Ron Howard Won’t Direct THE DA VINCI CODE Sequel THE LOST SYMBOL
by Brendan Bettinger Posted: July 26th, 2011
The Da Vinci Code made $758 million worldwide. The sequel, Angels & Demons, earned a reduced (yet still very impressive) $485 million. Naturally, Sony is going for the hat trick, and hired Steven Knight last year to adapt The Lost Symbol, the third book in the Robert Langdon series. Last we checked, series author Dan Brown started work on a rewrite, though neither franchise star Tom Hanks nor director Ron Howard were confirmed to return. Howard, at least, never will be — he may produce, but has decided not to direct The Lost Symbol. Details after the jump.
First Trailer for NEW YEAR’S EVE
by Adam Chitwood Posted: July 26th, 2011 at 6:51 pm
The first trailer for Garry Marshall’s New Year’s Eve has been released. The follow-up to Valentine’s Day stars every actor ever in the history of acting, whom I can only assume will appear for five minutes of screen time each. The trailer is basically a montage of all the actors making their New Year’s preparations and yearning for somebody to love. Nothing groundbreaking, but if you were a fan of Valentine’s Day it’s a safe bet that this movie is probably your kind of thing.
The cast includes Robert De Niro, Ashton Kutcher, Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sarah Jessica Parker, Hilary Swank, Zac Efron, Sienna Miller, Lea Michele, Sofia Vergara, Abigail Breslin, Til Schweiger, Seth Meyers, Jon Bon Jovi, Josh Duhamel, and Carla Gugino. New Year’s Eve opens on December 9th. Hit the jump to watch the trailer. http://collider.com/new-years-eve-trailer/105815/
Nicolas Cage and John Cusack in Talks to Star in Serial Killer Drama THE FROZEN GROUND
by Adam Chitwood Posted: July 26th, 2011 at 6:07 pm
Any day that involves a Con Air reunion is a good day. Nicolas Cage and John Cusack, who were the stars of the 1997 action film centering on a prison-hijacked plane (genius!), are in negotiations to reteam on The Frozen Ground. The film is based on the true story of an Alaskan family man who, for 12 years, abducted over 24 women and flew them to the wilderness where he hunted them for sport. Detective Glenn Flothe teamed up with the serial killer’s only escaped victim to eventually bring him to justice.
If you thought you knew who would play what role, you’re probably wrong. Deadline reports that Cage is eyeing the part of Detective Flothe while Cusack would play Robert Hansen, the serial killer. Scott Walker wrote and will make his directorial debut on the project. If both actors sign on, this’ll make for one hell of a creepy project.
Emma Stone in Talks for Ruben Fleischer’s THE GANGSTER SQUAD
by Adam Chitwood Posted: July 26th, 2011
While Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer was unable to fit his good luck charm Jesse Eisenberg into the cast of his upcoming drama The Gangster Squad, it looks like he may be bringing some Zombieland brethren into the fold after all. Showblitz reports that Emma Stone is now in talks to join the cast of Fleischer’s period crime flick. The story revolves around the elite squad of cops who hunted down gangster Mickey Cohen in 1940s Los Angeles.
The stellar cast includes Sean Penn as Cohen, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Michael Peña, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi and Holt McCallany. I caught a screening of Fleischer’s Zombieland follow-up 30 Minutes or Less at Comic-Con last week and thought it was great (Peña absolutely kills in his scenes). The director has a fantastic eye and I can’t wait to see what he does with a dramatic period gangster movie.
Joan Allen and Albert Finney to Return for THE BOURNE LEGACY
by Adam Chitwood Posted: July 26th, 2011
While writer/director Tony Gilroy’s The Bourne Legacy may be a sort of spin-off of the franchise, the film won’t be without some familiar faces. Showblitz reports that Joan Allen and Albert Finney are currently in negotiations to reprise their roles in the new film. Jeremy Renner stars in Legacy as an operative trained in the same program that housed the first trilogy’s title character played by Matt Damon.
Allen appeared in The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum as a CIA agent attempting to capture Damon’s character, while Finney played a doctor employed by the government program in Ultimatum. New faces alongside Renner in Legacy include Rachel Weisz and Oscar Issacs, with Edward Norton still in talks to play the villain of the film. The Bourne Legacy opens August 3rd, 2012. http://collider.com/joan-allen-albert-finney-bourne-legacy/105757/
Ryan Gosling Interview CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE.
by Matt Goldberg Posted: July 26th, 2011 at 2:24 pm
Earlier this month I got to head up to New York to do the press junket for the upcoming romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love. The film follows three different romantic relationships and how they intersect with one another. One of the film’s funniest relationships is between despondent cuckold Cal (Steve Carell) and the benevolent pick-up artist Jacob (Ryan Gosling) who decides to give Cal a makeover and help him get his mojo back. The movie is a rare outright comic performance from Gosling and he has wonderful chemistry with Carell.
During the roundtable interview with Gosling, we asked him about making the shift to comedy, his upcoming projects Logan’s Run and The Place Beyond the Pines, his four-legged soulmate, and much more. Hit the jump to check out the interview. Crazy, Stupid, Love. opens this Friday.