Apr 28 2011The Green Lantern Has Friends, and More

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- MTV had this nice photo of Green Lantern and all his clubhouse friends.

- Chris Evans has confirmed he has a modernized outfit for his present-day heroism in The Avengers. Is it the Old Navy shirt, Chris?

- Dimension films has purchased the sci-fi thriller spec script The Greys from Adam Cohen with an eye on F. Javier Gutierrez to direct. The plot is still being kept secret, but yeah, aliens again.

- The writers of 500 Days of Summer have taken full advantage of Royal Wedding Fever and made a seven-figure deal for a pitch about a midwestern girl who ends up marrying the prince of England. Deadline says it's being described as "Notting Hill meets Meet the Royal Parents," which I guess sounds better than "just The Prince and Me again."

- In a move that will raise high-concept to stratospheric heights, Gotham Group has optioned film rights to R.L. Stine's It's the First Day of School... Forever! Finally, a Groundhog Day about figuring out where to sit.

Apr 28 2011Three Up for Starring Opposite Sacha Baron Cohen Imitating Foreign Accent Again

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As Sacha Baron Cohen and director Larry Charles prepare their latest, The Dictator, the time has come to finally put a female presence in a Cohen-doing-a-voice movie, and it's reportedly down to three likely options. The Hollywood Reporter says Kristen Wiig, Anna Faris, and Community's Gillian Jacobs are frontrunners for the role, a part that will place them opposite either Cohen's goat herder character or his disposed title character. Comedian Jason Mantzoukas, meanwhile, is in talks to play Cohen's Middle Eastern sidekick--like Batman had, but less likely to throw nutcases into such a tizzy. Hopefully.

Apr 28 2011Justin Bieber Will Rise Atop Shoulders of Mark Wahlberg

Just when it seemed like Ashton Kutcher was set to be The One to shepherd Justin Bieber into a new stage of his career that would force us to refer to him as an "actor", a new contender has emerged: Mark Wahlberg. Talking to Vulture, Wahlberg reportedly revealed, "Justin Bieber and I are going to do a movie together," adding that Paramount has already heard the pitch and Bieber "loves the idea." That idea? Well, smelling the reporter's voracious Wahlberg/Bieber intrigue, he wouldn't outright say, but he did tease:

"More of a drama. It’s interesting, right? You want to know. They’ll probably announce it. They may announce it fairly soon … kind of like a reluctant mentor in an inner-city environment. You know, I don’t want to say."

Ah, good, I always thought we needed sort of a new take on Finding Forrester that makes the story a laughably unconvincing platform for a teen idol. Finally, it will be realized--and with the white Tupac, no less!

UPDATE: It turns out it's a basketball movie.

Apr 28 2011Armie Hammer the Lone Ranger Now?

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With Ryan Gosling now seemingly out of the running, it's looking like the Winklevoss twins might be who gets the honor of receiving second-billing as a title character, with Variety reporting The Social Network's Armie Hammer is in early talks to play the Lone Ranger opposite Johnny Depp's Tonto in Gore Verbinski's third Depp-fueled franchise starter. If he gets it, it's a meaty role that will make Hammer a known name (assuming his princely role in one of the upcoming Snow Whites doesn't already) and gives the combination of Aryan good looks and an authoritative bro-voice yet another defining victory in success-making. Congratulations, Armie. Your dad's Volvo dealership's loss is the acting world's gain.

Apr 28 2011Jane Lynch, LD Probably in 'Three Stooges'

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The Farrellys likely finally have their main Three Stooges cast sorted out, but with the addition of Chris Diamantopoulos as Moe, they're now left with only a three-to-one ratio of network sitcom supporting stars to non-network sitcom supporting stars. Thusly, they've now signed Glee's Jane Lynch to appear alongside Sean Hayes, Will Sasso, and Sofia Vergara. Lynch will play Mother Superior, the nun who takes in the Stooges when they're abandoned in front of her orphanage. She is going to be so comically frustrated with their being mentally ill!

Also in talks for a role: Larry David. Once rumored to be up for part of his Stooge namesake, LD's would-be casting is a mystery now that Will & Grace has the part. Aged Larry in a flash-forward? Larrydad making the orphanage drop-off? Unnatural presence that will make audiences ask in disbelief, "Wait, Larry David is in this shitcake?" Place your bets.

'Glee' star Jane Lynch and 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' star Larry David wooed for roles [EW]

Apr 28 2011'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2' Trailer: Alright, Let's Wrap This Up, Potts

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"Let's finish this the way we started it: together," declares the nerdy kid with glasses in this preview. Sure, why not? I'll join him for the final showdown between himself and that featureless guy in the dress. And if you want to as well, here's the full trailer for the film that will at last conclude the long-running series. Go get that matronly Wooly Willy, Harry Potter.

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Apr 27 2011Antje Traue Also Fighting Superman

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Don't worry, Michael Shannon, you won't be alone out there in your fight against Superman. According to Variety, aiding The Man of Steel's General Zod in his war on truth/justice/Americana will be Antje Traue, a German actress last seen in Pandorum. She'll be playing Faora, the supposed basis of Superman II's Ursa and a character that shown up in multiple, varied incarnations. One Faora was a Kryptonian man-hater, whose skill at pressure-point martial arts made her a formidable opponent to any who tried to force her into a patriarchy, but the article seems to think she'll be playing a latter Faora--an orphaned metahuman from the fictional country of Pokolistanian who aided the General using her power to disrupt molecular bonds. Either way, best watch your "Zod's rod" jokes from here out, Zod.

Apr 27 2011'Zorro Reborn' Takes Zorro to Future, Abandons All Characteristics That Define Zorro

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Zorro has been portrayed and portrayed again so many times--appearing in books, comics, radio, video games, on television, and in over 40 films, not to mention parodies and battery commercials--that at this point, you'd think it would be pretty hard for even modern Hollywood to create a version that could, immediately upon its conception, definitively become the dumbest possible execution of the character. Yet, with just the kind of apparent effortlessness you'd expect from men credited with writing an upcoming reboot of Dracula, Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy have done it, inventing a new take Zorro that goes off in an outrageously idiotic direction that makes the Wachowskis' Will Smith-starring "modern, urban take on the Robin Hood myth" seem perfectly reasonable.

Daring to take the icon to a bleaker future than Zorro: Generation Z ever imagined, their script--which bears the eye-rolling title Zorro Reborn--reportedly transplants Zorro from his traditional Mexican/Californian locales and into a dreary post-apocalyptic wasteland. And you know how Zorro is a swashbuckling hero? Not anymore! This Zorro is being described as "less a caped crusader for justice than a one-man vigilante force bent on revenge, in a western story that has echoes of both Sergio Leone and No Country for Old Men," which is exactly the description I'd give, too, if I was playing the pitch guy in a biting satire of Hollywood.

Vowel-starved previsualization effects artist Rpin Suwannath is already attached to direct, and, in a sad truth, the film "is expected to provide a juicy lead role for a young actor," though a source close to the project warned that it's early in development. There's still time, and depressingly ever-increasing likelihood, for this to be re-written so that Zorro is carving his "Z" into zombie skulls.