James Franco Options Chuck Palahniuk Novel RANT as Possible Starring Vehicle; Pamela Romanowsky to Write and Direct

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James Franco keeps his slate full with notable literary adaptations like The Sound and the Fury, Child of God, and Zeroville.  Franco will add another, as Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk tells Lit Reactor that Franco optioned his book Rant: The Oral Biography of Buster Casey.  Set in the near future, the story centers on recounted memories of Buster “Rant” Casey, the leader of an urban demolition derby who “will die a spectacular highway death, after which his friends gather the testimony needed to build an oral history of his short, violent life.”

Deadline adds that Franco is eying the title role and Pamela Romanowsky is in line to write and direct the adaptation.  Hit the jump for Palahniuk’s full quote and the book synopsis:

Mark Ruffalo Wants Rian Johnson to Cast Him in STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII

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Rian Johnson is a big shot these days, now that he’s the man in charge of Star Wars: Episode VIII, the dream job of every writer/director of his generation.  Mark Ruffalo worked with Johnson when he was still and up-and-comer on his second feature, The Brothers Bloom.  Ruffalo told us at TIFF that they rekindled their relationship recently because he “desperately” wants to join Johnson in his Star Wars adventure.  Ruffalo said he sent an e-mail to Johnson that read:

“Rian, congratulations on everything you’ve been doing.  And by the way, if there’s a part in Star Wars, please, anything, please consider considering me to join you.”

Hit the jump for everything Ruffalo had to say about Star Wars, as well as his passion for motion capture and how the two opportunities could intersect.

Zack Snyder Tweets New Image of the BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE Batmobile

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We posted set photos of the Batman v Superman Batmobile earlier today.   They were cool and all, but nothing compared to what the director and still photographer of the movie has to offer.  Zack Snyder took it upon himself to tweet out a new official image of the Batmobile with the caption: “Here’s a real picture of the #Batmobile.”

Ben Affleck, Henry CavillGal GadotJesse EisenbergAmy AdamsLaurence FishburneJason MomoaHolly HunterScoot McNairy and Jeremy Irons star in the May 6, 2016 release.  Check out the Batman v. Superman Batmobile image after the jump.

THE FORGER Clip: John Travolta and Tye Sheridan Share a Deep Father/Son Moment

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We have an exclusive The Forger clip to premiere.  John Travolta plays a father who buys his way out of prison to spend time with his ailing son played by (Tye Sheridan).  Christopher Plummer co-stars as the grandfather, who teams with his son to “carry out one last big job for the syndicate who financed his early release.”

The crime drama directed by Philip Martin premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend.  Hit the jump to watch the Forger clip, which shows Travolta’s character revealing the debt to his son.

Check Out STAR WARS Prints from Acme Archives’ “Star Wars Alliance” Collection

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Starting today, Acme Archives has a special “Star Wars Alliance” timed release of Star Wars-inspired prints.  The list of artists includes Steve Anderson, Brad Bishop, Joe Corroney, Brian Miller, Mike Kungl, Dave Nestler, Tim Proctor, David Rabbite, Jason Reed, Gary Shipman, James Silvani, Cat Staggs, Chris Trevas, Jerry Vanderstelt, Charity Wood, Brent Woodside, and Kayla Woodside.  The timed release runs through September 15.  Check out some of the prints available after the jump along with details on how you can buy them.

Juliet Blake Developing Live-Action HANSEL AND GRETEL Movie Based on Neil Gaiman Graphic Novel

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Producer Juliet Blake (The Hundred-Foot Journey) has acquired the feature rights to Hansel and Gretel, the upcoming graphic novel authored by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Lorenzo Mattotti.  The plan is to make a live-action Hansel and Gretel movie that I suspect will be a shade more faithful to the Brothers Grimm fairy tale than last year’s Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.  Gaiman remarked to Variety:

“For me, retelling Hansel and Gretel was a way of telling an old tale in a way that made it immediate and true, and about us, now.  It reminds us of how paper thin civilization really is.  It’s about hunger, and about families. . . I’m thrilled and delighted to be working with Juliet Blake to bring Hansel and Gretel to the world again, and to show people how much this story has to say to us.”

Hit the jump for the official graphic novel synopsis.

Margot Robbie in Talks to Star in GHOST IN THE SHELL

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DreamWorks has been developing a live-action Ghost in the Shell adaptation for several years.  Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) signed on to direct in January.  The Wrap reports Margot Robbie is now in early talks to star.  The report does not specify the role, but the lead protagonist in the original manga by Masamune Shirow is Major Motoko Kusanagi, the leader of a covert ops unit that fights cyber-terrorists.  Motoko has a fully synthetic cyborg body but retains her human essence/soul or “ghost.”  After a couple notable supporting roles in About Time and The Wolf on Wall Street, studio executives clearly believe Robbie can carry a big production.  In addition to the Ghost in the Shell possibility, Robbie stars opposite Will Smith in Focus (February 27, 2015) and is currently shooting Tarzan (July 1, 2016).

William Wheeler (The Cape) scripted the adaptation.  Avi Arad (The Amazing Spider-Man), Steven Paul (Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance), and Mark Sourian (Need for Speed) are producing.  More after the jump.

EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Featurette; Ridley Scott Promises to Deliver a True Epic

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20th Century Fox has released a new Exodus: Gods and Kings featurette that highlights the epic scale of the production.  Director Ridley Scott notes:

“I felt there was a beauty to the massive scale of [the material]… You’re working with at least 700 crew plus the 4,000 extras.  And of course the armies will be expanded exponentially: 4,000 will be tiled and grown into 20,000.”

Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton star as Moses and Ramses.  Ben KingsleyAaron PaulJohn Turturro, and Sigourney Weaver.  Exodus: Gods and Kings opens December 5, 2014.  Watch the Exodus: Gods and Kings featurette after the break.

HBO to Rebroadcast Every Episode of THE WIRE Remastered in HD [Updated]

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“It’s Baltimore, gentlemen.  The gods will not save you.”  That’s the opening line of a new promo for a plan to rebroadcast The Wire that promises “every episode, every season, remastered for the first time in high definition.”  The promo says the episodes air weeknights 8pm starting September 4.  If you check TV listings online, you’ll find other programs filling those timeslots—while About Time is a fine movie, it is not The Wire remastered in HD.

However, the Wire page at TV Guide has listings starting September 8 with season 1 episode 3, which would accommodate the first two episodes airing on September 4-5.  I can’t guarantee these remastered episodes will start airing this week, but it sure sounds like they exist, and that’s a major step for those of you hoping for an eventual Blu-ray release.  Hit the jump to watch the promo. [Update: It appears that The Wire is indeed in the process of being upgraded to HD, but news of the air date was premature. More after the jump.]

MACGRUBER 2 Update: Will Forte Talks Script Progress and Promises, “If Somebody Will Let Us Do It, Then We’ll Do It”

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Will Forte is asked about MacGruber 2 whenever he makes the press rounds to promote another movie.  Last we checked, Forte said he met with MacGruber director/co-writer Jorma Taccone and they hammered out “a really solid first act.”  At a junket for Forte’s new movie Life of Crime, Steve asked Forte straight up if the inquiries about a MacGruber sequel ever get old.  Forte responded graciously, saying “it is very exciting because it means that people liked the first MacGruber.”

Forte went on to provide a status update about where he and Taccone are in the script process and reiterated their commitment to making MacGruber 2—if somebody will fund it.  We’ll have the full Life of Crime interview up next week, but hit the jump for Forte’s  MacGruber 2 update.

UNDERWORLD Reboot in Development; Cory Goodman to Write the Script

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Lakeshore Entertainment is developing an Underworld reboot after four entries in the vampires vs. werewolves series.  According to THR, Cory Goodman will write the script.  In March, Bloody Disgusting reported Screen Gems had commissioned a new Underworld movie titled Underworld: Next Generation with Len Wiseman producing.  Given the subtitle, the report speculated the new direction could focus on Eve, the vampire/werewolf hybrid daughter of Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and Michael (Scott Speedman).  Beckinsale informed us in 2012, “I think it’s probably unlikely that I’ll do [another Underworld sequel] but they may do one without me.”

It’s too early to say where exactly the Underworld franchise is heading next, but fans of the series should rest assured a new Underworld movie is likely on the way.  Hit the jump to revisit the first Underworld trailer.

Watch Weird Al Yankovic Sing New Theme Songs for GAME OF THRONES, MAD MEN, SCANDAL, HOMELAND, and MODERN FAMILY at the Emmys

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With a traditional host like Seth Meyers at the helm, the 2014 Emmy Awards ceremony was steadily amusing but mostly unmemorable.  With that as the standard, it was a delightful treat when Weird Al Yankovic came out on stage to perform his version of the theme songs for Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Scandal, Homeland, and Modern Family.  Weird Al’s lyrics were appropriately silly and the jolt of musical energy was a breath of fresh air for the telecast.

Hit the jump to watch the Weird Al clip, plus Meyers’ introduction monologue, the “Billy on the Street” segment, and the audience questions bit.

2014 Emmy Award Winners: BREAKING BAD Wins Best Drama; MODERN FAMILY Wins Best Comedy

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The 2014 Emmy Award winners were announced tonight.  The ceremony was effectively dedicated to Breaking Bad, winning Best Drama for its final season.  It was widely presumed Matthew McConaughey would continue his awards run with an Emmy win for True Detective, but Bryan Cranston triumphed once again with his fourth Best Actor award.  Anna Gunn and Aaron Paul won for their supporting roles and Breaking Bad also took home Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.

Modern Family won Best Comedy, joining Frasier as the only series to win the award five times.  Hit the jump for the full list of 2014 Emmy Award Winners.

THE WALKING DEAD Giveaway: Win Limited Edition “Tree Walker” Season 4 Blu-ray

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The Walking Dead season 4 is out on Blu-ray tomorrow, and we have a limited edition “Tree Walker” box set to give away to one lucky reader.  The “Tree Walker” set includes the extended episodes, featurettes, and commentaries of the typical season 4 Blu-ray, but comes in a cool, intricate package designed by McFarlane Toys.

Find out how to win the “Tree Walker” box set after the jump.

Dwayne Johnson Confirms He Will Play Either Shazam or Black Adam in DC Comics Adaptation

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Dwayne Johnson often teases fans with hints of his ongoing talks with DC Comics to bring one of their characters to life.  We are zeroing in on who exactly he will play, but Johnson makes it sound as though even he doesn’t know yet.  According to USA Today, Johnson confirmed he will join a DC Comics adaptation but has not decided between hero Shazam and villain Black Adam.  Whichever role he takes on, Johnson promised, “I am putting my heart and soul and my bones into this role.”

Warner Bros. was rumored to have tentatively scheduled a Shazam movie for 2016—shortly after the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice—so all may be revealed soon enough.  More on Shazam and Black Adam after the break.

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