I'll Say It. Cillian Murphy Is Not Hot. He's Just Plain Ass Creepy. Period.
Cillian Murphy and Thandie Newton will star in the thriller The Retreat, about a husband and wife who rent a remote island cottage while trying to repair their marriage. One day they find a biohazard-suited soldier washed up on the beach, who warns them that everybody on the mainland has been killed by an airborne virus. In the movie, Cillian Murphy will look incredibly creepy; women will inexplicably be turned on by that. (Deadline)
Studio insiders say that Damon Lindeloff (“Lost”) will be rewriting Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel. Great: The twist in the end, I bet, is that it’s not a prequel; it was a sequel all along. Damn you, Lindeloff! (Deadline)
Speaking of “Lost,” J.J. Abrams is producing a movie based on Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel, a graphic novel-picture book about the world’s first robot. The robot fought alongside Terry Roosevelt and Lawrence of Arabia, journeyed to the South Pole and was involved in the silent movie business before disappearing on the battlefields of World War I. Okaaaay. (Heatvision)
Russell Brand has been cast in Hawkwood, about the “adventures of a real-life swashbuckling figure” named John Hawkwood. (Deadline)
The good folks over at UGO have uncovered some information that suggests that there will be a second season of Frank Darabont’s The Walking Dead. Meanwhile, I just realized that the first season will only be six episodes, which makes me a sad panda because I was hoping for at least 12 episodes. Please don’t rape me, jM. (UGO)
Dunno if this is of much interest to most of you, but I happen to love “Survivor,” and word is, not only will Jimmy Johnson (yes, that, Jimmy Johnson) be one of the cast members this fall, but that the survivors will be broken up into young vs. old camps, which will probably generate a little attention before the show, but then after about two episodes, no one will care and after the merge, no one will remember. Kind of the nature of the show. Does anyone even remember who won last season? (Deadline)
There’s a direct-to-DVD sequel of Mirrors coming out soon. I can’t even be bothered to post the trailer, but if you want to see it, head over to (FilmJunk)
Deadline is reporting that Zach Galifianakis is attached not to Reply All, a comedy about a man who says something he shouldn’t have in an email and replies all, only to learn that his family, co-workers, and friends all saw the email. Mike Fleming notes that Reply All was “pitched around town early this week,” but we actually mentioned this movie back in April, when Walt Becker (Old Dogs) was attached, when I said that this terrible-sounding premise would have a much easier time getting the greenlight than did Moneyball. I guess I was right. I wonder if he still is? Because that would be tragic. (Deadline)
A few weeks ago, Kevin Smith said he wouldn’t be making any big announcement about Red State, that he’d just shut up and make his goddamn movie. Last weekend, he announced that Michael Parks (Kill Bill, From Dusk til Dawn) has been cast. So much for the silence. (Slashfilm)
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