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It’s a scientifically proven fact that Nicolas Cage will act in anything. ANYTHING. For empirical proof look no further than Tim Burton’s Superman Lives, the aborted superhero movie that would have seen a mulleted Cage in the title role while doing his best impersonation of Jason and His Technicolour Gimpsuit. Luckily for us, somebody on the production stopped sniffing cocaine off hookers long enough to look up and go “What the f-ck is this sh-t?!” and the whole project was scrapped.
Well, John Schnepper, director on Adult Swim’s Venture Bros and Metalocalypse, thinks that abortion itself would make for a good documentary, and he would like your money to make it.
And the familiar faces keep showing up. Director Bryan Singer took to his twitter account this weekend to confirm that Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Anna Paquin (Rogue) and Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) will all be joining the cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past. He also did something I never thought I’d ever live to see anybody do: Thanking director Brett Ratner for something related to X-3: The Last Stand.
Ellen Page was an obvious addition, seeing as how pivotal her character was to the original story that the film will be drawing from, but with Rogue taking the mutant cure and losing her powers in X3, she’s a surprise addition. Then again, since that movie Anna Paquin’s has given us a pretty great look at her…. erm, acting abilities in True Blood, so I’m sure they’re banking on her bringing in some more fans.
Speaking of girls gyrating with very little clothes one… While Jessica Alba has been confirmed for quite some time for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, she just officially confirmed what we all actually want to hear: Yes, she’ll be doing some erotic dancing again.
“I had to learn a bunch of dance sequences for it. I do a lot more dancing in this one. It was kind of crazy. It was very, very difficult, and you’ll see why.”
Looking forward to it.
Here’s the new cover for Empire magazine which scored this new exclusive Man of Steel image. The issue will be on sale in March and will feature some new info for the superhero reboot straight from the stars and director Zack Snyder himself.
The Hangover 2 was not what you might call a critical success; it was essentially just a rehashed version of the first movie with less funny jokes. But the guys behind it probably couldn’t hear any of that criticism over the ear-deafening KA-CHING! they experienced when it made a killing at the box office.
But it seems that even if the creators could hear the criticism, they wouldn’t have really cared, since they’re making these movies first and foremost for the fans. And that’s exactly what you can expect from the next installment, as The Hangover 3 screenwriter Chris Mazin explains:
“It’s not so much that the criticism makes you make different choices. Rather, the criticism makes you start anticipating the reaction to your choices, and you’ve gotta get that out of your head.
“We always knew the third movie was not going to have these guys waking up from a night that they’ve forgotten because we understood that it needed to happen twice, so that the third movie could end it by addressing why it happened twice.
“But then, you think they’re going to go, ‘Well, I guess they listened to us,’ but no. And then, what inevitably ends up happening is that I look at Todd [Phillips] and he looks at me, and we go, ‘Wait a second, why are we even talking about this?’ Who cares! Either people will like it, or people won’t, meaning the audience. That’s it.”
Know who cares? People who didn’t make a $500 million profit on their last film. Those people would care the hell out of it.
JJ Abrams has cracked the secret of human cloning. This is the only plausible scenario for how busy the man is. You would be forgiven for thinking that now that Abrams has been pegged to helm the new Star Wars: Episode VII that he’d be ditching Star Trek at Warp Factor 9. It turns out that he’ll still be sticking around for the inevitable Star Trek 3, but will only be donning the producer’s hat this time around. He’ll also still be up for producing one round of “Tom Cruise Jumps On Stuff” in the Mission Impossible franchise.
And in case you can’t stop wondering what a JJ Abrams Star Wars flick might potentially look like (because you’re apparently one of the 34 people on Earth who haven’t seen 2009’s Star Trek), then this new fan made mash-up trailer might just do the trick. Some enterprising individual has taken scenes from the original Star Wars movie and re-edited them using the score and structure from the trailer for Star Trek, and this is the result.
There are some mysteries on Earth that we will probably never be able to explain: what happens at the Bermuda Triangle, how the pyramids were built, who made the Nasca Lines, or more importantly, exactly who the “mother” is in How I Met Your Mother? No, seriously, is that show ever going to come to end?! And if the never-ending status of that sitcom has you worried that it means that star Cobie Smulders won’t have time to reprise her role as Maria Hill in the Marvel movies, well then Smulders is here to tell you that she can multitask with the best of ’em.
“The commitments to [‘How I Met Your Mother’] don’t affect it, and I can’t really say but there are definite talks about [joining the cast of SHIELD]… I will do Maria Hill until they fire me and hire someone else to do it.”
If you’re an amnesiac who can’t remember your own name but you can fight like Jet Li and/or drive a car like Remy Julienne, there’s a pretty good chance that veteran English actor Brian Cox is responsible for your current predicament. Don’t believe me, then check Cracked’s list of 6 Actors Who Play The Exact Same Role in Multiple Movies.
Here’s a new poster for Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful. While the other posters thus far focused on the witches or the land of Oz, this one features just lead James Franco, who appears to have mastered the art of looking like a smarmy bastard.
And the first clip has debuted for Steve Jobs biopic and winner of the Dumbest Written Title of 2013 Award, jOBS, which sees Ashton Kutcher in the lead role as the young Apple leader, along with Josh Gad as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniack talking about Woz’s idea for the “operating system”
I have to say, I wasn’t all that impress with that clip. Ashton Kutcher just seems a bit too much like, well, Ashton Kutcher. You know who else wasn’t too impressed by it? The Woz himself, Steven Wosniacki, posted a series of message on Gizmodo, where the clip first debuted, stating his displeasure with what he’s seeing thus far, especially his on-screen counterpart’s claims about how nobody would ever want to buy a computer.
“We never had such interaction. I’m not even sure what it’s getting at … personalities are very wrong.”
Woz also wasn’t too fond of how the film appears to paint Jobs as an inspirational figure with him as just the silly-haired sidekick.
“His idea was to make a $20 PC board and sell it for $40 to help people at the club build the computer I’d given away. He always saw a way to make a quick buck off my designs. I never looked like a professional. We were both kids. Our relationship was so different than what was portrayed. I’m embarrassed but if the movie is fun and entertaining, all the better. Anyone who reads my book iWoz can get a clearer picture.”
Steve Jobs wanted to make money off other people’s designs? No. Say it ain’t so.