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- That's an image of Mads Mikkelson (Casino Royale) as Rochefort in Paul WS Anderson's upcoming 3D version of The Three Musketeers. See other location stills, including one of Logan Lerman as D'Artigan at ComingSoon.net.
- I don't know why so many people are stunned that Albert Brooks would be cast as the villain in Nicolas Winding Refn's next film, Drive, which also stars Carey Mulligan, Ryan Gosling and Bryan Cranston. Brooks is quite a bad guy in Out of Sight, a sort of bad guy on Weeds and he voices the villain in The Simpsons Movie. Sure, I couldn't see him as the main villain of a Bond movie, but I also have never really considered him much of a good guy in anything, either.
- Another Broadcast News alum, William Hurt, will portray former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson in HBO's financial crisis movie Too Big to Fall. I don't see a resemblance, but I'm more focused on the choice of director, Curtis Hanson, for whom I hope this does what HBO's You Don't Know Jack recently did for Barry Levinson -- that's show us that there's still talent left in the stumbling Oscar-winner.
- I really like the sound of Rogue Moon, an ambitious sci-fi indie in the works, based on the Algis Budrys novel, about test subjects in an attempt to teleport humans to the moon to tap a rare fuel source in a future where oil has run out. Filmmaker Eoghan Kidney cites Metropolis, 2001 and Blade Runner as inspiration and 300 and Sin City as style models. It also sounds relative to Moon. Sci-fi fans may find it hard not to help finance this through the film's Kickstarter page after watching the video of concept art, statement of intent and Kidney's reel on that page.
- Do we have any Takers for that new heist movie opening this weekend? If there are enough and the movie does well, producer-stars T.I. and Chris Brown hint that a prequel is a possibility. I'm not sure I agree with whatever Brown is talking about in terms of prequel appeal here, though: "You know, when you do prequels, they always bring more stuff than the last one. That's what make people want to see it."
- Bourne Identity director Doug Liman has attached his name as presenter of the Chinese martial arts film The Butcher, the Chef and the Snowman, which perfectly fits with the titles of current imports featuring Mandarin dialogue (The Good, the Bad, the Weird; A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop) and will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival next month.
- Who wants to live Mad Max style for a whole weekend in the desert? Wasteland Weekend is for you.
- Here is a video featuring M. Night Shyamalan taking part in an MTV News spoof of his production, Devil. It's titled "Escalation." If Shyamalan really had a sense of humor about himself he'd have loudly booed at the points where his name comes up on screen. Still, it's better than most of his movies, so that's something: