ComingSoon has a first look at André Benjamin (aka André 3000 of the hip-hop duo OutKast Hey Ya) in his Men's Jumbo Afro Wig for All Is By My Side, the unauthorized Jimi Hendrix biopic that stars Benjamin as the late rock legend. Being unauthorized as it is, the film is not likely to feature Jimi Hendrix playing any Jimi Hendrix songs, which is sort of a bummer considering Jimi Hendrix doing his songs is sort of what a Jimi Hendrix biopic should be about. But the film does have Captain America's Hayley Atwell as Hendrix-discoverer Linda Keith, and she is doing all-right in her Deluxe Brenda Starr Wig, so there's that. Have a look below.
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Because ABC Family's 10 Things I Hate About You television series went over such a storm, director Gil Junger has decided it's time to once again make a spin-off of the biggest success of his career. And this time it will involve suicide, AS WE DEMANDED.
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Hayley Atwell--the actress who singlehandedly made Captain America: The First Avenger the recipient of my grotesque, lascivious lip-smacking--has signed on to join The Return Of Captain Nemo, a $10 million sequel to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Atwell would play the heroine, Sara, while Red Riding's David Morrissey is already signed to play her uncle, a government advisor who frees Nemo (Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville) from prison to investigate sea monsters that are attacking ships. It's a crazy plan, yes, and Uncle isn't happy about it, but Nemo's the only man with the experience, and this may be the only shot we've got, etc.
If $10 million seems like a meager budget for a film being presented as a large-scale aquatic adventure, there's a reason for that: like 300, pretty much the entire film is going to be shot entirely on a green screen. Also, that green screen will be located in Romania, where the green screens grow like weeds and can be stood in front of for pennies on the dollar.
Producer Amy Krell is reportedly close to finding financing for the project, and if the film does move forward, it will be coming out ahead of rival 20,000 Leagues projects being developed by David Fincher and Ridley & Tony Scott. Those films, however, do have their own advantages. The involvement of big name directors, for example. Also, being able to afford actual water, instead of using the water from a CGI screensaver found advertised in a pop-up ad. But those differences will probably be negligible.
- Director Steve McQueen's Shame had too many wieners and the like for the MPAA, and they've stamped with the film with the box office-killing NC-17 rating. At least the film has Milla Jovovich doing some free promotion.
- The Trip producer Andrew Eaton says there have been talks about doing another season/movie of his Steve Coogan-Rob Brydon comedy "maybe with different people to Steve & Rob." Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, please? I will also accept Norm Mcdonald and anyone.
- With Jessica Chastain having claimed one of Oblivion's two female leads, Hayley Atwell, Diane Kruger, and Kate Beckinsale are competing for the other and the chance to star opposite Tom Cruise. They'll test with the actor this weekend, and it will be decided who reacts less horrified to between-take maniacal grinning.
- Worst-named director McG is in talks to direct Puzzle Palace, a film about a veteran cop being framed for murder, forcing his son to break into One Police Plaza to find the evidence needed to prove the father's innocence. And no, there was never an Atari game called Puzzle Palace, though there clearly should have been.
- Hayley Atwell, Alexa Davalos, and Rosamund Pike seem to be the three actresses up for the female lead in One Shot, the Christopher McQuarrie film that's cast Tom Cruise as a character (Jack Reacher) written as a 6'5", 250-pound dude. According to THR, all three have read for the part, so now it's all going to come down to who does best on Cruise's subway platform stress test.
- If you were wondering why Disney's The Lone Ranger--a film ostensibly about a couple guys riding on horses--was going to cost upwards of $200 million, here's your answer: Native American werewolf CGI. You obviously forgot to take into account that Twilight characters would inexplicably appear in The Lone Ranger.
- Turns out Kevin Smith's film adaptation of Warren Zevon's Hit Somebody is actually going to be two films based on Warren Zevon's Hit Somebody.
- You're going to get a final 16 episodes of Breaking Bad that will finish off the series, after which point Bryan Cranston will explode in a beacon of light and rain down little Cranston cameos in every film we make for the next decade.
- Jean-Claude Van Damme has agreed to play a retired military advisor in the British sci-fi film UFO, and I'm just going to say right now that isn't going to be a very good film. Do retired military advisors even spin kick things?
- Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark star Reeve Carney will star as Jeff Buckley in a still-untitled authorized (because there's also an authorized one that will star a Gossip Girl guy) biopic on the musician. So Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will probably kill him soon, just to be an asshole like that.
When the U.S. Government discovers that America's greatest patriotbrain lies within the scrawny, asthmatic body of Steve Rogers, they find in the obvious gym-class-wedgie recipient an ideal candidate for their latest tactic in the fight against the Nazis: creating a fit guy, and giving him a buckler. And so, like rich old men creating their perfect trophy wives, the government scientists pump their young blonde full of chemicals until he is traditionally aesthetically appealing--and strong!--thus creating: Captain America, America's fittest guy with a buckler and the nation's greatest weapon in the fight against evil (until someone thought of making a really big bomb).
So begins Captain America: The First Avenger, Joe Johnston's attempt at bringing the long-running comics character to screens in a respectable enough way to create at least a three-film franchise. The rest of film seems to be mostly S&M guys and explosions:
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Giving all of our anemic patriots hope for magical rapid-steroids, Marvel's full Captain America trailer has arrived, laying out as plainly as possible the well-known origin of our most blatantly 'merican superhero and his famous shield. (The shield began conceptually as a meager trashcan lid, it turns out.) Let's watch!
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- Congratulations, married couple Pete and Debbie from Knocked Up: you're getting a spin-off. And it will be a feature-length film, not just a CBS sitcom.
- The Farrelly Brothers' Three Stooges film--originally set to star the bizarre, surprising combination of Sean Penn, Jim Carrey, Benicio Del Toro--is now looking like it will star Johnny Knoxville, Andy Samberg, and Australian comic Shane Jacobson. Ah, that's more like it.
- Eminem has decided he'll be an actor again--not playing a boxer, previously reported, but as an ex-con in the crime thriller Random Acts of Violence. Plus, he can rhyme all kinds of shit with "orange," so...
- Édgar Ramírez, Bill Nighy, Toby Kebbell, and Hayley Atwell are all likely joining the sequel to Clash of the Titans, and it's not like we're their parents or something, so who are we to tell them better?
From the IMDb, here are some True Grit character banners to make you worry the Coens have done a Western remake of Three Men and a Little Lady. Fear not: there's no new Three Men and a [Female] film. For now...
You've seen the cover of the Captain America issue of Entertainment Weekly; now ready to see the inside? Then continue your odyssey of "looking at a magazine cover first, then the interior, as one normally does"...
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I'm sorry for that. But anyway, here's a first look at leads Hayley Atwell (playing Peggy Carter) and Chris Evans on the set of Captain America's Manchester set. The first comes from CaptainAmericaFilmingManchester.co.uk, the most specific site ever made; the Evans shot comes from INF Daily, where there are a few more photo of the bulked-up star--including some where he's wearing fake bare feet over his actual bare feet, making Human Torch look like an insane person who wears the skins of his victims as flesh-pants, which might very well end up being a better story than anything in Captain America.
Captain America having a teenage boy sidekick just got slightly less gay and pedophilic! Heat Vision is reporting that this lovely gal will be playing the romantic lead in that Shield Man movie:
British actress Hayley Atwell has nabbed the coveted female lead in Marvel’s “Captain America.”
Atwell is playing the British love interest opposite Chris Evans, who portrays Steve Rogers/Captain America in the Joe Johnston-directed movie.
The character Atwell will play is named Peggy Carter, who in comics lore not only dated Captain America but was an agent helping the French Resistance. She later became the aunt of Sharon Carter, Captain America’s love in modern times.
So first he's with the aunt, then gets placed in suspended animation and revived in the future, where he moves in on the niece? I had no idea the Captain America story was such a weird, high-concept porn.
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