Here’s the latest TV casting news:
- Billy Crystal (When Harry Met Sally) is set to star in The Comedians, a new comedy pilot on FX from showrunners Larry Charles (Seinfeld), Matt Nix (Burn Notice) and Ben Wexler (Community, Arrested Development).
- Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus) will star in the Cinemax pilot, Quarry, based on the Max Allan Collins’ book about a Vietnam veteran.
- Emma Roberts (Aquamarine) will join the cast of the third season of FX’s horror anthology, American Horror Story: Coven.
Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.
The first trailer for James Franco’s adaptation of the William Faulkner novel As I Lay Dying has arrived. Adapting an author as verbose and complex as Faulkner is no easy task, but Franco is tackling As I Lay Dying head on as both director and star. Given Franco’s incredibly varied tastes, it’s tough to tell if this film is a serious adaptation or just another one of his art experiments. The drama is certainly played straightforward in this trailer, but the appearance of someone like Danny McBride in the cast is striking. The verdict on the pic will be in soon enough, as the film is slated to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival which kicks off this week.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Tim Blake Nelson, Logan Marshall Green, Ahna O’Reilly, and Jim Parrack.
A trio of actors has boarded the crime drama Eye of Winter. Variety reports that Bryan Cranston, Alice Eve, and Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus) have been set to star in the indie for director Tze Chun. The story centers on a struggling motel owner (Eve) who, along with her daughter, is taken hostage by a nearly blind career criminal (Cranston) to be his eyes as he attempts to retrieve his cash package from a crooked cop (Marshall-Green). Ursula Parker and Leo Fitzgerald have also joined the cast, and Chun co-wrote the script alongside Osgood Perkins and Nick Simon.
There’s no word on when production might begin, but I assume filming won’t get underway until next year as Cranston returns to shoot the final season of Breaking Bad this winter. Eve will next be seen in J.J. Abrams’ sequel Star Trek Into Darkness in May.
Ridley Scott’s Prometheus was a geek’s dream. Scott, who directed Alien in 1979, was one of the great science fiction filmmakers, but hadn’t done anything in the genre since 1982 – since Blade Runner. And though Alien spawned a franchise, Scott had never made his own sequel. Prometheus was sold as a semi-prequel, an “in universe” film that takes place before the events of the first film, but may not tie into them directly. After a series of great trailers, there was hope that the film (which was also rated R, rare for a huge summer movie) would be awesome, would be a great Scott film. Alas, it’s more of a mess. Our review of the Blu-ray of Prometheus follows after the jump.
In January 2011, we reported that James Franco was set to make his directorial debut by adapting William Faulkner‘s As I Lay Dying. He planned to get the movie in front of cameras in the summer, but obviously that didn’t happen (he also wanted to shoot an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy‘s Blood Meridian this year). Today, Showbiz 411 reports As I Lay Dying has finally gotten back on track with a shoot set up for October in Mississippi. Franco is also starting to line up roles for the adaptation, which is based on a book that contains twelve different points-of-view. The cast will include Danny McBride, Tim Blake Nelson, Logan Marshall Green, Ahna O’Reilly, and Jim Parrack. Franco will have a small role in the picture.
Directing Faulkner is a tall order, which is why no one has gotten an adaptation to the big screen since 1959′s The Sound and the Fury. Faulkner’s novels are incredibly complex, which is partially the result of writing books with over 200 pages and only seven sentences. Hit the jump for the synopsis of As I Lay Dying.
With Prometheus opening this weekend, 20th Century Fox held a massive press junket in London last week where I was able to interview most of the cast and director Ridley Scott. Here’s my print interviews with Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Michael Fassbender and Scott if you missed them. For more on the film, here’s four clips and five minutes of behind-the-scenes footage.
In addition to the print interviews, I also spoke to everyone on camera and everyday this week I’ll post a new interview. Yesterday I posted Charlize Theron and Guy Pearce, and today I’ve got Logan Marshall-Green. During the interview he talked about his reaction to seeing the finished film, deleted scenes, the amazing production design by Arthur Max, what it was like to work for Scott, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
Like its ill-fated protagonists, Prometheus‘ greatest sin is overreach, which is a shame for a movie that manages to grasp so much. Director Ridley Scott has refined and polished his return to the Alien universe by creating a self-contained mystery that falters when he attempts to answer an unasked question of his classic 1979 film. While he doesn’t come close to recapturing the magic of his original film (an almost an unfair expectation), he does manage to give Prometheus a unique majesty through gorgeous visuals, a thrilling pace, delightful sci-fi horror, and a slew of fantastic performances with a standout turn by Michael Fassbender. However, some sloppy narrative shortcuts and a jumbled thematic through-line keep the flame from igniting into an all-consuming blaze.
The excruciatingly long wait for Prometheus is finally over, as the film’s release is now only a few short days away. While many have bemoaned the overload of marketing material that threatens to spoil everyone before the movie’s even out, we’ve got one more trailer to share that I definitely think is worth a gander. The fine people at the YouTube channel The Receptionist have put together a version of the Prometheus theatrical trailer made entirely out of paper. It’s a lot of fun and more than a little impressive.
Hit the jump to watch Paper Michael Fassbender and Paper Noomi Rapace get their Prometheus on. The film opens in 3D on June 8th.
With Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus now playing in Europe and opening next week in North America, 20th Century Fox has provided us with four clips and almost five minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the film. If you’ve made it this far without watching the newest trailers and TV spots, I strongly suggest not watching these videos until you’ve seen the film. However, for those that like to see as much footage as you can, you’re going to absolutely love the behind-the-scenes footage of the cast on set and getting to see Scott direct the action.
Prometheus stars Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green, Guy Pearce, Rafe Spall, and Sean Harris. Hit the jump to watch the clips.
Thus far, the marketing campaign for Prometheus has been damn impressive, highlighted by artfully wrought “viral” videos and a trailer I’ve seen seven times in theatres but remain completely enthralled by. While stronger men have sworn off all further sneak peeks of the film, others like myself have become hopelessly ensnared (cocooned, if you will) and forced to watch as potential spoilers slowly emerge from our computer screens to…um…wrap themselves around our faces. The latest promo is a featurette focusing on the good ship Prometheus herself, with cast and crew discussing things like her “insect-like design” and the thinking behind the name.
As we’re ushered around the hull and through the interior, I was reminded several times of original Alien vessel the Nostromo, particularly around the dinner table and that white room where Charlize Theron is interviewed. Though, understandably, it’s missing a bit of the retro touch that makes the first ship so aesthetically singular decades later. Hit the jump to check it out. Directed by Ridley Scott, Prometheus also stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green, and Guy Pearce. It hits theatres June 8.
If you needed another excuse to go see Ridley Scott’s Prometheus next month, how about this: the first teaser trailer for Django Unchained will play in front of it. Marketing for the sci-fi pseudo-prequel to Alien has been relatively slow and steady (then again, everything is relatively slow and steady compared to The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises), but we did recently post two new featurettes and a clip in addition to the somewhat spoilery trailer. All just part of the buildup to the June 8th release right around the corner. Django Unchained, on the other hand, won’t open for more than six months after Prometheus, but that doesn’t mean we’ve been resting on our laurels. Hit the jump to see a recap of all of our previous and continuing coverage on both films.
The release date for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus is so damn close, but we’ve still got nearly two weeks to go. It’s been a tough road of anticipation, but the finish line is in sight, folks. In the meantime, two new featurettes for the film have gone online to whet fans’ appetites. The first one, entitled “The Vision of Prometheus”, features Scott and some of the actors (including Guy Pearce) talking about the larger themes of the film, shooting in 3D, and more. The second featurette focuses on the character played by Logan Marshall-Green and gives us a bit of insight into what his role in the film will entail.
Hit the jump to check out the featurettes. The film also stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, and Idris Elba. Prometheus opens in 3D on June 8th.
A new TV spot for Prometheus has gone online, and it’s apparently loaded with spoilers. Though I’d normally watch whatever clip or spot I’m reporting on, more than a few others have pointed out that this TV spot is apparently chock-full of spoilers, so I’d rather not ruin my moviegoing experience for the sake of viewing a piece of marketing. That said, if you’re unbothered by spoilers then by all means have at this new spot. We shared the first clip from the film yesterday, and it was a fairly benign scene from the film that simply showed the ship landing on the death alien planet.
Hit the jump to watch the spot. The film stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green, and Guy Pearce. Prometheus opens in 3D on June 3rd.
The marketing train for director Ridley Scott’s Prometheus continues to roll on, and the first clip from the film has now surfaced online. By now I don’t really think any more convincing to see the pic is necessary, but for those of you interested in seeing more from Scott’s return to sci-fi, this clip should serve as a nice appetizer. Said clip features the ship Prometheus landing on the planet we’ve seen so much of already, with Logan Marshall-Green delivering a particularly eerie line. If you missed the interview with screenwriter Damon Lindelof in which he talked about how he turned an Alien prequel into Prometheus, trying not to reveal too much in trailers, the viral campaign and much more I highly suggest you check it out.
Hit the jump to watch the clip. The officially R-rated Prometheus also stars Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, Rafe Spall, Sean Harris, and Guy Pearce. The film opens in 3D on June 8th.
The latest issue of EW appears to have a big story on Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, as the magazine has posted 17 new images from the film for our viewing pleasure. In addition to film stills and candid on-set shots, we also get a few “photoshoot”-style images, including Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron and Noomi Rapace goofing around in their spacesuits (this is now my favorite Prometheus image ever). We recently learned that the film will officially be rated R (rejoice!), and a new featurette entitled “Origins” went online yesterday for those of you who are strangely still on the fence about this one.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green, Rafe Spall, Sean Harris, and Guy Pearce. Prometheus opens in 3D on June 8th.