Popcorn News – Mar. 23

Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (The State, Reno 911!) will make their directorial debut on Hellbaby from an original script the two co-wrote.  In the horror comedy, a young expectant couple moves in to New Orleans most haunted fixer-upper and calls upon The Vatican’s elite exorcism team to save them from a demonic baby.  Lennon and Garant will portray that team and Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb will play the couple. (Darko Entertainment)

A new still of Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) in the upcoming horror thriller, House at the End of the Street, has appeared over at EW.  The film centers on a teen and her mom who move in next door to a house that was the site of savage murders years ago, only to learn that the young man whose family was slaughtered still lives inside. (EW)

Famke Janssen and Bill Skarsgard are set to star in the Eli Roth created/directed television show, Hemlock Grove.  The horror show will be released on Netflix instant streaming in early 2013.  (ShockTillYouDrop)

Warner Bros. has set dates for a few films on their slate.  Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim will now open on July 12, 2013, previously it was set to open on May 10, 2013.  The sequel to 300, directed by Noam Murro, is set to premier on Aug. 2, 2013 and The Hangover III, the final film of the franchise, is set for May 24, 2013. (Comingsoon.net)

The new companion for Dr. Who has been announced.  The BBC revealed that Jenna-Louise Coleman will be replacing Karen Gillan and Arthur Darville in the upcoming seventh season. (Blastr)

Jessica Biel has signed on to play Psycho actress Vera Miles in Fox Searchlight’s upcoming Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho.  She joins the already cast Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, James D’Arcy and Scarlett Johansson. (Deadline)

Jake Kasdan (Bad Teacher) is in negotiations to direct Sex Tape, a comedy that centers on a couple who make a sex tape to reinvigorate their love life but then accidentally lose it and must find it.  Nicholas Stoller was originally attached to direct but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.  Jason Segel is set to star in the film.  (Variety)

Images of Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Rian Johnson’s new time travel thriller, Looper, were released at Wondercon recently.  The images show Levitt in make-up prosthetics in order to look more like a younger Bruce Willis.  Willis is playing the older version of the same character.  The film is scheduled to be released on Sept. 28, 2012. (MovieWeb)

Tom Hardy (Warrior, The Dark Knight Rises) revealed that he would be very interested in playing James Bond should Daniel Craig give up the role.  He also stated he would like to see himself as 007 with Christopher Nolan directing. (Metro)

Fringe producers J.H. Wyman and Jeff Pinkner told audience members at Wondercon that if the show doesn’t get picked up for another season their plan is to write a special edition comic to wrap things up. (Zap2it)

Hugh Dancy (Martha Marcy May Marlene) has signed on to play FBI Agent Will Graham in the upcoming NBC show Hannibal.  The Bryan Fuller led show received a direct to series order of 13 episodes recently.  The show, based off the Thomas Harris created characters, will follow Agent Graham and Hannibal Lecter starting at the beginning of their friendship.  The two characters were featured in Michael Mann’s Manhunter and the more recent Red Dragon, starring Edward Norton as Graham. (TV Line)

SyFy’s prequel to Battlestar Galactica, Blood & Chrome, has been denied a full television series.  SyFy still plans on airing the pilot at some point as a TV movie event and there is still hope Blood & Chrome will exist as a webseries, which was initially how it was conceived. (Deadline)  Below is some conceptual art for the show that Blastr had previously released.

A new Lizard character poster for the upcoming The Amazing Spider-man is the most revealing look of the character so far. (Trends International)

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2 Comments on “Popcorn News – Mar. 23”

  1. The-Marnray March 23, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

    To be honest I feel a bit disappointed about the look of The Lizard, he was a worthy foe for Spider-Man not only because of his regenerative abilities, but also because he looked like a giant crocodile; something fiercely dangerous and feared. This rendition is the ugly duckling of the amphibious kingdom.

    • Ben McBride March 23, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

      I agree with you. The look of The Lizard could have been done so much better. They did it as an attempt to be able to bring humanity to him in lizard form, which undercuts the fiercely dangerous and feared element you mentioned.

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