Monday, April 29, 2013

Into the Wood's: A New Disney Musical With Johnny Depp

The film would mark the actor's first singing role since starring in Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd: The Demon of Fleet Street."

Johnny Depp is in talks to star in Disney's film adaptation of Broadway musical Into the WoodsThe Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The project would also reunite Depp withRob Marshall, who directed Disney’s fourth Pirates of the Caribbean outing. In addition to his Broadway credits as director and choreographer, Marshall directed the musical feature films Chicagoand Nine, as well as the 1999 TV movie,Annie.
Into the Woods is a darkly comic mashup of classic fairy tales that revolves around a childless Baker and his wife, who attempt to lift a family curse by journeying into the woods to confront the Witch that put the spell on them. Along the way, they encounter a group of characters including Rapunzel, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood.
Meryl Streep will play the plum role of the vain and charismatic Witch. In what would be a key supporting role, Depp will play a hungry and sexy variation of the fairy tale Wolf, a part usually undertaken in the stage version by the same actor who plays Cinderella's Prince.
James Lapine wrote the screenplay, based on his book for the 1986 musical. The Tony-winning original score is by Stephen Sondheim, also the composer behind Sweeney Todd. Frequent Marshall collaboratorDavid Krane is working on the music arrangements for the film.
John DeLuca is producing.
The film would also keep Depp in the Disney fold. The actor, who has made a number of blockbusters with the studio, including the Pirates films and Burton's Alice, will next be seen in Disney's The Lone Ranger.   Depp is currently shooting Wally Pfister's directing debut Transcendence. He is repped by UTA and attorney Jacob Bloom.

Via * Hollywood Reporter *

Of Course Bruce Willis Did Not Really Die in ' RED ' :Trailer for Red 2 is Here!

In a rare Hollywood occurrence, director Robert Schwentke will actually be in direct competition with the franchise he helped launched this summer. We recently saw the first trailer for his dead cop buddy sci-fi actioner R.I.P.D. and set to be released the very same day is Red 2, which just revealed a brand new trailer.

Berlin 2013: Launch of David Bowie/ Iggy Pop Biopic ' Lust for Life '

Egoli Tossell and Altered Image will produce the feature about the pop stars' legendary collaboration in 1970s West Berlin.

BERLIN -- Brit producers Altered Image have joined forces with Berlin-based Egoli Tossell Film to co-produce Lust for Life, a biopic about the legendary collaboration between pop stars David Bowie andIggy Pop in 1970s West Berlin.

David Bowie and Iggy Pop's Relationship Gets Cinematic Investigation in ' Lust for Life '

“Everybody likes David Bowie, and everybody likes Iggy Pop… so what if we put them together?”
I doubt thinking behind such a small project would, in fact, be so silly, particularity since it’s one with exploration-worthy historical roots. As big fans of both Bowie and Pop are sure to know, the two icons of ’70s rock devoted time to healthy creative collaboration, writing, recording, and even touring together over a period of roughly two years. (That they might have shared some mutual illegal interests is both beside the point and, given the time, of no shock.) When set against that era’s unbelievably atmospheric West Berlin, a movie about all their relationship isn’t such a terrible idea.
It’s the thinking of Gabriel Lange (director of the absurd “what if” piece Death of a President), who, per THR‘s word, has been given funds to direct Lust for Life, a biopic account that Egoli Tossell Film will produce in conjunction with Altered Image. The screenplay, from writer-producerRobin French, is sure to hit many of the beats listed above — expect some loud scenes of Bowie performing Station to Station in front of a fake crowd — though anything else which could, theoretically, lie within hasn’t been divulged. (It’s early, after all.) There is, however, one exception: as would be indicated above, I’m glad that producer Egoli Tossell would stress the importance of ’70s West Berlin in relation to Lust for Life‘s emotional core. If nothing else, it’s something forLange to take advantage of in crafting his visual palette.
For him, though, there’s also the task of finding actors worthy of stepping into Bowie and Pop’s shoes. In that department, best of luck.
* story courtesy of Nick Newman at The Ticket Stage* 

Iggy Pop, My Morning Jacket, and The Flaming Lips ' Rock ' True Blood Soundtrack

Iggy PopMy Morning Jacket and the Flaming Lips will quench their thirst for blood on the next installment of the True Blood soundtrack. True Blood: Music From the HBO Original Series Volume Four also features Alabama Shakes, Los Lobos, Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino, Eric Burdon and more.

Alabama Shakes dust off the Boys and Girls bonus track "Pocket Change," and Burdon and Rilo Kiley singer Jenny Lewis add their duet "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood." Iggy Pop and Cosentino team for "Let's Boot and Rally," which was released last year and was written specifically for the show, and My Morning Jacket add "Turn Turn Turn." The Flaming Lips dig up their old outtake "Your Face Can Tell the Future."
True Blood: Music From the HBO Original Series Volume Four will be out on May 28th. The sixth season of True Blood premieres on June 16th on HBO. A full tracklist follows below.
1) "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" – Eric Burdon with Jenny Lewis
2) "Let's Boot and Rally" – Iggy Pop with Bethany Cosentino
3) "What Makes a Good Man?" – the Heavy
4) "Smokestack Lightnin'" – Howlin' Wolf
5) "Pocket Change" – Alabama Shakes
6) "Authority Song" – Bosco Delrey
7) "Turn Turn Turn" – My Morning Jacket
8) "Your Face Can Tell the Future" – the Flaming Lips
9) "The Sun" – the Naked and Famous
10) "Undertow" – Warpaint
11) "I Wanna Be Your Man" – Mobley
12) "(She's a) Wanderer" – Deap Vally
13) "Whatever I Am, You Made Me" – Koko Taylor
14) "We'll Meet Again" – Los Lobos
Story courtesy of Rolling Stone *

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Blake's Lotaburger Cup...check! Breaking Bad Unveils First New Photo From Final Episodes

Breaking Bad has unveiled the first new photograph of its upcoming final eight episodes. In it, Walter White (Bryan Cranston) comforts a crying, shaken Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul).
Breaking Bad will resume the second half of its fifth season on August 11th. The show's universe won't fade quickly, though, as a spin-off based on the character Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) is currently in the works. Series creator Vince Gilligan will also write and direct the show's very last episode.
The gritty, complex AMC drama has won stacks of awards since premiering in 2008, including Emmy, Critics Choice, Writers Guild and Television Critics Association trophies. Breaking Bad most recently picked up the Writers Guild Award for Best Drama Series in February, and Paul won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama for the second time last September.

Friday, April 19, 2013

" Weird Science " Remake Confirmed!

Is nothing sacred?!?!
On the back of countless ‘classic’ films being remade, it has now gotten to the stage where John Hughes’ iconic Weird Science is next for the remake treatment. Deadline reported the sad news earlier today, with the film being made by Universal and Joel Silver’s Silver Pictures. Michael Bacall is already working on the script.
Apparently, the remake will be an edgier R-rated version of the concept, and Bacall has been brought on board for his work on the relaunching of 21 Jump Street. The one saving grace is that Bacall also worked on Scott Pilgrim vs The World.
The original 1985 Weird Science is part of ’80′s pop culture. It was another brilliant film from the mind of John Hughes; the man responsible for the likes of The Breakfast ClubSixteen CandlesPretty in PinkSt. Elmo’s FireUncle Buck and Home AloneWeird Science told the story of a couple of geeky teenagers who take inspiration from Frankenstein to create their perfect woman. using their computer. This leads to the local jocks becoming jealous, with various mishaps and commotion occurring along the way. The film would also spawn a 1994 TV series of the same name.
The original film featured Hughes stalwart Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell Smith, Kelly LeBrock and a certain Robert Downey Jr. It was also produced by the aforementioned Joel Silver.
I wasn’t even going to post any more articles tonight – I’m knee-deep in a 4,000 word Superman piece – but the sad news of a Weird Science remake forced my hand.
I swear to God, if anybody touches The Breakfast Club then I’m gonna start cracking skulls…

Robert Rodriguez Would To Do A Hans Solo" Star Wars " Film

Since Lucasfilm’s sale to Disney, the whole Star Wars universe has literally blown up. It’s now been officially confirmed J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, but there’s also been talk from Lucasfilm, Disney and seemingly anyone in the know that the powers that be are looking at exploring individual, solo – excuse the pun – adventures of sorts. One character whose name keeps popping up is Boba Fett, be it for a TV series or for a standalone film. Well, director Robert Rodriguez has gone on record as saying that he would like to take on a Han Solo project. Wouldn’t we all…
MTV caught up with the director, currently working on Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, to discuss the Star Warsfranchise.
“I don’t mind them doing more ‘Star Wars’. I also like the whole idea of them doing off-shoot films, like you have a ‘Boba Fett’ movie over here. There’s so much you can do. George has built such an enormous world that just to be waiting now again, who’s going to live up to that? It’s almost like they should just branch out and let people play with those characters. There’s such rich stuff.”
Rodriguez was then asked whether he’d ever been interested in taking on the Star Wars saga.
“I don’t know. It depends on what it was. George [Lucas] really inspired me to do what I’m doing now, which is the same thing he did. He originally want, and couldn’t get the rights to, ‘Flash Gordon.’ He tried, couldn’t get it, so he went and wrote ‘Star Wars,’ which was his complete take on ‘Flash Gordon,’ even to the opening titles crawl that went that way… I think if I asked him [Lucas] for advice, he would say ‘Go make your own Star Wars universe, kid.’”
The director was then asked what it would take for him to join the franchise.
“If there was something that somebody said, ‘Here, Han Solo, his own adventures.’ I’d go do that.”
I’m pretty sure anybody in the world would punch their own grandma in the face to take control of a Han Solo adventure. That said, Rodriguez would be an interesting choice. At first I thought that there’s no way his style would transmit to the Star Wars world. I thought of his work on the likes of DesperadoFrom Dusk Till DawnPlanet Terror and Machete and saw the language, gore and brutality – even if it is all effortlessly cool – that he has in place in those films. On the flip side, though, he has shown that he can handle the lighter stuff, the more kid-friendly stuff, with his work on the Spy Kids franchise and The Adventures of Sharkboy and LavaGirl.
I wouldn’t expect much to come of this news, but I’d most certainly be intrigued to see a Rodriguez-helmed Han Solo outing. Just make sure to have plenty of Chewie in there too.

A New Movie We Made, Go See You Must! Star Wars Episode VII Out In 2015, And A New One Every Summer For 5 Years!

Star Wars fans not only have two new spin-off films to look forward to, but a release every year from the franchise between 2015 and 2019.
Disney CEO Bob Iger suggested Star Wars spin-off films were happening in February, and these were confirmed by Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn at CinemaCon in Las Vegas this week.
Horn said that two stand-alone films were being scripted by Empire Strikes Back screenwriter Lawrence Kasden and Simon Kinberg, the writer of the Sherlock Holmes film.
According to MTV, Horn said Star Wars: Episode VII will be out in summer 2015, followed by Episode VIII in 2017 and Episode IX in summer 2019. The spin-off films will be released in the years in-between.
Fan sites have been speculating on which familiar Star Wars character will star in the spin-off films, but nothing has been confirmed by Disney. So far, Boba Fett and a young Han Solo have been at the centre of rumours for the films, after directors Jon Johnston and Robert Rodiguez showed interest in the project.

Kiss Of The Dammed by Xan Cassavetes: In Theaters May 2013

CINEMA SCAPE: Kiss of the Damned by Xan Cassavetes Starring Milo Ventimiglia & Jos├ęphine de La Baume. In Theaters May 3, 2013
Kiss of the Damned
Jos├ęphine de La Baume, Milo Ventimiglia, Roxane Mesquida, Anna Mouglalis, Michael Rapaport, Riley Keough, Ching Valdes-Aran
Beautiful vampire Djuna (Josephine de La Baume) tries to resist the advances of the handsome, human screenwriter Paolo (Milo Ventimiglia), but eventually gives in to their passion. When her troublemaker sister Mimi (Roxane Mesquida) unexpectedly comes to visit, Djuna’s love story is threatened, and the whole vampire community becomes endangered…

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