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So hey, remember the great Prometheus-Gate scandal of 2012? While I certainly don’t want to reopen that can of alien phallic shaped space cobras, it seems like Ridley Scott’s Prometheus is not done with us yet. A mysterious clip has popped up on the net along with a small handful of images. Now while the pics are pretty innocent enough, depicting what look like deleted scenes that will probably be on the soon to be released Blu Ray, the clip is a whole other matter.
While it may end with what appears to be footage, for their viral ad campaign featuring Idris Elba’s Capt. Janek, it begins with a collection of cryptic sounds and visuals, that I’m sure are being run through the great decoder machine that is the Internet as we speak.
Ex-Spidey Tobey Maguire has had all his scenes cut from Ang Lee’s upcoming epic, The Life of Pi, because he’s too famous. The young Hollywood actor was undoubtedly the biggest star in what is essentially a cast of unknown international actors, and Lee felt that Maguire just didn’t fit in. Since his scenes weren’t that critical anyway, they’re just being rewritten and reshot with fellow actor Rafe Spall. But there’s no hard feelings from ol’ Tobey though:
“I fully support Ang’s decision to go a different direction for this role in Life of Pi. Ang shared a lot of the film with me, and what I saw was absolutely beautiful.”
Isabel Lucas, best known as “Exhibit B of Why Transformers 2 Was A Really Dumb Movie”, has landed the lead femme fatale role of Lena in the upcoming thriller Careful What You Wish For. Here’s the obligatory blurb:
Self-conscious high school student Doug Martin gets more than he bargained for when he starts a torrid affair with Lena — the young, lonely wife of a wealthy businessman renting the lake house next door. But when a serious crime rocks their sleepy vacation town, Doug is let in on a devastating secret and suddenly finds himself a suspect in this sexy thriller reminiscent of Basic Instinct and Body Heat.
Along with the earlier news that Daniel Craig will be around for another two adventures as everybody’s favourite covert mysoginist, a new behind the scenes video has also been released on the Skyfall blog, taking a look at the production of the Turkish intro sequence for the film. The blog also revealed that Bond’s latest adventure will have an 145 minute running time which is a whole 40 minute longer than previous effort, Quantum of Solace.
Sean Bean has joined the cast of new post-apocalyptic actioner Scorched Earth. He;ll be playing Atticus Gage, a bounty hunter on the trail of the world most most wanted man, after a global environmental disaster devastates the Earth. Bean’s character will be the leading role, which means that there is only a 60% chance now that he won’t die within the first 30 minutes.
We’ve all been there, right? You’ve just had a long day at work, and all you want to do is get home and plonk your weary bones down on Nicolas Cage’s crazy face. Well, now you can.
Oh, Shia LeBeouf, you walking sound byte, you. The young actor has been very mouthy lately, giving us his opinion on just about everything. Specifically to state just how much he is not going to do blockbuster styled movies again. And this week’s topic is 3D movies. You know, like all those Transformer ones he starred in.
“For me 3D doesn’t extend the medium at all, it’s just another way of looking at an explosion. But who knows, maybe the future’s in 3D dramas, I don’t think it’s likely. You can only see something explode so many ways. The oldest magic trick is the human heart, that’s a magic trick no one can really explain to you and doesn’t get old”.
Here’s a first look at rapidly rising stars Jessica Chastain (Lawless, The Help) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones, Oblivion) in director Andres Muschietti’s Mama. The film began it’s life as a short horror film, which debuted to virtually unanimous praise at various film festivals, before big time director Guillermo Del Toro threw his weight behind it, and landed a deal for Muschietti to turn it into a full feature film with Chastain in the lead.
Christina Hendricks has been talking to Vulture where she elaborated a bit on How To Catch A Monster, her Drive co-star Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut in which she’ll be starring. Here’s the initial synopsis for those of you with short attention spans:
“Set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city,” says the official synopsis, “Billy, a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery, if their family is to survive.”
And here’s Ms Hendrick’s recent elaborations, along with what kind of feel Gosling is going for with this production:
“[My single mother character is] supporting two children and trying to provide a home for them and a place of comfort in a continuously harder place to be,” she says. “And I find myself working in this very surreal club that gets me into a sort of predicament, and in the meantime, these boys are off on their own adventures and they discover this underground city.”
“I don’t know what the exact budget is, but I think we’ve got a nice amount. I’m sure it will be incredibly clever, and Ryan already has storyboards and pictures of neighbourhoods and homes, and he’s already collecting music for it… when you read it, it gives you the feeling, maybe, of a memory. Something from your childhood that you can’t really pinpoint.”
Dreamworks have revealed all the dates for their upcoming animation projects, and to say that they’re going to be a little busy, is like saying that Kilimajaro is a little hill. The animation studio has a scheduled three films per year going forward from now, including among others Turbo, The Croods and How To Train Your Dragon 2 & 3, except in 2015, where they’re going to do four films. Just because.
The Bourne Identity, Mr and Mrs Smith and Fair Game director Doug Liman will once again be getting his spy on pretty soon, as he will directing an adaptation of Olen Steinhauer’s espionage novel, The Tourist, for Sony Pictures. The book is the first in a trilogy and revolves around “Milo Weaver, a burned-out spy for a clandestine U.S. intelligence agency that battles global organized crime, terrorists and the like. Just when he has finally found some happiness, an investigation into the death of a hired killer he’d been hunting threatens to ruin everything.”
George Clooney was attached to star in a proposed adaptation once upon a time, but there’s no word on whether or not he’s still interested at this point.
MMA star turned slightly better actress than Kristen Stewart, Gina Carano, is currently busy getting all Fast and Furious with Vin Diesel and the boys, but her next project is already coming together with the addition of a couple of badasses. In the Blood will see Carano as a woman whose husband goes missing on their Caribbean holiday, forcing her to track down the bad folks she thinks is responsible for his disappearance. And she’ll be doing this using the skills taught to her by her dad, who will now be played by Stephen Lang, the baddest man in a mech with a big knife. She’ll also going up against none other than Machete himself, Danny Trejo, who will be playing a violent thug called Big Biz.
I’ve always heard that the cinema going experience in India was a little bit… different to what we’re used to, but I never pictured anything like this. Just a warning: You’re probably going to want to turn your volume down before hitting play.
Did you know that Star Trek turned 46-years old over the weekend? That’s right, Gene Rodenberry’s creation is about to purchase a convertible sports car and start dating another series half its age. In celebration of the Trekkie anniversary Google had a pretty cool interactive doodle on their homepage for the day. If you missed it, you can go check it out over here.
It’s one of the most iconic scenes in movie history and featured on my list of Greatest Movie Fight Scenes not too long ago. And yet, it’s only a few seconds long. Everybody knows the scene in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, where Indy is trying to track down some thugs in a packed market. Suddenly the crowd parts, to reveal a sword wielding bringer of death standing opposite our hero. The swordsman goes into a complex procession of sword movements, all swishes and twirls and aggressive posturing, signalling the start of what’s surely going to be a helluva fight… And then Indy just shrugs, pulls out his pistol and casually shoots him before walking away.
It’s one of the coolest moments in the film, but only came about because of Harrison Ford’s irritable bowels. We’d always heard about how it was actually supposed to be this big knockdown slobberknocker, but because Ford was doing back and forth runs to the loo in between takes as result of some local cuisine that didn’t agree with him, he asked director Steven Spielberg if he can just try something shorter and the iconic scene was born.
We’ve never seen the original scene before, but now thanks to an exclusive scoop from EW as part of the promotion for the upcoming Complete Indiana Jones Collector’s Edition Blu Ray boxset, we finally get to see some of it now:
Last Updated: September 10, 2012