Quick Hits: 'Eclipse' Casting and More!

Don't feel like surfing through multiple sites to get caught up on today's movie news? Fear not, my friends – welcome to Quick Hits, where you'll surely be able to devour the latest news way faster than it takes you to say, "OMG, check out Taylor Lautner's vicious, rock-hard abs!"

 
'Eclipse' Nabs its King – While the entire universe awaits the full New Moon trailer (which will arrive in front of Bandslam in theaters on Friday and online shortly thereafter), the next film in The Twilight Saga is busy gearing up production. Today it was announced that Jack Huston (nephew of Anjelica and Danny) has nabbed the role of Royce King II in the third installment. He joins Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Bryce Dallas Howard and Taylor Lautner in the film, due in theaters June 30, 2010.
 
'Blair Witch 3' Buzz – The first one revolutionized a genre, and the second one was a piece of you know what. Now the original Blair Witch directors, Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick, are looking to revisit their baby and quite possibly bring it all back to where the first one left off.
 
Says Sanchez, "Ideally, each Blair Witch film would be a completely different kind of movie. We've thought about doing a film that takes place in the late 1700s and looks like a [Stanley] Kubrick movie with gritty looking people and lighting. But now, we're thinking about going back and and seeing what happened directly after the first film finished. I think it will have some kind of video element in it, but it won't be a first person hand-held movie." What do you think: 1700s Blair Witch or a continuation of the first film? [BBC]
 
Pee-Wee Herman is Back – Though he's not back on the big screen…yet, Paul Reubens will finally be reprising his Pee-Wee Herman character this November when he launches a limited staged performance of The Pee-Wee Herman Show at Hollywood's Music Box at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles. Surprisingly (but not really, because what else would these people be doing?), Reubens will be joined by a whole bunch of the original cast and crew, including Cowboy Curtis, Miss Yvonne, Mailman Mike, Jambie the Genie, Chairry, Randy and many more. According to an official press release, audiences should expect something "re-imagined, re-invented and nuttier than ever." I'm in. You?
 
Posters for 'Gentlemen Broncos' and 'Amelia' – Fox Searchlight kept busy today by releasing posters for two new upcoming films: First there's Gentlemen Broncos, which is the new flick from Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) about a lovable home-schooled loner/aspiring author whose original story is ripped off by a novelist and then turned into a horrible movie. Hilarity, I imagine, will then ensue. Meanwhile, in Amelia, Hilary Swank (searching for another Oscar, perhaps?) stars as famed female pilot Amelia Earhart, who famously disappeared into thin air while attempting to fly around the world back in 1937. Check out both posters below.
 
 
 
'Death Race' Prequel – According to the website ShockTillYouDrop, filmmaker Paul W.S. Anderson is already hard at work on a prequel to Death Race, which starred Jason Statham and featured a bunch of cars equipped with weapons that were then used to blow up other cars. Tony Giglio has been hired to write a script (and he may also direct), which will delve into the origins of the death race game … because we're all dying to know how that came about. I could see this going straight-to-DVD, what about you?
 

 

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