Archive for May, 2010

Watts to play Marilyn Monroe in ‘Blonde’

Thursday, May 13th, 2010
Kate Bosworth, Francisco Costa, and Naomi Watts at Mercedes-Benz  IMG New York Fashion Week
Naomi Watts has landed the role of Marilyn Monroe in an adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’s Blonde.

The book is depicted as an “imagined memoir” inspired by Monroe’s life and career.

Andrew Dominik will direct the picture. He described the movie’s version of Monroe as “a central figure in a fairy tale; an orphan child lost in the woods of Hollywood, being consumed by that great icon”, reports Screen Daily.

Shooting is scheduled to begin in early 2011.

‘Resident Evil: Afterlife’ gets IMAX release

Thursday, May 13th, 2010
Milla Jovovich at the opening of her new film 'A Perfect  Getaway'.
The upcoming Resident Evil: Afterlife will be released to digital IMAX theatres, Sony Pictures and IMAX have announced.

The 3D action film, the fourth in the Resident Evil series, will be digitally remastered for release in 3D IMAX Experience cinemas.

“In 3D, fans of Resident Evil will have a whole new way to enjoy this next exciting chapter,” said Sony Pictures’ Rory Bruer.

“The Resident Evil series and IMAX share a key common ground – fanboys,” continued Greg Foster, chairman and president of IMAX Film Entertainment.

He added: “We’re very excited to add this movie to our lineup to offer the millions of loyal Resident Evil fans a chance to experience this next chapter in IMAX 3D.”

Resident Evil: Afterlife, starring Milla Jovovich and Ali Larter, opens in IMAX and conventional cinemas on September 10.

NBC close to cancelling ‘Heroes’?

Thursday, May 13th, 2010
Heroes logo

NBC has reportedly decided to cancel Heroes.

According to New York Magazine, the network made the decision because it is pleased with the new series it has ordered.

Earlier reports suggested that Heroes could returm for a final 13-episode season but executives have allegedly decided they no longer need the show because their new programmes are strong.

However, the network is allegedly considering producing a two-hour or four-hour movie to provide an ending for the franchise.

Greg Grunberg, who plays Matt Parkman in the show, recently admitted on Twitter that he does not know its future, saying: “Haven’t heard anything official re: Heroes for next season. Hope it gets picked up.”

NBC declined to comment.

Snyder’s ‘Sucker Punch’ gets IMAX release

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010
Zack Snyder
Director Zack Snyder’s next film Sucker Punch 3D will debut in IMAX cinemas.

The large screen booking is part of a 20-picture distribution deal between Warner Bros and IMAX, says The Hollywood Reporter.

Snyder’s graphic novel adaptation Watchmen was also released in IMAX in 2009.

“The growing international IMAX theatre network will enable us to offer the premium IMAX release of Sucker Punch 3D to a wider audience, introducing even more moviegoers to the winning combination of Zack Snyder’s vision and IMAX’s powerful format,” said Warner’s Veronika Kwan-Rubinek.

Sucker Punch 3D is an action-oriented fantasy film about a girl who escapes an oppressive institution. It stars Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens and Carla Gugino and is scheduled for a December release.

Richard Griffiths joins LeBlanc comedy

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Richard Griffiths has signed up to appear in Matt LeBlanc’s new show Episodes.

The Showtime comedy focuses on a British couple whose television programme is remade into a bad American series.

The Hollywood Reporter says that Griffiths will play a version of himself on the show. His character will be thought “too sophisticated” to star in the American remake and will be replaced by LeBlanc.

Producers of the series were recently forced to recast some parts as Thomas Haden Church and Claire Forlani decided to quit the project.

Episodes is currently in production with Showtime.

Director: ‘Swamp Thing 3D plans stalled’

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010
Vincenzo Natali
Director Vincenzo Natali has said that plans for a new 3D Swamp Thing movie have been stalled.

The Splice helmer expressed his interest in making a film based on the DC Comics character in April.

Speaking to MTV, Natali has now revealed that rights issues have held up the project.

“Unfortunately, there is no Swamp Thing movie in the works right now because of all the legal entanglements involved with that particular property,” he said.

Natali added: “I’m told it won’t happen any time soon. [Matrix producer] Joel Silver was going to do Swamp Thing, and he actually had a couple of scripts in, only to discover later on that the film rights were held by another company.”

Natali’s Splice opens June 4 in the US.

ABC pulls new series ‘Happy Town’

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010
Happy Town cast

ABC has reportedly decided to pull new series Happy Town.According to Entertainment Weekly, the show will be taken off air after tonight’s edition.It will be replaced by a Primetime special on May 19 and Transformers on May 26, before returning on June 2 with the first of five remaining episodes.The show, which has previously been compared to Twin Peaks, focuses on a small town which is haunted by a number of unsolved kidnappings and is rocked by a new crime.It has struggled in the ratings since it debuted on ABC on April 28.

Video: Karen Gillan interviews Matt Smith!

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Ever wondered what The Doctor’s favourite hot drink is? Or whether Matt Smith wears his Doctor outfit outside of hours?

These aren’t the sort of questions that any regular interviewer could get the answers to. No, they require someone on the inside, someone close to the source. Step forward Miss Karen Gillan.

Hit ‘play’ below to find out what happened when KG sat down for a chat with MS:

Actress and singer Lena Horne dies, aged 92

Monday, May 10th, 2010
Lena Horne

Actress and jazz singer Lena Horne has died at the age of 92.

The Brooklyn-born star passed away late yesterday at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the medical centre’s spokeswoman Gloria Chin confirmed. Further details have not yet been released.

Horne is best known for playing the role of Selina Rogers in the 1943 film Stormy Weather. Her version of the movie’s title song later became a successful single and her signature hit.

The star’s long career saw her break down racial barriers to become known as Hollywood’s first black sex symbol. She was also an activist in the Civil Rights Movement.

Among Horne’s other movies were Panama Hattie and Cabin In The Sky. Additionally, she appeared in a large number of war-time musicals.

Horne’s last music release was 2006’s Seasons Of A Life, a collection of previously unreleased performances.

The star is survived by her daughter Gail Lumet Buckley.

‘Iron Man 2’ destroys competition at US Box Office

Sunday, May 9th, 2010
'Iron Man 2' destroys competition at US BO

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

The Jon Favreau-directed blockbuster, starring Robert Downey Jr, has claimed $133.6 million in its first week in release.

The re-imagination of the horror classic A Nightmare On Elm Street slips to number two with $9.1 million, followed by the animated feature How To Train Your Dragon in third place with $6.7 million and Date Night taking the fourth slot with $5.3 million.

In its third week in release, Jennifer Lopez’s The Back-Up Plan still has not managed to surpass its budget of $35 million. The rom-com has fallen to fifth place with $4.3 million.

Finally, debuting in tenth place this week is the the documentary Babies with $1.5 million.

The US box office top ten in full:

1. (-) Iron Man 2 – $133,600,000
2. (1) A Nightmare On Elm Street – $9,170,000
3. (2) How To Train Your Dragon – $6,760,000
4. (3) Date Night – $5,300,000
5. (4) The Back-Up Plan – $4,345,000
6. (5) Furry Vengeance
7. (6) Clash Of The Titans – $2,305,000
8. (9) Death At A Funeral – $2,100,000
9. (6) The Losers – $1,800,000
10. (-) Babies – $1,575,000