Transformers: Dark of the Moon is easily one of the biggest films to come out this summer and if history has proven anything, it’s that the movie will break box office records and Linkin Park will contribute a future chart topper for the soundtrack. While neither of those statements can be confirmed as true until June 29th when the movie hits theaters, they’ll both likely be validated at the movies world premiere in Russia this summer. Michael Bay’s 3D robot fighting extravaganza is set to open the Moscow International Film Festival on June 23rd. In attendance should be most of the film’s stars as well as Bay.
The very same night as the movies premier, the franchise’s favorite band Linkin Park (ugh) will play a free outdoor concert at Vasilyevsky Spusk of the Red Square in Moscow in honor of its release. Linkin Park has provided two #1 singles for the franchise, “What I’ve Done” for the first Transformers, and the underwhelming “New Divide” for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. The concert is free and tickets are available beginning June 1st through June 21st on www.energyfm.ru or www.linkinpark.com. Hit the jump for the press release.
Once upon a time in the late 90s and early 2000s, Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller were a comedy duo that could not be stopped. From their first appearance together in Stiller’s film The Cable Guy back in 1996 to their continued work in movies like The Royal Tenenbaums, Zoolander, and Meet the Parents, Wilson and Stiller were in a group alongside actors like Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, and Steve Carrell that helped give a fresh take in the changing world of comedy. Fast forward a decade and the two are now known for making some of the most stale and generic comedies being released. Once pioneers of the revitalized genre, it’s been a hard fall from grace for the two. This is fully on display in the film Little Fockers, now on Blu-ray. Hit the jump for the rest of the review.
For many, The Lincoln Lawyer has been a bit of a surprise hit. It received shockingly good reviews and is doing okay at the box office. So it makes sense that we’re seeing movement now on two more Michael Connelly adaptations: The Black Ice and The Black Echo. Deadline is reporting that those two novels, both written by Connelly who also penned the book The Lincoln Lawyer was based on, are being adapted for film by producers Soren Staermose and Ole Sondberg’s Swedish production company Yellow Bird. Yellow Bird is best known for it’s adaptation of the Swedish version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
All this comes off of the heels of Connelly suing Paramount for the rights of both books. Paramount has had the rights to both The Black Ice and The Black Echo since 1992, but has stalled the projects on numerous occasions. Both novels center around Connelly’s main character, LAPD detective Harry Bosch. The character has been at the center of 16 of Connelly’s novels and will hopefully be hitting the screen sometime in the near future. Hit the jump for synopses of The Black Ice and The Black Echo.
Darren Aronofsky is no stranger to drugs and movies coming together; his 2000 drama Requiem for a Dream is one of the most haunting portrayals of drug addicts ever seen on film. 24 Frames is now reporting the acclaimed director is returning to the world of drugs in a new movie he’s producing entitled Intricate. Brad Furman, the director of the upcoming thriller The Lincoln Lawyer, has been tagged to direct the film, which is based on a true story about a college basketball star who falls into the seedy underbelly of New York’s drug world in the 1990s. Protozoa Pictures, Aronofsky and Black Swan producer Scott Franklin’s production company, will be helping to fund the movie.
[Update: Franklin now tells 24 Frames that while he gave notes on the project and introduced Furman to a screenwriter, Protozoa is not currently attached to produce.]
Any movie with Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds and singer/actor Rubén Blades already has a top notch cast — which makes this news all the sweeter. The Wrap is reporting that four more actors will join CIA thriller Safe House: Brendan Gleeson (the Harry Potter movies), Robert Patrick (The Unit), Liam Cunningham (Clash of the Titans) and Sam Shepard (Fair Game).
Directed by Daniel Espinosa (Easy Money) and penned by new screenwriter David Guggenheim, the movie is about a CIA Agent (Reynolds) whose top secret safe house is attacked by assassins, leaving him to safely transport a criminal (Washington) to Washington. Scott Stuber is producing through his Universal-based Stuber Pictures and Trevor Macy is executive producing through Intrepid Pictures. Safe House will be released February 10, 2012.
David Koepp, the director and writer of 2008’s Ghost Town and writer of action blockbusters like Spider-Man, War of the Worlds, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, has been working on a new action thriller entitled Premium Rush – which he wrote and directed. You’ll remember the films star, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, ended up with 31 stitches during the filming of one of the actions scenes back in July. You can check out pictures of Levitt on set here. Anyway, we’ve been sent an early synopsis for the film and you can check it out after the jump.
Premium Rush is produced by Columbia Pictures and also stars Jamie Chung (Sorority Row) Dania Ramirez (Entourage) and Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire). It’s slated for a January 13th, 2012 release:
Unless you’re a die hard Scott Pilgrim vs. the World fan, the name Mark Webber may not sound familiar — but it soon will. The indie actor wrote, directed, and stars in an untitled film about a struggling single father who is trying to raise his two year old son in the wake of the child’s mother’s death. The movie mirrors Webber’s own life, and he cast his own two-year-old as his son in the movie.
Michael Cera, Jason Ritter, Shannyon Sossamon and Amanda Seyfried either co-star or cameo as “heightened versions of themselves.” The movie is being shot for well under a million dollars and has virtually no crew — just a director of photography and a sound person. Webber is producing the film through his company Poor Rich Kids. Read what Webber had to say about the project after the jump.
The Three Stooges is one roller coaster of news. The film has had its share of impressive names drop in and out, everyone from Sean Penn to Paul Giamatti, with the Farrelly Brothers set to direct. Even just last month Jim Carrey claimed the project was dead. According to Deadline however, the project is back with 20th Century Fox set to take it over from MGM. As of now The Farrelly Brothers are still set to direct the film which has a start date of March 14th.
The film’s original script, penned by Peter and Bobby Farrelly and Mike Cerrone, will remain the movie’s final screenplay despite the move to Fox. The movie remains uncast however, with Jim Carrey and Sean Penn officially out. It is still unsure whether the casting of Benicio Del Toro as Moe remains the same. Conundrum Entertainment, the company that owns the rights to the film, have now followed it from Columbia to MGM to Fox and things are finally looking like the project will happen. For more details on The Three Stooges film, hit the jump.
I’ve never fully understood British humor. The dry delivery and snarky wit sometimes really works and can result in me being on the ground laughing with how brilliant it is (i.e. Death at a Funeral). That said, sometimes the much more direct approach and often times crass in-your-face mentality of it leaves my American mind confused as to whether I’m supposed to be merely amused or rolling on the floor in tears (i.e. most films created by Guy Ritchie). I’d put Down Terrace in the latter category. When checking the IMDB for the film prior to my viewing, the poster had such raves as “Caustically Funny!” and had a genre label of “Comedy”. What I ended up getting was something much more in the vein of Guy Ritchie. While not without its moments of comedic finesse, Down Terrace succeeds more as a quirky crime family drama than a straight up comedy.
Hit the jump for my full review of Down Terrace.
Relativity Media has just obtained the rights to child-actor turned stuntman turned director David R. Ellis’ new untitled 3D shark thriller. THR is reporting that Relativity Media is planning a wide release for the shark thriller which should hit theaters sometime next year. The movie, which is being produced by Sierra Pictures and Incentive Filmed Entertainment, has a large cast including Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan, Katharine McPhee, Chris Carmack, Alyssa Diaz, Joel David Moore, Donal Logue, Sinqua Walls and Chris Zylka. The plot has seven college friends spending the weekend at a lake house on the Louisiana gulf where they find out that theres much more than shrimp in these waters.
The screenplay was penned by first timer film writers Jesse Studenberg and Will Hayes and is being produced by Chris Briggs and Mike Fleiss under their NextFilms banner and Lynette Howell of Silverwood Films. Ellis’ previous films include the underwhelming The Final Destination and Cellular. The film is already in post production so expect an official release date soon.
For roughly the past 5 years, the video game industry has seen the rise and rather immediate fall of music games. Over that time, the average gaming household has become cluttered with the various peripherals needed for the likes of Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Right now, hundreds of fake plastic Beatles instruments sit gathering dust for the 10 months of the year that they don’t get played. But now we have Rock Band 3, one of several music games being released this fall, the question has to be asked: Should I go into the cleaning supplies and dust off the five buttoned Gibson X-Plorer this year? For Rock Band 3, you should. The great formula created by Harmonix combined with a host of new features make for a very worthwhile play through.
For my full thoughts on Rock Band 3, hit the jump.
On top of producing The New Regency thriller The Darkest Hour and directing Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter for 20th Century Fox, it’s now been announced that the Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov has quietly been the creative mind behind a new thriller, Apollo 18. Deadline reports the Weinstein Company have agreed to fully finance the picture.
But what is Apollo 18? In the 1970s, NASA shut down the Apollo 18 moon mission but some skeptics believe that the mission actually did happen — that it was all a cover up. The movie incorporates this conspiracy theory and alien life into its thriller-based plotline. Trevor Cawood, who worked on the visual effects of the Matrix sequels, will direct from a script by Brian Miller; Bekmambetov will produce. The movie, which has been production for some time, is already slated for a March 4, 2011 release date.
Update: The Weinstein Company have sent out a press release. Hit the jump to check it out:
As a huge fan of SyFy’s Stargate SG-1 (particularly the Richard Dean-Anderson era), I was very much looking forward to Stargate Universe. The Stargate Atlantis spinoff had always seemed like it was trying to hard to be like its predecessor and Universe looked to be a great turnaround from that. The Lost and Battlestar Galactica-like vibes of the show, on paper, looked like it could work. Universe doesn’t begin to touch either of those shows, or even SG-1 for that matter, but the first season does make large strides towards creating its own identity in an already incredibly elaborate universe. Hit the jump for my review of Stargate Universe.
The 83rd annual Academy Awards will be airing on February 27th next year, but don’t be shocked if in 2012 the ceremony gets moved to the end of January or beginning of February. As reported on by the LA Times, the organizers are looking to potentially move up the date and make a transition to a digital system where voters would watch the films as well as vote all on the internet.
But why the change in schedule at all? For the answer, hit the jump.
With the hunt to find the next Bourne series still up in the air, Warner Bros. just picked up Unlocked, a spy thriller penned by Peter O’Brien. Variety is reporting that Warner Bros. picked up the script, which topped the 2008 Black List of unproduced screenplays, and are having Erik Howsam (G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra) produce it under Lorenzo di Bonaventura’s production banner. The story is about a female CIA interrogator who is tricked into providing crucial information to a terrorist organization who is planning a biological attack on London. O’Brien’s most recent work has been with Microsoft and video game developers Bungie working on the most recent entry in the Halo franchise, Halo: Reach. We’ll provide you with more information on Unlocked as it is available.