Mark Wahlberg in Talks for DEEPWATER HORIZON; Sigourney Weaver Joins A MONSTER CALLS, Passes on EXPENDABELLES

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The oil rig disaster film Deepwater Horizon has found its leading man.  All Is Lost helmer J.C. Chandor signed on to direct the pic last month, and now Deadline reports that Mark Wahlberg is in talks to take on the lead role.  The film is based on the Gulf of Mexico oil rig disaster of April 2010 and focuses on the rig workers that were on site during the explosion that killed 11 people and injured 16 others.  Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura previously likened the the pic to A Perfect Storm, so nabbing Wahlberg for the lead role feels like a swell fit.  The actor will play the Number 2 manager onboard, with Chandor eyeing a spring or early summer 2015 production start date.

Hit the jump for casting news concerning Sigourney Weaver, including the status of her involvement with the female Expendables movie.

Watch: Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul Reunite as Pawn Shop Owners with Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Emmy Promo

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The 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards are now less than a week away, and after last year’s somewhat confounding series of winners, anticipation is high to see how the final season of Breaking Bad stacks up against True Detective and if Veep can continue taking away heat from Modern Family.  In anticipation of the broadcast, the Television Academy has put together a fun 6-minute promo with three of the best in the business: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.  Cranston and Paul play a pair of sleazy pawn shop owners in the reality show parody, while Louis-Dreyfus attempts to sell off one of her Emmys.  Unsurprisingly, the video is really funny and is a nice showcase of Cranston and Paul’s comedic chemistry, and it takes a rather unexpected turn towards the end.

Hit the jump to watch the “Barely Legal Pawn” video, and check back this weekend when Allison and I attempt to predict this year’s crop of winners.  The 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards will be broadcast on NBC Monday, August 25th at 8pm ET.

A GOOD MARRIAGE Trailer and Poster: Joan Allen and Anthony LaPaglia Have Secrets in New Stephen King Thriller

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Screen Media Films has released the first A Good Marriage trailer and poster for the upcoming thriller, written by Stephen King.  Based on King’s short story of the same name, the film stars Joan Allen and Anthony LaPaglia as a seemingly happily married couple whose relationship is tested when Allen discovers that her husband may in fact be a notorious serial killer.  It looks like a decidedly Stephen King-esque story, which is fitting since he also wrote the screenplay.  I was recently reminded of Joan Allen’s brilliance while finishing up the final season of The Killing on Netflix, and combined with the film’s pulpy premise, she provides a nice point of attraction for A Good Marriage.

Hit the jump to check out the Good Marriage trailer and poster.  Directed by Peter Askin, the film also stars Kristen Connolly and Stephen LangA Good Marriage will be released in theaters and on iTunes on October 3rd.

New ROSEWATER Images: Gael Garcia Bernal Is Blindfolded in Jon Stewart’s Directorial Debut

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A couple of new Rosewater images have been released for comedian and The Daily Show host Jon Stewart’s directorial debut as the film’s World Premiere looms closer.  Written and directed by Stewart, the pic stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Kim Bodnia and is an adaptation of BBC journalist Maziar Bahari’s memoir Then They Came for Me.  Bahari, who was born in Tehran, went to Iran in 2009 to interview Mir-Hossein Moussavi, but was arrested by the Revolutionary Guard and then interrogated and beaten for 118 days by a man known only as “Rosewater.”  Stewart had a personal connection to the story, as Bahari’s previous Daily Show appearance was used as “evidence” that he was a spy.  This has been high on my most anticipated list for some time, and I’m extremely eager to see what Stewart has put together when the film screens at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Hit the jump to check out the new Rosewater images.  The film will likely make its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival before screening at TIFF, and is scheduled to open in theaters on November 7th.

Could Scoot McNairy Be Playing The Flash in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE?

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Warner Bros. and Zack Snyder have been doing a wonderful job of keeping the specifics of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice under wraps while also providing fans with enough information/teases to keep them happy.  The film doesn’t open until March 2016, but we’ve had regular doses of minor reveals for the past few months, and we’ve already seen official looks at Ben Affleck’s Batman, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, and the return of Henry Cavill’s Superman.  By and large, Snyder and WB have kept people pretty satisfied.  That being said, there’s always room for speculation, which brings us to today’s curious matter.  A new Batman v Superman set photo has surfaced that has people wondering about the nature of actor Scoot McNairy’s role in the film, as it looks possible that he could be playing none other than Barry Allen aka The Flash in this pre-Justice League feature.  More after the jump.

Sigourney Weaver Brings “Va-Va-Voom” to Ancient Egypt in New EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Images

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20th Century Fox has released a couple of new Exodus: Gods and Kings images from director Ridley Scott’s Biblical epic.  One of these new images gives us a closer look at Sigourney Weaver, who plays Tuya, the mother of Joel Edgerton’s Ramses.  Costume designer Janty Yates tells EW that Scott wanted the character to be “va-va-voom,” likening her to Jessica Rabbit—a woman on the prowl.  It’s a curious choice for the Biblical epic, though the rest of the cast is a bit stylized as well, with Edgerton and Christian Bale’s Moses both wearing their fair share of eyeliner.

Hit the jump to check out the Exodus: Gods and Kings images and to see what Bale had to say about taking on what he describes as one of the most fascinating characters he’s ever studied.  Exodus: Gods and Kings opens in theaters on December 5th.

Fredrik Bond to Direct OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN Sequel LONDON HAS FALLEN

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The Olympus Has Fallen sequel now has a director.  THR reports that Charlie Countryman director Fredrik Bond is in negotiations to helm the follow-up London Has Fallen, taking over for Antoine Fuqua who directed the first film.  Gerard Butler reprises his role as a U.S. Secret Service agent with a penchant for stabbing people in the head, as he accompanies the U.S. President (Aaron Eckhart) and Speaker of the House (Morgan Freeman) while attending the funeral of the British prime minister.  Obviously, things don’t go as planned, and Butler’s character must once again stab more people in the head save the day.  Christian Gedegast wrote the most recent draft of the script and producers are eyeing an October production start date.

Bond got his start in the music video world before making his feature film debut with 2013’s Shia LaBeouf-fronted Charlie Countryman.  Though the pic garnered a mixed response, Bond subsequently landed on a few promising director shortlists, including Pirates of the Caribbean 5.  Focus Features will release London Has Fallen on October 2, 2015.

Dark Hall Mansion’s 10-Print TWILIGHT ZONE Episode Series by Tom Whalen on Sale Tuesday, August 19th

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Dark Hall Mansion will be kicking a series of prints based on legendary episodes of The Twilight Zone on Tuesday, August 19th, and the best news is that every poster was designed by artist Tom Whalen.  Each print is an original rendering based on a classic Twilight Zone episode, ranging from “Eye of the Beholder” to “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” to “Living Doll” to “Nick of Time”.  The first print will be released tomorrow, August 19th, and it’s for “Eye of the Beholder”, with a sneak peek arriving online today.  Each print will have a worldwide run of 230 standard editions ($450 for all 10) with 70 variant editions ($650 for all 10).  Any unsold prints will be available for individual purchase at a later date for $65/$100 each.

Additionally, if you buy a subscription to Dark Hall Mansion as part of the Twilight Zone series, you will receive a reservation for Tom Whalen’s War of the Worlds print, which will also be released this year. Hit the jump to take a look at the War of the Worlds and “Eye of the Beholder” Twilight Zone posters, and be sure to stop by Dark Hall Mansion’s official site tomorrow to purchase either the standard or variant Twilight Zone series.

Jason Reitman’s MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Release Date Set for October 3rd

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We now know when director Jason Reitman’s next film will be arriving in theaters.  In Contention reports that the Men, Women & Children release date has been set for a limited bow on October 3rd, with a wider expansion planned for October 17th where it will square off directly against Gone Girl.  Men, Women & Children revolves around a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their lives.  Adam Sandler leads an ensemble cast that includes Rosemarie DewittJennifer GarnerJudy GreerDean NorrisJ.K. SimmonsAnsel Elgort, and Emma Thompson.

Reitman’s 2013 film, Labor Day, was somewhat abandoned by Paramount and dumped in January, but it appears that the studio is taking good care of the Up in the Air filmmaker’s next effort as it and Interstellar are Paramount’s only Oscar prospects this year.  It’s certainly possible Men, Women & Children could be in the awards conversation, and I look forward to catching its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in a couple of weeks.  Check back tomorrow to watch the first trailer.

Sharlto Copley and Michelle Forbes to Lead PlayStation’s POWERS

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The TV adaptation of the comic book Powers has cast its two lead roles.  THR reports that Sharlto Copley (District 9) and Michelle Forbes (True Blood, Battlestar Galactica) have been tapped to star in the series for PlayStation, which is producing the adaptation of the Brian Michael Bendis comic.  Copley will play Christian Walker, a cop who works in the Powers division of the police force, dealing specifically with crimes involving those who have special abilities.  Forbes will play Retro Girl, a character who is the “superstar” of the Powers community.  FX was previously developing a Powers TV show adaptation that never went forward, with Jason Patric and Carly Foulkes filling the roles of Christian and Retro Girl, respectively.

30 Days of Night helmer and Hannibal principal director David Slade will direct the first two episodes of Powers, with Charlie Huston serving as executive producer.  The series will debut exclusively on the PlayStation Network this December.

Carrie Gets Back to Work in New HOMELAND Season 4 Trailer

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Showtime has released a new Homeland Season 4 trailer, giving fans another tease of what to expect when the drama series returns in October.  This trailer actually reveals less about the new season than the previous “first look” trailer, and it has a listlessness to it that likely mirrors Carrie’s (Claire Danes) state of mind when we pick back up with the character after the events of Season 3.  After driving through more story in three seasons than most shows do in their entire runs, it feels like Homeland has the opportunity to reboot a bit this year, and I’m curious to see where that takes Carrie, Saul (Mandy Patinkin), and whoever else remains.

Hit the jump to watch the new Homeland Season 4 trailer.  This season also features Rupert Friend, Corey Stoll, and Suraj SharmaHomeland returns to Showtime with back-to-back episodes on October 5th.

New HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Image; Director Francis Lawrence Talks Changes from the Book and Adding “New Elements”

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One of the best surprises of last year, for me at least, was The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.  I wasn’t particularly high on the fact that Francis Lawrence was taking over as the director of the franchise, and I assumed the films would now take on a more commercialized, standard-studio-fare sheen.  It turns I was very, very wrong, as Catching Fire actually opened up the themes of the series, deepened the characters, and delivered one of most exciting cliffhanger endings a franchise film has seen in some time.  Lionsgate has now released a new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 image featuring star Jennifer Lawrence from the first half of the conclusion to this series, and along with the image come some interesting comments from Francis Lawrence about how the franchise will be wrapping up.

Lawrence says that while Mockingjay – Part 1 has a tonal shift from the previous films, there won’t be any major book changes.  Instead, Lawrence and his creative team have actually come up with a number of “new elements” to add to the film.  Hit the jump to check out the new image and to see what Lawrence has to say about alterations made to Mockingjay – Part 1 and how he approached splitting the final book into two films.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s BY THE SEA Starts Filming in Malta This Week

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Angelina Jolie looks poised to be in this year’s Oscar race as a director with the World War II POW story Unbroken, opening Christmas Day, but it looks like she’s going to shoot a whole other movie before that film hits theaters.  It was announced last month that Jolie would write, direct, and star in By the Sea alongside partner Brad Pitt for Universal, and now word comes that production on the pic actually gets underway today in Malta.  By the Sea is commandeering a beach in Malta for shooting purposes until November 10th, meaning Jolie will have wrapped the pic by the time the press tour for Unbroken begins in December.  More after the jump.

Keanu Reeves to Star in and Executive Produce John Rain TV Series Adaptation

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Keanu Reeves is aiming to take his talents to the small screen.  Slingshot Global Media announced today that Reeves is attached to star in and executive produce Rain, a TV series adaptation of author Barry Eisler’s John Rain book series.  Described as “a globe-trotting action drama”, the story revolves around a half-Japanese, half-American assassin who specializes in making his marks look like they died from natural causes.  The first John Rain book, A Clean Kill in Tokyo, was published in 2002 and was followed by six more novels in the series, with another on the way.  This is Reeves’ first major starring role in a TV show, and the press release notes that Rain is planned as “limited-run programming”.

Rain isn’t yet set up at a network, and one imagines today’s press release was an effort to drum up interest as Slingshot Global Media sets out to shop the potential series to a number of different outlets.  There’s no guarantee the show will actually come to fruition, but it could be an interesting series with Reeves in the lead.  Read the full press release after the jump.

20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA Resurrected? Disney Eyeing Potential Early 2015 Production Start for Remake [Updated]

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One of the most promising projects of the past decade may have new life, though whether it still resembles its former iteration is unclear.  Filmmaker David Fincher had been developing a remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at Disney for years, and it finally looked like he was ready to tackle the project after the back-to-back productions The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  He worked hard to make the film happen, but his vision for an epic, adventurous retelling necessitated a massive budget from Disney, which in turn necessitated a bankable star in the lead.  Fincher approached his pal Brad Pitt, but he opted to make Fury instead.  Then Matt Damon and Daniel Craig were considered, but neither wanted to leave their families for a lengthy shoot in Australia.  Even Channing Tatum was a possibility.

Last summer, after Fincher committed to Gone Girl has his next picture, word came that 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was officially dead.  However, it appears that the film may yet have life, as Disney is in negotiations with the Australian government for tax incentives that would pave the way for an early 2015 shoot on 20,000 Leagues. [Update: It's possible that Disney may actually be trying to use the pre-approved incentive for 20,000 Leagues on the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean 5. More after the jump.]

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