The teaser trailer for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has gone online. The film re-imagines our 16th President as a statesman by day and a vampire slayer by night. This trailer proves three things: 1) Johnny Cash‘s reading of Revelations 6:1 (from “The Man Comes Around”) can dignify just about anything; 2) Abraham Lincoln knew axe-fu; 3) Fox is selling this movie as totally serious. Not a hint of a joke. Also, the action goes by so fast, that you can’t really appreciate most of the moves or even tell what’s happening. Ultimately, audiences will look at this teaser and think, “That’s not a real movie, right?”
The film stars Benjamin Walker, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Anthony Mackie, Dominic Cooper, Alan Tudyk, Jimmi Simpson, and Rufus Sewell. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter opens in 3D on June 22nd.
Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is Joss Whedon‘s Firefly – The Complete Series on either DVD or Blu-ray for 70% off. If you’ve only heard the buzz on this great show, today is your best chance to check it out for a fraction of its regular price. Here’s the links and hit the jump for the list of special features. Firefly starred Nathan Fillion, Summer Glau, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Alan Tudyk, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher and Ron Glass.
Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil, available on Magnolia On-Demand and in select theaters starting September 30th, is a hilariously gory comedy about two lovable redneck best friends on vacation at their run-down mountain house, who are mistaken for murderous hillbillies by a group of preppy college kids that end up dying, one by one. While Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine) try to lend the students a hand, the misunderstanding grows and the body count gets uncontrollably higher and higher.
At the film’s press day, actor Alan Tudyk spoke with Collider for this exclusive interview about making sure he and first-time feature writer/director Eli Craig were on the same page with how to handle the film’s tone, how easy the friendship came between him and co-star Tyler Labine, and that hanging upside for the film was actually really painful. He also talked about how his Stephen Douglas in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is different from the actual historical figure and that the changes from the book were necessary to make the film more active, that he loves working with Joss Whedon (they did Firefly and Dollhouse together) because he’s daring and different and challenges him as an actor, why he was drawn to the new ABC comedy Suburgatory (premiering on September 28th), and what he enjoys about doing voice-over work, including the upcoming MTV series Good Vibes. Check out what he has to say after the jump:
We’ve got a couple new posters to share with you today. First up, the one-sheet for William Friedkin’s (The Exorcist) black comedy Killer Joe has been unveiled. The film centers on a brother and sister (Emile Hirsch and Juno Temple) who hire a contract killer (Matthew McConaughey) to kill their mother in order to get the pay out from her life insurance policy. The cast for Killer Joe also includes Thomas Haden Church and Gina Gershon. The film will be featured at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival.
Also, we’ve got a new poster for Tucker & Dale vs. Evil. The horror comedy centers on a couple of rednecks who are mistaken for murderous hillbillies by a group of college kids. Things quickly go awry when they try to lend a hand to a girl who becomes separated from the group. Tucker & Dale vs. Evil stars Alan Tudyk, Tyler Labine, and Katrina Bowden, and is currently available VOD with a theatrical release September 30th. Hit the jump to check out the posters.
We have several bits of casting news to bring your way tonight. First up, Scoot McNairy (upcoming Cogan’s Trade) has joined the cast of director/star Ben Affleck’s Argo. In addition to Affleck, McNairy will also appear alongside Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, and Alan Arkin in the Warner Bros. pic that is based upon a 2007 article from Wired magazine. Chris Terrio adapted the Joshuah Bearman piece entitled “How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran” which tells the rescue story of six U.S. diplomats in 1979. Variety scooped the news of McNairy’s casting, but doesn’t divulge any details regrading his character. The film is currently eyeing a 2012 release.
Next up, High School Musical‘s Corbin Bleu is taking his talents from an educational setting to a medical one. The actor has signed on to star alongside Paz De La Huerta and 30 Rock‘s Katrina Bowden in Lionsgate’s horror flick Nurse 3D. According to Variety, Bleu will take on the role of Bowden’s boyfriend (poor guy), who gets caught up in (a.k.a. most likely murdered) the violent outbursts of De La Huerta’s character, Abby. In case you want to learn a little more about the film, this NSFW concept art should pretty much tell you all you need to know. Nurse 3D is also aiming for an unspecified 2012 release. To read about the approximately one thousand names joining Nick Frost in Ice Age: Continental Drift, hit the jump.
MTV is coming to Comic-Con, and today they announced what shows they’ll be bringing. Celebrating the triumphant return of Beavis and Butthead, Mike Judge will be on-hand for a panel focusing on the all new episodes with Johnny Knoxville acting as moderator. The cast and producers of Teen Wolf will appear for the new series’ panel, and Wes Craven will talk to the cast and producers of the new horror-comedy Death Valley.
In addition, there will be a panel for David Gordon Green’s (Pineapple Express) new animated series Good Vibes, with voice-cast members Adam Brody, Alan Tudyuk, Tony Hale, Debi Mazar and Jake Busey making an appearance alongside Green. Finally, a panel entitled “MTV Geek!” will feature Stan Lee revealing the story behind the new MTV Comics title The Seekers. Hit the jump to read the full press release, which includes the schedule and location for each panel.
Magnet Releasing announced today via press release that it has acquired domestic distribution rights to the horror/comedy Tucker & Dale vs. Evil. Starring Alan Tudyk, Tyler Labine, and Katrina Bowden, the film features a continuously rising body count that derives from the misconception that Tucker and Dale (Tudyk and Labine) are backwoods murderous creeps ala Deliverance. The film debuted at Sundance all the way back in 2010 at which point Steve conducted video interviews with both Tudyk and Labine. You can click here and here to check out each of those sit-downs and click here to take in three clips from the film. Per the announcement, Magnet plans to release the pic on VOD platforms on August 26th and theatrically on September 30th.
Hit the jump to for the full press release and a makeshift trailer for director Eli Craig’s Tucker & Dale vs. Evil.
The first image from Timur Bekmambetov’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has gone online. In case you couldn’t get the plot from the title, the movie is about America’s 16th President secret life as a vampire slayer. Based off the book by Seth Grahame-Smith, the story re-imagines that Lincoln’s mother and grandfather were killed by a vampire and that the president’s resolve to end slavery was due in part to the “fact” that vampires were involved with the slave trade. However, he also learns that there are good vampires and bad vampires and that he can’t simply just kill them all willy-nilly.
Hit the jump for the image and to learn how the production is devoted to historical accuracy in this incredibly silly story. The film stars Benjamin Walker, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Anthony Mackie, Dominic Cooper, Alan Tudyk, Jimmi Simpson, and Refus Sewell. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter opens in 3D on June 22, 2012.
Rufus Sewell will be the vampire hunted in Timur Bekmambetov’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Variety reports that Sewell will play “Adam, the lead vampire villain” in the 3D action-horror flick. The film stars Benjamin Walker as our re-imagined 16th President, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Mary Todd Lincoln, Anthony Mackie as Abe’s friend Will, Alan Tudyk as Stephen A. Douglas, Jimmi Simpson as Lincoln’s right hand man, and Dominic Cooper as Lincoln’s vampire-slaying mentor, Henry.
Hit the jump for a synopsis of the novel. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter opens in 3D on June 22, 2012.
Alan Tudyk (Firefly) will play Stephen A. Douglas in Timur Bekmambetov’s 3D adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The book imagines our 16th President had a secret life fighting vampires and that was the real reason for the Civil War. In the history books, Douglas was opposite Lincoln on the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858 which helped to raise Lincoln’s national profile. In the Vampire Hunter, Douglas is recast as an “ally of the Southern vampires,” because the only thing that’s worse than vampires, are pro-slavery vampires.
Tudyk joins a cast that includes Benjamin Walker, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Anthony Mackie, Dominic Cooper, Jimmi Simpson, and Robin McLeavy. Hit the jump for a synopsis of the novel. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is due out June 22, 2012.
Transformers 3 now has its official title and that title is: Transformers: The Dark of the Moon. TFW2005 first discovered the title through the listing of some upcoming movie tie-in novels, “Transformers: The Dark of the Moon – Secret of the Autobots“, “Transformers: The Dark of the Moon – Autobots Betrayed!“, and “Transformers: The Dark of the Moon: Invasion of the Decepticons” (all three novels are set to be released on May 17, 2011). We have now confirmed the title with sources close to the production. Nothing is known about the plot of the third film and the title doesn’t really provide any hints. Personally, I think the title “The Dark of the Moon” would work just as well for a sexy R&B album.
Transformers: The Dark of the Moon is in 3D, directed by Michael Bay, and stars Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, John Turturro, Alan Tudyk, Ken Jeong, Patrick Dempsey, and John Malkovich. Hit the jump for a brief recap on what we know so far about the film, which opens July 1, 2011.
Continuing our first-look image series of movies playing at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, we have images from John Carpenter’s The Ward starring Amber Heard, Mamie Gummer, Danielle Panabaker, Jared Harris, and Lyndsy Fonseca. The Ward is Carpenter’s first film in over a decade and that alone is reason enough to see it. We also have images from Shawn Ku’s Beautiful Boy, which has a killer cast that includes Michael Sheen, Maria Bello, Moon Bloodgood, Alan Tudyk, Kyle Gallner, Austin Nichols, and Meat Loaf Aday.
Hit the jump to check out all the images and synopses for both films. The 2010 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 9 – 19th.
In May, we reported that Alan Tudyk (Firefly) had joined the cast of Michael Bay’s Transformers 3, but we didn’t know what his role was. In the article, Steve said he hoped that they would use Tudyk in a fun role and not something dark and serious (Tudyk’s talented enough to do either or both, although I know Steve didn’t mean to imply that he wasn’t). Well, we now know it’s going to be a fun role as Tudyk has told Mira Sheila Sharma at From Hollywood With Love (via tfw2005 via /Film) that he is playing a Sector Seven Agent:
“I’m a fellow agent of [Agent Simmons (played once again by John Turturro)], that is sort of his assistant and weapons expert, computer hacker, cyber sleuth.”
Transformers 3 is slated to open on July 1, 2011.
Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Dollhouse) has joined the cast of Transformers 3 according to thewrap. While the studio is keeping the story and his character under wraps, I’m hoping Michael Bay is going to use him in a fun role and not something dark and serious. Because if you’ve seen his work on Firefly, you know that’s the type of role he’s great in.
Tudyk joins a cast that includes Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Kevin Dunn, Julie White, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, Ken Jeong, Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson.
Director Michael Bay is shooting Transformers 3 around the United States and even in Moscow. Transformers 3 hits theaters July 1, 2011.
The talented Alan Tudyk (Firefly) has signed on to star opposite Dermont Mulroney (Undertow) in the television remake of the 1974 James Garner detective series The Rockford Files. The remake is from House creator David Shore and has Mulroney playing the titular James Rockford, “who is “slightly crumpled, wry humored, cynical, world weary, compassionate when it’s called for and easily irritated by morons.” So basically it sounds like NBC has asked for their own version of House (it’s hard to blame them; House is consistently one of Fox’s highest rated TV shows).
According to THR, “Tudyk will play Det. Dennis Becker, a friend of Rockford’s who is a bit embarrassed by that since all the other cops hate Rockford.” So, that’s James Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard’s character on House). No word yet if Rockford will work with a team of three junior detectives while carrying on a love-hate relationship with his superior (although I don’t know who a private detective would answer to).