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Stalked: Loads of stuff!

Too much to list and I didn't want to fire out three or four Stalked articles, I've just pulled all the titbits of stories into one big one. See what you think to some of the interesting stories from The Hobbit to Scream, Vin Diesel to Lars von Trier, tons to digest.

First off though, winning tickets to Countdown to Zero, a superb documentary.

Win Countdown to Zero tickets...
Countdown to Zero is a superb documentary about the threat of nuclear war. It's compelling, surprising, and at times a little disturbing, and definitely will have an effect on you.

On 21st June there's a special set of screenings round the UK featuring the film before linking up live with a BAFTA panel of Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, Margaret Beckett, Laurence Bender (Quentin Tarantino's producer) and ex-CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson who will discuss the film and the issues raised.

You can be at one of those screenings. Before 7th June, go to one of the cinemas participating in the Demand Zero Day screenings and check in with Foursquare and publish the check in to Twitter using the #DemandZero hashtag and you could win free tickets.
Visit the Countdown to Zero screenings page http://www.countdowntozerofilm.com/screenings to find the list of cinemas showing the film, and if there isn't a film near you there's the opportunity to organise one for yourself.

Stephen Fry joins The Hobbit...
Stephen Fry has joined the cast of The Hobbit according to Peter Jackson himself on Facebook through Coming Soon. Great news as Fry is a superb actor and there's just not enough of him on screen. Not a huge surprise either as Jackson likes working with people he's worked with before and they've been working on a new Dambusters film, although Fry has been writing rather than acting there.

Diesel Pacifies his career...again...
Vin Diesel is set to star in another kid friendly film again, something he, and all action stars, should have realised by now is a bad choice. He's set to star in the first film from the new MGM called The Machine. According to Deadline this is an action comedy which will see him play a machine created by the Pentagon some twenty years ago, decommissioned and shutdown, and found by a kid who becomes his friend. The government find out and send out agents to get him while the machine decides his mission is to protect the family looking after him. Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant also wrote The Pacifier which sounds eerily similar.

Peter Berg directing Navy Seals film...
Peter Berg is a strong director, although some of his film choices are rather strange, so it's great news that he's looking to adapt Marcus Luttrell's book called Lone Survivor which tells of his story as the lone survivor of a Navy SEAL team who were on a search in the mountains of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border for an Al Qaeda senior operative. He survives an operation that goes terribly wrong and he struggles to escape the enemy closing in on him as he tries to evade and escape his pursuers carrying injuries from the failed mission. The story comes from Deadline and reminds us that this is the script that Berg wrote before agreeing to do Battleship with a hook that he would get to make this afterwards.

More Scream?...
Surprise, surprise there's talk of another Scream film. Not really a surprise since we originally heard that Kevin Williamson, the writer, had the idea for a complete new trilogy and that was the way Harvey Weinstein wanted it to go, but with the fourth not doing so well in the U.S. there are questions about if that will happen. Weinstein is sure it will talking to MTV he also said Wes Craven is still keen and they're pretty satisfied with the non-US box office. I'm sure there will be another one, if not another two.

James Franco gains his Cherry...
James Franco is set to star in a film called Cherry which will follow an eighteen year old girl who moves to San Francisco and joins the adult film industry. Sounds interesting, Franco is set to play a drug addicted lawyer that the girl becomes involved with, Heather Graham an ex adult star now director who becomes obsessed with the girl, Lili Taylor plays the alcoholic mother of the teenager and Dev Patel her best friend who is also in love with her. The story from Variety through First Showing does sound like an interesting film.

Akira live-action is still on...
Bad news this week, Akira was still on and Keanu Reeves was set to be cast according to rumours, good news this week Reeves is not involved, but Twitch through JoBlo tell us that there's still bad news as the new version is still on. The rumours that the production was shut down seem to be unfounded and the production is still going forward, but not with Reeves.

Bloodsport remake without JCVD?...
More than that it seems that a remake of Bloodsport is going to be a much bigger affair as Philip Noyce is being rumoured to be the man behind it, and after his work on films like Clear and Present Danger and Salt (Filmstalker review) you have to think this is going to be bigger and better. Screen Daily through AITH tell us that Edward Pressman has announced at Cannes Noyce is directing and Robert Mark Kamen, think Taken (Filmstalker review), is writing. Will there be a JCVD?

Armie Hammer is the Lone Ranger...
Armie Hammer, the twins in The Social Network, has been signed to be the Long Ranger alongside Johnny Depp's Tonto according to Variety through JoBlo. This film from Gore Verbinski looks set to twist around the relationship between the two that we've seen in the older series where Tonto was very subservient.

Jarmsuch's vampire film...
Jim Jarmusch is going to make a vampire film starring Tilda Swinton, Michael Fassbender, Mia Wasikowska and John Hurt. All will play vampires, apart from Hurt who still has a leading role. Jarmsuch says that he's been working on this idea in his mind for some time and now it's finally happening, the story will be set between Detroit and Tangiers according to Screen Daily through Bloody Disgusting.

Jessie Eisenberg in The Terrorist Search Engine...
New York Magazine through The Playlist have the story that an article from their magazine by Wesley Yang called The Terrorist Search Engine has been bought by Scott Rudin to turn into a film for Jesse Eisenberg to star in. It follows a man called Evan Kohlmann who is a counter terrorist expert who began working with FBI in his twenties. You can read the original article over at New York Magazine, sounds interesting material.

Agatha Christie's Crooked House gains big names...
Julie Andrews, Gemma Arterton, Matthew Goode and Gabriel Byrne have signed to the Neil LaBute directed and Julian Fellowes, Tim Rose written film version of Agatha Christie's Crooked House, one of Christie's favourites and one that hasn't seen the big or small screen as yet. It's the story of a multi-generational family living in a large house where the multi-millionaire head of the family is murdered and a detective must decide who is the next victim and who is the killer. The story comes from Variety.

Ronan and Arterton as vampires...
Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan are set to play vampires in the Neil Jordan directed and Moira Buffini written film called Byzantium. It tells the story of a female vampire who turns her child into a vampire and together they form a deadly partnership, often pretending to be sisters. The Hollywood Reporter tells us that Stephen Woolley is the producer and he says that they have been working on this project for years.

Sasha Grey, Pam Grier and Bridgitte Nielsen...
Sasha Grey, Pam Grier and Bridgitte Nielsen have joined Michael Madsen in Skinny Dip, a Grindhouse exploitation type film that will remind many of the type of films like I Spit On Your Grave. It tells the story of a girl carrying out a dare who ends up horribly victimised, taking her revenge with a shotgun and a stolen police uniform. Sounds uneventful, but with the three ladies involved it might be something a little more interesting. The Hollywood Reporter tells us Frankie Latina is directing a screenplay by Norman Lasca.

Alex Pettyfer playing Channing Tatum...
Alex Pettyfer is set to play the lead in Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike, a story based on the experiences of Channing Tatum who said that he had to strip for a living for almost a year when he was eighteen to try and make ends meet. The story comes from The Hollywood Reporter.

Seven Psychopaths from In Bruges writer/director...
Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke, Christopher Walken and Colin Farrell will star in Seven Psycopaths, a black comedy directed and written by Martin McDonagh, remember In Bruges? The story, according to Variety, follows a screenwriter played by Farrell who is struggling for ideas his script which carries the title of the film. He gets drawn into dog kidnapping schemes by his friends, played by Rockwell and Walken, but things turn bad when they steal a gangster's dog, the gangster being played by Rourke.

Scorsese and Trier...
Not sure if the events of Cannes will mean a spanner in the works for the planned film between Martin Scorsese and Lars von Trier, but the plan is that the two directors will work on a documentary called The Five Obstructions which is a follow-up to the 2003 film of the same title. In that film Trier got the filmmaker Jorgen Leth to remake his short film five times as he put different constraints on each attempt, Variety highlights that one was that no shot should last more than twelve frames. Trier is set to do the same thing with Scorsese.

Morel's Overdrive with Goode and Pettyfer...
Pierre Morel who directed Taken (Filmstalker review) is set to direct Overdrive which has Alex Pettyfer and Matthew Goode in negotiations. The film, according to Variety, sees two brothers known for being high-profile car thieves, travel to the south of France and get caught up with a local crime boss.

Marsh directing IRA story...
James Marsh, who directed Man on a Wire and Project Nim, is set to direct Shadow Dancer based on the novel by Tom Bradby who has adapted it for film. Set to star Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough, Aidan Gillen and Gillian Anderson, it tells the story of a young mother in the Irish Rebuplican movement. The story comes from The Hollywood Reporter.

Swinton as Irish activist...
Meanwhile Terry Loane has secured Ciaran Hinds and is looking to Tilda Swinton to star in the film Sisters, another story set in Northern Ireland. According to The Hollywood Reporter this one sees a young mother who is a feminist, activist and a nun, join a school and change thousands of deprived children's lives as she teachers them. Just because it's in Ireland doesn't make it different from all those "change the kids" stories we've seen.

Mikkelsen in A Royal Affair...
Mads Mikkelsen and Alicia Vikander are starring in A Royal Affair which tells the true story of the love affair between the Queen of Denmark and her German Physician in the eighteenth century. It might sound a standard tale, well it does until you read the part in The Hollywood Reporter about what happened to them afterwards, they were brutally murdered for their affair, chopping off limbs and feeding them to the dogs. Nice.

McConaughey gets serious...
Even when Matthew McConaughey is in a serious film I find it hard to take him seriously, but The Paperboy might provide him with a step up in that direction. According to The Hollywood Reporter he's starring alongside Tobey Maguire, Sofia Vergara and Zac Efron in the adaptation of the Pete Dexter novel. It tells the story of a Miami Times reporter who returns to his hometown to investigate the imprisonment of a death row inmate. Pedro Almodovar has been associated with this film for some time, but it looks like Lee Daniels is set to direct.

Baldwin back on Rock of Ages...
Did he ever leave? Well according to Yahoo News he's back on board.

Lowe in a Knife Fight...
Rob Lowe is a good actor, but we don't see much of him in decent films. Now he's signed up for Knife Fight, a film from Bill Guttentag that looks into the darker side of political operatives, so not too far from what he's used to. According to Deadline he's playing a political crisis specialist working on a campaign and dealing with big surprises along the way. Perfect role for him these days, can we buy him as anything else?

Meyer's The Host gains a director...
Andrew Niccol is to be the director for Stephenie Meyer's The Host according to The Hollywood Reporter. We already knew that Saorise Ronan was set to star. Strong choice of director, can it be less teenie please?

Levine directing Legend...
Jonathan Levine is set to direct the futuristic Legend. Deadline tell us that the story is set one hundred years in the future where North America has been split into two fighting nations. A teenage prodigy is hired to hunt down the nation's most wanted criminal but they join forces when they learn a terrible truth about the two countries. Sounds interesting, who'll lead?

Firth stealing identities...
Colin Firth is starring opposite Emily Blunt in a film about a man who fakes his own death to try and build a new life and the woman he meets who is trying to escape her old life. They both break into empty houses to steal the identities of the owners who once lived there. The Hollywood Reporter tell us the film is directed by commercials director Dante Ariola and based on a screenplay by Becky Johnston.

Ruairi Robinson directing The Fallen...
Ruairi Robinson has made a name for himself with some short films like Blinky and The Silent City, while he's attached to some feature films Variety through Bloody Disgusting tell us that he's just scored another. The Fallen is a story about an alien spaceship that crash lands in Russia creating a four hundred mile electronic dead zone. International special ops teams are sent in to investigate and neutralize whatever is casing the dead zone.



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