Angelina Jolie at Comic Con: CONFIRMED

I’m heading out to Comic Con next Tuesday and this news is…well, pretty awesome! I admit I don’t think I’ll be braving the lines to see this show, but it’ll be neat to say I was in the same building, right? And I’m sure this is going to make a lot of queue-friendly people extremely happy…


From The Hollywood Reporter

There’s been speculation, but now I have confirmation: Angelina Jolie is heading to Comic-Con, I’ve been told.

Jolie is one of the very few actresses who opens action movies, and her latest, “Salt,” opens the Friday during the Con, which runs from Wednesday, July 21, to Sunday, July 25.

Columbia, which is releasing “Salt,” will be showing off its wares on Thursday and Friday, and “Salt” is being staged after the “Battle: Los Angeles” presentation Thursday.

Jolie will be on that stage.

The actress’ appearance has been speculated ever since it was known that the studio would make “Salt” part of their Hall H presentation. But the actress has been everywhere promoting the movie, and there’s no reason why she shouldn’t show up there to make one powerful impression on the people who eat action movies up. Columbia had no comment.

Now the other question still unanswered is whether Brad Pitt will make an appearance. Pitt is part of the voice cast in DreamWorks Animation’s “Megamind,” and while the company has said cast members Will Ferrell, Tina Fey and Jonah Hill and director Tom McGrath will be at the Con, Pitt’s involvement has yet to be confirmed.

Sideshow’s Inglorious Basterds 12” Figure: Lt. Aldo Raine

For some, this is just going to be the easiest way to bring Brad Pitt home. But for others, it’s another triumph for Sideshow and Hot Toys, who once again come together to bring the cream of the crop of action figures to their loyal fans and buyers. This time around, it’s Brad Pitt’s Lt. Aldo Raine, a central character to the Quentin Tarantino’s WWII ensemble Inglorious Basterds. One look at the figure should tell you everything you need to know: it’s got a real cloth uniform, comes with a ridiculous amount of weaponry, comes with multiple hands in a number of positions and boasts an uncanny likeness to the actor.

This one is a pre-order and ships in June, but if you want to get your hands on one, you can snag it now from our Sideshow section and have it in your hands in the summer. Given the quality of the companies’ other 12-inchers, you will definitely not be disappointed. It’s sure to be a great piece and hey–maybe if these figure do well enough, we can look forward to a Hans Landa figure in the future.

Brad Pitt acquires DARK VOID

It’s hard to come up with even the beginnings of a list of successful, high-quality video game movies and it’s more than just Uwe Boll: there seems to be a conflict between what the moviemakers think their audience wants and what viewers are actually paying to see. When Tomb Raider is considered a relative critical darling, you know the genre’s in trouble.

Which is why there’s some hope in the fact that Brad Pitt has now acquired the rights to produce a film version of the upcoming game Dark Void. Some might wonder why they should trust the actor’s choice, but his track record includes The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Departed, God Grew Tired of Us, Running with Scissors and 2010’s Kick-Ass. So if that’s any indication, look forward to Dark Void being potentially becoming a legitimately good adaptation.

Here’s a look at the game’s trailer…

For more , here’s Steven Zeitchik’s article from Yahoo News.

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – “Dark Void” will yield movie development matter.

Indian giant Reliance BIG Entertainment and Brad Pitt’s Plan B shingle are developing a film version of the upcoming video game, and Pitt could well star as the lead combatant.

The two firms have acquired rights to the Capcom third-person shooter and will develop the material as a feature. The companies said the project would be a “potential starring vehicle” for Pitt. No writers have been hired yet.

“Void” centers on a cargo pilot named Will (Pitt’s presumed character) who, after crashing in the Bermuda Triangle, ends up in a parallel universe where a band of humans must fight an alien threat that had long been thought extinct. Will and the other humans are outmanned but have a number of weapons and powers to help them beat back the alien incursion.

The game will be released for Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in January.

The project is the first to come out of a development partnership between Plan B and Reliance that was announced at the Cannes festival in 2008. The Indian giant has deals with a number of other Hollywood production banners, including Julia Roberts’ Red Om and George Clooney’s Smokehouse.

Video games have had a mixed record on the big screen, with title likes “Max Payne” mutating into critical and commercial flops. But executive involved in this deal pointed to the advantages a “Dark Void” movie would have over its predecessors.

“As a game, ‘Dark Void’ was developed with a wide-screen mentality — a world full of adventure presented in cinematic scope and scale,” Capcom senior vice president of licensing Germaine Gioia said.

And if you’re among the many looking to get your hands on Darv Void for your console of choice, you can find it over at!

Dark Void for Playstation 3
Dark Void for XBox 360
Dark Void for PC (Windows)

Inglorious Basterds On Top!

Haven’t gotten a chance to check it out yet, but I’m pretty keen to see Inglorious Basterds A.S.A.P. When I first heard about it, I was naturally a little suspicious as to whether the twisted history tale of Hitler’s defeat by an American-led guerilla group would be watchable (even under Tarantino’s eye). But having seen the reviews, the trailers and some behind-the-scenes stuff, it’s definitely won me over, even without the dreaminess that is a 1940s-styled Brad Pitt (see above).

Gossip Jackal‘s got the numbers.

Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Basterds” took the win this weekend at the box office earning $37.6 million.

Possibly due to the star power of Brad Pitt, this is the biggest opening ever for a Tarantino movie beating out “Kill Bill Vol. 2” which grossed $25.1 million in 2004.

Pushed out of first into second this weekend was the Neill Blomkamp directed and Peter Jackson produced movie “District 9”. The alien sci-fi film brought in $18.9 million for a ten day total of $73.5 million.

Holding steady in the top three in its third week was “G.I Joe: The Rise of Cobra” with $12.5 million.

“The Time Traveller’s Wife” starring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana wasn’t too far behind in fourth with $10 million.

Finally rounding out the top five with $9 million was the Amy Adams and Meryl Streep starrer “Julie and Julia” from director Nora Ephron.