The trades report Gemma Arterton (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time) has joined Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, The Town) in the title roles. (They have similar face shapes — we like it.) Will Ferrell, Chris Henchy, Adam McKay and Kevin J. Messick are producing, so we assume there’ll be some comedy accompanying the dark action when cameras roll this March in Berlin. READ FULL STORY »Could this be the greatest twist on the fairytale genre since Shrek? The leads are now set for Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, the film set 15 years after the siblings killed the witch who kidnapped them — and finds them working as witch-seeking bounty hunters.
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Which fair actress might play the part of a storybook princess with “skin white as snow, lips red as a rose, and hair black as ebony”? Universal Pictures is reportedly looking for a young actress, possibly a lesser-known one, to play the starring role in Snow White and the Huntsman (Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender are rumored to be in talks for the roles for the evil queen and huntsman). So far, some of the names on the supposed shortlist have been Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, Felicity Jones (who was in 2008′s Brideshead Revisited and can be seen in Julie Taymor’s The Tempest), Bella Heathcote and Riley Keough — the granddaughter of Elvis, so no stranger to (rock) royalty.
If we had the power to control Hollywood casting (would that we could) and the time/space continuum (ditto), it’s fun to imagine a still-undiscovered Anne Hathaway or Mila Kunis in the role. Or push for Friday Night Light‘s Aimee Teegarden, True Blood‘s Deborah Ann Woll, or Harry Potter‘s Evanna Lynch, aka Luna Lovegood, to get a shot (What? They can dye their hair!). Plus, there’s reportedly a rival Snow White production in the works at Relativity Media entitled The Brothers Grimm: Snow White so perhaps plenty of apple-cheeked actresses might be in luck.
So PopWatchers, who do you think would be best in the role of Snow White?
Channing Tatum has just joined the cast, and Johnny Depp is on the record saying that he’s not opposed to making a cameo. Back in February, he told EW, “I’m hoping they’ll let me do a cameo. Someone will say, ‘Whatever happened to Tom Hanson?’ and they’ll find me somewhere hoarding jars of peanut butter and shaking in my underpants.” I know that Hill would be thrilled if Depp made a brief bow in his film, but I have to ask: Would a quick nod to 21JS nostalgia and Depp’s humble history be enough?Jonah Hill co-wrote the script for the upcoming film remake of 21 Jump Street,
Though Depp himself toyed with the idea of resurrecting his Tom Hanson character, might it be better if he played an entirely different character in the remake? It’s funny to think of Hanson “hoarding jars of peanut butter,” but it’s also a little sad to those who grew up loving the original show. Wouldn’t it be more fun if Depp appeared as an addled English teacher with a meth habit, or a Wooderson-like hanger-on who’s too cool (and old) for school, or the school janitor who knows where all the bodies are buried? Or is it Hanson or nothing? Vote below and be counted. READ FULL STORY »
Contrary to internet speculation, Anna Faris has not joined Ghostbusters 3, her rep tells EW. And the rumor that Bill Hader and Will Forte will be the next generation of stream-crossers is currently nothing more than that. But just because this long-awaited sequel still lacks its fresh, younger cast, an official start date, or even a greenlit script, there’s no reason fans who grew up wearing plastic proton packs can’t still get excited about the future of the franchise. Let’s help sort this out: READ FULL STORY »
There’s a famous tale that Batman & Robin director Joel Schumacher settled on George Clooney as his second and final Batman after sketching the superhero’s cowl with a Magic Marker over Clooney’s face in photos. I’m sure there was actually much more involved in the casting, but the story underscores a basic truth about playing every superhero, but especially Batman: No one really cares who wears the suit.
At least that was true for a long time. READ FULL STORY »
the comic book series Afterburn. Frequently described as “Indiana Jones meets Mad Max,” the Red 5 title is set in the near future, after a massive solar flare strikes Earth, destroying the Eastern Hemisphere. Europe, Africa, Asia, India and Russia have become wastelands, and what life remains (like sharks!) is mutated. Butler would play Jake, who leads a team of “recovery experts” who venture into the danger zone to secure treasures like the Mona Lisa, the Rosetta Stone, and the Crown Jewels for wealthy Western clients. They have their competition, of course — rival treasure hunters, pirates, and hostile mutants. Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) is in talks to direct. According to Red 5, a draft of the script was written by Matt Johnson (Into the Blue), and Christian Gudegast (A Man Apart), is set to take another pass. Tobey Maguire and Neal Moritz have been attached to the project as producers since 2008, the year the comic, written by Paul Ens and Scott Chitwood, debuted.Gerard Butler is in talks to star in the bigscreen adaptation of
What do you think? This sounds right in Butler’s wheelhouse after Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, 300, and Gamer. I’m all for a role that requires him to wear bicep-baring T-shirts (though I could do without Jake’s do-rag). And even though I’d like to see Butler in a good chick flick, his radar is slightly off when it comes to that genre (P.S. I Love You, The Ugly Truth, The Bounty Hunter).
Colin Farrell had been offered the starring role in Miramax’s remake of Total Recall are still premature, according to the actor’s rep, but Farrell is a leading candidate to replace Arnold Schwarzenegger, who played either an interplanetary spy or an Everyman who simply becomes convinced he’s on a dangerous mission to colonize Mars. Farrell certainly would bring an entirely different energy to the role of Douglas Quaid, but so would anyone who’s not the governor of California. As someone who’s watched the 1990 film at least 40 times, I’m torn over whether I want a remake of Paul Verhoeven’s Total Recall, or a more devoted adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s “We Can Remember it for you Wholesale.” I revere the original novella, but I also have a soft sport for the film’s karate-kicking Sharon Stone and the gruesome mutant freedom-fighter named Kuato. Part of me would love a starker vision of the story, but if the credits roll, and I don’t see Kuato peering out of some dude’s belly, I’ll be a bit upset.Reports that
How do you prefer your Total Recall?
scene-stealing performance in The 40 Year-Old Virgin, where she ultimately turned out to be more gal than Steve Carell could handle? How about her brief encounter with Leonardo DiCaprio in Catch Me if You Can, where her gaping guffaw was the perfect punchline? Or are you such a Banks-groupie that all debates begin and end with her naughty guest appearances on Wainy Days? Oh, Shelly, you delectable slut.What’s your favorite Elizabeth Banks moment? It’s not an easy question, because Jack Donaghy’s baby-mama is gorgeous, hilarious, versatile, and totally fearless. Do you go with her
But she’s hardly just a funny knockout, what with her dramatic performances in Seabiscuit, next week’s The Next Three Days, opposite Russell Crowe, and her reported interest in Welcome to People, which sounds like Rain Man, but with an alcoholic sister instead of an autistic brother.
So chime in, Beth Banks Fan Clubbers? What’s your favorite scene of hers, and does Welcome to People sound like something you’d like her in?
Downers Grove with Twilight star Nikki Reed this spring. They’ll play seniors at a suburban high school where each year, one student dies a bizarre death before graduation. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Panettiere will take the role of Chrissie, who’s convinced she’s this year’s victim. (In the book, a jock she beat up when he tried to attack her is out for revenge with the help of his buddies.) Presumably, that makes Reed Chrissie’s best friend, Tracy, described on the book jacket as being “hornier than a Prince song.” (Oh, the ’90s.) Nelson McCormick (Prom Night) will direct. Rebecca De Mornay (always scary) has also joined the cast.Life after Heroes is looking good for Hayden Panettiere. With Scream 4 hitting theaters in April, she’s set to start filming American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis’ adaptation of the Michael Hornburg novel
What do you think? Ellis signed on to adapt the book in 2008, so we assume the script has got a nice polish by now. It doesn’t sound like your typical teen slasher film (more dark and clever, like Heathers), so it could be a smart move for both Panettiere and Reed, who can capitalize on that genre’s audience while not getting pigeon-holed into the genre itself.
So Undercover. According to Deadline, she will play “a tough, street-smart private eye hired by the FBI to go undercover at a college sorority.” The film, expected to begin production next month, will be directed by Tom Vaughan (What Happens in Vegas) from a script by Allan Loeb (The Switch, Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps) and his producing partner Steven Pearl.Miley Cyrus is set to star in the action-comedy
Now, after you accept Cyrus, who turns 18 later this month, as a street-smart private eye recruited by the FBI (there is something rough about her speaking voice), you can begin to see the possibilities: Will P.I. Cyrus wear skinny jeans with her badass knee-high boots, or will she wear them with a skirt like The Good Wife‘s Kalinda? Will the sorority have prim and proper sisters like the contestants in Miss Congeniality, or will they be misfits like in The House Bunny? Will Cyrus’ character fall for a geek who can’t believe she lied to him (but who’ll forgive her because she’s hot), or the young agent assigned to be her date at a formal?
What’s your best guess? READ FULL STORY »
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