The studio is being revamped under Ross, the former president of Disney Channels Worldwide, and he has decided the planned big budget adaptation of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea will not float.
Reports suggest Will Smith turned the Nemo role down. No casting decisions had been made, but McG's Terminator: Salvation star Sam Worthington made it clear he'd like to be considered for the role.
He recently told MovieHole.net, "McG and I haven't discussed it seriously. I wrote him an email and he wrote back saying, 'I don't think you have these qualities, blah, blah...' and I wrote back saying, 'It's your job as a director to bring it out of me.'"
Movie gossip sites suggested Worthington was being considered for the part of Captain Nemo in the film after Will Smith reportedly turned the part down.
The Aussie insists the reports aren't true - but he'd love to reteam with McG for the epic Jules Verne tale.
He tells MovieHole.net, "I actually saw that (story) online... and I'm like, 'Hey, how come you’ve never talked to me about this?'
"I might get into it a bit more and start writing online, saying, 'I want this job...' We haven’t discussed it seriously. I wrote him (McG) an email and he wrote back saying, 'I don’t think you have these qualities, blah, blah...' and I wrote back saying, 'It’s your job as a director to bring it out of me.'"
January 21, 2009 6:32pm EST
When award season rolls around there’s only one show that no one in Hollywood wants to be a part of ... the Annual Razzie Awards. The only competition honoring the best of the worst in film.
Even the biggest stars can’t dodge the occasional stinker and this year Mike Myers’ was no different. His summer flop The Love Guru received seven nominations, including worst picture, worst actor and worst screenplay for Myers. Ouch!
Myers shouldn’t feel too bad, Paris Hilton didn’t fair much better with nods for worst actress and worst screen couple for Hottie and the Nottie and worst supporting actress for Repo! The Genetic Opera.
Hilton’s Hottie and the Nottie will also compete for worst pic alongside The Love Guru, The Happening, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale and spoof flicks Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans.
The 29th Annual Razzies, determined by the 687 members of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation, will be announced Feb. 21, the morning before the Academy Awards.
And the nominees are:
Disaster Movie and Meet The Spartans
The Hottie and The Nottie In The Name of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
The Love Guru
Larry the Cable Guy, Witless Protection
Eddie Murphy, Meet Dave
Mike Myers, The Love Guru
Al Pacino, 88 Minutes and Righteous Kill
Mark Wahlberg, The Happening and Max Payne
Jessica Alba, The Eye and The Love Guru
Cameron Diaz, What Happens in Vegas
Paris Hilton, The Hottie and the Nottie
Kate Hudson, Fool's Gold and My Best Friend's Girl
The entire cast of The Women (Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith and Meg Ryan)
Uwe Boll, 1968 Tunnel Rats, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale and Postal
Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer for Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans
Tom Putnam, The Hottie and the Nottie
Marco Schnabel, The Love Guru
M. Night Shyamalan, The Happening
Worst Supporting Actor
Uwe Boll (as himself), Postal
Pierce Brosnan, Mamma Mia!
Ben Kingsley, The Love Guru, War, Inc. and The Wackness
Burt Reynolds, Deal and In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
Verne Troyer, The Love Guru and Postal
Worst Supporting Actress
Carmen Electra, Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans
Paris Hilton, Repo! The Genetic Opera
Kim Kardashian, Disaster Movie
Jenny McCarthy, Witless Protection
Leelee Sobieski, 88 Minutes and In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans (jointly) - written by Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer
The Happening - written by M. Night Shyamalan
The Hottie and the Nottie - written by Heidi Ferrer
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale - screenplay by Doug Taylor
The Love Guru - written by Mike Myers & Graham Gordy
Worst Screen Couple
Uwe Boll & any actor, camera or screenplay, 1968 Tunnel Rats, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale and Postal
Cameron Diaz & Ashton Kutcher, What Happens in Vegas
Paris Hilton & either Christine Lakin or Joel David Moore, The Hottie and the Nottie
Larry the Cable Guy & Jenny McCarthy, Witless Protection
Eddie Murphy & Eddie Murphy, Meet Dave
Worst Rip-Off, Prequel or Remake
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Disaster Movie and Meet The Spartans (jointly)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
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Jules Verne’s classic 1864 novel has inspired many film and TV versions. None has matched the success of the penultimate 1959 Journey which starred James Mason and Pat Boone and remains a baby-boomer favorite and classic of the sci-fi genre. That could change with this clever remake--ingeniously filmed in 3D--which goes directly back to the source material of the book and comes off like an endless thrill ride. This updated tale begins with the daily travails of American professor Trevor Anderson (Brendan Fraser) who has never gotten over the mysterious disappearance of his brother Max several years earlier. When Max’s son Sean (Josh Hutcherson) pays a visit bearing a box of Dad’s papers the Trevor discovers hand-written notes in a copy of an original Jules Verne book suggesting his brother may have found a way to confirm Verne’s theories about a direct volcanic entrance into the center of the earth. With nephew in tow and the book in hand the twosome set out for Iceland on their own perilous journey to test Max’s thesis and trace his steps. There they are joined by Hannah (Anita Briem) a skeptical mountain guide who agrees to show them the way--though she highly doubts they find anything resembling Verne’s imagined lost world of natural wonders and roaming dinosaurs. But stranger things have happened right?
Anchoring the proceedings with enough derring-do to suggest he would be ideally cast as the next Indiana Jones if Harrison Ford ever wants to hang up his hat Fraser has just the right amount of authority cynicism and dry wit to make us connect to a down and out professor whose “crazy” geological beliefs have torched his reputation. Key to liking this guy is clearly the fun Fraser has in playing him. Hutcherson is thankfully a little looser in this flick than the spiritually-driven boy he played in Bridge To Terabithia even though the two films share odd similarities especially with their descent from mundane real life into fantasy adventures any kid would salivate over. Briem nicely rounds out the threesome as the reluctant guide trying to deny the beliefs of her own late father a Verne disciple who as it turns out shared the same dreams of the two nascent adventurers she now finds herself shepherding to parts unknown. In a relatively minor role SNL’s Seth Meyers also turns up early on as a disbelieving colleague of Andersons. Oscar-winning visual effects veteran Eric Brevig (Total Recall) makes his directorial debut and turns out to be perfectly chosen for what is after all an effects- driven summer ride. Leaving a lot of the talkiness and exposition of Verne’s book (and previous film versions) on the cutting room floor Brevig cuts right to the chase in this breezy 90-minute guilty pleasure. He clearly knows today’s moviegoers have the attention span of a mosquito so he piles on the action but still manages to keep the sense of wonder crucial to the story alive. Best of all the 3D technology which has been part of Hollywood for over half a century is still remarkable to behold even in the CGI era. Rather than just selected sequences the entire film has been shot with 3D in mind so expect to have lots of objects hurled directly at you--none more effectively than a scene in which our explorers encounter flying fish. And even without the glasses prepare to hold your breath and hang on for a great time at the movies.
If animals could indeed view their surroundings intellectually and talk to each other it’s entirely possible they’d discuss how screwed up human beings are especially in the ridiculous way we waste food. But hey to RJ (Bruce Willis) a wily raccoon what we throw away today becomes lunch tomorrow. He tries to impart some of this wisdom to his newfound friends--a motley crew lead by Verne the turtle (Garry Shandling)--after they wake up after a long winter’s nap and discover most of their natural habitat has been turned into a housing development separated by a very tall hedge. Yep these woodsy folk are sure in for an eye-opening adventure as the manipulative RJ convinces the gang to start collecting boxes of cheese doodles Girl Scout cookies and marshmallows telling them there is little to fear and everything to gain from their over-indulgent new neighbors. Now if they can only get rid of that cat... If you’re an actor these days the chances to play a serious Oscar-worthy role are just as great as playing a squirrel. Or a hedgehog. Or a guy called the Verminator. Over the Hedge has a fine slate of voices starting with Willis as RJ the raconteur raccoon whose pretty savvy to the ways of the paved and pre-packaged world of suburbia. Shandling is the heart of the film as the mild-mannered Verne who just wants to take care of his little woodland family. They include a couple of married-with-kids hedgehogs (pitch perfect Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara); a hyperactive but tender-hearted squirrel (a hilarious Steve Carell); an overdramatic possum (William Shatner playing it to the hilt) and his embarrassed teenage daughter (pop star Avril Lavigne); and a snarky skunk with attitude (Wanda Sykes who else?). As far as the humans Allison Janney voices a shrieking but vindictive homeowner while the Thomas Haden Church is said Verminator a fat balding but ruthless pest exterminator. What fun! Over the Hedge keeps to the spirit of the popular comic strip by Michael Fry and T. Lewis on which the film is based. The strip focuses on the travails of friends RJ and Verne as they exploit the human world for their own personal gain while sardonically commenting on how messed up it is. Hedge sort of shows how these two might have met and is just a hoot from beginning to end. The images of woodland animal-meets-modern-day people are spot on: RJ’s spiel on how humans get food (“That’s the receptacle to get the food [a phone]...and that’s the tone when the food comes [the doorbell]”); SUVs (“Humans are slowly phasing out walking all together”); the skunk seducing the stupid cat (“I like your smell.”). The best is when Hammy the squirrel getting so hopped up on caffeinated soda the whole world comes to a stand still for him. Side-splitting stuff. Again success in animation comes when you stick with a simple story and create characters everyone can relate to. Plus hilarious dialogue. It’ll work every time.
Based loosely on the 19th century Jules Verne novel 80 Days revolves around two unlikely heroes--the eccentric and reclusive inventor Phileas Fogg (Steve Coogan) and his (French?) valet Passepartout (Jackie Chan). While Fogg's "wacky" inventions actually make a lot of sense to us modern-day folk including his insights on flight electricity (which he has rigged so that light illuminates with a whistle) and even Rollerblades to his turn-of-the-century contemporaries the scientist is a giant crackpot. Desperate to be taken seriously Fogg makes an outlandish bet with Lord Kelvin (Jim Broadbent) the head of the London's Royal Academy of Science that he can circumnavigate the globe in no more than 80 days. Impossible you say? Not to Fogg whose obsession with facts and schedules makes him the perfect candidate for such an adventure. With the ever-faithful Passepartout by his side--who has his own secret reasons for joining in on the fun--Fogg heads out on his frantic heart-pounding journey picking up a third traveler a beautiful French artist named Monique (Cécile de France) in the process. But of course the trip doesn't go exactly as scheduled and Fogg as well as Passepartout learn more than a few valuable life lessons along the way. How sweet. Got a toothache yet?
Jackie Chan knows precisely what works for him. Differing slightly from the 1956 adaptation this 80 Days is all about Passepartout as the story tapers itself to fit Chan's specialties. This means you get to marvel once again at his masterful martial arts skills as well as chuckle at his innate sense of physical comedy. As another perfect straight man to Chan's Chinese sensibilities and kung-fu shenanigans Coogan (24 Hour Party People) also does a nice turn as the befuddled and veddy British Fogg while the lovely de France as Monique breathes some fresh air into her ingénue role (and is much more substantial to the plot than the original's Shirley MacLaine who played an Indian princess). Broadbent is adequately sleazy as the pompous Lord Kelvin full of as much hot air as the balloon Fogg and company take a ride in. But 80 Days's extensive list of cameos is the most fun--from Owen and Luke Wilson as the bickering Wright brothers to Rob Schneider as a malodorous San Franciscan hobo to Arnold Schwarzenegger as a Arabian prince (please tell me he made this before he became California's governor). Plus any movie in which Kathy Bates plays Queen Victoria British accent and all has got to be worth seeing .
Minus all the silly songs 80 Days is splashy family fare reminiscent of such films as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factoryand the original 1967 Doctor Dolittle (you know the one with a giant pink sea snail). Supported by glorious sets and costumes director Frank Coraci (The Wedding Singer) clearly loves the fanciful adventure of it all creating colorful transitions from one place to the next as Fogg Passepartout and Monique traverse across the globe. But there's always an inherent problem with films of this nature--they tend to be long-winded. The 1956 version of 80 Days which even with a stellar cast including David Niven and Cantinflas drags quite a bit. But with a feisty martial arts expert in the mix this updated 80 Days maintains its momentum for the most part only losing steam towards the end especially after the whole Passepartout subplot in which he has to return a priceless Buddha to his Chinese village is resolved. Suddenly the film becomes just about the race back to London and less about fighting off evil Chinese assassins. Honestly we don't care much about how an uptight British inventor can build a plane out of a boat that will get him back to his final destination in time so he can give a monologue about how his adventure afforded him to make new friends and fall in love. If it's a Jackie Chan movie it's the awesome fight sequences we want to see.
Bookies Bet on Quick End to Lopez-Anthony Marriage
British bookmakers offered odds of 3-1 Monday that singer/actress Jennifer Lopez and her new husband, singer Marc Anthony, would divorce by the end of the year, Reuters reports. The fact that Lopez, 33, has already been through two short-lived marriages, as well as having broken off her A-list celebrity engagement to actor Ben Affleck, bookmakers are also offering 10 to 1 odds that "J-Lo marries more than eight times in her life, beating Elizabeth Taylor," a bookie spokesman said. Anthony, after getting a quickie divorce in the Dominican Republic a week ago from his wife of four years, married Lopez over the weekend in a small ceremony at Lopez's Beverly Hills home.
Hasselhoff Arrested for Intoxication
Actor David Hasselhoff was arrested over the weekend in Los Angeles on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, The Associated Press reports. The former Baywatch star was arrested late Saturday night on Ventura Boulevard in the Encino section of the San Fernando Valley, police confirmed. He was released the next morning. No further details were immediately available. In 2002, Hasselhoff checked himself into the Betty Ford Center for alcoholism treatment.
MTV Eyes Diaz, Muniz Series
Cameron Diaz and Malcolm in the Middle's Frankie Muniz are among the celebrities whose shows are vying for slots on MTV's lineup next season, Reuters reports. Diaz's project, known as Trippin', involves her and famous friends like Drew Barrymore traveling to faraway lands to spotlight environmental issues. Muniz's is Granted, in which he'll help viewers live out their fantasies. The music cable network has ordered 10 pilots for consideration for the 2004-05 season.
"Mini-Me" Wants an Annulment
Verne Troyer, best known as Mini-Me from the Austin Powers film series, is seeking an annulment from a model who claims she is married to the diminutive actor, Reuters reports. Troyer's attorney said his client filed papers Feb. 23 seeking to annul Genevieve Gallen's marriage claims, which he said are fabricated and financially motivated. "There is no valid marriage. That's why we're asking for an annulment," Troyer's lawyer told Reuters. It was widely reported last summer that Gallen and Troyer, 35, were engaged, with some gossip accounts saying they later broke off their relationship. It is not clear on what grounds Gallen was asserting the marriage to Troyer, Reuters reports.
Halle Berry's Ex-Hubby Wants Spousal Support
Halle Berry's estranged husband, R&B singer Eric Benet, filed papers last week in Los Angeles Superior Court challenging their prenuptial agreement and seeking spousal support, Reuters reports. According to documents posted on the Web site thesmokinggun.com, Benet, 33, is asking the 37-year-old Oscar winner to shell out for his legal bills and spousal support. The two wed in January 2001 and have no children. Berry filed for divorce from Benet, her second husband, in April of this year, citing irreconcilable differences. But in a recent appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Berry told the host Benet had been unfaithful to her and was being treated for sexual addiction. Berry's previous marriage to Cleveland Indians outfielder David Justice ended in divorce in 1996.
Midnight Oil Frontman Could Move Into Political Arena
Peter Garrett, frontman for the defunct Australian rock band Midnight Oil, could run in the next federal election. Garrett has become the highest profile candidate for the Labor Party seat of Kingsford Smith in Sydney, Australia, since Laurie Brereton announced last week he would retire at the next election, which could come as early as August 7. Garrett, a leading environmentalist and longtime political activist, has served as president of the Australian Conservation Foundation and has served on the international board of environmental group Greenpeace. Midnight Oil's can you find out what year that was? protest song about Aboriginal land rights, "Beds Are Burning," became a hit around the world.
Role Call: Ferrell in Talladega Nights, Warner Nabs Rule of Four
Columbia has paid close to $4 million for the pitch Talladega Nights, a comedy set in the world of professional stock car racing, starring Will Ferrell and directed by Adam McKay. Ferrell and McKay will also serve as co-writers and executive producers on the project, which is aiming for a summer 2006 release with production set to begin next year … Warner Bros., meanwhile, has bought screen rights to Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason's novel The Rule of Four, about four Princeton brainiacs who have cracked secrets behind the 15th century manuscript Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. The text contains embedded codes that reveal the whereabouts of a fabled buried Roman treasure, but when the students get close, murders start occurring on campus.
Guylaine Cadorette contributed to this report.