Roll up, roll up for your weekly fix of tidbits. This week we have posters galore, casting news, concept art and some behind-the-scenes photos from ‘Universal Soldier: A New Dimension 3D,’ and ‘American Reunion.’ Enjoy your weekend and happy reading.
Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn (‘Trespass,’ ‘Animal Kingdom’) has joined the cast of Derek Cianfrance’s ‘The Place Beyond the Pines.’ He joins Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes and Greta Gerwig for the multi-generational crime drama.
Gosling plays a pro motorcycle rider who starts robbing banks to support his newborn son until he crosses paths with a determined young cop (Cooper). Mendelsohn will play Robin Van Der Zee, a mechanic who takes a shine to Gosling and brings him into his bank robbing operation.
Josh Stewart (‘No Ordinary Family,’ ‘The Collector’) has taken an unspecified role in Christopher Nolan’s highly-anticipated ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’
Jason Clarke (‘The Wettest County in the World,’ ‘Public Enemies’) has landed a key role in Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby.’ He joins Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Magurie, Carey Mulligan, and fellow Aussies Isla Fisher and Joel Edgerton.
The Long Island-set movie sees Nick Carraway (Maguire) lured into the lavish world of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio). Soon enough, however, Carraway will see through the cracks of Gatsby’s nouveau riche existence, where obsession, madness, and tragedy await. Clarke will play George Wilson the cuckholded husband of Myrtle (Fisher).
Super producer Joel Silver has signed a deal to develop a live-action feature based on Cartoon Network’s ‘Ben 10’ franchise, reports Variety. Silver is of course looking to turn the big screen version a potential franchise starter.
“I think we have to try something fresh and go at it in a way that stays true to the original material,” Silver said. “I have a 5-year-old and a 9-year-old, so it’s somewhere between them. I tried to do (something similar) with ‘Speed Racer’ and failed miserably,” he said. “You always learn more from the ones that don’t work than the ones that do work.”
Dark Castle’s Steve Richards, who has signed on to produce with Andrew Rona and Silver, said that the movie would be completely recast from the character’s previous live-action incarnations, and that the producers want to go as big as possible with the project.
Two new videos for ‘Batman Live: World Arena Tour’ have arrived online, a behind-the-scenes video and a reveal of the Batmoible. The show hits Dublin’s O2 from September 28th until October 1st, before heading up to Belfast’s Odyssey Arena October 5th – 8th.
You can find specs for the Batmobile HERE(thanks to Geek Syndicate)
A nice little teaser for the sixth season of ‘Dexter.’
Below is the full trailer for ‘Dolphin Tale’ starring Harry Connick Jr., Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Kris Kristofferson. A story centered on the friendship between a boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap.
Digitapp have released an 8-bit version of the ‘Game of Thrones’ theme, along with downloads if you want to make it your ringtone.
‘Invincible’ director Ericson Core is set to helm the indie action caper ‘Youngstown Boys’ from a script by Ken Hixon (‘Welcome to the Rileys,’ ‘City by the Sea’), reports Variety.
Based on the true story of the biggest bank heist in U.S. history the movie focuses on a gang of close-knit thieves from Youngstown, Ohio who set out to steel $30 million in illegal campaign contributions and blackmail money from President Nixon. However, the gang holds up the wrong bank, hitting a United California Bank instead of Nixon’s home Bank of America branch. The gang made off with an estimated $12 million.
Music Week reports that Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears and guitarist Babydaddy have been commissioned to soundtrack a new film version of classic kids TV show ‘Fraggle Rock.’
Nickelodeon’s relaunch of the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ will feature the voices of Sean Astin, Jason Biggs, Greg Cipes and Rob Paulsen. Astin will be voicing Raphael, Jason Biggs is Leonardo, Greg Cipes will be Michelangelo, and Rob Paulsen, who originally voiced Raphael will now be voicing Donatello.
Writer-director Troy Duffy has revealed that he is in talks with TV execs to continue the story of ‘The Boondock Saints’ on the small screen, and that Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery would reprise their roles of the MacManus brothers. Duffy confirmed to We Got This Covered that he was in talks with Networks like HBO and AMC, networks that would allow the director to keep the show faithful to the franchise.
“We’ve been approached to do a possible Boondock Saints TV series. So the fans may be getting a part 3 as a television show. We might be able to pull that off….I actually called both Sean and Norman and they both said “hell yeah, we’ll drop everything.”
Talking to Collider, producer John Davis (‘Flight of the Phoenix,’ ‘AvP’ ‘Predator’) says that ‘Street Kings’ and ‘Harsh Times’ writer-director David Ayer has penned a script for a remake of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1980s classic ‘Commando,’ and it seems that Ayer is also eyeing the project as a directing vehicle for himself:
“We have a really great script. You know, I don’t know if it really makes sense to call it Commando. Maybe it does or maybe doesn’t. It is the reboot of it and all of that stuff. It is David Ayer, who did Training Day. He wrote it and wants to direct it. It is there and it is a brilliant script. It is just waiting for the right moment for the studio to want to make it and finding the right actor… Right now the script that is written is a hard R.”
Deadline reports that ‘Bridemaids’ scene stealers Melissa McCarthy (‘Mike and Molly’) and Jon Hamm (‘Mad Men’) may be reuniting with the movie’s director Paul Feig to lead director’s next, “an unconventional love story about a guy who becomes obsessed with a woman.” Feig will write the script and will also serve as producer alongside Judd Apatow.
The TV spinoff of ‘The Transporter’ kicked off production this week with ‘Prison Break’ actor Chris Vance in the role of Frank Martin, played by Jason Statham in the films. Exec producer Bernard Bouix has revealed that French actor François Berléand is to reprise his role as Inspector Tarconi. Hungarian actress Andrea Osvart and Delphine Chanéac (‘Splice’) will co-star.
“We wanted to stay connected to the three movies,” explained the producer. “We wanted to keep a geographical tie. François Berléand [is] back in the series. So we wanted to be kind of like the cousins of the three films.”
Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis’ script for McG’s big screen action-adventure adaptation of ‘Ouija’ is to get a polish from Simon Kinberg (‘Sherlock Holmes,’ ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith’).
Chelsea Handler (‘This Means War’) is set to join the Josh Schwartz-directed teen comedy ‘Fun Size.’ THR reports that Handler plays the mother of the main character Wren, played by Victoria Justice. Scribe Max Werner (‘The Colbert Report’) penned the story which involves Wren taking her younger brother trick or treating on Halloween but losing him before they are due to return home.
There is new talk of Steven Spielberg re-booting the ‘Jurassic Park.’ According to THR, the director has been meeting with screenwriter Mark Protosevich (‘Thor,’ ‘I Am Legend’) to kick around ideas
It was going to happen sooner or later, Variety is reporting that Legendary Entertainment is in early negotiations with Mattel to buy the film rights for ‘Hot Wheels.’ Based on the popular toy cars, the plan is for the movie to be in the same vein as ‘Fast and Furious,’ and not targeted at kids. A writer and director have yet to be announced
Variety reports that Darren Aronofsky is to direct the pilot for HBO’s upcoming drama ‘Hobgoblin.’ The story follows a group of con men and magicians who use their skills of deception to help defeat Hitler and the Germans during WWII. The script comes from ‘Wonder Boys’ author Michael Chabon and his wife Ayelet Waldman.
Mark Ruffalo, who is currently shooting ‘The Avengers’ in New Mexico, has revealed, via his Twitter (@Mruff221) that the superhero epic will be released in 3D, “but is not being shot in 3D.”
The following poster for ‘The Avengers‘, which will probably end up being used for toy merchandising, was on view at the Licensing International Expo in Vegas this week. The poster gives us a look at peek at Captain America’s modern suit which has wings on the helmet along with an idea of what Hawkeye will look like. You will also notice that the Iron Man suit has been updated too.
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Some behind-the-scenes photos from the set of Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg’s ‘American Reunion.’ The movie sees the old gang returning home for their 10-year high school reunion.
Yet more posters and banners for ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.’ You can see the epic final trailer for the movie HERE.
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Some more behind-the-scenes photos, this time from the set of John Hyams’ ‘Universal Soldier: A New Dimension 3D.’ Yes… you read that right, they are making another one. Jean-Claude Van Damme returns as Luc Devreaux, with Dolph Lundgren, Andrei Arlovski, Scott Adkins and Michael Jai White.
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14 new images from Olivier Megaton’s action thriller ‘Colombiana‘ starring Zoe Saldana, Michael Vartan and Jordi Mollà. Check out the movie’s trailer HERE
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Andrew Stanton (‘Wall-E’) has released two pieces of concept art from ‘John Carter,’ the director’s adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic sci-fi novel ‘John Carter of Mars.’
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A couple of random poster to finish up this week. First up there is the new poster for Jon Favreau’s ‘Cowboys & Aliens‘ (trailer), the first poster for Gavin O’Connor’s ‘Warrior‘ (trailer). Next up, an awesome crew poster for ‘Captain America: The First Avenger‘ (trailer) and the teaser poster for ‘John Carter.’ Finally, we have the first poster for Rod Lurie’s ‘Straw Dogs‘ remake (trailer), which is almost identical to the 1971 poster.