First it was Ryan Reynolds who's donning two superhero outfits, one with Marvel for "Deadpool" and one with DC for "Green Lantern." Now, Chris Evans is following suit. The actor, formerly known as Johnny Storm aka the Human Torch from the dreadful "Fantastic Four" series, is now going to play Steve Rogers aka Captain America for the Marvel film adaptation.
The Hollywood Reporter exclusive learned that "the actor has not only accepted Marvel's offer, first detailed on Friday, but that the dealmaking moved so fast it's now all about dotting the i's and crossing the t's."
Yes, Evans will wield the shield in the high-profile part of "Captain America." The film is scheduled for release July 22, 2011.
[ 1 comment ] ( 24 views ) | permalink | ( 3 / 314 )
Disney Bans Fake Boobs from "Pirates 4," Then Hires Penelope Cruz to Play Johnny Depp's Romantic Interest!
Not that I'm saying Penelope Cruz has fake boobs, but Disney was adamant that implants are not allowed in the fourth installment of "Pirates of Caribbean" and that all actresses will be checked to make sure their jiggle is real! Hhhmmmm, I wonder if the studio subjected Cruz into a jiggle-your-jugs test!
According to the New York Post:
The filmmakers sent out a casting call last week seeking "beautiful female fit models. Must be 5 ft 7 in - 5 ft 8 in, size 4 or 6, no bigger or smaller. Age 18-25. Must have a lean dancer body. Must have real breasts. Do not submit if you have implants."
And they warn that there'll be a "show and tell" day.
To make sure LA talent scouts don't get caught in a "booby trap," potential lassies will have to undergo a Hollywood-style jiggle-your-jugs test and jog for judges. If there's nothing moving from the waist up, they're saying, it's a dead giveaway that you're not all flesh and bones—and you're out.
Really? The big question -- why?
"In the last movie, there were enhanced breasts to give that 18th-century whorish look, and men were pretty well padded too, and no one worried," a former casting agent said. "But times are changing, and the audience can spot false breasts."
So what? Could it be because Disney doesn't want to objectify sexuality by way of fake breasts? Still, Cruz is a welcome addition to the popular franchise. Talking to uber-producer Jerry Bruckheimer at ShoWest in Las Vegas, MTV News exclusively learned that the Academy Award winning actress will play the daughter of Johnny Depp's nemesis!
As we told you last month, Ian McShane is set to play legendary pirate baddie Blackbeard, the enemy of Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow. We knew Cruz would be part of the cast, but we didn't know until now that she will play Blackbeard's daughter.
Bruckheimer calls Blackbeard "the nastiest pirate ever." The executive producer also confirmed that Geoffrey Rush, who played Barbossa in the first three "Pirates" films, will reprise his role on the fourth called "On Stranger Tides."
Production is set to start in June. As for the plot? We know it's going to be Sparrow's search for the Fountain of Youth! Bruckheimer promised that the fourth film will be fresh and they're "going to take a whole new direction." Like banning fake breasts on set!
[ 1 comment ] ( 41 views ) | permalink | ( 3 / 457 )
Focus Features has announced that production begins this week in the U.K. for the Focus and BBC Films collaboration "Jane Eyre" based on Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel. Cary Fukunaga ("Sin Nombre") is set to direct from a screenplay adaptation by Moira Buffini.
Mia Wasikowska, fresh from the success of Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland," is set to star as the title character. In the story, Jane Eyre (Wasikowska) leaves Thornfield House where she works as a governess for Edward Rochester ("Inglourious Basterds'" Michael Fassbender. Soon, Jane will return to Mr. Rochester and confront the terrible secret that the wealthy man is hiding.
The supporting cast and crew are topnotch! According to Focus:
The supporting cast includes Jamie Bell (of Focus’ September release "The Eagle of the Ninth"), Academy Award winner Judi Dench, Holliday Grainger (of the upcoming "Bel Ami" with Robert Pattinson), Golden Globe Award winner Sally Hawkins ("Happy-Go-Lucky"), Tamzin Merchant (of Focus’ "Pride & Prejudice"), and Imogen Poots (of the May release "Solitary Man").
The director of photography on Jane Eyre is Adriano Goldman, reteaming with Mr. Fukunaga following their acclaimed collaboration on "Sin Nombre." Will Hughes-Jones ("Survivors") is the production designer; Academy Award winner Michael O’Connor ("The Duchess") is the costume designer.
With an excellent cast and crew, Focus CEO James Schamus promises " this will be a Jane Eyre for the ages.”
[ add comment ] ( 8 views ) | permalink | ( 3 / 392 )
Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are unstoppable! Their latest collaboration, "Alice in Wonderland," took in $34.5 million to maintain its No. 1 position for a third-straight weekend.
So far, the film has raised its domestic total to $265.8 million, and worldwide to $565.8 million after just three weekends y'all!
Meanwhile, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" debuted at No. 2 with $21.8 million and "The Bounty Hunter" starring Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler opened at No. 3 with $21 million.
But the Jude Law and Forest Whitaker starrer, "Repo Men," was deemed a flop with an opening of $6.2 million. The action thriller debuted at No. 4.
But the good box-office news belonged to Ben Stiller and his comic drama "Greenberg." Premiering in limited release, the film took in $120,432 in just three theaters for an astounding average of $40,144 a cinema. (I will be posting my review of the film, plus my interviews with the cast including Stiller)
Here's the estimated list of the Top 10 Box Office films for weekend of March 19th:
1. "Alice in Wonderland," $34.5 million.
2. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," $21.8 million.
3. "The Bounty Hunter," $21 million.
4. "Repo Men," $6.2 million.
5. "She's Out of My League," $6 million.
6. "Green Zone," $5.96 million.
7. "Shutter Island," $4.8 million.
8. "Avatar," $4 million.
9. "Our Family Wedding," $3.8 million.
10. "Remember Me," $3.3 million.
[ add comment ] ( 6 views ) | permalink | ( 3.1 / 433 )
Here's more info on "Predators" from Yahoo:
Royce, a mercenary, reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors who come to realize they've been brought together on an alien planet... as prey. With the notable exception of a disgraced physician, they are all cold-blooded killers -- mercenaries, Yakuza, convicts, death squad members -- human "predators" that are now being systemically hunted and eliminated by a new breed of alien Predators.
Genres: Action/Adventure and Science Fiction/Fantasy
Release Date: July 9th, 2010 (wide)
Distributors: 20th Century Fox
Cast and Credits
Starring: Adrien Brody, Alice Braga, Louis Ozawa Changchien, Danny Trejo, Walton Goggins
Directed by: Nimrod Antal
Produced by: Robert Rodriguez, Alex Young, Elizabeth Avellan
[ add comment ] ( 8 views ) | permalink | ( 3 / 280 )