Popcorn News – May 11

Rebecca Hall (The Town, Vicky Cristina Barcelona) is now in talks to join the cast of Iron Man 3 after Jessica Chastain had to bow out due to a conflicting schedule.  She would play a scientist who plays a pivotal role in creating the Extremis nanotech that ends up being sold to terrorists. (Variety)

Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, the upcoming Pacific Rim) will co-direct Pinocchio with Mark Gustafson (animation director on The Fantastic Mr. Fox) for The Jim Henson Company.  The 3D stop-motion animated film is a retelling of Carlo Collodi’s classic tale.  Matthew Robbins wrote the screenplay from a story by Robbins, del Toro and Gris Grimly. (ComingSoon.net)

Bullet To The Head starring Sylvester Stallone and directed by Walter Hill (The Warriors, 48 Hours) has found a new release date of February 1, 2013.  It will now go up against Summit Entertainment’s zombie romance Warm Bodies. (Box Office Mojo)

Warner Bros. has announced a nationwide promotional tour for The Dark Knight Rises called the “Tumbler Tour.”  The Tumbler and the Bat-Pod from the film will be touring 26 different cities leading up to the July 20th release of the movie.  The tour will allow fans to get a firsthand look at the vehicles.  For a list of the cities, hit the link. (Tumbler Tour)

Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler will star in David Wain’s upcoming rom-com parody, They Came Together.  Wain will direct from a script that he and Michael Showalter wrote shortly after they did Wet Hot American Summer.  The film will be produced through Lionsgate’s microbudget division. (Variety)

A new still from Brian DePalma’s upcoming film, Passion, has hit the web.  The film stars Rachel McAdams (Wedding CrashersMidnight In Paris) and Noomi Rapace (Sweden’s The Girl With the Dragon TattooPrometheus) and is described as a thriller about two women in a deadly power struggle in the world of international business. (Movieline)

NBC has announced renewals of some of their shows including Community, The Office, Parenthood, Smash, Grimm, Law & Order SVU and the final season of 30 Rock.  Community and 30 Rock are expected to only have about 13 episodes.  UPDATE:  Parks & Recreation and Up All Night have been renewed. (Ain’t It Cool News)

ABC has renewed Suburgatory for a second season.  They have also renewed Castle, Revenge, Once Upon A Time, Modern Family and Grey’s Anatomy. UPDATE:  Happy Endings has been renewed as well. (TV By The Numbers)

FOX has renewed Touch but cancelled Alcatraz and The Finder.  They have previously announced the renewals for New Girl, Fringe, Glee, American Dad, Family Guy, The Simpsons, Raising Hope and Bones. (Hollywood Reporter)

Kurt Russell and Sacha Baron Cohen have both departed from Quentin Tarantino’s already-in-production Django Unchained.  Russell’s part will not be recast and will be absorbed into the character of Billy Crash, played by Walton Goggins (Justified, The Shield).  The departures are not related to one another and while it’s unknown why Russell left, there is no ill will on anyone’s part.  Cohen left due to conflicts with promoting The Dictator. (Ain’t It Cool News)

Luke Evans (Immortals, The Raven) will be playing the villain in Fast and Furious 6.  He will be immediately begin work on the film directly after he’s done with Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. (Variety)

Universal Pictures looks to be moving forward with Kick-Ass 2.  Matthew Vaughn is producing from a script he wrote while directing duties will be going to Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down).  A September start date is being eyed for production on the film. (Heat Vision)

Warner Bros. apparently are eager for a sequel to Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion.  They have put out an open writing assignment wanting to take pitches for sequel ideas.  Scott Z. Burns, the original film’s writer, will serve as producer and it is unknown (though unlikely) if Soderbergh would return to direct. (It’s On The Grid)

Paul Verhoeven’s Total Recall starring Arnold Schwarzenegger will be released in a new “mind-bending edition” this summer on July 31.  The new blu-ray will feature will feature “an all-new director approved, high-definition transfer from the original film negative.”  It will also feature the Imagining Total Recall documentary, along with an new interview with Verhoeven, a Restoration Comparison featurette and commentary from the director and Schwarzenegger, and more. (The Digital Bits)

The sixth episode of Ain’t It Cool With Harry Knowles is now up on the Nerdist Channel on YouTube.  The episode marks the return of Douglas Trumbull, the visual effects wizard behind films like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Blade Runner, as he talks further about computer graphics, miniatures and some visual effects secrets from his past work.  It’s incredibly interesting and well worth the watch. (Ain’t It Cool News)


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5 Comments on “Popcorn News – May 11”

  1. CrystalSC May 11, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

    Yay! That’s great news. Only one show to worry about the fate of. And with Sarah Michelle Gellar being pregnant, I do wonder about Ringer.

  2. Ben McBride May 11, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

    Up All Night and Happy Endings was just announced as being renewed. I’ll update the post with that info. I’ve not heard anything about Ringer yet.

  3. CrystalSC May 11, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    Any word on the fate of Happy Endings (my favorite new show!), Ringer and Up All Night? I love those shows.

  4. Ben McBride May 11, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    Thanks! I’m glad you enjoy it! Thanks for commenting too. It’s always nice to see feedback!

    I haven’t seen Once Upon A Time or Touch yet but may catch up on them once they hit DVD/Blu-ray. I haven’t seen Total Recall in a very long time so I was happy to hear that it was getting a new transfer, so I’ll be waiting on that disc before I rewatch it again.

  5. Richard W Scott May 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    What a wonderful collection of updates! Thanks for this.

    Delighted to see Castle and Once Upon a Time being renewed, both favorites.
    I really like Touch, and am constantly amazed that they can keep coming up with fresh stories based upon the premise.

    Also glad to see that Glee will continue, but I can’t see how they’ll do it with most of the top talent “graduating” this year. This will be tricky, and have to base it self on junior cast and teachers. It’ll be an interesting time for the show.

    Clearly Total Recall coming back in a new and expanded version is to ride on the shoulders of the new release (looking forward to that, as well).

    And to think, if you hadn’t been “freshly pressed”, I’d have never found your wonderful blog!

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