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Editorial note: Your beloved editor (shhh, let me pretend) is having her wisdom teeth out on Monday (3/22), so the update schedule for this coming week is a bit sketchy. Visit Short Attention Span Theater for small updates on what's going on.
Van Helsing caps, trailer 2: Lest this start to look like the official VH fansite, I will point out that these caps were made at the request of Jackman’s Landing (that’s Jackman’s Landing, for all your Hugh Jackman needs). Thanks muchly as well to Dani for alerting me to the trailer in the first place.
Script pages: Over at Livejournal, the marvelous andrealyn has transcribed script pages from Brokeback Mountain and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
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Box office: Dawn of the Dead takes over #1. Apparently everyone was expecting this but me. It is a fine turn of irony, though, that the undead should push Jesus to #2. (Coming Soon)
Dark Horizons: Troy
Empire Movies: The Village
IGN: Mean Girls
JesseBiel.com: Stealth, Cellular, Blade: Trinity
Jo Blo: Stepford Wives
Latino Review: Sky Captain, Walking Tall, final Van Helsing poster
Movieweb: The Ladykillers, Eternal Sunshine, Bon Voyage, Agent Cody Banks 2, Spartan
USAToday: new Prisoner of Azkaban pics, including Buckbeak and Emma Thompson as Trelawney
Z Review: Scooby Doo 2: Armageddon, The Libertine
Trailers and multimedia
Apple: Van Helsing, Shaolin Soccer, Troy
Empire Movies: Kill Bill Vol. 2 (Japanese), Van Helsing, Mr. 3000, Thunderbirds (international), Troy, The Ladykillers clip, The Notebook, Eternal Sunshine clips
IGN: Hellboy webisodes
The Movie Box: Van Helsing, Mr. 3000
Official sites: Batman Begins (well, the front page); Troy update
Trailer Park trailer reviews: Van Helsing
Casting calls and future films
Beauty Shop: Djimon Hounsou, Alicia Silverstone (Killer Movies)
Bond 22: Bloom, Orlando Bloom? Okay, even I think this is bullshit (Dark Horizons)
Everything Is Illuminated: Elijah Wood, dir. Liev Schrieber (Empire Online)
The Green Hornet: Jake Gyllenhaal? Well, my interest just went up 300% (CHUD)
House of Wax: Jared Padalecki, to play Elisha Cuthbert’s love interest (Coming Soon)
Magnum, PI: George Clooney in the Tom Selleck role, and LL Cool J as TC Calvin? (Empire Online)
Pacifier: Vin Diesel, Brad Garrett (Coming Soon)
Pink Panther: Kevin Kline as Inspector Dreyfus? (Ananova)
Seed of Chucky: Hannah Spearritt (Agent Cody Banks 2, S Club) (Ananova)
Sin City: Robert Rodriguez will direct from the Frank Miller comic. Approached for roles: Leonardo DiCaprio, Bruce Willis, Elijah Wood, Mickey Rourke, Brittany Murphy, Kate Bosworth, Jamie King (Empire Online) Additionally: Benicio Del Toro, Johnny Depp, Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi? (Jo Blo)
John Woo Action Musical: It sounds kinda bizarre, until you throw “Hugh Jackman” in, and then it sorta starts to make sense (Coming Soon)
Superhero flicks: Dark Horizons has a multi-film update on Superman, Batman vs. Superman, Spider-Man 2, and The Green Hornet.
The Assassination of Jesse James: Brad Pitt, in Andrew Dominik’s adaptation of the Robert Hansen novel. Does Hidalgo presage a return to cowboys and westerns? (Killer Movies)
Cheaper by the Dozen 2: Sigh. (Cinescape)
The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel: Interesting story: “Based on a true story, Exorcism is set in 1976, when the Catholic Church officially recognized the demonic possession of a teenage German college freshman. The young woman died during the exorcism, and a priest stood trial for causing her death. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the story is told in Rashomon fashion, with different perspectives on the same events.” (SciFi Wire)
Jinx: Charlize Theron will star in the comic adaptation, which should not be confused with the Halle Berry/Bond spinoff. My question is, does Theron really want to do this and Aeon Flux? And if not, which one will she drop? (Coming Soon)
The Maccabees: Mel Gibson wants to make a movie about “the victory by the rebels known as the Maccabees who recaptured the Holy Temple in Jerusalem”—basically, the story behind Hanukkah. Anti-Defamation League national director Abe Foxman: "My answer would be 'thanks but no thanks.' The last thing we need in Jewish history is to convert our history into a Western. In his hands we may wind up losing." (Ananova)
Napoleon and Betsy: Scarlett Johansson helped writer Rebecca B. Kennedy pitch the tale of a young British girl’s friendship with Napoleon during his final years. (Movieweb)
Red Eye: “Phone Booth on a plane.” Well, you know, since we all loved Phone Booth so much… (Movieweb)
Semper Occultus: The “sketches” are fakes, unless studio production artists are suddenly given to using Hero Machine (link has comparison pictures). (SAST)
Star Wars: Episode III: IGN has the latest news roundup.
War of the Worlds: That Cruise-Spielberg version you’ve heard about? Looks like it’s actually gonna happen. (Dark Horizons)
Reviews (Here be spoilers!)
AICN: A look at the Charlie & the Chocolate Factory script; Azumi, Blind Horizon, Coffee & Cigarettes, Slasher, Able Edwards, Blackballed, Hellboy, Gozu, Zombiedance, Supersize Me, Jersey Girl, Double Dar, Eternal Sunshine, Dawn of the Dead, Dear Pillow, Five Sides of a Coin
Empire Movies: Spartan
Film Jerk: Dawn of the Dead, Mr. and Mrs. Smith (script), Taking Lives, Eternal Sunshine (2), Stateside (script)
Jo Blo: Scooby Doo 2: The Reckoning
Latino Review: Eternal Sunshine, Dawn of the Dead
Mr. Cranky: Eternal Sunshine, Taking Lives
Roger Ebert: Agent Cody Banks 2, Au Hasard Balthazar, Dawn of the Dead, Eternal Sunshine, Everybody Says I’m Fine, Secret Window, Spartan, Taking Lives, The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, The Reckoning
Salon: Eternal Sunshine
Supercala: Eternal Sunshine, Taking Lives, Dawn of the Dead
USAToday: Eternal Sunshine, Taking Lives, Dawn of the Dead
CHUD: Tapped Out, Love Actually, Gothika, The Asylum, The Wind and the Lion
DVD Fanatic: specs for The English Patient, Underworld: Unrated Ext. Cut, Peter Pan, The Name of the Rose, Red Sonja; Scooby Doo – Where Are You? (S1&2), The Flintstones (S1), Dirty Pretty Things
DVD Savant: Onibaba, The Dresser, Best of Burlesque, Vanishing Point
DVD Talk: Xena (S3), The Singing Detective, The Magdalene Sisters, Without a Clue, Croupier, The Rundown, Honey, Brother Bear, House of Sand and Fog
IGN DVD: Cheaper by the Dozen, The Rundown
Interviews and profiles
About.com: Heath Ledger (Lords of Dogtown, Brothers Grimm), Alicia Silverstone (Scooby Doo 2: The Revenge)
IGN: Alien vs. Predator director interview (“What’s his name? “Something, I’m sure”); onset visit with Sarah Michelle Gellar (Scooby-Doo 2: Our God Hast Forsaken Us)
Phantom Movie: Minnie Driver MTV interview (Phantom of the Opera)
Salon: John Hurt profile
SciFi Wire: David Koepp (Zathura, the Jumanji sequel), Jennifer Tilly (Seed of Chucky), Will Finn and John Sanford (Home on the Range), Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man 2), Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Linda Cardellini (Scooby Doo 2), Cary Elwes (Saw)
Ananova: Tim Burton feels like a stranger at home; Gibson sets sights on Old Testament; Julie Andrews 'finds her voice'; Ethan's mates crazy for Angelina
Chicago Sun-Times: Jersey boy Kevin Smith gets personal, but not too serious; Her films are alive with the sound of music again; Wayans shares a bond of brotherhood with Coens; An Israeli paradox: Gay soldiers in love; 'King' will reign on upcoming DVD release
CNN: Encumbrance of things past; Philly 'Real World' spiked; Hepburn at Sotheby's; Jammy Award winners; OutKast leads Soul Train Award winners; Shakespeare of Canada; Donald Trump is back and riding high ; Paris Hilton thrown from horse; Want to rock with Matchbox Twenty?
IMDB: Ethan and Uma to Reconcile? [Don’t do it, Uma! CANADIAN STRIPPERS, UMA!]; Gibson Planning Jewish Movie; Gyllenhaal for 'Green Hornet'; Almodóvar Threatened with Lawsuit; Affleck Slams Gay Marriage Opposition; Are Leelee & Lennon an Item?; Jetsetting Dreams Spur Jolie On to Become a Pilot; Rodriguez's All-Star Cast; Clooney Sex Secrets 'Stolen'; Diaz to Tread the London Boards?
Jam Showbiz: Ben's in a Jersey whirl; Hill Harper gets into character; Scooby Doo it again; Luke Mably is a Prince of a guy; Pee-wee Herman on probation for porn; Hollywood's most cursed couples; Court says screenplay wasn't stolen; 'Exorcist' voice McCambridge dies; Zeta-Jones loses property fight; Hepburn possessions to be auctioned; Ethan Hawke trying to ignore gossip; Computer wiz reveals 'Matrix' FX; Quebec films top Genie nominations
USAToday: The new Harry Potter; Soak up warm ‘Sunshine’; Whitney takes on South by Southwest (Pop Candy column), Trend Mill
Yahoo: Teenager Convicted in Actor's Death; Nemo: Not Made in France; 'Jersey Girl' Screens at Film Festival; Brooke Adams Recovering From Surgery; Ben Affleck Wants His Razzie Awards; Thornton Says He Didn't Cheat on Jolie; It's a Girl for Sheen, Richards
Zap2It: 'Adam' Gets NC-17 for Clothed Make-Out Scene [Only Ewan McGregor could accomplish this]; Cedric Gets Serious About Louis Armstrong; Tilly Plays Self in Latest 'Chucky' Film; 'Batman Begins' Filming Marred By Storm; 'Scooby 3' in Works, Perhaps Not with Same Cast; Pee-wee Pleads Guilty to Obscenity
Fun and games
Empire Movies: Walking Tall giveaway
Fametracker: Hey! It's That Scary-Glaring Ass-Kicker!; Topher Grace's Fame Audit
Jo Blo: Jersey Girl, Intermission contests
Movieweb: Ladykillers giveaway
Short Attention Span Theater: Stars recite their favorite cuss words; Lindsay Lohan is a scary porn lady; "Not All Americans Are Stupid"; The Passion of the DIYer; Toni Collette is a disturbingly good drag queen
Fandom Wank: "BBC Wank!"
What went down was this:
1. Christopher Eccleston was cast as the new Dr. Who.
2. The main BBC site reported it.
3. The BBC site didn’t bother to tell BBCi, which runs the official Dr. Who site.
4. For a short time, BBCi had this graphic on its front page:
(Click to enlarge and read the fine print)
Column: Oscar nomination aftermath
Column: Globes roundup/Oscar predictions
Golden Globes recap
Reviews: Big Fish, Chasing Liberty, Eye/Beholder
Preview: Van Helsing screen caps
Wallpaper: Peter Pan
The Cleo Awards
ROTK EE preview (rough draft)
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