News and Notes
The film is three years from arriving in theaters and we're already hearing rumors about possible additions to The Avengers 2. No were not referring to Ant-Man or Wasp in this case. The far-fetched rumors find Vin Diesel and Clark Gregg, who portrayed the beloved Agent Phil Coulson during Marvel's Phase 1, playing superhero Vision. Back in May, MTV wrote up an elaborate theory as to why Gregg's Agent Coulson could possibly be Vision. [Screencrave]
Adam McKay's adaptation of the Garth Ennis/Darick Robertson comic book series The Boys has been rumored for a big screen adaptation for several years now. Now it appears the film has been picked up by Paramount. So McKay's hopes of bringing the hard-R indie comic to the big screen lives for another day. [Collider]
If you ever dreamed about working with Jon Favreau, this might be your chance. The director is currently looking for unknown actors to star in his upcoming adaptation of the Tony award-winning Braodway musical, Jersey Boys. Over the next two weekends in Philadelphia and New York, Favreau will be auditioning male singers for the four lead roles of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. You can find more casting information here.
Looks like Abraham Lincoln is about to have some company in the presidential movie arena. Tom Hanks and his Playtone Productions partner Gary Goetzman are making an indie drama based around the JFK assassination titled, Parkland. The film will reportedly "chronicle the events leading up to JFK's assassination and Abraham Zapruder's famous documentation of the event," with an ensemble cast "that explores the impact the assassination had on a wide range of characters in and around Dallas on that fateful day." Characters will include an FBI agent, a young doctor, a reporter, several Secret Service agents, Kennedy's staff, Oswald's older brother, Jackie Kennedy and Zapruder. [Variety]
Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac will feature real sex… at least that's what Shia LaBeouf is saying. The film co-stars Nicole Kidman and Stellan Skarsgaard and follows frequent von Trier actress Charlotte Gainsbourgh as a woman whose sexually driven life is followed from "her youth to age 50." [Slash Film]
Universal Home Video has announced a really cool Blu-Ray/DVD box set that will go on sale November 6. The Universal 100th Anniversary Collection will feature 25 films including classics such as All Quiet on the Western Front, Spartacus and To Kill a Mockingbird to modern hits like The Bourne Identity, Despicable Me, Jurassic Park and Back to the Future. The set comes with a 72-page collector's book chronicling the studio's 100 years of history and a 15-track music CD. Check out the full run down of what's included and pre-order your Blu-Ray or DVD.
If you saw the Total Recall remake over the past couple weeks in theaters, you may have wondered about the setting change from The United Federation of Britain and The Colony to a Blade Runner-esque place called The Fall. It appears that Sony made a last minute change to the name of the setting from The China Fall in an attempt to not anger the powerful China Film Group. Sony has enjoyed a lucrative relationship with the CFG over the past years with films like The Karate Kid reboot and The Amazing Spider-Man. [THR]
Anthony LaPaglia dropped out of Django Unchained because he felt, "the production was out of control, over-budget, it was everywhere. I had to formally withdraw. They recast it and they still haven't shot anything. I could have said nothing and just hung out, I could be there shooting it now," he told an Australian news site. [News.au]
James Franco is making a movie about Lindsay Lohan. So it's come to this. [Movies.com]
Videos, Clips and Trailers
Four movies open in wide release this weekend. The Odd Life of Timothy Green got a jump on the competition by hitting theaters on Wednesday, though its box office receipts thus far have been soft. So we begin there, with cast interviews featuring Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton followed by The Schmoes review of the film (side note, there's an S-bomb around the 1:30 mark).
Next, let's jump into the movie that looks like it has the best chance of bumping The Bourne Legacy off the top of the box office. With its who's who roster of action stars, The Expendables 2 slams into theaters. Below are cast interviews with Jason Statham, Randy Couture, Terry Crews and Dolph Lundgren followed by The Schmoes take on the film (again, S-bombs at 0:50 and 7 minute marks).
The other two films opening this weekend are Sparkle starring Jordin Sparks, Derek Luke and the late Whitney Houston and ParaNorman, featuring voice work by Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Below are the cast interviews with Sparks, Luke and the rest of the Sparkle cast and the Schmoes take on ParaNorman (no S-bombs here).
The dramatic romance-mystery Inescapable, starring Joshua Jackson and Marisa Tomei debuts a new trailer and poster in advance of their screening at the Toronto Film Festival.
Paranormal Activity 4 brings us another brief (and by brief, we mean 8 seconds of footage) teaser clip. The film opens October 26 and, based on what we saw in the first trailer, will tie-in with the wacky happenings of Paranormal Activity 2.
One of the more pleasant trends in movie-going has been the infusion of tentpole films and the "Don't use your cell phone," PSAs. Disney has unveiled two new clips, one for Frankenweenie and IMAX and the other for Finding Nemo 3D and AMC Theaters. Check them out below.
Peneople Cruz and sister Monica face off playing Super Mario Bros. 2 on Nintendo 3DS in this new commercial that ends with Penelope becoming Mario, and we don't mean that in a sexy Mario kinds of way.
Yahoo Movies has the new red band trailer for The Man with the Iron Fists. Check out the eye-popping, head bustin' action here.
Pics and Posters
Six new character posters for the martial arts flick Tai Chi 0 have arrived online. The film opens October 19.
Good luck cutting this Dr. Seuss cake.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the... waitaminute...
Gymnast McKayla Maroney's family trolls her.
Breathe it in... maybe.
Finally, not sure if this is supposed to help or hinder going to the toilet.