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For a film that primarily focuses on an astronaut (Matt Damon) who is stranded in a colony on Mars and struggles to survive, hoping he can last long enough for NASA to organize a rescue mission, there sure seems to be a lot of supporting cast members signing on to The Martian. Director Ridley Scott is at the helm of the film written by Cabin in the Woods scribe Drew Goddard, which starts shooting next month, and EW has learned three more names have just joined the film. Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Mackenzie Davis (That Awkward Moment) are on board.
Comedy director Adam McKay has already gotten his foot in the door at Marvel Studios by doing a rewrite at the last minute on their Phase Three film Ant-Man (though he couldn't direct like they wanted him too). The move was surprising since McKay is better known for films like Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Step Brothers (which will get a sequel at some point), but it sounds like Marvel enjoyed what he did on the page, and they're still interested in getting him behind the camera too. Speaking with Crave Online, McKay mentioned working on Ant-Man, and teased there might be something in the works.
Following yesterday's laughable reveal of Johnny Depp as The Wolf in Disney's adaptation of the Broadway musical Into the Woods, a new featurette has popped up that finally shows the melody side of the film that wasn't present in the first teaser trailer. The featurette lays out the story a little clearer as an ensemble of characters are all wishing for something, and Meryl Streep's elderly witch tells them to go into the woods to have their dreams come true. But of course, it's not that simple. Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, James Corden and more belt out a tune and we get to see Tracey Ullman in the film too. Watch!
Just over a week ago, we learned that Christian Bale was again in the running to play Steve Jobs in the new biopic about the Apple founder and technology innovator. Danny Boyle (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire) is directing the film with a script from Aaron Sorkin, and it's the acclaimed writer who confirms that Bale will indeed take the starring role in the film that is currently titled Jobs (though that might change since the Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher had the same title). In addition, Sorkin has more to say about the film, unsurprisingly noting that he's given Bale a lot to say as Jobs. More below!
The next installment of horror in the Insidious franchise will be upon us next summer with Insidious: Chapter 3. This time, writer Leigh Whannel is stepping behind the camera as director, and it looks like he's captured what James Wan delivered with the first two installments. This time, the story takes us to the past where a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) and her father (Dermot Mulroney) are haunted by dark spirits, all happening before the events in the first two films. There's some truly startling moments here, but also some of the stuff we're sick of in horror movies. Also, doesn't it seem odd that both Insidious and the spin-off Annabelle (both produced by Wan) moved the horror from a house to an apartment complex? Hmm. Watch!
Just as Kristen Stewart seems to finally be taking interesting roles and letting us forget about The Twilight Saga, it appears the exhaustion of the spotlight has her wanting to take a break from acting for awhile. Speaking with USA Today, Stewart was asked what she has coming up next, and the actress said, "I'm taking some time off because I've been working for two years." That might not seem like a lot of time, but when you're moving in and out of various characters with entirely different personalities, and when you're as famous and bother by photographers and tabloids, it would probably be nice to step away for a bit.
For fans of Star Wars, there are few comedies that bring as much joy as Mel Brooks' classic spoof Spaceballs. From Rick Moranis' great turn as the villain Dark Helmet to the late Joan Rivers as a scratchy voiced, lady C-3PO named Dot Matrix, there's just so much to love about this movie. And while Brooks is a master of comedy (he even planned a joke that will last forever with his Hollywood Walk of Fame handprint this year), YouTube user The Unusual Suspect has decided to give Spaceballs a dramatic makeover by giving the film a trailer in the style of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, and it's pretty cool.
After starring in dumb comedies like Dinner for Schmucks, Evan Almighty and most recently Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible No Good Very Long Title, it sounds like Steve Carell has the potential to star in a smart comedy about getting dumber. Deadline reports Paramount Pictures has hired Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) to do a page one rewrite of I.Q. 83, an adaptation of the 1978 sci-fi novel of the same name by Arthur Herzog, being developed for Steve Carell to lead. While the sci-fi was written as a serious story, the film adaptation will be a satire like Dr. Strangelove.
Though it seems like this might be arriving a little late since Fury hit theaters last weekend, maybe Columbia Pictures is hoping that an appearance by Brad Pitt on the Funny or Die web series "Between Two Ferns" with comedian Zach Galifianakis will help the movie win another box office weekend. After sitting down with the President Barack Obama last time, Galifianakis (who is looking very svelte) is back to interviewing "dumb actors." Pitt and Galifianakis talk about many things like showers, handsomeness and why the superstar actor likes killing Nazis on the big screen even though he looks like Hitler's dream. It's another hilarious chat and there's even another big name comedian guest who stops in briefly too. Watch!
"Now I am free... There are no strings on me." Well, after Hydra leaked this first teaser trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron a couple hours ago (it wasn't supposed to debut until next week after the new "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." episode on Oct 28th), Marvel just decided to bite the bullet and release it early, and we're really glad they did. This looks dark, awesome and action-packed. There's so much going on from James Spader's awesome taunting as "Ultron" to our heroes seemingly getting into a lot of troubling situations. Plus it has Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) & Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) in action.
While the internet is abuzz with the leaked trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron (we will not post until it's made officially available), we would like to call your attention to something else cool that's still Marvel-related. Being a kid can be tough in this day and age with all the social media, bullying, and all the coming-of-age stuff that is common for all generations. But it can be even harder for kids who find themselves at a disadvantage because they are missing a limb. One man hopes to give some of those kids a hand...literally. Pat Starace has created a working prosthetic hand that looks like it belongs to Iron Man.
One of my favorite documentaries, in fact one of the very best documentaries this year, is one called The Overnighters from director Jesse Moss. The film follows a wild, almost unbelievable story set in North Dakota about a local Pastor named Jay Reinke who risks everything to help his new neighbors. It won over crowds at the Sundance Film Festival this year, picked up a Special Jury Prize, before going on to play at the Tribeca, Sheffield, Montclair, Sydney and New Zealand Film Festivals, winning awards at Full Frame, Miami and San Francisco, too. Drafthouse Films bravely picked up the doc and it's now playing in select theaters. I was lucky enough to meet up with Jesse Moss for an interview in New York last week and it was wonderful.