Quick News – August 26, 2011


Gabriel Iglesias will play the portly D.J of the strip-joint that Channing Tatum trains Alex Pettyfer how to strip in in Steven Soderbergh’s “Magic Mike”

FilmNation Entertainment announced today that director Paul Solet will direct ”The Faces”, an acquired script from up-and-coming writer Eric Reese. Solet previously directed the highly acclaimed Grace, based on his award-winning short film of the same title. The Faces will be produced by FilmNation Entertainment and Sonny Mallhi (The Strangers, The Roommate). Chuck Simon will executive produce the film. FilmNation will also be handling international sales.
A year after narrowly escaping a brutal kidnapping, a pair of newlyweds find themselves plagued by a horrifying series of events. They soon discover the existence of an elite underworld society which uses terror as a means of entertainment.
“The Faces is an original and gripping tale which will no doubt captivate audiences,” said FilmNation’s President of Production, Aaron Ryder. “Eric is a talented genre writer with a very long and prosperous career ahead.” (FilmNation)

Jessica Chastain, Olivia Wilde, Noomi Rapace, Brit Marling and Olga Kurylenko are up for the female lead in the Tom Cruise starring “Horizons” (formerly “Oblivion”) which Joseph Kosinski is directing.

Victoria’s Secret model Marisa Miller, “Big Trouble in Little China” alum James Hong, and “Glee” star Mike O’Malley have joined the cast of the Ryan Reynolds/Jeff Bridges starrer “R.I.P.D”.

Olivia Wilde is in talks to replace Jennifer Garner in “Better Living Through Chemistry”; Garner was forced to drop out of the film due to her pregnancy. Sam Rockwell recently replaced Jeremy Renner in Writer/directors Geoff Moore and David Posamentier’s flick.

Universal has dropped another project; this one is the Mary Harron-directed film adaptation of the best-selling novel “Wicked Lovely”.

Ted Levine (“Joyride”), Katia Winter (“Arena”), and Michael McMillian (“The Hills Have Eyes 2”) will star in the elevated horror feature “The Banshee Chapter”. Interactive and transmedia director Blair Erickson wrote the screenplay and will make his feature directorial debut on the project. Zachary Quinto’s production company, Before The Door Pictures (BTD) has partnered with Sunchaser Entertainment and German producer Christian Arnold-Beutel to produce. The pic centers on a young, female journalist (Winter) who follows the mysterious trail of a missing friend (McMillian) that had been experimenting with mind-altering chemicals developed in secret government drug tests. Levine plays the role of a rogue counter-culture novelist with a penchant for substance abuse and firearms who leads the journalist into the mystery of dangerous chemical research. A fast-paced blend of fact and fiction, the film is based on real documents, actual test subject testimony, and uncovered secrets about programs run by the CIA. (Thanks to ‘Before the Door Pictures’)

Is Paul Greengrass bringing Robert Harris’s book “The Fear Index” to the big screen?

Tom Straw (“Cosby”), Chris Case (“Mad About You”) and Bruce Helford (“Roseanne”) are in consideration to oversee Charlie Sheen’s new sitcom, “Anger Management”.

The Julia Roberts/Ryan Reynolds drama “Fireflies in the Garden”, released in most territories in 2008 (including here in Australia where it’s already aired on Pay-TV), is finally coming to U.S theatres.

‘Blade’ alum David Goyer says his script for “The Insivible Man” is “period like Downey’s ’Sherlock Holmess…period but it’s a reinvention of the character in the sort of way that Stephen Sommers exploded ‘The Mummy’ into a much bigger kind of mythology. That’s kind of what we’ve done with ‘The Invisible Man.’” Speaking of 221b, there’s new images and set photos from “Sherlock Holmes : A Game of Shadows” online.

Seems Superman will be without his trademark red undies in “Man of Steel” :

Paul Rudd talked to Collider about the “Knocked Up” spin-off “This is Forty”; he’s confirmed the title and suggests that we’ll see some of the cast members from the original flick popping up..

“Friday Night Lights” chief Peter Berg has sold a new western to NBC; the show will be seen from a female point of view.

70 new Photos from Steven Soderbergh’s “Contagion” are now online.

Disney’s “Phineas & Ferb” are coming to a cinema near you!

The Red Band trailer for the amusing “Our Idiot Brother” is live at Moviefone :


Robert Zemeckis has dropped out of Warner’s “Relay” in favor of directing Denzel Washington in the Paramount thriller “Flight”

A small screen version of DC’s “Deadman” is headed to to the CW.

Al Pacino, Steven Bauer, Robert Loggia, F. Murray Abraham and producer Martin Bregman celebrated the upcoming worldwide Blu-ray release of “Scarface” at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles on August 23. Footage from the event is online :

Al Pacino reunites with Scarface cast by itnnews

Al Pacino Reunites with "Scarface" Castmates by tvnportal

“Senna”, the highly-acclaimed documentary about Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, has been voted the best documentary film in the 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival’s People’s Choice Awards.

Some new clips from the excellent new laffer “The Guard” starring Don Cheadle and Brendan Gleeson, which opened yesterday across Australia, are online :

“I’m Irish”

The Guard – I'm Irish by Paramount_Australia

“The Villains”

The Guard – The Villains by Paramount_Australia

“Privileged Background”

The Guard – Privileged Background by Paramount_Australia

Video of the new, improved CGI ‘Yoda’ in the “Star Wars Episode 1 : The Phantom Menace” Blu-ray is online

and here’s the before/after comparison :

Classic Trailer of the Day :
We spoke about the film earlier, and it’s got me antsy to watch the Blu-ray tonight, so let’s tease all us Tony Montana-buffs with the trailer :