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Director Darren Aronofsky isn't one for conventional romance as we've seen in The Fountain, and it sounds like he's bringing that penchant for complicated love to the big screen as a producer as well, but someone else will be behind the camera. Variety reports The Adjustment Bureau director George Nolfi has been attached to direct XOXO, a romance that starts online in the world of Facebook. But before you get all bent out of shape, it's important to note that the script comes from Black Swan writer Mark Heyman, and this isn't just another silly romantic comedy, or even your average romance with a happy ending. More below!
Yes, LEGO passed on bringing Edgar Wright's Shaun of the Dead into the official company family, but I have a feeling we'll be able to forgive them when LEGO: The Piece of Resistance comes out under the direction of 21 Jump Street helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The ambitious production has already cast Will Arnett as Lego Batman and has Channing Tatum in mind for LEGO Superman, along with Moneyball and "Parks and Rec" star Chris Pratt as the voice of our everyman hero. Now, Deadline reports that WB has signed Morgan Freeman and Elizabeth Banks to contribute their vocal talents to the film. More below!
That's right. Howard Hughes, Spider-Man and Bane are teaming up for one movie. No it's not the worst crossover film you've ever heard of, but rather a collaboration three actors coming together as producers to craft a film with a compelling story and a cause. THR has word that Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Tom Hardy are teaming up to produce an animal trafficking drama, in the same vein as Steven Soderbergh's Traffic, that takes a dramatic from look at everything from the ground war on poachers in the African savanna to how animal material ends up in the fancy fashion houses of Paris. More below!
Briefly: Paramount has chosen the date for the return of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan - Christmas 2013. Its been confirmed by Paramount and Skydance that the still-untitled Jack Ryan movie, being directed by Kenneth Branagh, is set for release December 25th, 2013 late next year. Starring as the new Jack Ryan is Chris Pine (aka Captain Kirk), joined by a cast including Branagh as a financial antagonist, plus Kevin Costner in a mentor role, and Keira Knightley as the main love interest. Shooting is supposed to start soon in London. This contemporized prequel story follows Ryan before he joined the CIA, and underwent numerous script revisions before finally getting the greenlight with Branagh. We'll follow this one to release.
Back in May we learned that Vince Vaughn would lead Starbuck, the story of a middle-aged man whose life is turned upside down when he learns he has fathered 533 children through sperm donation. When a few hundred of the children express an irrepressible need to meet their father, the donor, codenamed Starbuck, must decide whether he will step up and reveal his identity. Now Variety has word on a female lead for the film with "How I Met Your Mother" series regular and The Avengers supporting star Cobie Smulders entering negotiations for the film which is actually a remake of a French-Canadian comedy. More below!
Big Air Studios & Bold Films are finally ready to release The Hole, the new horror from Gremlins director Joe Dante, that has been on hold for three years. I'm a lil' grouchy because we first covered it way back in 2009. We even ran a trailer in May of 2010 for a release that year, but it never made it. Finally, after all this time, it's arriving late September. The Hole, originally filmed in 3D (back when it was "3-D"), stars Haley Bennett, Nathan Gamble and Chris Massoglia as children terrorized by some eerie, evil hole from hell they find in their basement. It's the kind of kids' horror Dante is known for, but doesn't look that amazing.
Arnold Schwarzengger and Sam Worthington have already been lined up to lead David Ayer's action thriller Ten, but the cast is still growing. The film, which is now going by the title Breacher, has Malin Akerman and Olivia Williams as two recent additions, not to mention Terrence Howard (Iron Man), Mireille Enos ("The Killing"), Joe Mangianello (Magic Mike) and more already on board. Now Variety has word that "Lost" veteran and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol supporting star Josh Holloway has landed a role as Neck, a tough member of Schwarzenegger's DEA team who also acts as the medic. More below!
This is all one big game of telephone, and I expect there to be some studio denials later. "No, everything is going great!" Production hasn't even fully started on MGM's RoboCop remake yet, but it is slated to start shooting in September in Toronto, with Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman starring as Alex Murphy. At the helm is Brazilian director José Padilha, who seemed to finally be moving forward, but lost Hugh Laurie as the villain last week. Of course, we know working on a studio project is tough, but Padilha's friend and fellow Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles said in an interview he spoke with him and got discouraging feedback.
Wait, what?! We already know that Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd are leading a romantic comedy parody called They Came Together from Role Models and Wet Hot American Summer director David Wain from a script he co-wrote with fellow comedian and The Baxter director Michael Showalter. The story follows Joel (Rudd) and Molly (Poehler) who meet and have nothing but contempt for each other as Joel's big corporation is the one that threatens to shut down Molly's quirky knick-knack store. But we're not sure where these first look photos of the romantic duo dressed up as Benjamin Franklin come into play. Look!
It goes without saying that The Dude in The Big Lebowski is one of Jeff Bridges best performances and easily his most memorable character (with Kevin Flynn from TRON and TRON Legacy coming in as a close second). The character is larger than life, but would you believe that The Dude has some real-life inspiration in a man? Sundance Award winning director Jeff Feuerzeig, director of The Devil and Daniel Johnston and the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary The Real Rocky (on Netflix Instant now), actually knew The Dude himself (real name Jeff Dowd) and caught up with him at Lebowski Fest in Tampa, Florida. Thankfully, he filmed the meeting and put footage together for a cool documentary short that you can watch in full below!
It's been 16 years since Michael Jordan teamed up with the Looney Tunes to take down a team of aliens who had stolen the talent from some of the NBA's most prominent players in the live-action animation hybrid Space Jam, but the official website is still up and running, and it seems there might be some desire from one influential fan to get a sequel off the ground. NBA All-Star basketball player LeBron James recently posted on Twitter (via The Film Stage) that he was a big fan of the original film and would love to do a sequel. So could the Miami Heat player be gearing up for what could be the best sequel of the decade?
We've already heard that Cameron Crowe is looking to get behind the camera again with a revamped version of his gestating Deep Tiki project with Emma Stone now lined up to play the lead, but that's not the only directing gig in his future. The Wrap has word that Crowe is looking to adapt Beautiful Boy, based on David Sheff's best-selling memoir of the same name. The book is a chronicle from the established journalist as he deals with his son's addiction to drugs. In addition, the film, which has been in the works for awhile, will also draw from a memoir Sheff's son Nic wrote himself, Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines.