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And at Eric Stoltz as ... Marty McFly?

By Kim Morgan Oct 12, 2010 11:02AM
Eric Stoltz can be a great actor, and 1985 was a good time for the then-young actor, but not when it came to what could have been a career-defining role for him: "Back to the Future."

According to the 25th anniversary Blu-Ray edition of the Robert Zemeckis movie, the actor was originally cast as Marty McFly but was cut five weeks into filming. Harsh.

The role, of course, went to Michael J. Fox. And really, it may have been bad for Stoltz -- his career could have taken a weird turn attached to the franchise. And yes, as seen in the clips of Stoltz early in the role, he's not right. Also, would "Some Kind of Wonderful" have happened without him? To some, that's more beloved than "Back to the Future." Some.

Here's more from TheWrap:

"Included in the package is a never-before-seen clip of Eric Stoltz, the actor who had cast as 'Marty McFly' before executive producer Steven Spielberg and director Robert Zemeckis decided to replace him with Michael J. Fox -- which, for Fox, turned out to be a career-defining role.


"Zemeckis called Stoltz a 'magnificent actor,' but his comedic sensibilities didn't match up with the script he'd written. 'I don't think we were getting the laughs we thought we would get,' Spielberg said.

"Shockingly, Stoltz was replaced with Fox five weeks into filming, and Zemeckis had to convince the studio to let him reshoot.

"'I had to make this horrific decision,' Zemeckis said, despite the resulting classic film, 'which was heartbreaking for everybody, but luckily I was able to convince the studio to let me reshoot five weeks of work.'"

Watch the Stoltz footage after the jump:


Rhys Ifans joins Spidey in his web

By Kim Morgan Oct 12, 2010 10:48AM
More "Spider-Man" casting news -- this time with extra villain deliciousness (and, yes, villains can be delicious).

Rhys Ifans (most famous for "Notting Hill," but check him out in the creepy "Enduring Love") will act as the villain, opposite Andrew Garfield (so wonderful in "The Social Network") as Peter Parker and the recently announced Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy.

Here's more:

"[It] was announced today by Amy Pascal, co-chairwoman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures. The film, to be directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt and produced by Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin, will begin production in December and will be released in theaters nationwide in 3D on July 3, 2012.

"Commenting on the announcement, Tolmach said, 'We have been very fortunate to attract some of the best actors working today to play the villains in the Spider-Man movies, and it is exciting to see that trend continue with Rhys Ifans. After seeing his performance in our upcoming film 'Anonymous,' we're in awe of his talent and think he's the perfect choice to take on this role.'


The movie looks pretty darn great

By Kim Morgan Oct 11, 2010 6:44PM
Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, David O Russell, boxing. To say this looks great is an understatement. Watch the trailer for "The Fighter" below.


Rourke and Schweiger casting news

By Kim Morgan Oct 11, 2010 6:37PM
More casting news that is, well,  interesting.

According to TheWrap and Variety, Mickey Rourke and Til Schweiger ("Inglourious Basterds") will be acting alongside Jeffrey Dean Morgan in "The Courier." And (and!), Schweiger is also joining the cast of "This Means War."

There's nothing yet about who Rourke will play in "The Courier," but Schweiger will be an FBI agent.

Here's more:

"Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now) will direct the film about a daredevil courier (Morgan) who specializes in illegal deliveries and who winds up caught between a myriad of pursuers when one delivery goes awry.

"Filming is scheduled to start later this month in New Orleans.

"In 'This Means War,' Schweiger plays an arms dealer. Currently being directed by McG, the film stars Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Tom Hardy and Chelsea Handler in the story of two best friends, inseparable since childhood, who fall in love with the same woman (Witherspoon).


Gay Rights groups are angry over the movie's trailer

By Kim Morgan Oct 11, 2010 6:31PM
Ladies and gentlemen, electric cars are...happy?

Well, that's not what Vince Vaughn says in the trailer for the upcoming Ron Howard "The Dilemma" (also starring Kevin James), he uses a word that has made everyone from Anderson Cooper to gay rights group very, very angry.

The word has been argued over being cut from the trailer. Now there's question over cutting the word from the movie itself and pulling the trailer from theaters. Since Vaughn clarifies what he means by using the word in the trailer, I think this is getting out of hand, but many will not agree with me.

One person is GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios, who talked to The Wrap about the comedy:

"Universal Studio’s indecision on whether to cut an anti-gay slur from its upcoming comedy "The Dilemma” has stirred up fierce blowback from gay rights groups.

"None has been more outspoken in its calls for the studio to edit the problematic joke out of the final film than the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

"In the film, Vaughn tells a group of executives, 'Ladies and gentleman, electric cars are gay.'

"Facing criticism from GLAAD and celebrities such as Anderson Cooper, Universal said it would remove trailers featuring the line from theaters last Friday -- though that process has taken longer than initially indicated.

"On Monday, GLAAD announced that it would launch an online protest aimed at pressuring Universal to move faster to pull teasers for the from theaters and to re-edit the film entirely. The studio still hasn't made a decision on whether to leave the line in the fim.

"TheWrap spoke to GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios about the protest, why he thinks Vaughn’s joke contributes to anti-gay bullying and if Universal’s reaction is homophobic, .

"You’ve linked the gay joke in 'The Dilemma' to the recent outbreak of homophobic bullying ...

"It doesn’t take much to connect the dots. There has been a rash of bullying, some leading to suicides, much of it because of the widespread belief that it's somehow OK to say things about gay people that it is not OK to say about other groups. Comments like those in the movie make it seem OK to beat up gay people."


But without Matt Damon

By Kim Morgan Oct 11, 2010 6:22PM
There was speculation that Matt Damon, who said he would never star as Jason Bourne again unless Paul Greengrass was at the helm, might join the news "Bourne" movie since, "Michael Clayton" scribe Tony Gilroy is set to write and direct.

But Jeff Wells at Hollywood Elsewhere got the scoop after talking to "The Bourne Legacy" writer/director Gilroy who made some things clear.

More, from Coming Soon:

"He says the Universal release has taken the title from the Eric Van Lustbader book based on the series created by Robert Ludlum, but that they will not be using the story. 'This is not a reboot or a recast or a prequel. No one's replacing Matt Damon. There will be a whole new hero, a whole new chapter...this is a stand-alone project,' said Gilroy.


'The Social Network' is No. 1 for second week in a row

By Kim Morgan Oct 11, 2010 11:27AM
As expected, David Fincher's Facebook movie "The Social Network" beat out a famously celebrated horse and a not-so-famously baby-straddled Heigl (that's Katherine Heigl), earning the No. 1 spot at the box office for the second week in a row.

It was an odd weekend, with an assortment of movies to choose from, but viewers stuck to the picture that is not only critically acclaimed, but deserved of its acclaim. "The Social Network," unlike Heigl's movie, is truly life as we know it, and more people are fascinated by that. Not another romantic comedy with a baby.

As for "Secretariat" (or, life as we knew it back then ... or so the movie wants us to believe), I'm not sure why viewers were less interested. Horses don't pull in the big bucks -- unless you're gambling on them. Or own them.

Here's more from TheWrap:

"Sony's Mark Zuckerberg biopic 'The Social Network' held off a flurry of lukewarm competition in weekend two, grossing $15.5 million to win the domestic box office again.

"Dropping just over 30 percent from its debut weekend, 'Social Network' beat out Warner Katherine Heigl movie 'Life as We Know It,' which grossed on the low side of its pre-release tracking, scoring $14.6 million.

"In third place, Disney sports movie 'Secretariat' matched its lukewarm estimates, grossing $12.6 million.


'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1' will not be released in 3-D

By Kim Morgan Oct 8, 2010 12:57PM
Breaking! "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" to be released in two dimensions only! 3-D given the heave-ho! Studio claims quality over extra dimensions and annoying glasses!

Excluding those weirdly obsessed with 3-D and those who like spending extra money for a headache, everybody wins!

From The Hollywood Reporter:

"Warner Bros. has scuttled plans to release the new 'Harry Potter' in 3-D.

"In a statement released Friday, the studio said that when "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I" arrives in theaters on Nov. 19, it will be in 2-D, playing both conventional theaters and IMAX, but that "we will not have a completed 3-D version of the film within our release date window."

"The statement continued: 'Despite everyone's best efforts, we were unable to convert the film in its entirety and meet the highest standards of quality. We do not want to disappoint fans who have long-anticipated the conclusion of this extraordinary journey.'

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