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Linda Ferreira 10/02/11 05:08 PM

Entertainment Round-Up (10/02/2011)
Check out the replies to view and discuss this week in Movie, Television, and DVD news.

Linda Ferreira 10/02/11 05:09 PM

Entertainment Round-Up contributors: rest_easy, stayillogical, and Thomas Balkcom

Industry News and Rumors:


01) Recent rumors on Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake are that Rooney Mara is being sought for the lead female role. Recap: Josh Brolin as the lead has been confirmed, Christian Bale as the villain is still unconfirmed.

02) Spielberg’s films The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse move up to December 21 and Christmas Day respectively.

03) Ruben Fleischer’s (Zombieland, 30 Minutes or Less) next film Gangster Squad, starring Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Anthony Mackie, Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, AND Michael Peña has a release date of October 19, 2012. Is it too early to start making 2013 Oscar predictions?

04) Dennis Christopher (Breaking Away) joins the cast of Tarantino’s Django Unchained.

05) Robert Duvall joins Tom Cruise in the thriller One Shot, based on the book series by Lee Child.

06) Here’s a first look at Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s Dark Shadows.

07) Check out this awesome poster for Johnny Depp’s The Rum Diary.

08) In case you missed it, J.J. Abrams has finally confirmed he will be directing the Star Trek sequel. Yay for more lens flare?

09) Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s The Book of Mormon will be made into a movie, eventually.

10) Kurt Russell replaces Kevin Costner in Django Unchained.

11) Kevin Kline joins Steve Carell, Jack Black, and Nicolas Cage for Charlie Kaufman’s second directorial effort Frank or Francis.

12) Some new pics from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Rooney Mara is perfect, I need no more convincing.

13) Here’s another look at Michelle Williams in My Week with Marilyn.

14) It’s official: Mortal Kombat is getting the reboot treatment.

15) Ben Affleck’s next directorial project Argo will be released on September 14, 2012. It looks like they are shooting for a repeat of The Town’s success.

16) Take a look at this week’s EW cover of The Avengers and some new stills and set photos.

17) Wes Craven sheds some light on his plans for Scream 5.

18) Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy has a slew of comedies in the works.

19) Ellen Page joins Alexander Skarsgard and Brit Marling for the thriller The East.

20) Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg will team up again for the magician heist flick Now You See Me.

21) Here’s a look at the latest adaptation of Wuthering Heights by Fish Tank director Andrea Arnold.

22) The original writers of Wanted have been officially hired to pen the sequel.

23) Zombie video game Dead Island is heading to the big screen.

24) Here’s the first full poster for Spielberg’s War Horse.

25) Breakout star Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life, The Debt) will join Tom Cruise in the sci-fi thriller Horizons.

26) Damon Lindelof gives some details on Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.

27) Future Marvel projects in the works are Inhumans and Guardians of the Galaxy.

28) In other comic news, Area 52 will be adapted into a live action film.

29) Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer (Angels & Demons, Munich) replaces Julia Ormond as Superman’s Krypton mother.

30) Moneyball and The Blindside author Michael Lewis will write the script for his first book, Liar’s Poker.

31) Casey Affleck joins the adaptation of Paradise Lost as Angel Gabriel.

32) Michelle Rodriguez will reprise her role as Rain in Resident Evil: Retribution. Any guesses on how that’s going to work?

33) Here’s the first poster for The Iron Lady, starring Meryl Streep.

34) Boyz N the Hood director John Singleton says he’s working with Ice Cube to develop a N.W.A. biopic.

35) Check out a red band spot for Jonah Hill’s upcoming comedy, The Sitter.

36) Watch a new TV spot for Tarsem Singh’s Immortals.

37) Jackie Earl Haley has joined Spielberg’s Lincoln as the vice president of the Confederate States.

38) A new Scarface movie, neither sequel nor remake, is in the works.

39) Johnny Depp’s The Lone Ranger is back on the table.

40) Here’s a really cool looking poster for the thriller Man on a Ledge, starring Sam Worthington.

41) Jeremy Renner has been cast in another heist movie. No complaints here.

42) Danny McBride, James Franco, Jonah Hill, and Craig Robinson join Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel for the comedy Jay and Seth vs. the Apocalypse.

43) Elton John is working with Billy Elliot writer to develop the biopic Rocketman.

44) As for the latest remake disaster, Point Break is next on the chopping block. Blasphemy, I know.

45) Captain America sequel may not reach theaters until 2014.

46) Party Down movie could be shooting this summer, sounds like it’s a sure thing.

47) The original Ghostbusters will return to theaters this month.

48) James Franco is set to adapt Cormac McCarthy’s novel Child of God.

49) R.I.P. Happy Gilmore grandma Frances Bay.

50) Here’s the first official TV spot for The Thing. Odds on this being any good?

51) And just for fun, check out this list by Time Out London of the top 100 Comedy Movies. Two thumbs up for BASEketball.


01) Here’s the season 2 trailer for The Walking Dead.

02) Watch the teaser for Michael Mann’s HBO drama Luck, starring Dustin Hoffman.

03) Fox orders a full season for New Girl. I can barely stand 5 minutes of Deschanel’s awkwardness, am I alone?

04) Dane Cook has signed a deal for his own sitcom on NBC next fall.

05) Kevin Williamson is creating a serial killer drama for Fox.

06) A Rob Schneider family sitcom will make a midseason debut on CBS.

07) Even before its premiere, Starz has ordered a second season for Kelsey Grammar show Boss.

08) Chuck premiere has been pushed back a week and will start on October 28.

09) Casting has begun for a second season of The Glee Project.

10) Talking Dead, a half-hour life after show, will air after The Walking Dead.

11) Fox has picked up Hotel Hell, another Gordon Ramsay reality show.

12) ABC buys the rights to Stronger, a spiritual drama from Carlton Cuse and Pastor Rob Bell.

13) Parenthood will get 2 more episodes this season, for a total of 18 episodes.

14) And here are the 2011 Emmy winners.


01) Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
02) Paranormal Activity 3
03) The Swell Season
04) New Year’s Eve
05) John Dies at the End
06) 1911
07) Being Elmo
08) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (4 minute trailer)
09) J. Edgar
10) Wuthering Heights
11) We Bought A Zoo
12) Premium Rush
13) Breaking Dawn: Part 1
14) Contraband
15) The Thing
16) The Human Centipede 2
17) The Grey
18) The Deep Blue Sea
19) Man on a Ledge
20) The Awakening
21) Burning Man
22) [Rec] 3

Movies Out Next Week (10/07)

Real Steel
The Ides of March
The Way
Dirty Girl
The Human Centipede Part 2
Texas Killing Fields

DVDs Out Next Week (10/04)

Phase 7
The Undefeated
Fast Five
African Cats
Scream 4
Deep Gold (10/8)

Absolutepunk Entertainment Links

Entertainment Forum Horror Recs of the Month
Parks and Recreation
Breaking Bad
The Dark Knight Rises
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

sources: twitchfilm.com, slashfilm.com, firstshowing.net, indiewire.com, trailers.apple.com, shocktillyoudrop.com, movies.yahoo.com, variety.com, avclub.com, ew.com, movieline.com, deadline.com. huffingtonpost.com, cinemablend.com, bloody-disgusting.com, digitalspy.com. showblitz.com, dailymail.co.uk

If you have a bit of entertainment news you'd like to submit for next week's Round-Up, send your submission to Thomas Balkcom with "Entertainment Round-Up" in the subject header.

xHoodieWeather 10/02/11 05:09 PM

all that needs to be on this is "Arrested Development is back".

ETGsynth 10/02/11 05:17 PM

Was just watching Resident Evil and was wondering if they'd try to bring her back.

Ryan Gardner 10/02/11 05:18 PM

Some great news

stayillogical 10/02/11 05:19 PM


Originally Posted by xHoodieWeather (Post 95818322)
all that needs to be on this is "Arrested Development is back".

Well, that has its own thread, so...

Goat01 10/02/11 05:25 PM

03) Ruben Fleischer’s (Zombieland, 30 Minutes or Less) next film Gangster Squad, starring Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Anthony Mackie, Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, AND Michael Peña has a release date of October 19, 2012. Is it too early to start making 2013 Oscar predictions?


operablind 10/02/11 05:26 PM

Melissa McCarthy KILLED it on SNL. Glad she's getting some more roles.
Can't wait for the new Woody/Jesse movie.
Jackie Earl Haley always knocks it out of the park.
A new Star Trek is pretty exciting.
The Avengers is my most anticipated flick ever. Ever. Will probably disappoint, but at least I'll get to look at Chris Hemsworth.

ghelms88 10/02/11 05:39 PM

Rob Schneider sitcom will last 3 weeks. Max. I will bet $100 bucks on it.

c_j 10/02/11 05:45 PM

you are quite wrong about new girl in my opinion

incognitojones 10/02/11 05:54 PM

You are not alone, cannot get the appeal of Zooey at all.

SingleDoubt 10/02/11 06:04 PM

51) wholeheartedly agree. Hysterical movie

CastlesXClouds 10/02/11 06:23 PM

could not be anymore excited for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Fincher's style with daniel craig and Mara added in the mix. Should be great.

CastlesXClouds 10/02/11 06:27 PM

p.s reading about Soria and Bay dying made me sad as fuck.

brandon_260 10/02/11 06:36 PM

I don't know if I've ever anticipated a film more than the Avengers.

I'm looking forward to McCarthy in This Is Forty, and the Bateman film.

Jay and Seth has a stellar comedic cast.

The Sitter looks hilarious.

The Walking Dead trailer was great, I really need to rewatch my season 1 DVDs. Talking Dead is a cool idea too.

Excited about New Girl news. It's one of my favorite new shows this season.

Although I'm not a Dane Cook fan, I will definitely check his show out.

Also, to anyone who hasn't seen 50/50, go do yourself a favor this week and see it.