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    Wednesday
    Sep222010

    More Back to the Future Blu-Ray Sneak Peaks

    NBC/Universal has released a few more of the new behind-the-scenes clips from the upcoming Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Edition blu-ray release, set to arrive in stores on October 26.

    First up:  cast and crew recall the unexpected and incredible success of the first film and how that ultimately lead to the sequels (which, contrary to popular belief, were not originally planned):

     

    Second:  an look back with Christopher Lloyd and the evolution of Doc Brown:

    Finally, Michael J. Fox talks about working on both Family Ties and Back to the Future at the same time and how he approached the role of Marty McFly:

    These are all part of Tales From the Future, a new 6-part documentary that will be included on the 25th anniverary box set.  Can't wait. 

    Wednesday
    Sep222010

    Pixar's "Brave" Logo

    Disney/Pixar has revealed the first official logo for Brave, their 3D animated adventure coming to theaters June 15, 2012:

    Featuring the voices of Reese Witherspoon, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly and Julie Walters, Brave is the story of a Scottish princess named Merida whose reckless pursuit of becoming a great archer leads to all hell breaking loose in her father's kingdom, leading her to confront "unpredictable forces of nature, magic, and a dark ancient curse to set things right."

    Cool.  Brave will be Pixar's thirteenth animated film (the first unlucky one? hopefully not.), the first directed by a woman (Brenda Chapman), their first non-sequel since 2009's Up (with Toy Story 3, Cars 2, and Monsters Inc. 2 coming in between), and their first animated film with a female lead (who apparently gets to kick some ass).  Go girl!

    Wednesday
    Sep222010

    Snookie To Appear On "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" On 9/23 

    TMT knows that "Snookie" has a love/hate relationshp with the general public, but that is what makes it all so fascinating. We wanted to let you know that everyone favorite guidette, Nicole Polizzi aka ‘Snookie,’ will be gracing the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” stage on September 23rd. She will sit down with Jimmy to talk about her insta-classic show, “Jersey Shore.” Other guests that night include actor Zach Galifianakis (“It’s Kind of a Funny Story”) and musical guest Trombone Shorty.

    Wednesday
    Sep222010

    David O. Russell may direct 'Under Cover' with Jim Carrey

    24 Frames is reporting David O. Russell (currently putting the finishing touches on the Oscar probable The Fighter) is said to be taking meetings to possibly direct the upcoming Jim Carrey comedy, Under Cover.  The flick, in which Carrey is attached to star, tells the story of a man who wins back his family by performing classic rock's greatest hits with a cover band.

    While the story states Russell is merely taking meetings and under consideration for the film, I think the pairing of the director and Carrey would make for an interesting pic to say the least.  Carrey is obviously a comedic genius as he's proven over the past two decades, and Russell, while branching off recently with the boxing-drama The Fighter, has shown with his previous films (Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees) that he has a unique style when it comes to dramatic comedy.  Hope this one works out.  

    Wednesday
    Sep222010

    Phoenix to join DiCaprio in 'Hoover'?

     

    While it's been more than two years since he last acted (unless you count that mockumentary I'm Still Here), Joaquin Phoenix is reportedly up for a vital role in Clint Eastwood's upcoming biographical-drama, Hoover, based on the life of famous FBI head, J. Edgar Hoover.

    Vulture reports Phoenix is Eastwood's top choice for the role of Clyde Tolson, Hoover's esteemed protege and suspected lover during their tenure in the FBI.  It's said while the deal for DiCaprio is not complete (DiCaprio obviously to play Hoover), it's believed once the actor signs on the dotted line, Phoenix will be next to join.  Here's more on the story:

    With a script by Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, Hoover explores the two men’s complicated relationship; neither man ever admitted to being gay, and Hoover was known for hunting down and intimidating those who dared questioned his sexual preference while he was alive. But Hoover’s actions in death seem to suggest they were more than simply pals in life: When Hoover died, Tolson was not only the beneficiary of Hoover’s life-insurance policy, he also inherited Hoover's estate and moved into his house. At Hoover’s funeral, he accepted the U.S. flag draped over Hoover's coffin, and today, Tolson's grave is a few yards from Hoover's in the Congressional Cemetery.

    Insiders tell us that Eastwood’s casting agent, Fiona Ware (who cast Hereafter), is already scheduled to fly into Burbank from London in early October to begin the casting process. One has to wonder if her imminent arrival might be the reason for Casey Affleck’s sudden and out-of-the-blue decision to “come clean” about the fictional nature of the Phoenix documentary I’m Still Here — fear that portraying him as a drug-addled crazy with a tenuous grip on reality might jeopardize Phoenix’s chances at such a fantastic and potentially Oscar-worthy role.

    Maybe this will end up scoring both DiCaprio and Phoenix their first Oscars?  Only time will tell.

    Tuesday
    Sep212010

    Doc Brown Returns!

    Great Scott!  Telltale Games posted an update on their site today that Christopher Lloyd recently reported to their studios to being recording his lines as Doc Brown for the upcoming Back to the Future video game.  The highly-anticipated game, featuring the continuing adventures of both Doc Brown and Marty McFly, will be released on all major game platforms this winter.

    According to Telltale:

    "Mr. Lloyd was fantastic and got right back into character - and this is just the first of many recording sessions for the game!  It's truly uncanny to hear Doc Brown come to life again and I can't wait for you guys to hear the finished product!"

    Now if that doesn't get you even more excited for this game, I can't imagine anything will.  Back to the Future screenwriter and producer Bob Gale, who is also working with the game developers on the five "episodes" in which the game will take place (which will include other characters from the trilogy and take place in several different time periods), was also on hand for the recording session, and afterwards everyone posed for the obligatory Back to the Future poster shot:

    Now that is heavy.  While no official release date has been set for the game, we can still be sure to get our time-travelling fix started when the Back to the Future: 25th Anniversary Edition trilogy box set arrives on blu-ray (finally) on October 26th.  Which honestly, can't come soon enough. 

    Tuesday
    Sep212010

    Deadpool or R.I.P.D. Will Star Ryan Reynolds

    The fate of the Deadpool movie is as clear as your hand in front of your face.

    With Ryan Reynolds suited up (motion-capture suited up, that is) for Green Lantern and any hypothetical sequels in the years to come (not to mention, the morsel of a chance his Hal Jordan bullshits onscreen next to Christian Bale's Batman and whomever is tapped as the next Superman), there's no way Warner Brothers will allow him to run off and play another costumed comic-book character for a rival studio. Why many refuse to accept that is beyond me. Blinded by the nerdgasm yet again, one can guess.

    I09 caught up with Reynolds (while on the press rounds for the thriller Buried), and for the first time he didn't sound all too positive towards its prospects. In fact, it sounds like he's beginning to plant the seeds of the X-Men spin-off falling apart.

    Basically the next open slot for Reynolds is after production of the action/thriller Safe House with Denzel Washington and that doesn't start filming until the early months of 2011. It's (supposedly) between the horror/action/buddy-cop R.I.P.D. for Universal and the afore-mentioned Merc with the Mouth:

    "People sort of ask this question, like I have any say in the matter. They're both movies I'm interested in, they're both movies that are in fast-track development. But I never say I'm doing a movie until I break for lunch the first day. Because it's such a crapshoot, this industry. Everything's so fickle and so contingent on so many factors, aside from just an actor. And because it has an actor, and because these films have interested directors, it's obviously likely that they'll both get made. But I think it would be more likely that only one of them gets made with me."

    Universal not too far back locked down director Robert Schwentke in for R.I.P.D. with a late summer 2011 shoot being targeted. Meanwhile, Deadpool has...a script, was flirting with Robert Rodriguez for a brief period to direct and that's about it. Don't worry, kids. This won't be the last time Reynolds is asked about Deadpool and we'll repeat this cycle all over again.

    Tuesday
    Sep212010

    Gavin Hood Attached to Ender's Game

    The closest I recall Ender's Game hitting the silver screen was about a decade ago. Ron Howard was attached to direct and Jake Lloyd to play our hero Andrew "Ender" Wiggin. That never materialized and the Orson Scott-Card novel has long since been labeled as a "If only someone will make it" movie amongst fans. If the Lord of the Rings trilogy can be accomplished, I don't see what's stopping Ender's Game (and Dune for that matter!)

    24 Frames reports Odd Lot Entertainment is getting the wheels turning in development. They've gone as far to nab director Gavin Hood as their man for the job. He's already rewritten a recent draft penned by creator Card himself.

    They're quick to note however that doesn't 100% mean he'll direct once financing is secured - assuming they acquire proper funds. For some reason, I find it odd them stating that. Of course, there's a chance he won't direct.

    At least it's an upgrade from Wolverine.

    Tuesday
    Sep212010

    Steven Spielberg May (or May Not) Direct Robocalypse Next

    Steven Spielberg has so many "to do" projects it could fill up this page. There's also no telling exactly what he'll pick as his latest.

    Such was the case earlier this year as the Beard flirted with many a properties before settling on War Horse (currently lensing in the UK and set for an August 2011 release). But that's not to imply the ones he passed over will sit in Development Hell and not have "Directed by Steven Spielberg" pressed in big bold letters on the one-sheets.

    Among those included the Drew Goddard-penned Robocalypse, from the forthcoming novel by Daniel H. Wilson. The Cloverfield writer was assigned the gig back in March with the Beard keeping a close eye on how his adaptation turned out.

    Vulture says the script was recently submitted to DreamWorks, and everyone around town is playing the waiting game. What will Spielberg's verdict be? Will he decide to direct it next or pass it to some younger talent? Agents for both actors (in case the Beard says, "Oh yeah I’m totally filming this bitch next!") and directors are gearing up for either verdict.

    The logic being "If Spielberg thought it was great, then it has to be and therefore it’ll make us lots and lots of moneys!" Eh, I don't have a horse in this race either way. But I'd much prefer him finally tackle Lincoln, Trials of the Chicago 7 or Interstellar.

    And because I said that, he'll pick Indiana Jones 5 next.

    Monday
    Sep202010

    Ben and Locke, The Series?

    If this happens, I will be very, very happy.  Vulture is reporting that J.J. Abrams and collaborators Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec are actively pitching a "comedic drama" with the working title of Odd Jobs that would reunite Lost stars Terry O'Quinn and Michael Emerson as former black-ops agents.

    As Lost was wrapping up its final season this year, both actors mentioned in interviews that they hoped to work together again in another series.  Fans of the show, myself included, have also been hoping we hadn't seen the last of Lost's most popular frenemies (and subject of far too many YouTube tribute videos).  But while it sounded like a great idea, it didn't sound likely to happen, either.

    But with Abrams, who can seem to do no wrong these days, with one series, Alcatraz, being picked up by Fox and another, Person of Interest, being picked up by CBS just in the past month, actively pitching this show, it looks like there's a good chance we may get to see John Locke and Benjamin Linus back on TV after all. 

    So let's keep our fingers crossed.  I'm so loving this idea.  And hey, if this show works out, can the Sawyer/Miles cop show everyone wanted be far behind?