UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed out earlier scoop that both Fey and Streep have signed onto the comedy. Additionally, Tucci is locked as director of Mommy and Me, which will be the fifth film that the Oscar nominated actor has directed.
In what might be today's oddest yet most titillating casting rumor, The Los Angeles Times reports that Emmy winner Tina Fey and Oscar winner Meryl Streep may unite for a new comedy to be directed by Streep's cinematic confidante Stanley Tucci (who worked with the reigning award Queen in 2006's The Devil Wears Prada and last year's Julie and Julia).
According to the publication, the project is tentatively titled Mommy and Me and would see the critically adored actresses playing - well, mother and daughter. Despite not having a script or even contracted writers at the moment, the thought of having Fey and Streep together on screen (an idea that the 30 Rock star has repeatedly stated is a dream of hers) is getting studios very interested. Sony, which is quickly becoming the go-to distributor for female-skewed fare, is reportedly the front-runner to make Fey's dream a reality.
Tucci may or may not co-star in the film, but he will produce along with his Olive Productions partners Steve Buscemi and Wren Arthur. Joby Harold wrote the treatment on which the idea is based and will also likely produce.
I don't think I have to stress how amazing a film with these two Hollywood heavyweights would be. While Fey has worked her way from TV writer to movie star over the last decade, making hit movies like Mean Girls, Baby Mama and Date Night, Streep has spent that time re-defining her career by balancing dramatic works like Doubt with fun films like It's Complicated. They both can sell movie tickets and are both beloved by male and female fans, ensuring that the proposed collaboration will certainly ring up big opening weekend numbers.
Source: The LA Times
The animated Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas has all the great adventure of the story wrapped up in a sappy little package for the kiddies. Taken from the ancient tales of the Arabian Nights Sinbad is a rogue who cares only about what is in his and his crew's best interest--and little else. As the film begins he unsuccessfully tries to steal the Book of Peace--which keeps order in the world--from his childhood best friend Proteus the Prince of Syracuse who is sailing to the city to return the sacred book. Although the two are estranged it's clear they still have a kinship. When the Book of Peace is actually stolen by Eris the goddess of chaos she frames Sinbad for the theft. Proteus stands up for his friend and makes the council give Sinbad one chance to find and return the precious book or Proteus will die on his behalf. Disbelieving the threat the pirate decides to blow the whole thing off but Proteus' beautiful betrothed Marina who has stowed away on Sinbad's ship has other plans. Marina has Sinbad's crew on her side and it could turn mutinous if the guy doesn't fulfill the mission. OK so he'll go get the book. Eris doesn't make it easy for our reluctant hero--dispatching both monstrous creatures and the elements to do battle along the way. But ultimately the brave Sinbad learns a few life lessons falls in love and wins out by following his heart. Aww!
See what a little success in the animated world can get you? These days an animated film can demand the attention of any A-list actor to provide the voices not just your occasional Robin Williams. We have Finding Nemo with the voices of Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres and now Sinbad which attracted huge names such as Brad Pitt (Sinbad) Catherine Zeta-Jones (Marina) Michelle Pfeiffer (Eris) and Joseph Fiennes (Proteus). It could also be the fact DreamWorks' animation king Jeffrey Katzenberg has the clout to rope them all in. Pitt as Sinbad is roguishly clever infusing the pirate with the requisite amount mischievousness and rebellion while Zeta-Jones provides the adventurous Marina with the right amount of bravado and vulnerability. Fiennes as the stiff but honorable Proteus is fine but you can tell right away who has the most fun with her character; Pfeiffer's Eris is a pure delight in sound as well as sight. She is able to take her Catwoman persona from Batman Returns and elevate it to a well celestial level. In the supporting roles Dennis Haysbert does a nice job as Sinbad's right-hand man Kale as does Adriano Giannini the son of legendary actor Giancarlo Giannini as the ship's lookout Rat. Kudos all around for a job well done.
As a self-proclaimed fan of those cheesy 1970s Sinbad movies including The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger--where the stop-motion special effects of wizard Ray Harryhausen made it all worthwhile--the idea of an animated version of Sinbad seems perfectly fitted for the genre. Now the mythical creatures could be fully realized in vivid Technicolor where the DreamWorks' animators spare no expense in providing their own visions of things such as sirens sea monsters and giant birds of prey. The artwork for Eris is a particular stroke of genius with the flowing black hair and beautifully evil features; the film definitely comes alive when she is onscreen. As well the action sequences are as exciting as any car chase or gun battle you'll see in a live-action film. The drawback for the adults is the film's slightly schmaltzy story about friendship and of course true love. It's not entirely clear why computer-animated films such as Shrek and Finding Nemo are now becoming the only animated films that appeal to everyone adults and kids alike. It used to be traditional hand-drawn classics such as The Little Mermaid and The Lion King did the trick but now it seems animated films need only provide spectacular visuals--without a great story and snappy dialogue to back them up.