Johnny Depp is undoubtedly a huge movie star, but after the box office disappointment of Dark Shadows, Warner Bros. reportedly decided to slow down development on Depp's remake of The Thin Man. It probably didn't help that The Rum Diary was also a box office dud and that reports have surfaced that Depp's next movie The Lone Ranger is running over budget and requiring last minute rewrites. The Thin Man is one of a few projects Depp is developing with his Infinitum Nihil production company — another is an adaptation of 1970s ABC TV movie The Night Stalker and subsequent 1974-75 TV series Kolchak: The Night Stalker with director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) — but those projects will have to wait as Depp has agreed to work on Moonrise Kingdom director Wes Anderson's next movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Deadline reports that Depp has signed on to star in the movie, which will be Anderson's next directing project. The move is a smart one for Depp, as Anderson is coming off of the second-most financially successful movie of his career ($45 million worldwide so far in limited release). more about The Grand Budapest Hotel >> Posted 07.17.12 by Ryan
Promotion of Disney's upcoming adaptation of John Carter has been an onslaught as of late. Fans of the Edgar Rice Burroughs's pulp hero have been treated to a Super Bowl TV spot, a featurette and a "special look" video titled "John Carter: Our World." Far from done, Disney has raised its promotional campaign from onslaught to avalanche, with another new "special look" video to go along with a bunch of new photos and preview clips.
Directed by Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, Wall-E), John Carter is about Civil War veteran John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) who mysteriously finds himself on Mars, where his new-found powers enable him to aid in the battle between the planet's inhabitants. While Burroughs has a strong fan-base, there may be many who are unfamiliar with the character. The second "special look" video seems intent on revealing the kind of hero Carter is. see the photos and watch the "special look" video and clips >> Posted 02.16.12 by Ryan
The newly-released movie The Grey tracks Liam Neeson's attempt to survive in the Alaskan wilderness, but the the upcoming thriller The Hunter will follow Willem Dafoe as he is tested by another kind of unforgiving landscape: Australia's Tasmanian wilderness.
Dafoe stars as Martin, a mercenary sent to Tasmania to track down and kill a Tasmanian tiger, but becomes embroiled in the problems of his host family, whose catatonic matriarch (Frances O'Connor) has lost her husband. The Hunter opened in Australia in October last year after debuting at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, where it received mixed reviews. But whether the reviews were good or bad, praise was heaped onto Dafoe's focused performance and director Daniel Nettheim's beautiful lensing of Tasmania. With The Hunter receiving its first trailer, audiences can finally get to see for themselves what the critics were talking about. watch the trailer >> Posted 01.29.12 by Ryan
The trickle of new John Carter promotional materials being released by Disney over the past week culminated with the recent appearance of title star Taylor Kitsch on Good Morning America to discuss the movie and introduce the new trailer, which was later released online in its entirety. But, Disney is not stopping at a new trailer, releasing three epic new banner posters featuring some of the movie's otherworldly characters, creatures and locales. see the new banner posters >> Posted 12.02.11 by BrentJS
The first full trailer for Disney's adaptation of John Carter (formerly John Carter of Mars) has arrived online, and it looks every bit the epic adventure fans have been expecting since the teaser trailer was released in July.
Based on the pulp hero created by author Edgar Rice Burroughs, John Carter follows Civil War veteran Carter (X-Men Origins: Wolverine's Taylor Kitsch) as he is mysteriously transported to the planet of Mars and becomes embroiled in the conflict raging between the planet's inhabitants. Fans of the Burroughs novels noted that an official still revealed a great White Ape, introduced in Burrough's first John Carter novel, A Princess of Mars, and the trailer shows Carter's confrontation with the giant beast in the trailer's opening moments. watch the trailer >> Posted 12.01.11 by Ryan
The first still image from Disney's John Carter (formerly John Carter of Mars) was released online a couple of days ago, and we now have six more new still images from writer (with Michael Chabon) and director Andrew Stanton's live-action/CGI adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic pulp hero, courtesy of SFX. The new stills are not of the best quality, but they do feature new images of the title hero (Taylor Kitsch), the Barsoomian (Martian) princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins), and Carter's fearsome comrade, the multi-limbed and green-skinned Tars Tarkas (motion-capture by Willem Dafoe), not seen in the trailer. Additionally, John Carter's six-legged pet and bodyguard, Woola, is revealed for the very first time. see new images from John Carter >> Posted 11.27.11 by BrentJS
2011 was going to be the "year of Ryan Reynolds" with the actor appearing in the superhero adaptation of Green Lantern and the r-rated body-switching comedy The Change-up. Instead of Reynolds being catapulted into super-stardom, however, both movies flopped.
Reynolds will get his third chance this year at winning over an audience with the family drama Fireflies in the Garden, which casts Reynolds as the novelist son of kind mother Julia Roberts and cruel father Willem Dafoe. While the cast is certainly impressive, there's only one reason the movie might not be Reynolds' box office redemption: it was shot three years ago and is being self-distributed by the movie's producers. what happened? >> Posted 08.29.11 by Ryan
British actor Rob Kazinsky was set to make an impressive big screen debut in 2012's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first part of director Peter Jackson's two-part Lord of the Rings prequel, but dropped out of the role of dwarf Fili due to "personal reasons" just a few weeks after production had begun. Kazinsky will get a second shot in director Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, who was incidentally the first director for The Hobbit.
Variety reports that Kazinsky has been cast as one of the members of the team trying to defeat alien creatures who have invaded the planet. Kazinsky joins cast members Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba and Charlie Day, while the report also claims that Willem Dafoe is in early talks to play a "rogue scientist with expertise on alien creatures."
Written by Travis Beacham (Clash of the Titans), Pacific Rim is reportedly set in the year 2025, the 12th year of a war against the invading alien creatures who live in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Del Toro recently revealed that production would begin in November, giving the director "20 weeks to start shooting the biggest giant monster movie ever made" before its July 12, 2013, release date. Posted 07.29.11 by Ryan
Odd Thomas, starring Anton Yelchin, Willem Dafoe, and 50 Cent, and based on the popular Dean Koontz novel is filming in New Mexico, or more correctly, was filming in New Mexico.
Production on director Stephen Sommers' (The Mummy, G.I. Joe) movie was abruptly halted earlier this week, reportedly over financing troubles, REELZCHANNEL has learned.
According to an email sent by The Screen Actor's Guild, the movie's production company, Two Out of Ten Productions, is in default under a SAG agreement.
The email further states that SAG members should not work on Odd Thomas until further instructed. More about Odd Thomas >> Posted 06.17.11 by Chris
To coincide with the start of principal photography on John Carter of Mars, Disney has created an official Facebook page for the movie. Though the content is primarily limited to a cast list and links to a few articles at this point, the page does include the official synopsis for the movie:
From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL-E), John Carter of Mars brings this captivating hero to the big screen in a stunning adventure epic set on the wounded planet of Mars, a world inhabited by warrior tribes and exotic desert beings. Based on the first of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Barsoom Series,” the film chronicles the journey of Civil-War veteran John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who finds himself battling a new and mysterious war amidst a host of strange Martian inhabitants, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins).
John Carter of Mars also stars Mark Strong, Bryan Cranston, James Purefoy, Samantha Morton, and Thomas Haden Church. Posted 02.03.10 by BrentJS