Which Actress Should Play the Last Princess of Alderran?
Now that Disney has expanded its library of fairy tale princesses to include its first space princess, the question is: How does the "House of Mouse" plan to utilize Leia Organa, last princess of the doomed planet Alderran, twin brother to Luke Skywalker, and daughter of evil Sith warlord Darth Vader. Concurrent with the announcement of the purchase of Lucasfilm Ltd., Disney revealed that Star Wars: Episode VII would be blasting into theaters in 2015, which we later learned would be written by Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine); however, nothing about the plot has been revealed.
All three of the principal actors who starred in the original trilogy — Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher — have expressed interest in returning in the new movie and it's likely that Disney will want to capitalize on the popularity of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Leia Organa, but whether Disney brings back the original cast members as a way of bridging the original trilogy with the new trilogy or reboots the characters with younger actors is anyone's guess. Considering how well Paramount's Star Trek reboot was received by the general audience and even die-hard Trekkers and Trekkies, coupled with the fact that Disney skews young, we're thinking Star Wars will get the reboot.
We already asked you to vote for the best actors to play Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. Now, we want to know who you think has what it takes to wag her finger in the face of evil as the feisty princess with a preference for scoundrels?
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Posted 11.18.12 by BrentJS
For years, actor Gary Oldman was the go-to guy for movie villainy, turning in memorable performances in Bram Stoker's Dracula (creep-adelic Count Dracula), True Romance (skeevy pimp Drexl Spivey), and The Professional (psycho cop Norman Stansfield). After a brief hiatus from acting in the early '00s, Oldman returned as a kinder, gentler version of himself, taking on good guy roles in major movie franchises like the Harry Potter series (Harry's godfather, Sirius Black) and Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy (Bat-buddy James Gordon).
Now that Oldman has finally received an Academy Award nomination for the good-guy role of MI6 agent George Smiley in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, it looks like he's ready to return to the dark side. According to THR, Oldman is in "final negotiations" to play the villain in Albert Hughes' new revenge thriller, Motor City. more about Motor City >> Posted 02.03.12 by BrentJS
Despite the fact that both Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) and Bruce Robinson's new movie, The Rum Diary, are based on books by Hunter S. Thompson and they both star Johnny Depp as aspects of the "Doctor of Gonzo Journalism" — the actual Thompson on a drug-fueled search for the American dream in Fear and Loathing and a thinly-veiled version of Thompson as a reporter for an English-language Puerto Rican newspaper in The Rum Diary — the two movies haven't appeared to have too much in common. That is, until the latest preview clips from The Rum Diary were released over the weekend. In fact, one of the two clips so deftly combines bizarre imagery, Depp facial contortions and hilarious dialogue — "Your tongue is like an accusatory giblet." — that it could easily be a deleted scene from Fear and Loathing (if Depp had less hair, that is). watch the new preview clips >> Posted 10.24.11 by BrentJS
When Johnny Depp isn't playing Captain Jack Sparrow or working with director Tim Burton, the actor sometimes appears in something associated with late author and friend Hunter S. Thompson. So far, he's acted in 1998's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, narrated the posthumous documentary Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, and now he's starring in and producing The Rum Diary, based on Thompson's 1961 novel that wasn't published until 1998.
The movie stars Depp as American journalist Paul Kemp, who travels to Puerto Rico to write for the San Juan Star in the 1960s and soon becomes obsessed with the fiancée (Amber Heard) of a wealthy businessman (Aaron Eckhart) who is interested in turning the island into a capitalist paradise.
New photos from the movie have just been released, and, while they don't reveal much besides some picturesque beaches and scenery, two new preview clips show Depp meeting both Eckhart and Heard for the first time. watch the clips >> Posted 10.13.11 by Ryan
Johnny Depp is one of the most in-demand actors working today, and has already appeared in two movies this year — March's CGI animated Rango and May's blockbuster sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. A third is being released this October, but before you think Depp travels from movie set to movie set, this one was shot back in 2009.
The Rum Diary is based on a novel of the same name by Hunter S. Thompson, which fictionalized the late writer's early days as a journalist living in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and drinking copious amounts of rum while working for an English-language newspaper. Thompson wrote the novel in the early 1960s but it was not published until 1998. The movie took a similar path, bouncing from production company to production company since 2000, until Depp's company, Infinitum Nihil, took over the project and scheduled the movie for production in March of that year. watch the trailer >> Posted 08.26.11 by Ryan
Master of Horror John Carpenter is back. Having taken an extended break after 2001's Ghosts of Mars because he felt "fed up with the movie business," the director or horror classics like 1978's Halloween and 1980's The Fog has returned with The Ward, a low-budget ghost movie that stars Amber Heard (Drive Angry) as a psychiatric patient locked in a mental institution who discovers something is stalking the halls and taking out the other patients.
Carpenter is no stranger to small budgets, and working on The Ward and its $10 million budget has seemed to re-energized Carpenter, with the director linked to several upcoming projects, such as an adaptation of the comic book Darkchylde and an adaptation of the novel Fangland.
In a conversation with MSN, Carpenter revealed making movies is the same no matter what budget you are able to get. carpenter talks remakes >> Posted 06.13.11 by Ryan
John Carpenter's latest horror movie, The Ward, has taken a long time to reach theaters. Carpenter's last move was 2001's Ghosts of Mars, a box office disappointment that left Carpenter admittedly feeling "fed up with the movie business".
The Ward returns Carpenter to the kind of horror movies that helped launch his career with 1978's Halloween and 1980's The Fog, and follows Amber Heard (Drive Angry) as a woman in a psychiatric hospital that finds herself and her fellow patients — Danielle Panabaker (The Crazies), Lyndsy Fonseca (Kick-Ass), and Mamie Gummer (Stop Loss) — haunted by a ghost.
The Ward opened in Britain in January, and last month found distribution in the U.S. Two new preview clips have been released to promote the movie, which follows Heard as she investigates the spirit that is haunting the hospital. watch the clips >> Posted 03.13.11 by Ryan
With Drive Angry opening tomorrow, Lionsgate has released a new preview clip for the 3-D supernatural action movie, which sees Nicolas Cage playing Milton, a man who returns from Hell to save his infant granddaughter from being sacrificed by the same cult that murdered his daughter. The preview clips released earlier this week saw Cage's Milton meet Piper (Amber Heard), who partners with Milton to help him, and a confrontation between Milton and "The Accountant" (William Fichter), an operative of Satan who is trying to bring Milton back to Hell. In the newest clip, Heard gets into a fistfight with the leader of the cult (Billy Burke), while Cage offers another driver a lesson on following too close. watch the "Fight Coming" clip >> Posted 02.24.11 by Ryan
In anticipation of its Friday opening, Lionsgate has released four new preview clips from its new 3-D supernatural revenge movie, Drive Angry. Written by Todd Farmer and directed by Patrick Lussier, the duo behind My Bloody Valentine 3-D, Drive Angry stars Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage as Milton—an obvious nod to 17th-century English poet John Milton, writer of the epic poem "Paradise Lost" about man's expulsion from the Garden of Eden—a damned soul who escapes from hell to save his granddaughter from being sacrificed at the next full moon by the same satanic cult that has already murdered his daughter. Pursued by the police and by the devil's errand boy, "The Accountant" (William Fichter), Milton needs the help of Piper (Amber Heard) and her muscle car if he's going to save his granddaughter and redeem his soul. watch the preview clips >> Posted 02.21.11 by BrentJS
Moviegoers will have the opportunity to watch two very different movies about attractive young women imprisoned against their will in psychiatric facilities in 2011. We've already seen and heard a great deal about writer-director Zack Snyder's (Watchmen) visually arresting genre movie mash-up, Sucker Punch, about a group of female patients led by Emily Browning who venture into a fantasy world of their own creation in the hopes of finding the key to their salvation, but we've heard almost nothing about acclaimed director John Carpenter's (Halloween) new psychological horror thriller, The Ward, which stars Amber Heard as a troubled young woman who is admitted to a psychiatric facility against her will after she burns down an old farmhouse. Recently, a detailed synopsis of the movie appeared online and now the first, albeit only partial, trailer for The Ward has been leaked online, offering a look at Carpenter's first directorial effort since 2001's Ghosts of Mars. read the synopsis of The Ward and watch the first (half) trailer >> Posted 01.03.11 by BrentJS