Monday, March 29, 2010

FILM/TV NEWS: Malkovich in "Transformers," New Bond Girls, Hudson & Krasinski, and more

• Watch the ridiculous "Motion Poster" that serves as a teaser for the Mark Wahlberg-Will Ferrell buddy cop comedy The Other Guys.

• Earlier this week Tim Burton was rumored to be working on a stop-motion Adams Family revival, but now he's said to be focused on a live action film about the villain in Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent. What's up with Hollywood and making movies about villains? If the rumor is true that would be the third one behind Will Ferrell'Megamind and Steve Carrell's Despicable Me. Chances are Burton's will gross more though, since it's a classic character and Angelina Jolie is rumored to be starring.

Jamie Foxx might be teaming up with Bruce Willis to play a serial killer in the video-game-to-film adaptation of Kane & Lynch. The film follows two Death Row inmates, a mercenary and a schizophrenic killer, who break out of prison to find a dangerous device as a ransom payment to retrieve the schizo's kidnapped wife and daughter. Sounds...gritty.

Jamie Foxx is also producing a film adaptation of the 70s series "Laverne & Shirley." I know, I'm as perplexed as you are. And the weirdness doesn't end there. Apparently, he wants to create a modern version, where the girls grow up on the streets, and the girls he has in mind are his Valentine's Day co-stars Jennifer Garner and Jessica Biel. Where do I begin? First of all, it's not "Laverne & Shirley" unless they act like Laverne and Shirley. Otherwise, it's just two chicks who are BFF's. Secondly, I can't wait to see Garner act "street." Lastly, why? Just "WHY?"

Michael Bay is beefing up his Transformers cast, adding John Malkovich, Frances McDormand (Burn After Reading), and Ken Jeong (Hangover), most likely to add credibility and much-needed humor to the franchise.

• There are rumors that Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) and Olivia Wilde ("House") are set to play the new Bond girls in the next installment. Choosing Wilde was a no-brainer, because she was branded as Maxim's Sexiest Woman Alive in 2009, but I feel like being turned into a sex symbol is a step-down for Pinto after starring in an Oscar-nominated film about true love. But I guess dropping the chaste-Indian stereotype might be necessary to get more roles. So far she's filmed the indie Middle Eastern drama Miral with Willem Dafoe, and the Woody Allen romance You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger with Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin, Nicole Kidman, Antonio Banderas, and Anthony Hopkins. She's also rumored to have been cast in Tarsem Singh's (The Cell) epic Dawn of War with Mickey Rourke and Kellan Lutz (Twilight), and the action thriller American Empire with Leslie Mann, Shannyn Sossamon, and Nina Dobrev ("Vampire Diaries").

Tyler Perry is bringing together a cast of amazing African American women for his next dramedy For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. Rounded up are Mariah Carey, Whoopi Goldberg, Macy Gray, Janet Jackson and Kerry Washington.

• It seems like Luke Wilson and Woody Harrelson plan on ruining Thanksgiving for children everywhere (I mean, in America), by voicing characters for an animated holiday film, where two turkeys go back in time to stop their ancestors from being apart of the annual meal. lol Chicken anyone?

Green Day is really adamant about eternalizing their music. Apparently, they're turning their Broadway musical into a film. I know what you're thinking. What could that movie possibly be about? Well, the musical is about "three young men from a small town who follow quite different paths - one joins the army, the other becomes a addict living on the city streets, the third stays home after his girlfriend falls pregnant." Could be interesting.

• Don't feel bad for Colin Egglesfield (Auggie on "Melrose Place"). He may not be on the flailing series anymore, but at least he scored a role in the Ginnifer Goodwin-Kate Hudson rom-com Something Borrowed. He'll play Goodwin's dream guy…who happens to be her best friend's (Hudson) fiancee. In the film, she drunkenly sleeps with him and can't bring herself to break it off. Dark Horizons is speculating that they chose Hudson for the supporting role because the sequel to the book puts her character in the lead, attempting to restart her life. It also puts her grade-school bff, played by John Krasinski, in the male lead. Hmm, I think I might be liking this.

• Super bummed that "Scrubs 2.0" was cancelled, don't care that this season of "24" was determined to be its last, and could care less about the cancellation of "Til Death."

Kevin Kline is starring in his own untitled HBO series, where he plays a cardiac surgeon, who was imprisoned for 15 years for murdering his mistress, and now has to get readjusted and fix his life. I'm interested enough to want to see the trailer.

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