So I am trying out a new feature that I’ve been wanting to do for quite some time now. While not all movie news is something that I will write about, there are small things here and there that could be of interest to people (as well as to myself). So I hope to do a weekly column where I will gather these smaller snippets of movie, tv and/or comics news and allow you to see them all in one place! So without further adieu, here is the first Popcorn News.
A new photo of Daniel Craig in the upcoming James Bond film Skyfall has been released by 007.com.
Captain America director Joe Johnston will follow up his contribution to the superhero genre with a low budget thriller called Not Safe For Work. The budget apparently sits at a mere $3 million. It’s about a paralegal who finds himself trapped at his office while a killer is trying to destroy some sensitive files. (Heat Vision Blog)
Gran Torino screenwriter Nick Schenk is now set to write the reboot of Robocop, which still has Jose Padilha attached to direct. (Vulture)
Joss Whedon has confirmed that the Spider-man cameo rumor in The Avengers is indeed false while doing a live Twitter chat. But he did jokingly say that the Avengers will be turning off the dark. The fact that the film rights for Spider-man is owned by another studio will more than likely mean that we will never see him pop up in the established Marvel movie universe.
Ridley Scott is in talks to direct The Counselor. The screenplay is written by famed author Cormac McCarthy which is his first spec script. Head over to Deadline for further details.
Darren Aronofsky is hoping to land Russell Crowe as the titular character in his upcoming Noah. He’s also hoping to nab Liam Neeson for a key role in the re-envisioned biblical tale. (Deadline)
Showtime has renewed House of Lies, Shameless and Californication for another season.
A prequel of sorts to Jackie Brown is apparently happening. The film, entitled Switch, will follow the characters of Ordell (Samuel L. Jackson) and Louis (Robert DeNiro). This time around Ordell will be played by Mos Def and Louis will be played by John Hawkes. The script apparently impressed Elmore Leonard so much that he agreed to produce it. Quentin Tarantino is not currently involved. (Variety)
Blu-ray release dates have been announced for The Adventures of Tintin (March 13th), Young Adult and Ti West’s The Innkeepers (both on April 24th). (Bluray.com) Also, The Digital Bits has revealed blu-ray street dates for Melancholia (March 13th), Hugo (Feb. 28th), The Deer Hunter (March 6th) and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (March 20th). Check out The Digital Bits for all release news/reviews on DVD and Blu-ray. Bill Hunt and company do a great job over there.
CBS Home Entertainment has set its plans to release all of the Star Trek: The Next Generation series on blu-ray after having released a blu-ray sampler recently. The first season should be released in late summer or early fall of this year. They plan on having all seasons of the show released by 2015. (StarTrek.com)
Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) has replaced Blake Lively in Steven Soderbergh’s The Side Effects. The film also stars Jude Law, Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Scott Z. Burns wrote the screenplay which centers on a depressed, medicated woman who ends up in a relationship with a doctor while dealing with the anxiety of her husband’s impending release from prison. (Deadline)
Justin Timberlake will be sharing the screen with Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams in Robert Lorenz’s Trouble With The Curve. The story follows a veteran scout that goes on a scouting trip with his daughter to check out a new player’s talents. (Deadline)
The SXSW film festival will be showing films such as The Cabin in the Woods, 21 Jump Street, Casa de mi Padre, The Raid, The Hunter, Killer Joe, God Bless America and Bernie among others. (SXSW.com)
A screenshot from the teaser of the GI Joe: Retaliation Super Bowl spot shows Cobra Commander’s newer, improved look. Head over to Badass Digest to read Devin Faraci’s thoughts on it and see the commercial.
Speaking of Super Bowl spots, you can expect to see TV spots for the following movies for this Super Bowl weekend: The Avengers, GI Joe: Retaliation, John Carter, Battleship and The Dictator. Matthew Broderick will also reprise his role of Ferris Bueller for a TV spot as well.