Secrets of Barry Levinson's monster movie. Plus did Angelina Jolie scuttle Alfonso Cuaron's space epic?S

Will Alfonso Cuarón be able to make Gravity without an actress of Angelina Jolie's star power? We now know what makes Barry Levinson's Isopod a scifi environmental thriller. Thomas Jane wants in on The Walking Dead. Time to be spoiled!


Gravity:

Reports are coming out that Warner Bros really wanted Angelina Jolie to play the female lead alongside Robert Downey, Jr. in Alfonso Cuarón's sci-fi two-hander. They reportedly went back to her with a much bigger offer after she initially passed and after they spent months testing a bunch of actresses, with Scarlett Johansson and Blake Lively emerging as the reported main contenders. But Jolie said no again. Here's why this might (and it's a somewhat big "might") matter - this could mean the movie's 80 million dollar budget is in jeopardy if Warner Bros doesn't think another actress can bring in a big enough audience to make the movie a risk worth taking. [Deadline]

Isopod:

We now have some details about Barry Levinson's sci-fi environmental thriller. First of all, the movie has reportedly been renamed The Bay, so...wait just one second...

The Bay:

There, that's better. And now a brief synopsis is out, and it reveals the movie's main fantastical element - zombies! - and its unusual format:

The Bay centres on the aftermath of a viral outbreak on the Eastern Seaboard. The story is told via a series of recordings on camera phones, 911 calls and other scraps of video as the town of Claridge, Maryland, is engulfed by chaos.

[Name change from Production Weekly; synopsis from Screen Daily via Quiet Earth]

Breathers: A Zombie Lament:

Speaking of Scarlett Johansson, she and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are reportedly "loosely attached" to the Diablo Cody produced adaptation of S.G. Browne's zombie romance. (Check out our previous posts on both the movie and the book here.) What does "loosely attached" mean? Well, in all probability, it means they won't be in the movie, but hey...to quote the tagline of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's greatest film ever, "It could happen!" [Pajiba]

Transformers 3:

It's been a few days, but I knew this movie wouldn't keep us waiting for long. Actor Lester Speight discusses the movie's insane budget and what his character Hardcore Eddie is up to:

I am not sure if you know but "Transformers 3″ has just eclipsed "Titanic" as the largest budgeted film ever. $400 million and still going north! We are totally taking over downtown Chicago. The city is buzzing and it is crazy around here. I play Hardcore Eddie. Tyrese's character, Robert Epps, calls me in. I was in a war with his father. I always told his dad I would look out for him and watch his back. I am doing all the heavy shooting, rocket launchers and kicking ass. Hardcore Eddie is old school soldier who has seen it all and done it all. I am just kicking ass and blowing up shit. Michael (Bay) just created such a great character.

[MovieMikes]

But no sooner had Speight mentioned the $400 million figure than Michael Bay himself popped up to deny it. Over at Bay's own website, he posted:

Leister is moron. He has no clue about much, other then to try to get internet hype. He's been on the movie a total of 10 days the guys is just letting his ass talk. Movie is $ just above Revenge. He knows not to talk about this movie!

[ShootForTheEdit via TFW2005]

Sucker Punch:

In this new official image from the movie, we see a dragon chasing a World War II plane. We're one bold step closer to a movie version of the greatest thing ever. Much bigger version at the link. [Cruel Films]

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:

Those promo pics keep trickling out. [SpoilerTV]

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Journey to the Center of the Earth 2:

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will reportedly replace Brendan Frasier in the sequel, apparently in a bid to tip the goofy/muscular balance slightly more towards the muscular side (but only slightly, as anyone who's had the unique privilege of seeing The Tooth Fairy can attest). It's not totally clear how this fits in with plans to make original movie costar Josh Hutcherson the lead of the new film - it's possible the Rock's role might be expanded slightly, seeing as how he's now the movie's most bankable star. He will reportedly play the new boyfriend of Hutcherson's mom. [Cinematical]

The Chronicles of Narnia - The Voyage of the Dawn Treader:

Here's an image from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which was always my favorite Narnia book, for what it's worth (yeah...not much): [MTV Movies Blog]

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The Walking Dead:

Thomas Jane says he recently watched some of the show at Frank Darabont's house, and he absolutely loves the show. He says he and Darabont - who directed Jane in The Mist - spent time figuring out how to get him a guest spot on the show. Jane said he won't be one of the zombies, but he wants to be a bad guy, and he insisted his character will be barefoot. Throw in a subplot about Jane just wanting his kids back and I'm sold. [NBC Washington]

Fringe:

Here's a poster for season three, as well as a cheat sheet for the usual assortment of clues and easter eggs: [SpoilerTV; cheat sheet from We're All Mad Here]

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Chuck:

Executive producers Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak explain that Chuck and Sarah's relationship reverses the gender roles of typical TV relationships, and this could produce some friction this season:

Schwartz: "In their relationship, Sarah is kind of the guy and Chuck is a little bit more of the emotional one. Chuck is someone who is very comfortable with commitment. And Sarah's only real commitment is to people that she feels are probably going to die in the line of duty."
Fedak: "Chuck also has a lot of access to his emotions, and Sarah is one who likes to keep her emotions under wraps to a degree."

[The Ausiello Files]

Speaking of Chuck and Sarah, they will not being getting married this season, despite persistent rumors and the very suggestive title of episode six, "Chuck vs. the Aisle of Terror." At least, not according to this recent elimination countdown of various TV couples who might be getting married this season, which had Chuck and Sarah as one of the final two sets of contenders. (It was ultimately revealed to be a couple from Grey's Anatomy.) [E! Online]

Here's a brief synopsis for the season premiere, "Chuck vs. the Anniversary":

Chuck and Morgan search the globe for Chuck's mother (Linda Hamilton); Casey and Sarah track an operative (Dolph Lundgren) of the mysterious Volkoff Industries; Ellie shares big news.

Supernatural:

Here's a promo for season six:

And here are some set photos, which are thought to be for the sixth episode, the Twilight-themed "Live Free or Twi-Hard": [SpoilerTV]

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That episode will reportedly feature a Robert Pattinson type named, shockingly enough, Robert, plus a more frightening vampire called Boris. [SpoilerTV]

Warehouse 13:

Here's a promo for the hopefully epic time travel episode, "Where and When": [SpoilerTV] Click to view

Smallville:

The first eight episodes will all reportedly feature a major moment between Lois and Clark. [The Ausiello Files

No Ordinary Family:

Cybill Shepherd and Bruce McGill - or, as I'll always know him, D-Day - will reportedly appear as Julie Benz's super-fast character's parents, Barbara and Alan Crane. According to Benz, there's some drama about whether the family should reveal the truth to her protective, demanding parents. [TV Guide]

Additional reporting by Mary Ratliff and Charlie Jane Anders.