Monday, September 24, 2012

Movie News (September 24th)

Opening This Week (September 28th)
Hotel Transylvania
Pitch Perfect
Won’t Back Down
The Hole

New Trailers
42 (The trailer is very good but I don't like the song choice). Watch Here
Argo-Watch Here
Special Forces-Click Here
Stand Up Guys-Go Here

Les Miserables

First the bad news. Another late-in-the-game release shift. Universal has announced they're moving the release of Tom Hooper's highly anticipated adaptation of the musical Les Misérables just a few weeks. Originally set to open on December 14th, the same day as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, they will now release the movie on Christmas Day, December 25th. Les Mis is supposed to be a strong late Oscar contender, but Anne Thompson says this "could have an impact on the awards race" if the movie is not ready to screen early. However, this just seems like strategy in placement, instead of going up againstThe Hobbit. The move comes just over a month afterWarner Bros. bumped "The Great Gatsby" from Christmas Day to 2013. "Les Miserables," Tom Hooper's musical follow-up to "The King's Speech," will now do box office battle with Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," as well as wide-release comedies "Parental Guidance" and "The Guilt Trip."

Now of the Good News! This extended behind the scenes look. Eek! Its amazing.

And just today, new artwork was revealed for the movie poster. It is lovely! With a cast of stars that includes Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, and Amanda Seyfried, "Les Misérables" has an embarrassment of riches to use on posters to promote Tom Hooper's musical adaptation. But rather than lead with one of those famous faces, the new poster uses adorable Isabelle Allen, who plays the young version of Seyfried's Cosette, mirroring the show's famous Broadway artwork.

Tom Hardy Facing Harsh Winter Again to Scale Doug Liman's 'Everest'

After facing a brutal winter in Gotham City as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, it looks like Tom Hardyis going to face even more bitter cold but at an even higher altitude. Deadline has word that Hardy is now in talks to lead Everest, an adaptation of Jeffrey Archer's book Paths of Glory set up at Sony Pictures with director Doug Liman at the helm. Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air) is adapting the book for the big screen with a story that follows climber George Mallory and his three attempts way back in the early 1920s to become the first man to scale Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain. Yeah, he's a big deal. Read More. 

Casey Affleck Ready to 'Race to the South Pole' for Damon & Affleck

After leading his brother's film Gone Baby Gone, actor Casey Affleck is collaborating with his brother yet again. THR reports Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are teaming up to produce Race to the South Pole, a new drama with the younger Affleck attached to star. The true story follows two explorers in the early 1900s and their pursuit to be the first person to reach the South Pole, which is the last uncharted territory on the planet at the time. Affleck will play Robert Falcon Scott, a British man who is up against a Norwegian Roald Amundsen (a role yet to be cast), in a race seen as heroic and internationally intriguing for the time period. Read More Here.

Matt Bomer & Lucy Griffiths Join the Cast of Goldsman's 'Winter's Tale'

If you're a fan of blockbuster movies, you're likely familiar with the name Akiva Goldsman. He's produced films like I Am Legend and Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but most people probably, unfortunately, know him as the writer of Batman & Robin, the terrible Joel Schumacher film widely considered one of the worst comic book movie adaptations ever. But soon, perhaps Goldsman will be better known as the director of Winter's Tale, an adaptation of Mark Helprin's fantasy novel that already has Will Smith and Russell Crowe set to appear in smaller roles. Deadline reports Matt Bomer and Lucy Griffiths have been cast in major roles. Click to read more

Director Len Wiseman to Helm Universal's Reboot of 'The Mummy

Say what you will, but I still unironically enjoy Stephen Sommers' first entry into The Mummy franchise. But after the series crashed creatively with Tomb of the Dragon Emperor back in 2008, it wasn't too surprising to hear that Universal decided to tap Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts and mega-producers Kurtzman and Orci to reboot it again and give us some new big screen adventures. Now Deadline reports that generic filmmaker Len Wiseman (os UnderworldLive Free or Die Hard and the new Total Recall) is set to direct this new version, which pretty much crushes our hope that this reboot will be any fun. Read More!

Jake Gyllenhaal Now in Talks to Join Hugh Jackman in 'Prisoners'

After putting criminals away in the cop drama End of Watch this past weekend, it looks like Jake Gyllenhaal is ready to flash a badge at least one more time on the big screen. Variety reports that thePrince of Persia star is in talks to join Hugh Jackman and the recently-cast Melissa Leo in Prisoners, a thriller that once had Antoine Fuqua attached but will now be helmed by Denis Villeneuve(Incendies). The story follows a small town carpenter (Jackman) who turns vigilante after the police can't find his kidnapped young daughter and her friend. Along the way, he runs into the big city cop assigned to the case. Continue reading here.

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