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Cranston, Ramirez Join "Holland, Michigan"

Dark Horizons - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 21:36

Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") and Edgar Ramirez ("Carlos") are set to star in filmmaker Errol Morris' new darkly comic thriller "Holland, Michigan".

The pair join Naomi Watts who stars as a wife who starts an affair after she suspects her husband is cheating on her. She soon learns the truth - that her spouse isn't an adulterer, he's a serial killer.

Andrew Sodroski penned the script for the film said to be akin to "Fargo" in tone. Filming kicks off in April.

Morris revealed the news during a Reddit AMA. Morris has primarily been known for documentaries, this would mark his first narrative film since 1991's "The Dark Wind".

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Casting: Grainger, Cudi, Vega, Henrie, Socha

Dark Horizons - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 21:36

Tulip Fever
Holliday Grainger ("The Borgias") has scored a supporting role as a maid in Justin Chadwick's adaptation of Deborah Moggach's beloved romance novel "Tulip Fever" at The Weinstein Company. Filming aims to begin in April.

Set in 17th century Amsterdam, the story follows a married woman (Alicia Vikander) who begins a passionate affair with an artist hired to paint her portrait. The lovers gamble on the booming market for tulip bulbs as a way to raise money to run away together. [Source: The Wrap]

Entourage: The Movie
Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi) has scored the role of assistant to Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) in the upcoming movie based on the HBO series "Entourage" at Warner Bros. Pictures. Lloyd, Gold's previous long-suffering assistant, has been promoted to an agency rep in the new film. [Source: Deadline]

Untitled Jim Loach Project
Paz Vega, Edward James Olmos, Jessica Marais, Carmen Maura, Michael Crisafulli, Jarin Towney, Antonio de la Torre and Quim Gutierrez are all set to star in "Oranges and Sunshine" filmmaker Jim Loach's currently untitled second feature.

Set within a multigenerational Spanish family, the story follows a 12-year-old boy who realises he must escape his passionate yet dysfunctional family. Judy Morris ("Happy Feet 2," "Babe: Pig In The City") penned the script and filming begins next week in South Australia. [Source: Screen]

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
David Henrie, Eduardo Verastegui, Nicholas Turturro and Gary Valentine have all joined the cast of the Kevin James-led comedy sequel "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" at Sony Pictures. Filming begins in Las Vegas in April.

In this, Blart attends a Security Guard Expo in Las Vegas with his daughter (Raini Rodriguez) and takes on a group of dangerous art thieves. Henrie plays a valet attendant and love interest to the daughter, Verastegui a Vegas hotelier, Turturro a security guard rival, and Valentine a security guard ally to Blart. [Source: THR]

Moon Dogs
UK "Being Human" co-stars Michael Socha and Kate Bracken are re-teaming for Philip John's comedy feature "Moon Dogs". Alexandra Roach ("Cuban Fury") and Jack Lowden ("The Tunnel") are also attached to star in the film which begins shooting late this summer.

The story follows two warring brothers from Shetland who set out on a road trip to Glasgow in order to bring back one of the boy's girlfriend for Europe’s largest fire festival. On the journey both boys fall for a free-spirited girl who dreams of becoming a singer. [Source: Screen]

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"Heroes" Returns As An Event Series

Dark Horizons - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 21:36

FOX's upcoming 'event series' revival of "24" was expected to lead to various other networks following suit. Today, NBC has done just that.

"Heroes" creator and executive producer Tim Kring is planning "Heroes: Reborn," a thirteen-episode event miniseries in 2015 that aims to potentially revive the franchise.

The series would track a new standalone arc, but character and story details are being kept under wraps for now. It is expected that at least some of the show's original cast members will return.

The event series will also be preceded by a new digital series introducing new characters and storylines ahead of the show launch.

Source: NBC

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A "Farscape" Film Spin-Off In The Works?

Dark Horizons - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 21:36

It has been a full decade since TV's "Farscape" franchise came to a close with "The Peacekeeper Wars" mini-series.

Now, Inside Film reports that screenwriter Justin Monjo has worked on a script for a "Farscape" spinoff movie to be directed by the show's former executive producer Brian Henson. Henson also helmed the 'Peacekeeper' mini-series.

Monjo worked on the series back in the day and the scribe has scored good notices in Australia lately for his script work on the recent INXS mini-series "Never Tear Us Apart" along with the 1960s Singapore-set drama "Serangoon Road".

The interview was to announce "Mongo," a new HBO series he's developing based on George C. Chesbro's detective novel series that could star Peter Dinklage.

But talk quickly turned to "Farscape" and his film script which, if it were to go forward, would likely be a telemovie. There's also a synopsis:

"In the finale, the protagonists, American astronaut John Crichton (Ben Browder) and peacekeeper Aeryn Sun (Claudia Black) got married and had a baby.

In the movie, it’s revealed the boy had special powers which made him the target of the villainous aliens so his parents hide him on Earth.

The plot follows the kid at the age of 19 when his whereabouts have been discovered and he rejoins his parents on their spaceship."

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"Veronica Mars" Opens Everywhere March 14th

Dark Horizons - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 21:36

Rob Thomas, the creator of "Veronica Mars" and director of the upcoming film version of the teen detective comedy/drama, has confirmed that the movie is set to hit everywhere at once.

Thomas announced on Friday that the crowd-funded "Veronica Mars" film will simultaneously hit theaters globally and score a VOD/digital release on the likes of iTunes, Amazon and more - all on March 14th.

This would mark the first official Warner Brothers studio release to utilise the same day-and-date VOD window - a releasing method that is mostly utilised by smaller indie distributors.

Source: Kickstarter

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BBC's "Luther" Gets A Russian Remake

Dark Horizons - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 21:36

The BBC's acclaimed detective drama "Luther" is set to be remade for Russian TV network Channel One.

BBC Worldwide and production firm Sreda made the deal for this new adaptation which will be called "Klim". Eight hour-long episodes will be produced starting this August ahead of a 2015 airing.

Sreda's co-owener Alexander Tsekalo says: "Everyone’s looking for the next Sherlock, and we think Klim, our version of Luther, will be it!"

Russia is proving a booming market for British shows right now, and "Luther" isn't the first British drama to be remade there - much like the United States, the Russians also came up with their own version of "Life on Mars".

Source: The Live Feed

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Matt Ryan Is The New John Constantine

Dark Horizons - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 21:36

Welsh actor Matt Ryan ("Criminal Minds") is nearing a deal to star in the lead role in NBC's "Constantine," a series adaptation of the DC Comics title "Hellblazer".

Ryan would play the blond, working-class British occult detective John Constantine, a man who "struggles with his faith as he is haunted by the sins of his past and is suddenly thrust into the role of defending humanity from the gathering forces of darkness."

In the series Liv, the daughter of a late friend, is targeted by demons. Constantine steps in to save her and the two form an alliance.

Daniel Cerone ("Dexter") will pen the script, David Goyer ("Da Vinci's Demons") is attached to executive produce and Neill Marshall ("Game of Thrones") will direct the pilot.

Though best known for "Criminal Minds," Ryan has also had key roles in Showtime's "The Tudors," and films like "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day" and "Flypaper". He recently voiced the lead character of Edward Kenway in the video game "Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag".

Source: The Live Feed

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"House of Cards" Third Season Delayed?

Dark Horizons - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 21:36

Production on a third season of Netflix's "House Of Cards" has been delayed until mid-June pending the outcome of two separate Maryland Legislature bills.

Should they go forward, it would ensure another season of lucrative state tax breaks for the political drama. The series received more than $11 million in Maryland tax credits for Season 1 and is expected to receive anywhere up to $15 million for Season 2.

MRC is reportedly seeking a tax credit for Season 3 in line with the second season's $15 million. That's presently impossible as Maryland's current cap is $7.5 million. The two bills would effectively raise that ceiling to either $11 million or $18.5 million.

MRC has issued a letter effectively saying that incentives must be approved if the production is to stay in the state. It's estimated that production on the first two seasons contributed around $197 million into the local economy in fiscal year 2013.

Speaking of the series, it has been confirmed that around 2% of U.S. Netflix users 'binge watched' all thirteen episodes of the second season of the series last weekend. Based on subscriber estimates, that works out to around 668,000 viewers.

Between 5-15% of all subscribers watched at least one episode, with the average viewer having watched three episodes thus far.

Source: Deadline

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"Winter Soldier" Marketing Drops Spoilers

Dark Horizons - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 21:36

One of the key things that none of the trailers for the upcoming "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" has spoiled so far has been the identity of The Winter Soldier himself. The character boasts long hair and thick mask for all but one or two shots, and those few shots have all been blurred to the point it seems a conscious effort has been made to keep that secret under wraps.

Yet both the film's cast list, and some publicity stills the other week, have had no qualms about showing the character's true identity. Comic fans know the story of course, but for those not in the know in the general public - is it OK to discuss this topic freely?

Bad Ass Digest spoke with co-director Anthony Russo earlier this week about this issue to which the filmmaker said: "Even though there's an ensemble cast the story is very grounded in Captain America, and is told through his perspective very specifically. For the character it's a discovery, even if it isn't for the audience."

Which essentially sounds like it's NOT a spoiler. Today though a spoiler of a whole different kind hit in a new TV spot for the film which directly gives away another major plot point. Though vaguely implied in the previous trailers, this one includes an outright reveal of what is likely a major change to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

See the TV spot below for yourself. Should Marvel be so cavalier in giving away its big twists like this? Or is there more going on here than we know?

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Michael B. Jordan On Human Torch Critics

Dark Horizons - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 21:36

While many have debated the casting of the "Fantastic Four" reboot, the single biggest criticism to come up has been the casting of Michael B. Jordan as the Human Torch.

In the comics the character is the brother of Sue Storm (Kate Mara), an origin story that will probably be changed slightly to explain how the Caucasian Mara and African-American Jordan could be related - the most likely explanation being that one of them is adopted.

That hasn't stopped a huge backlash against Jordan and the film. Some of it has been very thinly disguised racism, whereas others are more upset over what's seen as yet just one more change to their beloved material in order to bring it to the big screen.

TMZ recently caught up with Jordan and asked him for a reaction to the criticism. Jordan responded to his detractors with just one sentence:

"They're still going to go see it anyway."

Comic fans have always argued over certain casting choices. Former Human Torch Chris Evans faced such a backlash when he was cast as Captain America, the actor criticised for not being "blond enough".

But cross-racial casting in particular brings out its own distinct set of detractors, something we also saw recently with the casting of Laurence Fishburne's Perry White and Jamie Foxx's Electro. As has ultimately been proven, if the actor is good in the role then most of the criticism can turn into praise overnight. Will the same happen here?

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Mads Mikkelsen Rumored For "Doctor Strange"

Dark Horizons - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 21:36

Acclaimed Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen may be adding another high-profile role to his resume, alongside being a memorable Bond villain and the current Hannibal Lecter.

Bleeding Cool reports: "According to one pretty solid Marvel-adjacent source, Mikkelsen apparently is, or has been, somewhere in the mix for the film's early casting discussions."

The film in question? The long-rumored "Doctor Strange" movie which got a bump this week after it was revealed four directors were currently in consideration for the film.

The report goes on to say: "I'm still trying to find another source on that, or to clarify which part it would be, and whether or not Mikkelsen might have already passed or been passed over. And there were other names mentioned at the same time, that I'm also still investigating."

This has lead to the suggestion that the 48-year-old Mikkelsen may instead be up for the role of Strange's arch-nemesis, the evil Baron Mordo.

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Photo: Arrow's Suicide Squad Revealed

Dark Horizons - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 21:36

The first photo has gone online from the 'Suicide Squad' episode in the second season of The CW's "Arrow". The photo showcases the famous team-up of DC baddies who will appear in the March 19th episode of the series.

Led by Amanda Waller (Cynthia Addai-Robinson), the group includes Ben Turner/Bronze Tiger (Michael Jai White), Mark Scheffer/Shrapnel (Sean Maher), Floyd Lawton/Deadshot (Michael Rowe), Lyla Michaels (Audrey Marie Anderson) and series regular Diggle (David Ramsey).

"Arrow" executive producer Andrew Kreisberg says it's through Diggle that we are introduced to this group: "Dig was our way into Amanda Waller, and in this episode, Amanda comes to Dig and Lyla, and she recruits Dig for a mission, and tells him he's going to need a team -- and she saddles him with the Suicide Squad."

Like in the comics, Waller offers imprisoned supervillains the chance to take on black-ops missions for the government, in exchange for shorter prison sentences.

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LeBron James NOT To Lead "Space Jam 2"

Dark Horizons - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 21:36

A report earlier today indicated a sequel was in the works to the 1996 animated/live-action hit "Space Jam". According to Deadline, said sequel was to serve as a starring vehicle for NBA MVP LeBron James.

The first film starred Michael Jordan and various other top NBA players like Charles Barkley, Larry Bird and Patrick Ewing. It went on to become a worldwide box-office hit with $230 million.

Charlie Ebersol was linked as producer for the sequel from a script by his brother Willie Ebersol.

Now though, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst has refuted the report on Twitter, saying: "LeBron sources refute Deadline report, there's no Space Jam 2 or Warner Bros. project in works."

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"LEGO Movie" Sequel To Hit May 2017

Dark Horizons - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 21:36

Warner Bros. Pictures has announced a May 26th 2017 release date for "The LEGO Movie 2", meaning the film will hit a little over three years after the first.

Currently in cinemas, the first 'LEGO' film has been a major domestic hit and has done very well in the global territories it has opened worldwide in so far.

Jared Stern ("The Internship," "The Watch") and Michelle Morgan ("Nancy Drew") are penning the screenplay, while Roy Lee and Dan Lin are producing. No word as yet if directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will return to the helm.

There's still no word on whether Warners will continue forward with a stand-alone animated "LEGO Ninjago" adventure.

Source: THR

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TNT Plans A "Librarian" TV Series

Dark Horizons - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 21:36

TNT is developing a ten-episode drama series based on its successful "The Librarian" telemovie series starring Noah Wyle.

The series would follow four people with extraordinary talents who discover that they have been selected by Flynn (Wyle) to work for the Library, an ancient fellowship of knowledge and heroism.

The quarter travel the world investigating strange occurrences, battling ancient conspiracies and protecting the innocent from the dangerous and secret world of magic.

Wyle is expected to reprise his role from the previous three telemovies. Though a deal is not closed at this time, the potential series would have no effect on Wyle's commitment to TNT's sci-fi action series "Falling Skies".

Dean Devlin would executive produce.

Source: The Live Feed

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Alternate "Anchorman 2" To Hit Cinemas

Dark Horizons - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 21:36

Director Adam McKay has talked about it before, but now it's really happening. Paramount has officially scheduled the release of "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues... Continued," a completely alternate cut of the recent comedy sequel with this one being marketed on the fact that it contains "763 new jokes".

McKay previously revealed that whilst filming the comedy sequel they had enough surplus jokes and alternate takes that they could craft a whole other movie out of the material. It looks like they've done just that.

McKay says: "When my editor told me we had a whole different version of the movie that was more than two hours long with nearly 800 new jokes, I was shocked. But when Paramount said they were actually going to put it in theatres, I did a 1950s spit take. If you're a hardcore Anchorman fan, go see this. If you're not, stay very far away."

Ron Burgundy and the gang return for this new version which will hit cinemas in the U.S. and U.K. for a limited one-week run starting February 28th.

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Eli Roth To Helm "Knock, Knock"

Dark Horizons - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 21:36

"Hostel" filmmaker Eli Roth has set up his next directorial effort, the horror tale "Knock Knock".

The story follows two young girls who show up unexpectedly at the home of a married man where they seduce him and wreak havoc on his perfect life.

Roth will re-team with his "Aftershock" co-writers Nicolas Lopez and Guillermo Amoedo on the script for this sub-$10 million project which aims to begin filming in April.

Roth and Colleen Camp will produce. Roth also remains attached to direct the Dracula movie "Harker" at Warner Bros. Pictures.

Source: The Wrap

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Jack O'Connell Enlists Into "Section 6"

Dark Horizons - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 21:36

Jack O'Connell ("Starred Up," "Unbroken," "300: Rise of an Empire") has signed on to star as the younger lead in the Aaron Berg-penned spy thriller "Section 6" at Universal Pictures.

The story deals with the formation of British spy agency MI6 during World War I, and its first director Sir George Mansfield Cummings (the inspiration for M in the James Bond series).

No director or details on O'Connell's character are presently known. Lawrence Grey, Marc Platt and Adam Siegel will produce.

Source: The Wrap

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Edward Norton To Helm "Motherless Brooklyn"

Dark Horizons - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 21:36

Edward Norton is set to star in and direct "Motherless Brooklyn" for RatPac Entertainment. Filming is expected to begin late this year in New York.

Norton also penned this loose adaptation of the Jonathan Lethem novel which moves the action from the contemporary times of the book to a New York 1954 setting.

Norton will play Lionel Essrog, a lonely and obsessive private detective afflicted with Tourette’s syndrome. As he tries to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, he unravels closely guarded secrets that have major ramifications.

Ratner, Norton and William Migliore will produce.

Source: Deadline

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Beast's Look In Next "X-Men" Explained

Dark Horizons - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 21:36

While many fans have questions regarding the upcoming "X-Men: Days of Future Past," three in particular have come up ever since photos from the set were leaked.

All three have to do with continuity issues following events in "X-Men: First Class" and "The Wolverine". The first is why are there photos of Nicholas Hoult without his Beast make-up in the film considering that he seemed to permanently transform into the blue furry one at the end of 'First Class'.

There's also the issue of James McAvoy's Charles X. Xavier being able to walk around with full use of his legs despite seemingly being made a paraplegic at the end of the last film. Finally there's the issue of Wolverine's claws which seem to have become metallic again despite reverting to bone at the end of "The Wolverine".

In an interview with JoBlo, Hoult answered the first of those questions:

"What's happened up to this point is between the time of the last movie and this movie my character has created a serum which basically controls his mutation so his appearance is normal as long as he doesn't get worked up. Any animal instinct or urges, that kind of brings him out.

So yeah, he changes into Beast a few times throughout the story and they've done some great action sequences with him this time, particularly in the mansion flying around on these chandeliers and stuff."

Whether he'll eventually be unable to make the serum anymore is unknown at this point.

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