Russell Brand may have spent much of yesterday running around New York in blue man-panties for Arthur, but in his next role, he’s trading up to a codpiece. The rockstar-esque Get Him To The Greek comedian is set to produce and star in Hawkwood, a historical comedy about the famed 14th century mercenary. See, Hollywood? It's not that difficult to come up with a new idea.
Brand brought the idea for Hawkwood to 20th Century Fox, whose Nicky Weinstock will executive produce the project. Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark will produce the film along with Brand, with Jared Stern, who worked on the Arthur script, writing the screenplay.
The film will center around John Hawkwood, an English sword-for-hire who fought for France and Italian states in a number of Renaissance wars. It’s clear that Brand could have a lot of fun with this role; Hawkwood was famed for switching sides in battles and playing the political groups of Italy against each other. He also fought for the Pope and hung out with Chaucer, so there’s bound to be some fun historical cameos worked in. Historical comedies have been a mixed bag in the past (recent Jack Black/Michael Cera attempt Year One was pretty awful), but I’m a sucker for history jokes. Trust me, the black death and the peasant’s revolt are comedy goldmines, as Monty Python could tell you. Plus, it’s a great opportunity for we journalists to make jokes about Russell Brand being a “gifted swordsman.” Everybody wins!
Among the few things that were wrong with Michael Mann's Public Enemies was its interpretation of Charles Arthur Floyd, better known to historians and wannabe gangsters as Pretty Boy Floyd. The problem with the character was that he was barely in the film; relegated to an insignificant cameo of sorts with current it-boy Channing Tatum inhabiting the role. I'm glad that Universal's lackluster drama won't be the last we'll see of Floyd -- The Hollywood Reporter says that he's about to get his own film.
According to the trade, Wayne Kramer will direct the biopic about "The Robin Hood of the Cookson Hills” from Kevin Bernhardt's script with an eye on modernizing the tone of the story. Says Kramer: "My approach is to bring 21st century style and energy to Kevin Bernhardt’s meticulously researched screenplay without sacrificing the verisimilitude of the period or over-sensationalizing the characters themselves.” Sounds good, I think?
To be honest, I'm not entirely sure how to feel about the project. Kramer's resume is spotty at best, having written and directed films like The Cooler and Running Scared (yay!), but also penning the dreadful Mindhunters (nay!). He's capable of making an exciting flick and that's what Mann forgot to do with his 2009 Dillinger biopic, so perhaps a little testosterone will go a long way for Pretty Boy.
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The Female Eunuch author claims to have struck up a romance with La Dolce Vita director after he invited her to Italy in 1975 to audition for a role in his 1976 movie Fellini's Casanova.
Greer turned down the part, but subsequently enjoyed a brief relationship with the critically-acclaimed filmmaker, who was married to actress Giulietta Masina from 1943 until his death in 1993.
The author revealed the affair in an article written for Britain's Guardian newspaper, insisting she decided to divulge the details of the secret romance after seeing Oscar-nominated 2009 movie Nine, which was based on Fellini's semi-autobiographical 1963 film 8 1/2.
She writes, "I caught glimpses of Penelope Cruz in a flounced red baby-doll nightie... and Sophia Loren looking like an Aztec mask, and Daniel Day-Lewis getting out of bed with his trousers on, but I was not tempted. I will not have my Fellini rewritten by Arthur Kopit, who wrote the musical, or Anthony Minghella or Michael Tolkin, who wrote the (Nine) screenplay."
She goes on to describe her first sexual encounter with the moviemaker, but admits the romance eventually fizzled out because of her hectic schedule.
She adds, "The relationship was self-limiting because I wasn't available... Sexual athletes are tuppence a dozen. Fellini was a many-sided genius. I do not hope to meet his like again."
The Charlie's Angels star, who lost her battle with cancer last year (09), was not included on the In Memoriam list at the show on Sunday (07Mar10), which honours stars who have died in the last 12 months.
The snub sparked outrage, and executive director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Bruce Davis, subsequently apologised, saying "There's nothing you can say to people, particularly to family members, within a day or two of the show that helps at all".
But Fawcett's friends Stewart and Spelling are still berating Oscars chiefs over the decision, and for excluding late stars Bea Arthur and Jean Barry from the list but including Michael Jackson - even though he was better known for his music.
Spelling tells U.S. talk show host Larry King, "I was very surprised. I also was surprised with Jean Barry and Bea Arthur. Bea Arthur was excluded. She was in at Annie Mame, with Lucille Ball, not the original one. She did another film or two. Because she was so well known as Maude and Golden Girls, they thought she was more television."
Stewart adds, "I think they are saying they are sorry that family members and friends are upset. It is not just family members and friends. I said that to Mr. Davis, in all due respect, today. I said, it is millions of fans. The minute she was not part of that memorial, it started on Twitter. The emails I've gotten, people are outraged by it...
"I just want to make one point. In all due respect, Michael Jackson is a huge music icon, but I believe he only did one movie."
And Van Patten, who starred with Fawcett in 2000 film The Flunky, is refusing to accept Academy Awards bosses' apology, insisting the snub "is unforgivable."
The God of Legion secular Hollywood’s latest Biblically-inspired action flick is old-school an angry spiteful Almighty with a penchant for Old Testament theatrics. Fed up with humanity’s decadent warmongering ways He’s decided to pull the plug on the whole crazy experiment and start over from scratch.
Fortunately for us the God of Legion is also a rather lazy fellow. Instead of doing the apocalyptic work himself and wiping us out with a giant flood which worked perfectly well last time He opts to delegate the task to His army of angels — a questionable strategy that starts to fall apart when the archangel charged with leading the planned extermination Michael (Paul Bettany) refuses to comply.
Michael who unlike his boss still harbors affection for our sorry species abandons his post and descends to earth where inside the swollen belly of Charlie (Adrianne Palicki) an unwed mother-to-be working as a waitress in an out-of-the-way diner sits humanity’s lone hope for survival. Why is this particular baby so important? Is it the one destined to lead us to victory over Skynet? Heaven knows — Legion reveals little details its script devoid of actual scripture. What is clear is that God’s celestial hitmen want the kid whacked before it’s born.
But Michael won’t let humanity fall without a fight. Armed with a Waco-sized arsenal of assault weapons he hunkers down with the diner’s patrons a largely superfluous collection of thinly-sketched caricatures from various demographic groups led by Dennis Quaid as the diner’s grizzled owner Tyrese Gibson as a hip-hop hustler and Lucas Black as a simple-minded country boy.
Together they mount a heroic final stand against hordes of angels who’ve taken possession of “weak-willed” humans turning kindly old grandmas and mild-mannered ice cream vendors into snarling ravenous foul-mouthed beasts. They descend upon the ramshackle diner in a series of full-frontal assaults commanded by the archangel Gabriel (Kevin Durand) the George Pickett of End of Days generals.
Beneath its superficial religious facade Legion is really just a run-of-the-mill zombie flick a Biblical I Am Legend. Bettany an actor accustomed to smaller dramatic roles in films like A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code looks perfectly at ease in his first major action role wielding machine guns and bowie knives with equal aplomb. Conversely first-time director Scott Stewart a former visual effects artist does little to prove himself worthy of such a promotion serving up some impressive CGI work but not much else worthy of note.
The actor was nominated this year (09) for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Arthur Frobisher on hit U.S. crime drama Damages.
Producers at an early Emmy ceremony this week (begs14Sep09) announced Rescue Me actor Michael J. Fox as the winner of the category - sending Danson home without a trophy.
But the actor insists he's not upset by the loss because even his closest Hollywood pals seem to think he's scooped dozens of Emmys.
He laughs, "I've already lost to Michael J. Fox, who is a friend. It's no big deal, I've lost them before. I've been nominated 14 times. I lost 11 in a row before I actually won for Cheers. I used to be devastated and people used to (say), 'You must've won a dozen of them!' (But) I hadn't won any yet. So you realise no one is paying any attention. They're in their own world."
UPDATE: LA Times, CBS and CNN all confirm that Michael Jackson has died.
Michael Jackson is reportedly in the hospital after suffering a heart attack.
The "Thriller" superstar's aides frantically called an ambulance to come to Jackson's Holmby Hills mansion in Los Angeles earlier today, according to TMZ.com.
Reports suggest the singer's condition was so bad, medics were forced to administer CPR en-route to a nearby hospital — to keep him alive.
Jackson's worried family members are allegedly rushing to his bedside.
Earlier this month, family insider Arthur Phoenix told WENN the superstar was in a bad way and should not be considering a 50-concert run in London, scheduled to start in July.
He insisted the concerts would not happen, stating, "Michael is not mentally, physically or spiritually ready for these shows. There's something missing in his soul... It's over! There are family members who feel the same way but they're afraid to speak."
Phoenix fears the pressure of the comeback and the upcoming shows have taken their toll on the 50 year old.
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Actor Dominick DeLuise has died at the age of 75.
The veteran comedian passed away in his sleep at a hospital in Los Angeles on Monday night, reports TMZ.com.
DeLuise rose to fame in the 1970s and '80s, appearing alongside pal Burt Reynolds in movies like The Cannonball Run, Smokey and the Bandit II, The End, and All Dogs Go to Heaven.
He became known on the small screen for his magic act as 'Dominick the Great' on the popular Dean Martin Show between 1972 and 1973, and went on to further establish himself in Hollywood with appearances in Mel Brooks' films such as 1974's Blazing Saddles, 1976's Silent Movie, and 1993 comedy Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
The star was also nominated for a Golden Globe in 1974 for his work on TV comedy Lotsa Luck, while he received a nod at the Daytime Emmys in 1999 for his efforts in the animated All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series.
DeLuise spent his latter years writing children's books and cookbooks.
He is survived by his actress wife Carol Arthur, who he married in 1965, and their three actor sons Peter, David and Michael DeLuise.
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The Hills stars Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt have walked down the aisle for real -- marrying in a ceremony in Pasadena, California.
The couple staged a bogus ceremony in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, in November, but have now officially wed at the Westminster Presbyterian Church on Saturday.
After the ceremony the couple's guests, including Pete Wentz, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, and singer Michael Buble, enjoyed a lavish reception at Los Angeles' Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
And a spokesperson for the pair, who allowed the ceremony to be filmed for an episode of The Hills, confirmed the wedding was genuine.
The rep says, "Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt joined hands in marriage. Dr. Twining F. Campbell served as pastor in front of 200 family and friends."
Pratt's sister, Stephanie, one of Montag's bridesmaids, adds, "It was amazing. Heidi looked amazing. She was wearing a million dollars worth of diamonds over a strapless Monique Lhuillier dress. I was up there, and her back was towards me, so I don't know if she was crying. Everything worked out great."
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How refreshing that Chan’s gone public in dismissing John Fusco’s script to this fantasy epic as unimpressive. He’s right. But what difference does it make when all we want to see is Chan and Li kicking butt? And The Forbidden Kingdom offers plenty of opportunities for them to do just that. So what whimsy excuse has Fusco and director Rob Minkoff come up with to unite Chan and Li? Well they have essentially fused the Chinese literary classic Journey to the West--which features the mythical hero Monkey King--with A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Only this time Mark Twain’s “curious stranger” happens to be a wimpy kid (Michael Angarano) who’s whisked back in time to ancient China with the aid of the magical staff belonging to the Monkey King (Li). For no other reason than to pander to American audiences Jason’s charged with the task of freeing a trapped-in-stone Monkey King from the grasp of the powerful Jade Warlord (Collin Chou). Jason may possess a Quentin Tarantino-esque knowledge of kung fu movies but he’s no Bruce Lee. Enter Lu Yan (Chan) and the Silent Monk (Li again) two mighty warriors who not only join Jason’s quest to defeat the Jade Warlord but also make like Mr. Miyagi to train him in the way of the martial arts. Chan rehashes his Drunken Master shtick so there’s much humor to be found in his wine-guzzling immortal’s efforts to vanquish his foes while fighting under the influence. And as usual Chan makes inventive use of the props that he gets in his hands. He even shows off his aerobatic moves while caked in old-geezer makeup as the owner of the store where Jason finds the staff. As the Monkey King and the Silent Monk Li throws more punches than he utters lines of dialogue. Li though has twice as much fun as Chan with his two different roles. The Silent Monk lives up to his name but when the action starts the wushu-trained Li comes across as stronger swifter and nimbler than the older Chan. Looking very much like Curious George with his pulled-back hair and lengthy sideburns Jet Li reveals a charming playfulness as the giggling Monkey King that we’ve not seen in his Hollywood-produced bloodbaths. Angarano though is bland and boring. He’s Shia LaBeouf without the personality depth or comic timing. Yifei Liu as the vengeful Golden Sparrow proves to be as much a lethal weapon as her male counterparts. Decked out like Halle Berry in X-Men Li Bingbing is delightfully malicious as Golden Sparrow’s nemesis Ni Chang. She also exudes more menace than the oily Chou. So it remains unsettled as to who would emerge victorious if Jackie Chan and Jet Li duked it out for bragging rights (my money’s on Li because his characters possess a killer instinct that Chan’s nice guys lack). But director Rob Minkoff--responsible for The Lion King and Stuart Little--knows what’s important when it comes to The Forbidden Kingdom . It’s all about the big brawls baby. With the invaluable assistance of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon marital arts choreographer Woo-Ping Yuen Minkoff ensures that Chan and Li are always busy doing what they do best. He doesn’t reign in Chan and Li--whose easy rapport is evident from the beginning--or cut short the furiously executed skirmishes that boast everything from stick fighting to wire fu. Then again that only appropriate considering The Forbidden Kingdom sets itself up from its funky opening credits as a homage to Hong Kong action cinema. Still The Forbidden Kingdom does grind to a halt whenever Chan and Li take a breather. The story’s tired and predictable the dialogue’s grating and the comedy’s forced--though it’s quite amusing and cathartic to watch Chan and Li knock around the ineffectual Jason. For all its flaws though The Forbidden Kingdom offers the priceless spectacle of Chan and Li kung fu fighting. And those cats really are as fast as lightning.