• Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage is in final talks to join the Adam Sandler comedy Pixels, about aliens versed in only 1980s video games who appropriate those strategies for their attack on Earth. A group of video game experts are called upon to defeat the threat. Chris Columbus is directing the pic. Josh Gad and Kevin James also star. [The Wrap] READ FULL STORY
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“Men fear him. Ladies love him.” His name is Machete.
In the new red-band trailer for Robert Rodriguez’s action sequel Machete Kills, it’s Charlie Sheen who’s calling the killing machine for help taking down a “mad man south of the border.” You might recognize said mad man as Mel Gibson, who plans to use his “army of super soldiers” and a missile to cause some serious damage. As he puts it, “I am a genuine, high-caliber f—er-people-upper.”
What ensues involves explosions, decapitations, intestines being pulled out, explosions, machine guns, Sofia Vergara pelvic thrusting her way to victory, and Lady Gaga getting her hands dirty. Did we mention explosions?
Watch the new red-band trailer for Machete Kills below:
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Casting Net: Kirsten Dunst goes for a 'Midnight Special'; Plus Charlotte Gainsbourg, Mel Gibson, more
• Kirsten Dunst has been acting for most of her life, and recently it seems she’s turning to more director-driven projects. These have seen varying degrees of critical and box office success, including Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia and Walter Salles’ On The Road, as well as the occasional raunchy comedy (Bachelorette) and cameo role (Anchorman: The Legend Continues). Now, Dunst is set to join director Jeff Nichols (Mud), as he re-teams with his Take Shelter star Michael Shannon in Midnight Special, about a father and son on the run. Details are scarce, but the report says that along the way, they discover that the 8-year-old son has some kind of special powers. Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby) also stars. [Deadline]
Bruce Willis may be out of The Expendables 3, but Sylvester Stallone continues to enlist reinforcements. In addition to adding Harrison Ford, Stallone confirmed today that Mel Gibson, who’d long been rumored to join the project, will in fact, play the bad guy in the upcoming sequel. Also coming aboard: Stallone’s Assassins co-star Antonio Banderas, who Stallone called “a consummate actor and a gentleman” in a statement announcing the news.
The opening scene of the new Machete Kills could be a scene from Scary Movie 12, but once Carlos Estevez (a.k.a. Charlie Sheen) answers the hot phone, Robert Rodriguez’s gonzo sequel starts riffing off another classic comedy: Austin Powers. There’s a hero (Danny Trejo) plucked from yesteryear for a top-secret mission, a dastardly villain — Mel Gibson! In a cape! — threatening the planet, a sexy government handler, and a bodacious Mexican fembot of the highest caliber.
I’m not sure the movie itself can be more fun than this trailer. But it’s going to be exciting to see if Machete can put the Grrrrrr in killer, baby. Watch the trailer below. READ FULL STORY
If you thought Danny Trejo’s Machete wouldn’t be back for more bloodshed at the end of Robert Rodriguez’ Machete, then you’ve clearly never seen Machete. Example No. 1: The former Federale returns in Machete Kills, freed from a rope noose at the request of the President of the United States of America to kill. Other stuff, too. (Tacos, occasionally.) Michelle Rodriguez lost an eye? With Demián Bichir, Lady Gaga, and Carlos Estevez — yes, Charlie Sheen — with a big gun and a fancy new title: President.
Watch the trailer after the jump:
If the lap dance in the newly released photo above is any indication, the Machete sequel Machete Kills, both directed by Robert Rodriguez, will be yet another sassy, violent romp starring perennial tough guy Danny Trejo.
Open Road Films announced Thursday it’s distributing the film, out in wide release in 2013. The second movie in the trilogy, about Trejo as craggy faced ex-Federale agent Machete, hails from a screenplay by Kyle Ward, based on a story by Marcel Rodriguez and Robert Rodriguez. Besides Trejo, the movie stars a long list of known names, including pop diva Lady Gaga, making her acting debut, as well as Oscar nominee Demian Bichir, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Charlie Sheen, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Alexa Vega, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Mel Gibson. READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Jennifer Lawrence circling 'The Glass Castle.' Plus: Mel Gibson, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain
• Mel Gibson is in serious talks to take on a supporting role in Machete Kills, director Robert Rodriguez‘s sequel to his 2010 grindhouse thriller Machete with star Danny Trejo. [Deadline]
• Speaking of rugged leading men/media lightning rods aiming for a role several slots down on the call sheet, Sean Penn is negotiating to join Ben Stiller‘s remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, for a key supporting part. Stiller is starring in the title role as well as directing, alongside Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, Shirley MacLaine, and Patton Oswalt. [Deadline]
• Jessica Chastain is in talks for Iron Man 3, to play a brilliant scientist opposite Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) — possibly a rival for his affections from Gwyneth Paltrow‘s Pepper Potts? [Deadline]
• Toni Collette and Dev Patel have signed onto Defiant, a thriller about honor killing in India. [Deadline]
• Melissa Leo will play Shia LaBeouf‘s mother in the crime romance The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. Til Schweiger (Inglorious Basterds) has also signed on to play a Serbian gangster. [Deadline, Variety]
• Gina Carano, the one-time American Gladiator and star of this year’s Steven Soderbergh thriller Haywire, is in talks to step aboard Fast & Furious 6. No word on the role, but it will likely involve
chamber room tea settings and dense witticisms about oil prices butt kicking. [THR]
Casting Net: Taylor Swift nearing noteworthy role as Joni Mitchell, plus Mark Wahlberg, Guy Pearce, Jaden Smith
Casting Net: Penelope Cruz may romance ‘The Counselor.’ Plus: Bradley Cooper, Tony Danza
Casting Net: Gerard Butler going on ‘Manhunt.’ Plus: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Shailene Woodley
Anti-Defamation League comments on Mel Gibson accusations: 'It fits nicely into a pattern of a serial offender, a serial hater, and a serial bigot.'
The Anti-Defamation League and Mel Gibson have such a long history of trading press releases, at this point the ADL must have a special Gibson Division. With his latest PR implosion – screenwriter Joe Eszterhas’ nine-page accusatory letter reviving discussions of Gibson’s bigotry, as well as detailing the breakdown of their joint Maccabees project — the organization decided to respond.
“Had these allegations been made against any other actor, we would be skeptical, and certainly one could chalk them up to the words of a disgruntled screenwriter whose script was rejected. But with Mel Gibson, they follow a distinct pattern of anti-Semitic conduct…. The latest revelations would be surprising if not for the fact that it fits nicely into a pattern of a serial offender, a serial hater, and a serial bigot,” ADL director Abraham Foxman said.
In the letter, Ezsterhas indicts Gibson specifically for using anti-Jewish slurs like “Hebes” and “oven dodgers.” In his own response, Gibson has called these claims “utter fabrications,” which the ADL acknowledges in their statement. READ FULL STORY
Mel Gibson’s long-gestating film about Jewish hero Judah Maccabee hit another bump in the road yesterday when it was reported that screenwriter Joe Eszterhas (who left the project in February) wrote Gibson a nine-page letter that accused Gibson of using anti-Semitic slurs and ultimately concluded, “You hate Jews.” Gibson has responded to the Basic Instinct scribe, calling the allegations “utter fabrications.” READ FULL STORY
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