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    RANGO Screenwriter Joins INCEPTION: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION With Miley Cyrus


    Commin' in like a wrecking ball, RANGO screen-writer James Ward Byrkit has joined Paramount's WAKE which has been in the works for the studio since about 2010 with Miley Cyrus (MTV Video Music Awards 2013, Hannah Montanna: The Movie) attached to star as the lead.

    Deadline reports that the film, previously with Christopher London (Disturbia) attached, is based on the 2008 novel of the same name by Lisa McMann.

    WAKE tells the story of Janie Hannagan who has the ability to involuntarily enter other people's dreams which leads her into the heart of a massive ring of drug-dealing and corruption within not only her high-school; but her small town's community.  

    The novel is followed by two acclaimed sequels, Fade and Gone.


    WB's PAN Get's Ready To Send Adeel Akhtar's Smee To Neverland


    On the heels of casting Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) as Tiger Lilly, The Wrap is reporting that Joe Wright's PAN has found the Smee to Garrett Hedlund's (TRON: Legacy) Hook in Adeel Akhtar.

    In keeping with the multi-racial Neverland that director Joe Wright envisions, “Four Lions” star Adeel Akhtar has been cast as Smee in Warner Bros.’ big-budget tentpole “Pan,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.

    Smee is notably Hook's right-hand man; and lends further to Wright and WB's "international" out-look on the casting for this big-budget adaption and pirate influenced take on J.M. Barrie's acclaimed tales.

    The film also stars Hugh Jackman was notorious pirate Blackbeard, with the titular 'Pan' not cast as of yet; but given the speed on which casting is going, I'd expect that soon.

    PAN releases in 3D July 17, 2015. 


    Lupita Nyong’o Might Be Someone in STAR WARS EPISODE VII


    Coming out of Camp Latino Review comes news that 12 Years a Slave Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o could be up for a role in the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII or S7AR WARS if you swing that way.

    The part Nyong’o has been reading for a is a major female role and doesn’t seem to be tied into the family lines from Episodes 4-6.

    Calls were made to Lupita’s reps and they responded, “We’re not allowed to talk about that.”

    From what I heard, Lupita might be going up for a a sith!

    Earlier this week, Variety reported the short-list for the film's male leads, which are apparently down to Ed Speleers, John Boyega, Jesse Plemons, Matthew James Thomas, and Ray Fisher.

    Adam Driver was confirmed earlier this month to play the film's villain.

    JarJar Abrams S7AR WARS: Episode VII: Revenge of the Attack into Darkness will hit theaters December 18, 2015.  


    Rooney Mara will be Native American Princess Tiger Lilly in WB's PAN; People Mad.

    Just earlier this week Variety got the drop that Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) was cast in WB's upcoming take on the classic J.M. Barrie novels that spawned the wildly popular film Peter Pan  from Disney in 1953.

    Mara will play Tiger Lilly, Native American princess on the island of Neverland, who is often depicted as a love interest to Peter Pan, long before Wendy Darling and the jealous Tinker Bell are in his life.

    The film will be a new take on the classic story. It is set during World War II and follows an orphan named Peter who is kidnapped by pirates and brought to Neverland, where he discovers he’s destined to save the land from the pirate Blackbeard.

    The world being created is multi-racial/international – and a very different character than previously imagined.

    The studio took on an exhaustive search in finding the right girl to play Lily looking at other actresses such as Lupita Nyonog’o and “Blue is the Warmest Color” thesp Adele Exarchopoulos before going out to Mara for the role.

    Obviously this is another "Johnny Depp as Tonto"-tier debate on some parts of the internet already; but as Variety noted this is a multi-racial and international depiction of Neverland.

    It's also worth noting that Tiger Lilly, daughter of Chief Big Little Panther, is in-fact NOT a real Native American, and does not actually belong to a REAL LIFE Native American Tribe, and that the original "Peter Pan" stories take place on a fantasy magic island with fairies, mermaids, pirates, alligators with clocks in their stomachs, and eternally young children.

    Of course, like Depp as Tonto in Disney's The Lone Ranger, the character of Tonto was never meant to potray all Comanche peoples, and Tonto was disowned by his own Comanche tribe; but given definite reason and purpose for his behavior, just as i'm sure Mara wasn't cast to potray all Native Americans that will ever live and have lived. 

    PAN also stars Garett Hedlund as a young Captain Hook, with Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard and open catsing is still open for a 10-12 year old for Peter.

    The film, directed by Joe Wright, will hit theaters July 17, 2015.


    J.K. Simmons Joining 'Terminator: Genesis'

    While nothing about the film's plot is still officially known, next summer's Terminator reboot - entitled Terminator: Genesis - is gearing up for filming starting next month and now word comes that the always great J.K. Simmons (most well-known for the original Spider-Man trilogy) is in-talks to join the cast.

    Simmons would play 'weary and alcoholic detective who has followed a bizarre case involving Sarah Connor and robots for more than three decades (since 1984 which, not coincidentally, is the year the original movie, directed by James Cameron, was released).'

    The report of Simmons signing on also notes that this new film 'will thread together multiple ideas from the previous movies as it relaunches the story of a cyborg from a future where computers gained intelligence and waged war against mankind.'

    Even though I think Simmons joining the cast is a great thing as the guy is a fantastic actor, I'm still curious as to what and how exactly this film will play out.  We've known for months that this reboot will tie in both the original 1984 film and it's 1991 sequel, but now with word coming that Simmon's character has been following the case for 'three decades', it's almost baffling as to how this will all come together post-1991 as it was assumed the 2003 threequel and 2009 future world entry were being ignored.

    Regardless, this whole damn thing has me curious so let's see where it goes.

    Terminator: Genesis - to be directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger in his title role, Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor, Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese, Jason Clarke as John Connor, and now J.K. Simmons - is set to open July 1st, 2015.

    Source:  The Hollywood Reporter


    'Captain America 3' to face off against 'Batman vs. Superman'

    When Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige asserted that the studio wasn't abandoning the May 6, 2016 release spot to WB's Batman vs. Superman only yesterday, one wondered about what their film would challenge WB's behemoth, short of Avengers 3 or Iron Man 4.
    THR now reports that pic will be Captain America 3, which had only just retained the Russo brothers and writers Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely to return to direct and write. Zack Snyder's film, in comparison is deep in pre-production and begin filming in a few weeks. While some die-hard fanboys like to cry, "But Marvel staked that date FIRST!", Marvel didn't state what their film was at the time. Had they announced it right off the bat, WB would've likely stayed away. The news also smacks of Marvel letting the news out to 'encourage' WB to move off "their" date.
    Production-wise, Zack Snyder's film has the advantage. The casting news and the novelty of the concept is something no studio could buy -- free publicity. Captain America 3 won't be ready to go into production until late this year, at the earliest. Time will tell which studio will blink, but my money's on Marvel moving Captain America 3 to April 2016.

    New Red-Band Trailer for 'Sabotage'

    With its release coming in a few short weeks, a new red-band trailer as been released for the Arnold Schwarzenegger starring Sabotage.

    Though previous trailers have emphasized the film's extreme violence and intense action, this new footage actually shows the more 'humanistic' side of Schwarzenegger's character, which hopefully bodes well for the film itself.  I'd love to see Schwarzenegger prove he can play a real, three-dimensional role.


    Sabotage - directed by David Ayer (End of Watch) - also stars Sam Worthington, Joe Manganiello, Mireille Enos, Josh Holloway, Olivia Williams, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Max Martini, and Kevin Vance.

    The film opens March 28th.


    Li Bingbing Is Su Yueming In "Transformers: Age of Extinction" Poster

    Opening in theaters and IMAX on June 27th, the action adventure stars Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, T.J. Miller, Han Geng and Titus Welliver


    New "Godzilla" Poster Is All Artsy And Stuff

    Marketing for Godzilla is staring to stomp into the collective minds of the masses.

    I really enjoyed the last trailer, I thought it did it's job and actually made me care about seeing a Godzilla film. Before that, no desire whatsoever. Hope the general public, or at least the internet junkies, feel the same way.

    Now The Brothers Warner and their former but still hanging around bedfellow Legendary Pictures have released a "Mondo Poster" for your viewing pleasure.

    Attendees of Austin's SXSW might have the luxury of taking one of these bad boys home with them if they are lucky of enough to be present at the Ritz Theater for a screening of the original 1954 Godzilla. The film is hosted by Gareth Edwards tomorrow 3/11 at 9:30pm.

    Opening in 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters on May 16, the Gareth Edwards film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston. An epic rebirth to Toho's iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world's most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.


    Spielberg Shows Interest In Remake of WEST SIDE STORY 

    When you're a Jet, you're a Jet all the way, or so we'll all be singing soon if Spielberg has his way.
    it appears, according to Deadline, that Fox unlocked the 1961 musical-classic for a remake due to director Steven Spielberg's interest in it but notes:

    No writer has been set yet and Spielberg hasn’t done anything more than register his interest, which traditionally has always been enough to get a studio hot and bothered.

    West Side Story, winner of ten Academy Awards including Best Picture (1961), is a Broadway adaption of William Shakespeare's classic "Romeo and Juliet" and tell the story of star-crossed lovers Maria Nuñez (a Puerto Rican immigrant and sister of Bernardo, leader of 'The Sharks') and Tony Wyzek (leader of the "white boy" gang The Jets) against the back-drop of racial tension and escalating gang activity amongst New York City youths in Summer 1957.

    It's a relevant story no matter when it's made, which is part of it's appeal; but given the recent main-stream attention of equal rights for illegal immigrant workers as well as LGBT-tolerance, I'd expect to see the remake touch upon those. 

    It's been a while since we've had a mainstream musical in theaters up until 2012's Les Miserables, which was a critical and financial success, so here's hoping West Side Story goes ahead and does the original the justice it deserves. 

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