Friday Night Rushes – Oldboy Offers, A Gold-Covered Goddess, Karen Gillan, Neuromancer And More

It’s going to have to be another short-ish one tonight, I’m afraid. The logistics of compiling these posts take so long that there’s not enough time left to write up and include everything I’ve uncovered… I’ve got to try and streamline that process, somehow.

Dreamworks have revealed the first poster for their William Joyce collaboration, Rise of the Guardians, via Facebook.

Eva Green is negotiating to appear in the 300 sidequel, Battle of Artemisia or whatever they’ll call it. She’ll be playing Artemisia, described as:

a ruthless, gold-covered goddess who persuades Xerxes to amass his army and helps lead them into battle.

Like Beowulf-style gold-covered, do you think? [THR]

Here’s an image of Karen Gillan as Jean Shrimpton and Aneurin Barnard as David Bailey in the new BBC TV movie, We’ll Take Manhattan.

There’s a new report on how Moneyball was normalised and made more studio friendly in order to get it into production. You can see this from either glass half full or glass half empty points of view, I’m sure. [THR]

This clip from Absolutely Fabulous sees Eddie and Patsy bashing on the Kardashians.

Attack the Block‘s Danielle Vitalis has started blogging at The Hindu Cow with a little bit about her involvement in the film.

Brendan Meyer has been cast as Stilson in Ender’s Game. He joins Asa Butterfield and, pending negotiations, Hailee Steinfeld and Ben Kingsley. [THR]

They’re using Star Wars to promote Currys again. No, not curries. Currys.

One of the baddies in Lone Ranger is to be played by James Frain. You can look forward to:

a tough foreman overseeing Chinese and Indian rail workers who works for the story’s chief villain.

That chief will be played by Tom Wilkinson.[THR]

The first trailer for The Hobbit is to premiere on Tuesday, not Wednesday as widely reported over the last couple of weeks. It will be sent out by a satellite stream and then end up on every TV show you can imagine. [USA Today]

Michael Giacchino is to guest on the show Movies on the Radio and, as well as chatting and playing some of his old greats, will preview some of the score for John Carter. [WQXR/Aint It Cool]

Bunyan is a horror film from the director of Boogeyman 3 and is about… guess who. [Shock Till You Drop]

Crowd pleasing quasi-silent film The Artist is to go one tour with live orchestral accompaniment. We can hopefully expect to see it play in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Brussels, London and Geneva, with Australia also distinct possibility. If they don’t also bring a “nightmare chorus” of foley performers I’m going to be very disappointed. [Billboard]

Here’s the new UK poster for Madonna’s W.E.

Long ol’ negotations between Time Warner and HBO have been wrapped up with the on-demand service HBO Go now headed to the cable carrier “within the next month.” [Variety]

Guesting on The Late Show with David Letterman, Tom Hanks last night revealed this trailer for the non-existant mini-series, Bert Loomis, all about the invention of Pop Tarts.

Clive Owen is the latest to be rumoured for the role of machiavellian villain in Spike Lee’s do-over of Oldboy. Lee and Owen have form, previously having collaborated on Inside Man. Meanwhile, Mia Wasikowska has allegedly been offered the female lead. Her form is with Chan Wook Park, director of the original Oldboy, and the man with the megaphone on Wasikowka’s recently-wrapped Stoker. [Twitch and Twitch]

This is one of the oddest promo clips I’ve seen in a while – William H. Macy and some of his Shameless co-stars, giving us a seasonal tune, replete with intriguing lyrics (Tina Fey? Eh?). Oh, those Gallaghers – talk about scumbags, maggots, the cheap and lousy alright.

The Smurfs has been disqualified from the Best Animated Movie category of The Academy Awards because it didn’t meet the requirements:

AMPAS rules governing hybrid films say that “a significant number of the major characters must be animated, and animation must figure in no less than 75 percent of the picture’s running time

But my slightly broken-brained friend need not worry, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked… er… squeaked through. [The Wrap]

Avatar is being re-released via iTunes, with a suite of new special features. Here’s a trailer, but it doesn’t answer my personal question: will the HD version be 1080i? 720p? What exactly?

A sometime karaoke partner of director Quentin Tarantino, Catherine Lambert has been given a role in Django Unchained.  Meanwhile, the Dutch singer Mick Harren says he has been approached to perform on a multilingual version of My Way that will appear in the film. Somehow. [Playlist/Adelaide Now/Film Stage/RTL Boulevard]

Jaden Smith would apparently like Astro to appear in the new Annie musical that the Smith clan, fractured as it might be, are said to have on the cards. Astro is apparently an X-Factor contestant and not some kind of chocolate bar or cartoon dog, which were my first two guesses. My fourth guess would have been “white rapper in an episode of The Bill.” [Hollywood Life]

A few interesting pictures have secured funding from the Eurimages vault, most notably Christian Mungiu’s Provizoriu, set in a Romanian convent and telling of “a 23-year-old’s love for another femme inmate,” and Le Bleu est Une Couleur Chaude, an adaptation of the Julie Maroh comic about teenagers in love, one of them with blue hair. [Variety]

And to leave you with something meaty, here’s an hour long panel about the (ongoing) process of adapting Neuromancer into a video game and film. Vincenzo Natali appears, and the whole thing was filmed at TIFF. I read excerpts at the time and wished I had been there. [Quiet Earth]

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