Popcorn News – Aug. 9

Paramount Pictures won’t be releasing a Paranormal Activity film this year. Instead, they will release two Paranormal Activity franchise movies in 2014. On January 3, 2014, Paramount will release their latino-audience targeted Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones from director Christopher Landon. Then later that year, Paranormal Activity 5 will be released on October 24, 2014 and will likely be directed by Greg Plotkin, who edited the last three films. (Yahoo! Movies)

Sylvester Stallone took to Twitter to announce a cast change-up for The Expendables 3.  Bruce Willis will no longer be in the movie, due to wanting more money than producers were willing to pay for his participation, and filling the void of Willis will be none other than Indiana Jones himself, Harrison Ford. (Sylvester Stallone)

Sam Rockwell is in early talks to star opposite Rosemarie DeWitt in the Sam Raimi produced Poltergeist reboot.  Rockwell is currently exploring his options as he has several movie offers on the table but he is Sam Raimi and director Gil Kenan’s top choice for the role of the Bowen family patriarch. (The Wrap)

A new still from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug shows Legolas and the invented-for-the-movie character Tauriel in discussion. Evangeline Lilly plays Tauriel and Orlando Bloom reprises his role as Legolas in the December 13th release. (Empire)

The Hobbit 2 still Legolas and Tauriel

The sequel to SyFy’s hit Sharknado now has an official title.  Sharknado 2: The Second One will premiere on the network in July 2014 and will be set in New York City.  The title was chosen from more than 5,000 Twitter submissions suggesting a name for the follow-up. (Access Hollywood)

Hugh Grant has joined the cast of Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E. He will join Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer in the movie based upon the original NBC television series from the 1960s.  Grant will play the head of British Naval Intelligence. (Hollywood Reporter)

UFC star Ronda Rousey has landed a supporting role in Fast & Furious 7.  This is her second role she has landed after having scored a part in The Expendables 3.  The plan is for her to shoot both movies back to back this fall in order for her to have enough time to begin training for a rematch fight she is scheduled for in December. (Variety)

Lionsgate is working on a sequel to their summer hit, Now You See Me. There is no indication that a screenwriter has been hired or if director Louis Leterrier will return. (Hollywood Reporter)

The movie poster for the upcoming horror comedy Bad Milo! is now online. The movie stars Ken Marino as a man whose life stresses and constant stomach issues manifest in the form of a pint-sized creature living inside of his intestines. Gillian Jacobs, Patrick Warburton, Peter Stormare and Stephen Root co-star in the film which opens in theaters on October 4. (IMP Awards)

Bad Milo movie poster

After acquiring the distribution rights to Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer, The Weinstein Company is reportedly cutting out 20 minutes of footage from the film for its US, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa release. The cuts would eliminate a lot of the character detail, making the film seem more like an action movie. The Weinsteins are also adding an opening and closing voice over to the film. Snowpiercer stars Chris Evans, Song Kangho, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner, Alison Pill, John Hurt and Ed Harris. (IF)

Director Ang Lee (Life of Pi) has set up his next project at Universal.  The untitled 3D film will take a look back at the boxing world of the 1960s and 1970s through the prism of the biggest rivalries and greatest fights, including the showdown between Joe Frazier and Muhammed Ali. Peter Morgan is on scripting duties. (Deadline)

The Crow creator James O’Barr recently spoke about the film remake that is currently in pre-production with F. Javier Gutiérrez at the helm and Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6) in the titular role.  O’Barr stated, “It was his [Gutiérrez] idea to go right back to the source material and essentially shoot it shot-for-shot, as in the book, but with a little more backstory for some of the characters.” (Total Film)

The trailer for Her, the new film from Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich), has appeared on the web. The movie stars Joaquin Phoenix as a struggling writer recovering from an emotional breakup and finds himself falling madly in love with Samantha, a newly enhanced computer operating system. Her opens on November 20 and co-stars Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara and Olivia Wilde.

by Ben McBride

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  1. The Littlest Winslow - August 16, 2013

    […] Ken Marino’s upcoming film is a Horror-Comedy about a demon living inside his intestines that gets out and runs amok. Which basically sounds like the best movie ever (and kind of reminds me of Basket Case a little, right?). The movie also stars Gillian Jacobs, Patrick Warburton, Peter Stormare and Stephen Root and it opens in theaters October 4. Sign me up. (Monster Popcorn) […]

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