THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
Is this the DKR actress shortlist? Though rumors surfaced yesterday concerning the casting of Naomi Watts and Eva Green in the major female parts, Heat Vision reveals a different list of actresses testing for the roles. Names on that list include Keira Knightly, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Kate Mara, Charlotte Riley, and Gemma Arterton. With the exceptions of Gemma Arterton and Eva Green, this is also a list of people I don't want to see in a Batman movie. According to the article, one of the roles up for grabs is Talia Head, the daughter of Ra's Al Ghul. Addressing the early rumors, Heat Vision reports Watts is in Thailand filming a movie and cannot come to the States for meetings and auditions. Green, sadly, will be on another picture at the time DKR shoots. Meanwhile, Collider rounded up more rumors which include the other female part being that of Vicki Vale (really?), details of the new Batcave, Batmobile, and even the Batcomputer. They caution all of this is rumor, mind. Me? I'd love to see the giant penny make it into a Batman movie.
Release date: July 20th, 2012
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN
Paramount announced (via Deadline) that the film will appear in IMAX when it is released at the end of the year. According to the press release, "[The] film will open day-and-date in IMAX® theatres worldwide," meaning you have the option of seeing the film on a really big screen the same day as smaller 2D and 3D screens. We all like options, right?
Directed by Steven Spielberg, release date: December 23, 2011
Various sites are linking to this post on Judge Dredd Movie News announcing former "Sarah Connor Chronicles" star Lena Heady has been cast as the films principle villain, Madeline Madrigal AKA Ma-Ma. Since I'm not terribly well read in "Dredd" comics, I'm not sure if she's an established villain or a new character for the films. I imagine since authenticity is important to the production that she is, in fact, from the comics.
Release date: TBA
THE GREEN HORNET
Collider has an interview with stars Seth Rogen and Cameron Diaz:
Meanwhile, Spinoff Online's Adam Rosenberg calls it a good movie, which he attributes to director Michel Gondry. "Credit Gondry for the bulk of the film's success as a work of pure entertainment. If you want to engage in a thoughtful post-screening discussion, go watch 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.' This is Gondry's 'Tango & Cash.' It is meant to please on a very visceral level and he executes it flawlessly. Just in terms of the raw presentation, you can feel his touch in just about every scene. There’s quirk in abundance, from unusual camera angles and edits to artful use of slow motion and jaw-dropping visual effects – 'Kato Vision' is stunning, there's no better word for describing it. It's a video game moment rendered in the real. The story beats might be familiar, but you'll be swept away for the full two hours by the form it all takes," writes Adam.
Staring Seth Rogen, release date: January 14th, 2011
Yahoo! Movies has a new trailer for the film:
Release date: May 13th, 2011
COWBOYS & ALIENS
According to Jon Favreau's Twitter account, expect a new trailer at the Super Bowl. "Yes. We're cutting it now. RT @AustinCFilms: superbowl trailer for Cowboys & Aliens?" he posted.
Starring Daniel Craig, release date: July 29th, 2011
Comicus.it has an interview with stuntman John Bernecker, who worked on the film. "The atmosphere on set while I was there was always serious during filming and right before but in between everyone was super nice and got along, just great people to be around. There were numerous funny moments. While filming a big scenes with hundred of extras Martin would always take the time to get on the loud speaker and start talking and playing around with the extras which was really funny and kept everyone in a uplifting mood," he says.
Starring Ryan Reynolds, release date: June 17th, 2011
CONAN THE BARBARIAN
Collider spoke with actor Stephen Lang about his role in the film. "I'm playing an evil, evil, evil warlord. He's wonderful. I am Khalar Zym. I am Death," says the actor. "We shot Conan in Bulgaria, which was the perfect place to shoot it. It’s real rugged and very colorful and very low-tech. Every department head was just top notch. I was very proud of the make-up and wardrobe and the look of the character, which to me is very important. And, there was the work with the weapons and the horses. We had the 300 fight team there."
Release date: August 19th, 2011
While talking with David Fincher about the home video release of "The Social Network," Ain't It Cool News's Quint asked for an update on "The Goon." Fincher is a producer on the project and offered the following: "Animation that isn't singing furry animals is hard [to finance]. Especially something as outré as Eric Powell. And it's his script! (laughs) It's main-lined Eric Powell. We kind of went out with it at the end of the year and I don't know that a lot of people were paying attention, but hopefully someone will step in and want to (pick it up). I gotta hope there are more avenues for animation than… I certainly wouldn't call 'The Goon' 'adult animation.' I think that ends up starting to sound like 'Fritz The Cat' and that's not what it is. It's more like 'teen animation.' And it's funny! Hopefully this will be the year that people go, 'Wait a minute! We don't all have to be trying to imitate Pixar!'"
Release date: TBA
Saruman returns! According to Christopher Lee's official website, the actor is set to return to Isengard, health permitting, and reprise his role as the head of the Wizards. Here's the exact quote on the website: "Sir. Christopher Lee had been in talks to reprise his role as the wizard Saruman and it now looks certain, providing that he is in good health, that he will be appearing in the movie." At age 88, health would be a concern considering the traveling involved. That said, Lee is the only actor to ever get permission from Professor Tolkien to play a role in a Middle-Earth film, so it's fitting he should return. Meanwhile, IGN got a chance to talk to Elijah Wood about his return to the world of Hobbits. "They've come up with something that I think is kind of interesting and I think very fitting that doesn't necessarily infringe upon the integrity of the original novel. It's great. I'm really excited." he says. Asked about his screentime, he suggests it will be minimal. If the bookend rumor is true, I imagine it will occur while Frodo and Bilbo are both in Rivendell. In "The Fellowship of the Ring," Frodo is happy to see his uncle and pleased to see Bilbo has finally finished his book, which recounts his adventures to the Lonely Mountain.
Release date: 2012
I wish we had a place like the Alamo Drafthouse here in the Pasadena area. While we are spoiled with an Arclight, the film going experience of a Alamo Drafthouse is just beyond great. Besides restaurant service, the entire operation seems to revel in movies, good, bad, arty, cheesy, and every which way in between. Sitting there watching "Rare Exports" while drinking a beer and eating some queso, it reaffirmed my love of movies and just how lucky I am to talk about them for a living. Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, or just plain weird, let us know! Take credit, come up with a clever nickname, or go anonymous. The choice is yours. Fresh rumors and movie news every weekday morning. I am Erik Amaya, bracing for the future threat of a movie without table-side service.