Archive for May, 2010

Shatner: ‘S**t My Dad Says makes history’

Thursday, May 20th, 2010
Ed Goodson from $#*! My Dad Says
William Shatner has joked that his new TV series is making history.

The actor’s show S**t My Dad Says, which is based on the cult Twitter account, was recently picked up by CBS.

“You can’t say the title of the show on air, you can only think it,” Shatner told Zap2It. “We’re making television history.”

He continued: “Not only will it be the funniest show on television at 8.30 on Thursday night, it will be the funniest show on television on Thursday night… It was born electronically. That’s a first. And you’ll have to watch it to find out how we did it.”

However, Shatner admitted that his own Twitter feed is written by other people.

“I know nothing about Twitter,” he explained. “I don’t read Twitter. But what I have done is acquired the knowledge of how it works. And so knowing that to reach people… about things I’m doing or things I’m thinking. I’m very careful to tell the people who do the actual typing what I want to do, what I want to say, the questions I want to provoke.”

‘Doctor Who’ finale titles revealed

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
The Doctor from Doctor Who

The BBC has revealed the episode titles for the series finale of Doctor Who.

The two-part story is penned by Steven Moffat and will air June 19 and June 26 on BBC One. The first episode is called ‘The Pandorica Opens’ and the second ‘The Big Bang’.

Alex Kingston will reprise her role as River Song for the finale, which is also thought to include appearances from The Daleks, The Cybermen and The Sontarans.

In the US, the finale will air June 26 and July 3 on BBC America.

Lindsay Lohan joins 3D ‘Black Friday’

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan has signed to star in upcoming 3D thriller Black Friday.

Japanese director Ryuhei Kitamura announced the project and Lohan’s casting at the Cannes Film Festival in France, reports Bloody Disgusting.

The movie centres on a group of family and friends who avenge the brutal murder of a couple and come face-to-face with a killer named Tyler Hillburg.

Kitamura previously directed Versus and The Midnight Meat Train.

‘Lost’ DVD to include extended finale?

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
The cast of Lost season 6
The season six Lost DVD could include an extended finale, reports have said.

An ABC source allegedly told TV Guide Magazine that the boxset will feature around 20 minutes of additional footage.

“It’s in production now,” the insider claimed.

“[Executive producers] Damon [Lindelof] and Carlton [Cuse] wanted to offer fans answers to additional questions they couldn’t get to in the body of the final show.”

The source did not confirm the length of the extra scenes.

The series finale of Lost airs on May 23 at 9pm on ABC in the US and on May 28 at 9pm on Sky1 in the UK.

Disney to film ‘Pirates 4’ in 3D

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
Johnny Depp at the 'Alice in Wonderland' UK premiere
The upcoming fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie will be shot in 3D, Walt Disney Pictures has announced.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will be filmed in Disney Digital 3D for a US release date of May 20, 2011.

The sequel is directed by Rob Marshall and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, who also backed last year’s 3D adventure film G-Force.

Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush have signed to reprise their roles in the film, which also stars Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane and San Claflin.

‘Iron Man 2’ retains top spot at US Box Office

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Iron Man 2

Iron Man 2 has remained at the top of the US box office.

The blockbuster earned $53 million this week, and has surpassed its $200 million budget after just two weeks on release.

Debuting this week are Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe, at number two with a mere $37.1 million for the $200 million-budgeted epic, followed by Letters To Juliet in third with $13.7 million and Just Wright in fourth with $8.5 million.

How To Train Your Dragon drops to fifth place with $5.1 million after eight weeks in the top ten, while Furry Vengeance falls to number nine with $2.3 million and Clash Of The Titans drops to tenth place with $1.2 million.

The US box office top ten in full:

1. (1) Iron Man 2 – $53,000,000
2. (-) Robin Hood – $37,114,000
3. (-) Letters To Juliet – $13,750,000
4. (-) Just Wright – $8,500,000
5. (3) How To Train Your Dragon – $5,120,000
6. (2) A Nightmare On Elm Street – $4,700,000
7. (4) Date Night – $4,000,000
8. (5) The Back-Up Plan – $2,465,000
9. (6) Furry Vengeance – $2,300,000
10. (7) Clash Of The Titans – $1,255,000

Coppola, Cameron clash over future of 3D

Saturday, May 15th, 2010
James Cameron
James Cameron and Francis Ford Coppola have reportedly clashed over the future of 3D films.

Avatar director Cameron said 2D would soon be outdated as the industry standard, with 3D technology being embraced in all forms of entertainment.

However, Coppola argued that 3D was now “tiresome” and said he couldn’t see the benefit, reports The Daily Telegraph.

Cameron, who was talking at a technology forum in Seoul, said sports coverage and music industry videos would soon succumb to the lure of 3D. He likened its introduction to that of sound and colour in motion pictures.

Avatar has proved that 3D technology is not just a fad but a revolution changing how the audience chooses to consume media and entertainment content,” the 56-year-old said.

Coppola apparently countered: “I don’t see why a movie is better in 3D. I personally do not want to watch a movie with glasses. It’s tiresome.”

‘Judge Dredd’ to film this fall

Saturday, May 15th, 2010
Judge Dredd
The upcoming Judge Dredd movie will reportedly begin shooting this fall.

According to backers Reliance BIG Pictures and IM Globa, filming on the DNA Films project will take place in Johannesburg.

The 3D picture is to have a $45m (£30m) budget.

Pete Travis will direct the film with Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich producing. Screenwriter Alex Garland is penning the script.

“Alex Garland’s script is faithful to the original concept that made Judge Dredd a favourite bad-ass hero. It’s a high-octane slay ride through the dark underbelly of the vast future city. A fan pleaser,” said Judge Dredd comic co-creator John Wagner.

He added: “With their track record, I have every faith in Alex Garland, Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich.”

Alan Tudyk boards ‘Transformers 3’

Friday, May 14th, 2010
Alan Tudyk
Dollhouse actor Alan Tudyk has joined the cast of Transformers 3.

According to The Wrap, Tudyk will join returning stars Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox as well as new additions Patrick Dempsey, John Malkovich and Frances McDormand in the sequel in an unspecified role.

Michael Bay is returning to direct the picture, which is scheduled to open in the US on July 1, 2011.

The 39-year-old is also known for playing the character Wash in Joss Whedon’s Firefly series and its film spinoff Serenity


NBC decides to drop ‘Rockford Files’?

Friday, May 14th, 2010
Dermot Mulroney
NBC has reportedly decided to drop The Rockford Files.

The show, a remake of the 1970s series, was being developed by House creator David Shore, with Steve Carell lined up to produce.

Dermot Mulroney had signed up to star as Jim Rockford, while Beau Bridges had also joined the cast.

However, Deadline claims that NBC was disappointed by the completed pilot. The show was recut but the new version also allegedly failed to convince the network.

A redevelopment of the concept is reportedly still possible.