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New 'Prometheus' Viral Content, PTA's 'The Master' in October, 'Interview with a Vampire' Neck Slice and More

Plus new photos from 'Dark Shadows' and Kristen Bell to voice Disney's 'Frozen'

Jackie Earle Haley and Johnny Depp in Dark Shadows
Jackie Earle Haley and Johnny Depp in Dark Shadows
Photo: Warner Bros.

I have added four new images from Tim Burton's Dark Shadows to the gallery, including the pic you see above. Get them all here.

Columbia Pictures will distribute MGM‘s Robocop, the remake of the 1987 Paul Verhoeven-directed science fiction film that will star Joel Kinnaman in the role originated by Peter Weller and will be directed by Jose Padilha (Elite Squad). [source]

Zoe Saldana is set to join Christan Bale in Out of the Furnace for Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper. The film is described as a gritty throwback to 1970s movies that's based on Brad Ingelsby's script "The Low Dweller." Story follows an ex-con bent on avenging the death of his younger brother as soon as he's released from prison. Casey Affleck is reportedly in negotiations as well. [Variety]

Elizabeth Olsen confirmed to The Playlist that she has had conversations to star in Spike Lee's Oldboy remake and while she doesn't say she has the role she admits her love for Lee's films and adds, "What's really cool is the Korean movie is what people in the world of films would have seen, like people who like foreign films would have seen it, but a general American audience, I doubt they know the twists and turns of the original, so it'll surprise them. And I think its such a good movie, so that would be cool." [source]

Dwayne Johnson has signed on to star in Ciudad, an intense action thriller to be directed by Joe and Anthony Russo (You, Me And Dupree) based on the upcoming Oni Press graphic novel that the Russo Brothers co-wrote with Ande Parks. Set in one of the most dangerous and corrupt cities in the world, the thriller will star Johnson as a black market mercenary hired by a Brazilian drug lord to rescue his kidnapped daughter. [source]

Check out this throat slash test footage for Interview with a Vampire from the Stan Winston Studio archives. Does it take some of the menace out of such a gruesome scene now that you hear everyone laughing as blood seemingly pours from a guy's neck?

Sylvester Stallone's Bullet to the Head was all set for an April 13 release when Warner Bros. removed it from the schedule. Now word is Stallone is now personally overseeing a new - and presumably final - cut of the film which was originally directed by Walter Hill. Apparently November is the potentially new date. Of course, Warner Bros. and Hill deny the whole thing in a message posted over at IGN. [source]

Kristen Bell has been attached to provide the speaking and singing voice as the lead in Disney’s upcoming animated feature Frozen, an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen." She has also signed on to star in Some Girls, Jennifer Getzinger's adaptation of Neil LaBute's play. She will star alongside Adam Brody who plays a man who attempts to make amends with several ex-girlfriends on the eve of his wedding. [source]

I saw a lot of movies I like on Total Film's "50 Most Hated Movies Ever Made" list. Oh well. [source]

Scott Rosenberg (Con Air, High Fidelity) has been hired to polish and punch-up the Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely penned script for Michael Bay's Pain and Gain. Bay has gone on record saying the dark-comedy has "No action" and "One car crash." Perhaps Rosenberg has been brought in to remedy the situation. The movie will shoot in Miami later in March. [source]

Prometheus Viral WebsiteThe viral website for Ridley Scott's Prometheus has been updated with a message headlined "OUR FAMILY IS GROWING" along with the photo you see to the right and a message that reads:

Weyland engineers have been working around the clock to bring you the newest, most advanced addition to the Weyland family. Stay tuned for a special announcement.

Make of that what you will. [source]

Apparently Wong Kar-Wai's The Grandmaster won't be ready for Cannes this year and may not even be ready until December. [source]

Excited for Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master? Well PTA fansite Cigarettes & Red Vines hit up the film's producer Megan Ellison and got a reply via Twitter:

I know you guys are waiting on a release date for 'the Master', and it's still a bit early, but I'd keep my eyes on October

So you can go ahead and scratch that one off your Cannes wishlist as well. [source]

Finally, I just added the first trailer and poster for Warner's new IMAX documentary To the Arctic. You can view the trailer directly below and the poster right here.

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  • Hamza Zain

    The thing that annoys me about that list is that pretty much all of those movies are from the last 10-15 years. Also, Love Actually was delightful.

  • Connor

    Great news about The Master. My most anticipated of the year, really hoping Inherent Vice still happens also.

  • Matt

    I'm so excited for "The Master." And, also, I disagree with almost all the films on that list. Sure, most of those films are pretty bad. But most hated? It's a bit ridiculous. And what the hell is "Love Actually" doing on that list?

  • Irf

    Is someone at Warner Bros. marketing dept going to get the sack for having managed a totally unfocussed and hesitant campaign for DARK SHADOWS? Less than 2 months from release and not even a teaser trailer, just a couple of ad-hoc stills. On the plus side it's good to have a tentpole picture that hasn't bored us by giving us too much, too soon and too often (looking at you BATTLESHIP).