The Star Wars actor had cleared his schedule to take on the screen adaptation of Jonathan Franzen's bestselling novel The Corrections, about the family troubles of an elderly couple and its three adult children, portrayed by McGregor, Bruce Norris and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
However, bosses at America's HBO network were not impressed with the pilot episode, directed by Noah Baumbach, and the project was scrapped in May (12).
Now McGregor admits the failed venture was a huge disappointment for him.
He tells New York Magazine, "At first I was sad, but when I saw the pilot I was devastated. Creatively, I was destroyed because it was so powerful."
The actor had made a conscious decision not to sign up for big film roles after he agreed to take on a role in The Corrections because he was convinced the series was good enough to run for four or five years.
But as a result of its cancellation, McGregor has been left with weeks of downtime in between projects.
He says, "This is the least work I've ever done in my life, since I was 20 or 21, because of HBO and The Corrections."
Facinelli, who split from his wife of 11 years Jennie Garth in March (12), stepped out with the actress on Thursday night for a bite to eat at East Village restaurant The Penny Farthing, before heading to a screening of his latest film, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2.
The pair were snapped by WENN leaving the eatery, and an onlooker tells Celebuzz.com, "They had a great time. They looked like a very cute couple."
Facinelli and Alexander first met on the 2009 set of Loosies, which the 38 year old produced.
Reports of a romance first surfaced this summer (12) when Facinelli and Alexander posted identical photos of a romantic Paris getaway in France.
Meanwhile, Garth has revealed she's struggling to get back into the dating game despite reports linking her to photographer Noah Abrams, insurance executive Jason Clark, and set designer Antonio Ballatore.
The British actress was in New York filming biblical epic Noah with Russell Crowe when the bad weather hit last week (beg29Oct12), forcing the production to shut down.
However, Watson put her days off to good use by volunteering for local charity Citymeals-on-Wheels, helping elderly residents who were affected by the storm, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
The Gladiator star was brought back to shore by members of the Long Island Coast Guard after he became stranded when a kayaking trip off the coast of New York went wrong.
His rescuers have been busy helping those affected by Hurricane Sandy since the storm hit America's East Coast last month (Oct12), so Crowe has made a donation to boost their aid efforts.
In a post on Twitter.com, he writes, "In honour of Seth (crew member Seth Pritt) & L.I (Long Island) Coast Guard & friends on Staten Island, donated to NYC Mayors Fund and plant a million trees fund."
Crowe has been in New York filming Darren Aronofsky's new biblical epic Noah, which was forced to shut down production while the storm battered the coastline.
Work on director Darren Aronofsky's Biblical blockbuster ground to a halt as residents on the East Coast of the U.S. braced themselves for the superstorm, which made landfall on Monday (29Oct12), and has claimed the lives of more than 85 Americans, destroying thousands of homes and causing major flooding across states including New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
But, as the clean-up work continues in the aftermath of the post-tropical storm, Aronofsky and his cast and crew are preparing to head back to the Long Island set of Noah to pick up where they left off.
In a post on his Twitter.com page on Thursday (01Nov12), the filmmaker writes, "work restarts tomorrow on #Noah. excited to shoot. hope everyone is doing all right."
Watson noted the irony of the situation earlier this week in a tweet, writing, "I take it that the irony of a massive storm holding up the production of Noah is not lost."
Robert Zemeckis is a blockbuster director at heart. Action has never been an issue for the man behind Back to the Future. When he puts aside the high concept adventures for emotional human stories — think Forrest Gump or Cast Away — he still goes big. His latest Flight continues the trend revolving the story of one man's fight with alcoholism around a terrifying plane crash. Zemeckis expertly crafts his roaring centerpiece and while he finds an agile performer in Denzel Washington the hour-and-a-half of Flight after the shocking moment can't sustain the power. The "big" works. The intimate drowns.
Washington stars as Whip Whitaker a reckless airline pilot who balances his days flying jumbo jets with picking up women snorting lines of cocaine and drinking himself to sleep. Although drunk for the flight that will change his life forever that's not the reason the plane goes down — in fact it may be the reason he thinks up his savvy landing solution in the first place. Writer John Gatins follows Whitaker into the aftermath madness: an investigation of what really happened during the flight Whitaker's battle to cap his addictions and budding relationships that if nurtured could save his life.
Zemeckis tops his own plane crash in Cast Away with the heart-pounding tailspin sequence (if you've ever been scared of flying before Flight will push into phobia territory). In the few scenes after the literal destruction Washington is able to convey an equal amount of power in the moments of mental destruction. Whitaker is obviously crushed by the events the bottle silently calling for him in every down moment. Flight strives for that level of introspection throughout eventually pairing Washington with equally distraught junkie Nicole (Kelly Reilly). Their relationship is barely fleshed out with the script time and time again resorting to obvious over-the-top depictions of substance abuse (a la Nic Cage's Leaving Las Vegas) and the bickering that follows. Washington's Whitaker hits is lowest point early sitting there until the climax of the film.
Sharing screentime with the intimate tale is the surprisingly comical attempt by the pilot's airline union buddy (Bruce Greenwood) and the company lawyer (Don Cheadle) to get Whitaker into shape. Prepping him for inquisitions looking into evidence from the wreckage and calling upon Whitaker's dealer Harling (John Goodman) to jump start their "hero" when the time is right the two men do everything they can to keep any blame being placed upon Whitaker by the National Transportation Safety Board investigators. The thread doesn't feel relevant to Whitaker's plight and in turn feels like unnecessary baggage that pads the runtime.
Everything in Fight shoots for the skies — and on purpose. The music is constantly swelling the photography glossy and unnatural and rarely do we breach Washington's wild exterior for a sense of what Whitaker's really grappling with. For Zemeckis Flight is still a spectacle film with Washington's ability to emote as the magical special effect. Instead of using it sparingly he once again goes big. Too big.
Hurricane Sandy kept most New Yorkers sheltered indoors on Monday, resulting in a good portion of businesses being closed for the day. That includes the many film and television projects currently shooting in the Big Apple — even ones equipped for the job.
Confirming that Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky's Biblical epic Noah had been temporarily shut down Monday, actress Emma Watson pointed out via a tweet to both Aronofsky and star Russell Crowe the coincidental circumstances that were keeping them from shooting:
I take it that the irony of a massive storm holding up the production of Noah is not lost @DarrenAronofsky@russellcrowe @mattylibatique— Emma Watson (@EmWatson) October 29, 2012
Aronofsky also took to Twitter to announce his plans for the unexpected day off:
sandy allows me to catch a few flicks....— darren aronofsky (@DarrenAronofsky) October 29, 2012
Anticipation of the mayhem of Hurricane Sandy kept Noah from shooting in disastrous conditions, but it is unknown how it will affect the production moving forward. Many New York City neighborhoods and surrounding areas saw flooding and wind damage, including Oyster Bay, New York where one of Noah's enormous floating sets is currently staged. The LA Times has reported that the ark constructed for the film, which is a whopping 450 feet long and is 75 feet tall and 45 feet wide, was not intended to be sea worthy and may have been affected by the storm. A source at Paramount told Hollywood.com that the production will forgo shooting today, Tuesday, Nov. 30, but will move to sound stages in Brooklyn, New York.
Nearing the end of its shoot — which has also taken place in Iceland — Noah may very well go untarnished by Hurricane Sandy. Either way, Twitter jokes are keeping Watson and Aronofsky's good spirits afloat amidst the ironic twist of fate. Let's hope the animals have the same sense of humor.
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The Big Apple was bashed by winds and torrential rain on Monday (29Oct12) as the storm, which was later downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone, made landfall, causing major flooding and widespread power outages.
On Monday night, more than 200 firefighters were called to a neighbourhood in Rockaway, Queens to put out a huge blaze which engulfed at least 50 homes by the time it was contained.
Some of the properties devastated include residences featured in the long-running sitcom Seinfeld, drama series Rescue Me, and Woody Allen's 1987 movie Radio Days, which starred Mia Farrow.
The severe weather has also caused massive filming problems for several popular programmes shooting in the area, such as 30 Rock, The Good Wife, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, all of which have halted production.
Russell Crowe and Emma Watson's biblical blockbuster movie Noah has also stalled due to damages sustained near the Long Island set.
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Production on Biblical blockbuster Noah has been put on hold as America's East Coast braces itself for Hurricane Sandy.
Russell Crowe and Emma Watson have been filming Darren Aronofsky's epic movie in Long Island, New York in recent months, but the project is now facing delays as U.S. officials warned residents on Sunday (28Oct12) to take cover ahead of the storm, which is expected to bring strong winds and heavy rains to coastal regions.
In a post on her Twitter.com page, Watson writes, "I take it that the irony of a massive storm holding up the production of Noah is not lost (on) Darren Aronofsky (and) Russell Crowe."
Noah is the latest movie project to be affected by the hurricane - the New York premiere of Anna Karenina on Tuesday (30Oct12) has been called off, and all Broadway shows have been suspended until Tuesday.
U.S. President Barack Obama has cancelled a campaign rally scheduled for Monday (29Oct12) in Orlando, Florida to return to Washington, D.C. to "monitor" the storm and prepare the government's response.
Just how hotly anticipated is the release of Skyfall, the 23rd film in the James Bond franchise? So anticipated that even two weeks before the film's release date (November 9) there's already talk of what's to come, for the yet-to-be-titled 24th installment in the Bond franchise.
According to a report in the UK's The Daily Mail, Skyfall scribe John Logan will jump back into action as the screenwriter for the next Bond flick. They go on to report that the acclaimed, Oscar-nominated Logan, whose credits in addition to the buzzy Skyfall include Gladiator, The Aviator, Rango, Coriolanus, Hugo, and the equally anticipated and highly ambitious Noah, will "pen it on his own." (Skyfall's other screenwriters include Neal Pervus and Robert Wade, who have had a hand in writing the Bond films since The World Is Not Enough) Hollywood.com has reached out to Logan's reps and Sony. Neither were immediately available for comment.
The article also claims that the next Bond film, which will once again star Daniel Craig, is aiming for a Fall 2014 release date, making the gap between that and Skyfall noticeably shorter than that of Quantum of Solace and Skyfall. While there's no mention of a director linked to the project, if logan and Skyfall director Sam Mendes were to team up again, the result could bode well for Bond fans, as evident by the early ravestheir first Bond collaboration.
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