Thursday, July 19, 2012
Cine-Geek Nuggets: Disney Starts On FINDING NEMO Sequel, LINCOLN Has A Release Date, Plus New Additions To CATCHING FIRE, PARANOIA, OVERDRIVE, LAST VEGAS, And More
Nemo's swimming out to sea! Again. Yes, that's right Disney has made the first step in the sequel to Finding Nemo and that means bringing on director Andrew Stanton who is returning to animation following the tepid response to John Carter. The two time Oscar winner (Wall-E and the first Finding Nemo) has another live action film in development with the studio, but both the Nemo sequel and the 3D rerelease are likely to make that a reality.
AMANDA PLUMMER Is CATCHING FIRE
In the follow up to The Hunger Games, Amanda Plummer will play a character known as Wiress. Catching Fire already has some big names announced recently like Seymour Hoffman, and there are still more to come. New director Francis Lawrence will start shooting in the fall with a planned release of November 22, 2013. The character is a former tribute who earns Katniss' trust and becomes a strong ally who becomes known as Nuts. The new script from Simon Beaufoy, who wrote Slumdog Millionaire, takes place in a very special edition of the Hunger Games which invites tributes that were previous winners of the game. It's like a best of version that happens every quarter century.
KRISTEN BELL Will Star In THE LIFEGUARD
Liz W. Garcia's The Lifeguard has added Kristen Bell to the cast which already stars Mamie Gummer, Martin Starr, Alex Shaffer, Joshua Harto and Amy Madigan. Currently starring in Showtime's House Of Lies, the actor will play a reporter who leaves her NYC life to go home and get her high school job as a lifeguard. Returning to her old life may have some consequences when she starts a "dangerous relationship with a 16-year-old delinquent.
EMILIA CLARKE And SAM CLAFLIN Go Into OVERDRIVE With KARL URBAN
Overdrive is a new film that stars Karl Urban as one of two brothers who go to the South of France to steal cars and rule the black market. Things don't go quite according to plan. Now Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones, and Sam Claflin from Snow White and the Huntsman have joined the cast of the film being directed by Transit helmer Antonio Negret. The new roles for the recently added stars are not known yet.
PARANOIA Adds TWILIGHT Alum ANGELA SARAFYAN To Cast
Angela Sarafyan, best known for her role in The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part Two, is joining the cast of Paranoia as a character names Alison who teams up with Liam Hemsworth character to spy on a rival company that is blackmailing Hemsworth's Chris. The film is based on a novel by Joseph Finder and will be directed by Robert Luketic. The rest of the cast includes Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford, Julian McMahon, Amber Heard, and the previously mentioned Hemsworth.
KEVIN KLINE Heads To LAST VEGAS
Kevin Kline has signed on to the comedy Last Vegas from director Jon Turteltaub. The film also stars Christopher Walken, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, and Morgan Freeman. The story follows four semi-retired baby boomers as they go on a trip to Vegas for a bachelor party for the last one of them to get married.
ROBIN WILLIAMS Is THE ANGRIEST MAN IN BROOKLYN, Eisenhower in THE BUTLER
Robin Williams hasn't been in any movies recently, but now he's picked up two big roles. First up he will portray president Dwight D. Eisenhower in Lee Daniels The Butler. Then he will star as the title character in The Angriest Man in Brooklyn from Phil Alden Robinson. The Butler tells the true story of Eugene Allen, a servant at the White House who worked for eight different presidents. The Angriest Man sees Williams as a patient in a hospital who is told that only has 90 minutes to live. Although the prognosis is wrong, he then attempts to right all his wrongs.
JESSICA BIEL Drops Out Of THE WOLVERINE
The search begins again to find a new Viper for The Wolverine. Jessica Biel has dropped out of the project with sources only saying that she got cold feet. The studio will now start looking for a new villain to star opposite Hugh Jackman.
GWYNETH PALTROW Will Star In BLOOD, BONES, AND BUTTER
The indie film Blood, Bones & Butter is looking at Gwyneth Paltrow for the lead role in the foodie flick based on Gabrielle Hamilton's 2011 memoir of the same name. Hamilton is the owner and chef of New York's Prune restaurant and the book tells her story as she went through her unconventional rise to becoming a chef.
AMY ADAMS Signs On For The Project Formally Known As AMERICAN BULLSHIT
American Bullshit may have a new title soon, but it also has a new actor in the David O. Russell drama. Amy Adams will be joining the cast of the true story based on the life of con-artist Mel Weinberg who worked alongside the FBI to uncover a giant corruption case. The cast includes Jeremy Renner, who recently replaced Christian Bale(who dropped out) and Bradley Cooper
SPIELBERG'S LINCOLN Finally Has A Release Date
Steven Spielberg has been working on Lincoln for a while now, and today we have a release date from Disney and Dreamworks. Are you ready? It's November 9th, 2012. The biopic will tell the real story of the 16th president and his struggle to unite a divided country during the Civil War.
The Creators Of SMALLVILLE Are Writing THE MACHINE For VIN DIESEL
Alfred Gough and Miles Millar are best known for creating the Superman TV show Smallville, but now they are in the final negotiations to write The Machine. The action comedy has been in the works for a few years with the original script coming from Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant. The story follows a humanoid created by the Pentagon to be the ultimate weapon. The robot is buried and then redisovered 20 years later by a kid who takes care of him.