A little change is coming on Anomalous Material. The movie news round-up will now be moved to every Saturday so it is more conducive to discuss news that happened during the week instead of the odd middle of the week update. Why is there a post today then? As you will see below, there is already a massive load of news that has accumulated in this post since last Thursday and I don’t want to post a novel on Saturday. Let’s just say this is to smooth the transition out. Additionally, we will do a better job of expanding on a handful of discussion-worthy news item each week instead of just giving you this long list of one-liners. Hope you appreciate the effort!
Finally, make sure to vote on the sidebar on whether you want to see more frequent news update. The choices are:
- Weekly: Keeping the same format we have been running
- Twice a week: I’m thinking Wednesday and Saturday or something similar to that
- Daily: This would mean a post that aggregates every notable movie news item for the day. Not an individual post for each news item.
- Toy Story 3 reigns supreme at the box office with an estimated $109 million opening weekend, the third film in history to reach $100 million in a 3-day opening weekend
- Jonah Hex on the other hand could not muster half of Warner Bros lowly expectations with only $5 million in its first weekend: WB threw in the towel a long time ago with this movie but this is laughable that it opened #8th behind movies that have been released weeks ago!
- Fairy tales characters such as Red Riding Hood, Hansel & Gretel, and Jack the Giant Killer pitted together in dark fantasy Legends (Heat Vision)
- First look at Johnny Depp in The Rum Diary (FilmTotaal.nl)
- Rumor: Neill Blomkamp might direct The Hobbit (TheOneRing.net)
“Before anybody gets crazy, let me be clear that we are not reporting that Neill Blomkamp (District 9) is the director of ‘The Hobbit’. I am not ready to put my name or TheOneRing’s name on a story that says this is fact. However, we did receive a spy report that stated it as cold, hard, unsurprising fact. We haven’t been able to get a verification but the tip stated some other information on the side that fits with other info from other sources.”
- The Skank Robbers (?!?!?) with Jamie Foxx, Martin Lawrence to be released in August 2011 (Production Weekly)
- Gus Van Sant’s Restless to be released January 2011 (Box Office Mojo)
- Triage starring Colin Farrell can’t find US distributor, going straight to DVD (The Playlist)
- Marvel rumored to make 10-minute shorts for third tier comic book characters (Latino Review)
- Yahoo has released a few first pictures of Michael Gondry’s The Green Hornet (Yahoo)
- Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman to star in hostage movie Trespass (Variety)
- Simon Baker, Paul Bettany joining the cast of corporate thriller Margin Call (THR)
- Leonardo DiCaprio officially cast to play J. Edgar Hoover in biopic by Clint Eastwood (Deadline)
- Lauren Graham cast in Scream 4 (Ghouls on Film)
- Jason Isaacs, Maria Bello, Denzel Whitaker, Michael Nyqvist cast in action thriller Abduction starring Taylor Lautner (Deadline)
- Douglas Booth cast in LOL (That’s the title of the movie, not sarcasm from me) opposite Miley Cyrus (Deadline)
- Gary Oldman, Christian Slater, Dane Cook to star in crime thriller Guns, Girls, and Gambling (Heat Vision)
Chris Pine officially cast in the action/comedy This Means War starring Reese Witherspoon; Sam Worthington offered 2nd male lead role according to Vulture. It would be intriguing to see Worthington in a romantic comedy as he seems to be quite limited in terms of perceived range, real or not. However, combining Pine with Worthington in a comedy seems a little odd.
Again, nothing official — Worthington could sit on the offer and do nothing– and this project has been in the pipeline for more than a decade so there is no guarantee it will even be made although Fox seems to be serious about getting it off the ground this time.
“Worthington and Chris Pine (who is already signed on) would play best friends and veteran spies who wage black-ops warfare on each other when they both fall for the same girl (Reese Witherspoon, who’s also producing, along with Will Smith’s company, Overbrook Entertainment) [...]”
What do you think? Does Sam Worthington seem like a good fit for this action/romance/comedy movie?
- Don Cheadle, Freida Pinto offered roles in Rise of the Apes (Bloody Disgusting)
- Alexander Skarsgard to star in Battleship, based on the board game (Heat Vision)
- Bradley Cooper to star in untitled Disney baseball comedy/drama (Variety)
Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum attached to Michael Sucsy’s romantic tearjerker The Vow, THR reports The Vow is based on the real-life story of newlywed New Mexico couple Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, played by McAdams and Tatum, who end up in a life-changing car accident. The wife is put in a lengthy coma, where she is cared for by her devoted husband. When she wakes up, without any memory of her husband or their recent marriage, the husband woos her and attempts to win her heart again.
This project, once a Julia Roberts vehicle, has been in the works for more than a decade but it looks like it will finally be able to secure production now that two bankable leads have been attached to it. McAdams is no stranger to romantic dramas as she started the whole craze with The Notebook in 2004 while Tatum recently starred in another Nicholas Spark adaptation, Dear John.
The questionable casting of Channing Tatum is another case of producers thinking dollar signs instead of making the right choice. The two-hander premise will rely equally on the male lead to pull his part of the load, something that I’m not quite sure he is capable of doing. I guess they couldn’t get a hold of Taylor Lautner…
Production is unlikely to start until early next year as McAdams is soon due to shoot Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and will stay busy in the fall opposite Christian Bale in Terrence Malick’s still-untitled romantic drama.
- Daniel Kaluuya cast in Johnny English 2 (Deadline)
- Octavia Spencer joins The Flypaper (Variety)
- Erin Carufel cast in The Lincoln Lawyer (Variety)
- Benjamin Walker cast in X-Men: First Class, Michael Fassbender officially in (Deadline)
- Judd Apatow to produce, wife Leslie Mann to star in comedy Business Trip (Deadline)
Imogen Poots to star in Fright Night remake (Heat Vision): All of those recent horror remake haven’t been smashing success but look at all the talent behind this one: Craig Gillespie, director of the awesome Lars and the Real Girl, will helm this. Anton Yelchin in the lead, Toni Collette will play his mother, Colin Farrell as the vampire villain, and Christopher Mintz-Plass as Evil Ed. Not a bad group at all.
The IMDb summary for the 1985 version: “For young Charlie Brewster, nothing could be better than an old horror movie late at night. Two men move in next door, and for Charlie with his horror movie experience, there can be no doubt that their strange behavior is explained by the fact that they are a vampire and his undead day guardian. The only one who can help him hunt them down is a washed-up actor, Peter Vincent, who hosts Charlie’s favorite TV show, Fright Night. Vincent doesn’t really believe that vampires exist, but does it for the money…”
- Demi Moore joins the cast of Margin Call as well (Deadline)
- Linda Cardellini, Michael Shannon, Tim Blake Nelson to star in indie drama Return (Variety)
- Walton Goggins cast in Cowboys & Aliens (Deadline)
- Michael Shannon again, Jamie Chung cast in thriller Premium Rush (THR)
- Simon Pegg will voice mouse-warrior Reepichep in The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Twitter)
- Conviction with Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell (Apple HD)
- Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D (YouTube)
- The American with George Clooney (IMDb)
- Eat Pray Love with Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem (YouTube): Not really sure what the fuss is all about but I guess this will find the same audience as Julie & Julia last year. Some of you (Red) will probably drool while watching the trailer
Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) had everything a modern woman is supposed to dream of having – a husband, a house, a successful career – yet like so many others, she found herself lost, confused, and searching for what she really wanted in life. Newly divorced and at a crossroads, Gilbert steps out of her comfort zone, risking everything to change her life, embarking on a journey around the world that becomes a quest for self-discovery. In her travels, she discovers the true pleasure of nourishment by eating in Italy; the power of prayer in India, and, finally and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of true love in Bali. Based upon the bestselling memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love proves that there really is more than one way to let yourself go and see the world.
- Tomorrow: When the War Began (Facebook)
- The Dead and the Damned zombie movie (Twitched)
- The Tillman Story (Yahoo HD):
“Pat Tillman gave up his professional football career to join the Army Rangers in 2002—and became an instant symbol of patriotic fervor and unflinching duty. But the truth about Pat Tillman is far more complex, and ultimately more heroic, than the caricature created by the media. And when the government tried to turn his death into war propaganda, they took on the wrong family. From her home in the Santa Cruz mountains, Pat’s mother, Dannie Tillman, led the family’s crusade to reveal the truth beneath the mythology of their son’s life and death.”