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Black Swan is a Real Weenie Shrinker

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | December 14, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | December 14, 2010 |

  • The Starz/BBC, American/British hybrid version of “Torchwood” that we’ve been telling you about for a while has cast its first big-name American actor, Mekhi Phifer, who will join John Barrowman and Eve Myles in the series. Phifer will play a CIA Agent, “a fast-tracked high-flyer with a lethal sense of humor who starts to feel his mortality when his life is put in danger.” Arlen Turler (Crash) has also joined the cast in a recurring role. As long as Barrowman is in it, I will be completely optimistic. And speaking of, has anyone seen his fascinating television documentary (part of some BBC America series I caught a while back) where he explores the biology of homosexuality? It’s fascinating, if only because Barrowman is fascinating and really goddamn adorable. (Deadline)

  • Universal Pictures and Dino De Laurentis Productions are reportedly rebooting Stephen King’s Firestarter for the big screen, with an eye toward making it a franchise. The little girl this time will have a “little more edge.” So, they’re turning Firestarter into some comic-book movie? Great. (Variety)

  • Here is the first official image of John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe in The Raven. I’ve read a fairly extensive plot synopsis (via The Hollywood Cog) and it sounds like a murder mystery, similar in tone to Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, only slightly darker. (Slashfilm)


  • Eminem is set to star in Southpaw, a boxing film about “a fast-rising welterweight boxer who brawls his way to the title, only to see his world crash down around him due to tragedy.” The idea comes from a pitch by “Sons of Anarchy” creator, Kurt Sutter. It’s an interesting and almost suitable combination. (Collider)

  • Here’s the first image from Faster and Furioser: Really Fucking Chafed, featuring Vin Diesel and The Rock trying to resist passionately kissing one another. (USA Today)


  • Mila Kunis and Adam Scott are in negotiations to join Mark Wahlberg in Seth MacFarlane’s $65 million budgeted, Ted. Kunis will play Wahlberg’s girlfriend. And if you need refreshing, here’s what the Hollywood Cog told us about the film: It’s a comedy about a 33 year old man whose Teddy Bear comes to life and poses problems for him as an adult when it gets in the way of a relationship with his girlfriend. The Teddy Bear is described as something that, I shit you not, likes to party, pick up women, smoke pot, and play video games. Oh, Seth MacFarlane; you’re such an imbecilic asshole. Note, too, that there are roles in the movie for a racist homosexual, a woman obsessed with talking about men shaving their assholes, and a “Jewish-looking” person who makes anti-Semitic remarks. (THR)

  • You like lame movie posters? Here’s one for Lincoln Lawyer, with Matthew McConaughey. (Cinemablend)


  • You may have heard by now that Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter have filed for divorce, which may have some consequences on the set of next season’s “Dexter.” Or, maybe they’re both very professional people and it won’t mean dupe. I’m guessing the latter. (EW)

  • The Coen Brothers wrote a remake of Michael Caine’s 1966 film, The Gambit. Last month, Michael Hoffman (The Last Station) was hired to direct the film. And now, Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) has been cast as the lead, a cat burglar who attempts to steal a priceless statue from a billionaire by enlisting the help of a waitress. (Deadline)

  • Finally I leave you with this, a trailer for Black Swan that correctly identifies the flick as a real boner killer, from the sketch group Elephant Larry.

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