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
Deadline originally had the headline “[Sony Pictures Entertainment] Puts Chokehold On Kevin James Mixed Martial Arts Pic” and to be totally honest I was really excited about this for the first six words but then I kept reading and became severely depressed. But then they went and changed the headline and my joke was ruined.
Anyway, this looks about as by the numbers as you can get. Kevin James playing a physics teacher at a school facing cutbacks in *gasp* the arts? Check. Kevin James suddenly taking up MMA and making it to the UFC where the prize money happens to be enough to keep the program alive? Double check. Most of the humor involving an overweight guy getting hit really hard? You better believe it. We’ve seen this all before.
And yet the movie will make more money than any of you will ever see. I see it on a regular basis because Hollywood.com writers are paid by the mega yacht (we then sell them on Ebay for tax purposes), but that’s beside the point. Sony Pictures is fast tracking the project and shooting begins next year.
Imagine Michael Myers and Freddy Krueger and Jason and that scary dude from Scream and every other horror character from the past 30 years, all on screen together. Sweet, right? Scary, right? Well, if Bruce Campbell gets his way, you won't have to imagine.
Campbell -- current star of USA's Burn Notice and cult-hero from Evil Dead and Army of Darkness -- told the LA Times that the recent action flick The Expendables -- which had nearly every action star from the past 20 years in it -- gave him the idea to do a similar film, except in the horror genre. We had that very idea when Stallone's action melee' was first release and you can read our ideas for a horror-version of The Expendables here. But for a scoop straight from the horses mouth, read on:
"Yeah, The Expendables, or more like the It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World of horror. I want to get so many horror movie stars that people can't possibly not see the movie. I want to give them other stuff to do. I want to have Kane Hodder be very particular about what he eats. I want Robert Englund to be a tough guy, like he knows tae kwon do or something. I want to find out the hidden sides of all these people. Some will play themselves, some will play alternate characters as well. I may approach Kane Hodder to play Frankenstein. He could be Kane Hodder himself fighting himself as Frankenstein. It could be crazy. It's a silly concocted story that we hope to do maybe in a year or so. My breaks between Burn Notice have been getting tighter because they've been adding episodes. They're trying to trap me like a rat in the TV world, and I might just let them. There's a script, it just kind of blows right now, so no one's really seeing it. We gotta work on it. Definitely shoot in Oregon all on a stage. It's like the 300 of horror comedies. We want to make it a whole world. Someone's gotta take Frank down for good."
Although Campbell was clearly highly-caffeinated during this explanation, the idea sounds awesome.
Source: LA Times
Sam Mendes never used to be as busy as he is today. After exiting London stage productions in the late 1990's, he took the world of cinema by storm with his devastatingly honest portrait of suburbia - the Academy Award winning American Beauty - and followed up three years later with the layered mobster drama Road To Perdition. The auteur would continue to take the same period of time between his next projects (the military commentary Jarhead and the dreary Revolutionary Road), but churned out his self-discovery/road film Away We Go less than a year later.
Now, it appears that Mendes is joining the filmmakers of the 21st Century by attaching himself to numerous developing productions. Though it was previously reported that he might talk a stroll down the Yellow Brick Road in a Wizard of Oz prequel with Robert Downey Jr., Deadline reports that two other projects (three, if you count the troubled Bond 23) intrigued the 44 year old director so much that they compelled him to leave the Emerald City for good.
The first would mark a return to the stage as he's interested in bringing Roald Dahl's 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' to theatrical life. Hairspray songster's Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman are writing the tunes and the musical is set to premiere in London during the holiday season 2011, followed by a Broadway run.
More interesting is Mendes next reported film project: an adaptation of Ian McEwan's 'On Chesil Beach'. The romantic drama is stationed at Focus Features and centers on two repressed virgins in their early twenties whose attempt to consummate ends badly. Carey Mulligan is in talks to star as one of said virgins.
As a fan of all of his films (well, almost all: Revolutionary Road was painful in more than one way) I look forward to whatever comes next for Mendes, though I would think that he'd need to keep himself flexible if he does want to leave his mark on the Bond franchise, as the sale of MGM (and production on the next spy film) could potentially happen anyday.
In another overhaul of major elements, The Tourist is facing yet another shift in its casting and direction.
With the lead female role recently moving from Charlize Theron to Angelina Jolie, the lead male character now looks as if it may be played by Johnny Depp. That's after the previously attached Tom Cruise dropped out and was replaced by Sam Worthington. Further, the director's chair, recently said to go to Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, now has Alfonso Cuaron circling.
Worthington reportedly exited along with von Donnersmarck over creative differences.
The film is heading towards a February production start. Graham King's GK Films is financing and distributing through his deal with Sony.
A while back, the remake of the 2005 French thriller Anthony Zimmer had Bharat Nalluri directing and Cruise and Theron attached. Worthington came into focus with Theron after Cruise took Knight and Day at Fox. Von Donnersmarck then came into the picture with Jolie.
Depp enters the frame via King, with whom he has a close relationship, most recently collaborating on Rum Diary and the Gore Verbinski-directed animated pic Rango.
The Tourist sees a female Interpol agent rope an everyman American tourist visiting France into becoming bait in the hunt for a wanted criminal who's also her former lover.
Hollywood stars Michael Douglas, Bruce Willis, Ridley Scott and Nicole Kidman have united in the fight against terrorism, after taking out a full-page advertisement in the Los Angeles Times condemning violent extremists.
The foursome's signatures appear today alongside fellow actors and directors Danny DeVito, Dennis Hopper, Sylvester Stallone, Don Johnson, James Woods, Tony Scott, Michael Mann, Richard Donner and Sam Raimi, among others.
The ad reads, "We the undersigned are pained and devastated by the civilian casualties in Israel and Lebanon caused by terrorist actions initiated by terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah and Hamas.
"If we do not succeed in stopping terrorism around the world, chaos will rule and innocent people will continue to die. We need to support democratic societies and stop terrorism at all costs."
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Top Story: Whitney Houston in Rehab Center
Whitney Houston, who told Diane Sawyer on ABC's Primetime in December 2002 that she had gotten away from her drug usage through prayer, is undergoing treatment in a drug rehabilitation clinic, The Associated Press reports. A spokesman said the singer "thanks everyone for their support and prayers" but declined to offer any further details. Houston, 40, lives in Atlanta with her husband, R&B singer Bobby Brown, and their 10-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina. Life in the Houston-Brown household, however, has always been far from humdrum. Last month, Brown was sentenced to 60 days' jail time for violating probation. One of the violations was for allegedly hitting Houston last December, leaving her with a bruised cheek and a cut lip. Houston has also had her shares of run-ins with the law. In January 2000, she lost a bag at Hawaii's Keahole Kona International Airport that contained less than half an ounce of marijuana and three partially smoked marijuana cigarettes. But the drug possession charges were dropped after a drug counselor said the singer did not need treatment for substance abuse.
Sheen, Richards Proud Parents
Charlie Sheen and wife Denise Richards became parents to their first child, daughter Sam Sheen, Tuesday in Los Angeles, Reuters reports. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces at birth, and both mother and daughter "are doing great," Sheen's publicist said in a statement issued Monday. Sheen, 38, who currently stars on the hit CBS comedy Two and a Half Men, has a 19-year-old daughter, Cassandra, from a previous relationship. It is the first child for Richards, 33, who was last seen in the horror spoof Scary Movie 3.
Paris and Nicole Take Show on the Road
Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie have loaded up their pink pickup truck in Miami Beach, Fla., and are headed to Beverly Hills, Calif., in a road trip to be documented for The Simple Life 2--the follow-up to the hit Fox reality show The Simple Life. Here, the socialites-turned-TV stars are driving themselves on a 30-day cross-country trip with no money, credit cards, cell phones or boyfriends and will stay with several different families, the AP reports. Filming is expected to begin in the next few days with the eight episodes set to air in June.
Jada Pinkett Smith Tours With Britney Spears
Jada Pinkett Smith, who stars in the upcoming thriller Collateral opposite Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx, is moonlighting as a singer. MTV.com reports that Pinkett Smith will open for all eight of Britney Spears' Onyx Hotel Tour shows in the U.K. beginning on April 27 in London with her band Wicked Wisdom. Wicked Wisdom, which formed about a year ago, does not yet have an album out yet but the group frequently plays the Los Angeles club circuit. Collateral, which is set for release Aug. 6, was helmed by Michael Mann, who directed Pinkett Smith and husband Will Smith in the 2001 biopic Ali.
Sugar Ray Leonard Joins The Contender
Five-time world boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard will be joining Sylvester Stallone in the upcoming NBC reality show The Contender. The series, developed by Survivor creator Mark Burnett, DreamWorks SKG co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and Stallone, features aspiring boxers vying for $1 million in prize money and a shot at becoming America's next boxing superstar. According to Reuters, Leonard, 47, will serve with Stallone as an on-air adviser and mentor to aspiring boxers competing on the show. The 16-part series is scheduled to debut sometime next season.
Prince Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Prince, who will launch his 38-city Musicology tour March 29 in Los Angeles, was among eight musicians inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Monday in New York. Others honored at the 19th annual induction were the late George Harrison, Texas group ZZ Top, singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, English rock-jazz fusion band Traffic, rocker Bob Seger, R & B vocal group The Dells and Rolling Stone magazine co-founder Jann Wenner, The Purple One kicked off the festivities with a performance of "Let's Go Crazy," "Sign O' The Times," and "Kiss," that, according to Reuters, brought the formally dressed audience in the ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel to its feet.
Geffen Victorious in Guns N' Roses Album Dispute
U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer cleared the way yesterday for Geffen Records to release a greatest hits album next week from the rock band Guns N' Roses over the objection of its lead singer, Axl Rose. Rose had argued that he did not give consent for Geffen to release a new greatest hits compilation, which consists of 14 singles including "Welcome to the Jungle," "Sweet Child O' Mine" and a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" from the Interview With the Vampire soundtrack, and objected to the selection of songs, the timing of its release, the album's artwork and the remastering of the original tapes. A spokesman for Universal Music called the lawsuit meritless and said the album will be released as scheduled on March 23.
Role Call: Gurinder Chadha Takes Nine Wives
Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha will helm the romantic comedy Nine Wives for New Line. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project is about a commitment-phobic guy who breaks up with his longtime girlfriend and wakes up every morning with a different wife. Chadha, who is just completing the Bollywood musical Bride and Prejudice, is also developing I Dream of Jeannie at Columbia and Tucker Ames at Fox 2000.