After the gravel-voiced Dark Knight, for many, Christian Bale’s most identifiable role remains American Psycho‘s Patrick Bateman, the Manhattan-suit-turned-murderous-sociopath adapted from Bret Easton Ellis’ lighting-rod novel of the same name. It could be difficult for some to imagine anyone else pulling off the role, but EW has confirmed that a new actor may have a chance to slip on Bateman’s top-of-the-line suits: Lionsgate is in very early development on a new film based on Ellis’ book, working with commercial and music video director Noble Jones. Deadline is reporting that Jones’ take is to bring Bateman into post-9/11, post-financial meltdown New York. But nothing has been greenlit yet, and with a Broadway musical also long in the works, Bateman may be high stepping it on the Great White Way before he ever makes it back to the big screen.
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While there’s still Ted (voiced by Zac Efron) on his quest to find a real tree (as is the pitch-perfect music from The Polyphonic Spree,) the brand new trailer for Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax has a little bit more to offer than the initial preview. Particularly in terms of introducing the Big Brother villains, kid-baiting action sequences, back story about the mythical Lorax (the equally mythical Danny DeVito), and those seemingly extinct trees (not to mention the coveted last seed). Plus — hipsters rejoice– Vampire Weekend songs! Watch the second trailer below: READ FULL STORY »
When the news broke last week that director Adam Shankman would be helming a new feature film version of The Nutcracker, fans of Shankman’s career could be excused for assuming the movie would evoke the classic ballet The Nutcracker that generations of children have grown up
falling asleep to watching every Christmas season. For one thing, Shankman started his career in showbiz as a dancer, then became a choreographer before directing high-profile movie musicals like Hairspray and next year’s highly anticipated Rock of Ages. Plus, he’s been a regular presence as a judge on Fox’s summer hit So You Think You Can Dance.
But when EW caught up this weekend with Shankman at Trevor Live, a fundraiser for The Trevor Project, the filmmaker was clear: There would be no pointe shoes in his version of The Nutcracker. READ FULL STORY »
'John Carter' trailer deep dive: Director Andrew Stanton on those green men, that frog dog, and why he HATES trailer spoilers -- EXCLUSIVE
The teaser trailer for John Carter gave moviegoers a taste for the story of its title character, a Civil War vet (played by Friday Night Lights‘ Taylor Kitsch) who finds himself inexplicably plopped onto the war-ravaged surface of Mars. The new full trailer, however, is our first real look at just how dangerous and exotic the planet really is, filled with hordes of hostile races of four-armed green men and tattooed red men, fearsome white apes and an oddly loveable frog-like dog (or is that dog-like frog?), all of it from the imagination of author Edgar Rice Burroughs, who penned the “John Carter of Mars” series of books the film is based on nearly 100 years ago.
To help make better sense of it all, EW spoke exclusively with director Andrew Stanton (WALL•E, Finding Nemo), who happily walked us through the many creatures and characters that populate his film. Well, to a point. As you’ll see, Stanton has some rather strong feelings about the epidemic of spoilers that choke most modern Hollywood trailers, and he is not afraid to share them.
First, let’s check out the new John Carter trailer itself: READ FULL STORY »
From a picturesque 1930s Paris to a futuristic Earth beset by invading insectoid aliens — yeah, that seems about right. Asa Butterfield, the young, wide-eyed star of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, tweeted that he’s booked the role of Ender Wiggin, the lead in Summit Entertainment’s adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi novel Ender’s Game. (EW has confirmed that Butterfield is locked in for role.)
The title character reveals himself to be a strategic genius while attending a military training school for children, designed to help Earth fend off a marauding horde of aliens know as Formics (or “Buggers”). READ FULL STORY »
Tom Hanks’ production company Playtone, along with Universal, have optioned the film rights to the nonfiction bestseller In the Garden of Beasts, by Erik Larson, EW has confirmed.
The book chronicles the life of U.S. ambassador William Dodd and his family while Dodd was stationed in Berlin during the rise of Hitler and the Nazi party. Hanks, who will produce with Gary Goetzman, is also considering starring in the film as Dodd. (The Hollywood Reporter first reported the story.)
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Captain America and General Zod are set to share the same screen. Chris Evans has replaced James Franco in the adaptation of The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer, EW has confirmed. (Deadline initially reported the story.)
Man of Steel‘s Michael Shannon plays Richard Kuklinski, the imposing mob hit-man who bragged of committing more than 100 gruesome murders, and Evans will play his mentor in the crime drama, based on Anthony Bruno’s 1993 book. Production is set to begin in January, according to a source close to production, with Israeli director Ariel Vromen at the helm.
James Franco picks up ‘Iceman’ job
She’s learned at the feet of Woody Allen and Sofia Coppola in films like Match Point and Lost in Translation, and now, Scarlett Johansson is ready to direct her own movie. Her representative confirms a Variety report that she will helm an adaptation of Summer Crossing, a Truman Capote novella about a teenage debutante who rebels against her penthouse parents and their high-society ways. Capote began writing it 1943, when he himself was still a teen, but it wasn’t published until after his death, 62 years later. Playwright Tristine Skyler will pen the screenplay, and Johansson will not play a role in front of the camera.
The fifth and final Twilight film may be scheduled to release next November, but Stephenie Meyer ain’t done with you yet. Her best-selling 2008 science-fiction novel The Host — her only non-Twilight work to date — is in the process of being turned into a film, so expect to hear plenty of news about it between now and its March 29, 2013 release date. In fact, here’s some right now: The important role of Jared Howe will be played by 26-year-old actor Max Irons, EW has learned. READ FULL STORY »
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