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After taking on Nixon, JFK, George W. Bush, and September 11th, filmmaker Oliver Stone, along with potential star Jamie Foxx, might be DreamWorks' choice to bring Martin Luther King Jr.'s life to the screen, as reported by The Playlist. So far, it's not clear exactly how much or what part of King's life DreamWorks is looking to focus on, but Stone is well known for his long, ambling biopics, particularly of political figures.
Stone doesn't shy away from tough topics. If he's at the helm, he's going to want to tackle some of the more complex issues and potentially make large assumptions and leaps to serve his narrative. The man was able to make a film with some pathos for then-current president Bush, so this certainly won't be a slam piece on one of the great American icons and heroes. But the MLK estate has been very tough on films looking to portray the more sordid aspects of King's story, like his alleged infidelity. And with members of the King family working with DreamWorks and against rival projects (including ones from Paul Greengrass and Lee Daniels) it suggests that this may be a more sanitized vision then Stone is used to. Not only would Stone likely rankle at such demands, but erasing the complexity from MLK makes the whole film kind of pointless. Can we not handle a vision of King that paints him as something other than a martyr?
We remember Spike Lee's Malcolm X as a great film because Lee was able to work with Alex Healy/Malcom X's fantastic book, which was open about the various vices in the activist's past. It didn't hurt that the movie was blessed with Denzel Washington's amazing performance.
Now, Jamie Foxx doesn't really resemble King, but his quiet dignity mixed with deep, deep, anger and pain in last year's Django Unchained was a level of subtlety he hasn't shown since his Oscar-winning turn in Ray back in 2005. But after seeing Foxx's goofy side this summer in White House Down, his striking dissimilarities from King could really derail this film, and it doesn't really make sense why he's the top choice. But clearly DreamWorks is looking for a star, and most of the other bona fide black stars are either too old to play the 39-year-old King, have already played another distinct historical figure, or both.
What's frustrating is that there is so much room for more interpretations of King's life. Richard Nixon, for example, was not only the subject of one of Stone's lengthy films, but also has appeared in documentaries, other narratives, dramas, onstage (in the superb Frost/Nixon, which, by the way, was also turned into an Oscar nominated film), in comedies like Dick, graphic novels, and even an opera. He's been portrayed as a genius, an idiot, a crook, a coward, a fool, a hero, an opportunist, a good president, bad president, good person, and bad person. There's a wealth of creative material all based around or involving his life. Martin Luther King Jr. is a figure as large as Nixon, and like all people, was just as complex, but we rarely get to see a true representation of what that might have been like.
In short, while it's all well and good that filmmakers are interested in bringing MLK to the screen, it might not be possible for a divisive director like Stone and a potentially miscast star like Foxx to make this film a worthy one. And if it is regarded poorly, that might lead his family to become even more protective of his amazing story.
Not to mention, Drunk History did it first.
After previously stating that he would be interested in reprising his role as Hans Solo in Star Wars: Episode VII, Harrison Ford has changed his tune and says that he still hasn't decided if he wants to be in the film, according to CinemaBlend.com.
In an interview on the UK's Graham Norton Show on BBC, Ford revealed that "he had not quite made the choice" to accept a cameo in the film, which is in great contrast to when he told WGN TV in March 2013 that he was "looking forward to it."
However, just because he might turn down a cameo in Star Wars, it doesn't mean that he's done with all of his famous characters. In the same interview with Norton, he said that he would have no problem gallavanting as Indiana Jones in a fifth adventure.
"I would do it in a New York minute, yes," Ford said. "I don't think there is any barrier to Indiana Jones being an old fart." Clearly he's not opposed to reliving old glory.
Star Wars: Episode VII is set for release in 2015.
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U.S. soccer heroine Abby Wambach has wed her girlfriend in Hawaii. The record-breaking goal scorer and fellow sportswoman Sarah Huffman exchanged vows in Kauai, Hawaii this past weekend (05-06Oct13), according to reports.
Several members of the Team USA soccer team, including Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux, attended the intimate sunset nuptials.
A scripted TV series inspired by the film Act Of Valor is set to air on the National Geographic Channel. The series starts production in 2014 and will focus on the men and women responsible for the rescue and medical treatment of personnel in humanitarian and combat environments.
Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh says, "(The) unique model allows us to successfully transform a film such as Act of Valor into a highly engaging television series. We could not ask for a better home for the series than National Geographic Channel."
The 2012 movie starred Roselyn Sanchez, Alex Veadov, Jason Cottle and Nester Serrano as a Special Warfare Combatant-craft crew who embark on a mission to rescue a kidnapped CIA agent.
U.S. sports superstar Alex Rodriguez is suing Major League Baseball executives for allegedly trying to force him out of the game. The New York Yankees star, who briefly dated Cameron Diaz, has accused league officials of engaging in "tortious interference" after suspending him from baseball for a record 211 games for his alleged role in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal.
Rodriguez was one of 13 players suspended in connection to the doping scandal.
The slugger and his attorneys have spent the past week in an arbitration hearing against Major League Baseball, and he released a statement on Friday (04Oct13), which reads: "The entire legal dynamic is very complex, and my legal team is doing what they need in order to vindicate me and pursue all of my rights. This matter is entirely separate from the ongoing arbitration. I look forward to the arbitration proceedings continuing, and for the day to come when I can share my story with the public and my supporters."
Rodriguez and his lawyers claim that MLB chiefs paid an investigator for stolen records related to him and they contend baseball bosses also struck a deal with former Biogenesis chief Tony Bosch for his co-operation.
MLB commissioner Bud Selig has been named as a defendant in Rodriguez's suit.
The sportsman claims Selig's desire to burnish his legacy has driven him to single out the Yankees star in his fight against performance-enhancing drugs.
In the lawsuit against the MLB, Rodriguez's lawyers state: "Commissioner Selig and MLB persistently have employed powers not available to them under the collectively-bargained agreements between MLB and its union in order to make an example of Mr. Rodriguez, so as to gloss over Commissioner Selig's past inaction and tacit approval of the use of performance-enhancing substances in baseball (not to mention his multiple acts of collusion), and in an attempt to secure his legacy as the 'savior' of America's pastime."
David Beckham's former soccer manager has accused the sports superstar of losing focus after marrying his wife Victoria. Beckham was playing for world renowned team Manchester United when he met the then Spice Girl in 1997. The pair wed in 1999 and became celebrity superstars, building a multi-million empire around 'Brand Beckham'.
Now infamous Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who retired in May (13) after 26 years in charge, has spoken for the first time on his most recognised former charge, describing how he took his eye off the ball during the whirlwind surrounding his marriage.
In an interview with U.S. network PBS, Ferguson said, "As a young kid when I got him at 12 years of age his great desire was (to play) some of the best football. He was a fantastic trainer, practised all the time. At night-time he would come by with the schoolboys and practise with them. And he was in that collection.
"And then of course, his life changed, when he married the girl from The Spice Girls, yeah. And his focus changed. He got drawn into the - that celebrity status, you know? And for me, I'm a football man... He lost the focus. And when we sold him to (Spanish soccer team) Real Madrid, he did well.''
However, the legendary manager praises Beckham for turning himself into an icon, adding, "I'm a football man. But how can I argue with life? He's an icon for young people... and represents himself the proper way. And I say well done.
"Amazing boy, yeah. I mean, how he has created himself. He's fantastic. Wonderful boy.''
Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme has put himself forward for consideration to portray Star Wars robot R2-D2 in the upcoming sequel after sharing a spoof audition tape online. The rocker joined forces with editors behind YouTube.com comedy channel Stinky Mike to shoot the funny clip, in which the singer and self-confessed "giant Star Wars fan" decides to try out for a role.
When a pretend casting assistant suggests his tall stature and ginger hair makes him more suited to audition as a Wookiee, a hairy humanoid species in the sci-fi franchise, he replies, "Dude, don't be stupid. This (body) is like, obvious R2-D2. I want to be king of the droids. (Wookiee) Chewbacca's just like, a hairy beast. I'm like, an articulate, multi-lingual do-er."
He then dons a cardboard costume in an effort to make himself look like R2-D2 for casting directors, but the audition goes drastically wrong as he crashes into a presentation board and falls over as he utters the robot's sounds, "gleep glorp".
Homme's fake audition is part of Stinky Mike's series of joke auditions for the J.J. Abrams movie, Star Wars: Episode VII.
The rocker's audition may be a spoof, but Irish actress Saoirse Ronan revealed this week (begs30Sep13) that she really has tried out for the film, although she can't reveal anything about the much-anticipated sequel.
Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are expected to return to the franchise as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo, while Alex Pettyfer, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ryan Gosling, Leonardo DiCaprio, Florence Welch, Michael B. Jordan and Chloe Grace Moretz have also been linked to the cast.
Former Doctor Who David Tennant has joined the cast of the U.S. revamp of his hit British drama Broadchurch. The Scottish actor will play a character similar to troubled police detective Alex Harvey, who he portrayed in the original Broadchurch, but this time he'll adopt an American accent, according to TV Guide magazine.
The U.S. version of the series is expected to shoot in January (14) and air during the 2014-2015 TV season.
The acclaimed original drama focused on the investigation of the mysterious death of a young boy in a small English coastal town.
Broadchurch became the U.K.'s most-watched new drama of 2013.
The Lovely Bones star Saoirse Ronan has confirmed she auditioned for the seventh Star Wars movie. The Irish actress tells Sky News she met with casting directors connected to Star Wars: Episode VII, but she can't reveal anything about the much-anticipated J.J. Abrams film.
The 19-year-old actress insists producers would "chop off my head with a lightsaber" if she reveals anything about the sequel.
Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are expected to return to the franchise as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo, while Alex Pettyfer, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ryan Gosling, Leonardo DiCaprio, Florence Welch, Michael B. Jordan and Chloe Moretz have also been linked to the cast.
"The headspace you get on a motorcycle prepares you for making a rock and roll record. Obviously. 'Cos you're concentrating so much on manipulating the machine and not killing yourself. You get as far away from the creative part of your brain that you're set up for walking into the studio." Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner rides his chopper around Los Angeles before recording sessions.