Whew. After reading IronMan 2 critic reviews about this time last week, we were concerned it might be as lousy as Spider-Man 3. Then we saw it and it was pretty cool. But it got us thinking: What if Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Leslie Bibb, and the rest of the Iron Man 2 hotties weren't in the movie? What if it was 2 hours of iron suits, bad guys, and exposition? Bo-ring.
So with that profound thought we present the rest of the hotties we're looking forward to in Summer 2010.See The Hottest Chicks of the Summer Flicks >> Posted 05.12.10 by reelz
Marvel offered Emily Blunt the role of love interest Peggy Carter in The First Avenger: Captain America, but the actress turned it down for unknown reasons. In an interview with MTV, Blunt explained why she turned down the role. read what Emily Blunt said >> Posted 04.27.10 by Ryan
At one point, Sebastian Stan was in a three-way race for the title role in Marvel's The First Avenger: Captain America before eventually losing the role to Chris Evans. However, Stan is still joining the cast. THR reports that Stan has been cast as Captain America's sidekick, Bucky. Why did Blunt pass? >> Posted 04.03.10 by Ryan
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
The Wolfman has suffered through several delays, which is usually a bad sign. Actress Emily Blunt has tried to explain the delays by saying that the movie "needed to cook a little bit more," and producer Scott Stuber agrees, though his explanation involves more technical details.
The visual effects work was so complex that some of the stuff wasn't ready. There were so many textures we had to create, like landscapes of London and all the elements within the London sequence; they just weren't where they needed to be.
It's an authentic, make-up-driven film, but there are transitional pieces that we needed to do in CG, so you didn't have to cut away during the change in the monster. Integrating the make-up and the effects to make them feel like one cohesive whole was always going to be a challenge and it's something we've had to work through.
Beyond the special effects delays, Stuber says another scene was needed.
We needed one more piece between Benicio [Del Toro] and Emily [Blunt]. We added a new scene during the post-bite, pre-transformation sequence when he's starting to realize something's wrong.
Despite everything, Stuber remains confident about the movie, calling it "a big quality piece of entertainment" that's "beautiful, rich, gothic, tragic - it's everything you hope it would be." Posted 12.28.09 by Ryan
The release date for The Wolfman has been delayed several times, leading to much online speculation as to what was going wrong with the Joe Johnston-directed production. Emily Blunt, who stars in the movie, explained to ShockTillYouDrop why she thinks the movie has suffered from so many delays.
I think with a film like that, because there are special effects and it's a big movie, you can't accelerate its release date. It's not fair and so I think it just needed some more time. They needed to cook a little bit more. But the film is so good, so I'm really happy that they waited and I think it's the best time for people to see it.This fall is all about the awards seasons and all of that, so I don't know if it's that kind of film. It's not. It's a werewolf movie. It's a brilliant…more of a throwback to the old Lon Chaney films and it's classic and gothic and eerie but I don't think it competes with the slasher movies in that way because I think it's better. I did my job, they loved the movie so, I almost feel this is the best time because I feel like more people are going to see it in February anyway.
Blunt may be able to give some context to the delays, but couldn't explain why editors Walter Murch and Mark Goldblatt were hired to help work on the movie, including the footage from six weeks of reshoots.
I don't know what happens behind those scenes. I think it's important to get as many influences as possible on a film of that scale, with that much effects that need to take place.
Whatever Murch and Goldblatt did, it seemed to have the desired effect. The MPAA has rated the movie "R" for "bloody horror, violence, and gore". Blunt may not feel feel like The Wolfman will compete with slasher movies, but the rating is good news to slasher fans, who will make up a large percentage of The Wolfman's audience. Posted 12.13.09 by Ryan
November was supposed to be the month that The Wolfman opened in theaters, but yet another delay pushed the movie to February. After hiring a couple of legendary editors to help clean up the troubled production, Universal is releasing a featurette to help keep interest alive. Watch Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, and producer Scott Stuber talk about the upcoming movie below. Posted 11.20.09 by Ryan
From the atmospheric trailer, it's clear how much of a debt the the reboot of The Wolf Man owes to its 1941 predecessor. All very goth and retro, even Victorian, the trailer is peppered with ominous dialogue. On the plus side, one element that's not vintage 1940s are the special effects. It's most definitely not an update along the lines of An American Werewolf in London, except for the scenes where Benicio Del Toro transforms into a werewolf.
Not only is the trailer a feast for your eyes, but there's a cautionary tale in here too about the value of getting sufficiently strong restraints. It's a public service announcement we can get behind. Posted 08.20.09 by reelz
For the uninitiated, Barbarella is a science fiction movie from director Roger Vadim that was not very highly regarded when it was released in 1968, but is today a cult classic. The film starred then-nubile Jane Fonda in the title role and was an adaptation of the Barbarella comic books of Jean-Claude Forest. The film caused a bit of a stir because of an opening sequence featuring Fonda stripping in zero gravity and for a torture sequence where a device attempts to pleasure Barbarella to death.
There have been many who have expressed interest in doing a remake of the film over the years, but the idea never gained any real traction until it was announced in May 2007 that Robert Rodriguez was fronting an effort to bring the space vixen to life. After that announcement, rumors circulated that Rodriguez's girlfriend at the time, actress Rose McGowan, would play the role of Barbarella, but one year later Rodriguez declared the project dead.
Now, it seems, Barbarella has new life. The Hollywood Reporter recently reported that Dino & Martha De Laurentiis are producing the Barbarella remake and that they've hired Joe Gazzam to write the screenplay, with Robert Luketic in talks to direct. But, with Rodriguez and McGowan out of the picture, who will play the title role? According to some reports, Golden Globe-winner Emily Blunt is in talks for the role, along with fellow Brit Sienna Miller, who currently stars as The Baronness in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. However, since the De Laurentiis' project does not currently have studio backing, it may be some time before we know who will be wearing Barbarella's see-through space-age apparel. Posted 08.10.09 by BrentJS
Deadline Hollywood has supplied the scoop and final word regarding Iron Man 2 casting rumors that have been floating around of late.
First off, Mickey Rourke, fresh from his Oscar-nominated popularity, has finally signed on to play an unknown Russian antagonist, which every geek knows is probably a villain called Whiplash. He'll be in good company as the main baddie against fellow "comeback kid" actor Robert Downey Jr. in the title role.
Next, we have word that Scarlett Johansson will indeed be replacing Emily Blunt in the role of Black Widow, the Russian spy and possible new love interest for Tony Stark, aka Iron Man. This also may be the reason why Gwyneth Paltrow has not yet been alerted to her involvement in the sequel, or the lack thereof.
Incidentally, Johansson finished last in our user poll about who should play Black Widow. Posted 03.12.09 by reelz