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Elijah Wood Has 'Cooties,' U2's Larry Mullen Jr. Says 'A Thousand Times Goodnight' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 1, 2012 5:20 PM
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With the exception of the FX comedy “Wilfred,” Elijah Wood has kept a low-profile since the “Lord Of The Rings” trilogy ended, sticking to indies and genre fare, and he continues in that latter vein, joining the horror movie “Cooties.” Written by “Glee” co-creator Ian Brennan and “Insidious” scribe Leigh Whannell, the film stars Wood as “an unlikely hero [who] must lead a motley band of teachers in the fight of their lives against” elementary school students whom are transformed “into a feral swarm of mindless savages” after a mysterious virus hits. Commercial and music video director Ace Norton will be making his feature length directorial debut.

Scary Movies 6: 'Maniac' Remake Is A Perversely Pleasurable Mixture Of Pop Psychology And Slasher Movie Sleaze

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 29, 2012 11:10 AM
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Of course Alexandre Aja and Gregory Levasseur, the dirtbag auteurs that turned Joe Dante's gleeful "Jaws" send up "Piranha" into "Piranha 3D," a hilarious, excessively violent screed about American over-indulgence, would spearhead a remake of 1980's "Maniac," a notoriously misogynistic Bill Lustig horror movie whose poster, featuring a man holding the bloody scalp of a young woman, still elicits cries of outrage. Most filmmakers would be too scared to approach the material; it practically glows it's so toxic. But when thinking about these two, who also turned Wes Craven's backwoods horror romp "The Hills Have Eyes" into an angry, gore-soaked metaphor for Bush-era American intervention and culpability, well, why the fuck wouldn't they, really?

First Look At Elijah Wood In 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Is Exactly What You Expected

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2012 11:42 AM
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While we've yet to see how Peter Jackson weaves Frodo Baggins into his "The Hobbit" trifecta, the first image of Elijah Wood returning to Middle Earth has emerged, and...it's pretty much just what you thought it would be.

Elijah Wood Reteams With 'Wilfred' Helmer Randall Einhorn For 'Late Bloomer'; Also Starts Genre Label

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 1, 2012 3:56 PM
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While Elijah Wood could just sit back and count his Frodo money on an island somewhere, the actor is using that success to try different things, even if they don't always work out (we're looking at you "The Oxford Murders"). He's taken a strong indie route, lending his talents to a variety of movies including the rom-com "Celeste & Jesse Forever," the absurd comedy "Revenge For Jolly!," the horror remake "Maniac" and more. But perhaps one of his more succesful ventures has been on the small screen with FX series "Wilfred" and he's hoping he can bring that magic to the big screen.

Comic-Con '12: Peter Jackson's Cameo, The Role Of Women, Extended Cuts & More From 'The Hobbit' Presentation

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • July 16, 2012 9:24 AM
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To say the Comic-Con crowd is a little excited about the long-awaited release of the first “The Hobbit” movie this holiday season would be the understatement of the century. Saturday morning’s Hall H line was quite possibly the longest in the convention’s history, which could be attributed partially to other big guns such as “Django Unchained” and “Man of Steel,” but it’s hard to imagine the legendarily loyal Tolkien faithful didn’t play the biggest part in the mob scene.

John Cusack In Talks To Join Elijah Wood In 'Speed'-Esque Thriller 'Grand Piano'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 16, 2012 9:04 PM
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As far as ludicrous movie pitches go, the "'Speed' with a piano' logline for "Grand Piano" is up there with "Snakes On A Plane" and "Burning Bright" (don't remember "Burning Bright?" That was the one where the girl from "Step Up 2" and her autistic brother are trapped in their house by a hurricane, only to be stalked by an escaped tiger. Seriously). The film, announced a week or two back, is set to star Elijah Wood as a concert pianist with stagefright forced to play the concert of his life in order to save his life, and his wife, after finding a threat on his sheet music. Again, we're not making this up.

First Official Images Of Elijah Wood & Nora Arnezeder In 'Maniac' Remake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 10, 2012 1:05 PM
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We gotta admit, when we first heard about Elijah Wood starring in a remake of the 1980 splatter pic "Maniac," we figured it was just going to be another run of the mill genre outing. And having Franck Khalfoun -- the guy who directed two movies you didn't see, "P2" and "Wrong Turn At Tahoe" -- at the helm didn't exactly bolster our confidence. But when the movie selected for the Midnight lineup at the Cannes Film Festival, we wondered, could it be something more?

Elijah Wood Will Play 'Grand Piano' & Pierce Brosnan Joins 'The Coup' With Owen Wilson

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 2, 2012 11:40 AM
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Amid lots of “Fast & Furious 6” casting and speculation – Luke Evans? Really? – it’s nice to be able to report on some definitive (and high-profile) casting on a couple of upcoming movies. Pierce Brosnan and Elijah Wood have each lined up a new project, and we can tell you a little bit about those roles.

Tribeca Review: Despite Myriad Celebrity Cameos 'Revenge For Jolly!' Is Excruciating

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 22, 2012 1:18 PM
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Kudos to Brian Petsos, a bit actor who has pulled off an Orson Welles-level achievement in not only nabbing a brilliant cast to star in “Revenge For Jolly!” which he wrote, but also having the clout to save the lead role for himself. Welles did this with his talent, vision and status as a cinematic titan. Petsos, if we’re being charitable, most likely had to resort to blackmail, extortion and/or just plain bribery, as “Revenge For Jolly!” may be the most excruciating 80+ minutes you spend in a theater this year.

Tom Hiddleston & Anna Paquin Join Elijah Wood In Noir 'Black Wings Has My Angel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 12, 2012 10:27 AM
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They say patience is a virtue, and in the world of film development, that's especially true. While "Black Wings Has My Angel" may seem new, this one has actually been brewing since around 2007. A couple of years ago, Elijah Wood signed on to the lead role in the hardboiled pic and then word when quiet, but it finally looks like the pieces are coming together.

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