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Sandra Bullock To Star In Alfonso Cuaron’s Sci-fi Movie Gravity

Sandra Bullock To Star In Alfonso Cuaron’s Sci-fi Movie Gravity

The sci-fi film that has been bouncing around Hollywood the last few months has found a new lead in The Blind Side, Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock.  After the role had been reportedly offered to Angelina Jolie (twice) and was most recently offered to Natalie Portman, Bullock has stepped in where the others have failed to cash in as she is in negotiations to star in the challenging lead role in Gravity.

THR reports that this should be the first project for Bullock to take on, post break-up and post-Oscar. Alfonso Cuaron is set to direct the piece which has been described as a Cast Away-type role for a female lead, lost in space.  Cuaron’s Children of Men has been among the movies that former writers for this site have loved.  Robert Downey Jr., is already on board to co-star, so the project definitely offers one of the hotter roles in town for a woman.

Sandy is an interesting choice, a step up above Portman in my estimation, who I really didn’t think could handle the role. Bullock will have her hands full as well, but is no doubt eager to attempt the challenge.  I certainly could have seen Jolie pulling it off, but her star-wattage could have potentially gotten in the way.  Looking forward to see how this one continues to shape up. Hit me with your thoughts on Bullock’s casting.

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Emma Stone Cast as Gwen Stacy in New Spider-Man Movie

Emma Stone Cast as Gwen Stacy in New Spider-Man Movie

Easy A star Emma Stone is breaking out quickly.  She has been cast as the female lead in the upcoming Spider-Man movie reboot, which already is starring Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) as Peter Parker.  The fact that Stone has been cast is not entirely surprising considering recent speculation, but her role is a bit of a surprise. She will not be stepping into the role vacated be Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson but instead she will be playing Gwen Stacy.

What makes matters even more intriguing is that Stone, whom we’ve regularly seen sporting red hair in roles like Zombieland, is a natural blonde, which is what she will be wearing for the role of Stacy who is blonde as well.  HVB drops a few other gems in their write-up, mostly praising the chemistry between Stone and Garfield, but also noting that it is larfely rumored that Mary Jane will not be making an appearance in the first film of the franchise reboot and that Philip Seymour Hoffman is on the short list to play the Green Goblin.

I find the news refreshing overall.  I’m not a big fan of the original franchise and even more bothered by the idea of an almost immediate reboot. However, the recasting, the addition of the talented and charismatic Stone, the fact that her character is different from Watson are all positive signs. Add in Hoffman and you really have some potential to take things in a better direction than the original. Garfield is a tall Parker/Spider-Man though, so I hope they won’t be too awkward when he and Stone appear on-screen together. The movie is set to hit theaters on July 3rd, 2012, so don’t get too excited for the project yet.

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Eminem Teaming With Rachel Weisz & Fernando Meirelles For 360

Eminem Teaming With Rachel Weisz & Fernando Meirelles For 360

It’s been quite a while since the world’s most famous rapper Eminem, made his acting debut in the smash hit 8 Mile in 2002.  Remarkably, even though the film was successful and his performance was widely praised, he has not hit the big screen since.  That might all be about to change with a report from Production Weekly’s twitter feed stating that:

Eminem & Frances McDormand are in talks to join Rachel Weisz & Anthony Hopkins in the Fernando Meirelles sex-themed drama ‘360’

This is merely a tweet, which has subsequently been removed but it is certainly an intriguing one at that.  Eminem, McDormand, Weisz, Hopkins make for a potentially wild cast.  Throw in the “sex-theme’, Meirelles strong, avant-garde filmmaking (with his City of God among the finer films of the last decade), and who knows what might come out of it.

At this point nothing is concrete, so it has to be chalked up to rumor and speculation. Still, intriguing news for film and Eminem fans.  Let me know what you think of the rumor.

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Sherlock Holmes 2 Movie Gets Its Moriarty Villian

Sherlock Holmes 2 Movie Gets Its Moriarty Villian

Since the debut of Sherlock Holmes last year, the re-imagined classic character cum-action film by Guy Ritchie (RockNRolla), there has been rampant speculation about who will play the character of Moriarity in the sequel.  The most common rumor was that Brad Pitt had been tapped for the role, and that he even had a cameo in the original, but nobody ever knew it because he was constantly in the shadows and you could never tell with certainty.  Alas, that was indeed hearsay as the role has gone to none other than, wait for it, wait for it…Jared Harris.  Yes, that household name.

Well, if you don’t know, Harris has had roles in a number of films, including The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (a Pitt-led film coincidentally) but is most known for his role in AMC’s Mad Men (on the idiot box).  The details via Deadline:

The website Latino Review got the drop on the festering question of who would play arch-nemesis Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes 2. It will be Jared Harris, the son of Richard Harris and a Mad Men cast member. Rumors were the studio was looking to star cast for the role, with Daniel Day-Lewis and Colin Firth mentioned. Jude Law reprises, while Noomi Rapace and Stephen Fry are in the cast, the latter playing Holmes’ older brother…

This has to be a bit of a letdown for many, who were hoping that Pitt or even Day-Lewis would add some star wattage to the sequel, but alas, I guess Robert Downey Jr. will be fending off the villainous ways of Harris instead.  Let me know what you think of the casting choice, since I really don’t know much about the man or his skills.

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Kate Beckinsale Brings Sexy Back to Underworld 4 Movie

Kate Beckinsale Brings Sexy Back to Underworld 4 Movie

Underworld, the werewolves and vampires actoin-horror franchise is set to return for its forth movie installment.  With that triumphant move, Kate Beckinsale, who was absent from the last film in the series, replaced by Rhona Mitra, is set to make a return to the series as well in Underworld 4.  There is yet to be a director attached to the film and there is a casting search for someone to play the daughter of Seline (Beckinsale’s character).  Shooting is set to start in March 2011.

The series essentially launched Kate’s career, at least into a greater stratosphere, but interestingly, she still has yet to truly breakout.  You still see her in more complimentary roles or in smaller films, and her attempt at anchoring the graphic novel Whiteout fizzled badly as if caught in a snowstorm.  I guess audiences find her “just interesting enough” as it were.

I think the recent box office success of Milla Jovovich’s Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D has probably got the wheels turning faster on this project.  It makes sense that Kate would return, the franchise has grossed more than $300 million worldwide and production budgets have generally been held at no more than $35 million.  I’ll let you know if any more interesting developments take place regarding the film.  Source: HVB

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Dwayne Johnson Set for Journey to the Center of the Earth Sequel

Dwayne Johnson Set for Journey to the Center of the Earth Sequel

The Rock is in the building!  Dwayne Johnson is set to take over where Brendan Fraser left off by starring in the Journey to the Center of the Earth movie sequel.  The surprise 2008 hit has earned a sequel titled Journey 2: The Mysterious Island which will be shot in 3-D.

Fraser will not be returning due to scheduling conflicts (a little strange to me, since he doesn’t seem to be that busy these days), so DJ steps in.  Brad Peyton is on board to direct and Josh Hutcherson will still star as explorer on the cusp, Sean Anderson.  Heat Vision has more:

Johnson will play the boyfriend of Hutcherson’s mom, who Hutcherson is forced to bring on a trip to a mythical and monstrous island to find his missing grandfather. The script is loosely based on Jules Verne’s “The Mysterious Island.”

Three other characters will be introduced in the movie and cast during the next few weeks. Production is eyeing a late October start in North Carolina and Hawaii.

I’m thinking the quote from HV has the name of Hutcherson wrong, and it should be Anderson but not sure.  I never saw the ’08 film (or the 1959 original for that matter), which grossed almost $250 million worldwide.  I’m a little surprised that they would go forward without Fraser, but The Rock has similar experience in his repertoire these days and I like Johnson enough that he would appear a reasonable alternative.  If you saw the original, let me know what you think of the new casting.

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Bryan Cranston to Star in The Grief Tourist Movie

Bryan Cranston to Star in The Grief Tourist Movie

Fresh off his third straight Emmy victory last night for Best Actor in a Dramatic TV Series for “Breaking Bad,” Bryan Cranston is set to tackle a role on the larger screen.  He and “Southland” star Michael Cudlitz are joining the cast of The Grief Tourist for Vision Entertainment Group.  About the new movie, from Variety:

Story centers on a troubled soul who retraces the footsteps of serial killers who fascinate him as his hobby. His dark obsession with past killers soon becomes his reality and leads viewers on a menacing and horrific journey inside his twisted mind.

I’ll be honest, I don’t watch much TV outside of sports, so I have never seen Cranston’s work in Breaking Bad, but it is obviously regularly lauded, and those close to me, hold it in incredibly high esteem.  I’d probably watch if I was planning on watching something on the tele, so that’s high enough praise for me.  While the story for The Grief Tourist doesn’t specify, it is assumed (wrong or right) that Cranston is the “troubled soul” in the clip above.  (It might be Cudlitz, so if you clarify, let me know).

Anyway, it actually sounds potentially intriguing and Cranston’s popularity power position seems ripe for the ubiquitous jump to the big screen that TV stars have traditionally taken.  This role seems to suit him (from what I’ve heard).  Let me know what you think.

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Casting News: Jessica Alba, Katie Holmes, Little Fockers, Jim Caviezel

Casting News: Jessica Alba, Katie Holmes, Little Fockers, Jim Caviezel

Here are some recent casting news updates from inside the Hollywood circle.

First off, EW is telling all that Dustin Hoffman is going to be reprising his role in the third Focker film, Little Fockers.  Originally, he was supposedly written out of the movie, but he is now confirmed to be back in.

Hoffman will be in four scenes, some indeed with Streisand, a studio source confirms. These were shot during one week of additional photography, after Hoffman had seen the movie and wanted to be a part of it. The source also confirms that the reason for Hoffman’s initial unavailability was not salary-related.

While I thought the first film Meet The Parents was pretty strong for a comedy, its sequel was unwatchable, so this news comes with little entusiasm here.

Up next, Jessica Alba (who is working with Robert Rodriguez in his upcoming Machete, will also star in the latest in his Spy Kids series, Spy Kids 4.  Considering Spy Kids probably doesn’t require great acting (I haven’t seen any of them but I feel strongly in this guess), Alba is perfectly cast as a retired spy.  I could totally see her in that. HeatVision says of Spy Kids 4: All The Time In The World:

The Dimension movie is a reboot of sorts for the moneymaking franchise, which initially starred Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara as the kids of superspy parents (Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino). Rodriguez wrote and directed each installment.

Vega and Sabara are no longer kids — Vega is nearly 23 and recently engaged — but Rodriguez wanted to continue the series.

The new movie centers on Alba as a retired spy who has been reactivated. The actress, mother of a toddler in real life, will be playing the mother of a baby and two preteen stepchildren.

Makes complete sense that it is Spy “kids” with young 20 something actors in the roles.  Moving on…

The Passion of the Christ star Jim Caviezel (I thought he was gonna take off after that movie(?), I guess not) is set to star in Transit. Via THR

In the story line, thieves on the run from a bank robbery come across a suburban family on its way to a camping trip. When the criminals stash their stolen money in the family’s SUV at a rest stop, the road trippers, with Caviezel as the protective father, unwittingly draw the murderous band of outlaws on their trail.

Seems reasonably intriguing.

Comingsoon says Katie Holmes is joining the cast of Adam Sandler’s Jack and Jill.  Al Pacino and Sandler also star.

In the Dennis Dugan-directed script, a family man by the name of Jack deals with his twin sister, Jill, when she visits for Thanksgiving then won’t leave. Sandler will play both characters.

Holmes would play Sandler’s wife; Pacino is set to play himself.

BTW, Jack and Jill went up the hill with $1.25 a piece, Jill came down with $2.50.  Holmes is starting to re-take on roles after her married life has settled in it appears.  I like that Pacino is playing “himself”.  What does that mean these days? Does he even know how he really is in real life anymore?  A valid question.  If you have thoughts, share them.

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