If there was ever an example emphasizing the business angle of show biz, the news that G.I. Joe: Retaliation being bumped to March 29, 2013 in favor of 3D conversion would be it. Paramount's rebooted sequel starring Bruce Willis, Dwayne Johnson, Adrianne Palicki was due for a June 29th release, but in the interest of claiming a bigger foreign box office, decided to hold off and convert the movie. Sliding into the vacated spot is Seth McFarlane's Ted, starring Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and an animated teddy bear voice by McFarlane.
The plot description for Guillermo Del Toro's sci-fi action epic, Pacific Rim has been revealed. The film is scheduled to arrive in theaters July 12, 2013. Here is the synopsis:
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes-a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)-who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse. [SlashFilm]
Kristen Wiig appeared in her final episode of Saturday Night Live (as a regular cast member) this past weekend and at the after party, she sang I Love Rock n Roll with the help of the Foo Fighters.
Chronicle director Josh Trank is developing a live-action version of the 2005 fantasy action game Shadow of the Colossus for Sony. Whether this film will ever actually get made is another question, as Sony has been trying to adapt video game titles for the big screen for quite some time. Their most successful franchise, Resident Evil, will return to theaters in September. [Deadline]
Alf may be the latest retro TV property to get the big screen treatment. Alf creator Paul Fusco recently revealed his intention to pitch a movie about the character to studios, saying he has been working on the project for a few years. [THR]
Disney and Marvel have upped the budget on Iron Man 3 from $140 million to $200 million, with hopes of making it the biggest Marvel movie yet. Of course, that will all depend on where Avengers tops out. The Avengers is currently at $1.2 billion worldwide, good for fourth all-time. It's $100 million away from eclipsing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 for third all-time. After that are the two James Cameron mega-hits Titanic ($2.185 billion) and Avatar ($2.78 billion). [Latino Review]
Speaking of Avengers, here are a few Avengers 2 casting ideas. [Talking Comics]
Forget those Back to the Future Nike sneakers and check out these awesome Iron Man Nike sneakers! [Movies.com]
Keeping the comic book movie theme rolling, Daniel Radcliffe is back in the news. Last week, word leaked out that he was interested in voicing Guillermo Del Toro's stop-action animated Pinocchio. Now in an interview with Collider, he says he's interested in play The Flash. [Collider]
The extra who suffered permanent brain damage on the set of Transformers: Dark of the Moon has recieved a settlement worth $18.5 million. [L.A. Times]
Finally, more Avengers Minions.