Alfred Hitchcock & the Making of Psycho is based on Stephen Rebello's book of the same name and the film will be directed by Sasha Gervasi.
Dame Helen Mirren is in talks to play Hitchcock's wife, Alma Reville, according to CinemaBlend.com.
The film will chronicle Hitchcock's experiences while filming the thriller Psycho in the late 1950s. The film became an instant classic when it was released in 1960 and many film fans argue it is the director's greatest movie.
The role will mark Hopkins' latest real-person portrayal - the British-born movie star has also played former U.S. president Richard Nixon, artist Pablo Picasso, bike racer Burt Munro, former British leader David Lloyd George and writer Charles Dickens onscreen. He is also currently playing literary great Ernest Hemingway in Hemingway & Fuentes.
Alfred Hitchcock & the Making of Psycho isn't the only film about the director's great works currently in early development - Sienna Miller has been cast as Tippi Hedren in an as-yet untitled film about the actress' relationship with the legendary filmmaker on the set of 1963's The Birds.
S3E6: Well, they can't all be winners. Modern Family seems to be gradually taking our senses of humor for granted. The idea of the show is to become so familiar with and enamored by the characters, that we laugh at the things they say and do because we appreciate and find humor in who they are. But this appreciation can slip anytime: it doesn't mean the writers can feed Cam and Gloria half-hearted material and expect us to find anything they say funny just because they're Cam and Gloria.
As a matter of fact, Cam and Gloria are consistently my least favorite characters each episode, and this week is a good example of why. Modern Family, with these two especially, has been sacrificing character and growth in favor of wacky lines said by wacky people. Whereas both characters used to fall somewhere between eccentric and down-to-earth, they are quickly becoming characters, grabbing for laughs with outlandish stories about their upbringings, and, in Cam's case, sexual identity (which the show used to celebrate with humor, as opposed to mine for cheap laughs). But with Cam and Gloria, I don't really expect to be entertained anymore, so it's never a letdown. The real disappointment this week comes from the show's hero, Phil.
"You're not a clown. You're an excellent backup shortstop." - Phil
Now, don't get me wrong. Phil is still funny this week; he's just not up to par. The worst part about this, however, is how excited I was at the prospect of his storyline: this week, Phil takes Haley to tour his old alma mater. There. Genius. Firstly, Phil trying to relive his glory days of yore should be a goldmine of comedy (to imagine that there were other days that Phil attacked with more glory than his present ones is psychologically daunting). Plus, Phil's relationships with his children are generally very sweet and touching, and I was eager to see that between him and Haley explored more.
There are a handful of laughs. Phil's repetitive implications of an active romantic life in college to his teenage daughter are funny, and not at all creepy due to the fact that the character relaying them is the most innocent man on the planet. The doom in his face when he realizes that Haley is at a Pi Chi party is priceless (as is his clumsy attempt to locate the house). But where the story really fell flat was in its more tender moment. Usually, this show pulls off sentimentality without a hitch. But something about Haley's and Phil's making up scene seemed a little forced and unnatural. Haley does have a soft spot for her dad, but she is also capable of some serious brattiness. It would have been nicer if the moment between father and daughter felt more earned, and less super-saccharine.
"When did hats come back?" - Mitchell
Claire's path intersects with Mitchell's and Cam's for a bit, here, but the two eventually split into equally unfunny scenarios. With all three of her children and her husband out of the house, Claire heads out for a night on the town with her brother, whom she must not know very well, because she expects him to take her to some lively party (when Mitchell is more of a spends-his-nights-with-a-book type). She convinces him and Cam to take her to an art gallery party that she assumes to be "gay only," and when the two males decide to head home at the late hour of 9:30, Claire decides to keep the night going with a friendly physical trainer, whom she also assumes (wrongly) to be gay. The rest of her night is spent cloaked in dramatic irony, the jokes arising from her gregarious nature with the man only we know to be straight--and attracted to her. She ends up drunk on the lawn of her son's friend's house, embarrassed in front of a group of Luke's friends' mothers (at least one of whom she went to high school with), when she realizes that her company is straight and her dress is inappropriately short. Meanwhile, Mitch and Cam whine about how lame they are and accidentally "steal" a car (the valet gave them the wrong one). After going over how much more exciting the lives of the owners of their borrowed automobile are, they wind up getting attacked by one of those very same automobile owners, armed with some kind of blunt object. I wasn't really sure what the point of that storyline was...maybe, interesting people are also crazy? Never trust a valet? Avoid Jay Z fans?
"I'm just saying, the guy's a judge. He could put on a shirt." - Jay
Finally, Gloria is worried about how secretive Manny is being. Jay tries to ease her mind by turning on a Colombian soap opera (to which he quickly becomes addicted...it's been done before, Modern Family, you're better than that). Gloria gets worked up over many different theories of what Manny could be doing alone in his room, but is relieved, although saddened, to find out that he purchased a weighted helmet/hang-yourself-upside-down-bar (what else am I supposed to call it?) in order to get taller, because he feels self-conscious about his height. Jay promises him that the two will begin working out together in order to make Manny feel better, before accidentally ripping the hang-yourself-upside-down-bar out of the wall. Like I said, I've come to expect little from Gloria-centric storylines, although even Manny is losing me lately.
But the real loss of this episode can be simply explained. Modern Family's good episodes and bad always have one thing going for them. One unstoppable force that, no matter how poorly written an episode is can always bring it home with at least one laugh-out-loud moment: Luke. Luke has only a few seconds of screentime in this episode, and his absence is palpable. Let this be a lesson, Modern Family. Child labor laws be damned: Luke's portrayer Nolan Gould is the most necessary component of your show.
The saying goes "keep your friends close and your enemies closer" and Pitbull is taking that advice to heart.
As was reported last week, Lindsay Lohan filed a bizarre lawsuit against the artist for mentioning her name in the lyrics of his hit song Give Me Everything in a less than flattering manner (some people just can't take a joke). In response to the lawsuit, Pitbull has decided to take a unique approach and actually invite Lohan to accompany him to the VMAs this weekend, where incidentally enough, he will be performing said song. Maybe he's thinking the best defense is a good offense? Either that or he's been watching too many of the Marine Corps Ball YouTube videos.
The rapper said in a statement with Univision, "I will be performing this at the VMAs, and as a matter of fact, I'd like to send out an invitation to Lindsay Lohan, hopefully she can come with me to the VMAs and maybe we can figure this out." I'm not sure whether she thinks hearing it live will make it sound better to her or what, but you can't accuse him of not being a gentleman about the whole ordeal.
He, himself, admits that he thought the whole thing was a joke at first, but then came to find out that it was very real. He goes on to say that he was mentioning Lindsay's name in a positive way explaining "When I say 'I got it locked up'…that means you run that neighborhood. When I say 'I got it locked up like Lindsay Lohan,' I say she runs her world, I'm trying to run mine." You gotta love the English language with its double meanings—it really helps in situations like these.
The actress has yet to respond to Pitbull's invitation, but I'm thinking he may want to have a back-up plus one just in case. Check out the rapper's invitation below and see if you think he did the right thing:
Planet Pit Exclusive: Pitbull speaks on Lindsay Lohan Lawsuit from Planet Pit on Vimeo.
The 127 hours star will teach a third year course on directing and adapting poetry into short films at his alma mater, New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
The chair of the graduate film programme, John Tintori, believes that Franco has all the qualities needed to be a great professor.
He tells the New York Post, "He's here to teach because he really knows something about directing that he can share with our students. He's incredibly prolific, and that comes from a real work ethic - and that's another thing to impart to our students."
Only 12 students will be able to register for the intimate class.
Boeuf Bourguignon, a stew of, um ... AMAZING beef braised in red wine, is something chef Julia Child was awesome at whipping up. And I know this because Julie & Julia (in theaters Aug. 7) told me so.
Yesterday, I attended an early screening of the new Nora Ephron rom-com starring Meryl Streep as the Julia Child and Amy Adams as Julie Powell — a woman who braved cooking 524 Julia Child recipes in 365 days and lived to blog about it, publish a book about it and now has inspired a movie about it. It's a lovely tribute to two "Jules" of different eras who discovered they were at their best when stuck in a kitchen. The movie is delicious, inspiring and full of warm, bubbling-over-like-butter love. The amount of sap, surprisingly, is fairly low.
A full review is to come — detailing endearing Streep's abundant overimitation and how in hell the supportive husbands, Stanley Tucci and Chris Messina, managed to morph out of their linear "wet blanket" roles (impressive) — so let's get back to the Boeuf Bourguignon. Julia's Boeuf Bourguignon.
Post-screening, a small group of food bloggers and movie bloggers — including yours truly — were escorted out of L.A.'s Arclight Theater and across the courtyard into the Hollywood campus of Le Cordon Bleu cooking school (Julia's alma mater) and a former Top Chef finalist, Brian Malarkey of season 3, was inside prepping Beouf Bourguignon! For us! The real Julie Powell stood by his side, and the two engaged in a 20-minute demo and banter.
The room smelled of peppered pancetta — not sure that Julia's boeuf bourguignon includes that, but hey, I'm no food blogger — and Powell remarked that Amy Adams "would do" as the actress playing her in a movie. A "wee little redhead" she called her. Julie herself, however, didn't boast the horrendous haircut Adams does in the flick. Odd.
The Boeuf itself needed some two and a half hours to get awesome, so the film's food stylist Susan Spungen attempted to recreate supergooey cheese atop French onion soup. On set, her task was to simulate "cheese extending from the bowl to the mouth." It's food eroticism at its best; in fact, we've got an exclusive clip of this very scene you oughta watch. Right now.
Oh, and the supportive non-wet blanket husbands mentioned before? One was on hand to explain how the job gets done: Chris Messina, who had a sorta similar role as Vicky's fiancé in Vicky Cristina Barcelona. He referred to roles like this as "a pain in the ass." But he does it well! Unlike Justin Long in Drag Me to Hell ...
Messina, funnily enough, was an extra on a previous Nora Ephron movie, You've Got Mail, and after the making of this film, he — as well as author Powell — agree that Ephron is both "scary" and "terrifying." But Messina promises that Ephron is the kind of woman that "you could call up, tell her you're in South Bronx and you need a place to eat, and she'll suggest the best place you would have never found on your own."
We like that Nora's a foodie.
Normally, watching a movie about food or a show like Top Chef can be a bit anticlimatic because, hello, you can't taste the food! But not last night; all us bloggers and beyond were served personal bowls of boeuf bourguignon. And hell, yeah, I got seconds.
Come August 7, you're encouraged to eat before you see Julie & Julia. Because that "cheese extending from the bowl to the mouth" scene will totally kill you if you're viewing on an empty stomach.
The premise to Old School sounds a bit cringe-worthy when you first hear it--visions of sexist frat house humor wild parties buxom babes and beer bongs dance through your head. OK maybe there's a little of that going on in Old School but the heart of the film is surprisingly more centered than your average balls-out comedy. A trio of twentysomething friends have found themselves at a crossroads in their lives. Mitch (Luke Wilson) a promising real estate lawyer unfortunately catches his girlfriend (Juliette Lewis) in a compromising position. Frank (Will Ferrell) a lovable doof marries the sweet Marissa (Perrey Reeves) before realizing he made a big mistake and Beanie (Vince Vaughn) the owner of a successful chain of stereo stores refuses to believe he is the only true family man of the three. When Mitch rents a house near their old alma mater Beanie sees it as a chance to recapture some of that fun-filled college exuberance and turns the house into a fraternity which accepts not just students but any guys out there who want to escape adulthood's travails. The film's antagonist comes in the form of an uptight university dean Pritchard (Jeremy Piven) who bears an old grudge against our intrepid trio and does everything he can to shut the house down. But true brotherhood prevails.
Old School works far better than it should thanks to the chemistry of the three leads. Each has his own particular brand of comedy and the combination keeps you rolling in the aisles. Providing physical comedy Ferrell's Frank a goofy college wild man tamed by matrimony is wonderfully outrageous (but someone should tell him to keep his clothes on). Ferrell also shows a dramatic flair especially when dealing with his troubled marriage. Who would have thought this Saturday Night Live alum could act? Vaughn shows his infinite skill at zingin' out quick-witted one-liners (as he does so well in Swingers). Yet his smarmy Beanie also hints that he loves his life as a stable dad more than he cares to admit. Then there's the likable straight man Mitch a character the easygoing Wilson has perfected to a tee ever since his debut in Bottle Rocket opposite wacky brother Owen. Piven who usually plays wild men in films such as PCU and Very Bad Things gets to try on a different hat as Pritchard the nerd who grew up to be the dean of the school--and it looks like he had fun.
Writer/director Todd Phillips obviously enjoyed his college years. His first studio-released film the 2000 Road Trip offered a raucous yet refreshing look at college life that didn't necessarily go for the gross-out humor at every turn (although some turns were certainly made especially given star Tom Green). With Old School Phillips has matured--a little. Thankfully the film doesn't go for the joke for the joke's sake but remains rooted in how these three men are dealing with the pressures of adult responsibilities coming up with their somewhat misguided remedy to those pressures. But it's still a comedy about aging frat boys. You know going in there's going to be a wild party or two some contemptible drunken behavior perhaps even a hazing scene where new recruits have cinder blocks tied to their nether regions. It happens. Phillips also feels the need to incorporate a clichéd romantic twist around Mitch and a girl he had a crush on in high school. A sweet gesture but not nearly as entertaining as watching three grown men slosh around in K-Y jelly in a female wrestling match.
Wanna own your own movie studio? If you've got $7 billion, you can buy MGM. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the studio has been put up for sale by controlling shareholder and billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian, who has hired Goldman, Sachs & Co. to manage the deal. As yet no one is biting, and some analysts have said a more realistic price will fetch more offers. Although no one is commenting on potential buyers, Disney has been forecasted as a likely contender.
Backstreet Boy Justin Timberlake is now an impersonator, and no, Elvis is not in the picture. Timberlake appears in Elton John's new video, "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore," in '70s drag, donning oversized glasses and bright, funky clothes. The similarity is so real, People reports, that John admitted, "[Timberlake] had obviously done his homework. It freaks me out."
Mariah Carey, Mira Sorvino and Melora Walters made several journalists wait an hour and a half before giving scheduled interviews at the Sundance Film Festival for their film "Wise Girls," according to PageSix.com. Obviously their film's title doesn't reflect their knowledge of good manners.
Speaking of Sundance, HBO and Showtime are proving a prominent presence this year, the Associated Press reports. HBO hosted the festival's opening and featured centerpiece films, The Laramie Project and Hysterical Blindness, respectively, and Showtime premiered Our America last weekend, proving "independent film" seems to be "depending" heavily on big-name corporations for funding and promotion.
Chris Rock will star in and direct DreamWorks' political comedy Head of State, which is set to begin production in May, Variety reports. Rock co-wrote the script that has him entering a presidential race to replace a deceased candidate. If only George W. were so amusing.
In other laughable news, Comedy Central funnyman Jon Stewart will host the 44th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles Feb. 27, Reuters reports. This will be Stewart's second year in a row.
"Nightline" anchor Ted Koppel will receive the Chairman's Award at the National Association of Television Program Executives convention in Las Vegas, according to Variety. The award, given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the TV industry, will be presented during the 9 a.m. opening session Tuesday. Sounds about as exciting as "Nightline," doesn't it?
Paul McCartney will perform his song "Freedom" at the Feb. 3 Super Bowl in Louisiana, Reuters reports. McCartney wrote the song as a result of the Sept. 11 tragedy and says he is "honored to add my voice to the message of tribute that this year's Super Bowl will carry."
Martha Stewart's company may discontinue its deal with the Kmart Corp. if the discount store files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to Reuters. Stewart's line of home décor is considered one of Kmart's most important suppliers. Apparently, association with financial problems wouldn't be "a good thing" for Stewart's products.
Expect to get burned if you're playing with Eminem...er, fire. Eminem's movie "8 Mile," which has a scene with a burning house in it, infuriated residents of Highland Park, Mich. (where the scene was being filmed), who claimed the fire would be ruinous to their neighborhood's reputation. The fire injured four crew members who were taken to the hospital and treated for burns but were back on the set the same night, according to People.
ABC's Once and Again, starring Sela Ward, has been pulled (once again) from the network's schedule, according to Variety. ABC says, "The show simply hasn't worked on Fridays, so we're returning it to [Monday] where it had its greatest success." The show is set to go back on the air on Monday, March 4.
Some of the students at Tom Brokaw's alma mater will soon be $50,000 richer, thanks to his newly established scholarship for American Indians attending the University of Iowa. The first recipient is expected to be named this spring and will receive the scholarship for the 2002-03 school year, the AP reports.
New wave '80s singer Adam Ant has been confined to a psychiatric ward in The Royal Free Hospital in London, Reuters reports. Charged in January with assault and possessing a firearm after a stint at a local pub, the 47-year-old claimed he'd fallen victim to a sinister plot and that he'd been "abducted by the police again." Wait...was that Adam Ant or Adam Alien?
Willie Nelson is multimedia man extraordinaire, it seems. The 68-year-old country singer is not only back on tour for his new album, "The Great Divide," (which features duets with other famous voices), but Random House has just released his new book, "The Facts of Life and Other Dirty Jokes." At least now we know what he means when he sings "Always on My Mind."