movies in development in Marvel vs. DC: The Battle of Comic Book Movie Heavyweights in 2009 and Beyond. Posted 01.06.09 by reelz
A foreign object in her eye, bugs in her bra, researching exorcisms on YouTube, and beheading porcelain dolls. They are all on the menu in a Fear.net interview with Odette Yustman about her role in The Unborn. Some of the more uncomfortable scenes to movie came as a bit of a surprise, she confesses. Director David Goyer sneaked in an eye speculum scene without much warning, and she had no idea that the potato bugs crawling all over her could bite. Not to mention the very real earthquake that happened during shooting. And when researching amateur exorcisms on YouTube she found out just how crazy some parents could be. Her childhood did give her a good background for horror though. She says she first watched The Exorcist at the age of 7 and dealt with a fear that her doll collection was possessed by beheading the lot of them with a hammer. Posted 01.06.09 by reelz
A couple of new clips from My Bloody Valentine 3D have popped up. The first features Twilight star Edi Gathegi receiving what promises to be a pretty gruesome holiday package. The second shows a terrified women hiding under the bed, watching as her mama gets surprised by the pickax-wielding man in the closet. Posted 01.06.09 by reelz
Jimmy Hayward, the director of animated movie and Dr. Seuss story Horton Hears a Who, will be entering the world of live-action movies with the comics/western Jonah Hex, about a confederate soldier turned bounty hunter.
This news comes only a few weeks after Crank creatives Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor had been attached as writers and co-directors, but then left the project over "creative differences."
Also attached in the title role is W star Josh Brolin.
The property comes out of DC Comics via Warner Bros., and will be put into production as early as March. Posted 01.06.09 by reelz