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6 Odds and Ends You Need to Know Today to Avoid Certain Extermination

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | August 21, 2012 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | August 21, 2012 |

  • 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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