News and Notes
Christian Bale is in talks to star in Todd Field's The Creed of Violence. The story is set against the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution in 1910 and centers on two leads – a small time assassin and a young FBI agent who are forced to work together to infiltrate the Mexican criminal underworld. Variety notes that Bale is asking for $10 million for the role while the production company is currently offering half. The actor is weighing his options now that his Batman duties are over and will be busy filming with Terrance Malick for the remainder of the year on The Knight of Cups. [Variety]
The Marvel-scoopers over at Latino-Review have revealed that a portion of the Thor sequel will take place in Iceland. According to an Icelandic website, production is expected to partially film in the country. Fans of Alan Taylor know that he's no stranger to filming in Iceland, having helmed multiple episodes of Game of Thrones. The sequel follows Thor as he enters the Nine Realms hunted by his vengeful brother Loki, the main bad guy from The Avengers. [Latino-Review]
CBS Films has moved Seven Psychopaths up to October 12. The film is director Martin McDonagh's follow-up to the excellent In Bruges and stars Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell. Additionally, CBS Films has delayed the Coen Brothers-scripted remake of the 1966 caper flick Gambit to winter 2013. The remake stars Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz in the roles originally played by Michael Caine and Shirley Maclaine.
Also, Anna Karenina has bumped back a week to November 16. The film stars Jude Law, Aaron Johnson and Keira Knightley in the title role. It's a curious move as the film will now compete with Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 for ticket sales. The film was originally slated to arrive in theaters a week earlier on November 9, which would have pit it against the new James Bond film, Skyfall and Steven Spielberg's Lincoln biopic.
Will Ferrell is slated to cameo in The Internship starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. The trio certainly aren't strangers having appeared together in Wedding Crashers, Zoolander, Starsky & Hutch, Old School and Anchorman. The film is being directed by Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Real Steel) and follows Wilson and Vaughn playing recently downsized men in their forties who try to make it as interns at a successful internet company. Ferrell will play Wilson's brother-in-law who sells home electronics and "has no problem making inappropriate comments about his attractive customers." Sounds like improve heaven. [Variety]
Country Strong director Shana Feste has been hired by Universal to helm a remake of the 1981 film, Endless Love. No casting announcements yet, but the a rewritten script was turned in from Josh Safran of Gossip Girl fame, lending credence to the thought that this remake will be aimed at the Twilight crowd who will be looking for more teen angst/romance after their beloved franchise comes to an end. If you need a refresher of the original film that starred Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt, check it out here.
M. Night Shyamalan is moving expanding his horizons to a Syfy television series. Shyamalan is teaming up with Martin Nixon from a new drama called Proof which centers on the son of a billionaire tech genius whose parents are killed in an accident and puts up a big reward that proves there is life after death. Shyamalan is expected to direct the pilot should it get green-lit. [THR]
Jose Padilha's Robocop remake has added a pretty stellar cast up so far and now they've added Contagion actress and two-time Tony Award winner Jennifer Ehle in the role of Liz Kline. [Deadline]
WWE Studios and 20th Century Fox are looking to keep the 12 Rounds going, only this time it'll be wrestler Randy Orton going through the motions instead of John Cena, who starred in the original. The new film, titled 12 Rounds: Reloaded, begins filming in Vancouver late September and will be released in spring 2013. [Deadline]
Spike Lee will receive the Jaeger-LeCoultre at the Venice Film Festival later this month. Though it sounds like a really expensive car (or alcoholic drink), the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award is given to a filmmaker or actor who has made a unique contribution to contemporary film. Previous winners include Sylvester Stallone, Takeshi Kitano and last year, Al Pacino.
Karl Urban wants you to know that the new Dredd film in which he plays the title character, "isn't for bed-wetters." You've been warned. [Female First]
Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Michael Mann and Woody Allen list their picks for best films of all time… who picked Avatar? [Movies.com]
Videos, Clips and Trailers
Killer Joe expands to more theaters this weekend. The NC-17 rated crime thriller stars Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple and a much-buzzed scene involving fried chicken. Buzzfeed decided to compile ten of the most gut-wrenching scenes in movie history, complete with video. Viewer discretion is advised as these clips aren't for the squeamish. [BuzzFeed]
It sounds like the setup for an Animal Planet reality show: 100 horse trainers have 100 days to tame 100 wild mustangs in this first clip from Wild Horse, Wild Ride.
FunnyorDie offer up a parody on Jeremy Renner taking over the Bourne franchise with The Damon Legacy.
Not sure if you want to see Total Recall this weekend? The Schmoes offer up their opinions about the film.
Building on that Total Recall theme, the Schmoes offer up their Top Five Tough Acts to Follow.
Time now for a dose of The Campaign and its stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, who have certainly not been shy about generating promotional clips and sound bites. First up, a new promo ad featuring Galifinankis coming clean about his past transgressions.
Next the duo read as excerpt from Fifty Shades of Grey.
And finally, Ferrell is a bit broken up about the recent Kristen Stewart scandal.
And since we've brought up a clip from Conan O'Brien, here's another one of him and sidekick Andy Richter doing stuff in slow-motion.
Pics and Posters
This Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's death. Variety has put together a photo album chronicling the film icon's life and career. Check it out here.
More pics of Toby Jones as Alfred Hitchock and Sienna Miller as Tippi Hedren from The Girl have arrived online. The BBC/HBO film examines the relationship between the legendary director and his star of The Birds. The film will premiere on BBC in September before airing on HBO on October 20.
Cloud Atlas has put up character progressions of Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Boradbent and Hugo Weaving's characters. Check them out below and click them for larger versions.
Here's the new poster for Backwards starring James Van Der Beek..
A handy guide to various destinations.
The Expendables 2 version of The Last Supper. Does this mean Stallone is Jesus? Click for larger version.
Looper gets a cool new quad poster.
Django Unchained unveils a new text-heavy poster.
Steve Martin is open for business.
I wasn't aware of this spin-off…
Finally, Batman logic.