The Lance Armstrong doping scandal has captured the interest of the world over the past few days after the cyclist admitted to Oprah Winfrey that he used PEDs and cheated during all 7 of his once-triumphant Tour de France victories. It's the the kind of drama that makes for a great movie. And, as you might have expected, the Lance Armstrong doping scandal is going to do just that.
"To 3D or not to 3D?" is a question moviegoers often have to ask themselves when hitting the multiplex to see the latest blockbuster, but the debate doesn't stop at the paying customer. Sometimes it's the filmmakers themselves who are dubious about the technology, even as they work with it. This issue has come to light after J.J. Abrams revealed that he himself was not sold on converting his latest, 'Star Trek Into Darkness,' into 3D initially. In fact, he had it forced upon him by the studio.
The question of who will direct the next 'Star Wars' still lingers quite maddeningly; while we would ideally be compiling a shortlist of contenders, we mostly collate who has expressed disinterest or denied involvement. One of those names is J.J. Abrams, who weeks ago stated in no uncertain terms that he didn't want the massive undertaking.
But did you know that he was evidently offered the job? A few choice quotes from the 'Star Trek' director indicates that he could have been the captain of two different space sagas. Jump after the break to learn more.
The identity of the villain in 'Star Trek Into Darkness' has been an internet mystery for a year now, with fans speculating that Benedict Cumberbatch could be playing anyone from Khan to Sybok. That's why everyone raised an eyebrow when it was announced that his character was a guy named John Harrison, a name that doesn't ring any bells in the larger 'Trek' canon. Although we still don't have too much concrete information, both Cumberbatch and director JJ Abrams recently spilled a fill details about this mysterious character.
Last week, the news broke that the ever-wonderful Cate Blanchett was close to joining director Mark Romanek's 'Cinderella' in the role of the evil stepmother, firmly establishing it as the Hollywood Revision Of A Classic Fairy Tale to watch out for. It still feels odd that the director of 'One Hour Photo' and 'Never Let Me Go' is making a Cinderella movie, but putting quality actors on the screen is the first step in giving us hope. On the heels of the Blanchett news, Variety reports that the short list for the title role is down to three actresses: Saoirse Ronan, Alicia Vikander and Gabriella Wilde. You'll probably recognize Ronan from 'Atonement,' 'The Lovely Bones' and 'Hanna' and if you were unlucky enough to see 'The Three Musketeers' you may remember Wilde, but Vikander seems to be a newcomer, making this role her potential big break and her own potential Cinderella story. Life imitating art and so forth.
More 'Star Wars: Episode 7' news? Well, it's clear that, from now until summer 2015, we'll have at least one 'Star Wars: Episode 7' rumor for you per day. Not that we're complaining, mind you: has there ever been a movie in development more fun to speculate about? Hard to think of one.
Today we'll be bringing you updates from three of the "potential" directors of Episode 7: J.J. Abrams, Jon Favreau and out-of-left-field contender Colin Trevorrow ('Safety Not Guaranteed'). The initial names are just two of many dream directors of the sequel for fanboys, while the latter is someone who has actually been connected - however tentatively - to the film. Let's get to it!
We have a lot -- a lot -- of genre reports for you today, not including Guillermo del Toro's epic new project said to be a supernatural version of 'The Avengers.' In addition, there are reported updates on the adaptation of Joe Hill's 'Locke and Key' and JJ Abrams' latest monster acquisition.