Quick News – April 27, 2012


“Fringe”, a show that many didn’t expect to return, has been granted a fifth and final season. The season will run 13 episodes.

Colin Farrell, soon to be seen in the remake of “Total Recall”, is in talks to star in writer turned director Akiva Goldman’s “Winter’s Tale”. Based on the 1983 novel, the film stars Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe and Will Smith.

“The Queen” star Michael Sheen is joining Tina Fey and Paul Rudd in the new comedy “Admission”. Sheen will play Fey’s boyfriend.

Though the stage work will be done in Australia, the location work for “The Wolverine” will indeed be done in Japan.

Ex-“Spider-Man” baddie Willem Dafoe is doing “Out of the Furnace”, the new Scott Cooper film starring Christian Bale, Casey Affleck and Forest Whitaker. Described as a gripping and gritty dramatic thriller about fate, circumstance, and justice. Russell (Bale) and his younger brother Rodney (Affleck) live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother is lured into one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast – a mistake that will almost cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother.

Brian Geraghty (“The Hurt Locker”) will play a man (Geraghty) who is determined to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro after a recent breakup in director Walter Strafford’s “Kilimanjaro”.

“Hangover” director Todd Phillips is set to team with Mark and Jay Duplass to adapt Tony D’Souza’s “Mule: A Novel of Moving Weight”.

Josh Gad (“Love and Other Drugs”) is in talks to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in the Steve Jobs biopic “Jobs”, in which Ashton Kutcher has the lead role.

Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air”) and Andy Garcia (“Ocean’s Thirteen”) will star in the indie romantic comedy “Admissions”, which “sees Farmiga as a free-spirited mom taking her driven daughter on a walking tour of a beautiful small college. Garcia plays a buttoned-up heart surgeon who’s taking his son on the same tour. With the parents failing to connect with their respective children, they head off on their own, with a surprise romance blossoming.”

Fox’s CinemaCon presentation was a success. In addition to previewing “The Life of Pi” and “Taken 2”, among others, the studio confirmed a sequel to “Rise of the Apes”.

Universal have announced a new science-fiction film called “Prosthesis”, written by Scott Gimple and directed by Arvind Palep.

“Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” star Rooney Mara will front “Brooklyn”, an adaptation of the Colm Tóibín novel that’s set in Ireland and New York in the ’50s.

Dimension Films announced a new horror film this morning that “Paranormal Activity” producer Jason Blum is doing:

Dimension Films announced today that they have acquired U.S. distribution rights to the supernatural thriller DARK SKIES, written and directed by Scott Stewart (PRIEST, LEGION). Jason Blum will produce through his Blumhouse Productions (INSIDIOUS, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY) alongside Alliance Films who will fully finance the picture. Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Alliance Films’ Charles Layton will executive produce. Alliance Films will distribute in Canada, in the UK (via its Momentum Pictures subsidiary) and in Spain (via Aurum).
Octane, IM Global’s genre label, will launch international sales in Cannes.

“Jason has done a masterful job over the past several years of breaking new ground and creating huge commercial successes in the supernatural and horror genres,” said Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company. “We are confident that Dark Skies will continue that success.”

The film is scheduled to go into production this summer with the logline currently being kept under wraps.

The deal was negotiated for Dimension Films by Andrew Kramer, President of Business and Legal Affairs, and by Charles Layton, President of Alliance Films. Stewart is represented by Jason Spitz at WME and Jeff Okin at Anonymous Content.

“Big Love” star Chloe Sevigny is in talks to join the second season of “American Horror Story”. EW reports that “Sevigny will play a character named Shelly the Nymphomaniac, who is one of the mortal enemies of Jessica Lange’s character.”

Sony has registered the domain name “Underworld : Battle”, suggesting a fifth film in the franchise may not only be on but titled.

A XXX version of “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer” is on the way, as this press release tells us…

Adam & Eve Pictures & Lee Roy Myers are proud to present the official trailer for the porn parody of one of the most popular TV shows of all time; BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER XXX: A PARODY.
Safe for Work Trailer can be found on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tljokbzo85I
“We really tried to capture the heart of the original series. And I feel that we were able to pay homage to it and spoof it. The result is porn parody and fan fiction that I think fans of Buffy will be excited by.” says director, Lee Roy Myers.
Buffy and her friends are back to protecting the Valley from things that go bang in the night. After Willow accidentally casts a love potion that awakens her friends’ libidos & some dark supernatural forces, the gang tries to save Giles from a pack of evil & beautiful female vampires. Will they succeed, or will they get sucked to death? Starring Lexi Belle, Jessie Andrews, Chanel Preston, Ash Hollywood, Amber Rayne, April O’Neil, Britney Amber, Rocco Reed, Kris Slater, Tom Byron, and Michael Vegas. Written by Josh Wheldon. Produced by David Lord. Directed by award-winning parody director, Lee Roy Myers.

“Pirates of the Caribbean” producer Jerry Bruckheimer tells Access Hollywood that a fifth film in the series is likely, “We’re working on it. We’re getting closer,”.

An announcement about the upcoming MTV Movie Awards :

NEW YORK, NY (April 25, 2012) – MTV today announced the 12 nomination categories for the “2012 MTV Movie Awards” which contains five all-new awards including “Best Music,” “Best On-Screen Transformation,” “Best Gut-Wrenching Performance,” “Best Cast,” “Best On-Screen Dirt Bag,” as well as “Best Breakthrough Performance” that will be awarded solely by a special Academy of outstanding directors.

Nominees will be announced on Tuesday, May 1st with winner voting opening to fans that day through Saturday, June 2nd via MovieAwards.MTV.com. As in previous years the category of “Movie of the Year” will remain an ongoing battle throughout the live show when the 21st annual “2012 MTV Movie Awards” air on Sunday, June 3rd at 9 pm ET/PT on MTV from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California.

Also announced today, chart-topping indie-pop group fun. will rock the stage at the “2012 MTV Movie Awards” with a performance toasting the greatest party films of all time. “We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe)” off their latest album “Some Nights” held strong at the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the past six consecutive weeks.

“The Movie Awards will be a re-imagined celebration of the most popular films and performances from the past year,” said Stephen Friedman, President of MTV. “This year, we’ve overhauled categories and added a Breakthrough Performance award that will be chosen by some of the best directors in the world. We’re also making music a more central experience to the overall show creative, and are thrilled to announce fun. – a band that has already imprinted a new anthem on a generation – as our first musical moment.”

Once again, MTV fans will hold the “Power of the Popcorn” awards in their hands. This year’s brand new “Best Music” category will allow fans to vote for a specific movie moment when the perfect song played during the perfect scene.

In returning category favorites like “Movie of the Year,” will the final installment of “Harry Potter” bring home the crown or will the record-shattering “The Hunger Games” shake things up? Last year, Emma Stone took home the prize for “Best Comedic Performance” but could she receive a nomination for “Best Female Performance” for her role in “The Help?” One thing is for certain, it’s Hollywood’s wildest awards ceremony and anything can happen.

Categories for the “2012 MTV Movie Awards” include:

• “Movie of the Year”
• “Best Female Performance”
• “Best Male Performance”
• “Breakthrough Performance”
• “Best Comedic Performance”
• “Best Music”*
• “Best On-Screen Transformation”*
• “Best Gut-Wrenching Performance”*
• “Best Kiss”
• “Best Fight”
• “Best Cast”*
• “Best On-Screen Dirt Bag”*

* New category

The “2012 MTV Movie Awards” nominees will be elected by a special voting Academy, including members of the MTV audience. In addition, the winner of “Breakthrough Performance” will be decided on solely by a special Academy of Directors who will lend their expertise for spotting and developing new talent.

Known as one of the most outrageous and distinctive televised award shows, the “2012 MTV Movie Awards” will feature its trademark individuality and irreverence. Fusing the network’s musical core with the wonder and amazement of the comedy, drama, adventure and mystery inherent to the movie-going experience, the telecast is set to provide more laughs, surprises and one-of-a-kind moments with Hollywood’s biggest stars gathering to honor fan-favorites from the past year.

The “2012 MTV Movie Awards” will air across MTV’s global network of more than 60 channels reaching more than 600 million households around the world as well as through syndication. In addition, its convergent programming and content will reach the entire interactive community, via MTV’s more than 200 digital media properties around the world.

A new featurette for “Dark Shadows”, directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Christopher Lee, is online :

Sacha Baron Cohen appeared on TV’s “The Project” last night, in character as ‘The Dictator’, to promote the film of the same name.

Paramount has released a new trailer for “G.I Joe : Retaliation” :