News and Notes
Hunger Games director Gary Ross has finally settled on his next project. Ross will helm Disney's film adaptation of the Broadway show Peter and the Starcatchers, itself based on a best-selling children's novel written by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. The Peter Pan prequel follows "a young Peter who befriends Molly, a shipmate he meets on the Never Land ship headed towards King Zarboff. Molly tells Peter of a mysterious trunk filled with magical starstuff that must remain out of the hands of the pirate Black Stache (who will lose his hand and become Captain Hook). Together Peter and Molly lead an effort to recover the trunk, which takes them on a treacherous journey." [Deadline]
DreamWorks Animation has secured a 5-year distribution deal with 20th Century Fox. [Collider]
Ridley Scott has (understandably) halted production on his latest project, The Counselor. The film has shut down for the rest of the week with no word on when camera will roll again. [Variety]
An all-female version of The Expendables has made headlines over the weekend. The film is being scripted by Dutch Southern with the production company behind The Grey and Killing Them Softly saying their company has already talked with "several prominent actresses affiliated with the action genre." [Variety]
Baz Luhrman is rumored to be trying to raise more money to finish post-production on The Great Gatsby after Warner Bros. rejected his request for additional cash to film an extra round of re-shoots with the main cast. Warner Bros. has already invested $127 million into the film which was recently bumped from Christmas 2012 to summer 2013. [Herald Sun]
Warner Bros. has passed on Ron Howard's adaptation of The Dark Tower. Howard and producing partner Brian Grazer have been previously rejected by Universal and though WB initially showed interest, the studio has now decided to pass on the project. Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman had been doing script revisions to make the project "more budbget-conscious." [Slash Film]
Comedian Phyllis Diller has died at the age of 95.
Videos, Clips and Trailers
Here’s a new promo clip from The Master, which continues to generate rave reviews from the random 70mm screenings the film has showcased thus far. The next stop is at Castro Theatre tomorrow night in San Francisco. Tickets can be purchased here and we're guessing this thing is going to sell out pretty quick. The film opens for the rest of us on September 21.
A few months ago, we saw the first trailer for The Impossible. Granted it was the international Spanish version, but it was something. Now we get the first domestic version starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts. The film is asset against the backdrop of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and tells the true story of one family's survival. The film doesn't have a release date yet, but will screen at the Toronto Film Festival in a couple weeks.
Dredd 3D is getting set to hit theaters on September 21 and we have a new clip featuring Lena Heady delivering a very Raid-esque order to hunt down Judge Dredd and his apprentice.
Simon West reunites with Nicolas Cage for Stolen, yet another ode to Taken. West and Cage worked together on Con Air. Stolen hits theaters September 14.
James Franco directs James Franco in Samsung Galaxy Note commercial.
Beyonce performed her song I Was Here at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in honor of World Humanitarian Day. The actual performance was on August 10, but the footage is just now hitting YouTube.
Premium Rush arrives in theaters this Friday and Sony Pictures has released a new TV Spot for the film.
One film that had a rather successful theatrical run was The Avengers. As the film gets ready to release in multiple forms on DVD and BluRay, the first deleted scene featuring Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner and Harry Dean Stanton's security guard characters has landed online. After watching it, you'll probably figure out why it was removed from the final cut.
Honest Trailers are back and this time they take aim at The Hunger Games.
Meanwhile, Chuck Norris stars in Chuck Norris co-starring Chuck Norris where he must take down, you get the idea.
Jason Statham as the Film's Angriest Driver. Note: NSFW due to language. He is the angriest driver after all.
Eclectic Method presents The Bill Murray Remix. There's a couple F-bombs in here, but bask in the overall awesomeness that is Bill Murray for just under two minutes.
Pics and Posters
Today we get a look at a bunch of new pics from a slew of upcoming films. Rather than go one by one through the various images, we've compiled them below with sub-heads separating the various films.
Life of Pi - Directed by Ang Lee, this adventure-drama tells the story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper's son who finds himself adrift in the ocean with a Bengal tiger following a shipwreck. The film opens the New York Film Festival on September 28 and opens domestically November 21.
Jack Reacher - Tom Cruise stars as a homicide investigator who digs into a case involving a trained military sniper who has shot five random victims. The film is based on Lee Child's crime series and is directed by Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspect, Valkyrie). Robert Duvall plays Cash. Jack Reacher opens December 21.
Argo - Ben Affleck stars and directs this dramatic thriller about a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist who thinks up a crazy, risky plan to free six Americans during the Iranian revolution who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador. The film opens October 12.
Zero Dark Thirty - Kathyrn Bigelow returns to the war thriller genre with this decade-long chronicle for Al Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. The film opens December 19 and stars Jessica Chastain, seen below.
Silver Linings Playbook - Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence star in this dramedy about a former teacher who returns home from a mental institution and meets a young girl with problems of her own. The film opens November 21.
Guilt Trip - Barbara Streisand and Seth Rogen play a mother-son duo who hit the road to sell Rogen's latest invention. the film opens December 25. Expect a trailer soon.
Red Dawn - A group of teenagers led by Chris Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson lead the charge to save their town from invading North Koreans. The film opens November 21.
Mad Max: Fury Road - Not much is known about the plot for this fourth entry into the Mad Max franchise, but we do know that Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron star in it, the film is currently in production and this is one of the road trucks that appears in the movie.
The Butler - The Lee Daniels drama tells the story of a White House butler who served eight U.S. presidents over the course of three decades. Pictured below is Forrest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines and below him, James Marsden and Minka Kelly as John and Jackie Kennedy.
Next up are a couple of Spanish posters for Wreck-It Ralph. The film opens up domestically on November 2.
Check out the new Taiwanese quad poster for Skyfall.
Does whatever a SpiderPig does…
The latest Machete Kills character poster features Chilean action star Marko Zaror.
Three minimalistic Batman trilogy posters have arrived online.
Take a look behind the scenes of To Kill a Mockingbird.
A Poke-Rose for the one you choose.
Finally, R2D2 lets off some steam, figuratively speaking.