Movie News in 60 Seconds: Stars Line Up to Kill Bin Laden, ‘Akira’ Makes Studio Nervous, Seth Rogen’s ‘Apocalypse’

Movie News in 60 Seconds: Stars Line Up to Kill Bin Laden, ‘Akira’ Makes Studio Nervous, Seth Rogen’s ‘Apocalypse’

Jan 06, 2012


Jessica Chastain

Stars Interested in Killing Bin Laden: The next project from Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) will focus on the Navy’s mission to kill Osama Bin Laden. Joel Edgerton, Jason Clarke, and Chris Pratt are set, and now word comes that Jessica Chastain (pictured above at the Toronto film fest), Mark Strong, and Edgar Ramirez are “circling” the movie, which is scheduled to be released in December. (Deadline)

Akira Makes Studio Nervous: With less than two months remaining before the scheduled start of production, Warner Bros. has gotten nervous about their live-action remake of Japanese anime classic Akira. The initial report was that the production offices were closed and all work was to stop; updated reports now say things are on "pause," with some saying it's about the budget and others claiming script issues need to be solved. Maybe it's both? (The Hollywood Reporter / Variety)

It’s the End of the World: A comedy starring Seth Rogen and a host of his friends sounds like a good bet, one that Sony Pictures is prepared to make. The Apocalypse, as the movie is titled, will feature Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson all playing themselves, stuck in Franco’s apartment with the end of the world approaching; Rogen and writing partner Evan Goldberg will make their directing debut. (The Hollywood Reporter)

And the Oscar Goes To … Germans!: The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has begun announcing Oscar winners, but it’s not who you might think. The German developers of a film recorder used during the post-production process, as well as for restoring older movies, have won the first Oscars of the season; the presentation will be made on February 11 at the Scientific and Technical Awards banquet. (Associated Press via The Washington Post)

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