The headlines from this week’s Between The Aisles – The best Hollywood news in one post!
> First Look At Tim Burton’s Upcoming Alice in Wonderland
> Iron Man 2 Casts Official “Bad Guys”
> Twilight Eclipse Names Director
> The Bang Bang Club Starts Casting
> Bekmambetov’s Black Lightning Teaser Hits The Internet
> First HBO Grey Gardens Promo
> Trailer For Upcoming Indie Fairytale Ink
First Look At Tim Burton’s Upcoming Alice in Wonderland
We now have an early look at Tim Burton’s highly anticipated, Alice in Wonderland. I can say, full of enthusiam, that I think even from this first very first early look that visionary Burton seems to be heading in the right direction. Alice herself, played by Mia Wasikowska, looks like she’ll fit the part perfectly, combining childlike demure with Burton’s favored “porcelain skin” look.
Iron Man 2 Casts Official ‘Bad Guys’
After months of back and forth, rumours from the actors and studios, vehement denial from reps, and false casting confirmations, we finally have the identities of Iron Man 2′s Black Widow and Whiplash. It’ll be the now “back by popular demand” Mickey Rourke, and the “always in everything” Scarlett Johansson. Fans seem to be generally pleased with the casting of Rourke, but a little more uncertain about Johansson given an attachment to the prior actress attached to the role, Emily Blunt. But I’m sure Johansson will do a good job in her place, she does have plenty of experience playing the bad girl vixen. Can’t we all just be happy that Favreau agreed to direct the sequel?
Twilight Eclipse Names Director
Just as I was about to report updates on the Director buzz surrounding Eclipse of the Twilight series, Nikki Finke over at Deadline Hollywood Daily claims she can confirm that Summit has told them privately that they are officially bringing Guillermo del Toro protege Juan Antonio Bayona aboard to helm the project. His last big gig was directing The Orphanage, which I never saw. Did people like that movie? Now awhile back I mentioned before word was out about Weitz taking over New Moon, that I thought a foreign director (ahem, Alfonso Cuaron) would be a really good choice. It worked for Potter afterall.
Variety (the god on high of sources), has now confirmed this is true. Time to celebrate!
The Bang Bang Club Starts Casting
Now here’s a movie that might (I stress might) have potential. Malin Ackerman, better known now as Silk Spectre II, Ryan Phillippe, and Friday Night Lights favorite Taylor Kitsch (soon to play Gambit in X-Men Origins) will star in Steven Silver’s The Bang Bang Club. The film will be based on the real life “Bang Bang Club” a group of South African combat photographers who showed the brutal violence of apartheid to the world. Of the group of 4, Ken Oosterbroeck was killed by friendly fire in 1994 and Kevin Carter committed suicide later that same year. The two still living, Joao Silva and Greg Marinovich, wrote the memoir on which the film will get its inspiration. Not knowing much about the director, Silver, I wasn’t sure what to expect after hearing this news, but apparently he is a South African Documentarian, so now it’s a no brainer. Phillippe will play the still living Marinovich, while Kitsch will take on the late Carter. Filming is set to begin in April.
Bekmambetov’s Black Lightning Teaser Hits The Internet
I am a huge Timur Bekmambetov fan(try saying that… once), and one of his his next Russian action packed projects now has a teaser, Black Lightning. Clearly, there’s not much to go on with this teeny teaser as of yet, but doesn’t it just rev your motor? vroom vroom!
First HBO Grey Gardens Promo
Trailer For Upcoming Indie Fairytale Ink
I know I’m a little late in getting this trailer up, but reading Cole, over at Film School Reject’s glowing review reminded me. From the trailer Ink looked like a much scarier, indie live action version of Monsters, Inc. and from the review it looks like I was right! It’s being pegged as a visually splendiferous dark fairy tale, that pushes the boundaries of the medium… I don’t know about all that, having not yet seen it, but I can say the trailer looks pretty interesting, and I hope I get a chance to see it… somewhere… some day. Where the heck is this playing? To view to trailer, go here.