According to Variety, Susan Sarandon and Scream 4 stars David Arquette and Adam Brody have joined the upcoming film Hemlock Drive, the feature directorial debut of documentary filmmaker/actress Rosanna Arquette. The script comes from writers Jennifer Carta and Mandy Steckelberg and follows a "dying mother who enlists her three grown children to throw her a living funeral in a desperate attempt to unite her family."
Hemlock Drive is expected to start shooting this September in Louisiana, right after David Arquette directs the 3D psychological thriller Glutton this summer (which, by the way, we can only assume is a montage of really fat people stuffing themselves to '80s rock anthems in eye-popping 3D!). It will be produced by Kristin Holt and executive produced by Tracey Adam and Sascha Hecks, and if David brings any of that acting he's known for -- you know, the terrible kind -- we imagine he'll receive numerous noogies from his sister Rosanna as they shoot the film until he gets it right.
The TV star and his wife Mandy Steckelberg welcomed daughter Abbey Ray into the world on Wednesday (15Sep10).
The Big Love star and his wife picked the name because they're both huge Beatles fans and love the Fab Four's Abbey Road album.
Fabian is awestruck after witnessing his partner go through the wonders of labour. He tells People.com, "Being a father for the first time is fantastic. My love and admiration for what women can do has gone up 1,000 per cent."
And the couple already has a name picked out for the tot - inspired by their shared love for The Beatles.
Fabian tells E! News, "We are going to name her Abbey Ray after Abbey Road in London. We were over in London and I'm a Beatles freak so we went to visit Abbey Road. I looked over at my wife and she was so moved by the place she was in tears. We didn't even know she was pregnant at the time but I filed the name Abbey in case we ever had a girl.
"A few weeks later my wife's friend called saying she had a dream (that) Mandy was pregnant with a girl, and it was true."
In adapting a rather flimsy children’s book into a full-fledged feature film one has to take some liberties. We first meet the lovable little monkey in the wild where his curious habits wreck havoc. Meanwhile in the big city Ted (voiced by Will Ferrell)--aka The Man with the Yellow Hat--is a highly enthusiastic guide at the soon-to-be-closed Bloomsberry Museum. In order to save the museum (here’s where they pad it) he is sent on a mission to Africa to retrieve a lost shrine. But when he gets there the only thing he finds is a miniature version of it--and George of course. The lonely monkey decides to follow Ted all the way back to the city where his mischievous tendencies get him into even more trouble. George nearly ruins everything for Ted but somehow the little feller eventually grows on him. How could he not? If I can borrow a line from Madagascar little George is so cute I just like to dunk him in my coffee. When you’re reading Curious George out loud to your kids you don’t get the impression The Man with the Yellow Hat is a good-natured but geeky fellow gangly clumsy and clueless about women. Thank goodness the film has Will Ferrell to clear it up for us! You basically know what you’re in for once you recognize his voice and his natural comic timing shines through lending for some funnier moments (“OK I’m looking directly into the sun. Staring right at it. I’ve got to be honest with you it stings…”). The other voices in the film also do a fine job including Drew Barrymore as a schoolteacher who has a crush on Ted; Eugene Levy as the mad museum scientist; Dick Van Dyke as the museum’s old-time curator; and David Cross as his weasly greedy son. Based on the books and illustrations by Margret and H.A. Rey Curious George embraces the essence of the timeless stories created 65 years ago. The film apparently took awhile to find its voice. Producer Ron Howard originally conceived it as live-action film but quickly realized they could never get a real monkey as cute and fuzzy as George. Then CGI was considered but ultimately the filmmakers kept returning to the source: the late H.A. Rey’s original painstakingly beautiful illustrations. Thankfully they stuck with that idea. Curious George is lush and vibrant with all of Rey’s best efforts fully realized in Technicolor. And much like what the Piglet’s Big Movie did with Carly Simon and The Wild Thornberrys with Paul Simon Curious George is also sprinkled with original songs by hot pop singer Jack Johnson to give it a modern feel. So what if the story gets a little overblown in parts it will still introduce one of literature’s most enduring icons to the young-un’s--while allowing the adults to reminisce.