Must be my lucky day. Third article in a row about a beautiful woman joining a great project. I’m not sure what entertainment journalism god I pleased, but I’m going to keep sacrificing to him/her/it.
Anyway, Isla Fisher is in talks to join Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby. She’ll join a cast that already includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carrey Mulligan. Fisher would be playing the mistress Myrtle of the adulterous Ben Affleck (Tom Buchanan) who is also still in negotiations to join the cast.
Can this be real? Isla Fisher and Carrey Mulligan in the same movie? Be still my stuttering heart. Seriously, be still. I’ve been having unusual heart beats. And this isn’t helping. Curse you talented and beautiful British and Australian actresses! Curse you to appear in more movies so I can see your beauty on giant screens! That'll show them.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
The new movie version of the classic novel already boasts an all-star cast including Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire, and now the Daredevil actor is being considered for a lead role.
According to Deadline.com, Affleck, who is currently preparing to direct Iranian hostage film Argo, is trying to clear his schedule to take on the role as Tom Buchanan.
Baz Luhrmann's on-again-off-again-on-again adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic The Great Gatsby may not have a set release date or a complete cast, but it does have every leading man in Hollywood chasing it. Leonardo DiCaprio has long been set to play Jay Gatsby in a much-anticipated reunion with his Romeo and Juliet director while his best friend and fellow A-lister Tobey Maguire will likely play Nick Carraway. Now, word comes in that Oscar winner Ben Affleck could join the production as well.
Affleck, who is coming into his own as a fantastic filmmaker, is interesting in taking on the role of the wealthy Tom Buchanan, who in the novel is married to Daisy (a role that Carey Mulligan is locked into), the object of Gatsby's desire. It'd be great to see all three of these modern movie heavyweights on screen together, but there's just one hitch: a film called Argo, which Affleck has targeted as his next directorial effort. A political thriller set up at Warner Bros. (where Affleck has an overall deal, and also the company which will distribute Gatsby), the film will likely shoot in September - directly conflicting with Gatsby's August start.
Since Ben is a big deal at Warner's, the studio is trying to work out the schedule to fit both high-priority productions into his calendar, but I'm not sure it'll be possible. Directing a film is a big commitment and I don't think that Affleck will compromise the integrity of one project for another. However, Buchanan's role is rather small compared to the other male parts, so it is possible that Luhrmann could film all of Affleck's scenes at the top of the shoot to ensure that he can send the burgeoning auteur off in time to helm his own picture.
It's all happening! (Okay, I hate myself a little bit for wasting that reference on Rock of Ages, but I apparently forgot how to use the delete button and onward we go.) After months of speculation, Tom Cruise is finally in negotiations to co-star in the stage to screen adaptation of Rock of Ages. He'll play Stacee Jaxx who is simultaneously "arrogant and charming" and a major rock star. Hmm...major star who's arrogant and charming...I wonder why they wanted Cruise so badly. Um, maybe because he's PERFECT for it. He'll be belting out "Dead or Alive" most likely, as his character does so on Broadway and it's looking like he could star alongside Alec Baldwin? And Russell Brand? (Both are considering large roles.) And Tobey Maguire's production company is producing? This is weird. It's so, so weird; but maybe it will be weird in that really charming musical sort of way where you somehow find the ability to accept that people would just break out in song in the middle of a discussion about the dangers of nuclear warfare...or something less scary.
Well, Tom should be happy. At least he can magically make it return to the mid 80s, back when he was the coolest, even if only for a few joyous months.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Tobey Maguire, remember him? It's okay if you don't, we almost forgot he existed too.
Anyway, the actor is set to both produce and star in the upcoming film adaptation of Marcus Sakey's novel, Good People, according to Production Weekly's Twitter feed. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Swedish version) director Niels Arden Oplev will helm the pic.
Good People tells the story of a financially struggling Chicago couple, Tom and Anna Redd. They are landlords and when one of their tenants die, they discover $400,000 hidden in his apartment. But, it's not too long before they realize that the man is actually connected to the Chicago criminal circuit, and Tom and Anna go to extreme lengths to keep the cash.
Now this sounds like a promising plot, but can Maguire deliver? His recent performances haven't been that great (Brothers comes to mind); hopefully the actor will finally give us something that makes us not think of Peter Parker. We know he's got the chops (Pleasantville and The Cider House Rules proved that), but he seems to have become complacent as Spider Man over the years and is in desperate need of a career reboot. He's got dozens of movies in development, so even is this isn't the film that puts him back in the spotlight, Tobey's got plenty of projects to pick from. To be continued!
Source: Production Weekly's Twitter
When it comes to box office Tom Cruise is a true force of nature: 33 films over 30 years, $3.2 billion in domestic box-office, Sixteen films over $100 million, Eight consecutive number one debuts, eight consecutive films to gross over $100 million and ten films that were among the top five films in their year of release. If that’s not enough to convince the cynical of this guy’s incredible impact on the movie industry, in 1996 he proved his value as both and action star and a romantic lead with the one-two punch of the first “Mission: Impossible” film in May followed by “Jerry Maguire” in December; these became respectively the third and fourth highest grossing films of that year, a nearly incomprehensible feat that showed the star to be in complete control of his career and at the height of his powers.
With numerous personal and professional highs and lows, a falling out with his adoring public and a recent reinvention and redemption, one of the biggest stars of all-time has come full circle. From teen idol in “Taps,” “The Outsiders” and of course the career-changing “Risky Business” to full blown movie star in “Top Gun,” Cruise quickly established himself as the biggest box-office draw in the free world with an almost preternatural ability to draw crowds to the multi-plex. Over the years he has aligned himself with a who’s who of the best directors in the business and big box-office followed. Kubrick, Spielberg, Scorsese, Levinson, Stone, Abrams, Howard, DePalma, Crowe, Mann, Scott, Jordan, Woo and Pollack all clamored to work with Cruise who seemingly put everything he had into every role and often played against type to full advantage.
As Ron Kovic in “Born on the Fourth of July,” for which Cruise was nominated for an Academy Award for best actor, Cruise (under Oliver Stone’s direction) transformed himself from pretty boy star to serious actor and made believers out of many of his critics. Films like “Rain Man,” “The Color of Money,” “A Few Good Men,” “Interview with the Vampire, “Magnolia,” “Vanilla Sky,” “Minority Report,” “Eyes Wide Shut” and “Collateral” proved there was almost nothing the star could not do if he committed to it and when aligned with the right creative team.
Perhaps more than any other career move, his decision to play the balding, paunchy, loud and obnoxious Les Grossman in the 2008 hit “Tropic Thunder” was pivotal in redefining his public image and proving that the guy is still one hell of a dancer. Most recently at the MTV Movie awards he busted out in the full Grossman persona and was the hit of the show.
This now leads us to Twentieth Century Fox’s release on Wednesday of the action comedy “Knight and Day” which reunites Cruise with “Vanilla Sky” co-star Cameron Diaz in a film that combines action, comedy and romance into one complete package. After positive sneaks of the film this past weekend it will be interesting to see how the film, directed by James Mangold (“3:10 to Yuma,” “Cop Land”) performs this week and into the upcoming weekend.
Tom Cruise continues his truly extraordinary career while simultaneously creating an indelible impression on the business as a whole, the very definition of celebrity and what it means to be a movie star and controversial public figure.
It appears that satirizing himself in Ben Stiller's 2008 action-comedy Tropic Thunder was the best move that Tom Cruise has made in a long time. His balding, obese studio head Les Grossman, who financed the doomed production at the center of Thunder's narrative and made a special appearance at last weekend's MTV Movie Awards, has become so popular among the masses that Paramount Pictures has decided to put the chronically-swearing movie mogul at the center of his own spin-off.
The announcement went something like this: Paramount Pictures and MTV Films announced today that they are set to develop a movie around mega-producer Les Grossman. The announcement comes on the heels of Grossman’s groundbreaking and visionary production of the soon-to-be Emmy award-winning 2010 MTV Movie Awards Sunday night. Tom Cruise, along with Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld of Red Hour Films will produce and have secured the life rights to Grossman.
The best part about all this is that Cruise, Stiller and all of the Paramount executives are playing along with the notion that Grossman is in fact a real Hollywood power producer, adding a funky art-imitating life/life-imitating art element to what is sure to be a hilarious film.
Says Stiller: “Les Grossman's life story is an inspiring tale of the classic human struggle to achieve greatness against all odds. He has assured me he plans to quote, ‘F**king kill the sh*t out of this movie and make Citizen f**king Kane look like a piece of crap home movie by the time we are done.’ I am honored to be working with him.”
Looking at the project from the outside-in, it's a great opportunity for Cruise to regain the almost universal likability that propelled him to stardom in the first place. You have to remember that before Thunder, he hadn't made a comedy since Jerry Maguire in 1996 - a long time for a guy who made funny films like Cocktail and Risky Business big hits in the 80s. Though Grossman is essentially a one trick pony (he curses and throws things at his underlings, people laugh at the ridiculousness of it all and he repeats), America loves him and that's exactly what Cruise needs: a stable personality to use in order to ride back into the hearts of audiences everywhere.
Most impressive is that this deal puts him steadily back in business with Paramount, the studio that he called home for years before being ousted after the infamous couch-jumping incident (Viacom topper Sumner Redstone cited poor returns from the star's 2006 vehicle Mission: Impossible 3 as the reason for the firing, but with $400 million in worldwide gross the film was clearly profitable). With Mission Impossible 4 set for a holiday 2011 release and Grossman primed to bring the laughs sometime after (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World's Michael Bacall has already been hired to pen the script), it's a good bet that Tom Cruise will not only reclaim his throne as Paramount's golden child, but will find his way back into the good graces of moviegoers as well.
Source: Paramount Pictures
1. Marc Webb and Spider-Man Get Busy.
The names being thrown around for the next Spider-Man cast include Frank Dillane, Andrew Garfield, Jamie Bell, Josh Hutcherson and Alden Ehrenreich. Do any of those names stand out? For me, the answer is no. Many of them are compelling actors you've seen before, and a couple have interesting stories with regards to how they were discovered, but these aren't names that the general public will be able to rally around. Which is incredibly smart. Why? Because Webb is now in the process of lowering expectations, and that starts with keeping the audience off-balance. This won't be the same singin' and dancin' Tobey Maguire. This is a new Spidey. You don't know about this Spidey. And that gives this reboot a decent shot at finding a receptive audience. This is the part Shrek franchise completely missed. They made a third film that lost the audience, and then went out and made a fourth one that looked exactly the same. The third Spider-Man turned off a portion of the audience, and this reinvention will allow them to forgive and forget that frustration.
Well played, Webb, well played.
2. Atlas Shrugged Needs Humans.
It's already a daunting task, an 1,100 page book distilled down to a 127-page screenplay, but the production crew involved here clearly isn't making it easy on themselves. They don't currently have a cast. Which will make it tougher to film the movie. Plus, the concepts of Atlas Shrugged are daunting, which is why it's gone through half a dozen stops and starts over the past four decades. The most likely outcome for Atlas Shrugged is a Watchmen scenario. They'll honor the source material ... while completely missing the general public. That is, if they find people to actually be in the film.
3. Hugh Hefner, Just in General.
I was watching Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel when a thought occurred to me. Has there been a more influential person over the past century? Think of the topics he's personally broached through Playboy and his own activism: Censorship, The McCarthy trials, the sexual revolution, civil rights, women's rights, sodomy laws, drug laws, contraception, and on and on it goes. Of course Hefner's personal life is tricky business, and in some ways it has sapped his rightful legacy, but you can't dispute that the guy was twenty to forty years ahead of where the culture was headed. You could argue Oppenheimer was more influential (nuclear weapons) if you were feeling cheeky, but I think the things Hefner touched affect our day to day lives more often. Anyhow, check out the documentary if you get a chance, it's worth a watch.
4. MI4 vs. Sherlock Holmes 2!
Whoa. Tom Cruise vs. Robert Downey Jr., big dumb fun vs. intellectual and blessedly rights-free Sherlock. Both are now scheduled for December 16, 2011. But there can be only one, Highlander! You've got to think that one of the tent pole projects will move off this date. Which one? If I had to bet I'd say Mission Impossible 4. Brad Bird will finish early, and they'll move it up. In some strange way Sherlock Holmes is now the more established product and can play this game of chicken with leverage.
5. Prince of Persia Gets a Pass, while Sex and the City Gets Crushed.
In hindsight, it was a predictable outcome. Sex and the City 2, being released in a down economy, gives critics a chance to lash out against rampant consumerism. Prince of Persia, coming out a day later, gives critics a chance to say "Hey, we like movies too!" Only it's all mixed up, because Sex and the City 2 was executed on a much higher level. They meant to make it an impossible fantasy, whereas I'm fairly certain the writers behind Prince of Persia didn't purposefully leave out any hint of a coherent story.
Additionally, why in the world are these two films coming out on the same weekend when the focal point of the marketing for Prince of Persia has been Jake Gyllenhaal's abs? Persia should have come out next weekend, when it could have faced off against a bunch of tomato cans. Regardless, this weekend presents us with a controversial choice: materialism vs. mediocrity. It's in your hands now, ticket buyers. Don't let us down.
On that note, I hope you all have a great weekend, full of only easy choices!
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The Heat Vision blog reports that Spider-Man director Marc Webb has been quietly meeting and reading actors to play the title role in Columbia's reboot for several months with the list narrowing in the past week or so. The candidates include Jamie Bell, Alden Ehrenreich, Frank Dillane, Andrew Garfield and Josh Hutcherson.
Bell, who made his film debut as the eponymous Billy Elliot, has already stepped into the comics world by portraying Tintin in Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin, which hits screens in December 2011.
Ehrenreich was discovered by Spielberg, who saw a comedy video of him at a bat mitzvah of his daughter's friend. A couple of TV appearances followed and was cast by Francis Ford Coppola in 2009's Tetro.
Dillane, a Brit, had a role in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, where he won notices playing a young Tom Riddle.
Garfield gained notices for playing a young reporter in the UK TV movie trilogy Red Riding. He will also be seen in David Fincher's The Social Network.
Finally, Hutcherson, who is the youngest of the candidates at 18, also has the most experience. He's scored key roles in Bridge to Terabithia and the upcoming Red Dawn remake. He also appears in the Sundance hit The Kids Are All Right and starred with Brendan Fraser in Journey to the Center of the Earth. The Journey sequel will see his character leap to the forefront as Fraser is likely to drop out.
The group of actors seems to fall in line with what Webb has been looking to do with his take on Spider-Man, which is to cast relative unknowns in a story that roots Parker back in high school, HV notes.
The actor is currently in the state to film new movie The Hit List with Christian Slater.
Video footage, obtained by TMZ.com, shows the star making a drunken speech at a local bar, winning over the crowd with his famous movie quote and a patriotic tribute to his native U.S.
He is seen grabbing a microphone and stepping up on a stage, telling bar-goers, "Show me the money. Show me the money!", a line from his 1996 film with Tom Cruise.
In a rambling speech, he added, "We are going to represent in the next five years, because you know what - we are the best country in the motherf**king world. And that's how we are going to do it. May those who love us all over the world, love us. May those who don't... may God bless their hearts. God bless the U.S.A."