Tuesday, September 4, 2012

NEWS UPDATE : RoboCop, David Fincher, The Hobbit and Michael Douglas

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Actor Michael Clarke Duncan passed away last night at age 54. His most memorable role was that of death-row inmate John Coffey in Frank Darabont's "The Green Mile", which earned him an Academy Award nomination. He also starred in movies like "Armageddon", "Daredevil", "Talladega Nights" and "The Whole Nine Yards". The actor was hospitalized in July following a heart attack and was receiving treatment for the past two months. Rest In Peace Michael Clarke Duncan.

Director Jose Padilha has picked up a new actor to play the villain in his "RoboCop" remake after Hugh Laurie quit the project. The villain, Omnicorp CEO Raymond Sellars, will be played by Michael Keaton ("Batman", "Beetlejuice"). "RoboCop" is scheduled for release on August 9, 2013. Here is what Padilha had to say about this new addition to his project :
"Michael is the final addition to the amazing cast we have assembled for this film and it is so great to have the last puzzle piece in place. It is thrilling that everything has come together to bring this innovative new vision of RoboCop to life. We’ve got a great script, a great cast, some killer ED-209’s and I can’t wait to get Alex Murphy back on the streets."

David Fincher is still trying to figure out a sequel to last year's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo". While the adaptation of Steig Larsson's novel was successful, earning around $230 million worldwide, it sure wasn't the big hit that Sony was expecting. Fincher said that he's "trying to figure out a sequel to Dragon Tattoo" and that he wants to be able to make it his own. This is probably a reaction to the US version of the books coming out so soon after the swedish versions, which were pretty popular themselves and propelled actress Noomi Rapace onto the Hollywood scene.

"The Hobbit" has transformed from a duology to a trilogy. Director Peter Jackson and Warner Brothers figured out a way to make this happen, so now we have the titles and release dates for all three films. Here they are :
  • "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" - December 14th, 2012
  • "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" - December 13th, 2013
  • "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" - July 18th, 2014

Michael Douglas is set to play US President Ronald Reagan in director Mike Newell's political drama "Reykjavik", which is set in 1986 during the time Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev went to the Icelandic capital to work out a peace deal, on the backdrop of the Chernobyl disaster. The movie is produced by Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Mark Sennet and Stewart Mackinnon and the script is written by Kevin Hood ("Becoming Jane"


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