Thursday, February 12, 2009

FILM: Cruise & Denzel's "Circle," Momsen's a "Cavegirl," Wachowski's "Superman," and more

Zachary Levi ("Chuck") will play Jason Lee's ("My Name is Earl") cousin in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel. They say he'll get involved with the chipmunks, and since the Chipettes are being introduced, perhaps he's his competition.

Tom Cruise will soon star opposite Denzel Washington as "the Russian spy Vasili Taleniekov, the mortal enemy of American intelligence operative Brandon Scofield (Washington)" in Matarese Circle. It's a Robert Ludlum adaptation about "longtime archenemies who are forced into a distrustful collaboration against a wide-reaching political conspiracy orchestrated by a mysterious organization called the Matarese." So far the only difference from the novel will be that it'll have a contemporary setting instead of the literary Cold War era. Hmmm, I wonder if Cruise will opt out of an accent again. Honestly, is Viggo Mortensen busy?

Stephen Chow is transitioning into American cinema with a superhero action film that'll star Anne Hathaway and have the vibe of Kung Fu Hustle.

• The Neathanderthal comedy trend continues as Taylor Momsen (Jenny on "Gossip Girl") and Jacob Zachar (Rusty on "Greek") team up for Cavegirl, a remake of the British action comedy series about a teenager with problems during the Stone Age.

• It seems the new trend in comic book films is super hero teams. X-Men started it in 2000. Then in 2004, Hellboy's big red had...woa, I just realized his team consists of fire (Liz), water (Abe), and air (Johan), while he's earth (stone hand). Guillermo del Toro is a genius. Anyway, Watchmen will continue the trend, Iron Man 2 will introduce War Machine, creating a super hero duo, The Avengers will be released in 2011, and Justice League is in the works. I guess Hollywood figured that if one super hero made triple digit millions, 5-10 would make them billionaires. The latest film in the genre is the comic Youngblood, which is about a team of super heroes employed by the government. Sound familiar? Brett Ratner's (X-Men: The Last Stand) at the helm.

Cate Blanchett will replace Sienna Miller opposite Russell Crowe in Nottingham as Maid Marian. I know it's an easy joke to say that they replaced her with someone who can actually act, but I've seen Sienna with Steve Buscemi in Interview, and she was endearing, pathetic, vindictive, and superior all in the span of 84 minutes. However, I'm glad Blanchett's on board. She'll keep Crowe on his toes.

Click here for the most disturbing film plot I've ever read.

• I didn't LOVE The Matrix as many did, and before '99 the Wachowski Brothers weren't Hollywood staples, so I guess I wasn't as surprised as some when Speed Racer crashed and burned. But now there are rumors that they've been tapped to reboot the Superman trilogy. It's arguable that perhaps godlike characters are their forte, and even that they can't do any worse than Bryan Singer's Superman Returns. Speaking of which, Singer was asked to restart the franchise, but he refused, since clearly he saw nothing wrong with his craptastic version.

John Malcovich will go up against Josh Brolin as the baddie in Jonah Hex. He'll play a "wealthy Southern plantation owner whose son is killed by Union soldiers during the Civil War. He blames Hex, a former confederate soldier-turned-hardened bounty hunter and gunslinger." Sounds deep.

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