If you’ve spent the better part of your work week in search of grainy topless photos, search no further because you’ve come to the right place! We’ve got twenty images of Johnny Depp from the set of The Lone Ranger. The Gore Verbinski film adapts the iconic radio personalities of John Reid, aka The Lone Ranger (as played by Armie Hammer) and his Native American compatriot, Tonto (Depp). After the production looked to be in dire straits earlier this year with a rapidly-swelling budget, but a Comic-Con trailer and recently posted set photos have shown that The Lone Ranger is back on track. Hit the jump to see the new set photos of Depp in costume as Tonto.
HBO’s True Blood is back this Sunday, June 10th, at 9pm, and the show’s fifth season is sure to be full of bloody mayhem that will hopefully rectify some of last year’s lackluster performance. As the number of magical creatures and love triangles (love-dodecahedrons, at this point) continues to increase, it may be hard to keep track of who’s alive, who’s dead, who came back and what kind of magic they possess. Take a spoiler-filled refresher course after the jump to relive the last four seasons of True Blood, including some of the best, worst and weirdest surprises from Bon Temps over the last few years (or moments, if you’re on fairy time).
As this is Easter weekend, it’s only appropriate (or possibly wildly inappropriate) to bring you a trailer for a film with Jim Caviezel, a man who once played Jesus (The Passion of the Christ). In the Antonio Negret (Seconds Apart) film, Transit, Caviezel must rise up (sorry) and protect his family from a group of armored car robbers. The premise is based around Caviezel’s character, Nate Sidwell, a man just released from prison who is taking his family on vacation and attempting to regain their trust. His plan goes awry when the aforementioned criminals covertly stash their stolen loot atop the Sidwell’s car in order to sneak it past a roadblock. Transit, also starring James Frain, Harold Perrineau and Elisabeth Rohm, opens in limited release May 11th. Hit the jump to check out the trailer, which features a great look at the ever-lovely Diora Baird.
The $215 million adaptation of The Lone Ranger (that’s a two-hundred and fifteen million dollar adaptation of a TV western) is gearing up to begin production in about six weeks, and director Gore Verbinski (Rango) is filling out his cast. We’ve got Johnny Depp as Tonto, Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger, Tom Wilkinson as the villain, Ruth Wilson as the leading lady, and Helena Bonham Carter in a supporting role. Heat Vision now reports that James Frain, who was memorably nasty on HBO’s True Blood, has joined the cast. Frain will be playing “a tough foreman overseeing Chinese and Indian workers” who works for Wilkinson’s character.
We still don’t know a great deal about the plot, other than the fact that Depp wants to buck Native American and sidekick stereotypes and the pic at one point featured werewolves. Verbinski, Depp, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer made considerable cuts in order to bring the budget down to a reasonable number for Disney (which is apparently $215 million). Production is now a “go”, and the super expensive western will start filming early next year.
For his directorial debut, producer George Isaac (Adulthood) has landed some top-notch actors to head up the London-based crime thriller, All Things to All Men. Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment), Rufus Sewell (The Tourist) and Toby Stephens (Die Another Day) have joined the cast in addition to supporting members Elsa Pataky, Leo Gregory, Julian Sands and James Frain.
In All Things to All Men, a criminal named Riley (Stephens) is caught up in a game of cat-and-mouse between Parker, a London police boss (Sewell) and the crime lord, Joseph Corso (Byrne). Principal photography is currently underway in London. [Casting news via THR.]
With TRON: Legacy finally in movie theaters, it’s time to post my final video interview and it’s with James Frain and Bruce Boxleitner. Since the two of them have been doing so much press over the past year, I tried to have some fun with my questions. Some of the things we talked about were what did they take home from set, did they both get a lifetime pass for Disneyland for being in Tron, working on the practical sets, and we also talked about the promotional process.
And if you missed my video interviews with Olivia Wilde, Jeff Bridges, Michael Sheen and Beau Garrett, and director Joseph Kosinski and producer Sean Bailey, just click the links. Hit the jump for the Frain and Boxleitner interview:
The trailer for Water for Elephants has gone online. Based on the novel by Sara Gruen, the film is directed by Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) and stars Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon, Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz, and MTV Movie Award-winner Robert Pattinson. The story is set during the Great Depression and centers on a veterinary student (Pattinson) who drops out of school and joins a second-rate traveling circus after his parents are killed in a car accident. While at the circus, he falls in love with Marlena (Witherspoon), who is married to a cruel and violent animal trainer (Waltz).
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars James Frain (TRON: Legacy), Hal Holbrook (Into the Wild), and Paul Schneider (Parks and Recreation). Water for Elephants opens April 15, 2011.
The big bad in Tron: Legacy is Clu, a master program created in Kevin Flynn’s (Jeff Bridges) image to help oversee the expansion of the digital domain, but who has gone rogue and seized control of the Grid and its inhabitants. And, since every big bad needs assistance in carrying out their evil, nefarious plan, Clu has a main henchman and chief intelligence officer named Jarvis (James Frain), a program proficient in intelligence-gathering.
In this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor James Frain talked about how surprised he was to see how much of the film he’s actually in, how much he enjoyed working with director Joseph Kosinski and that he would love to work with him again, how he wishes he could have kept Jarvis’ helmet to display in his own living room, and how playing the villain can be really fun. He also shared some details about what viewers can expect from the much-hyped NBC superhero drama The Cape (premiering on January 9, 2011), in which he plays the fun-loving billionaire Peter Fleming, who also happens to moonlight as the psychotic killer Chess. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
This December, you’re probably going to be on “The Grid” whether your like it or not. Disney is marketing the hell out of their upcoming blockbuster TRON: Legacy, which opens in 3D on December 17th. You also have the soundtrack by Daft Punk on December 7th, and then there’s the video game tie-in, TRON: Evolution getting released the same day. Video game tie-ins rarely pan out, but there are few movies that lend themselves to a video game adaptation as well as TRON. However, when you have a world that showcases light cycle races and disc wars, that leads to high expectations. Hopefully, TRON: Evolution can deliver.
Today, we have two videos for the game. First is a cut-scene which showcases the villain Abraxas (voiced by Smallville‘s John Glover) tearing up the joint. We also have a featurette that showcases the game’s voice acting. I always think it’s great when actors from the film come in and lend their voices to the game. The featurette talks with actors Olivia Wilde, James Frain, and Bruce Boxleitner, as well as Jensen Ackles (Supernatural), who isn’t in the movie, but is still great. Hit the jump to check out both videos. TRON: Evolution will be available for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable, and PC. There will also be a “Collector’s Edition” for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
In Tron: Legacy, out in theaters on December 17th, actor James Frain plays Jarvis, the main henchman and right-hand man to Clu, a master program created in Kevin Flynn’s (Jeff Bridges) image to help oversee the expansion of the digital grid. Jarvis appears to be proficient in intelligence gathering for the evil overlord, but is actually completely inept and may also have a personal agenda of his own.
During a long-lead press day held at Digital Domain this past Saturday – in which select members of the press were shown footage along with various gadgets, games, toys and behind-the-scenes workings of what it’s taking to bring the highly-anticipated film to the big screen– James Frain did this exclusive interview with Collider, in which he talked about playing one of the more human and fallible characters in the Grid, working in a helmet that almost entirely cut off his sight, and how mind-blowing the dynamics of the film are.
He also discussed his attraction to intense characters, revealed that he had fun playing the despicable Franklin Mott on this past season of HBO’s True Blood and how interesting and complex his next villainous character will be, in the upcoming NBC superhero series The Cape. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Jim Caviezel and James Frain have joined Elisabeth Rohm, Harold Perrineau, and Diora Baird in the cast of the Antonio Negret thriller Transit. THR provides a brief outline for Michael Gilvary’s script: “Thieves on the run from a bank robbery come across a suburban family on its way to a camping trip. When the criminals stash their stolen money in the family’s SUV at a rest stop, the road trippers, with Caviezel as the protective father, unwittingly draw the murderous band of outlaws on their trail.” Courtney Solomon and Joel Silver are producers on the project, housed at After Dark Films.
The most recent work of both Caviezel and Frain has been relegated to the small screen: Caviezel headlined AMC’s 2009 miniseries remake of The Prisoner, while Frain has been chewing the scenery on the current third season of the HBO vampire soap True Blood.
Walt Disney has released a new image of Jeff Bridges from Tron Legacy. What’s interesting about the image is what’s on his back. Click on the picture for a high res version.
As I have said many times, the sequel to Tron is one my most anticipated films of 2010. December is a long way away…but credit to Disney for continuing to release new images and posters on a regular basis. If you haven’t read the synopsis, hit the jump:
I saw “Tron Legacy” footage in 3D at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con and it blew over 6,000 minds. Correction: I saw “Tron Legacy” test-footage in 3D and it blew over 6,000 minds. At the time of the presentation, they had almost wrapped filming which means they might have a year and a half of post production on the film since Disney has just announced that it’s going to hit screens on December 17th, 2010. Hit the jump to find out who’s gonna take it on.