Actor Matt Bomer is set to realise his dream of playing screen icon Montgomery Clift in a new movie biopic, according to U.S. reports. Monty Clift will tell the story of the love affair between Clift and his A Place In The Sun co-star Elizabeth Taylor.
Last year (12), the Magic Mike star opened up about his desire to play the Hollywood icon, who was considered a direct competitor of Marlon Brando, before his career was derailed following a major car accident that left his face scarred.
The film will reportedly begin shooting next year (14) and will be directed by Larry Moss.
From the moment Hailee Steinfeld enters the frame in Joel and Ethan Coen’s magnificent western True Grit an adaptation of Charles Portis’ 1968 novel (or re-adaptation — John Wayne's 1969 version got to it first) the film belongs to her. This is no easy feat especially for a 13-year-old actress making her feature-film debut but Steinfeld not only holds her own alongside such heavyweights as Jeff Bridges Matt Damon and Josh Brolin she often upstages them.
The film which is set in the 1870s stars Steinfeld as Mattie Ross a pigtailed 14-year-old sent to the frontier town of Fort Smith Arkansas to settle the affairs of her deceased father an honorable man murdered for two gold pieces by a monstrous simpleton named Tom Chaney (Brolin). Mattie also comes seeking justice: Chaney is still at large having escaped to the dangerous foreboding expanse of the Indian Territory and she intends to see to it that he is captured and brought to trial.
Frustrated by the local authorities’ ambivalence toward tracking down her father's killer Mattie turns to Rooster Cogburn (Bridges) a slovenly alcoholic U.S. Marshal renowned for his cruelty and itchy trigger finger. Were there a Miranda warning in 1870s Cogburn would have little use for it; chances are few of his perps would understand it through his grouchy guttural slur anyway.
Pleading to join their makeshift posse is LaBoeuf (Damon) a pompous upright and overly chatty Texas Ranger — the Good Cop to Cogburn’s Bad Cop — who covets Chaney’s Texas bounty which holds more value than his Arkansas bounty. Cogburn agrees reluctantly to take him on recognizing that Chaney now likely holed up with his criminal gang a vicious bunch headed by a spittle-spewing snaggletooth named Lucky Ned (Barry Pepper) is too formidable to approach alone. Cogburn and LaBoeuf are natural rivals and long rides on the trail of Chaney afford them ample time for dick-measuring contests which invariably necessitate the intervention of their teenage mother hen Mattie.
Mattie may be the most mature member of the posse but she is nonetheless still a child — eventually the job of exacting final vengeance must fall upon the men with guns. Here Mattie’s stout heart has an ennobling effect on Cogburn who after briefly giving up during a booze-fueled bout with self-doubt stiffens his resolve to see things through.
Compared to its predecessor the Coen Brothers’ version of True Grit is both funnier and less sentimental. There is little room for tenderness or romance on the Coens’ frontier but opportunities abound for the kind of black humor for which the writer-directors have become so famous. As in Fargo they have a great deal of fun with language; characters speak in a laughably rigid formalized manner almost Shakespearian in its tongue-twisting complexity. The film's ironic conceit that such codes thrive in a land ruled by violence and chaos is best illustrated in Mattie’s constant almost charmingly naive threats of legal action against her adversaries. They react to her threats with a kind of befuddled amusement; the phrase "I'll see you in court" is still several decades away from joining the popular lexicon.
Critics often bemoan the abundance of remakes in modern risk-averse Hollywood. A more productive strategy at least for the cause of quality filmmaking might be to properly exalt the better ones. This True Grit may be the best of them combining the look and feel of a classic western with a distinctly Coens brothers tone. And Ms. Steinfeld is nothing short of a revelation.
January 16, 2002 12:03pm EST
Catherine Zeta-Jones is denying reports that she has signed a nine-film deal worth approximately $80 million.
The London Evening Star reported on Tuesday that The Mask of Zorro star would make close to $9 million per film under the deal, making her Britain's highest-paid actress. The paper went on to say that Zeta-Jones intends to make the films over the next three years before having any more children with husband Michael Douglas.
Not so, says a spokeswoman for the 32-year-old actress.
"The story is not true. She has not signed any nine-film deal," the spokeswoman told the BBC News. "She is currently in production on a film and has no other commitments."
Zeta-Jones is currently working on the Coen brothers' romantic comedy Intolerable Cruelty, alongside Hollywood hottie George Clooney. She plays a revenge-seeking woman who marries a womanizing Beverly Hills lawyer with the intention of divorcing him and making his life a living hell.
Reports claimed the denied deal covered a range of film genres from musicals to comedies, including a sequel to The Mask of Zorro with Anthony Hopkins and Antonio Banderas.
Other roles Zeta-Jones was reportedly set to play were sexy Velma Kelly in the big screen version of the musical Chicago, with Richard Gere, and a lead in Coming Out, a comedy about a gay Welsh rugby coach.
Zeta-Jones was also allegedly to play alongside Russell Crowe in Greekfire, the story of the love affair between Aristotle Onassis and Maria Callas; star with hubby Douglas in the courtroom movie Smoke and Mirrors; play Elizabeth Taylor in Monty, a film about tortured movie star Montgomery Clift; and do a voiceover for the animated movie Sinbad.
The paper went on to speculate that Zeta-Jones agreed to the deal because she does not want to suffer the same fate as other Hollywood leading ladies whose roles dry up by the time they reach 40.