Casting Cornucopia

by Tippi Blevins June 13, 2008 11:19 am
Casting Cornucopia Lots of casting goodies have come out since yesterday. Like Oliver Twist looking for another helping of sweet, sweet gruel, step on up with your bowl in hand and get ready to feast on these:

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Amanda Peet has joined the cast of Roland Emmerich's 2012. She'll play the ex-wife to John Cusack's struggling writer. They, along with a few other survivors, will face the end of the world together--she with her new rich husband, he with a particularly chilly rejection letter from The New Yorker. Peet should feel right at home in this one, as there were probably many times during her stint on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip when she felt like she was waiting for the apocalypse.

Adam Beach Hates Dinosaurs, Reality

by Zach Oat June 13, 2008 10:26 am
Adam Beach Hates Dinosaurs, Reality

Adam Beach (Windtalkers, Law & Order: SVU) is living in a fantasy land, populated by dinosaurs. And in this world that he lives in, he is apparently part of a new Turok: Dinosaur Hunter movie that he thinks is very close to being made. Granted, yes, he was the voice of Turok in the recent Turok: Son of Stone straight-to-DVD animated movie, but talking to MTV News like a live-action movie is in development seems a little premature, doesn't it?

A Dream Deferred: Jeannie Gets Her Silver Screen Wish

by Kasey McDonald June 12, 2008 3:41 pm
A Dream Deferred: Jeannie Gets Her Silver Screen Wish Another old TV show-turned feature length movie has managed to find a way out of development hell--at least for the moment. Try to contain your excitement. After languishing for years as an in-development project and on the heels of not-great Bewitched and The Dukes of Hazzard, I Dream of Jeannie has a new writer, energized producers and is back in active development. The producers are so energized in fact, that it's hard not to get a little excited for them.

Disney Wants You! (To Buy More Crap)

by Kasey McDonald June 12, 2008 1:06 pm
Disney Wants You! (To Buy More Crap) I really should have looked into studying merchandising when I went to college. It seems to be one of those fields in which scores of people throw their ideas against a wall and every single thing sticks. And the company out there with the most crap stuck to their walls? Disney. I don't think they turn anyone's idea down. A plush chair in the shape of Ratatouille's Anton Ego? Sure, kids! Have a seat in the scary guy's lap. I think I even remember an Aladdin candy dispenser in the shape of a lamp that you had to actually rub in order to get the goods. Walking through the hallways of their merchandising/licensing department is probably like running the gauntlet through a cafeteria food fight, only instead of getting beaned by half-eaten tuna sandwiches and little cartons of milk, you're dodging stuffed Monsters Inc. plush dolls and 101 Dalmatians lunch boxes.

Katherine Heigl Escapes Rom-Coms

by Kasey McDonald June 12, 2008 12:42 pm
Katherine Heigl Escapes Rom-Coms Those die-hard chick-flick fans sure to flock to whatever new film is starring Katherine Heigl may want to read a few reviews before they head to the theater. Variety announced today that Heigl is set to produce and star in a film adaptation of Escape, the best-selling memoir of Carolyn Jessop, a woman who helped send polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs to prison. The story of Escape follows the life of Jessop, who at 18 was forced to marry a man 32 years her senior and at age 35 fled the sect with their eight children. Not exactly your usual story about a zany but successful young woman who just can't find the right guy. [Ed's note: And even more of a gamble on Heigl's part in light of the fact that she herself is a non-practicing Mormon -- Lauren]

Three Musketeers Origins and Our Casting Suggestions

by Mindy Monez June 11, 2008 11:09 am
Three Musketeers Origins and Our Casting Suggestions IESB has uncovered a plot by Millenium Films to make a new Three Musketeers movie. The film will reportedly be an origins story, focusing on the Musketeers' early lives and how they all got together, which means that D'Artagnan, the fourth musketeer, may not be included until the inevitable sequel. This news both makes my day and breaks my heart.

Wham! Bam! No Thank You, Ma'am!

by Tippi Blevins June 10, 2008 11:38 am
Wham! Bam! No Thank You, Ma'am! Simon Napier-Bell's movie about '80s pop duo Wham! may be in trouble, according to The Guardian. No, you didn't read that wrong. There is, indeed a movie about Wham! in the works. But the film's future hangs in the balance until George Michael consents to the use of the group's music.

According to the article, Napier-Bell "raised doubts" over whether that would happen. A Wham! movie without Wham! music would be like... Do you remember that scene in Amadeus where the performers are dancing around like idiots in silence because Ferris Bueller's principal prohibited music?* Now imagine how much sillier the "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" video would have looked if it had been performed by spastic mimes. Ferris Bueller's principal (aka Emperor Joseph II) eventually saw the error of his ways, but will George Michael?

7 Movies You Should Never See With Your Parents

by Mindy Monez June 10, 2008 10:03 am
7 Movies You Should Never See With Your Parents My recent experience watching an episode of Secret Diary of a Call Girl in a room full of fairly new co-workers reminded me all too well of one of the worst experiences known to man -- sitting down to watch a movie with your parents that you think is benign, but that all of a sudden takes a turn for the filthy worst. Not living at home anymore, I don't even notice how sexual commercials, TV and movies are until I go home to visit my unbelievably prudish Catholic parents. Then I notice, and I notice big. By way of PSA for all of you with similarly uptight families, I've compiled a list of the movies I watched with my parents that I wish to god I hadn't.

Revenge Robots Revealed

by Zach Oat June 9, 2008 2:22 pm
<I>Revenge</I> Robots Revealed

So here's the thing -- after barely keeping things under control following last week's news, my excitement over the next Transformers movie, Revenge of the Fallen, is kicking into overdrive. Something in my brain is getting me all worked up over all this stuff that I'm hearing and seeing, and no amount of Bumblebee urinating on John Turturro in my head seems to help. Oh well, I'm just going to embrace it. So maybe I get severely disappointed later on -- big deal! Welcome to my life.

Sandler Takes A Shortcut to Horror-ville

by Tippi Blevins June 6, 2008 10:41 am
Sandler Takes A Shortcut to Horror-ville Seems like lately you can't swing a cat without hitting a new horror movie. (Watch, now someone will make a horror movie where the villain's weapon of choice is a cat he swings around like a lasso. Screw knives and chainsaws. Have you ever been on the wrong end of a pissed-off Siamese?) An editor once told me, "The worse the economy is, the more people flock to horror stories." Maybe it takes their minds off their problems, or helps to put things in perspective. Sure, variable interest rates suck, but at least they don't hack you into bits and wear your face like a Halloween mask. Adam Sandler seems to agree: He's just launched a new label called Scary Madison to produce genre projects, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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