Quick News : June 14, 2011


  • Antoine Fuqua may still direct the unhurried Tupac Shakur biopic. An unknown is being sought for the role of the late rapper.
  • Promo posters for a slew of films, including “The Dark Knight Rises”, “The Avengers” and “The Amazing Spider-Man”, are up here and here
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme has gone bald – and is seemingly getting Ronald McDonald to do his make-up this time ’round – for the latest “Universal Soldier” movie :

More pics here

  • Josh Stewart (“The Collector”) has snagged a role in “The Dark Knight Rises“. As with most of the parts in the film, Stewart’s role is being kept under wraps.
  • Foxtel has announced they’ll be screening “The Borgias” Downunder.

This August, FOXTEL’s W channel will present the Australian television premiere of The Borgias, a sumptuous and sinful drama series based on the infamous Renaissance family which became the world’s most notorious dynasty.

Starring Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons as Rodrigo Borgia/ Pope Alexander VI, The Borgias series was created, executive produced and written by Oscar winning director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Interview With The Vampire), who also directed the first two episodes.

Starting Monday, August 29, at 8.30pm AEST, W will premiere The Borgias over five consecutive nights and commercial free.

“W is launching The Borgias as a week-long television event to provide viewers with an excellent opportunity to immerse themselves in the splendour of this nine hour series,” said channel manager Penny Win.

Then from the following Wednesday (September 7) at 8.30pm, W will play out the series in weekly installments providing another viewing choice for subscribers. The acquisition of The Borgias further cements the W channel’s reputation as a home for quality Australian and international dramas.

“W has some outstanding contemporary drama exclusives launching in July with the second season of our local production Spirited, the sixth season of Denis Leary’s Rescue Me and Raw, an Irish series, starring Australian actor Damon Gameau,” said Ms Win.

  • Andrew Adamson (“Shrek 2”) will produce a feature film based on comic book ”Beasts of Burden”, which is set in a community called Burden Hill where a series of supernatural events occur, causing a gang of dogs (and one cat) to team up in order to keep their owners and the town’s residents safe.
  • Most of the gang at Fox Films publicity like us (much love to Kate, Jac, Jordan, Milly!), and we like them! As a consequence, we want to help our friends there win this awesome competition! Fox have made it into the Top 70 entries for “Million Dollar Memo” (the master minds behind World’s Best Job campaign for Queensland Tourism). The competition is in it’s final 18 days of consumer voting – whereby people need to promote our video and get as many “likes” and “views” as possible before July 1. Please click here and like it! It’s a fun video!

  • Relativity is picking up “Act of Valor“, a press release tells us :

Relativity Media announced today that it has acquired worldwide rights to market and distribute Bandito Brothers’ Act of Valor. The groundbreaking film is an intense action-thriller which showcases an elite group of active duty Navy SEALs and co-stars Roselyn Sanchez (Rush Hour 2) and Emilio Rivera (Traffic). The studio is targeting a 2012 release date.

The film is directed by ex-stuntmen and documentary filmmakers/commercial directors Mike “Mouse” McCoy (Dust to Glory) and Scott Waugh (Step Into Liquid) and written by Kurt Johnstad (300).

Act of Valor follows a Navy SEAL squad on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent, and in the process takes down a complex web of terrorist cells determined to strike America at all costs. The filmmakers had unprecedented Naval access resulting in high-octane combat sequences and never-before-seen military operation scenes which are composited from actual events in the lives of the men appearing in the film and their comrades.

  • Some of today’s top horror filmmakers have teamed up for a fun new video competition; here are the details :

Drafthouse Films, Timpson Films and Magnet Releasing have secured genre heavyweights Xavier Gens (Frontiers, Hitman) and Christopher Smith (Severance, Black Death) to join Noburo Iguchi (RoboGeisha, Machine Girl) and Kaare Andrews (Altitude) along with 21 other directors to make up the talented roster behind THE ABCs OF DEATH, a twenty-six chapter anthology feature that showcases death letter by letter. The 26th Director spot will be determined by short film competition to discover an aspiring new talent. The winning filmmaker will receive a $5000 cash prize and will be included in the final release of the film.

Participants will choose their own word and create a short film based off the letter “T.” The interpretation of the word and the format of the short film will be entirely up to competitors. The top 10 shorts will be determined by public voting and the winning director will be selected by the 25 ABCs OF DEATH directors to become the 26th and final director.

“We expect a lot of talented folks around the world to step up to this challenge, I just hope someone attempts T is for Tabanid (blood-sucking insect) or Taws (a thong used for punishment)” said Ant Timpson.

Submissions are open now and close on October 1 at midnight PST, and there is no entry fee to submit. Finalists will be announced October 31st and the winning filmmaker announced on November 15th. For more on the competition dates, parameters and rules, visit theabcsofdeath.com/the-26th-director.

  • “Bridesmaids” co-star Ellie Kemper will play an annoying chemistry teacher in Sony’s “21 Jump Street“.
  • The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that it has acquired U.S. distribution rights to “W.E.,” Madonna’s directorial debut of a feature film. Spanning six decades, W.E. juxtaposes a contemporary love story with that of King Edward VIII and American divorcée Wallis Simpson. “W.E. is about the nature of true love, and the sacrifices and compromises that are often made. I’ve wanted to tell this story for a very long time, and bringing it to life has been a great adventure for me. I’m looking forward to working with Harvey and The Weinstein Company on this film,” commented Madonna. “Madonna has really come into her own as a filmmaker with W.E.,” said Weinstein. “She’s taken one of the most famous romances of the 20th Century and brought it to life in a smart, sexy and thoroughly modern way. It’s a terrific addition to our US release slate.”
  • The teaser poster for “Pressed“, an action/thriller starring Luke Goss as an out-of-work investment banker who gets involved in a drug deal that goes awry, is online :

  • The poster for “Dolphin Tale“, a family film starring Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd, is online :


  • Our first look at ‘Curly’ (Will Sasso) in the Farelly Brothers’ “Three Stooges” movie is online :

  • Some set pics from “Piranha 3DD” are online
  • The ‘Scissor Sisters’ have been commissioned to write new songs for the long-gestating “Fraggle Rock” movie
  • You can forget about Mark Romanek directing the “Wolverine” sequel
  • Australian actor Jason Clarke (“Brotherhood”) has snagged a role in Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby
  • Australian V8 Supercar driver Mark ‘Frosty’ Winterbottom voices the character of – wait for it – ‘Frosty’ in Disney’s “Cars 2“.

Here’s a preview, thanks to Disney :

  • An animated movie based on the “Cabbage Patch Kids” is in the works
  • Funnyman Cheech Marin will join Rob Schneider in the actor’s untitled CBS Comedy.
  • A teaser trailer for a direct-to-DVD “Cars” spin-off called “Planes” (made by Disney Toon Studios as opposed to Pixar) is online (Update! Seems it’s been removed)

Classic Trailer of the Day

One of James Cameron’s most underrated movies (it’s a better film than “Avatar”, it just didn’t get the love of the Fox marketing department at the time), featuring amazing state-of-the-art special effects (well, of course) but also terrific turns by the likes of Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (where’s she been hiding?) and Ed Harris.
It’s, of course, THE ABYSS…..