In the past few weeks, I’ve run two interviews with Dwayne Johnson for Faster. The first was from my set visit earlier this year, and the more recent interview was a lengthy 45 minute phone conversation while he was on the set of Fast Five. Since we’d covered so many of the things that went into the making of Faster, when I sat down with him a few days ago at the Los Angeles press junket, I knew I’d have to mix it up. Thankfully, Johnson was game for answering all my questions, and he talked about reading online reviews, why he’s excited for Faster, confirms that he wants to make more action movies, says Protection should be his next film after Journey to the Center of the Earth 2, and he even talks a bit about his fight with Vin Diesel in Fast Five. Hit the jump to check it out:
This afternoon, Warner Bros. hosted the press day for their upcoming comedy Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, featuring the voices of Christina Applegate, James Marsden, Bette Midler, Michael Clarke Duncan, Neil Patrick Harris, Sean Hayes, Nick Nolte, Joe Pantoliano and Katt Williams.
While there will be a full interview to post later – with Applegate, Marsden and Midler – director Brad Peyton took a bit of time after the press conference to talk about his next project, the sequel for Journey to the Center of the Earth, which he’s in prep for now, and his thoughts on whether The Doubtful Guest, adapted from the Edward Gorey story, might ever make it to the screen. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
One of the films that got rave reviews at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was director Lisa Cholodenko’s (High Art, Laurel Canyon) The Kids Are All Right. The film is about two teenage children Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) and Josh Hutcherson (Journey to the Center of the Earth, Red Dawn) that decide to track down their donor father (Mark Ruffalo) as they were both conceived artificially by their two mothers (Annette Bening and Julianne Moore). Once they locate him, their household will never be the same. Like I said when I posted my interviews with director Lisa Cholodenko, Mark Ruffalo, Julianne Moore, and Mia Wasikowska, I loved this movie and I think it’s going to be remembered at the end of the year during Award season.
Anyway, for my last video interview I’ve got Josh Hutcherson. During the interview we talked about how he got involved in the film, playing a character named Laser, deleted scenes, working with the fantastic cast, funny t-shirts, and we talked about the rumors he might be Spider-Man (this was recorded before Sony had made a decision) and what’s up with Journey to the Center of the Earth 2. Hit the jump to check out what he had to say:
Ever since the announcement that the Spider-Man franchise would be rebooted, there has been a whirlwind of casting rumors which must approaching an end. A source over at Blue Sky Disney sounds pretty confident that extensive testing convinced Sony and director Marc Webb that Josh Hutcherson (Journey to the Center of the Earth) for the role of Peter Parker; the studio reportedly extended an offer, which Hutcherson accepted. More after the jump:
A few days ago I got to interview Josh Hutcherson for the soon to be released movie The Kids Are All Right. While I’ll have a lot more on that movie soon (because it’s awesome and I spoke to almost the entire cast), I wanted to post what Hutcherson said about Journey to the Center of the Earth 2 and what it’s like to be in the running for the next Spider-Man movie. In case you didn’t know, New Line is moving forward with a sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth with Hutcherson as the lead and he’s one of the people Sony is considering to play Peter Parker. Hit the jump for more:
Brad Peyton is close to making a deal to direct New Line and Walden Media’s Journey to the Center of the Earth 2, and Brendan Fraser will reportedly not be starring in the sequel. Deadline reports the studio is moving ahead with the film, with Josh Hutcherson as the star. Hutcherson played the nephew of Fraser’s character in the original. The original film made $242 million worldwide, and without Fraser, New Line would have to back the film with a much lesser-known actor. Fraser left the film due to scheduling conflicts that made original director Eric Brevig unavailable and forced New Line to replace him with Brad Peyton, the director of Warner Bros.’ upcoming Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. Brevig’s next film will be Yogi Bear. New Line is planning on a Fall 2011 release for the Journey to the Center of the Earth sequel.
Of course with the project still being put together and Fraser’s recent movie Furry Vengeance not exactly lighting up the box office, there is still a chance he could return for the sequel. More as we hear it.
Even after the onslaught of release dates we saw yesterday, it turns out Warner Bros. has more to add to the pile. The studio has now slated release dates for a ton of movies in 2011. Here’s the list:
- The Factory 1/28/11
- Unknown White Male (2011) 1/7/11
- Hall Pass 2/25/11
- Horrible Bosses 7/29/11
- The Rite 1/28/11
- Born to Be Wild (IMAX) 4/8/11
- Red Riding Hood 4/22/11
- Late Bloomer 8/12/11
- Final Destination 5 8/26/11
- The Apparition 9/9/11
- Journey to the Center of the Earth 2 (3D) 9/23/11
- Contagion (3D) 10/21/11
- New Year’s Eve 12/9/11
For more details on the WB movies coming in 2011, hit the jump.
After grossing $390 million worldwide (and counting), it should come as a surprise to no one that Warner Bros. is moving ahead with a sequel to Clash of the Titans. Deadline reports that director Louis Leterrier will not return to helm the sequel. However, Sam Worthington will reprise his role as Perseus and almost every actor whose character survived will return as well. The studio is now rushing to get the film into production as it wants to make a spring 2012 release and get Worthington before the actor goes to shoot Avatar 2.
Hit the jump for my speculation on how Clash 2 will approach 3D this time around as well as news regarding a sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth.