This should delight the Sherlock fangirls on Tumblr: Benedict Cumberbatch, who’s currently shooting The Fifth Estate, in which he plays controversial Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, is reportedly in talks to take on his next awesomely nerdy role. Deadline reports that Mr. Cumberbatch may be gearing up to play Alan Turing in a biopic about the famous British mathematician’s life. Read More
Okay, folks: this is not a drill. The Singularity is set to hit the silver screen, with Batman director Christopher Nolan signed on to executive produce.
The Wrap reports that in the film, titled Transcendence and based on a story by Jack Paglen, Johnny Depp “will play a scientist whose brain is uploaded into a supercomputer” while trying to create the first ever sentient computer. Nanotechnology and the Singularity are also said to play pivotal roles in the film, which explains the nerd boner you are currently sporting. Read More
It’s the news no one in tech has been waiting for with bated breath. Hot on the heels of the announcement that Randi Zuckerberg’s Silicon Valley Start-ups will debut on Bravo next month, a new tech show is rumored to be in the making. Except this time it’s an X Factor-style talent show, featuring ex-American Idol judge Simon Cowell and Black Eyed Peas singer Will.i.am.
“Singing and performance create a couple of jobs. But this will create lots,” Will.i.am. told The Sun. “It’s about getting in touch with youth and giving them a platform to express themselves — whether that’s in science or mathematics.” Read More
We told you this morning that The Internship, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn’s new comedy about grown men interning at Google, was looking for some extras–specifically “Asian Stanford students.” The tone deaf casting announcement got us a little worried about the future of the film, which will undoubtedly be Oscar material. So we thought we’d put our brains together and see if we couldn’t help the two funnymen out. Here are our suggestions for plot improvements to ensure that this film doesn’t turn out to be Jack And Jill set in Silicon Valley. Read More
Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn’s The Internship Is Looking for Extras to Play ‘Asian Stanford Students’
Want to be in a movie? According to AllThingsD, The Internship–that absurd comedy starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn depicting them as 40-somethings who somehow score internships at Google–has moved to the San Francisco Bay Area for its final weeks of filming. A casting call for extras revealed that they’ll be filming today at Stanford and throughout San Francisco next week.
Another casting call is looking for an “Owen Wilson stand in” for The Internship. If you work in the San Francisco area, are 25 to 45 years old, have blond hair and are a little under 6 feet, you can get paid $20/hour for standing around looking like Owen Wilson. Hey, it beats loudly talking about some app you’re building in a hip mid-Market coffee shop, hoping some investors with cash to spare might just happen to overhear you. Read More