E! Online reports the makers of the sequel are eyeing Kristin Stewart to take Angelina Jolie's place in the film. "While details are still pretty scarce, Stewart's character would be a young, ass-kicking assassin in the Fraternity," writes E! "Our insider says Kristen was approached to fill Jolie's hot-woman void in the franchise and met at least once with Timur Bekmambetov, the director of the series." Of course, the whole thing could be a dodge to get Jolie back into the picture. I know I should make some sort of Bella joke here, but I find I'm at a loss for one. No, wait! Here we go: "I guess this is another thing for Bella to be pissy about." Eh ... I'll get back to you on this one.
Release date: TBA
THE GREEN HORNET
As our friends at Spinoff Online reported yesterday, the film has been postponed for three weeks in order to add 3D elements to the film. This puts the film in the middle of January, traditionally a month where studios release movie they do not get, like, or find to be of lesser quality.
Staring Seth Rogen, release date: January 14th, 2011
IRON MAN 2
Screenrant has a poster featuring Whiplash. Superhero Hype has a poster featuring Iron Man. MSN has a clip from the film and I'll be adding to the press roundup next week. Meanwhile, The Los Angeles Times continues its countdown to the film's release with Jon Favreau discussing the use of Flushing Meadows Park as the basis for the look of Stark Expo. "The whole Stark Expo is in Flushing Meadows Park, the old World's Fair fairgrounds.I grew up looking out my window at the remains of the 1964 World's Fair, and this was a way to represent that in our story. It's a love letter to Queens -- and Queens doesn't get a lot of love,"says the director.
Starring Robert Downey Jr., release date: May 7th, 2010
Time for some review round-up. Massawyrm at Ain't It Cool News finds Jason Patric to be a disappointment. "Patric cranks the satire knob to eleven and seemingly thinks he's found himself on the set of a James Bond parody. Imagine a prissy, forgetful, sarcastic Ernst Blofeld who REALLY thinks he' fucking funny, prancing around to the confused stares of his hired Special Forces goons and you get the faintest idea of what Patric is doing here. Every time he's on screen he sucks the very oxygen out of the room and he proves to be the albatross that condemns the whole damned production to idle with windless sails for minutes on end," he writes. I disagree entirely and found Patric's performance to be perfectly enjoyable and over-the-top. I'm not alone. Roger Ebert enjoyed the actor, "who can make a very snaky snark."
Starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, release date: April 23rd, 2010
Blogomatic 3000 (via mania.com) has a few pictures from the upcoming Stephen Frears film, based on the Guardian UK's comic strip. Oh, did I mention Tamara is played by former Bond girl and sometimes demigod Gemma Atherton?
It must've slipped my mind.
Release date: TBA
Comic Book Movie notes the casting of actor Armando Leduc as DEO Agent #2. The DEO is short of the Department of Extranormal Operations, a government department which premiered in the pages of the late, great "Chase." Being a government agency, the DEO is shady and led by a man with a skull for a head. "With Checkmate, another fictional government agency, and it's director Amanda Waller (portrayed by Angela Bassett) already having a presence in the 'Green Lantern,' how will the Department of Extranormal Operations fit in?" asks CBM Pietro Filliponi. At this point, I'm just tickled these world-building concepts are finding their way into the film.
Starring Ryan Reynolds, release date: June 17th, 2011
James Cameron and 20th Century Fox Co-Chairman Tom Rothman talk with IESB about the long-in-development adaptation of "Battle Angel Alita." First, Cameron explains his interesting in the concept. "I just like the character, maybe it's from having daughters, I have three daughters and thinking about what it's like. The main character is this little girl that everybody kind of ignores and shes got such a heroic arc on the inside, I've always loved that character." Meanwhile, Rothman says, "We've seen a lot of stuff from Battle Angel over the last year so we're very fired up about it. Look, James Cameron and 20th Century Fox have been in business together for over 25 years one of the most successful partnerships in the history of the movie business so that's something obviously we'll consider."
Release date: TBA
Director Sylvain White discusses with Hollywood News (via Latino Review) the challenge of adapting the Frank Miller series and speaking with Miller himself. "I've had some interaction initially with him, and to me what's important, because particularly what that source material needs is a certain level of adaptation because it's so esoteric and intellectual," says White. "To make sort of a entertaining movie out of it, you need to make some decision on the adaptation, but at the same time, you want to stay true to what the comic is really about. So what I really seek from him is his approval; I want him to endorse what I'm going to do with his film, and certainly so far it's been good." I'm guessing White feels he needs to make larger alterations to the material than he did on "The Losers" -- certainly more alteration than Miller has experienced since the bad old days of the "Robocop" sequels.
Release date: TBA
Friday means some "Doctor Who" clips. Here's one for "Time of the Angels":
Airs: Saturday in the UK, May 8th in the States
WORKING FOR THE WEEKEND
Cue the new Lucky Soul album and get me a white russian, it's the weekend! I may actually be introducing "Doctor Who" to somebody tonight. Not that I usually indoctinrate people (Oh, god, the pun!). If I force people to watch anything, it's 1983's "Staying Alive," the failed sequel to "Saturday Night Fever." Now that I think about it ... I might bring that with me, too. Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, or just plain weird, let us know! Take credit, come up with a clever nickname, or go anonymous. The choice is yours. Fresh rumors and movie news every weekday morning. I am Erik Amaya bracing for the future threat of Tony Manero.