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It would appear that even a world renowned anchorman and accomplished lover occasionally needs to do a little moonlighting, which is why we have this hilarious new ad for the Dodge Durango starring Ron Burgundy, who will probably use to take a trip to Pleasure Town.
Looks like ol’ Bilbo needs to start stealing a whole lot more than just Smaug’s golden cup! It’s been revealed that Peter Jackson’ The Hobbit trilogy has already cost $561 million to make, and that’s excluding advertising costs, some outstanding post-production work and the month long pick-ups that were shot after filming had wrapped. In comparison, the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy only cost $281 million to produce.
It’s thought that Jackson’s insistence on filming in 48fps and the use of 3D, is what pushed up the budget. Despite very mixed reviews for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, it still made just north of a billion dollars, so there’s definitely no threat of the films ending up in the red, but it’s still quite a surprising amount.
Congratulations, whomever at ABC is responsible for the following promo animation for fairy tale drama Once Upon a Time‘s new spinoff, Once Upon A Time In Wonderland, as you’ve just given a whole other meaning to the phrase “Down the rabbit hole”.
Geronimo! It would seem that despite the impending events of the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, Matt Smith is not yet done playing kindacrazy characters. Only this time, instead of a sonic screwdriver and a bowtie, he’ll be running around with an axe and an urge to murder people over their business cards. Smith has been cast to play the lead character of Patrick Bateman in a musical stage production of American Psycho. Yes, musical stage production. The role was of course originally immortalized by Christian Bale in the 2000 adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ novel.
What’s even more interesting about the casting, is that apparently up until 2 days ago, right before rehearsals for the show was to start, the rest of the cast and crew were being kept in darkness as to the fact that Smith had joined the production.
So apparently, while filming the creepy new sexual thriller Under the Skin, star Scarlett Johansson tripped and fell down. Normally, this wouldn’t be a thing, but this is the internet we live on, so take it away hilarious new meme of stumbling Scarlett!
Must be nice to have awesome creative type friends (I’m stuck with Darryn, so yeah). Just ask Spike Jonze. When the acclaimed director hit a bit of a creative wall on his latest film, Her, the first film he both directed and wrote, he just reached into his ol’ filofax (people still use that, right?) and called up Oceans 11 – 13 director Steven Soderbergh who promptly went to work, as Jonze explains.
“He’s the smartest, fastest editor-filmmaker I know. He got the movie on a Thursday, and in 24 hours, he took it from two and a half hours to 90 minutes. We basically said, ‘Be radical, shock us,’ and it was awesome. He said, ‘I’m not saying this should be the cut of the movie, but these are things to think about.’ It was amazingly generous of him, and it gave us the confidence to lose some big things that I wasn’t ready to lose [before]. Even though we didn’t use that exact cut, we were able to make connections between scenes out of connections he made. And making many of the cuts he suggested was a really good kind of pain.”
There are many aspects of Gravity that I can and will rave about – loudly – but if there’s one that deserves special attention, it’s the film’s simply masterful sound design. If it were up to me, I would actually ban the sale of any snacks for the film, as all the crunching and slurping will distract you from it’s genius. And, thanks to this new 9-minute long featurette for the film from the Sound Works Collection, we can see just how they made that magic happen.
Speaking of Gravity, if you’re getting tired of us telling you how gobsmackingly amazing it is, then… tough titties, because we’re probably going to do that a whole lot more. However, to ease your pain, you’ll be able to see the film one day earlier, as Ster Kinekor will be featuring the film as part of their special Movie Buffs screening next week Thursday, 17 October. Go grab your tickets now! I may even see you at the Cape Town screening.
Brenton Thwaites, who you will all recognize from… well, nothing, unless you’re into long-running Australian soapies, has been landing a number of high profile gigs lately, and now he may just have gotten his biggest break in Alex “Dark City” Proyas’ Gods of Egypt. Thwaites will be joining the already cast Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Geoffrey Rush for the big budget fantasy adventure, which tells of the events after “Set (Butler), a god of the desert, storms, and foreigners in ancient Egyptian religion… killed and mutilated his own brother Osiris. Horus (Coster-Waldau), the son of Osiris, seeks revenge. Thwaites will play [leading character] Bek, a human thief who cares little for the affairs of gods but when he discovers [his lover] Zaya has been cursed by Set, he falls on the side of Horus, hoping that Set’s death will break the curse.”
When I think of action heroines, one of the very last names I would think of, right after Angela Lansbury and Claire from Pumpkin Patch, would be Katherine Heigl. And apparently the folks over at Millenium Films think the same way. She was originally supposed to star opposite Clive Owen in director James “V for Vendetta” McTeigue’s new action thriller titled, Survivor, but the entire cast has just been given a major shakeup, tossing the two actors.
Now Milla Jovovich, Pierce Brosnan, Angela Bassett and Emma Thompson have been tapped to star in the thriller which follows “an American woman (Jovovich) working in London for the U.S. State Department. When her offices are bombed, she, the lone survivor, finds herself caught up in a conspiratorial plot, leading to her becoming a fugitive from the law. She only has until New Year’s Eve to clear her name and stop another targeted attack.”
Wolverine is the best there is at what he does, but what he used to do is teach boys PE at Upington College in London. What he does now is make it awkward for young reporters who used to be in that PE class and who now have to interview him for his latest movie.
Last Updated: October 8, 2013