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I will like to ensure everyone that I am not spoiling Episode VII. This is just a casting breakdown of different characters for the movie. I would also like to say that this very well could be correct, but it may very well just be a rumor too.
With that in mind, Bleeding Cool reports that they have 100% confirmed that these casting breakdowns for the next Star Wars movie are verified to be lead characters, and that open casting has started today in the United Kingdom. The order in which the casting is set in is not necessarily going to be billed in that order. So put down your pitchforks for the time being.
Here's the list as follows:
Late-teen female, independent, good sense of humour, fit.
Young twenty-something male, witty and smart, fit but not traditionally good looking.
A late twentysomething male, fit, handsome and confident.
Seventy-something male, with strong opinions and tough demeanour. Also doesn’ t need to be particularly fit.
A second young female, also late teens, tough, smart and fit.
Forty something male, fit, military type.
Thirtysomething male, intellectual. Apparently doesn’t need to be fit.
There is a demand for younger characters in the movie. It makes me wonder who will be playing the lead role in the movie, perhaps a teenage female? But if this casting list is truly correct, it will be interesting who will be cast for what roles. As long as Disney doesn't pull any stunts and have some Disney Channel star as a lead, things could be interesting.
How do you spell hi ho? Is it like that? Hi ho Siliver, away! Or is it one word or hyphenated? I bet I could Google this and find out, but instead I'll just live in ignorance. While I'm pondering deep questions of the universe why don't you grab yourself some free passes to The Lone Ranger on Wednesday, June 26. You've probably heard of the film by now and are as curious as us how Johnny Depp will fare as an American Indian character rooted in racism.
The tickets are being given out at the link below. Just click it and you'll be taken through the entire process to get passes for two to the movie. Easy as hopping on a speeding train, Ke-mo sah-bee. Remember to get there early!
Almost 20 years since the original film was released (I'm completely ignoring the terrible excuse of a prequel that was Dumb and Dumberer), the follow-up to 1994's Dumb and Dumber is finally going forward. Dumb and Dumber To, which will reunite Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels with their groundbreaking characters, Lloyd and Harry, will be distributed domestically by Universal Pictures with Red Granite handling international distribution.
This comes hot off of the news that Warner Bros. dropped their plans to make the sequel. However, during an appearance with the Nerdist podcast, director Peter Farrelly cleared up rumors that Warner Bros. dropped the film, claiming that WB was just part of the negotiation process to get the project off of the ground.
With a general release table for "Summer 2014," it'll be interesting to see if Daniels and Carrey still possess the same magic that made Dumb and Dumber so memorable. Harry and Lloyd are coming back, guys!
The semantic distinction some people make between "journalist" and "blogger" is pretty amusing. Many cling to one term or the other to describe themselves, as if there's no crossover between the two, or as if the functions of the journalist and the blogger are completely different. I feel like separating the terms creates too narrow a definition of what journalists and bloggers are when they shouldn't be so exclusive.
I bring up that distinction because it's one of the things that's present in High Tech, Low Life, a documentary ostensibly about citizen journalists in China who use the internet to report stories that official media outlets aren't covering. The film follows two citizen journalists in particular: a young and narcissistic blogger named Zola, and a much older and more socially aware blogger named Tiger Temple.
Morgan Freeman as a Godlike character, Chris Pratt as an everyday hero, Will Arnett as Batman, the Ninja Turtles, NBA All Stars, and Liam Neeson all in the same movie? Yes, the dreams you didn't even knew you had are coming true. The first teaser trailer for The LEGO Movie is short, but shows a great deal of promise. It's charming (thanks to Chris Pratt's delivery), it's animation is reminiscent of playing with my LEGO sets, and thanks to all of the licenses, expect lots of characters to team up that you'd never get anywhere else. It's also directed by the same folks who directed Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street, two surprising successes. I'm hoping the quality remains intact. The LEGO Movie bricks into theaters February 7th next year, but it needs to show up much sooner.
Both Kim Kardashian and Kanye West had big releases this week. And both were about the size of a human baby. Kim Kardashian finally had her baby girl (which she'll probably name Krysanthemum Kaleidoscope Kardashian), and Kanye West finally had his baby Yeezus. Yeezus is alright so far. It reminds me of 808s & Heartbreak in the way that it's not exactly as radio friendly as My Beautiful Dark and Twisted Fantasy but still brings the hooks. And despite the amount of new stuff on Netflix this week, I've been watching a lot of Keeping Up With the Kardashians since it was recommended it to me awhile back. It's fantastic and everyone should watch it ever (someone help me please).
For those not interested in the Kardashians for some reason, the big additions this week are Miami Connection (which Hubes referred to as the "Citizen Kane of Florida-based Taekwondo movies), Super (an excellent dissection of mental illness and superheroes), Man of the House (a University of Texas starring film featuring pretty actresses as cheerleaders and Tommy Lee Jones), and finally there's Silent Hill: Revelation (a videogame movie that exists because reasons whatever).
Hit the jump for the full list of Netflix Instant additions plus some of dat Yeezy.
With the first official trailer for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continueswe finally have a good inkling of what the film will be about. The Channel Four News Team has fallen on hard times in the 80s. They're poised for a big comeback on a 24 hours news channel and with that, they're going to realize the struggles of trying to make it in this new age news world. Now after watching this, I'm a little worried. Of course I'm going to see this but not every joke hits its mark. The racial stuff seems too dated for even a period piece. What do you all think?
Still, that "oh that's my hand" bit still got me. Apparently, there's an alternate version of the trailer that'll play before World War LOL. Still not enough to get me to see that movie. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues escalates quickly into theaters December 20th.
Well this is interesting. Ken Levine, creative director of Irrational Studios, responsible most famously for the Bioshock franchise and and less famously for SWAT 4 and Thief: The Dark Project, has been picked by Warner Bros. to write the remake of Logan's Run. The article says that Jon Berg, who has worked on VFX for a number of films, will be overseeing the project, but I can't say for sure what that actually means. In fact, a lot of information about this project at the moment is vague and confusing. As far as Nicolas Winding Refn's role in the project... I don't actually know. Ryan Gosling left the film last last year and it was rumored that Refn might follow, but there doesn't appear to be any indication that that ever happened. Apparently the the project was put on hold back in March, but what this news means for that is also unclear. In fact, there's a lot that's unclear about the future of the project, but hey! There's a new writer, and it's Ken Levine!
Levine got his start doing screenplays and stage plays before joining the game industry, so this will be like something of a homecoming for him. Even so, since his most famous game narrative (Bioshock) is so focused on the role of player agency in games, it will be interesting to see how he adapts to a non-interactive medium. It seems like an appropriate project, though, because if his previous work is any indication, the guy's got a bit of a thing for violent dystopias.
We got a chance to check out The Way, Way Back at Sundance and absolutely loved it. Comedy mixed with heart and feeling set it apart from a lot of the rest of the films out there. Mix in a stellar cast including Steve Carell and you have confirmed goodness. Want to see for your yourself? Then grab some passes to our screening on July 2.
This one is through Gofobo. Just head there and put in the code that you grab below and you'll have a pass for two to the screening. Simple as always. Once you check out the movie remember to come back and let us know what you think. As always, get there early!
Huh. This is quite a shame. It seems Robert Rodriquez's tactic of trying to push two films into his busy schedule, Sin City 2 and Machete Kills, doesn't seem to be paying off. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, once slated for October of this year, will now hit cinemas on August 22, 2014. This may be due to Rodriquez not wanting to push too many projects into 2013, Machete Kills' release has not changed, or maybe some more time is needed for the Sin City sequel.
I believe the original Sin City to be a pretty hot flick, and I wouldn't want a sequel rushed by any means. A Dame to Kill For will likely be as sweet as the original and if Rodriquez needs time to polish it to a bloodied black-and-white mirror shine then so be it.
Hey everyone! To celebrate the movie's Blu-ray and DVD release, we at Flixist have two -- yes, two! -- Blu-ray copies of Park Chan-wook's 2013 psychological thriller Stoker to give away! To enter, all you have to do is comment below on this story! Did you see Stoker in theaters? What did you think? Isn't Nicole Kidman awesome?
The contest will be open until July 1st and is open to continental U.S. residents only. Only one winner per household. Good luck!