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Warner Bros. has announced the second bit of casting news for their upcoming reboot of the Superman franchise via press release. First they announced that the relatively unknown Henry Cavill was cast as Clark Kent, and now comes the news that veteran screen hotty Diane Lane has signed on to play his mother Martha. That’s right; Diane Lane is playing Clark Kent’s kindly old farmhouse mother. I never thought I would say this, but I can’t wait to oogle Superman’s mom in some patented Zack Snyder slo-mo. Immediately I’m picturing a sequence where a pie is taken out of an oven, a finger dips in for a test, and then some piping hot pie filling is sucked off. Slowly. Probably Clark will fly in through the kitchen window at this point and the rush of wind will cause her hair to blow around. Slowly. Snyder states in the press release, “This was a very important piece of casting for me because Martha Kent is the woman whose values helped shape the man we know as Superman. We are thrilled to have Diane in the role because she can convey the wisdom and the wonder of a woman whose son has powers beyond her imagination.” Values and wisdom? Has he seen Unfaithful? But in all seriousness, Lane is a great actress and I’m sure she’ll do well with the part. I’m excited to see that this take on Superman is drawing an A-lister. That’s a good sign, and it does nothing […]

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In trying to find a starring vehicle for up and coming young Disney spawn Selena Gomez, Universal Pictures and Strike Entertainment have gotten the rights to adapt the Jay Asher novel “Thirteen Reasons Why”. The book tells the story of a high school outsider who has sent out audio messages to let 13 people know what part they played in her suicide. Oh yeah, that’s right: she’s dead. The whole idea of this being Gomez’s first big starring vehicle seems weird to me for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the role of a suicidal high school dork is a terrible fit for a girl as conventionally attractive as Selena Gomez. But nobody can expect Hollywood to be that self-aware at this point, so it’s one that’s easy to overlook. But secondly, there is the fact that the whole movie is going to be about suicide. Doesn’t that seem a little grim for a chick with a huge fanbase of 12-year-old girls? I mean, I know The Wizards of Waverly Place dealt with dark magic, but I had no idea that it went this dark. And finally, when doing a quick Wikipediaing of what exactly this girls 13 reasons are, quite a few of them involve sex scenes that are all either slightly rapey, or full on rape. I’d say that there’s a light dusting of rape over the whole story. Really Selena? I mean, I know Britney did a scene where she danced around in her underwear for her first […]

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Deadline Dayton has gotten word that Jackie Earle Haley is in talks to play the role of Willie Loomis in Burton’s upcoming big screen adaptation of the late 60s-early 70s era daytime soap Dark Shadows. He joins Johnny Depp, who is already slated to play Barnabas Collins, Loomis’ vampiric overlord, and negotiates alongside Bella Heathcoate, who is reportedly the first choice to take on the principle female role of Victoria Winters. Haley is coming off of two dark yet big budget roles playing Rorschach in the Zack Snyder film version of Watchmen as well as Freddy Krueger in the recent Platinum Dunes remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street. It makes sense that the next logical step for his career would be to work with Burton, who has similar gothic if not a bit cartoony sensibilities. In the original soap Haley’s character, Loomis, was a con man and thief who was turned into Barnabas’ slave after a failed attempt to rob the mausoleum where the vampire’s coffin was housed. “Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter” scribe Seth Grahame-Smith is writing this updated version, and when talking to MTV Burton had this to say about the script, “ … it’s been kind of a long time coming, but I think I’m getting a script that I like. I don’t really like talking because I’m not really sure what’s happening yet but I’m excited about it. I think, yes, finally for me, it’s getting to be the right tone.” It’s been kind of a […]

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Now that Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman film has found it’s Clark Kent, it only makes sense that they would begin testing for a Lois Lane that works well with him on screen. What’s Playing got the ball rolling by releasing a list of names that were in the running. The list included Kristen Stewart, Malin Akerman, Dianna Agron, Jessica Biel, and Rachel McAdams. The speculation began. Which of these girls has the right mix of brunette and feisty to pull the part off? Stewart was taken off the list pretty early, mainly due to having too many commitments, but probably also do to a complete lack of feistiness. Akerman was dismissed as being too old for the role, because that last Superman movie worked so well with casting high school kids as decades seasoned reporters with a six year old kid. So that left the choice as being between Rachel McAdams, Jessica Biel, and some girl I’ve never heard of. Decisions, decisions.

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That’s right, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is reportedly a near lock to join the cast of the new Christopher Nolan film The Dark Knight Rises. Take a moment, run around the room, and then come back to me. There, good. Now that the news is out there, lets try to be realistic about our response to it. As an Internet we can often go a little overboard with things like this. I can imagine the speculation that is going to run rampant now: He is perfect for The Riddler! Maybe he’s going to play The Holiday Killer, and the script is going to be based off of “The Long Halloween”. Wouldn’t a Nolan version of the Robin character be around his age, you know, for realism? While it makes a lot of sense for Gordon-Levitt to sign on to this project, he gained a cult following for the neo-noir Brick, he has worked with Nolan before; I don’t think it makes a ton of sense for him to be playing some recognizable character in Batman lore with a lengthy history and a huge fan following. It has already been announced that both Bane and Selina Kyle are going to be parts of this film. That’s a lot to focus on already. It makes more sense to me that Gordon-Levitt will end up cast as something like Dive Bar Owner or Police Officer Guy instead of The Ventriloquist or Black Mask. If he were playing a big character, then the news of the […]

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Upcoming thriller Stoker looked to have a moment of trouble when its original lead actress Carey Mulligan dropped out of the project. Ever since her breakthrough performance in An Education, Mulligan has been seen as the go to girl when you need a talented young actress. Her attachment to the script is probably a large reason why it sold in the first place. But a crisis has been averted, as the project has managed to snag the girl poised to be the next big thing after Mulligan to take her place. Mia Wasikowska, who turned heads in last year’s indie success story The Kids Are All Right and who gained mainstream success starring in the Tim Burton-helmed Alice in Wonderland is reportedly close to signing on to the film. Wasikowska should gain further credentials before this one goes behind the camera by starring in a big screen adaptation of the Charlotte Brontë novel “Jane Eyre”, which is set to be released in March and looks just like the type of stuffy period piece that would get recognized during awards season. In Stoker Wasikowska would be playing a teenage girl who is forced to reconnect with an estranged uncle after the death of her father. The project is to be directed by Chan-wook Park, whose 2003 revenge film Oldboy gained a lot of critical attention in the US for its quirky yet brutal approach to its material. Park’s projects are always ones to watch, and the Wasikowska grab seems to be […]

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George Clooney to Blow Up Goats

In the Senationalist Headline department today, we’ve received news that the embodied reincarnation of Hollywood’s Golden Age is going to challenge the limits of an audiences patience by staring at a goat on screen for two hours.

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Quick, search Karolina Kurkova in Google images… We can wait.

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A lot can happen in the span of a few hours.

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Strike or no strike, the show will go on for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. And with that in mind, Warner Brothers has announced the final cast for the upcoming 6th adaptation in the series.

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