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By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | August 21, 2012 | Comments ()


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  • The original Kick-Ass wasn't a particularly big hit, and it came as a surprise to some that Lionsgate was even bothering with a sequel. But they're trying to amp up the star power in this second installment, adding John Leguizamo and Donald Faison to holdovers from the first film -- Nic Cage, Chloe Moretz, Aaron Johnson -- and now they're apparently trying to snag Jim Carrey. Carrey's typical fee would swallow most of Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall's budget, but if he's willing to take a cut, it could help both the movie and Carrey's falling star.

  • Hey! Remember how after a lot of development talk, Universal passed on Ron Howard's Dark Tower series, which was meant to combine movies and a television series? Well, Howard revived it, added a star, Russell Crowe, and brought it to Warner Brothers. Guess what? According to Variety, they passed on it, too. So, The Dark Tower is dead again. At least until it's not. For some reason, Dan Ackroyd is blaming Bill Murray.

  • According to THR, Todd Phillips wants to remake James Caan's 1974 film The Gambler, a project that once had Martin Scorsese attached and William Monahan (The Departed) as screenwriter. I have no idea how Todd Phillips is going to work a road trip into The Gambler, but since that's all he knows how to do, the remake should be ... interesting. I'm sure it will star Zach Galifianakis.

  • As had previously been threatened, Hollywood -- running empty on ideas -- has decided to reboot Kevin Costner. He's officially landed a meaty role in the Jack Ryan franchise AND he's closing in on Without Remorse, another franchise in which he would play mentor to a character played by Tom Hardy.

  • In news of the odd, those reports that I believe originated with ABC News that Tony Scott had inoperable brain cancer were totally false. According to The Daily Beast, the family denied that. Toxicologists are still performing an autopsy to find out the reason for the "apparent" suicide (here's a hint, Toxicologists: He jumped off a very, very high bridge. More times than not, that will result in death.).

  • BBC America has finally revealed an airdate for the next season of Doctor Who. It'll air on September 8th, just a few weeks from now. The Ood are stoked.

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  • Comments Are Welcome, Jerks Will Be Banned


    • Jerce

      The idea of Russell Crowe as Roland of Gilead makes my pores vomit blood. Thank God someone had the sense to pass on that.
      [returns to suffering intermittent seizures]

    • As much as I think I'd like to see a Dark Tower/Gunslinger series or set of movies or whatever, I still think the best way to bring that story to the screen would be with animation, so WB passing could be good news, I guess.

    • jon29

      Nic Cage will be playing a charcoal briquette? Otherwise I am confused.

    • Erich

      With that gif, how did you not go with "6 Oods and Ends..."?

    • pajiba

      Damn. Blown opportunity. Nice call.

    • JoannaRobinson

      Love an Ood.

    • Sourbob

      So BBC America will be airing the Doctor Who on the 8th, eh? Or, if you like, seven days after all of the nerds have already downloaded rips of the UK premiere.

    • branded_redux

      It’ll air on September 8th, just a few weeks from now. The Ood are stoked.

      As well they should be. There is very little entertainment at an Oodist colony.

    • space_oddity

      Didn't Nic Cage's character die in the first Kick-Ass movie?

    • Maguita NYC

      He was supposed to have burned to a crisp, but maybe he'll come back as a disfigured Darkman-type character. That would be interesting.

      I am surprised though that the movie did not do so well. I really loved it, and had watched it twice more since it came out on DVD.

      And Carrey... No. No offense to the guy, but he is already too extreme, and his too-much-ness would not work, an overkill, in already a somewhat extreme movie type.

    • Bert_McGurt

      Yeah, but nobody STAYS dead in the comic world.

    • A character in a movie cannot die if the actor playing the character is immortal. It's a minor technicality. And I did an astrophysics degree, so I know what I'm talking about.

    • Horribly and slowly. But there are always flashbacks.

    • Someone should reboot Todd Philips. Reboot him right in the face.

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