Tuesday, June 26, 2012

First Poster of Padddington Bear Movie

The first promo poster for the feature film adaptation of the children’s book character Paddington Bear has gone online. Paddington will feature a mix of CGI and live-action, with the titular teddy bear being created using CGI animation. 

Author Michael Bond’s best selling books center on “a brown bear from Peru who is found at Paddington station by the Brown family,” and Paddington is being brought to the screen by Harry Potter producer David Heyman

The poster boasts a 2014 release date, so it’ll presumably be awhile before we see any footage from the picture. Paul King (The Mighty Boosh) is directing, and this poster teases Paddington’s adorable signature outfit consisting of a raincoat and hat.

Voice and live-action casting has yet to be announced.

Popeye coming to the Big Screen

Although Genndy Tartakovsky’s first feature film as a director is the upcoming Adam Sandler-starrer, Hotel Transylvania, he’ll quickly turn around and direct Popeye as his second. Tartakovsky is best known for his phenomenal TV series work with a roster including The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack and Star Wars: Clone Wars. Writers Jay Scherick and David Ronn (The Smurfs) were attached to pen the Popeye adaptation as recently as last November. 
Variety reports that Tartakovsky is attached to develop and direct a 3D version of Popeye

The famous sailor started back in 1929 when he first appeared in the comicstrip, “Thimble Theater.” Known for his bizarre manner of speech and his borderline addiction to spinach, Popeye is one of the longest-running comics in history. There have been numerous cartoon iterations and one abysmal live-action feature: 1980′s Popeye, starring Robin Williams

Some of the other famous characters from the world of Popeye include the waif, Olive Oyl; Popeye’s adopted son, Swee’Pea, the hamburger-eating Wimpy and the antagonistic Bluto. Sony’s production on a CG/3D version of Popeye goes back at least two years now. The 3D animated feature about the famous cartoon sailor is being produced through Sony Pictures Animation along with Avi and Ari Arad under their Arad Productions banner.  

Monday, June 25, 2012

Rosie Hunting-Whiteley joins Mad Max 4: Fury Road

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Transformers: Dark of the Moon) has just been cast in George Miller's upcoming Mad Max 4: Fury Road.

JustJared.com reports that the 25-year-old actress will be joining Zoe Kravitz and Riley Keough as one of the "five wives" in the action film. Explained Kravitz, "There’s a group of five women being taken from one place to another place, and I’m one of those women. So they call us the five wives. There are five women who are five wives. No, I’m not playing all five wives."
Mad Max 4 stars Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron.

Justin Timberlake eyed for Baywatch the Movie

Paramount Pictures is reportedly on the prowl for Justin Timberlake to run along the beach in slow-motion for their upcoming Baywatch film.

According to Twitch, Timberlake would play a disgraced ex-Olympic swimmer who joins up with the Baywatch crew -- and yes, the writers have already assured the fans that roles have been written for David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson, should they accept them.

The big screen adaptation has been in the works for a while now, with Ivan Reitman, Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson on board to produce.

Charlie Sheen joins Machete Kills

It looks like Charlie Sheen will be following in his father's footsteps as the President of the United States. But instead of NBC's The West Wing, Sheen will be White Housing in Machete Kills.

Director Robert Rodriguez made the announcement yesterday via Twitter, where he wrote, "I just cast Charlie Sheen in #machetekills as the President of the United States! Who better? More soon..." Sheen then retweeted the message, and a rep for the actor confirmed the negotiations to The Hollywood Reporter.

As previously reported, the story follows Machete (Danny Trejo) as he is recruited by the U.S. government to take down a dangerous cartel leader and an arms dealer, who have a weapon in space.
Between Sheen and Mel Gibson, things are really starting to shape up for the grindhouse sequel, which is currently filming in Texas.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

New writers hired for Jurassic Park IV

The screenwriting duo behind Rise of the Planet of the Apes have signed on to create the script for Jurassic Park IV.

Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver will be penning the latest tale of prehistoric peril, suggesting that there have been a few shake ups since we last heard anything.
Spielberg previously announced that Mark Protosevich, who wrote the script for I Am Legend, would provide the screenplay for the title.  

It's not yet clear if this means the story he had in mind will change, though it's comforting to know that Jaffa and Silver have written about super-intelligent, human-hunting animals on their last job.

No release window has been revealed, but the original Jurassic Park is due to be re-released in the US after having the 3D treatment on July 19th 2013, with UK screenings to follow.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Hugh Laurie in talks for RoboCop

Hugh Laurie is done with House, but he's moving on to RoboCop!

The actor is in talks to play the villain in MGM and Sony's remake of the classic picture.

Jose Padilha (Elite Squad: The Enemy Within) is directing, with Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) taking the title role. Gary Oldman and Sam Jackson have also been previously cast.

Elysium Plot Revealed

Apart from the film's star-studded cast and a statement claiming it would feature Anglo-Hispanic racial tensions, not much has been said about Neill Blomkamp's next major feature project Elysium. Now, however, the District 9 director has provided an official plot synopsis describing his new sci-fi pic:

"In the year 2159 two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a hard line government official, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn't stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (Matt Damon) is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds."

Twitch Film notes that Foster's Secretary Rhodes is an obvious reference to British colonialist, diamond miner and very clear racist Cecil Rhodes. Not unlike District 9, it sounds like Elysium will be further exploring allegories relating to apartheid, specifically a comparison between the treatment of blacks in South Africa to Hispanics in America.
In addition to Damon and Foster, Elysium stars Wagner Moura, Sharlto Copley, William Fichtner and Diego Luna.