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Speaking of films that Singer is directing… Despite Hugh Jackman’s claims that it’s going to be an all X all the time battle royal in X-Men: Days of Future Past, January Jones doesn’t seem to think that she’ll be reprising her role as Emma Frost in the sequel. But that doesn’t mean that Singer and co won’t pull a casting fast one though.
“I don’t know that I’m in it. I don’t think Emma’s in this one. Well they haven’t told me if I am! I wouldn’t put it past them though, I got the script for the first one on the airplane on the way there.”
“I think it’s more about James [McAvoy] and Michael [Fassbender] and then Patrick [Stewart] and Ian [McKellen], and I think it’s gonna go back and forth with those so I don’t think Emma’s in those bits. I don’t know, I really don’t know.”
So you’re saying you don’t know?
Ding ding ding! Looks like the battle for November 15 is on and it’s going to be a triple threat match! Earlier today we brought word that Bill Condon’s WikiLeaks (herp derp) flick, The Fifth Estate will be releasing on November 15, and now we find out that Ridley Scott’s The Counselor and Peter Segal’s Grudge Match will be sharing the same release date. The Counselor is the Cormac McCarthy penned thriller about a lawyer getting in over his head in the local drug business, starring Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Dean Norris, John Leguizamo and Natalie Dormer. While Grudge Match will see Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro as two retired boxers who start up their old rivalry again and agree to one more match in the ring, 50 years after their last title fight. Yes, it’s essentially Rocky vs Raging Bull.
Hiiiiiiighwaaaaay toooo the 3D zone! Take a riiiide iiiiiintoooo the 3D zone! Yep, it’s the first trailer for the IMAX 3D re-release of the late Tony Scott’s classic film, Top Gun. Of course, since we don’t have any IMAX locally (no, I will never let it go, damn it!) this is going to have to do for now.
Chloe Moretz must be the busiest 15 year old in Hollywood (that’s until Roman Polanski’s back in town, of course……. Too soon?). She”ll be on our screens soon as part of the ensemble sketch comedy Movie 43, she’s currently busy filming Kick Ass 2 and will be seen later in the year in the title role of Kimberley Pierce’s Carrie remake, and it looks like her workload ain’t getting any lighter. Moretz is apparently eyeing the lead role in If I Stay, a drama that was original set to be helmed by Twilight director Catherine Hardwick when it was first announced, but now will see the feature film directorial debut of documentary maker R.J. Cutler.
The film is billed as “the story of the gifted classical musician Mia and her boyfriend, Adam, an up and coming indie-rock star. Torn between two paths in life, her art or her relationship, Mia is forced to make an even starker choice between life and death when she is caught in a fatal car accident with her family one snowy morning in Oregon.”
There were many W’s that popped up next to TF’s when Tom Cruise was cast as literary hero Jack Reacher. While the character in books is described as a tank of a man, Cruise is essentially Frodo Baggins with a haircut, smaller feet and more money. This mismatch of actor and character is certainly not a new thing and not the worst case there’s ever been, which is what prompted Screenrant to draw up their list of Top 10 Movie Characters That Look Nothing Like Their Source Material.
The first official poster for the Oscars is out, and it features grinning host Seth McFarlane. Clearly, whomever designed this poster has never ever seen the internet. I give it 5 minutes before somebody photoshops out that Oscar statue outline and replaces it with a penis.
Rejoice! There may be hope for a Dredd sequel yet! OK, so it is the barest hint of a sliver of a whisper of a hope, but hey, I’m all excited and I ain’t gonna stop using exclamation marks now! You see, despite the fact that it looks like only about 10 of us actually went to see it in cinema, it’s been doing some rather great business on the Home Release front, as this press release from Lionsgate explains:
“The verdict is in and Lionsgate (LGF), a leading global entertainment company, announced today that the home entertainment release of DREDD claimed the number one spot on the DVD sell-through and Blu-ray charts with 650,000 units sold, making it the best-selling new release title of the year. Blu-ray units accounted for nearly 50% of week 1 POS at retail. In addition, the critically acclaimed thriller, starring Karl Urban (Star Trek) as the titular character Judge Dredd , was the top film download for the week, outpacing all other titles in digital sales as well.”
OK, Lionsgate, hurry up counting your money and get Alex Garland and Pete Travis working on a sequel! I mean, Travis is all good to go on directing a sequel.
“Who knows what will happen in the future? I just loved making this one. I hope it’s successful enough. I know Alex has lots of other stories he wants to tell, and I think Karl is just the epitome of Dredd. I really hope there’s an opportunity to tell some more stories together and take him on another journey.”
Yo, John Moore! Do us all a favour and click on over to Cracked where they list 4 Simple Rules For Not Screwing Up a Die Hard Sequel. Ebonically speaking, dey be bringing da troof, yo! And so what if you’ve already completed production on A Good Day To Hard, its never too late to go back and fix something. Like maybe quitting and having somebody else direct the movie? Just a thought.
I’ve always wanted to eat at a Chinese restaurant like you see in the movies. You know the type: Golden dragon statues, lanterns hanging everywhere, garish wallpaper and the kitchen staff forming a circle in the back alley around the new busboys as they each fight for their family’s honour. Unfortunately, it looks like I’ll never get that chance, because simply put, those movie type restaurants don’t exist.
Either George Lucas really knows how to play the long game, or this is just one crazy coincidence, but did you know that Mickey Mouse is in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back? George, you sneaky no-chinned, flannel wearing bugger, you!
Frank Grillo will soon be donning the spandex and going toe to toe with Captain America as he plays the villainous Crossbones in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but before that he needs to have the star spangled poop scared out of him by James “Insidious” Wan. Grillo will be joining the formerly announced Maria Bello for the Wan produced thriller, House of Horror. Along with Wan’s casting also comes news that Will Canon (Brotherhood) will be replacing the departed Xavier Gens in the director’s chair.
Despite appearances (and odour, and communication skills, and extensive blood tests) were all human around here, and as humans we sometimes make mistakes, especially in such a big post as The Extras. Luckily, if we pick up an error after the fact, it’s just a few keystrokes away from being rectified. However, when you’re a filmmaker and only discover after your film has been released, that an extra in the background of a scene has made a complete tool of himself – say, like a Stormtrooper that ruins Darth Vader’s big entrance by walking forehead first into a door – there’s very little you can do about it. Which is exactly the way we like it, otherwise we wouldn’t get such hilarious articles like WhatCulture’s 9 Extras Who Completely Ruined Their Scenes.
So you may have heard of some of controversy surrounding Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, specifically around the proliferation of the “N” word. Well, last time I checked, that tended to be the go-to phrase for slave owners in the old west, so I really don’t see what the problem is. But I’m not Spike Lee, who apparently saw such a problem with it, that he had to make a public stink about it. All of this despite the fact that he’d never actually seen Django Unchained.
And if this clip is any evidence, then either Lee has never seen a single other Tarantino movie, or he’s perfectly OK with the phrase being used in modern times as opposed to when it was historically accurate to do so.