Lionsgate recently released the first theatrical poster for director Marcus Nispel's new fantasy action movie, Conan: The Barbarian, and it is an epic sound-and-motion poster depicting the title character (played by Jason Momoa) atop a mountain of skulls. Now, thanks to Empire (via ConanMovieBlog), we finally have our first look at Conan's nemesis in the movie, Khalar Zym (Stephen Lang from Avatar), the man who burned down young Conan's (Leo Howard) village, killed his family and sent the Cimmerian youth on a lifelong quest for vengeance. more about Conan: The Barbarian >> Posted 03.05.11 by BrentJS
Ever since principal photography on director Marcus Nispel's Conan (working title) reboot wrapped in Bulgaria, title star Jason Momoa has been missing in action. Fortunately, Stephen Lang, who starred opposite Momoa as the lead antagonist, Khalar Singh, has been keeping a higher profile and appears to be eager to talk about the movie. Last month, Lang revealed that he was attracted to the movie because he found the script to be "very true" to the works of Conan creator Robert E. Howard. Now, Lang has revealed to MTV that magic, an essential element in all of Howard’s Conan stories, will be prevalent in the movie. What does lang say and watch the clip >> Posted 08.29.10 by BrentJS
Director Marcus Nispel's Conan (working title) recently got a ringing endorsement from one of Hollywood's latest action movie heavies, Stephen Lang, which should help sway at least a few of the fanboys who were not very impressed with the recent promotional image released for the movie. In an interview at the Saturn Awards, at which Lang won Best Supporting Actor for his role as Colonel Miles Quaritch in Avatar, Lang called the Conan shoot in Bulgaria a "tremendous experience" and praised both the movie's script and title actor, Jason Momoa. Read Lang's endorsement of Momoa >> Posted 07.07.10 by BrentJS
It's that time of year again — voting for the MTV Movie Awards has begun. Leading the brood is The Hangover with nominations in six categories, followed closely by The Twilight Saga: New Moon and Avatar, each up for five awards. All three are up for Best Movie. see the rest of the nominee categories >> Posted 05.13.10 by reelz
Production on director Marcus Nispel's as-yet-untitled Conan reboot is set to begin in only a few days in Bulgaria and, while the lead actors have all been hired, there are still a number of supporting roles yet to be filled. Now, one supporting role that can be crossed off the list is that of Conan's father, Corin, rumored to have been initially offered to Mickey Rourke.
According to New York magazine's Vulture blog, the role of Corin has gone to Ron Perlman, most famous for his portrayal of the title character in director Guillermo del Toro's two Hellboy movie adaptations. The official cast description for the role, as posted on Moviehole, reads:
[ CORIN ] He's in his 30s to 40s, Caucasian, powerfully built, intelligent, graceful, master swordsman, skilled blacksmith, de facto leader of Cimmerians and Conan's father. He resolves to answer the terrible request of his dying wife and cuts Conan out of her so she can see him. He then shoulders the burden of raising Conan, which proves to be daunting given the boy's savage nature. Corin teaches his son the meaning of the sword: a hot blade must be cooled and tempered. When Khalar finally corners him and tortures him to death, he shows no regret nor pain, hiding his concern for his son's safety from the eyes of the enemy. SUPPORTING
Jason Momoa will lead the cast of Conan as the Cimmerian barbarian created by fantasy author Robert E. Howard. The cast includes Leo Howard as young Conan, Rachel Nichols as Conan's love interest, Tamara, and Bob "The Beast" Sapp and Stephen Lang as the movie's antagonists, Ukafa and Khalar Singh, respectively. Posted 03.13.10 by BrentJS
Director Marcus Nispel finally cast a villain for his upcoming Conan reboot, scheduled to start production in Bulgaria on March 15. Avatar actor Stephen Lang confirmed his casting to MTV before the Academy Awards show on Sunday night with typical villainous flare.
I've accepted the role of Khalar Singh. I have no idea how I'm going to do it. First I'm going to find out how I'm going to sound. I'm going to get back on a Mongolian pony and ride like the wind. I'm going to flash my scimitar. I'm going to cut the nuts off Conan and his father.
The previously released character descriptions prove Lang is already well versed to play the character of Khalar Singh.
He's in his 40s to 50s, Asian or Middle Eastern, Central Asian, Mongol, Turkish, or Persian, open to all ethnicities; commanding in size and manner, a warlord and formidable warrior, brilliant, cruel, weathered and tanned by the many campaigns he has waged and won. He is driven in his quest to find the Queen of Acheron and has been building an empire to do so. His goal is to find the Queen whose blood will bring life tothe demonic minions of Acheron while making himself king of this hellish power. With this power, Khalar will protect his legacy against the onslaught of master sorcerer, Thoth-Amon so that his weak son, Fariq may rule after his death. While riding into a Cimmerian village to recruit his old comrade, Corin, his large collection of mercenaries slaughters them to the last soul when Corin refuses to join them. The village's only survivor was young Conan. When Khalar's search has finally narrowed to the likely discovery of the queen at a monastery of female monks, he also learns Conan is older and hungry for revenge.
While Conan is a reboot of the franchise started in the 1980s with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the lead role, the movie may take its lead from the novels by Robert E. Howard instead. In an interview with the Des Moines Register, Jason Momoa admitted that he "did more research with the books (than the movies)" to study for the role of the fictional Cimmerian warrior.
With Momoa as Conan, Rachel Nichols has been cast as love interest Tamara and Mickey Rourke has been offered the role of Corin, Conan's father. However, Lang's threats to his manhood could make Rourke reconsider. Posted 03.10.10 by Ryan
Avatar promises to clock in at nearly three hours of screen time, so there's a lot of footage for the studio to mine without giving it all away. Still, there have been a remarkable number of featurettes and previews lately. But as long as they keep coming up with interesting new angles on the movie and new glimpses of life on this alien world, as they do here, it's still well worth the look.
The latest offerering highlights the technology and science of the humans who are setting up a mining camp on the alien moon Pandora. It's an insanely hostile environment, so weaponry and vehicles have to be pretty impressive to keep humans alive. As director James Cameron put it earlier, they are facing off with the teeth and claws of the Garden of Eden.
Here he shows us that the humans aren't exactly without teeth and claws either, with their airships and guns — and especially their amp suits. These are the 16-foot-tall human-operated robots capable of hand-to-hand combat with Pandora's powerful fauna. Even with all of this technology, though, not all of the humans are going to survive, as the base's matter-of-fact chief of security (Stephen Lang) informs new recruits. Posted 11.20.09 by reelz
The studio has released a high-res image of Avatar's Colonel Quaritch (Stephen Lang) whose dire warnings of the dangers of Pandora were featured on the movie's viral website. Close up, he definitely has the look to match the message. Outfitted for battle in the alien environment with a big gun and a breathing mask, he sports an impressive and mysterious scar that hints at first-hand knowledge of just how deadly life there can get.
Some new footage from Avatar has shown up as well, and in the strangest of places — a Japanese Panasonic ad. A blissed-out Japanese lady comes upon a TV in the park and it just happens to be playing a scene featuring one of the blue-skinned aliens soaring over Pandora's colorful alien landscape on a pterodactyl-like beastie. Happens every day. Posted 09.21.09 by reelz
A new viral promotion for James Cameron's sci-fi epic Avatar has popped up online. Framed as a recruiting pitch for the AVTR Program's base under construction on the alien moon Pandora, the site leads off with upbeat messages about "building a bridge between two worlds" and the like.
However, a quite different impression of what recruits are up against leaks through in a short video of tough-as-nails Colonel Quaritch (Stephen Lang) giving his no-nonsense introduction to the many hazards of life on Pandora. Bottom line: You are not in Kansas any more, and you just might want to be packing some very heavy weaponry.
Also included are some concept drawings of the base and news updates detailing, among other things, exactly how many layers of defenses need to be put in place to defend against Pandora's beautiful but deadly environment.
Posted 09.21.09 by reelz
Jennifer Aniston has signed to star in a new romantic comedy opposite one of our favorites, Steve Zahn (Reality Bites, Rescue Dawn).
Management, written and directed by Stephen Belber (The Laramie Project), is about a traveling saleswoman (Aniston) who has a fling with a hotel manager (Zahn) who then decides to follow her around the country trying to win her love. Sounds like a pretty high-profile gig. We hope this means Zahn's star is rising!
More news on James Cameron's long-awaited follow-up to Titanic. The live-action digital 3-D Avatar has added two new cast members: Michelle Rodriguez (Girlfight, Lost) and Stephen Lang (Gods and Generals, Niagara Niagara).
Rodriguez will play an ex-Marine pilot and Lang a Marine colonel who must oversee the troops on planet Pandora.
Finally, Sarah Jessica Parker has an indie flick coming out in advance of the Sex and the City movie we are all so eagerly anticipating. SJP stars as a dean at a New England college at the center of a racial hate crime investigation in Spinning Into Butter, adapted from Rebecca Gilman's play of the same name. It will premiere at next month's National Conference on Race, Reparation and Reconciliation in Atlanta.
Source: Variety. Posted 08.03.07 by reelz