Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Terminator 5, Die Hard, Zombieland, Ghost in the Shell: Arise, Crimson Peak, All I’ve Got, and Lance Armstrong have all made recent film or TV news. You will find a table of contents below so that you can quickly navigate to the movie or TV show you want to read about quickly.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Ray Liotta, Juno Temple and Jeremy Piven have been cast in the film joining the likes of Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dennis Haysbert and Jamie Chung.Who exactly each will play, or exactly how large each role is, remains unclear.
Progress on Terminator 5 has been on-again, off-again for the past couple of years, but now it’s picking back up with the hiring of writers Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier. While the pair have yet to complete any projects together, they’ve collaborated on a couple of things that haven’t made it to the screen yet…Kalogridis and Lussier were hired not long ago by Ellison (David, that is) to write an original sci-fi adventure based on an idea by Skydance. He must have liked what he saw from them, because that led to their landing the coveted Terminator 5 gig.
Fox has announced that it will bring all four previous films back to the theaters for one day only, as part of a marathon leading up to the release of A Good Day to Die Hard.
The event will take place Wednesday, February 13, and will include screenings of 1988’s Die Hard, 1990’s Die Hard 2, 1995’s Die Hard With a Vengeance, and 2007’s Live Free or Die Hard. All that will lead up to the release of the newest installment, probably at or around midnight on Thursday, February 14.
Ghost in the Shell: Arise
Ghost in the Shell Arise anime will launch in 2013…Tow Ubukata is supervising and writing the series scripts…Cornelius as the composer and a piece of visual art for the main character Motoko Kusanagi…Production I.G has launched an official website for the new anime, as well as Twitter and Facebook accounts.
The website confirms the staff information, and announces that a “Ghost in the Shell Arise Production Presentation” will be streamed live worldwide on February 12 at 9:00 p.m. in Japan (7:00 a.m. EST) on Niconico, Bandai Channel, and YouTube.. The event itself will be held at the nicofarre event hall in Tokyo.
A “Ghost in the Shell Arise Production Commemoration Special Night” event will also be held at the TOHO Cinemas in Roppongi Hills on February 12 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00p.m. Tickets will go on sale on January 16 and will cost 2,000 yen (about US$22.50). The event will screen the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex – The Laughing Man compilation, and the Ghost in the Shell 2.0 and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society 3D films. Additionally, the event will host a 60-minute live-viewing event for Ghost in the Shell Arise, which will include announcements, clips from the new anime, and a talk show featuring staff and other special guests.
All I’ve Got
The filmmaker has attached himself to a remake of a 2003 Israeli TV movie called Kol Ma She’Yesh Li, or All I’ve Got in English…it’s set up at Paramount Pictures, with J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot producing…All I’ve Got is being billed as a fantasy, albeit one more in the vein of The Lovely Bones than Lord of the Rings.
At the center of the plot is an old woman facing a tough decision. Many years ago, she was one-half of a happy, deeply-in-love couple that got into a terrible car accident. The man died, but she survived to meet another man, marry him, and have three children with him. When her own death comes around, she’s given a choice: She can revert to her younger self before the accident, but with no memory of her subsequent life, or she can stay where she is and wait for her husband and children to join her in the afterlife.
Charlie Hunnam is ready to re-team with his director as the thesp is in negotiations to star in Guillermo del Toro’s “Crimson Peak.”…Legendary will produce and be a participating financing partner on the movie, with Universal Pictures retaining an option to finance at a later date. The film is set to begin shooting in February 2014.
it looks like the Zombieland TV show is actually a real thing, because casting calls just went out yesterday for the show’s main characters…they definitely give us a sense of how the TV show will reinvent the main characters and their backstory a bit. There are casting calls for the four major characters from the film (Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita and Little Rock) plus a couple minor characters.
Here’s how the characters would be portrayed somewhat differently on TV:
Tallahassee is still kind of a snarky weirdo, but he seems to have a much less spiky relationship with Columbus. He and Columbus have a pretty amusing thing where they riff on the fact that Steven Seagal movies always have three-word titles like “Marked for Justice” or “May Cause Diarrhea.” But Tallahassee also dispenses homespun wisdom about how to feel happy with your life. He also tells a weird story about being in a trailer park with a perpetually nude Matthew McConaughey. He also has a somewhat heartwarming scene where he tells Columbus that he’s been wandering aimlessly for a long time, but maybe he’s been put here for a reason — to help Columbus and the others.
Columbus is much the same, except that he tracks down his grandma and grandpa (Bubbie and Peepaw) only to find them recently zombiefied. Also, Columbus is trying to deal with his newfound relationship with Wichita, after their first kiss. He has started calling her “Krista,” her real name — but there are some problems, especially after she finds him reading a book about fatherhood. He tries to organize a romantic scavenger hunt for her in the IKEA they’re camping out in, but it goes kind of horribly.
Wichita is still trying to look after Little Rock, trying to teach her math with problems about someone stealing from a liquor store and jumping on a train going 42 miles per hour, with a cop chasing in a car going 88 miles per hour. We also learn a lot more about Wichita’s backstory, including how she ran away from her father after he had her stealing people’s Christmas presents — and later, she found out she had a sister who was also being a grifter with her dad.
Little Rock seems actually kind of excited about meeting Columbus’ grandparents, before they turn out to be zombies. And she shares some of her own backstory, about how her dad parked her at a school while he went off grifting on his own — and then yanked her out of school right before a dance that she was looking forward to.
Fred and Ainsley are two office workers at the start of the zombie apocalypse, obliviously complaining about problems with their iPhones and getting the wrong order at Starbucks, which they admit are “first world problems” with a hashtag — while people are being disembowled just outside the window they’re not facing. Tallahassee shows up to bring them their lunch orders, wearing a green polo shirt.
Lance Armstrong Movie
Paramount and J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot have noticed the dramatic potential in this new version of events, and are eagerly preparing to bring it to the big screen. The companies have just closed a deal for the screen rights to Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong, an upcoming biography by Juliet Marcur. More details after the jump.
A sports reporter for the New York Times, Macur has been covering news about Armstrong for over a decade. She’s written about his recovery from cancer and his amazing seven consecutive Tour de France wins, all the way through to his persistent denials and then eventual admission of the doping allegations. Her book proposal was picked up by HarperCollins, and the finished product is scheduled to hit shelves in June…Abrams and Bad Robot’s Bryan Burk will produce, but no director, writer, or star is attached at this time.