WEEKLY WRAP! – 10 More Stories From This Week in Film! (2012-06-29)

WEEKLY WRAP! – 10 More Stories From This Week in Film! (2012-06-29)

Every Friday (or in the case, Sunday), we will wrap-up 10 stories from around the internet and the business that didn’t make our normal news feed.  These could include nuggets, casting information, release dates, clips, cool movie-related stories, etc., that we feel you should know about or at least peaked our interest.  Check them out below.

 

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Box Office Mojo does a good job of keeping up with the release date changes.  Here are a few that caught our attention.

SCARY MOVIE 5
The next chapter in the horror movie spoof series has moved back three months to  April 19, 2013.

WAR OF THE BUTTONS
The WWII film about 2 rival children’s gangs coming together to battle the war around them has moved back two months to September 21, 2012.

21 AND OVER
The college party movie has moved back five months to March 15, 2013.

THE BOURNE LEGACY
The fourth movie in the franchise, now starring Jeremy Renner, has moved back a week to August 10, 2012.

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Casting Additions

Variety is reporting that Colbie Smulders has lined up two new films.  SAFE HAVEN in which she will star alongside Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough in the Nicholas Sparks adaptation as well as the romantic comedy THEY CAME TOGETHER with Paul Rudd.

Robert Rodriguez, via his official Twitter feed, has released that Charlie Sheen has been cast in his sequel, MACHETE KILLS in which he will be playing the President of the United States.

OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN gains two great additions to its cast.  Variety says Aaron Eckhart will play the President of the United States and that Angela Basset will play the head of the Secret Service.

Reese Witherspoon has lined up the headlining role in MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS according to Deadline.

THR is reporting that Kristen Schall has landed a voice role in the animated sequel CLOUDY 2: REVENGE OF THE LEFTOVERS as a talking orangutan.

The ever reliable Variety also reported that TV’s Teen Wolf star Dylan O’Brien has landed a role in the Shawn Levy comedy, THE INTERNSHIP, which stars Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn

Michael Kenneth Williams has landed the role as a mutinous slave in 12 YEARS A SLAVE says Deadline, which is the third film from Steve McQueen, director of SHAME.

And finally, THR reported that Kevin Hart has landed the headlining role in the remake of ABOUT LAST NIGHT.

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With so much coming out this week about projects that revolve around Marvel Comics and Marvel Studios, we thought we would just wrap up all the stories in this section of the Weekly WRAP! which we are calling The Marvel Section.  Snazzy title, eh?  We do our best.

A few weeks ago, as part of our inagural Weekly WRAP!, we brought you a story from Latino Review where they said that Marvel’s secret movie coming in 2014 would be BLACK PANTHER but ComingSoon.net was quick to debunk the “exclusive”.  This week, they then announced that they now know that GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY will be the secret movie, and based off of their previous report, it would be easy to overlook and say that this is simply a matter of trying to get traffic to their site.  However this time, Variety and THR are backing up those claims and saying that indeed GOTG is Marvel’s secret movie and the announcement will be made at the San Diego Comic-Con.  For those unfamiliar with the group, here is a link to their Marvel Universe Wiki.  The sources say that this could involve the group time traveling from the 31st Century back to our time, Nova might also be involved and that Thanos would not only be the villain of the film, but that the events would directly lead into THE AVENGERS 2.    What do you think?  Would you like to see GOTG on the big screen?  What are your thoughts on Rocket Racoon?

Speaking of Marvel movies, Disney is getting into the Marvel craze and moving forward with plans to animate one of their superhero teams for the big screen.  The team? BIG HERO 6It’s on the Grid and Blue Sky Disney have both reported that Disney will bring the Japanese based superhero group to the screen with Don Hall (WINNIE THE POOH) directing.  The Superhero group was created in 1998 and the reports are unsure of what the actual make-up of the team for the movie will be considering that the original team included characters like Silver Samurai and Sunspot which are both X-Men Characters whose film rights belong to Fox.  We will keep an eye on this one for you.  Out of all of the Marvel characters out there, is this one you are excited to see on the big screen?

THE HUMAN FLY is an obscure Marvel Comics character that has nothing to do with the insect and actually is no longer even owned by Marvel. That’s right.  Even thought Marvel gave the property a 19-issue run back in the late 70′s, the rights have reverted back and were picked up by Alan Brewer and Steven Goldman.  Deadline is reporting that Goldman will direct the low-budget indie that will be produced (in-part) by Brewer.  THE HUMAN FLY tells the tale of a stuntman who was injured and underwent several surgeries where most of his bones are replaced with steel.  He then uses his new abilities to perform stunts to help raise money for charities and such.  The character was based on Joe Ramacieri who was a real-life stuntman.

Hey, remember that time that Edgar Wright, director of such classics as SHAUN OF THE DEAD, HOT FUZZ and SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD actually shot some test footage for his long awaited ANT-MAN movie?  Well, now if someone asks you that question, you can say, “YES“.  THR is reporting that Edgar did film a test reel in mid-June to test the look and feel of the film and to see how the shrinking crime-fighter’s talents and powers would look on screen.  No word as to the results of the tests, but with SDCC around the corner, we may soon find out just what’s going on with the movie that he’s been writing and perfecting with co-writer Joe Cornish.  Here’s hoping ANT-MAN becomes part of Marvel’s Phase II.  Who’s your fan cast for Scott Lang and Hank Pym as the script is said to include both?

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Entertainment Weekly has given us the first look at the Disney short PAPERMAN which will premier before their animated film, WRECK-IT RALPH. The short is about a man who tries to get the attention of the woman of his dreams by sailing paper airplanes from one building to another over the busy streets of Manhattan.  Check out the poster for the short above as well as some images below (and be sure to click them to make them really big).

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THE BOURNE LEGACY hits theaters next month (a week later than originally planned if you didn’t already see that above) and will tell the story of a different agent, Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) in the same universe as Jason Bourne (Matt Damon), but will not feature Jason Bourne.  Interesting concept and it does open the world up a little more.  Now the question is, with Matt Damon saying in the past that he would definitely return to the role if Paul Greengrass came back, is there a possibility for a Damon / Renner team-up movie? Well if producer Frank Marshall, who recently spoke with Empire Magazine, has his way, that’s exactly what we will see.  This is what he told the magazine:

“You see there are several different programmes in the movie with different skill sets. All possibilities are open. My dream is that in the next one we see Matt and Jeremy team up.”

I personally would love to see it.  I have loved the BOURNE movies and I am a big fan of Jeremy Renner so seeing them together on screen would be even better than Renner showing up in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL.  But this isn’t all about me.  What about you?  Would you like to see Renner and Damon together in the next one?

 

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We’ve had two really big milestones this week in regards to box office records.  First, on Tuesday, Marvel’s THE AVENGERS became the third movie to cross the $600 million mark domestically and the first one ever directed by someone not named James Cameron.  Pixar (who, like Marvel, is owned by Disney) had their 13th movie to debut at number one, BRAVE, which is really something special considering that they have had exactly 13 movies that they have released. Will MONSTER’S UNIVERSITY be able to keep up the streak when it hits theaters next year? Source: BoxOfficeMojo.com

 

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/Film posted pictures of a very cool and very clever billboard in Los Angeles for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.  Check out the picture above and be sure to click on it to make it really really, big.

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It’s been no secret that James Cameron, who essentially has an open check in Hollywood, had the desire to film the sequels to his box-office bohemoth AVATAR at the same time, however many believed, because it’s what Cameron said, that it would only be AVATAR 2 and AVATAR 3.  Now, thanks to Showbiz 411, you can add AVATAR 4 to that as well.  In an article about Sigourney Weaver and her show Political Animals, they speak about her schedule and this interesting tidbit is included:

Then she films “Avatar” 2, 3, and 4 with James Cameron. That’s right: they’re making three sequels to the blue 3D phenom all at the same time. Weaver says she has no idea how long it will take, or how it’s going to work. “I just show up,” she said.

I guess when you’re movie makes almost $3 Billion at the worldwide box-office, you can pretty much do whatever you want.  Originally the sequels were planned to hit in December or 2014 and December of 2015.  No word on if this will push back the release dates any or when the third one would be scheduled to be released.  Stay tuned here for more info.

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As many of you know, BigFanboy.com is a Dallas-based site.  With that said, it comes as no surprise that this next story is near and dear to our heart.  Casey Affleck, brother of Ben incase you didn’t already know, is planning a biopic on recovering substance abuser (including alcohol and crack) and current MLB great Josh Hamilton.  Deadline is reporting that Casey will write and direct the film with Josh and Katie Hamilton, and Josh’s business manager Steve Reed, serving as co-producers.  The film tone is said to be close to that of the THE NATURAL, but I almost wonder if we are a few months too early.

With the Texas Rangers currently having the best record in Major League Baseball this year, a trip to the post-season is almost assured.  The Rangers have managed to make it to the World Series the past two years and even came extremely close to winning one of them (we are talking one out away from winning…twice).  It is very possible that this is the year that the Rangers not only make it to the World Series, but win it and pick up the first World Series title in franchise history.  If they manage to do that, my hope is that it makes it into the movie because when you look at Josh Hamilton and him overcoming addiction to become one of the best players in the sport, if you can cap that off with a title, a title that he will very much have a big hand it obtaining, you have a story that has scripted itself a storybook ending.

Now it’s time to fan-cast.  Who do you think would make a good Josh Hamilton.  My vote is for Cole Hauser.

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Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we now have our first look at Tom Cruise as the titular charcter in JACK REACHER (formerly titled ONE SHOT). He looks like…Tom Cruise.  Not much really to go on from this one, but hey, if you have been dying to see how Jack Reacher would look playing Tom Cruise, er, I mean, Tom Cruise playing Jack Reacher, well here you go.

JACK REACHER is directed by Christopher McQuarrie and stars Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Richard Jenkins, Alexia Fast, Robert Duvall, Jai Courtney, Werner Herzog.

SYNOPSIS: Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: You got the wrong guy. Then he says: Get Reacher for me.

And sure enough, ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. He knows this shooter – a trained military sniper who never should have missed a shot. Reacher is certain something is not right, and soon the slam-dunk case explodes.

Now Reacher is teamed with a beautiful young defense lawyer, moving closer to the unseen enemy who is pulling the strings. Reacher knows that no two opponents are created equal. This one has come to the heartland from his own kind of hell. And Reacher knows that the only way to take him down is to match his ruthlessness and cunning, and then beat him shot for shot.

JACK REACHER is set to hit theaters on December 21, 2012 (unless the world ends that day, then it won’t).

 

 

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Jim is an avid movie enthusiast, representing the general movie going audience, looking at movies for their entertainment value as opposed to their critical weight. He enjoys the escapism that movies provide. He is a fan of all genre's of movies, but gravitates toward comic-based movies, summer "popcorn" flicks and over-the-top comedies as his preference.