April 19, 2014

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows gets two new character posters

HollywoodNews.com: Collider first posted these, but they are pretty self-explanatory. It will be interesting to see if Warner Bros. releases any more in the coming days, highlight Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris) Mycroft Holmes (Stephen Fry), or Sim (Noomi Rapace).
The cost that comes with casting a character as your prime villain is that you don’t get much mileage out of him/her from a marketing standpoint. Kudos to Guy Ritchie for not just going for the first big star to say yes, but as a result Warner Bros is stuck basically advertising a sequel that offers little in the way of anything different from the first picture. Ironically, this is the same (relative) problem that Paramount had with Iron Man 2, as it too was stuck with a villain that wasn’t quite iconic (Whiplash?) played by that box office-dynamo Mickey Rourke.
Obviously Iron Man 2 opened with $128 million two summers ago compared to the first film’s $100 million 3.5-day opening, so something went right. I’m sure Warner Bros. would be thrilled with a similar 28% jump in opening weekend grosses, which would net Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows $79 million over its first three days. It will be interesting to see if Warner Bros. cuts a second trailer between now and December, and if so if they find a way to sell Moriarty to a mass audience.
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Lady Gaga 101 is really a college course

HollywoodNews.com: Typical courses for a liberal arts college include English, Science, History and Philosophy. However, the time has come to include Lady Gaga in that curriculum.
University of South Carolina is offering its students “Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame” next semester.
The course will analyze what makes a person famous and the significance in today’s environment.
The New York Times had the story.
Per the course description: “The central objective is to unravel some of the sociologically relevant dimensions of the fame of Lady GaGa.”
The Sociology Professor Mathieu Deflem is really gaga for Gaga. He has seen the pop singer 28 times live and runs his own fan site dedicated to her.
“I will get the word out to her that I’m doing the course, but it might be logistically too difficult for her to come,” says Deflem.
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Father of Murdered “Harry Potter” Actor Seeks to Educate About Knife Violence

By Hanako M. Ricks
HollywoodNews.com: Prior to last summer’s release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the cast and crew suffered a loss when Rob Knox, an 18-year old actor who played a minor role in the sixth film, was murdered as the result of a knife fight while trying to protect his younger brother.
Since the murder, Knox’s father Colin Knox has made it his mission to educate people about knife-related crimes. Knox recently screened the 16-minute short film Cold Kiss to some inmates, a few who were imprisioned for murders related to knife violence. Cold Kiss tells the story about a teenaged girl who becomes obsessed with the power of knives after her boyfriend has been murdered. The film was partially produced and directed by Knox, and stars actor Ray Winstone (The Departed, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), who waived his fee to appear in the film and also helped with post-production costs.
Knox and his former wife Sally (Rob’s mother) have both been honored in the U.K. for their fight against knife violence. They have set up a trust which helps to raise awareness of knife and gun violence, and also provides scholarship aid for students wanting to attend theater college.
Robert Knox was only 18-years old when he was stabbed to death in May 2008 while trying to protect his younger brother Jamie from a knife-wielding assailant. He appeared in the “Slug Club” scene of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince as Marcus Belby, the student who amusingly talks through a mouthful of food while being questioned by Professor Slughorn. Knox was murdered a mere four days after his filming for Half-Blood Prince had ended; 22-year old Karol Bishop was convicted of the murder last year and sentenced to serve 20 years in prison for the crime.
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“The Thing” prequel teases in New York, leaks online

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Are prequels the “new black” in Hollywood?
Here are just a few examples. The “X-Men” franchise, having run its course in a modern setting, is about to flashback to tell how Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) became rivals in “X-Men: First Class.” Sir Ridley Scott currently is prepping two prequels of his cherished “Alien,” which will delve into the idea of terraforming and lay out where the alien creatures came from and how they were created. Even the James Bond franchise went back to square one with “Casino Royale” and found great success.
One other anticipated prequel, Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.’s “The Thing,” is starting to show its cards. Set years before John Carpenter’s classic 1982 thriller (also titled “The Thing,” for optimum confusion), this new story sets up a confrontation at a remote Antarctica research site between a scrappy graduate student (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a helicopter pilot (Joel Edgerton) and an alien life form.
A teaser clip was screened at NY Comic Con this weekend. ShockTillYouDrop has a description of the teaser. http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com/news/topnews.php?id=16847 CinemaBlend has shaky, leaked footage of the reel (for now). http://www.cinemablend.com/new/The-Thing-Prequel-Trailer-Leaks-Online-21123.html
What do you think? Are you on board with a “Thing” prequel? Do you need to see more before you can decide?
“The Thing” is scheduled to be in theaters on April 29, 2011.
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Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr. get the sniffles

HollywoodNews.com: Only a superstar could stop production and that’s exactly what happened on the sets of “Sherlock Holmes 2” and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”
Turns out that Robert Downey Jr. and Johnny Depp were respectively under the weather on the above films earlier in the week.
Both productions are shooting around London where fall temperatures have set.
A source on the Sherlock set told The Sun: “Everyone was fired up and ready to go.
“Word filtered around that Robert had a bit of a sniffle and wouldn’t be coming in. It was a bit of a shock.”
Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock” sequel stars a number of prolific British actors including Stephen Fry who will play the detective’s brother and Jared Harris, son of Richard, who will play the sleuth’s nemesis Professor Moriarty.
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James McAvoy to evolve professor role in ‘X-Men’ prequel

HollywoodNews.com: “I’m basically going to try and bury Patrick (Stewart’s) performance.”
Those fighting words come straight from actor James McAvoy who is playing the younger version of Professor X in “X-Men: First Class” – a role made famous by Patrick Stewart in the film franchise.
MTV News had the headline.
“I think the fun thing about these films is when you go back and you either reboot or do a prequel. You get to see how people became who they are. That means that you have to do them differently and by the end of the movie you have to do them the same way,” said McAvoy on his approach to the role.
“The interesting journey is what happens to them, what changes them, what makes them evolve – not just mutate, but emotionally and psychologically evolve,” said McAvoy.
“X-Men: First Class,” produced by Marvel Comics, will open on June 3, 2011.
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“X-Men: First Class” adding Riptide to the villainous mix

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: I seriously hope tickets to Matthew Vaughn’s upcoming “X-Men: First Class” come with official scorecards. How else will we be able to keep up with the number of mutants expected to be on screen?
So far, the mutant roster includes James McAvoy as Professor Charles Xavier; Michael Fassbender as Magneto; January Jones as Emma Frost; Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw; Rose Byrne as Dr. Moira MacTaggert; and “Winter’s Bone” standout Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique.
Well, throw another mutant’s name into the ring.
The Web site Blog De Superheroes (courtesy of Cinema Blend) is reporting that Álex González has been cast in the film as Riptide, a mutant who “can spin at incredible speed, releasing calcium-growth from his bones at high speeds.”
Not one of the more popular X-Men, this villain apparently made his debut in Uncanny X-Men #211, and was an original member of the Marauders.
Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-MEN.
Vaughn’s “X-Men: First Class” is scheduled to open on June 3, 2011.
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Convention Appearance Updates for “Harry Potter” Actors

By Hanako M. Ricks
HollywoodNews.com: On the heels of Dragon*Con – where twins James & Oliver Phelps appeared this past Labor Day weekend – comes confirmation of other stars from the Harry Potter series appearing at more conventions around the globe.
The Phelps twins will appear along with co-stars Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Natalia Tena (Nymphadora Tonks), Louis Cordice (Blaise Zabini), George Harris (Kingsley Shacklebolt), Nick Shirm and (Zacharias Smith) at the RingCon Fantasy Convention October 15-17 in Bonn, Germany. RingCon is in its’ 9th year, and is the biggest fantasy convention in Europe.
Jessie Cave (Lavender Brown), Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley), Miriam Margoyles (Professor Sprout) and Scarlett Byrne (Pansy Parkinson) are all scheduled to appear at Collectormania in London, which will take place Nov. 27-28.
Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley), and Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) were recently announced as guests for the Magic Christmas fan convention, which will take place Dec. 18-19 in Paris, France.
It would seem that with filming being over – in addition to the heavy round of promotions that will begin for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – we will probably see the actors participating in more fan conventions such as these in the future. Let’s hope this will also ring true for conventions held here in the US.
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James McAvoy, Matthew Vaughn put U.K. spat aside for ‘X-Men’

HollywoodNews.com: “X-Men: First Class” director Matthew Vaughn and the film’s actor James McAvoy are in disagreement over the shuttering of the U.K. Film Council.
The organization was instrumental in funding a number of British film productions and spurring the country’s cinema industry.
Vaughn supports the closing of the U.K. Film Council and McAvoy does not.
Nonetheless, their viewpoints aren’t impacting their work together on “X-Men.” McAvoy is set to appear as Professor Charles Xavier, the father-like figure who nurtures the mutants. The role was made famous in the previous “X-Men” films by Patrick Stewart.
“James and I have discussed this. He’s still in the movie… just,” Vaughn told the Daily Mail.
“James is an actor and actors don’t necessarily know what’s best for them. That’s on the record.
“But he’s a brilliant actor and he’ll be great in this film.”
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De Niro flipping through the pages of “Manuel of Love 3″?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: I might be the only person who enjoyed Robert De Niro in last year’s tearjerker, “Everything’s Fine.”
And I’d prefer to see him in challenging emotional dramas instead of watching him run back to the “Meet” well for “Little Fockers.”
So the news that De Niro is eyeing a romance film titled “Manual of Love 3” is encouraging.
Latino Review reports that De Niro will play a divorced American professor living in Rome. The part requires De Niro to speak Italian, but I doubt that will be an issue for the seasoned actor.
The site reports that “Love” begins shooting in September for a 2011 release. Giovanni Veronesi will direct.
In the meantime, the former “Raging Bull” has “Fockers” on the calendar for December, and a part in Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete,” which opens on Sept. 3.
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