Who should play Peter Parker's best frienemy?
Even though director Marc Webb has expressed some reluctance about leaping right back into the swing of things (pardon the pun) with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 so soon after The Amazing Spider-Man, plans for the sequel are moving right along. We recently learned that Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) has been offered the role of Mary Jane Watson, Peter Parker's college girlfriend and eventual wife in the Marvel comic books and his paramour in the Sam Raimi-directed trilogy. And, only days ago, Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx (Ray) teased fans by tweeting that he had "dressed up as Electro for Halloween," the villain known to be menacing Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) in the sequel, a bold casting move that Webb seemed to confirm when he later called Foxx an "electrifying" actor.
The only other new character that is known to be appearing in the sequel and that does not yet have an actor's name attached is Harry Osborn, son of Norman Osborn, whose company was directly responsible for the creation of both Spider-Man and the Lizard (Rhys Ifans). In the comic books, as in Raimi's movies, Harry was Peter's friend until his father, wearing the guise of the Green Goblin, is killed during a battle with Spider-Man. Harry then takes up the mantle of the Goblin and sets out to destroy Spider-Man. James Franco got his big break by landing the role of Harry in Raimi's trilogy. Who do you think has what it takes to fill Franco's shoes and go tit for tat with Garfield in the sequel?
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Posted 11.05.12 by BrentJS
"You may see this and think it's magic. But falling in love, is an act of magic."
Suspend disbelief with this clever, well-written romantic comedy with a fantastical premise that eschews cheap and obvious gags for a deeper, more emotional and thought-provoking narrative on love, life, free will, and creativity. what use is love if not freely given? >> Posted 11.05.12 by BrentJS
Fans of Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine, There Will Be Blood), take note: the actor may have his best role yet in the upcoming For Ellen, which debuted earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. Starring as a self-absorbed musician, Dano seems to be in terrific form in the movie's first trailer, which doesn't exactly look like it's promising an upbeat story. The movie's synopsis doesn't seem less bleak.
watch the trailer >> Posted 08.19.12 by Ryan
Aspiring rock star Joby Taylor (Dano) has wanted nothing more than to "make it," having flirted with fame but never crossed over into true success. In the midst of a low period in his life, he agrees to sign divorce papers with his estranged wife (Margarita Levieva — Revenge, How To Make It In America) in order to see money from the sale of their home, only to discover that by signing the papers, he will forfeit all custody of his six-year-old daughter, Ellen (newcomer Shaylena Mandigo). With a good-natured lawyer (Jon Heder — Napoleon Dynamite) unable to make headway in reversing the decision, and a girlfriend (Jena Malone — Into the Wile) that represents an era of his life that he might be ready to graduate from, Joby negotiates a visit with his daughter to explore whether he is able to walk away from his child, and whether it might be too late for reconciliation.
Warner Bros. casting for their upcoming live-action adaptation of Akira, based on the Japanese manga ("comic book") series by Katsuhiro Otomo has been pretty, well, Caucasian so far. Garrett Hedlund is set to play heroic biker gang leader Shotaro Kaneda, while Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga) has been offered the role of Kei, a powerful medium and Kaneda's love interest, and Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham Carter were offered the roles of The Colonel and Lady Miyako, respectively. Like we said, pretty Caucasian.
Of course, the live-action Akira will take place in New Manhattan, unlike the Neo-Tokyo of the manga series and 1988 anime adaptation, but that hasn't stopped a furor of online criticism. George Takei (Star Trek) has led an online petition against the "whitewashing" of Akira and recently told The Advocate that if the studio continues with its casting, they could "offend Asians, number 1; number 2, they offend the fans". Whatever the motivation, it seems like Warners is finally looking to bring an Asian actor onto the cast, with Ken Watanabe possibly stepping in for Oldman. several contenders up for the role of Tetsuo >> Posted 11.23.11 by Ryan
The first trailer for Robert De Niro's new movie, Being Flynn, is now online. It's based on poet and playwright Nick Flynn's 2004 memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, in which he chronicles his unexpected reunion with his estranged alcoholic father at a homeless shelter in Boston.
Being Flynn marks a return to more dramatic material for writer-director Paul Weitz, who earned an Academy Award nomination for his 2002 dramedy adaptation About a Boy, but then subsequently strayed into parody (American Dreamz), fantasy (Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant), and comedy (Little Fockers, also with De Niro). The movie does not yet have a release date, but it is aimed at a Spring 2012 opening. read the synopsis and watch the trailer >> Posted 11.15.11 by BrentJS
Bourne fans weren't exactly pleased when writer-director Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton) revealed that that the Bourne 4 script he was working on — titled Bourne Legacy — will be a "stand-alone project" that wouldn't include the character of Jason Bourne but "a whole new hero," which Gilroy later revealed would be a new agent with the same training as Bourne. Gilroy also explained that he didn't want to replace Matt Damon, who had previously announced that he wouldn't do another Bourne without The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass. Greengrass dropped out of the fourth Bourne in December of 2009. Gilroy maintains that Legacy won't permanently replace Damon, leaving open the possibility of his return. who's up for the part? >> Posted 02.25.11 by Ryan
Variety reports that Paul Dano (There Will be Blood) is the latest actor to join director Rian Johnson's upcoming time-traveling, sci-fi thriller Looper, which already cast Bruce Willis and Brick lead Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Johnson will direct from his own script.
Looper follows low-level hit men ("loopers") who are paid to execute victims sent back in time from the future by the leaders of organized crime. According to The Playlist, Dano is set to play Seth, a looper like Gordon-Levitt. The role is apparently small but, reportedly, a "key one." Willis is playing the older version of Gordon-Levitt. Emily Blunt is also cast in an unspecified role.
Looper will begin production sometime next year in Louisiana. No release date is currently scheduled, but those who are curious can follow the movie's progress on Johnson's personal blog. Posted 12.01.10 by Ryan
Looks like Paul Dano is going to try to drink some alien milkshake. Deadline reports that the There Will Be Blood actor has joined the Jon Favreau-directed adaptation of Cowboys and Aliens as a cowboy who joins Daniel Craig in the fight against an alien uprising in 1873 Arizona. more casting news and favreau tests 3-D >> Posted 05.17.10 by Ryan
Variety reports that Paul Dano has signed on to star with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in the upcoming action-comedy from director James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line). You might remember Dano from his memorable performances as the preacher rival of Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood and as the mute, Nietzsche-reading teen in Little Miss Sunshine.
The Mangold movie, formerly titled Wichita and yet to be renamed, involves a partnership between Cruise and Diaz, who play a federal agent and a perky Midwesterner, respectively. According to IMDb's plot description, they embark on "a whirlwind of globe-hopping adventure and world-changing secrets." One of these adventures involves the pursuit of Dano's character, an enigmatic inventor-scientist.
Shooting begins in Boston next month, and the movie is scheduled for a July 2, 2010 release. Posted 09.25.09 by reelz