Movie News Wrap Up: August 4th, 2012

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 17th, 2013 at 10:52 am,

This week:

Kristen Stewart decides to Lie Down In Darkness; John Leguizamo turns evil in Kick Ass 2 and The Counselor; Matthew McConaughey joins The Wolf of Wall Street; Christian Bale eyes The Creed of Violence and Mark Wahlberg and Liam Neeson get technological in William Gibson’s Neuromancer.

Kristen Stewart’s personal life may be in turmoil, but that doesn’t mean that she’s letting things slide on the professional side. The Twilight actress is ‘attached’ to the lead role in an adaptation of William Styron’s 1951 novel, Lie Down In Darkness, which is set to be directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart).

According to Vulture:

“Set in genteel fifties Virginia, Lie Down will have Stewart play Peyton Loftis. As part of a dysfunctional and disintegrating family, Peyton is constantly compared to her crippled sister, Maudie, and her intense physical beauty makes her the object of her frigid mother’s jealous hatred and the target of her father’s incestuous, alcoholic lust.”

Sounds like a bundle of laughs.

The independent film will go into production once it secures financing.

Source: Vulture

John Leguizamo has joined the casts of Kick Ass 2 and The Counselor. Both parts will be villainous in nature.

Leguizamo joins Kick Ass and Counselor Movie News Wrap Up: August 4th, 2012

The actor will play Javier, Red Mist’s bodyguard in the superhero sequel which stars Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. He will also take on the role of a low level drug dealer, in the Cormac McCarthy-scripted Ridley Scott film, opposite Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz.

On a lighter note, he has also signed on to the ABC pilot Only Fools and Horses, a remake of the great British sitcom.

Source: Deadline

Matthew McConaughey has been hitting it out of the (trailer?) park recently, acting wise. Roles in films like Killer Joe and Magic Mike have shown that there’s more to the actor than starring in romantic comedies with his shirt off. Although he does still shed quite a bit of clothing in both Joe and Mike.

McConaughey joins The Wolf of Wall Street Movie News Wrap Up: August 4th, 2012

Anyway, the legendary bongo player has now snagged a plum role opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. McConaughey will play Mark Hanna, the early boss and mentor of DiCaprio’s character, Jordan Belfort.

It looks like McConaughey’s career is going to ‘just keep living’.

Source: THR

Batman Christian Bale is in early negotiations to star in an adaptation of Boston Teran’s novel, The Creed of Violence for writer/director Todd Field.

“[The story] depicts the 1910 Mexican revolution via the gun sights of an unlikely duo: small-time assassin Rawbone and John Lourdes, a young Bureau of Investigation agent. The two are forced to work together to infiltrate the Mexican criminal underground, encountering thieves, smugglers and professional killers.”

It should be noted that negotiations are in the early stages and Bale’s signing on to the project is far from a sure thing. However, it does look like Bale is parlaying his Batman clout into making interesting films.

Source: Variety

Mark Wahlberg and Liam Neeson have been offered roles in director Vicenzo Natali’s adaptation of William Gibson’s Neuromancer.

Neuromancer 570x270 Movie News Wrap Up: August 4th, 2012

According to Movie Hole:

“The book that launched the cyberpunk generation tells of Case, ‘the hottest computer cowboy cruising the information superhighway–jacking his consciousness into cyberspace, soaring through tactile lattices of data and logic, rustling encoded secrets for anyone with the money to buy his skills’ and how he ends up double-crossing the wrong people, and has his talent burnt out of his brain, “micron by micron”. Case is ‘Banished from cyberspace, trapped in the meat of his physical body’ until he is offered a second chance.”

Again, these roles are far from certain, but if the combined star wattage of Wahlberg and Neeson can’t get this long-in-development project off the ground, then it’ll be awhile before anyone else can.

Source: Movie Hole

That’s it for now. See you at the movies.

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  1. “Set in genteel fifties Virginia, Lie Down will have Stewart play Peyton Loftis. As part of a dysfunctional and disintegrating family, Peyton is constantly compared to her crippled sister, Maudie, and her intense physical beauty makes her the object of her frigid mother’s jealous hatred and the target of her father’s incestuous, alcoholic lust.”

    “Her intense physical beauty” oh god, i couldn’t stop laughing

    • Beat me to it. I was going to say I think the got the wrong person when I read “intense physical beauty”.

      • That is two roles in a row that claim her the be beautiful aka SWATH

  2. She isn’t ugly but if you want a twenty-something year old with intense beauty go to Emma Stone or Emma Watson.

    • I agree. Emma Stone is my dream girl

    • You’re right, she isn’t UGLY, but she is by NO means beautiful, or even surprise hot. She is, at best, average-to-weird looking. There is just something about her and maybe she tries too hard but she always seems to have a dumb look on her face, like she’s perpetual confused. The picture of her above is probably one of the best and she just looks drunk and/or sleepy.

      “Intense physical beauty” also implies more than just a pretty face and unless she has been hiding something for a long time she doesn’t even have that good of a body..

  3. that picture of her looks like a mog shoot…

    • And it’s the best photo of her I’ve seen.

  4. “Intense physical beauty” is a stretch for most women, I’d say. Nothing against Ms. Stewart, as I’ve only watched two of her movies–one of them being Panic Room. The gritty nature of the story sounds like something that might appeal to her as an actress, given what I’ve read about some of her choices in other roles.

    As for Matthew McConaughey, I think he could act circles around 90% of the actors working today. I also think most people misinterpret his laidback nature. He doesn’t strike me as the typical Alpha male that dominates Hollywood, for better or worse. He’s done plenty of solid roles that seem to get brushed aside for his tastes in rom-coms (which no doubt earn him some serious money). Watch him in movies like A Time To Kill, Lone Star, The Newton Boys, U-571, Reign of Fire and–especially–Frailty. There are moments of tremendous intelligence, heart and intensity in those performances.

    I’m looking forward to what Christian Bale does next. Hopefully he’ll land another franchise with the right director. Sorry, McG.

    The Neeson/Wahlberg pairing seems an awkward fit for both men–who certainly can do wrong, given some of their past choices in roles. Hopefully it is a rumor.

    • I agree with you on MM. The guy has had so much potential for so long, its really made me angry that he wasted it on Rom Coms. U-571 is really good, and he’s great in it. He was great in Reign of Fire, as corny as the movie was, he was super intense. He’s got a Paul Newman thing going on. Ive always explained to people how big of a waste it is that he’s doing all those chick flicks, so its great to see him finally step up. Lincoln Lawyer was the first sign of life, lets hope he keeps this up. And good call on frailty, that movie/performance couldnt be more under rated.

  5. Is Scott Cooper married with children? Oh I forgot – that doesn’t matter to Kscrew.

  6. Remember Ben Stiller’s character in Zoolander? That’s what Kristen Stewart reminds me of. Someone who ‘kinda’ looks good, and is trying to look like what SHE thinks a model looks like, but her own image of a model is skewed, so she ends up looking fake and ridiculous.

  7. I dont care what any of you say. The girl is HOT. I dont like anything she has done movie wise but the woman is fine to me. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.