Popcorn News – Jan. 3

After a self-imposed holiday break, Monster Popcorn is back from its holiday slumber.  I hope everyone had fun over the holidays and I look forward to having you join Monster Popcorn as we head into 2013.  Thanks to everyone who made 2012 a big year for the site and most importantly, thank you for reading!  So to start off the new year, here’s a new edition of Popcorn News!

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been added to Marvel Studios list of actors they are considering for the lead role of Starlord Peter Quill in James Gunn’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy.  He joins a list that includes Joel Edgerton, Michael Rosenbaum, Jim Sturgess, Lee Pace, Eddie Redmayne and Zachary Levi. (Deadline)

Quentin Tarantino recently spoke about his next film project which may be titled Killer Crow and follow a group of black troops that had been “f–ked over by the American military and kind of go apes–t” as they go on an Apache warpath on their way to Switzerland during WWII.  Tarantino stated, “It would be connected to Inglorious Basterds, too, because Inglorious Basterds are in it, but it is about the soldiers.” (The Root)

A first look image of Sharlto Copley in the upcoming dystopian epic, Elysium, has appeared online.  He plays the villainous Kruger, who is the relentless attack dog of a hardened government official.  The film, directed by Neill Blomkamp (District 9), stars Matt Damon and is scheduled to hit theaters on August 9. (Empire)

Sharlto Copley in Elysium

Wes Anderson confirmed the cast for his upcoming 2014 film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, in a recent interview.  He stated that Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, F. Murray Abraham, Jude Law, Adrien Brody, Edward Norton, Harvey Keitel, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Mathieu Amalric and Saoirse Ronan all have parts in the film.  He added that Owen Wilson will also appear in the film in a small part. (Hollywood Reporter)

Hayley Atwell, who played Peggy Carter in Captain America, will not be returning for Captain America: The Winter Soldier as the story’s action takes place in the present day.  The sequel’s directors, Anthony and Joe Russo, are still looking for the film’s female lead.  (Timeout)

Sony Pictures has moved around some films on their 2013 schedule.  The Carrie remake has been pushed back from March 15 to October 18, George Clooney’s Monuments Men has moved up two days to December 18 and No Good Deed has been pushed from October 18 to January 17, 2014. (Comingsoon.net)

The poster for The Last Exorcism Part II has been revealed by CBS Films.  The sequel, which continues where the first film left off, opens in theaters on March 1. (Yahoo! Movies)

The Last Exorcism Part II poster

The upcoming sequel to The Raid: Redemption looks to be titled, Berandal.  Gareth Evans returns to direct as well as actor Iko Uwais.  It’s reported that the opening scene of the sequel will take place just two hours after the first film ends. (Twitch)

Ubisoft Motion Pictures is looking to develop another one of their video game titles, Ghost Recon.  They already have movies for Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell in development. (L.A. Times)

The trailer for the upcoming crime thriller Dead Man Down premiered online.  Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Dominic Cooper and Terrence Howard star in the film directed by Niels Arden Oplev (the original The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) which opens on March 8. (YouTube)

by Ben McBride


2 thoughts on “Popcorn News – Jan. 3

  1. I’m all for JGL joining Guardians of the Galaxy, especially if it means he takes the lead on the franchise. I feel like he’s put his finger in a lot of geek pies but none of them have stuck. Him + Gunn could be a good fit.

    And I’m glad QT is continuing on his pulpy-with-a-conscience streak. I’d be happy if he continued making some of the most thoughtful action movies around.


    1. Yea, I’m all for both as well and I really hope that JGL takes the role. No one listed so far has really peaked my interest except him and he’s really good to boot so I think he’d be a huge asset to the movie.


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