The trailer for Madonna's new movie, W.E., hit the web two days ago, causing critics and moviegoers alike to question its success. The British love-story tells the tale of King Edward VIII and his lover, Wallis Simpson, through a lonely New Yorker (Abby Cornish) in the late 1990's, nearly six decades later.
Madonna's directorial debut was Filth and Wisdom in 2008 which received less than supportive reviews, and reviews from festivals where W.E. has been screened have been mixed. However, Madonna's movie career is not without some critical success. In 1997, the pop star was honored with a Golden Globe for her role in Evita. W.E. opens in New York and Los Angeles on December 9th. Watch the Trailer >> Posted 11.21.11 by reelz
Kristen Wiig has landed her first post-Bridesmaids role, and the extra good news is that it's one she's coveted for a while.
THR reports that Wiig will play the title character in Imogene, which will go into production on August 8 with American Splendor directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini and a script from screenwriter Michelle Morgan (Middle of Nowhere. Wiig will also serve as executive producer on the project.
Wiig has been championing the Imogene script for a while, and has been attached to the project for well over a year. "It’s basically about a girl who kind of pretends to kill herself," Wiig told The Playlist in March. "Starting off really funny, isn’t it? She does it to get her recently ex-boyfriend’s attention. She ends up having to go live with her mom, whom she hasn’t seen in years. It’s kind of about going back home, so she finds her life again and gets reintroduced to her family, kind of a coming home story."
At the time of the interview, funding had not come through for Imogene, but with the huge success of Bridesmaids, it looks like Wiig's passion project is finally on its way. The Lone Ranger gets his girl, Leatherface meets new family >> Posted 07.13.11 by Ryan
It's obvious to anyone who has seen the genre-blending still images, teaser clips, or trailer for Sucker Punch that director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) has another visually stunning action movie on his hands. But, ingenue action heroes with super powers? Super-sized samurai warriors? Giant robots with bunny faces? Just what the heck is going on? Something of a plot can be gleaned from the various synopses that have turned up online, but many questions remain. Fortunately, a new Sucker Punch featurette has just been released that sheds some light on what's going down at the creepy Lennox House asylum and why Babydoll (Emily Browning) and her cohorts are such badasses. Says Snyder:
watch the featurette >> Posted 12.14.10 by BrentJS
Sucker Punch is a movie about the lengths we're willing to go to, in our minds, to deal with a situation.
Warner Bros. recently released a press kit that included two sexy new still images of the bad girls of director Zack Snyder's genre-bending new movie, Sucker Punch. The plot revolves around a group of young women, confined against their will in a sadistic psychiatric facility, who venture into a fantasy realm to discover a way to escape. The script was written by Snyder and Steve Shibuya. The grrrl-power cast includes Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jamie Chung, Carla Gugino, Jena Malone, and Vanessa Hudgens. Posted 11.24.10 by BrentJS
Studios often release clips of scenes before the release of a movie, but Warner Bros. is trying something different for Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch, releasing instead five clips with snippets of the movie's action sequences.
Sucker Punch follows Emily Browning as Babydoll, a young girl who is locked up in mental institution against her will. In order to create an escape plan, she enters the dreamworld of her imagination, where she has to fight samurais, robots, and dragons in order to claim five objects that will help her escape. watch all 5 clips (it won't take long) >> Posted 11.24.10 by Ryan
Director Ridley Scott is busy trying to find a female lead for his upcoming Alien Prequel, reportedly meeting with several actresses. The role has to be an exciting prospect for actresses, since starring in Scott's 1979 sci-fi classic, Alien certainly helped Sigourney Weaver's career. See the possible contenders >> Posted 10.08.10 by Ryan
Children of Men director Alfonso Cuarón's upcoming 3-D space thriller, Gravity, just cannot find a leading lady. The movie, which takes place almost entirely in space, cast Robert Downey Jr. in March as a team leader on a remote space station just as Angelina Jolie dropped out of the lead role. A search commenced, with Scarlett Johansson and Blake Lively both reportedly testing for the role earlier this month. The actresses were but a few that were trying to land the role. Who else is being considered? >> Posted 09.02.10 by Ryan
After directing two of the more adult-oriented comic book movie adaptations (300 and Watchmen), director Zack Snyder took a brief foray into kids movies with his upcoming animated adventure, Legend of the Guardians. Apparently, Snyder just wanted to dip his toes into a lighter genre with Guardians because he quickly plunged back into mature fare with Sucker Punch, a violent, sexy, pulp-tinged original feature described as "Alice in Wonderland with a machine gun."
To coincide with the opening of the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con, a new Sucker Punch movie banner has been released, as well as a series of posters spotlighting several of the female characters, including Babydoll (Emily Browning), Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens), Rocket (Jena Malone), Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish), Amber (Jamie Chung) and Madam Gorski (Carla Gugino). what's Sucker Punch about? Find out here >> Posted 07.23.10 by BrentJS
Just last week, it was reported that John Krasinski was reportedly the potential favorite to play the lead role in Marvel's The First Avenger: Captain America, but was just as quickly ousted from the list of contenders such as Fantastic Four's Chris Evans, Cloverfield's Mike Vogel, and Wilson Bethel (CBS' The Young and the Restless). Even Dane Cook auditioned for the part (yes, Good Luck Chuck's Dane Cook).
With a March 1 deadline come and gone, the search continues. HitFix reports that Marvel is also looking at actor Ryan Phillippe, who confirmed the audition with MTV.
[I] actually am going in to meet on Captain America, which is kind of cool. After Superman, he was kind of my favorite.
Phrases like "he was kind of my favorite" and "starring in MacGruber" may not endear Phillippe to Marvel, who was more upbeat about the part when he told io9 he was indeed interested in the role.
Yeah, I would. My son would looove it. He's six-years-old. I'm really into it. We'll see what happens, but yeah, it'd be fun.
Besides Phillippe, Deadline reports that Channing Tatum is also up for the role (apparently, Marvel just rented Stop-Loss, which stars both Phillippe and Tatum). After the success of Dear John and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Tatum may be a more high profile actor than the "complete unknown" that director Joe Johnston announced he was looking for, but after undergoing such a long search for the right actor, Marvel may be willing to hire a more bankable star in the role.
While the search continues, Marvel is busy casting the other roles in the movie. With Hugo Weaving already in talks to play arch-nemesis Red Skull, Marvel is looking at a list of contenders (oh man, not again) for the female lead role of Peggy. The Deadline report lists three British actresses as being under consideration: Keira Knightley, She's Out of My League's Alice Eve, and Emily Blunt. With Blunt almost landing the role of the Black Widow in Iron Man 2, we'll put money on her getting the part, though after seeing Marvel's current obsession with Stop-Loss actors, don't count out Abbie Cornish from pulling an upset and grabbing the role instead. Posted 03.16.10 by Ryan
Zack Snyder is a busy director these days, working on both the fantasy-action movie Sucker Punch and the 3-D animated Guardians of Ga'Hoole, based on the children's novel series written by Kathryn Lasky, simultaneously.
Variety reports that Guardians is lining up an impressive cast of voices, including Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Hugo Weaving, and David Wenham. They're leading an equally strong group of supporting voice actors, such as Helen Mirren, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Emilie de Ravin, Ryan Kwanten, Emily Barclay, Miriam Margolyes and JayLaga'aia.
Guardians tells the story of how an owl named Soren (Sturgess), who is entranced with his father's stories about the Guardians of Ga'Hoole, protected owlkind. Once Soren is kidnapped, he gathers together a group to escape and join the Guardians. Posted 11.20.09 by Ryan