Kevin Costner Will Become an Assassin and Also Mentor Jack Ryan

Kevin Costner

We recently learned that Thor director Kenneth Branagh has secured not only the director's chair for the upcoming Jack Ryan reboot/prequel, but also the role of the film's main villain. But who will mentor the young agent (played by Chris Pine) during his early days at the CIA? If you've read the headline, you likely know the answer: Deadline reports that hot off his performance in "Hatfields & McCoys," Kevin Costner will take the co-lead with Pine in the still-untitled tentpole for Paramount. But that's not all. Costner is also eyeing a lead as a dying assassin in Luc Besson's forthcoming action thriller Three Days to Kill. Read on!

 Posted August 7 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Mickey Rourke Confirmed for 'Sin City 2' and Also Joins 'Motor City'

Mickey Rourke

Yes, it sounds like Mickey Rourke is all about the city. As was discussed back in April, shortly after the official announcement of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, it sounds like the beefy star who played Marv in the original 2005 adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel is not in actual talks to reprise his role in the film. Despite the fact that Rourke may have gotten the chair in the original, the sequel is likely to have chapters in the seedy timeline of Sin City that precede the first film. We're still waiting to hear what new cast members will join the sequel, so stay tuned. But there's another project coming for Mickey Rourke too.

 Posted August 6 in Casting, Movie News | Comments

Robert Zemeckis May Take Over Directing the 'Barefoot Bandit' Film

Barefoot Bandit

Finally, the long-awaited (live-action) return of Robert Zemeckis is nigh. He's going from one Flight to another Flight, taking over the reigns of Taking Flight, the Barefoot Bandit movie in the works at Fox. THR broke the news, stating that while David Gordon Green was attached, he has since moved on to take on the Suspiria remake head-on, leaving the spot open for Robert Zemeckis to step in and take over. He will now "develop the project as a potential directing vehicle" (he's not confirmed yet), with the script currently being revised by Oscar winner and Milk, Virginia, J. Edgar writer Dustin Lance Black. More details below!

 Posted August 6 in Development, Movie News | Comments

Elizabeth Olsen & Josh Radnor in First 'Liberal Arts' Comedy Trailer

Liberal Arts

In just just over one month, the Sundance favorite Liberal Arts will hit theaters, but we've yet to see a single trailer. That changes today as the sophomore directing effort of Josh Radnor (star of "How I Met Your Mother" whose feature debut was HappyThankYouMorePlease) has debuted a new trailer showcasing his leading man hat alongside the ever increasingly talented Elizabeth Olsen. While I wholly enjoyed the film at Sundance (read my review here), I found it to be a little trite with its fortune cookie wisdom at times. But the lighthearted indie still delivers, and marks a great film-stealing performance by Zac Efron. Enjoy!

 Posted August 6 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Jennifer Lawrence Heads to 'The Ends of the Earth' for Period Drama

Jennifer Lawrence

Ever since her breakout performance in 2010's Winter's Bone, Jennifer Lawrence has been living the best kind of Hollywood dream. She earned an Oscar nomination for her work, and has been in the enviable position of balancing big budget tentpoles (The Hunger Games and X-Men franchises) with medium-sized dramas (the upcoming Silver Linings Playbook) and smaller independent films (Drake Doremus' Like Crazy). Now Lawrence is in talks to star in The Ends of the Earth, which is hailed as an epic love story based on true events, for The Weinstein Company. Will this be her next chance to snag the coveted award?

 Posted August 6 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Another Stunning Poster for P.T. Anderson's 'The Master' Unveiled

PTA's The Master

Wow. I'm almost at a loss of words. This right here might be the poster of the year. The Weinstein Company has debuted an absolutely stunning new theatrical poster for Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, which has received an exorbitant amount of buzz recently thanks to a surprise screening last weekend. We already know the cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Joaquin Phoenix lead the way, and the three of them are featured on this fabulously blue poster via Yahoo. This is the kind of brilliant, bold poster design work that I wish Hollywood would strive for more often. Simple, yet striking, get a closer look below.

 Posted August 6 in Feat, Hype, Posters | Comments

Marvel to Let Fox Take Time on 'Daredevil' in Exchange for Galactus?

Daredevil

What now? Well, for those who haven't been paying attention, Fox has a limited amount of time to get another Daredevil adaptation off the ground before the rights to the comic book character revert back to Marvel and end up in the hands of their own film studio. This has become more of an issue with David Slade no longer attached to direct, but Fox has their sights on The A-Team and Smokin' Aces director Joe Carnahan to do a "Frank Miller-esque, hardcore 70's thriller" take on the blind comic book hero. But the problem is that they need more time to get it off the ground before the October 10th deadline rolls around.

 Posted August 6 in Development, Movie News | Comments

Sacha Baron Cohen to Write and Maybe Lead a Spy Spoof Comedy

Sacha Baron Cohen

After rocking the mockumentary subgenre, and then moving to the Coming to America style R-rated comedy The Dictator, it looks like Sacha Baron Cohen has set his sights on James Bond for some laughs. Variety reports Cohen, and Phil Johnston (writer of Cedar Rapids and Wreck-It Ralph), have just sold a pitch for an untitled spy spoof comedy. However, the film will not actually be a straight-up parody of 007, and will merely feature a spy similar to the iconic secret agent as he is forced to go on the run with his long-lost brother, a moronic soccer hooligan. However, right now it's not clear if Cohen will actually star.

 Posted August 6 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

New Banners & Featurettes Debut Before 'The Bourne Legacy' Arrives

The Bourne Legacy

Summer is winding down, but that doesn't mean we're done with high profile releases. The Bourne Legacy, the spin-off/interquel of The Bourne Trilogy (which is on sale on Blu-Ray for only $27.99 right now), hits theaters this weekend, and I just can't wait to see it. We've seen Jeremy Renner kicking some ass in the awesome trailers, and now a couple new featurettes give us an even better look at his handy work as a spy. One chronicles a 14-minute motorbike chase through Manila while the other focuses on new franchise co-star Rachel Weisz. Plus there's cool new banners that make great Facebook cover photos.

 Posted August 6 in Featurette, Hype, Posters, To Watch | Comments

'Adjustment Bureau' Director Takes 'One Minute to Midnight' Next

George Nolfi / One Minute to Midnight

Back in 2000, a film called Thirteen Days chronicled the 1960's Cuban Missile Crisis from the Kennedy administration's perspective, and despite the presence of both Kevin Costner and Bruce Greenwood, it remains one of the few movies I've seen in which I've actually fallen asleep. Now THR reports that The Adjustment Bureau director George Nolfi is set to rewrite and direct another take on the Cuban Missile Crisis called One Minute to Midnight, based on Michael Dobbs' book. However, this film follows three intersecting stories, all with ties to this tense time for the United States and several other nations. Read on!

 Posted August 6 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby' 3D Delayed Until Summer 2013

The Great Gatsby

Briefly: Warner Bros has just announced that they're pushing the release of Baz Luhrmann's 3D adaptation of The Great Gatsby back from its original December 2012, Christmas Day release, to Summer 2013, with no new date specified yet. We've already seen one full trailer for this colorful, whimsical adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic romance, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Jason Clarke and Isla Fisher. Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge was released in the summer of 2001, and DiCaprio has Tarantino's Django Unchained on Christmas Day already, so maybe this was a better spot for Gatsby anyway. No reason given besides to "ensure this unique film reaches the largest audience possible."

 Posted August 6 in Hype, Movie News, Release Dates | Comments

Latest Odd Mutant Viral Video for Neill Blomkamp's 'AGM Heartland'

AGM Heartland

While we've all got our sights set on Neill Blomkamp's new movie Elysium, he's got another mystery project in the works, too. A few years ago, in late 2010, a random/mysterious viral video popped up in the digital version of Wired magazine showing some freaky, disgusting, mutated creature of sorts with the tag AGM Heartland. It was soon discovered it was a small, new, sci-fi mutation project from Neill Blomkamp, but not much more was known and we haven't heard anything else until now. MovieViral has found another new video from AGM Heartland, finally starting up this odd viral again, and now we know more about what it is.

 Posted August 6 in SciFi, To Watch, Viral | Comments

Watch: Gory Red Band 'Cockneys vs Zombies' Trailer Gushes Blood

Cockneys vs Zombies Trailer

"Abercrombie & Zombie!" Nothing like a bit of bloody, gory, violent zombie fun to start the week. This new red band trailer for British zombie-comedy Cockneys vs Zombies first debuted last week (via EW), but we thought it was good enough to still feature. Matthias Hoene directs this London-set zombie flick, which reminds me a lot of Shaun of the Dead, but with its own perks. It's basically about a group of amateur bank robbers and foul-mouthed geriatrics who have to fight their way through a bunch of London undead. And I think that's Alan Ford, aka Brick Top from Snatch, being quite the badass. Looks like a bloody lot of fun!

 Posted August 6 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Teaser Trailer for Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty' Navy SEAL Movie

Zero Dark Thirty Trailer

"Where was the last time you saw bin Laden?!" The very first moody, eerie, tense teaser trailer has debuted for Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty, her new military film about the US Navy SEAL Team 6 hunt for Osama bin Laden and the mission that eventually caught and killed him. This is Bigelow's follow-up to The Hurt Locker and the project has been shrouded in complete secrecy while shooting this year. There's not a lot of good looks at the cast in this teaser, but it does certainly set the tone. Mark Strong, Kyle Chandler, Jessica Chastain and brothers Nash & Joel Edgerton all star, seen in EW's first look. "I want targets!"

 Posted August 6 in Hype, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

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