Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Movie News Rush 18

"Rise of the Apes"

The news - 20th Century Fox has announced Andy Serkis will play the role of Caesar, the chimp who leads the simian revolt in the studio's "Planet of the Apes" prequel. Serkis has portrayed a few other digital characters, including Gollum from "The Lord of the RIngs" trilogy and Kong in "King Kong" (so he's done an ape before...kind of). Serkis joins James Franco, John Lithgow and Freida Pinto in the upcoming film set to be directed by Rupert Wyatt.

Rope of Silicon
Latino Review
First Showing
Live for Films
The Geek Files

"Paranormal Activity 2"

The news - The teaser trailer for the film is out and WARNING - it spoils the first film big time. But then again, the audience for this film are those who enjoyed the first. Don't know what to say about this. It will be like the original movie except involves multiple security cameras, a dog and a baby.

"The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"

The news - Bleh. This franchise continues to break records better films deserve.

The third film in the phenomenally popular series earned a stunning $30 million from its midnight showings and beat the industry’s previous midnight record-holder, “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” which opened to $26.3 million in November.

Screen Rant
Latino Review
NY Times
The Geek Files

"Scream 4"

The news - Some fresh meat join the cast. Heat Vision reports Adam Brody, Marley Shelton, Mary McDonnell, Alison Brie and Erik Knudsen have joined the cast of "Scream 4."

Brody plays a recent college graduate who's a cop; Shelton plays a deputy who knew Neve Campbell's character in high school, which Lake Bell had been cast in until she dropped out; and Knudsen plays a horror movie convention nerd who's the comic relief.

Brie will play Rebecca, Sidney Prescott’s ambitious personal assistant who secretly envies her boss’ reluctant fame and fortune. It’s not yet known who McDonnell will play, but she may play the character originally assigned to Lauren Grahaman (the role of Emma Robert's mother) as she has dropped out of "Scream 4."

But her leaving may be a sign of things going wrong. Apparently Ehren Kruger has been doing on-set rewrites of Kevin Williamson’s script. Kruger's writing credits include "Scream 3" and the "Transformers" franchise. My hopes for this film aren't going up from this (but they weren't that high to begin with).

So far the rest of the cast includes Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin and Nico Tortorella with some familiar faces from the first three "Scream" films returning, including Courtney Cox, David Arquette and Neve Campbell.

First Showing (Casting)
First Showing (Casting and Writing)
Screen Rant (Casting)
Screen Rant (Casting)
Screen Rant (Writing)
Latino Review (Casting)
Latino Review (Casting)
Latino Review (Writing)

"Let Me In"

The news - The trailer for the American remake of "Let the Right One In" has just hit the 'Net. While I have not seen the original film, I have heard AMAZING thins about it and its been on my list of must-see for some time. Will have to watch it before this flick comes out, which is written/directed by Matt Reeves and stars Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloƫ Moretz and Richard Jenkins.


The news - Another one of those neat character featurettes, this time on the Yakuza named Hanzo, played by Louis Ozawa Changchien.


Mikey said...

I forgot that Andy Serkis was King Kong. He's good--and he plays an awesome villain. I hope they don't go all CGI with this. It'll work better with makeup and suits and it'll stay true with the rest of the series.

Scream 4's not lookin' so good and I'm getting worried here. People droppin' out and the re-writes (by Ehren Kruger no less?! AAAGGGH!). At least Hayden HotPants is still in it. Mmm.

"Let the Right One In" was good. I might be in the minority, because I wouldn't classify it as "brilliant" like some people, but it was good and I liked it--you might need to check it out. It's shot and directed pretty well, it's just not necessarily my type of vampire movie. I'm curious to see how the remake fares. It seems strange that the 2 movies have been made so close together--usually there's a bigger gap in time between release dates. I could be wrong, though.

Head Hero said...

I think all the apes ARE going to be CGI in this film. Yeah...

Yeah, and she's playing a movie geek no less. And now Erik Knudsen is going to also play a movie geek? I guess they're going to be friends in the flick or something.

I have heard only good things about it and really want to see it. But they were very quick on the remake. The same thing is happening with the Swedish "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," with David Fincher attached to direct the American remake.