July 05, 2010 12:15pm EST
The Last Airbender star, 15, landed a brief cameo in Cyrus' 2008 video but she insists she has no plans to embark on a pop career - because she can't hold a tune.
She tells WENN.com, "I can't sing for my life! I wish I could sing. I can dance but I can't sing. But I loved doing the video. Brett Ratner is such an amazing director and it's great to work with him.... He's really nice."
June 28, 2010 4:27am EST
Kevin Spacey is in talks to join the cast of Horrible Bosses, media outlets are reporting.
The New Line comedy will start production next month in the tale of three co-workers who hatch a plan to kill one another's bosses. Harkening back to his turn in Swimming with Sharks, Spacey will play one of the bosses along with Colin Farrell and Jennifer Aniston. Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day are set to play the co-workers. Jamie Foxx is also on board.
Spacey's role, per The Hollywood Reporter, is described as meaty and integral to the movie and New Line was in talks with several names, including Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jeff Bridges, before nabbing Spacey.
Brett Ratner and Jay Stern are producing with Seth Gordon directing.
The project was set up in early 2005 based on Michael Markowitz's spec script. Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley rewrote the script.
June 25, 2010 9:52am EST
Last week we reported that MGM and Warner Bros. were still pursuing Peter Jackson to take charge of The Hobbit, despite the director having previously stated that other commitments (the Tintin trilogy he is working on with Steven Spielberg) would preclude his involvement. Now, Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Jackson has decided to direct both installments of the two-part prequel, and is in final negotiations with Warner Bros., New Line, and MGM at this very moment.
This couldn't be better news for fans of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, who were sorely disappointed when Pan's Labyrinth auteur Guillermo del Toro walked away from the project last month. Del Toro's departure left the future of The Hobbit in doubt, especially after David Dobkin and Brett Ratner's names were floated as possible replacements.
We wrote last week that MGM and Warner Bros. should hold out for Jackson to change his mind, and now it looks as though the Middle Earth-set franchise, based on the works of author J.R.R. Tolkien, is once again in the director's capable hands. While we were somewhat appeased by last week's rumor that District 9 director and Jackson protege Neill Blomkamp would be taking control of the project, this franchise belongs to Jackson, and we couldn't be happier that he has agreed to return to Middle Earth. Insiders report that Jackson has already begun extricating himself from his other project obligations.
It's a good thing, too, because the huge box office gross that Jackson's presence guarantees may be the only thing that will convince MGM to risk its financially unsure future and finally get this project greenlit. The Hobbit has languished in development hell for a long time - too long for del Toro - but now that Jackson is on board, we can expect things to get moving quickly in the director's native New Zealand, where both films will be shot back-to-back.
June 15, 2010 7:20am EST
Earlier this month we reported that although Peter Jackson has mulled stepping in to fill the sizable void left by Guillermo del Toro's departure from The Hobbit, his commitment to the planned Tintin trilogy may yet preclude him from becoming involved beyond co-writing and producing. That was salt in the wound for those of us who were supremely bummed by the loss of del Toro; if we can't have the fantastical Pan's Labyrinth auteur, we can at least have Jackson, right? This is his franchise, after all -- but does Jackson owe anything to his audience?
MGM and Warner Bros. certainly seem to think so. The studios are reportedly still pursuing the director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy to helm the two-part Hobbit prequel; ambivalence be damned, they apparently still think that they can lock Jackson down for what could be a half-decade commitment. While the studios are considering David Yates (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers, Fred Claus), or Brett Ratner (X-Men: The Last Stand, Rush Hour 3) to helm the project, sources say they are holding out for Jackson before offering any of them the job.
And hold out they should - both David Dobkin and Brett Ratner are almost shockingly unqualified to take the reins of the two-part prequel, part of a franchise that has already grossed around $3 billion worldwide and has some of the genre's most zealous fans. Expectations for The Hobbit are going to be high, and MGM literally can't afford to make a Dobkin/Ratner-sized mistake. Yates, on the other hand, wouldn't be terrible: the British director has plenty of big-budget fantasy experience from the last two Harry Potter films (as well as the upcoming two-part finale), and has been successful while not deviating far from his source material.
But why settle for second best? It's a huge commitment, but I'd love if Jackson just accepted the gig and finished what he started with Lord of the Rings. The man already lives in New Zealand! I assume we'll know pretty soon what Jackson's decision is, since the studios are going to keep pestering him until they get his final answer, so keep checking back at Hollywood.com for the latest.
June 04, 2010 9:23am EST
Brett Ratner is producing an adaptation of beloved fairy tale Snow White for Relativity Media. Relativity bought the rights from Disney for a reported "low seven figures." Ratner, director of Rush Hour 3 and X-Men 3, has promised that the film will be an “edgy” and comedic 3D adventure film.
“This isn’t your grandfather’s Snow White” said Ratner without a trace of shame or irony.
Ratner’s film is sticking closer to the original Grimm’s fairy tale than the classic Disney cartoon. His plan for the film includes changing the Dwarfs from miners to criminals, and adding a dragon. No word yet if his ‘edgier’ script will incorporate the pedophilia, necrophilia, and torture present in the Grimm version.
Snow is just one of many fairytale remakes in the works. Disney is planning 'reimaginings' of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, and New Line, Disney, and Warner Bros. are each planning a new Wizard Of Oz film, now that Baum’s books are back in the public domain.
When asked to explain how his film could possibly improve upon one of the most beautiful and influential animated films ever made, Ratner explained that “Walt made one of the great movies of all time, but ours is edgy and there is more comedy.”
Sources: Slashfilm, Deadline
June 04, 2010 6:15am EST
The story was made famous by the Brothers Grimm and is best remembered in 1937 animated Disney classic, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, but other incarnations have included little-known 1997 horror Snoww White: A Tale of Terror, starring Sigourney Weaver and Sam Neill.
Now Hollywood executives are hoping to follow the success of Tim Burton's recent re-imagining of Alice In Wonderland by bringing Snow White back to the big screen in an "edgier" modern tale called The Brothers Grimm: Snow White.
X-Men: The Last Stand director Brett Ratner will act as a producer on the project.
Meet Bill director Bernie Goldmann, who is also producing, reveals several high-profile names have already expressed an interest in the film, but he's refusing to divulge any details.
He tells Variety.com, "Talent and directors of the highest level have already responded to the new, edgier concept, and to (the) script.
"While retaining the elements of the beloved Brothers Grimm tale, this is certainly not your mother's Snow White."
May 27, 2010 4:12am EST
New Line is in final negotiations to add Jason Sudeikis to its comedy Horrible Bosses. The film, which also features Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Charlie Day and Jason Bateman, is to be directed by Seth Gordon.
The Risky Business blog notes Bosses will mark a trifecta at New Line for the SNL star. He recently wrapped Hall Pass, opposite Owen Wilson, and he co-stars in the romantic comedy Going the Distance.
Bosses is from the most recent script by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley. Michael Markowitz wrote the initial spec. Brett Ratner and Jay Stern are producing. The pic is scheduled for a July 2011 release.
Sudeikis will join Bateman and Day as a trio of friends who conspire to murder each other’s bosses. Aniston and Farrell are two of the office tyrants, while Foxx is a scam artist who dishes killing advice to the three regular guys, says BIZ.
May 04, 2010 3:15pm EST
After winning over fanboys but fizzling at the box office with his alt-superhero flick Kick-Ass, director Matthew Vaughn has decided to explore more conventional comic book territory. THR's Heat Vision blog confirmed today that Vaughn has signed on to helm the Marvel origin tale X-Men: First Class, which traces the beginnings of the rivalry between Professor X and Magneto, mutant archenemies who once "were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known." And that threat, boys and girls, was called Disco.
X-Men vet Bryan Singer had been slated to direct First Class before wisely opting for a reduced role as the prequel's figurehead producer. According to Heat Vision, Fox is fast-tracking the prequel for a June 2011 release, which means they'll have to start rendering the CGI effects sometime tomorrow morning to have any hope of delivering the prints on time. Good thing Fox isn't being hasty about this. We wouldn't want another half-baked rush job.
The great irony, of course, is that Vaughn was the original director hired to make 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand, but bowed out mere weeks before the start of shooting due to those pesky, ever-ambiguous "creative differences" that so often sabotage promising film projects. One can only assume (and dread) that Fox has Brett Ratner on speed-dial.
February 02, 2010 3:30am EST
In an unusual move, Paramount will hold a test-screening of Sundance documentary Catfish today on the studio lot. Paramount players J.J. Abrams and Jason Blum are both interested in having the studio release the film, according to Deadline.com.
However, the site also reported in the wee hours this morning that Brett Ratner and Relativity's Ryan Kavanaugh have made a joint offer for Catfish, "with no need for test screenings."
The screening is intended to be held on the Paramount lot today in order to gauge how it plays before an audience while.
FirstShowing first reported the news of the Paramount screening after picking up on it via a Twitter feed. The invite, according to FS, "specifically mentions that attendees should have seen and enjoyed films like Cloverfield, Paranormal Activity, Slumdog Millionaire, or An Inconvenient Truth. Is it a coincidence that they just named three of Paramount's biggest indie successes in the last few years?"
Cinematical wondered yesterday: "Is 'Catfish' the Next 'Paranormal Activity'?" As FS notes, the films couldn't be more unlike each other (one is a documentary, the other is pretending to be a documentary). "But maybe that's exactly it, maybe they think they can turn this into a huge hit," reasons FS.
Catfish is about a photographer who develops an online relationship with a family who aren't who they say they are.
December 21, 2009 4:36am EST
Brett Ratner has sealed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV. Rat TV has also signed president Martha Haight to a two-year term.
Ratner, according to Variety, is looking to build a small-screen division in the manner of Jerry Bruckheimer or Brian Grazer. "Most TV shows now are better than a lot of features. It's a great medium to explore and experiment. I can try things that I wouldn't try on a feature," Ratner said.
He's such a prolific guy," said 20th exec VP Jennifer Nicholson Salke. "We've had a five-year love affair with him. More than anything, we love his enthusiasm and his ability to find talent. He has an affinity for pop culture and everything about it."
Rat TV's projects in the works include Chaos, a drama set up at CBS, that takes a satirical look at the world of the CIA.
At Fox, William Blake Herron has created The Devil and Daniel Webster, a fresh take on the Stephen Vincent Benet short story and Faust tale. And at TNT, Sean Jablonski is behind spec script The Dead Beat, a buddy cop drama.
"I'm looking for great characters," said Ratner, who is onboard to direct much of his scripted development. "And that's what attracts the better actors...I like to keep honing my skills as a director, and we've collaborated with some great writers."
Rat TV is also behind reality scavenger-hunt project The Lost Weekend and is pitching an adventure food show to cable nets.