Best of the Week: James Bond Goes To Olympics, Steven Segal in 'Expendables 3'?

News & Rumors

Before we delve into the other events of the week, let's go ahead and address the elephant in the room (or wherever you're reading this). We're talking, of course, about The Hunger Games, a franchise which now finds itself without a director. There had been speculation all week that Gary Ross might not be returning for the sequel, Catching Fire. This morning, those rumors became reality. Now the search is on for who will helm the next film. We name a few possibilities and put it the question to you.

The Summer Olympics are only a few months away and this year, London is the host city. A lot of preparation has gone into the Opening Ceremony, which is being directed/co-ordinated by Slumdog Millionaire's Danny Boyle. While the ceremony is sure to be filled with lots of British pop culture references, we now know that Bond, James Bond will appear in a skit titled The Arrival. The Summer Olympics being July 27 and will be broadcast on the networks of NBC.

Welcome to the future of YouTube! The site released a new 3D feature for HD videos. You can check out a clip via their blog (you're going to need a pair of old school red & blue 3D glasses to view it). On-going, all 1080p HD videos will automatically be converted into 3D. Viewers will have the option of viewing the clip regularly or clicking a 3D button that transforms the footage into three dimensions. The site is now working on 4D and further dimensions.

Virgin Atlantic is facing a claim that dozens of celebrities' flight details were leaked. In total, almost 70 celebrities are mentioned including Madonna, Rihanna, Daniel Radcliffe and Russell Brand.

THR reports that Nicole Kidman is currently in talks to portray '50s actress and former Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly in a film titled Grace of Monaco. Rather than being a traditional biopic, this film will focus on the six month period in 1962 when the city-state of Monaco got into a heated dispute with France, which grew tired of the tiny principality being a tax haven.

Production on Human Centipede 3 has been delayed as director Tom Six and star Dieter Laser argue over the script… Someone feel free to pass them a note to remind them that they're making Human Centipede 3, not a summer blockbuster or Academy Awards bait.

Adam Sandler set a new record as far as Razzies go. Over the weekend, his cross-dressing comedy Jack and Jill swept with 10 awards, including Worst Picture, Worst Actor and Worst Actress, among other designations. Sandler later responded by remaking the Carl Reiner '80s classic Summer School and casting Taylor Lautner in Grown Ups 2. Touché, Sandler, touché.

One of the big action names that is noticeably missing from both The Expendables and the upcoming sequel is Steven Segal. That may be changing as Segal was quoted in a French magazine saying, "He [Sylvester Stallone] plans to do another one and I have already been made an offer. We'll see…" We'll keep you posted on what Stallone says, since he makes the call regarding who is in the three-quel.

The sequel you didn't know you wanted is gearing up. We're talking about Wicker Man 2, which promises to revisit the original film's murky territory. "The Wicker Tree has 'jokey bits, sex and very horrific ending'," said returning director Robin Hardy.

A Los Angeles man was charged with stealing nearly $500,000 worth of movie posters from bus shelters. He allegedly stole 3,000 posters owned by CBS from bus shelters in the San Fernando Valley over a span of nine months and then selling them online for more than $450,000. He pleaded not guilty to one count each of grand theft of personal property and receiving stolen property. If convicted, he could face a maximum of five years in prison.

Recapping the week in sequels, a sequel to Martin Scorsese's classic Raging Bull, which starred Robert DeNiro in the Oscar-nominated role of Jake LaMotta was announced. Neither Scorsese or DeNiro  are returning though. Instead, Argentinean director Martin Guigui will direct William Forsythe as LaMotta. Scorsese responded to the news diplomatically, saying, "I think we said what we had to say at the time. All of us moved on. I really don't know what Raging Bull II would be (about)."

Meanwhile, Arnold Schwarzenegger shared his thoughts on a potential Twins sequel while Avatar 2 producer Jon Landau said they'll miss the 2014 release date they initially targeted. Finally, Prometheus writer Jon Spaiths has been tapped to reboot The Mummy.

The Avengers is ramping up for a final marketing push. While it would take a very, very long paragraph to summarize everything that has been released this week to promote the film, check out this clip of Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow kicking butt while being tied to a chair. Also, feel free to grab the new wallpapers to decorate your desktop.

Meanwhile, AMC Theaters announced that the Marvel Movie Marathon is selling out a month in advance. The special movie marathon features all five of the previous Marvel films (Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor 3D and Captain America: The First Avenger 3D) culminating in a midnight screening of The Avengers in 3D. AMC notes that 10 locations have sold out. Find out where you can still purchase tickets, before they're all gone!

And finally, Nick Fury aka Samuel L. Jackson announced the first five cities which will host early screenings of The Avengers. Find out which cities and how you can bump your city into spots 6-10.

Big news on the Alamo Drafthouse front. Not only did they recently open a new location in Texas (to which founder/CEO Tim League was joined by Robert Rodriguez for a little Q&A) but they're set to open their first location in New York! Other cities that will soon have a Drafthouse in their neighborhood include San Francisco, North Austin, Ashburn and a location in Colorado and another theater in Virginia. Still waiting on that L.A. Drafthouse theater…

For those wondering if filming of The X-Men: First Class sequel would interfere with Jennifer Lawrence's schedule in filming The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire, FOX has decided to shoot the X-Men sequel in January to avoid any conflicts.

American Reunion opens this weekend and that got us thinking, what are some of the strangest uses for pie in movies? Here are five of them.

Pics & Posters

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A new photo featuring Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford from the much-buzzed about indie horror comedy produced by Joss Whedon, The Cabin in the Woods, hit the Web. The film hits theaters next weekend.

Images from Miley Cyrus' new film, LOL arrived. The film will receive a limited release next month. The film co-stars Ashley Greene, Thomas Jane and Gina Gershon.

Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks star as sibilings who never knew each other existed until their father dies and tasks Pine with a final request of delivering a large sum of money to Banks. People Like Us arrives in theaters June 29. Watch the trailer here.

 

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