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Bob Hoskins, 71

Posted on 30 April 2014 by William Gatevackes

bobhoskinsVeteran British actor Bob Hoskins has died after a bout with pneumonia. He was 71.

Hoskins got his start on the London stage in the late 1960s, and soon found himself with roles in a number of British television shows of the 1970s. His TV work led to film work, with roleds in film,s such as Pink Floyd; The Wall, Lassiter, The Cotton Club, Brazil and Sweet Liberty.

His breakthrough performance came in 1986 when he played the male lead in Neil Jordan’s Mona Lisa, playing an ex-con who get a job driving a high class call girl from appointment to appointment. The role garnered Hoskin a Golden Globe win and an Oscar nomination.

This led to Hoskins gaining the attention of Robert Zemeckis, who cast the actor in his most famous role–as private investigator Eddie Valiant in 1988′s Who Framed Roger Rabbit, a performance that would garner the actor another Golden Globe nomination.

Hoskins’ post-Roger Rabbit roles would switch between kid-friendly fare (Hook, Super Mario Brothers), supporting parts in comedies and dramas (Mermaids, Mrs. Henderson Presents, Maid in Manhattan) and historical figures such as J. Edgar Hoover in Nixon, Eddie Mannix in Hollywoodland, among others.

His last role was in 2012′s Snow White and the Huntsman. Hoskins retired from acting soon after due to being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.

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Jason Momoa Rumored To Have Joined BATMAN VS SUPERMAN

Posted on 26 April 2014 by Rich Drees

jason-momoa-300Ray Fisher, who was announced as joining the cast of Batman Vs Superman earlier this week, may not be the only new actor signed for Warners’ Man Of Steel sequel this week. There is a rumor starting to circulate that Jason Momoa will also be joining the film as well.

The story has its origins over at Batman News, who is quoting an anonymous source stating that Momoa actually signed for the film months ago for an unspecified part. Last December, Momoa was first rumored to be up for a part in the film, though at the time it was thought he might have been up for the role of the villainous alien Doomsday. The current frontrunner character for Momoa now is Aquaman. If so, that would put the film one step closer to getting the full Justice League on the big screen, which I am sure that Warner Brothers’ brass, having seen the box office grosses on 2012′s The Avengers, is anxious to do as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, I have the feeling that they may be proceeding too fast.

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Fey And Poehler To Play Sisters In THE NEST

Posted on 09 April 2014 by Rich Drees

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Between their work on Saturday Night Live, hosting the Golden Globes and the film Baby Mama, comic actresses Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have shown that they share a great comic chemistry. Now the two will be bringing that back to the big screen in the film The Nest.

Fey signed on to the project late last year and now Deadline is reporting that Poehler is in final negotiations to join the cast of the Jason Moore-directed project. Former Saturday Night Live writer Paula Pell is responsible for the screenplay, which tells the story of two sisters who return to the family home on the eve of it being sold for one last weekend of partying.

No word yet as to when the project will start shooting but I would surmise that it will shoot later this spring/early summer when Poehler is on break from her hit television series Parks And Recreation and will be released sometime in early 2015.

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Toby Kebbell Cast As Doctor Doom In FANTASTIC FOUR Reboot

Posted on 02 April 2014 by William Gatevackes

tobykebbellWhen we last left FOX’s Fantastic Four reboot, it was in danger of being rebooted itself. Sadly, it appears that shake-up will not be taking place, although, apparently, not for lack of trying. So, the abomination is going forward, and they have cast their main villain.

The Hollywood Reporter states that British actor Toby Kebbell has been cast as Victor Von Doom, a.k.a. Doctor Doom, in the upcoming reboot. Kebbell has appeared in films such as RockNRolla, The Sorceror’s Apprentice and The Conspirator. He certainly looks the part.

It is unknown how Doctor Doom will play in the reboot. In the comics, he was a college roommate of Reed Richards (Miles Teller) who was disfigured in an experiment gone wrong, an accident he blamed Richards for. Now, if the rumors about the planned changes to the back story are true, Reed and Ben Grimm would have gotten their powers as teens and gone to work for the government not long after. Hard to see the comic book Doom’s origin fitting in that scenario.

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Patrick Wilson In Talks To Join ANT-MAN

Posted on 27 February 2014 by William Gatevackes

patrickwilsonIt’s an inter-company team-up! Nite Owl is joining forces with Ant-Man!

Variety is reporting that Patrick Wilson is circling the last major role in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man. No word exactly on what that role would be. He’d be joining Paul Rudd as Scott Land and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym. Michael Pena and Evangeline Lilly are also rumored for roles in the film.

If an agreement is made, this will be the second superhero film on Wilson’s resume, after 2009′s Watchmen, where he played Dan Drieberg, a.k.a. Nite Owl.

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Jessie Eisenberg Cast As Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred In BATMAN VS SUPERMAN

Posted on 31 January 2014 by William Gatevackes

eisenbergironsPart of what I love about covering casting rumors here for the site is that while they are not often true, sometimes when the real casting decision is made it is more outlandish and unbelievable than any fake rumor that came before it.

Warner Brothers has announced today that they have cast Jessie Eisenberg to play Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons to play the Wayne Family butler Alfred in the forthcoming Batman vs. Superman.

This is what Warners had to say about Eisenberg’s casting:

Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940. What’s great about Lex is that he exists beyond the confines of the stereotypical nefarious villain. He’s a complicated and sophisticated character whose intellect, wealth and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman. Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions.

I don’t know about “new” and “unexpected.”  He’ll probably be playing him as a variation of the smug a-hole that employed in The Social Network and Now You See Me. Don’t get me wrong, he’s great in that type of role, but I don’t really expect much beyond that.

The only other takeaway I have from this casting is that he seems really young for the role. I mean, yes, using Facebook as an example, you can have multimillionaire CEO’s and corporation owners who are only 30. But Lex in the comics was always older. And considering that Tom Hanks and Bryan Cranston were the rumored names for the role, I thought that was the direction the powers that be were going in. You could have me sit in a room and name potential actors for Lex Luthor and I might have ever gotten to Eisenberg.

And while I am willing to see how this casting pans out, I am disappointed that Hanks didn’t get cast. He might not have even been really in the running, but I’d think he’d be fantastic.

And here is what Warners had to say about Irons’ casting:

As everyone knows, Alfred is Bruce Wayne’s most trusted friend, ally and mentor, a noble guardian and father figure. He is an absolutely critical element in the intricate infrastructure that allows Bruce Wayne to transform himself into Batman. It is an honor to have such an amazingly seasoned and gifted actor as Jeremy taking on the important role of the man who mentors and guides the guarded and nearly impervious façade that encapsulates Bruce Wayne.

You can’t really say anything bad about this casting. Yes, Irons has taken a bunch of dubious roles in bad films for a paycheck in the recent past, but he is an Oscar winning actor who will bring a different take on the iconic character. It is a solid choice.

The only other interesting thing about Irons casting is that this is the smallest age difference between Alfred and Bruce in the films so far. Michael Gough was 40 years older than Michael Keaton, Michael Caine was 41 years older than Christian Bale, but Irons is only 24 years older than Ben Affleck.

Via Collider.

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Anna Paquin’s Rogue Cut From X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

Posted on 21 December 2013 by William Gatevackes

XMen3-51RFirst, Entertainment Weekly broke the story that Shailine Woodley’s Mary Jane Watson would be cut from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, now they are telling us that an original film X-Man will spend the next film on the cutting room floor.

Bryan Singer spoke exclusively with the entertainment magazine and told them that a rescue sequence featuring Anna Paquin’s Rogue, Shawn Ashmore’s Iceman, Ian McKellen’s Magneto and Patrick Stewart’s Professor Xavier has been cut from X-Men: Days of Future Past, and, unfortunately, this was Paquin’s only scene in the film.

The cut had nothing to do with Paquin (“She was awesome in the sequence. She’s a brilliant actress. I would work with her in a heartbeat,” said Singer) and a lot to do will cutting unnecessary scenes to keep the film’s run time down. Singer said that the deleted scene would likely end up on the bonus features of the film’s home video release.

This would alleviate the need to explain how Rogue, who had her powers taken away in X-Men: The Last Stand, got her powers back. However, this raises the question as to what other character might not make the final cut.

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RUMOR: Baron von Strucker Added To THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Villain List

Posted on 21 December 2013 by William Gatevackes

Wolfgang_von_Strucker_(Earth-616)_0001First, let’s just say that this rumor originated from El “Almost always wrong” Mayimbe over at Latino Review. However, the much more reliable Drew McWeeny also ran with it over at HitFix, so perhaps we should take this one a little more seriously.

The rumor? That in the opening scenes of The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Avengers will be fighting HYDRA, now led by Baron von Strucker.

Baron Wolfgang von Strucker was a Nazi officer who would face off against Nick Fury, Wolverine and Captain America. He was influential in the formation of HYDRA in the comics, and often served as its leader. He stayed relatively young by use of serums created by Hydra to retard the aging process. His main weapon is something called “Satan’s Claw,” a red gauntlet that increases his strength and delivers electric shocks to his opponents.

According to the rumor, Strucker will be leading HYDRA against our heroes only in the opening scenes.The idea is that he will be defeated quickly and the film will then begin to go about its Ultron business. Of course, this doesn’t mean that he won’t be showing up somewhere else later on.

The rumor also states it will be there where Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch will be introduced, but doesn’t say how. Could they be Interpol agents fight against Strucker? Are they undercover, infiltrating his organization? Or, maybe, has Marvel found a replacement father for the pair to replace Magneto? Strucker also has a twin son and daughter with superpowers in the comic books. Could Joss Whedon be swapping out Fenris, aka Andreas and Andrea, for Pietro and Wanda? Just an idea.

Csokas scottThe casting announcement for the role calls for a physically imposing man, 40-50, and Caucasian for the role. El Mayimbe says that Marvel is looking at Marton Csokas (Lord of the Rings) and Dougray Scott (Mission Impossible II) for the role. Just based on looks alone, I think either would be a good choice. And both have geek cred (Csokas, in addition to LOTR, also has roles in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and Scott infamously was originally cast as Wolverine in X-Men before conflicts with MI2 caused him to drop out).

Now is the part of the post where I list the warning flags. First off, it will be good to see HYDRA back in the movieverse, but they were barely a threat for Captain America in the first film. I can’t see they’d put up too much resistance against Thor, Hulk and Iron Man. Speaking of which, Iron Man was left as being retired at the end of Iron Man 3. So his return would need to be explained. Personally, if this rumor is true, I think that Baron Strucker and HYDRA will be facing off against a skeleton crew of Avengers–Black Widow, Hawkeye, maybe Cap, maybe Falcon–and not the whole team.

We shall see, won’t we?

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Paul Rudd Is ANT-MAN

Posted on 18 December 2013 by William Gatevackes

PaulRuddSometimes great choices come down to process of elimination.

The Hollywood Reporter is stating that Marvel and Edgar Wright have chosen Paul Rudd to be their Ant-Man. Rudd has been in contention for the role since back in October, along with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Since Gordon-Levitt has attached himself to Warner Brothers Sandman project, it looks like it became a one-man race.

This casting news is rather strange since Rudd has been asked repeatedly about Ant-Man on the promotional tour for Anchorman: The Legend Continues and his stock answer was that it was just a rumor and he knew nothing about it. Sheeyeah right. Well played, Mr. Rudd. Well played.

In my opinion, it’s a great choice. I really like Rudd as an actor. One of the main gripes people might have about him is that he has spent the last few years as part of The Apatow Repertory Players, doing comedy after comedy. But those familiar with his career know that Rudd has done well in a series of dramas, notably The Shape of Things and Cider House Rules, in the past. So don’t expect Ant-Man to be any more of a comedy than any other Marvel film.

Another hit is his age. He is 44, which is a bit long-in-the-tooth for some when it comes to their action heroes. But if he is playing Hank Pym, he’ll be playing a scientist. Not many twenty-somethings have PhD’s.

 

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GILLIGAN’S ISLAND Film In Works With Josh Gad Writing/Starring

Posted on 17 December 2013 by Rich Drees

Josh-GadJust sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of yet another remake. This time it’s the 1960s sitcom classic Gilligan’s Island.

Deadline is reporting that Warner Brothers is fashioning a big screen adaptation of the series as a vehicle for comic actor Josh Gad. Gad has signed a deal that sees him not only attached to star in the film but co-writing the screenplay with Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez. Samit and Hernandez previously worked with Gad

The original series, which dealt with seven castaways stranded on an uncharted south Pacific island after their tour boat was washed ashore during a storm, was never a critical favorite. It ran for three seasons on CBS between 1964 to 1967 and then in syndicated reruns for decades afterwards. It also spawned two animated series and three made-for-TV reunion movies.

The report doesn’t say which part Gad will play. Just based on his appearance, it seems like he would be playing the Skipper, original played by Alan Hale Jr. in the original series. But given that Gad has built his career in part on physical comedy, he could conceivably be playing the part of Gilligan, even though he doesn’t bare much of a resemblance to series star Bob Denver.

This is not the studio’s first attempt to bring the classic series to the big screen. In 2010, they had hired Wild Hogs scribe Brad Copeland to write a screenplay that apparently went nowhere.

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