As we told you two weeks ago, director Paul W.S. Anderson has lined up his cast for Summit's "The Three Musketeers" and the helmer was in talks with Orlando Bloom to star as the film's villain, the Duke of Buckingham. (Check out "Three Musketeers" Cast Announced, Filmmakers Want Orlando Bloom!)
Well, now, it's official! Bloom has signed on to join the ensemble cast according to The Hollywood Reporter. British actor James Corden has also joined the 3D movie as the servant Planchet.
Bloom and Corden will be joining Logan Lerman ("Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lighting Thief") as D'Artagnan, Ray Stevenson ("The Book of Eli") as Porthos, Luke Evans ("Clash of the Titans") as Athos,
Matthew Macfadyen ("Robin Hood") as Aramis, Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz ("Inglourious Basterds") as Cardinal Richelieu, Mads Mikkelsen as Rochefort, and Milla Jovovich as Milady de Winter, a former love of Athos.
"The Three Musketeers" is set to shoot late this summer and will be released summer of 2011. There's a competing "Musketeers" movie being planned, this one has director Doug Liman attached.
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"Shrek Forever After" saw a lot of green in its opening weekend, making $71.3 million! BUT, the fourth installment's box office performance is the weakest of all "Shrek" sequels.
2004's "Shrek 2" debuted with $108 million while "Shrek the Third" opened in 2007 with $121.6 million. (Check out my movie review of this DreamWorks Animation flick right here)
"Shrek Forever After" was not helped with its 3D release either. The film only made $5 million on IMAX, approximately 7 percent of its gross.
But I enjoyed this fourth adventure, and it's a fitting ending to the beloved franchise. Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, and Cameron Diaz were game, but this time, the scene-stealer was Walt Dohrn, the head of story and the voice of Rumpelstiltskin.
"Shrek Forever After" might have opened well below expectations, but it's still the No. 4 among the top animated openings of all time. No. 1 is "Shrek the Third" followed by "Shrek 2" then "The Simpsons (Movie)" at No. 3.
Previous weekend's top flick, "Iron Man 2," fell to No. 2 with $26.6 million but the super hero action film starring Robert Downey Jr. has already made over $251 million in just three weeks! (Check out my movie review of "Iron Man 2" right here)
"Robin Hood" from Universal Pictures starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett from director Ridley Scott fell to No. 3 with $18.7 million. (Check out my movie review of "Robin Hood" right here)
But Universal wasn't laughing its way all the way to the bank with its new release "MacGruber" starring Will Forte. Based on the "Saturday Night Live" skit, the action-comedy made a very disappointing $4.1 million. Yikes! But this spoof of "MacGyver" only cost $10 million to make. It still stings though.
Here's the estimated Top 10 list of box-office films for weekend of May 21:
1. "Shrek Forever After," $71.3 million.
2. "Iron Man 2," $26.6 million.
3. "Robin Hood," $18.7 million.
4. "Letters to Juliet," $9.1 million.
5. "Just Wright," $4.2 million.
6. "MacGruber," $4.1 million.
7. "Date Night," $2.8 million.
8. "A Nightmare on Elm Street," $2.3 million.
9. "How to Train Your Dragon," $1.9 million.
10. "Kites," $1 million.
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For my written movie review of "Shrek Forever After," click here.
Here's more info on "Shrek" from Yahoo:
After challenging an evil dragon, rescuing a beautiful princess and saving your in-laws' kingdom, what's an ogre to do? Well, if you're Shrek, you suddenly wind up a domesticated family man. Instead of scaring villagers away like he used to, a reluctant Shrek now agrees to autograph pitch forks. What's happened to this ogre's roar? Longing for the days when he felt like a "real ogre," Shrek is duped into signing a pact with the smooth-talking dealmaker, Rumpelstiltskin. Shrek suddenly finds himself in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumpelstiltskin is king and Shrek and Fiona have never met. Now, it's up to Shrek to undo all he's done in the hopes of saving his friends, restoring his world and reclaiming his one True Love.
Also Known As: Shrek 4
Shrek Goes Fourth
The Next Shrek
Production Status: In Production/Awaiting Release
Genres: Kids/Family, Animation and Sequel
Running Time: 1 hr. 34 min.
Release Date: May 21st, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for mild action, some rude humor and brief language.
Distributors: Paramount Pictures
Studios: DreamWorks, DreamWorks Animation
Produced in: United States
Cast and Credits
Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Jon Hamm
Directed by: Mike Mitchell
Produced by: Aron J. Warner, Andrew Adamson, John H. Williams
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Megan Fox has been sacked, canned, and won't be cast in "Transformers 3!" OUCH! Deadline.com is reporting that it was director Michael Bay's decision. Variety confirmed that Paramount and Bay decided to go on a different direction with the storyline minus Fox's character Mikaela Banes.
Many were saying that it's because of Fox's attitude in the set, and her trashy comments against Bay. If you remember, while promoting her flop "Jennifer's Body" last year in London's Wonderland Magazine, Fox went on a tirade saying:
"[Bay] wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he's a nightmare to work for but when you get him away from set, and he's not in director mode, I kind of really enjoy his personality because he's so awkward, so hopelessly awkward," Megan continued. "He has no social skills at all. And it's endearing to watch him. He's vulnerable and fragile in real life and then on set he's a tyrant."
To which, three "Transformers" crew members criticized Fox by posting their open (yes it's both funny and heartfelt!) letter against the actress on Bay's website (via Deadline.com):
This is an open letter to all Michael Bay fans. We are three crew members that have worked with Michael for the past ten years. Last week we read the terrible article with inflammatory, truly trashing quotes by the Ms. Fox about Michael Bay. This letter is to set a few things straight.
Yes, Megan has great eyes, a tight stomach we spray with glycerin, and an awful silly Marilyn Monroe tattoo plastered on her arm that we cover up to keep the moms happy.
Michael found this shy, inexperienced girl, plucked her out of total obscurity thus giving her the biggest shot of any young actresses' life. He told everyone around to just trust him on his choice. He granted her the starring role in Transformers, a franchise that forever changed her life; she became one of the most googled and oogled women on earth. She was famous! She was the next Angelina Jolie, hooray! Wait a minute, two of us worked with Angelina – second thought – she’s no Angelina. You see, Angelia is a professional.
We know this quite intimately because we’ve had the tedious experience of working with the dumb-as-a-rock Megan Fox on both Transformers movies. We've spent a total of 12 months on set making these two movies.
We are in different departments; we can’t give our names because sadly doing so in Hollywood could lead to being banished from future Paramount work. One of us touches Megan’s panties, the other has the often shitty job of pulling Ms. Sourpants out of her trailer, while another is near the Panaflex camera that helps to memorialize the valley girl on film.
Megan has the press fooled. When we read those magazines we wish we worked with that woman. Megan knows how to work her smile for the press. Those writers should try being on set for two movies, sadly she never smiles. The cast, crew and director make Transformers a really fun and energetic set. We’ve traveled around the world together, so we have never understood why Megan was always such the grump of the set?
When facing the press, Megan is the queen of talking trailer trash
and posing like a porn star. And yes we’ve had the unbearable time of watching her try to act on set, and yes, it's very cringe-able. So maybe, being a porn star in the future might be a good career option. But make-up beware, she has a paragraph tattooed to her backside (probably due her rotten childhood) -- easily another 45 minutes in the chair!
So when the three of us caught wind of Ms Fox, pontificating yet again in some publication (like she actually has something interesting to say) blabbing her trash mouth about a director whom we three have grown to really like. She compared working with Michael, to “working with Hitler”. We actually don’t think she knows who Hitler is by the way. But we wondered how she doesn’t realize what a disgusting, fully uneducated comment this was? Well, here let’s get some facts straight.
Say what you want about Michael – yes at times he can be hard, but he's also fun, and he challenges everyone for a reason – he simply wants people to bring their ‘A’ game. He comes very prepared, knows exactly what he wants, involves the crew and expects everyone to follow through with his or her best, and that includes the actors. He’s one of the hardest working directors out there.
He gets the best from his crews, many of whom have worked with him for 15 years. And yes, he’s loyal, one of the few directors we’ve encountered who lowered his fee by millions to keep Transformers in the United States and California, so he could work with his own crew.
Megan says that Transformers was an unsafe set? Come on Megan, we know it is a bit more strenuous then the playground at the trailer park, but you don’t insult one of the very best stunt and physical effects teams in the business! Not one person got hurt!
And who is the real Megan Fox? She is very different than the academy nominee and winning actors we’ve all worked around. She’s as about ungracious a person as you can ever fathom. She shows little interest in the crew members around her. We work to make her look good in every way, but she's absolutely never appreciative of anyone’s hard work. Never a thank you. All the crewmembers have stopped saying hi to Ms. Princess because she never says hello back. It gets tiring. Many think she just really hates the process of being an actress.
Megan has been late to the sets many times. She goes through the motions that make her exude this sense of misery. We’ve heard the A.D’s piped over the radio that Megan won’t walk from her trailer until John Turturro walks first! John’s done seventy-five movies and she’s made two!
Never expect Megan to attend any of the 15 or so crew parties like all the other actors have. And then there's the classless night she blew off The Royal Prince of Jordan who made a special dinner for all the actors. She doesn’t know that one of the grips' daughters wanted to visit their daddy’s work to meet Megan, but he wouldn’t let them come because he told them “she is not nice."
The press certainly doesn’t know her most famous line. On our first day in Egypt, the Egyptian government wouldn’t let us shoot because of a permit problem as the actors got ready in make up at the Four Seasons Hotel. Michael tried to make the best of it; he wanted to take the cast and crew on a private tour of the famous Giza pyramids. God hold us witness, Megan said, "I can’t believe Michael is fucking forcing us to go to the fucking pyramids!" I guess this is the “Hitler guy” she is referring to.
So this is the Megan Fox you don’t get to see. Maybe she will learn, but we figure if she can sling insults, then she can take them too. Megan really is a thankless, classless, graceless, and shall we say unfriendly bitch. It's sad how fame can twist people, and even sadder that young girls look up to her. If only they knew who they're really looking up to.
But ‘fame’ is fleeting. We, being behind the scenes, seen em’ come and go. Hopefully Michael will have Megatron squish her character in the first ten minutes of Transformers 3. We can tell you that will make the crew happy!
-Loyal Transformers Crew
Drama! But you see, at least those 3 "loyal Transformers crew" know not to bite the hand that feeds them, unlike, say, Fox. Right now, Bay and scriptwriter Ehren Krueger are looking for a new female co-star to team up with Shia LaBeouf.
Somewhere, fanboys longing for another glimpse of Fox in provocative poses in the upcoming "Transformers" film are crying. But don't worry, the actress may have another trick up her sleeve with the upcoming "Jonah Hex" starring Josh Brolin. That is, of course, if the film makes money, and if Fox did not burn any bridges.
UPDATE from Deadline.com:
Fox's publicity machine issued a statement saying: "It was her decision not to return. She wishes the franchise the best." Really?
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Once upon a time in Hollywoodland, DreamWorks Animation unveiled the animated film called “Shrek” which became an instant classic. Soon after, “Shrek 2” followed then “Shrek the Third,” and now, “Shrek Forever After.”
Billed as the final chapter of the “Shrek” franchise, the fourth installment is better than the third, and will make you fall in love with the characters again. In the first “Shrek” we fell in love with Donkey (Eddie Murphy); in the second, Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) stole our hearts; we forgot about Donkey and Puss in Boots in the third, but you will be smitten by the characters in the fourth. Read More...
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