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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.'

 

50 movie remakes that are actually happening

By Kim Morgan Oct 8, 2010 12:47PM
50 movie remakes on the way? Really?

All right, I guess it's not that surprising there are 50 film remakes either in production or ready for release, since Hollywood loves comic books, rom-coms and remakes, but I'm pretty sure 50 romantic comedies aren't lined up and ready to go. Well, I could be wrong about that.

I'm not against remakes in principle, and I'm excited for Joel and Ethan Coen's take on "True Grit," but here's one remake I'm not thrilled for.

From Next Movie:

"‘Straw Dogs’

"Attached: Alexander Skarsgard, James Woods, James Marsden, Kate Bosworth
Status: 'The Contender' director Rod Lurie takes on this controversial and ultra-violent 1971 Sam Peckinpah film about a couple who move to the country only to find that small-town harassment can be just as bad as anything they faced in the big city. James Marsden steps into the lead role made famous by Dustin Hoffman, while “True Blood” hunk Alexander Skarsgard is on board as the leader of the local ruffians.

"Release Date: September 16, 2011"

 

Which movie will take top prize at the box office?

By Kim Morgan Oct 8, 2010 12:18PM
Who will win the box office race this weekend? Harvard or horses?

The New York Post picks Harvard, as David Fincher's critically acclaimed "The Social Network" will probably pick up even more steam over the weekend, whereas Disney's family-friendly "Secretariat" might pull through, but ... probably not. One theory is, and with no disrespect to the fantastic Diane Lane, there's no Sandra Bullock riding that horse.

Here's more:

"It's a horse race at the box office this weekend, with two major new films and the second weekend of 'The Social Network' largely chasing the same demographic -- women over 25 -- with predictions that all three will end up in a photo finish with tallies in the mid-teens.


"That's not great news for one of the newcomers, Disney's 'Secretariat,' which the studio hoped would pull out of the pack like 'The Blind Side,' opening at $34 million a year ago en route to a Best Picture nomination and a Best Actress Oscar for Sandra Bullock.


"The Mouse House is betting a bundle that history will repeat itself with 'Secretariat,' the New York Times reported the other day. But while 'Secretariat'' is being heavily marketed to the same Christian conservatives that made Bullock's movie a surprise hit, I don't think that's a duplicatable phenomenon for a number of reasons."



 

Critics are divided on the racehorse biopic opening today

By Kim Morgan Oct 8, 2010 11:38AM
The Triple Crown winner biopic "Secretariat" (opening today) is getting triple-crown to triple-zero reviews -- it's a serious split decision with this movie.

The movie, starring Diane Lane as Penny Chenery, the housewife turned horse breeder who owned and managed the champion racehorse famously named Secretariat, is being looked at as golden-toned nostalgic excitement, or golden-toned nostalgic. And even worse, golden-toned nostalgic "master-race propaganda." Wow.

Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun Times loved the picture, writing: "It is a great film about greatness, the story of the horse and the no less brave woman who had faith in him."

Entertainment Weekly's Owen Gleiberman found it all typical but very entertaining: "This pleasantly rote movie will rouse you."

 
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