News and Notes
Jon M. Chu, best known for helming Step Up 2 and 3D, along with the Justin Bieber documentary Never Say Never, is in talks to helm a live-action version of the Masters of the Universe. Talks have just begun with Chu, who is currently in the middle of 3D conversion of G.I. Joe: Retaliation. The film would revolve around He-Man, a wandering barbarian on the planet Eternia and his battles with the sinister Skeletor. The Mattel toy line was previously adapted into a feature film in 1987, starring Dolph Lundgren as He-Man and Frank Langella as Skeletor. That version flopped, though the property was successful as an animated property in the mid '80s. Talk of a Masters of the Universe film has been around since 2007, when Joel Silver was initially attached to produce. [Deadline]
While we're several months away from getting a first look at The Hangover: Part III, that hasn't stopped Warner Bros. from dropping this new teaser logo for the film. It's not much and let's certainly hope this doesn't become a trend. The Hangover – Part III arrives in theaters May 24, 2013 (the same day as Fast & Furious 6).
Speaking of Fast Six, production has gotten underway in Europe as the film speeds toward it's Memorial Day weekend showdown with The Wolfpack. The ever-expanding cast of character added one more in The Raid's Joe Taslim over the weekend. He'll play "a fearless killer named Jah who uses a variety of techniques including martial arts and parkour skills to battle his opponents." We're presuming he'll play one of Luke Evans' henchman. Evans was cast months ago as the lead villain in the film. [Variety]
Mark Wahlberg and Liam Neeson have received offers for the lead role in Vincenzo Natali's adaptation of William Gibson's sci-fi novel Neuromancer. Wahlberg is being sought for the anti-hero role of Case, a burnt-out hacker and cyber-thief while Neeson would play Armitage. [Movie Hole]
Academy Award nominated actor Demian Bichir has joined Bridesmaids director Paul Feig's upcoming comedy, The Heat. Bichir will play an FBI agent along with Sandra Bullock who forms an uneasy partnership with a Boston cop played by Melissa McCarthy. [Deadline]
Bill Murray is negotiating to headline Ted Melfi's St. Vincent de Van Nuys, a drama about "a twelve-year-old boy in need of a babysitter who moves in next door to a misanthropic ageing retirees who life mainly consists of gambling, hookers and drinking." The elder becomes an unlikely mentor to the boy. [Variety]
Videos, Clips and Trailers
Check out a new international TV spot for Total Recall. The film opens in theaters this Friday. You can check out new pics that landed online, down in the Pics and Posters section.
Here's the Olympics TV spot for Wreck-It Ralph. The film opens in theaters November 9.
The Wolverine is currently filming in Australia and we get a first look via a local news station which took some aerial footage of the set.
Spider-Dad takes Spider-Son to the trampoline park.
Since the Olympics are in full swing, it's not much of a surprise that various sites are looking to gain our attention with various promos. Here, swimmer Missy Franklin races a journalist. Who do you think won? (That's a rhetorical question)
Something tells me after watching this, you're going to run over to your washing machine and try to play the Star Wars theme as well.
Pics and Posters
Pitch Perfect released four new character banners. The film stars Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson and Elizabeth Banks and open October 5.
Behold the Japanese poster for Hotel Transylvania (renamed Monster Hotel). The film opens September 28.
Check out nine new Total Recall pics that arrived online today.
Super realistic Spongebob Squarepants.
And you thought there was only three LOTR movies.
Tweeted by Mr. Bean aka Rowan Atkinson during his Olympic Opening Ceremony appearance.
Check out this fan-made TDKR poster featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Robin/Nightwing.
Finally, take a swig of a Batpuccino.