Quick News – June 18, 2010


“True Blood” fave Alexander Skarsgard (‘Eric’) will star in director Peter Berg’s “Battleship“, a feature film based on the popular board game (only they’ve added ‘aliens’ to the mix). The script, by Jon and Erich Hoeber, revolves around a naval fleet encountering extra terrestrials (More…)

Set construction pics from “The Hobbit“, featuring construction of Bilbo’s home (right), have surfaced on a German website. At the moment, what with Guillermo del Toro’s recent depature, the “Lord of the Rings” prequel/s is without a director, but MGM and Warner Bros are said to pressuring producer Peter Jackson to get back behind the megaphone (More…)

‘War Machine’ Don Cheadle and and Freida Pinto (”Slumdog Millionaire”) have been offered roles in director Rupert Wyatt’s “Planet of the Apes” prequel ”Rise of the Apes”. James Franco is already onboard to play the film’s lead, a young scientist who becomes a crucial figure in the war between humans and apes (More…)

The poster for Zack Snyder’s “Legend of the Guardians : The Owls of Ga’Hoole” have been released. The film’s trailer, released a couple of days back, has also been released.

Warner Bros has announced a 25th Anniversary edition of “The Goonies” on Blu-ray and DVD for release in November. Extras will include ”a cast commentary with director Richard Donner and all seven actors, The Making of The Goonies documentary, Cyndi Lauper The Goonies ‘R Good “an exciting new board game, collectible storyboard prints, a 1985 souvenir magazine with captivating behind-the-scenes stories about the actual filming in Astoria, Oregon, including the production design that transformed Astoria into the “Goon Docks,” and a reprint of a 2009 article with updates of the entire cast, as well as producer Steven Spielberg and director Richard Donner.” (More…)

Sam Worthington may be able to give his funnybone a work out. The “Avatar” star looks set to star opposite Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon in the long-gestating comedy “This Mean’s War” (More…).

Aussie actor Grant Bowler (“Blue Heelers”, “True Blood”, “Lost”) will star in the long-gestating “Atlas Shrugged“. Bowler will portray steel magnate Henry Reardon In the Paul Johansson-helmed film (More…)

Steven Spielberg has anointed British newcomer Jeremy Irvine the star of his forthcoming “War Horse“. Emily Watson and David Thewlis will play the young horseman’s parents, with Peter Mullan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Niels Arestrup, Celine Buckens, Nicolas Bro, David Kross, Leonard Carow, Rainer Bock, Robert Emma and Patrick Kennedy also in the cast (More…).

Alex Garland (“28 Days Later”) has been hired to write Carl Erik Rinsch’s “Logan’s Run” redo (More…).

One for the laughable pile : Vanessa Hudgens has reportedly knocked back an offer to co-star opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar in a “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer” feature film. Oh, and yes, a British website is the source of the info! (gotta be spot-on then, right!?) (More…).

A “Chronicles of Narnia” fansite has posted the trailer for this Chrissy’s “The Chronicles of Narnia : Voyage of the Dawn Treader” (More…).

Gary Oldman and Christian Slater will team for a third time (they previously co-starred in “True Romance” and “Murder in the First”) in “Girls, Guns & Gambling“, a crime thriller set at an Indian Casino. Dane Cook is also onboard (More…).

“Little Britain” favourite Matt Lucas (seen recently as Tweedledum and Tweedledee in Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland”) has joined the cast of the Judd Apatow-produced Kristen Wiig-starring “Bridesmaids“. Director Paul Feig has also tapped Jill Clayburgh, “Gilmore Girls” fave Melissa McCarthy and Ellie Kemper (“The Office”) for roles in the Uni release (More…).

Another actor has been let go from CBS – this time, from their money-spinning “C.S.I” franchise : Eddie Cibrian, who has played Cardoza on “C.S.I Miami” for a season now, has been let go from his contract (More…).

Wendy Crewson (“Air Force One”) has joined the cast of director Darrell Roodt’s “Winnie“, with Terrence Howard and Jennifer Hudson playing Nelson and Winnie Mandela, respectively. Crewson is playing Mary Botha, who becomes a social worker in South Africa after witnessing a brutal police assault on a black youth. After befriending the Mandelas during the fight against apartheid, Botha is subjected to phone-tapping, police harassment and house arrest. (More…)

Former “Sarah Connor Chronicles” star Thomas Dekker (also rumoured to be the frontrunner for the ‘Kevin Bacon role’ in “Footloose”) has joined the cast of HBO Films’ “Cinema Verite,” a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the groundbreaking 1970s documentary “An American Family.” (More…)

Vincent Gallo and Michael Madsen are attached to star in the indie feature “Loosies” for Verdi Corrente Prods. “Nurse Jackie” and “Twilight” actor Peter Facinelli, who wrote the screenplay, is already set to star. The story line follows a New York City pickpocket who is confronted by a pregnant woman with whom he had a one-night stand. (More…)

The official website for writer/director David Murphy’s “Not Another Not Another Movie“, a comedy starring Burt Reynolds, Chevy Chase, Vinnie Jones and Richard Tyson (playing himself), has gone live. The trailer for the film, which takes the piss out of those that make their bucks pumping out all these ‘spoof’ flicks (like “Epic Movie”, “Date Movie” and so on), can be found there.

Louis Letterier (“Clash of the Titans”) is reportedly circling the sci-fi thriller “Gravity“, about a “a father who has to search for his lost child as the world stops spinning and Earth begins to lose its gravity.” (More…).

Tom Twyker (“Perfume : The Story of a Murderer”) has reportedly offered A-listers Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen and Natalie Portman roles in “Cloud Atlas“. Shooting for the moon, eh!? (More…).