Jeffrey Katzenberg is going to preview “Rise of the Guardians” at CineEurope (THR)
Despite the success of their greenback-gobbling “Hunger Games”, Lionsgate are still in the black financially-speaking (TheSpec.com); Meanwhile, “Twilight” star Kristen Stewart says she wants “Hunger Games” to win best kiss at the MTV Movie Awards.
This week’s “Piranha 3DD” is the first 3D film to get a simultaneous theatrical and video-on-demand release. The John Gulager-directed blood n’ boobs fest will be available for a 48-hour VOD rental; $6.99 in standard and high definition, and $7.99 in 3D; consumers have 30 days from the time of purchase to begin viewing. Starz Digital Media has also collaborated with Milyoni to bring Piranha 3DD in VOD to Facebook, with the first-ever 3D Facebook VOD app for rental on the leading social media platform. The app allows users to transform the online movie-viewing experience into a social experience by letting them comment and share clips, stills, and quotes with their friends. “Fans of the Piranha franchise are in for a ‘feeding frenzy’ of viewing options, with so many opportunities and ways to enjoy the campy and thrilling sequel,” said Mara Winokur, senior vice president of digital media distribution at Starz Media and lead executive at Starz Digital Media. “We have been looking at experimenting in the premium VOD space; Piranha 3DD provided the perfect title in terms of genre and installed fan base. Adding in the first-ever Facebook 3D option gives viewers even more control over how and when they watch the movie, and is a logical extension of the premium VOD experience.”
Kate Walsh has confirmed that she’s hanging up her stethoscope after the next season of TV’s “Private Practice”, which runs just 13 episodes (Vulture).
The first one-sheet and a motion poster for Ethan Hawke starrer “Sinister”, from “Exorcism of Emily Rose” helmer Scott Derrikson, is online :
“Punisher” star Thomas Jane is in talks to join Frank Darabont’s new series “L.A Noir”, playing mobster Bugsy Siegel (THR).
Anne Vyalitsyna, the Victoria’s Secret model who makes even the softest die hard, will have a unspecified role in “A Good Day to Die Hard” (Variety)
Beyonce, Aziz Ansari, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried and Johnny Knoxville are lending their lungs to the new Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studio’s flick “Epic”. The Chris Wedge-directed 3D CGI flick tells of a young girl who is magically transported to another universe.
“Drive” director Nicholas Winding Refn is in talks to direct”Button Man”, an adaptation of the graphic novel ”Button Man: The Killing Game” by John Wagner and Arthur Ranson. “The action revolves around Harry Exton, a hired gun who’s offered a fortune to take part in a game organized by bored millionaires that sets trained killers against one another in a fight to the death. The fat cats bet on the proceedings, and when Exton gets disgusted and opts out, his only exit strategy might be to off the millionaires funding the competition.” (Deadline)
There’s rumoured plot details for The Wachowski’s “Jupiter Ascending” online. “Imagine a universe in which “human beings are just the Cro-Magnons, or even the Australopithecines, of what beings can ultimately go on to become in the galaxy,” explains our source, before adding, “It’s a return to form for [the Wachowskis], because these higher forms of life are watching us from other, albeit this time non-meta worlds, but actual, other worlds, as in planets and moons.”” Mila Kunis, who is the female lead, and Channing Tatum will star. (Vulture)
Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone are in negotiations to play veteran boxers in Peter Segal’s “Grudge Match”. The WB project, about two retired boxers who go head-to-head in one final bout, is written by “Entourage” alum Doug Ellin (TheWrap)
“X-Men : First Class” director Matthew Vaughan has optioned the film rights to “Lexicon”, an upcoming book about “a world where words are potentially lethal weapons–tools for persuading others to do what you want–which are wielded by members of a secret, ancient, global organization of people with an aptitude for persuasion in general. Their most gifted and troubled member, a young woman, breaks the society’s primary rule and falls in love.” (Deadline)
A book sequel to “The Devil Wears Prada” is in the works (CNN)
Mark Wahlberg may be out, and Adam Sandler may be replacing him in the two-hander “Three Mississippi”, originally set to be a “Other Guys” reunion for Wahlberg and Will Ferrell (Vulture).
The first TV spot for the testosterone-filled “Expendables 2” is online :