News Round-Up: Bruce Willis Cast in ‘Vice’; ‘Man of Steel’ Sequel Pushed Back; Oscar Nominations; and More
In an all-encompassing round-up of this past week’s news stories, I’ve included a wide range of different stories that should interest quite a few people. First off, we’ll get some casting stuff out of the way, which includes Bruce Willis in Vice and Lindsey Lohan in Inconceivable. For release dates, the biggest news goes to the Man of Steel sequel; however, A Haunted House 2 also pushed its date back, too. For the rest of the stuff, scroll to find out the Oscar nominations, a little tidbit about the Star Wars: Episode VII script, and Trent Reznor’s (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) involvement in David Fincher’s next movie, Gone Girl.
Although casting was pretty light this week, I did want to quickly mention Bruce Willis added to his upcoming schedule with a starring role in Vice. Willis will join Ambyr Childers (2 Guns) but a director is still unknown. At this point, all I really know is Vice is an action thriller, so Willis seems like a worthy choice. (Source: THR)
The second piece I wanted to mention involved Lindsey Lohan’s continued career in acting. Although she’s been seen as a train wreck for quite some time, she still gets work somehow. That’ll continue when she stars in Inconceivable. Not only will she star in the limited release (and VOD) movie, but she’ll apparently have a hand in choosing the director. A release date isn’t known, so look out for more about the psychological thriller later on. (Source: Comingsoon)
The biggest news of the past week definitely goes to the Man of Steel sequel. Referred to as Man of Steel 2, Batman vs. Superman, or Superman vs. Batman, the yet-untitled Zack Snyder follow-up to last year’s Man of Steel has officially moved to 2016. This softens the blockbuster apocalypse that was 2015. To me, it’s okay because I’d rather have a project be thought-out than rushed to production. Even if this spoils the inevitable Marvel vs. D.C. debate, I’m willing to wait until May 6, 2016 to see Superman (Henry Cavill) face-off against Batman (Ben Affleck). (Source: Yahoo)
Although rightfully less important, Open Road Films also adjusted the release date of this year’s A Haunted House 2. The spoof sequel matches returner Marlon Wayans with director Michael Tiddes. It’ll now release three weeks later on April 18, 2014, so adjust your calendars accordingly. (Source: Comingsoon)
The biggest awards show – The Academy Awards – went from shortlist to official nominees just at the end of last week’s cutoff. Even if the Oscar nominees may seem like old news, I thought I’d pass along a link just in case. Both Gravity and American Hustle led with ten nominations apiece and 12 Years a Slave was right behind them with nine. For my entire breakdown (including snubs and surprises), click on over.
Any Star Wars news is big news it seems. If that is truly the case, I figured it’d be worth reporting J.J. Abrams has announced the script for Star Wars: Episode VII is complete. Now all we need is some actual casting news. Names like Benedict Cumberbatch, Adam Driver (Lincoln), and Jesse Plemons (AMC’s Breaking Bad) have been rumored (among plenty of others). Original castmembers Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher are most likely coming back when Abrams’ film releases (to much ballyhoo) on December 18, 2015. (Source: TheWrap)
Although I generally don’t report on news about composers, I thought I’d make an exception this week. One of the best scores I can remember in quite some time was Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ for The Social Network. Those two will reteam with director David Fincher for Gone Girl – the popular book adaptation that will star Ben Affleck. The movie is set for a tentative release on October 3rd. (Source: Rolling Stone)
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