News and Notes
Just days after Jessica Biel officially had to turn down the role of Viper in James Mangold's The Wolverine, a Russian actress has now emerged as the front runner for the role. Svetlana Khodchenkova whom American audiences (at least the few that saw the movie) will know her from Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. The Wolverine will begin filming next month and arrive in theaters July 26, 2013. [Twitch Film]
Thanks to The Avengers, 2012 will be remembered as the Renaissance of The Hulk. Guillermo del Toro offered up an update on the Hulk TV show that he is producing. Del Toro told MTV News that they're still re-writing the pilot, meaning Hulk won't be smashing anything for a while. Watch the video clip below.
In case you hadn't heard, actor/comedian Fred Willard was arrested for masturbating in an adult theater in Hollywood last night. Since then, PBS has fired Willard from his role as host of their reality show Market Warriors. Which raises the question, who knew PBS even had reality shows? [THR]
Robin Williams is set to play a U.S. President again. This time though, he won't don Theodore Roosevelt's mustache and bifocals like he did in the Night at the Museum films. Instead, Williams will portray Dwight D. Eisenhower in Lee Daniels' biopic The Butler. The film traces the true story of Eugene Allen, who served in the White House for three decades and eight presidencies.
Believe it or not, Wreck-It Ralph is still casting voice actors even though the film opens in a few months (November 12 to be exact). During Comic-Con, we learned that geek favorite Alan Tudyk would lend his voice to the film. Now a slew of actors have joined the cast and they include *deep breath* Ed O'Neill, Mindy Kaling, Adam Carolla, Horatio Sanz, Dennis Haysbert and several others. You can read the full run down here.
In an interesting turn of events, Kenneth Branaugh, who is already set to direct an untitled Jack Ryan reboot starring Chris Pine will now also play the villain. The film, which has undergone several rewrites, including most recently from David Koepp finds Ryan now working as an analyst in Moscow when he uncovers a plot by the company he works for to launch a terrorist attack on the U.S. that would cripple the economy. [Variety]
Trailers, Clips & Videos
After a couple of captivating teaser trailers, we finally get a full length trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master. The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams and arrives in theaters October 12.
Following up yesterday's new pics from Skyfall is this new video blog about the Aston Martin DB5. The blog contains a nudge-nudge comment from director Sam Mendes. "There's something about the last part of the movie which deliberately, very consciously, could have taken part in 1962." Skyfall opens November 9.
The Campaign starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis has released a new trailer packed with new jokes and new footage. The key word here is new, although the baby punch gag is still in there. The Campaign opens in theaters August 10.
Another day, another clip from Total Recall, which is quite all right, as long as they continue to feature Kate Beckinsale. Here, she administers a death grip on Colin Farrell and proceeds to rough him up a bit before being slammed into a ceiling light. Some folks might just call that foreplay, Sony calls the clip "I Went To Rekall." Total Recall opens August 3.
Pics and Posters
Looper continues to release new images. Here are eight more from the movie which opens Sepetmber 28.
Going along with the new feature length trailer for The Master is this new teaser poster.
Finally, Adventure Time meets Batman and Robin.