Quick News – Feb 24, 2012


There’s a new pic of ‘The Hulk’ from “The Avengers” doing the rounds. (Screen Rant)

Powers Boothe (“24”, “Deadwood”) has been cast in ABC’s musically-driven drama pilot ”Nashville”. Set amongst the country music scene, the show will feature Boothe as “the patriarch figure of powerful and controlling Lamar Hampton who disapproves of his daughter Rayna’s stellar career as a country singer.” (Deadline)

There’s new posters online for Tony Kaye’s “Detachment”, Richard Linklater’s “Bernie” starring Jack Black, “Wanderlust” starring Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd, and “Two Days in New York” with Julie Delpy.

“Drive Angry 3D” scribe Todd Farmer talks about his rejected treatment for “Ghost Rider 2”, which Avi Arad knocked back because it was “too violent” (Wendago).

Anthony Mackie (“The Hurt Locker”) is onboard Michael Bay’s “Pain and Gain” starring The Rock and Marky Mark (Variety)

“Scream 3” scribe Ehren Kruger is writing the movie based on Disney’s Matterhorn ride (Variety)

Sylvester Stallone’s “Bullet to the Head”, originally due out April, has been removed from Warner Bros’s release schedule.  (IGN)

Lily Collins (“Abducted”) will star in “Rosaline”, an update on “Romeo & Juliet” from director Michael Suscy (Variety).

Mira Sorvino (“Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion”) and Jay Hernandez (“Hostel”) are onboard CBS’s “Trooper” pilot. Trooper centers on KJ Flaxton (Sorvino), a common-sense mother-turned-New York state trooper. Hernandez will play KJ’s new partner, a former Miami homicide detective looking for a new start for him and his daughter following the death of his wife. Jerry Bruckheimer produces. (Deadline)

Sacha Baron Cohen will respond, in-character, to being banned from this weekend’s Academy Awards. A press release issued by Paramount this morning reads : “Admiral General Aladeen will deliver a formal response tomorrow morning [Friday] to being banned from The Oscars by the Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Zionists.”

Former “Prison Break” star Robert Knepper is onboard the new CW pilot “Cult”. Show tells of “Skye (Jessica Lucas), an inquisitive young female production assistant on a wildly popular television show called Cult who, after a rash of disappearances and a likely murder, joins a journalist blogger in investigating the rabid fans of the series who might be re-creating crimes seen on the program in real life. Prison Break and Heroes alum Knepper will play actor Roger Reeves, who portrays charismatic cult leader Billy Grimm on the show-within-a-show. Billy is a charismatic madman who commands his own cult of followers willing to do anything Billy asks of them — including kidnapping and murder.” (Deadline)

‘The Classification and Rating Appeals Board today upheld the R rating given to the movie Bully. The Classification and Rating Administration (CARA) had assigned the movie the R rating for “some language.” In the appeal brought by The Weinstein Company, LLC, the Appeals Board heard statements on behalf of Bully from Harvey Weinstein, Co-Chairman of the Weinstein Company and Alex Libby, one of the boys in the film. The Classification and Rating Administration was represented by Chairman Joan Graves.’ Needless to say, Weinstein’s chucking a hissy fit.

SNL’s Abby Elliot is onboard the Fox pilot “Ben Fox is My Manny”. If the show goes to series, Elliot will leave “Saturday Night Live”. (Deadline)

Steve Howey (“Shameless”, “Reba”) has joined the cast of the Joss Whedon produced supernatural romance “In Your Eyes”. (Deadline)

“Expendables” star Terry Crews will do an arc on Aaron Sorkin’s new series “Newsroom”. ”The show, set behind the scenes of a cable news network, stars Jeff Daniels as primetime anchor Will McAvoy. Crews will play Lonny, Will’s bodyguard and would-be-confidant or life coach of sorts. ” (Deadline)

Exciting news. ‘Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced that the long-awaited next chapter in the famed James Bond franchise, SKYFALL, will be released in IMAX® theatres simultaneously with the film’s international release on Oct. 26, and its domestic release on Nov. 9, 2012. This is the first IMAX installment of the iconic Bond film franchise.’

“Lost” alum Harold Perrineau is the latest actor aboard Kathryn Bigelow’s Hunt for Bin Laden movie. (Deadline)

Bradley Whitford (“The West Wing”) has joined Ali Larter on Fox’s “The Asset” (Deadline)

Mena Suvari (“American Reunion”) and “My Boys” alum Kyle Howard are set to co-star in NBC’s untitled Hilary Winston single-camera pilot. (Deadline)

Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Samuel L. Jackson, Bill Hader, Michael Pena, Luis Guzmán, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Kurtwood Smith, and Snoop Dogg will lend their voices to “Turbo”, Dreamworks Animation’s latest effort, about a snail who gets to race in the Indianapolis 500. (Bleeding Cool)

“Like Crazy” is, at long last, getting an Australian release in March. Make sure you see this ‘bewdiful’ flick. Here’s a clip to tease you local pups (and here’s my review for those that missed it) :

Fandango, the nation’s leading moviegoer destination, announced today that advance ticketing records were set by Lionsgate’s upcoming thriller, “The Hunger Games”, which has already sold out hundreds of showtimes in advance of the film’s March 23 release date. Even though the film doesn’t open for another month, the first-day ticket sales on Wednesday, February 22 broke the previous first-day advance ticket-seller record held by “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” on Friday, May 14, 2010. “’The Hunger Games’ is off to a fantastic start,” says Rick Butler, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Fandango. “Yesterday we saw the biggest first day advance ticket sales in our company’s nearly 12-year history – which is especially impressive for a March release and a non-sequel.”

Finally, a slew of new trailers :


4:44 Last Day on Earth

Wrath of the Titans

Comic-Con Episode 4 : A Fan’s Hope

The Raid : Redemption