Posted by: da_nibbler | March 15, 2009

The Weekly Breakdown (March 15)

Welcome back to our regular weekly column – The Weekly Breakdown. I can call it regular now since this is it’s third installment and so far I have not missed a single one. Just in case you have never read one, in The Weekly Breakdown I summarize the stories, news and events of the past week that caught my attention. From big announcements to small details about films, television shows, games etc this is the big cleanup of my news vault.

If you have any news items that you think would fit our blog feel free to email us (check ABOUT for email address). Now onto the content of this weeks The Weekly Breakdown

This week in The Weekly Breakdown:
Schwarzenegger talks Terminator Salvation, Sam Raimi is going back to his roots, first look at Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, new cast members have been confirmed for Iron Man 2, the Scots are leaving Ugly Betty and Ali Larter continues to be a Hero[es].

Schwarzenegger on Terminator Salvation:

TheArnoldFans.com talked to Arnold Schwarzenegger at the “2009 Arnold Classic” last weekend and asked the California Governor about his cameo in McG’s Terminator Salvation. He had this to say (among other things):

“But you know as I said to the director when they began that I wish them the best of luck, that I’m happy that they move forward with the franchise, I am very happy with where I am with my profession as the governor and they should try to find a way of doing a story that does not include me at all, not even one single shot in it. I don’t believe in that. To kind of have them go out and promote the movie and say you know Arnold is in the movie and everyone thinks that I’m the Terminator and in fact you only see one second of me in there and so I don’t think that’s the right thing to do. And you know that’s the danger of that, and that’s why I feel reluctant to be part of the movie in the first place. So it doesn’t get promoted that way.”

Trailer for Sam Raimi’s new film online:

This week saw the debut of the trailer for director Sam Raimi’s new horror film, Drag Me to Hell.

In the film, opening in theaters on May 29, Alison Lohman plays Christine Brown, an ambitious L.A. loan officer with a professor boyfriend played by Justin Long. Life is good until the mysterious Mrs. Ganush arrives at the bank to beg for an extension on her home loan. Should Christine follow her heart and give the old lady a break? Or should she deny the extension to impress her boss and maybe finally get that promotion? Christine fatefully chooses the latter, dispossessing Mrs. Ganush of her home.

To thank her for her kindness the old woman places a powerful curse on Christine, transforming her life into living hell. Haunted by an evil spirit and only getting the raised eyebrow by her skeptical boyfriend, she seeks the aid of a seer to save her soul from eternal damnation. To help Christine return her life to normal, the psychic sets her on a frantic course to reverse the spell. As evil forces close in on her Christine must face the unthinkable. How far will she go to break free of the curse?

Sam Raimi is returning to his roots and never has horror looked more promising. Have a look at the awesome trailer here. The master is back.

First Look at Burton’s Alice in Wonderland:

This week’s newly launched Disney magazine included an exlusive first look at Tim Burton’s newest creation – Alice in Wonderland. Coming to theaters on March 5, 2010 the film stars Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Sheen, Mia Wasikowska, Matt Lucas, Crispin Glover, Stephen Fry and Alan Rickman.

You can have a look at all scanned images here.

Cast confirmed for Iron Man 2:

E! Online has confirmed with Scarlett Johansson’s representative that the actress has indeed signed on to play the role of Russian superspy Natasha Romanoff, who doubles as Black Widow.

Not as good as first choice Emily Blunt in my opinion, who unfortunately could not sign on to the project cos Fox exercised its option for Blunt to star in their film Gulliver’s Travels causing her to become unavailable for the Iron Man sequel.

Also Mickey Rourke has been confirmed for Iron Man 2. According to Variety he will play Whiplash, a character that includes elements from that comic book villain and Crimson Dynamo, another Russian baddie.

The Jon Favreau-directed sequel is scheduled for a May 7, 2010 release.

No more Scots on Ugly Betty:

Ausiello reported this week that one of my fav characters on Ugly Betty will leave the show by the end of the season. Ashley Jensen’s departure doesn’t come as a surprise given she wasn’t thrilled with the Ugly Betty production’s move to New York. Plus she almost had zero screentime this season (that didn’t sit well with me either) and the best part – she was just cast as a series regular in the CBS comedy pilot Accidentally on Purpose! Guess I need to watch another show.

One cool, adorable and interesting character less on Ugly Betty. How many does that leave us with? Not even a hand full. More and more reasons to stop watching Ugly Betty are accumulating. Will you continue watching?

Ali Larter not leaving Heroes:

Heroes‘ consulting producer Bryan Fuller gave Ausiello some nice scoop this week, putting to rest the rumors of her leaving the show.

“She’s not going anywhere….I’ve never seen somebody so committed to the show as Ali, and the show is absolutely committed to Ali.”

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