Posted by Chris Franklin as Movie News at 12:52 AM EDT on Feb, 08 2011
Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively may soon be taking on the role of Carrie Bradshaw in a prequel to the popular TV series Sex and the City.
New Line Cinema execs are rumored to be in talks with the shows creator Candace Bushnell about adapting her prequel The Carrie Diaries for the big screen, a series that focuses on Carrie’s teenage years in the early 1980s.
If the prequel moves forward it could spawn other movies if successful, for example Candace just finished writing Summer And The City which follows Carrie as she movies to New York City at the ripe young age of 19.
Posted by Chris Franklin as Movie News at 9:01 PM EDT on Sep, 25 2010
Chris Noth says he will no longer step into the shoes of Mr. Big on the one-time hit TV series Sex And The City,announcing the show dead after the second Sex And The City movie failed to impress critics or receive the box office love of the first movie.
Noth opened up about the show during the premiere of Jack Goes Boating this past week. He said the killing of the series was cemented by New York Magazine who he ripped into for bashing SATC 2.
“It’s over. The franchise is dead. The press killed it. Your magazine fucking killed it. New York Magazine. It’s like all the critics got together and said, ‘This franchise must die.’ Because they all had the exact same review. It’s like they didn’t see the movie. Got any more gum?”
Posted by joehart as Celebrities at 6:02 PM EDT on May, 31 2010
Shrek Forever After (aka Shrek 4) is still at the top of the box office charts with a wekeend darw of $55.6M. Prince of Persia: Sands of Time opened in second place, just barely inching out Sex and the City 2 by less than a million in receipts. That leaves Iron Man 2 and Robin Hood to take 4th and 5th spots in the box office, respectively.
The movie Killers, with Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher (poster above), opens this Friday but critics will not see it ahead of the theatrical release. This is because it’s a genre film and it’s expected that fans will watch base on their interest, not because of reviews.
Hayden Panettiere is the latest actress to sign on to Scream 4. The original cast will be present, as well as Rory Culkin, Emma Roberts and others.
You know you want to see it again: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will have a live-action remake. Involvement includes Michael Bay, who is overseeing Transformers 3 at the moment. That is, when he’s not busy firing Mega Fox.
Posted by jonsonroth as Celebrities at 2:37 PM EDT on May, 28 2010
Movie-wise, there’s possibly something for everyone this week, with a couple of big flicks, at least in hype if not in quality. IMDB lists four new releases, and you can get more details from their profile pages, which I’ve linked to from each movie’s title.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley. Directed by Mike Newell. This one looks very much like the recent Mummy flicks with Brendan Fraser, at least in terms of the CGI. But it does look entertaining, despite being based on a video game. Apparently Gyllenhaal put in quite the effort to improving his physique.
Sex and the City 2: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon. Directed by Michael Patrick King. I was enough of a fan of the TV series to watch when I could, but I missed the first movie. Unfortunately, I’ve heard nothing good so far about SatC 2; only that there’s a lot of “bore” and “excess”. Still, die-hard fans will probably go, for completion.
Survival of the Dead: Alan Van Sprang, Kenneth Welsh, Kathleen Munroe. Directed by George A. Romero. Romero’s back with yet another ‘Dead’ zombie flick, but again in his newer style, which fans of his original material (before Land of the Dead) apparently tend to stay away from.
Micmacs [limited; French]: Danny Boon, Andre Dussollier, Nicolas Marie. Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Jeunet is a multi-award-winning director, as well as a writer, producer and actor. Notable is 1991′s Delicatessen dark, futuristic comedy, balanced against a genre flick like 1997′s Alien: Resurrection. But beyond the plot as listed in IMDB, I know nothing about Micmacs.
Still in theaters: Shrek Forever After, Iron Man 2, Robin Hood, Letters to Juliet, Just Wright, MacGruber and others, mostly released last week.
Upcoming Movies/ Roles
Logan’s Run, slated for a 2012 release might have a new director, Carl Rinsch. The movie is being produced by Joel Silver and Akiva Goldsman, and is based, I assume, on both the 1976 movie (with Michael York, Farrah Fawcett, Peter Ustinov) and the short-lived 1977 TV series (Gregory Harrison, who is Paul Norris on One Tree Hill), not to mention the original novel from 1967. [Heat Vision]
Emma Roberts will join ‘Scream 4′. I must have lost track; I thought they were at #5. But the much of the original cast is in it: Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Neve Campbell. [Hollywood Insider]
Brendan Fraser will likely not be starring in the sequel for Journey to the Center of the Earth. Directing duties might fall to Brad Peyton. [Deadline]
The next Spiderman script has five contenders for the lead role: Jamie Bell, Alden Ehrenreich, Andrew Garfield, Frank Dillane, Josh Hutcherson. [Perez Hilton]
Nina Dobrev of the show Vampire Diaries will join Kellan Lutz and Samuel L. Jackson in the action movie Deathgames. [Heat Vision]
James McAvoy will play the younger version of Professor X (previously played by Patrick Stewart) in the next installment of the X-Men movies, X-Men: First Class, which takes place before the trilogy. [Hollywood, Heat Vision]
Screen Scene Tidbits
Al Pacino and Robert De Niro are two of the best actors in Hollywood, and on my top five faves. But does that mean they’re qualified to play Rat Pack pals Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra in an upcoming biopic? Martin Scorcese thinks so, and that means it’s pretty likely to happen. [The Playlist]
The Harry Potter film series is coming to an end. Can you believe it’s been about 10 years since the first one?! Apparently a few of the cast members, including Daniel Radcliffe, are a bit emotional as they’re wrapping up the last movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I (2010; Part II will be released in 2011). [People]
Human Centipede is said to be one of the most revolting films ever made — so much so that some audience members were dry heaving in their seats during a viewing; the rest made for the door. But some wag got the clever idea to turn the opportunity into a Web-based video game — which doesn’t seem as offensive. If you don’t already know why Human Centipede the movie is so offensive, trust me, you never want to know. Even the description is revolting. Don’t even look it up. If you’re a little curious, play the Human Centipede Web game, which is just a clone of the original Centiped video game. Note: this game is NOT for the kiddies.
Posted by joehart as Celebrities at 5:50 PM EDT on May, 21 2010
There aren’t lot of new films opening this week, possibly because it’s hard to compete with blockbusters like Iron Man 2, Robin Hood, and others. IMDB lists four new relases, and get more details from their profile pages, which I’ve linked to from each movie’s title.
Shrek Forever After. Voices: Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy. Directed by Mike Mitchell. This might be one for the family. This fourth Shrek animated film is said to be the final one in the series, but there’ll be a Puss in Boots spin-off. For me, the first one was fun, but I had no interest after the second. At this point, I think they’re beating a dead horse. Or in this case, donkey? Oh and if you’re planning to take the family to see this, be warned that adults will be charged as much as $20 per ticket for the IMAX 3D version.
MacGruber. Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Val Kilmer and many others. Directed by Jorma Taccone. This comedy is a spin-off of a series of skits on Saturday Night Live that spoofs the MacGyver adventure TV series that ran from 1985-92. The MacGruber tries to be innovative and ingenious in getting out of difficult and dangerous situations, but is usually either too dumb or too distracted to succeed. The SNL skits always end with the building MacGruber is in blowing up. Not sure how this show will translate to film, and personally it’s my least favorite SNL skit, but I’d go see it for Val Kilmer as the villian Dieter Von Cunth, or the very versatile Kristen Wiig, who is one several SNL cast members or alumni that are in the movie.
Holy Rollers [LA/NY]. Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Bartha, Danny A. Abeckkaser. Directed by Kevin Asch.
Solitary Man [limited]. Michael Douglas, Susan Sarandon, Jesse Eisenberg. Directed by Brian Koppleman and David Levien.
Still in theaters are recent releases Iron Man 2, Robin Hood, Letters to Juliet, Just Wright, How to Train Your Dragon (animated), A Nightmare on Elm Street, Date Night, The Backup Plan, Furry Vengeance, Clash of the Titans, and others.
Upcoming Movies/ Roles
Frank Marshall will direct The Hades Factor, based on a Robert-Ludlum inspired novel similar to the ‘Bourne’ books and movies. [Pajiba]
James Franco will star in a prequel to the Planet of the Apes series, Rise of the Apes, which is opens Jun 24, 2011. [Deadline, E! Online]
Matthew Vaughn will direct X-Men: First Class [Jun 3, 2011].
Phll Alden Robinson will script an untitled J.J. Abrams project, based on a Wired magazine article about the world’s biggest diamond heist. Robinson wrote and directed Field of Dreams. [Heat Vision]
Ellen Page will star in Freeheld, based on the Oscar-winning documentary of the same name. [Hollywood Reporter]
Drew Barrymore will follow up her directorial debut of Whip It by directing Surrender Dorothy, a Wizard of Oz sequel. [Pajiba]
There might be two versions of 20,000 Leagues under the sea. One from Disney and the other from Fox.
Screen Scene Tidbits
Paul Greengrass is focusing on Treasure Island and will not direct the 3D remake of Fantastic Voyage. [Deadline]
The cast of the upcoming Twilight: Breaking Dawn vampire flick, based on the book series, asked for between $1.5-4M each but will get up to $1.25M. [Deadline, THR Esq]
If you saw the first Sex and the City film, you know how full of product placement it was, as well as that Carrie Bradshaw uses a Mac computer. Not this time. In the second SatC movie, out May 27th, she’ll be using an HP laptop because of a partnership deal with Hewlett-Packard. [PopEater, CeleBitchy]
Finally, the plot thickens! A few months ago, I was complaining that Sex And The City’s sequel seemed boring with no juicy plots to keep us fans in suspense.
I guess I spoke to soon. It turns out the producers were keeping the juicy parts under wraps until about a month before the movie hits theaters. Check out the newest trailer of SATC2.
The girls may be getting older, but that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing exciting happening in their lives. The girls head to Saudi Arabia for much-needed R&R away from New York City, so it gives the SATC wardrobe an exotic twist.
I was never a fan of Big’s character, so I’m actually rooting for Aidan. I still don’t understand how Carrie was able to put up with all of Big’s crap throughout the years. Aiden was her perfect match from the start. We’ll see if Carrie gives in to temptation in the land of royalty.
Miranda and Charlotte are feeling the toll of motherhood, so I wonder how they’ll make it work without losing their mojo, and not to mention, their patience.
Samantha is the only one who seems to keep it together. Except for her aging issues, her sex life is still at its peak.
And why is Sarah Jessica Parker the only one on the movie poster?
When the official trailer for Sex and The City 2 was released last month, diehard fans were disappointed to find out that no major plot was unveiled. Unless director Michael Patrick King is keeping the juicy bits under wraps until opening night on May 28, the trailer doesn’t seem to have anything exciting other than the usual.
All four girls look sexy and stylish as always. Carrie is happily married to Big; Samantha has her eye on a new boy toy; Charlotte is mommy of the year, while Miranda is more fashionable. The four girlfriends are planning a trip to Morocco, and Miley Cyrus has a cameo.
That’s it. Unless something naughty and scandalous is waiting in Morocco, SATC fans are biting nails in anticipation.
If there was any doubt left as to Miley Cyrus’ growing up, there should be none left by now. She was recently spotted on the set of Sex and the City 2, apparently filming a scene. She’s only 17 but she seems really comfy around older people. Does this mean we’ll have a whole new set of SATC viewers?
Sarah Jessica Parker’s Sex and the City character, Carrie Bradshaw has done it again. She was recently sighted wearing a necklace worth $198,200! The actress wore this necklace during her photo shoot for the latest issue of US Weekly, and does it look good. But $200,000? That’s more than an average house is worth these days!