Popcorn News – Jan. 10

The Academy Award nominations were announced earlier this morning.  Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Misérables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook and Zero Dark Thirty are all nominated for Best Picture.  Hit the link for the complete list of nominees.  The Oscars will air on Feb. 24 at 7 pm eastern time. (Oscar.com)

Christopher Nolan is in talks to direct the sci-fi film Interstellar.  The project, which is scripted by his brother Jonathan Nolan, had Steven Spielberg attached to direct previously.  The film involves time travel and alternate dimensions in a story that sees a group of explorers travel through a wormhole. (Hollywood Reporter)

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the North American rights to Woody Allen’s new film, Blue Jasmine.  The movie marks a return to a New York City setting for the director and stars Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, Sally Hawkins, Peter Sarsgaard and Michael Stuhlbarg. (Deadline)

New Line Cinema has found a new director for their long in-development adaptation of Brian K. Vaughn’s comic book series, Y, The Last Man.  Commercials director Dan Trachtenberg, who is well known for his short fan film, Portal: No Escape, will helm the picture. (Deadline)

New stills from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire have appeared online. (EW)

Hunger Games 2 still

Frank Darabont (The Mist) has been hired by Legendary Pictures to do a final rewrite of Godzilla, which is headed for a May 16, 2014 release date.  The film is expected to begin production soon with director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) at the helm. (Deadline)

Steven Spielberg’s Robopocalypse, which had been slated for an April 25, 2014 release, has been put on an indefinite hold.  Martin Levy, speaking on behalf of Spielberg, stated that the film is “too important and the script is not ready, and it’s too expensive to produce. It’s back to the drawing board to see what is possible.” (Hollywood Reporter)

After it was recently announced that Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Christopher Meloni were joining the cast of Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, yet another cast member has been added to the roster of actors, Josh Brolin (Gangster Squad, No Country for Old Men).  He will play the character of Dwight, which Clive Owen played in the 2005 original. (Superherohype)

Several new stills from Sam Raimi’s upcoming Oz the Great and Powerful have popped up online.  (The Lebanese Cinema Movie Guide)

Oz the Great and Powerful still

IMAX Corporation and Universal Pictures announced that Jurassic Park will return to theaters with a one-week 3D engagement in IMAX theaters simultaneous with the film’s wide release on April 5, 2013. (Comingsoon.net)

Tina Fey is in talks to join The Muppets 2.  She is expected to play the female lead role in the film which is expected to be a European-set adventure.  Her role is described as a Russian gulag prison guard. (Hollywood Reporter)

Mitch Hurwitz revealed in an interview that the new season of Arrested Development, consisting of 14 new episodes, will have a different rhythm than the first three seasons, “We’re not jumping from one thing to another; you’re staying with one character.” With each episode focusing on a single character, you won’t be seeing the Bluths reunited until the final episode where they tease the family back together for a proposed Arrested Development movie.  While the whole family will be seen in Season 4, as well as a lot of other side characters, Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) is the only character that will appear in all of the episodes. (USA Today)

A first look trailer for one of Netflix’s new original series, Hemlock Grove, is now online.  The series, which is produced by Eli Roth, stars Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgard, Landon Liboiron, Penelope Mitchell, Freya Tingley, and Dougray Scott.  All episodes of the series will premiere on Netflix on April 19.

by Ben McBride


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