Even though this has no official word behind it besides what the ex-wife of the director has said, we’re still inclined to believe it is true because I hope we live in a world where we can trust Kate Winslet. Because if we do not live in a such a world, I’m afraid I don’t want to be a part of it. If we can’t trust Kate Winslet, then who, pray tell, can we trust? No one, exactly. And since I want to go on believing that people are good and true (and that Intellect and Romance triumphs over Brute Force and Cynicism) I will believe what Kate Winslet has said: that Sam Mendes is still directing the next James Bond film and will begin shooting at the end of next year.
Think for a moment about the implications of what this would mean if it were not true. It would mean that Kate Winslet has lied to us. Think about that. Kate Winslet. Lied. I don’t really want to even think about it, but it's a harsh reality we have to consider, much like hoarding jugs of water for the impending Zombie Apocalypse. It sends shivers down my spine, but I think we’re the better for it. We’ve looked at the possibilities, we’ve seen the world through the eyes of a lying Kate Winslet, and we have come through unharmed. Long live the world of the truth-saying Kate Winslet.
Other things she said revolving around the 23rd installment of the franchise is that Mendes and producers have looked at British stage thespian Simon Russell Beale for a possible role which could conceivably be the bad guy. Again, I choose to believe this is true but in all honesty it's not that big of a stretch. They go for a British guy with serious acting chops to play a bad guy? Surely you must be joking. She also said that she is moving her kids to London for this film and that she will not have a part in it.
And I know it seems crazy to have my entire perception of the world shaped around the mutterings of some British actress talking about her husband’s job, but stranger things have happened. Like this. Which was awesome.
One of the comedic greats has been taken from us and honestly it feels like he was taken too soon. Granted, Leslie Nielsen was 84 and no spring chicken, but it still feels awful when we lose one of the best.
No one could deliver a line like Nielsen. He was the definition of deadpan delivery, spouting out classic comedic lines like it was child's play. I’m not sure how many times I have seen some form of “Don’t call me Shirley” since learning of his passing, but in re-watching the famous clip you can see his character Dr. Rumack actually believes what he is saying and that’s what sets him apart. A nod or a wink would’ve ruined it, but the classically trained Nielsen, who had been a working actor since the 1950s in films like Forbidden Planet, Dark Intruder and The Poseidon Adventure, serves it up just right. The current trend in comedy is ironic self-awareness and his obliviousness will be sorely missed.
Like all actors, Nielsen had a few duds late in his career, but thanks to his involvement in Airplane!, the Naked Gun series, and Police Squad he's got an eternal pass from me. He was the staple of spoof, a legacy that has only recently been sullied by the likes of Friedberg and Seltzer. Yet he still graced those their pieces of garbage that operate under the guise of satire with his presence (Naked Gun's credits were funnier than those movies). A good samaritan to the end. His mantle of white hair will be sorely missed.
Yes, yes, I remember, I had lasagna.
So if you can remember all the way back to this morning, it was announced that Steven Soderbergh is in talks to remake The Man from U.N.C.L.E, the popular 60s spy television show. Now word has dropped that long time Soderbergh collaborator (and girlfriend stealer [mine, not Soderbergh's]) George Clooney may star in the adaptation that may or may not happen.
And because this is basically another non-news story being touted as actual news, I’m going to list the things I would let George Clooney get away with:
-Playing music too loud in the apartment above me
-Hitting on my girlfriend at a bar
-Actually taking my girlfriend home (he has a tendency to buy girls islands)
-Double dipping the chip
-Representing me in a court of law (with or without a law degree)
-Cutting in front of me at Walgreens
-Spilling a drink on me at the movies
-Not holding the elevator for me
-Sneezing on me
-If he was quarantined, I would still let him rub sunscreen on my back
-Punching me in the face
-Cursing out my mother
-Reading my middle school diary/journal to a group of incredibly attractive women
-Ordering for me at a French restaurant
-Installing new software on my computer
-Screening me at airport security
-Taking my place as People’s Sexiest Man Alive
-Wearing brown and black at the same time
-Talking about religion and politics at my family’s dinner
-Drinking straight from the jug
-Allowing him to not return my calls, emails, txts, tweets, etc
-Talking about himself on twitter
-Wearing a hat inside
-Letting him call me by the wrong name
-Showing up drunk to anything
Guillermo Del Toro and David Eick (an executive producer on Battlestar Galactica) are currently working on bringing a live-action The Hulk series to television. And because Hulk is a Marvel character and Marvel is owned by Disney and Disney owns ABC which just happens to be a television channel and this Hulk show is looking for a channel, it’ll be on ABC. Taking a cue from the two (two!) different movies involving the Hulk in the last decade, the Hulk will not be completely CGI and will instead be a mixture of prosthetics, make-up, and puppetry. And because this will more than likely take a long time to produce and Disney wants to capitalize on The Avengers movie in 2012 (which will be EVERYWHERE), we probably won’t see this until fall 2012.
Let's sit back and think this through. We have already been subjugated to two Hulk films (both of which weren’t AMAZING but were still good, you know?), so why should Hulk get a shot on television? Sure, there was the 70s version, but was that really that good? But could the Hulk work better on television in serialized form? Perhaps, but television is notoriously hard on CGI-heavy shows (it takes time and money which TV shows are short on most of the time) which a Hulk show would inevitably be. I’ll save judgment for this for when we see some actual footage, but I’m a little wary. I want it to work, I really do, but this could really blow up in their face. However, if it is successful, it would mean more Marvel character TV shows which has mad potential. A Deadpool TV show? Be still my heart.
In order to get Kevin James to appear like he was talking, the producers put peanut butter in his upper lip and let the camera go.
Sylvester Stallone thought he was recording voice over work for The Expendables for the first two weeks of filming.
Kevin James found all the weight Donnie Wahlberg lost for The Sixth Sense.
Rosario Dawson won a landmark lawsuit for unsafe work conditions after suing the producers when they made her make out with Kevin James.
Judd Apatow, Adam Sandler and Jon Favreau all have parts in this movie.
Unfortunately, only one of the above statements is true. Anyway, The Zookeeper is a real movie and this is the teaser.
When it comes to enlivening entertainment, no one does it quite like Michael Mann. The 67-year-old filmmaker is capable of both grandiose set pieces and intimate character studies, bringing uncanny realism to larger than life scenarios and personalities. Though he's tackled many genres in more than thirty years in show business, with a signature visual style and a penchant for mature themes, his films are unmistakably his own.
He's now looking to make another Hollywood movie, but like most power players in Tinsel Town, is having a tough time figuring out which story to tell. Slash Film is reporting that Mann is juggling a handful of projects that are ready to move into production including Big Tuna, Agincourt and his untitled Robert Capa biopic. Read on for descriptions of each followed by my thoughts on what's the next logical move for Michael Mann.
According to the source, Big Tuna follows the life and times of elderly Chicago mobster Tony Accardo and his young successor Sam Giancana. Mann described the project as follows: "Here’s an older man who was the undisputed boss at a time when the Chicago outfit was the most powerful crime element in America. It becomes a classic tragedy of megalomania and hubris". Sounds like perfect territory for the man who told the stories of Cassius Clay and John Dillinger, and America will always show up in droves for a new gangster flick. Big Tuna will probably be easiest to get a greenlight from a major studio.
Mann is also flirting with Agincourt, a period action drama written by Michael Hirst (The Tudors, Elizabeth). The film, based on Bernard Cromwell's novel of the same name, "focuses on a young man with a death sentence on his head who is saved when his skills with the bow catch the attention of King Henry V. The archer develops into a warrior and falls in love with a young woman whose virtue he saved from a lecherous priest, and he becomes the portal to the bloody Battle of Agincourt, made famous by Shakespeare’s Henry V". This one is significantly more ambitious than Big Tuna. Medieval movies haven't fared well at the box office as of late (Robin Hood and King Arthur come to mind) and with lots costumes and sets to build, they are increasingly expensive to produce (Ridley Scott's 2010 entry cost an eye-popping $200 million to make). Plus, Mann doesn't have an easily marketable title like "Robin Hood" or "King Arthur" to bring people to the theaters, making the investment all the more risky. Don't count on this one coming to the big screen just yet.
The most interesting project that Michael Mann is developing is a biopic of photojournalist Robert Capa, who captured images of no less than five wars throughout his career and founded the world’s first freelance photography organization, Magnum Photos. Though reenacting a series of wars over the course of many years would be a painstaking and pricey endeavor, I think that there would be a sizable audience for a film about such an interesting individual. With the right actor portraying Capa (Joaquin Phoenix, should he ever return from the Dark Side, would be fantastic in this role), there could be lots of cash to earn and awards to attain from Waiting For Robert Capa (a tentative title for the film, I believe).
Now's your chance to tell us what you would like Michael Mann to focus on next. Sound off!
Source: Slash Film, The Financial Times
It has long been rumored that Johnny Depp will play an old school vampire in the remake of the 60’s television show Dark Shadows and be directed by Tim Burton. Johnny Depp? Playing a vampire? Directed by Tim Burton? Oh be still my wannabe undead heart.
Depp and Burton have been sitting on this project for a few years. The most recent script was handed in by Seth Graham-Smith, who knows a thing or two about vampires. His novel, Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, is getting the big screen adaptation. He also wrote Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, so he knows a thing or two about taking other people’s work and adding gore.
For those of us born after the Reagan era, Dark Shadows was a 60’s soap opera, but with vampires. It deals with the 175 year-old vampire Barnabas Collins who has been trapped in his coffin since 1795. When he is finally released he has to adapt to his new surroundings. So its basically like Encino Man meets Twilight. Should be awesome.
Apparently Depp and Burton are long time fans of the show and they’re excited to bring the series to the screen. Which means that in about 30 years there will a super serious movie adaptation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Now THAT is something I would pay good money to see.
Let’s catch you up on Wanderlust, shall we? As previously reported, it is comedy boner inducing (seriously, read that article and tell me you don't pop a comedy chub). The cast and crew behind it is nothing short of mouth wateringly awesome. The cast already includes Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, Malin Akerman, Justin Theroux, and Alan Alda. Directing is David Wain, who also co-wrote it with Ken Marino. And producing it is none other than Judd Apatow. If that isn’t the recipe for a comedy boner, then I don’t know what is.
Now we have even more good news! Ray Liotta has joined the cast. Liotta has been exercising his comedic acting muscles with his recent work having appeared in Youth in Revolt and Observe and Report. He also appeared in Charlie St. Cloud, and despite the best efforts of everyone involved it couldn’t help but be funny. And to show that he has a high tolerance for pain, he appeared in a recent episode of Hannah Montana.
So just to recap, in this movie we have the star of Goodfellas and a Friends alum getting naked all by the guys who brought you The State and The Ben Stiller Show. I know I should say something snarky about how 1995 called and it wants it’s popular actors back, but I can’t help but be excited about this.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Face Palm - (n) The reaction to an idea that is so stupid, so ridiculous, the only remedy is a quick slap of the open hand to the forehead.
Look, I’m all for telling stories in an episodic manner, as long as the stories deserve to be told that way. Harry Potter would not work well as a single story, it has to be told in 7 different parts. The Godfather Part II needed to be told in order to better understand the characters. The Godfather Part III did not need to be told at all.
So why are we getting an Underworld 4? Why did Underworld 3 even exist in the first place?
First, Underworld 3. I happened to like the first Underworld. I thought it was a visually stunning, if not a little Matrix-y, and it told a decent story in the vampire/werewolf mythos before Twilight came in and ruined it for everyone. I made the mistake of taking a date to see Underworld 2, but it was still an interesting movie.
What I didn't understand was the need for Underworld 3. The whole plot of that film was told in flashbacks of the first two movies! We knew what was going to happen the entire time, it didn’t reveal anything new. It was just a pathetic attempt at a cash grab on behalf of the studio.
And now another attempt to draw from the drying well. A script has been written (and rewritten) and Kate Beckinsale (the star of the first two, but whose part was not involved in the third) has signed on to star in Underworld 4. So it’s a good sign that they are returning to the original storyline, but still, I’m not getting good vibes about this. Also Len Wiseman (the director of the first two and Kate Beckinsale’s husband, the lucky bastard) will not be directing. Let’s move on folks. We don’t need this.
Then again, this will give us more Beckinsale in tight leather. Hmm, maybe this won’t be so bad after all.
Leslie Mann has joined the cast of The Change Up, which also stars Jason Bateman, Ryan Reynolds, and Olivia Wilde. No word on her part, though I would bet with relative certainty that she plays Bateman’s wife who Bateman tries to get away from by switching bodies with Reynolds to pursue Wilde. Just a guess though.
Glad we got that out of the way. Let’s talk about the lovely Leslie Mann now. She's one powerful lady in comedy these days. You know the old, tired, worn out, (writing all those adjectives makes me regret starting the sentence this way), and trite phrase “behind every great man is a great woman?” Cynical feminist adds “...a great woman rolling her eyes.” Anyway, I don’t think Leslie is rolling her eyes at her husband, film juggernaut Judd Apatow. In fact, I don’t think she’s standing behind him at all. I think she’s rightfully earned her place beside him.
Mann grounds any scene she’s in with a realistic heart. She was able to bring Adam Sandler back from the brink in Funny People. Her character in Knocked Up (together with Seth Rogen), though shrill, authentically depicted a contemporary couple and the struggles they face. And in the 40 Year-Old Virgin, she threw up in a car like no one else I have ever seen. And I have seen a lot of vomiting in cars. Of course, these are just the movies her husband has directed but she still brings the same charm to all her roles. I’m sure there will be a tense scene in The Change Up between Bateman and Mann (if my theory is correct) where Bateman learns to appreciate his wife. With any other actress (and actor for that matter) the scene might feel hokey, but I know Mann can deliver the kind of scene that transforms a movie.
Also she and Apatow seem to have passed down the comedy genes. Their two daughters star in Knocked Up and Funny People as Leslie’s character’s kids. So not only is she able to produce extremely adorable kids, they’re also flipping hilarious actresses as well.
Source: TheWrap, The Hollywood Reporter