Taylor Hawkins from The Foo Fighters will play Iggy Pop in the “CBGB”, the film starring Alan Rickman as the owner of the popular ’70s nightclub. ”The Big Bang Theory”’s Johnny Galecki has also been cast, as music manager Terry Ork and ”The Borgias” actress Mickey Sumner is playing Patti Smith (THR).
Famed horror author Clive Barker (“Hellraiser”) will rewrite Amazon Studio’s movie “Zombies vs Gladiators” (THR).
“Journey 2” director Brad Peyton will direct another three-dimensional family flick, “San Andreas 3D”, a $100 million dollar blockbuster set up at New Line (THR).
Billy ‘The Rocketeer’ Campbell has replaced Jason Patric on “Copperhead”, the Civil War drama from Ron Maxwell of which the latter exited on the weekend due to “Creative differences” (THR).
There’s a brief glimpse of footage from “Django Unchained” on ET’s website :
Looks good, yeah!?
The sequel to “X-Men : First Class” may be based on the ‘Days of Future Past’ storyline, meaning the film would skip over the ’70s entirely and be set in an alternate dystopian future (Aint it Cool)
There’s a new poster for “The Campaign”, starring Will Ferrell, Zach Galifiankis and Australia’s own Josh Lawson, online :
“True Blood” actress Mariana Klaveno is up for the role of Lily Munster in NBC’s “Munsters” reboot, “Mockingbird Lane” (Deadline).
“Langoliers” helmer Tom Holland will direct an adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Ten O’Clock People”, which is “Set in Boston” and tells “the story follows Brandon Pearson, who in trying to kick his smoking habit uncovers a frightening aspect of reality that he plans to extinguish through extreme measures.” (Deadline)
Actor Michael Rappaport (“True Romance”) will direct an adaptation of the book “Tough Luck” (Deadline)
Rick McCallum says the “Star Wars” live-action series definitely won’t be for kids, likening it to ‘Deadwood’. “Our biggest problem is that these stories are adult. I mean…these are like Deadwood in space. [It’s] so unlike anything you’ve ever associated with George before in relation to Star Wars. These aren’t for kids. I mean, we hope they’ll watch, but it’s not being targeted at 8-to-9 year old boys. The situation we have is that each episode – or if you put two hour long episodes together – is bigger than any film we’ve ever done. It’s on the Avatar level and we’ll only have about $5-6 million we can spend on each episode.” (Den of Geek)
The first official image from “Wreck it Ralph”, is online:
Walt Disney Animation Studios and Emmy®-winning director Rich Moore (TV’s “The Simpsons,” “Futurama”) take moviegoers on a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping journey in “Wreck-It Ralph.” Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly, “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” “Step Brothers”) is tired of being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix (voice of Jack McBrayer, “30 Rock”), the “good guy” star of their game who always gets to save the day. But after decades doing the same thing and seeing all the glory go to Felix, Ralph decides he’s tired of playing the role of a bad guy. He takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a game-hopping journey across the arcade through every generation of video games to prove he’s got what it takes to be a hero.
On his quest, he meets the tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Jane Lynch, TV’s “Glee”) from the first-person action game Hero’s Duty. But it’s the feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman, “The Sarah Silverman Program”) from the candy-coated cart racing game, Sugar Rush, whose world is threatened when Ralph accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens the entire arcade. Will Ralph realize his dream and save the day before it’s too late?
Roadshow has announced a July 11, 2013 release for Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” downunder. Meantime, Ben Affleck’s “Argo” has been bumped from November 1 to December 6, and “Seeking Justice” starring Nicolas Cage will be getting a brief theatrical bow on June 14.
“Iron Man” director Jon Favreau is the frontrunner to direct the feature adaptation of the musical “Jersey Boys”, which has pocketed over a billion dollars in ticket sales since premiering in 2005 (Variety).
Paul Giamatti, Garrett Dillahunt and Sarah Paulson have joined the cast of “Twelve Years a Slave”. “[Chiwetel] Ejiofor stars as the book’s author, a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery. Paulson will play Fassbender’s jealous wife, while Giamatti will play Freeman, who takes possession of the slaves upon their arrival in New Orleans. McQueen co-wrote the script with John Ridley (“Red Tails”). Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner will produce for Plan B and Bill Pohlad will produce for River Road.” (Variety)
Freestyle Digital Media has acquired the domestic rights to “Love Birds”, a new romantic comedy directed by Paul Murphy and written by Nick Ward. The film, which was produced by Alan Harris and Matthew Metcalf for the General Film Company in New Zealand, is slated for a domestic digital release on June 19th, 2012.The pic, starring Rhys Darby (“Flight of the Concords”) and Sally Hawkins (“Happy Go-Lucky,” “Jane Eyre”), is a delightful romantic comedy featuring the music of Queen, about a recently single man who finds an injured duck and reluctantly decides to nurse it back to health. This propels him on a new journey of self-discovery that leads him into the arms of a veterinarian who, as a single mother, shows him a new way to look at life.
The trailer for Julia Stiles new online series “Blue” is online. Stiles stars as Blue, a single mother trying to provide for her son by leading a double life as an escort. When a client and her son meet, she’s forced to come to terms with her choices. The series also stars David Harbour, Sarah Paulson, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and Tony Plana.
“He’s on every page, or we’re making the wrong film,” said Albert S. Ruddy, a producer of “Unknown Soldier,” in which Mr. Schwarzenegger’s character harks back to his muscular roles in “Predator” and “The Running Man,” both from 1987. “He’s going to be a killer. Get out of the way,” said Mr. Ruddy. (The New York Times)
Brittany Curran (“Men of a Certain Age”) has snagged the female lead in Marcus Nispel’s “Blackmask”, which centers on a group of teenagers that accidentally releases an evil spirit that starts to possess them one by one (THR).
Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Idea? “Star Trek : TNG” uniforms!
Focus Features has supplied us with a new featurette for “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”, starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley, which opens later this year.
Shoreline Entertainment has picked up world sales rights for Dante Tomaselli’s horror-thriller ”Torture Chamber”. ”Directed/written/produced by Tomaselli – an accomplished independent horror director of cult favorites like Satan’s Playground and Horror – Torture Chamber stars Vincent Pastore (The Sopranos) in a hallucinatory horror shocker about an unholy bond between a mother and her two sons.Ruskin says, “Lately our company has been focused on arthouse, foreign language and documentary films, but distributors’ have not let us forget that their appetite for genre driven fare has not waned. We are delighted to take this horror picture that delivers the goods to the marketplace.” Shoreline Executive Vice President Sam Eigen and Director of Acquisitions Melody Djavadi negotiated the deal with Angela Mak of Beigelman, Feiner & Feldman for Torture Chamber. Shoreline is also pleased to announce that production has completed on three 3D titles: The Forbidden Girl, a live-action supernatural horror film; The Amazing Adventures of the Living Corpse, a computer-animated horror-fantasy with a zombie in the hero role; and the stop-motion animated O Apostolo”.
You can view the trailer here.