Well that headline is enough to make me squeal for joy (which I have already done).
The famed screenwriter turned director Charlie Kaufman has added three very funny guys to his latest directorial effort, Frank or Francis: Steve Carell, Jack Black and Nicolas Cage.
Why is this awesome? For starters, Kaufman is a fantastic writer. The last time he and Cage worked together we got the utterly brilliant Adaptation. And Carell and Black are two phenomenal comic actors who should just act the hell out of this thing. We don’t really know what the story is about, but this is the guy that wrote Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind! If that’s not a lifetime pass, I don’t know what is.
My only concern about this is Kaufman’s directing. The last thing he directed was Synecdoche, New York and that was WEIRD. I don’t want to flat out say that Kaufman works better in a team than as an individual because that was his first effort. I’ll wait till his third to see if a pattern emerges, but I am concerned. I don’t want this to be bad. I want it to be amazing, but there’s the tiniest bit of doubt there. Here’s to giving it your best, Mr. Kaufman.
The box office is about to hit an all time low. Steve Harvey's book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, is being turned into a movie and who has been selected to star in this film? None other than American's favorite convicted felon, Chris Brown (because clearly we want men thinking like him). Talk about a blockbuster bust. And his leading lady co-star? Casey Anthony! Just kidding, but seriously how does this guy keep getting work? This Rihanna-beating rapper has gotten so much bad press he should be treated like a leper. But even Justin Bieber is working with him!
This upcoming book-turned-movie will be a comedy that follows four friends who find their love lives turned upside down when their girlfriends start taking advice from Harvey's book. Once the guys figure out what caused their girlfriends to act so differently, the men start to adapt the book's teachings for themselves. Sounds....thrilling. No woman should view that book as anything more than obnoxious and utterly ridiculous. Harvey has said of his book, "Men are not bad people. But women think we're bad because they don't get us at all. We're very, very simple. We all think alike. We all basically think alike when it comes down to commitment, love, relationships, money, sex, whatever it is. We all about basically think the same." You hear that guys? Apparently you're all like Chris Brown. Way to go. Harvey has been married three times by the way, yet he thinks women are the complicated ones.
For those of you who haven't read Harvey's book, here's an excerpt -- "Men aren't in the talking business; we're in the fix-it business. From the moment we come out of the womb, we're taught to protect, profess, and provide. Communicating, nurturing, listening to problems, and trying to understand them without any obligation to fix them is simply not what boys are raised to do." So men are supposed to protect, profess, and provide....I'm still trying to figure out why they cast Brown in this flick (unless they need him to protect no one, profess anger, and provide headaches). Basically, this movie is doomed for failure and adding Brown to the mix is just the cherry on top of an already bad idea.
The Love We Make, a feature-length documentary concerning the immediate aftermath of 9/11 in New York City, will debut on Showtime on September 10, one day before the ten-year anniversary of the attacks. Paul McCartney will play the focal role in the film. The events documented will include his personal experiences of being in New York City on September 11, as well as the benefit concert with which McCartney was involved in planning and performing.
A list of big name celebrities will appear alongside McCartney in the documentary, including musicians David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crowe, Mick Jagger, Jay Z, Billy Joel, Elton John and Keith Richards, actors such as Steve Buscemi, Leonardo DiCaprio and Harrison Ford, and political figures such as Governor George Pataki and President Bill Clinton. Directing The Love We Make are Albert Maysles and Bradley Kaplan.
Showtime will air the documentary at 9 p.m. on September 10.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
At long last, there is some progressive news for a seemingly cursed project. Akira, Warner Bros' adaptation of the graphic novel by Katsuhiro Otomo, has been placed in the hands of director Jaume Collet-Serra. Collet-Serra is most recognizable for the 2009 thriller Orphan and this year's Unknown, starring Liam Neeson in a very Liam Neesony role.
Prior to Collet-Serra's attachment, the project was under the direction of Ruairi Robinson and Albert Hughes. The latter decided to opt out of the production due to a much less volatile example of "creative differences" than Hollywood is accustomed to. Robinson remains attached to collaborate with Collet-Serra on Akira.
The most recent incarnation of the script was developed by Harry Potter writer Steve Kloves, after several attempts by other writers and writing teams. Obviously, this is not a project Warner Bros is taking lightly, so let's hope that it gets off the ground soon.
The directors of Little Miss Sunshine are redelivering cinematic glory with the upcoming He Loves Me, about the most despicably relatable frenzy for people in my line of work: writer’s block. Aside from an already compelling theme and winning directorial team of Valeria Faris and Jonathan Dayton, this movie has brought in a pretty impressive cast:
Paul Dano, Little Miss Sunshine’s silent nihilist will lead the way, along with Annette Bening (last year’s Best Actress contender for The Kids Are All Right), Elliott Gould (for the older crowd: M*A*S*H; for the younger: Monica’s and Ross’ dad), Zoe Kazan (It's Complicated), Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood), Steve Coogan (Alan Partridge), Chris Messina (Vicky Cristina Barcelona) and Antonio Banderas (you know who that is). Word has it that The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi is in consideration for a part as well.
So, this movie seems to have something for everyone: the old, the young, the hip, the romantic, the nihilistic, the vampirious, the British... and with the duo that cranked out the shockingly good Little Miss Sunshine at the wheel, I'd call this a project with incredible promise.
The Office just officially gained a pretty hefty name: James Spader. And it seems he'll be the boss after all -- well, he'll be the boss of the boss. No folks, we still don't know who'll take the helm at our beloved Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin, Spader will be making life harder for everyone as the CEO of their parent company, Sabre. (You don't nab a guy like Spader and then ask him to play the nice guy.)
This actually makes sense because with her schedule all booked up thanks to Harry's Law, Kathy Bates needs to follow Steve Carell out of The Office and Spader is her replacement. This of course makes me curious as to what the explanation for the sudden change-up will be; this is a clear opportunity for something hilarious, so let's hope the writers take it.
But what's this new CEO going to be like? Well, after his character, Robert California, interviewed for the regional manager position -- a job he's clearly overqualified for -- on the season finale, he'll be back, bringing his elitist attitude as "this uber-salesman that has a power to convince and manipulate, like a high-class weirdo Jedi warrior," as executive producer and Toby portrayer Paul Lieberstein so aptly put it. This is exactly the type of angle The Office needs to take after losing Carell; Robert California is almost the exact opposite of Michael Scott. And that's pretty refreshing.
Of course, we still have no idea who the new regional manager will be, but something tells me the writers will use that as a draw for next season. I wouldn't expect any big announcements anytime soon.
Source: AOL TV
Sure, why not. We all know Jeremy Renner is a busy man. This is a fact. Now he just seems to be messing with us. Not only is he doing his own version of a Steve McQueen biopic in addition to the four major features he’s starring in (the Bourne reboot, The Avengers, M:I 4, and one of the billion Hansel and Gretel fairy tale movies being made), he just added another movie to the list and he wants to star in it and produce it. Thankfully though, this one sounds interesting.
Slingshot follows the true story of a guy who bought a ‘91 BMW through Craigslist and then entered a professional rally race. And he came in third. That’s hardcore. Apparently, Renner is cognizant of how thin he's stretching himself and will only do one of the two films he is developing. So, it’ll either be this racing movie or the McQueen biopic. Start placing your bets but methinks the safe bet would be that he’ll do both. If anyone can find a way, Renner can.
Al Pacino is a pretty old dude -- and, sure, maybe his most recent film Righteous Kill wasn't his best work (alright, alright -- it was horrible) -- but c'mon, he's still Al fucking Pacino. And any time Pacino does something, well, we take notice of him doing that something. According to the LA Times, screenwriter Dan Fogelman (Tangled) is "on the verge" of landing Pacino for Imagine, his directorial debut that tells the story of an aging rocker who "tries to lead a better life after receiving a lost letter that had been sent to him by his idol John Lennon more than 40 years ago."
Pacino is currently in negotiations for the leading role, and Steve Carell was originally supposed to play that character's son, but decided to be a major bummer and drop out earlier this month. It's okay though because hopefully, god-willing, "aging rocker" is code for "see Al Pacino wear skintight leather pants" -- which, regardless of the quality of the film, would just be hilarious.
Source: LA Times
This weekend, the story about the U.S. version of The X Factor was that rumors of Cheryl Cole being fired were greatly exaggerated. Some sources reported that Simon Cowell himself decreed that Cole would retain her judging post. Others insisted that there was a strict contract in place that would allow Cole to be paid whether or not she was on the show and that Fox wouldn't want to lose that money. But the bottom line is, no matter what you heard this weekend, the word from Fox is: Cole's out, Nicole Scherzinger's in.
We still don't know why Cole got the axe, but the rumors that her thick accent and lack of chemistry with Paula Abdul were to blame aren't too outlandish and they make a lot of sense, so let's stick with that. As speculated, with Scherzinger being pulled from the co-host spot to the judges' table, that leaves Brit Steve Jones to play host all by his lonesome, making The X Factor look even more like a simple American Idol reincarnate. Then again, it's not like we were expecting something that different, are we?
Is this a sign of the times? Major movie star Halle Berry may be switching gears and heading to the small screen for a drama series being shopped around to premium networks like HBO and Showtime.
The series, dubbed Higher Learning, would find the Oscar-winning actress as a college professor. (That's really all we've got at this point, but of course my imagination adds in Berry's sex appeal and translates that minimal description into a premise that, much like Californication did for David Duchovny for a season, would allow Berry to play the sexy professor role.) The folks behind the show want a quick turnaround, according to Deadline, so the decision on whether or not the series spec makes the grade will likely come about soon.
Could Berry's potential career shift have something to do what many critics are calling The Golden Age of Television? Some are venturing further to say that while TV continues to blossom, film is suffering. Perhaps that explains it? Of course, the reverse of that argument is that Berry hasn't exactly been on fire for the past few years, she's had a couple of films here and there, and while she's got a few on deck for 2011 and 2012, you could say her career is simmering a bit. Television is typically a refuge for actors (especially women) when their film careers start to die down a bit. (Hello, Glenn Close on Damages, Toni Collette on United States of Tara, Steve Buscemi on Boardwalk Empire...the list is endless.) Then we have folks like Zooey Deschanel, whose stars are far from tarnished, turning from film to television for their next projects. Berry's potential series just brings this recent shift into greater light. Maybe the grass is greener on TV, maybe we really are in this supposed golden age of television after all?