Well, here's a casting rumor you don't hear every day: how about Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Amanda Seyfried for Baz Luhrmann's (Moulin Rouge) adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 masterwork, The Great Gatsby?
Granted, the source of this particular bit of hearsay comes courtesy of Production Weekly's Twitter feed - not exactly the most trustworthy font of information - but I'd like to believe it's true because, honestly, who better to play Jay Gatsby than Leonardo DiCaprio, mixing equal parts Catch Me If You Can and The Aviator? Plus, DiCaprio has a prior history with Luhrmann, having worked with the director on his powerful 1996 adaptation Romeo + Juliet.
Maguire, for his part, has proved himself more than capable in period pieces of this type with The Cider House Rules and Seabiscuit; narrator Nick Carraway won't be a stretch. And Seyfried seems born to play the lovely blonde Daisy Buchanan, the blank slate that Gatsby projects his desires onto, whose voice he famously describes as "full of money."
Unfortunately, Luhrmann has been equivocating on the state of Gatsby ever since the director bought the rights to Fitzgerald's oft-heralded "Great American Novel" back in 2008. His latest interview - with MTV News just yesterday - did little to change that. "The rumors are out!" Luhrmann admitted. "I've got [two films] going. One is a musical and one is a period work [Gatsby], both based in New York City, and I'm about to make that decision. I've got the script for both of them and I'm making that decision in four to six weeks."
Asked if Gatsby could be getting a Moulin Rouge-style musical treatment, Luhrmann exclaimed "Singing 'Gatsby'? No! 'Gatsby,' it is the Fitzgerald book and I've been working on that quite a lot. The other one is also New York based and music-driven and it's just a question of... what is the next right step for me." And casting? "You know I think of casting all the time, but I put that to the side and I complete the text," he said. "Obviously there are natural choices and there is a natural top of the list, but I really refuse to say anything until we have text right." Natural choices like... Leonardo DiCaprio?
Hopefully Luhrmann will decide to move forward with Gatsby, and with this stellar (rumored) cast in place. What musical could the director possibly have up his sleeve that could top this? And really, what better time to make a movie critiquing the American dream, greed, and decadence than during our current post-economic-collapse climate? You couldn't ask for a more appropriate recession-era catharsis - and with such pretty people!
Looks like the world will have to move on without another video game based movie. Whatever shall we do?
Kane and Lynch was supposed to be a typical game-turned-action-flick. Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx were signed on to star (not sure who was supposed to be who, but come on, who cares?). Patrick Alessandrin (District 13: Ultimatum) was said to be directing, but left the project as suddenly as he came aboard. Though filming was scheduled to start next month and financing and pre-production was underway, Alessandrin's departure has now stalled the project.
Production company Millennium Films and distributor Lionsgate are actively searching for a replacement to helm the adaptation of the best-selling game, which would likely garner a hard R rating what with the guns and girls and all. Presumably, Willis and Foxx are still attached but there is no word whether they’ll stick around while filmmakers like F. Gary Gray, Antoine Fuqua and Wayne Kramer are courted for directing duties.
Now look, I’m all for branded material being converted into movie. I think video games make an excellent source for films. It has to be done correctly, of course. But Kane and Lynch? Really? With a cheesy pun for a name and a plot that itself is derived from bloody action films from yesteryear, why make this into a movie? It’s not like this demanded the conversion; are they scraping the bottom of the barrel? I doubt even the hard-core Kane and Lynch fans out there are this upset about it. Do we really need another Max Payne?
Source: LA Times
Chloe Moretz continues to kick ass in Hollywood.
The 13-year-old, best known bashing in thugs faces as Hit-Girl in Kick Ass, just signed on to play the title role in the upcoming film adaptation of the Dark Horse comic book Emily The Strange. The series was created by Rob Reger and his company Cosmic Debris. Reger will be executive producing the flick, along with Keith Goldberg. There's no plot details yet, but Moretz' character is being described as an "odd by stylish young lady."
"When I first met Chloe I knew I found my Emily," Reger said. "She really identifies and understands the character, and has what it takes to bring her to life."
Currently, the young actress is quite busy. She's shooting the Martin Scorsese-directed Hugo Cabret and is also starring in the October release Let Me In, along with the upcoming drama The Fields. All of that on top of speculation that she'll reprise her role as Hit Girl in the yet-to-be-greenlit Kick Ass 2.
Moretz will be successful -- even though most of her fame rests on the fact that she's a total bad-ass who knows how to stab dudes in the forehead. But c'mon, seriously. If she can play that type of character as a 12-year-old, she shouldn't have an issue channeling her sweet and innocent side.
Well, I don't even know where to start.
The bottom line? CBS's new sitcom $#*! My Dad Says is a big, steaming pile of... well, you know.
Before I get too far into describing how much it sucks, let's take a look at this awful show's history.
$#*! My Dad Says is based on a Twitter account created by Justin Halpern of the same name. The description is pretty obvious: "I'm 29. I live with my 74-year-old father. He is awesome. I just write down the sh*t that he says." And it is funny. Here's a sample of a few tweets:
"Don’t focus on the one guy who hates you. You don’t go to the park and set your picnic down next to the only pile of dog sh*t."
"Look, we're basically on earth to sh*t and f*ck. So unless your job's to help people sh*t or f*ck, it's not that important, so relax."
“You seen my cell phone?...What’s it look like? Like two horses f*cking. It’s a phone, son. It looks like a phone."
Pretty clever, eh? It's enough to make you chuckle every so often when you check your Twitter feed. But some people really loved it. They loved it so much that Justin Halpern was asked to create a book and CBS developed a TV show around the idea, starring William Shatner.
But it looks like CBS took this internet meme one step too far. Says is awful. The entire pilot revolved around bad one-liners delivered by Shatner. But that wasn't the worst part. For some reason, the writers thought that they needed to include some emotional drama to balance the crude remarks. The show clumsily bounced back and forth between Shatner being a jerk (saying he wanted to shoot girlscouts in the face) to trying to re-establish a relationship with his son. Am I supposed to feel for these characters? Am I supposed to laugh? What is going on? Somebody please help me because I don't understand!
In short, it sucked.
Now I understand that networks need to take risks. For example, Lost must have originally sounded ridiculous (We're going to base a TV show around a plane crash on a mystical island? Seriously?), and look how that turned out. So I'm hoping -- for the sake of quality entertainment -- that CBS knew they took a major risk with Says. Hopefully they recognize their mistake soon and pull it from the air.
The Toronto International Film Festival just wrapped up. Did everyone have a good time? You didn’t go? Oh, you really missed out on some cool flicks. Of course I didn’t go either, but still. I have a really good imagination.
Anyway, a bunch of movies got distribution deals which means you might get to see them in theaters! But probably not unless you live in New York, LA, or another big city with a vibrant film community. It should be noted that these are films that picked up distribution at the festival, some (like Easy A) came into the festival with deals. Here’s what you should be looking forward to:
Passion Play: Image Entertainment picks up this film that has Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox, and Bill Murray staring. Add on to the fact that Fox has angel wings and you have the entire fetish community on lock. (Deadline)
Super - The film I am most excited for. Rainn Wilson stars in James Gunn’s (the handsome guy up top) take on the average modern man becoming a super hero. Yes, this does sound like Kick Ass. However, Gunn’s film apparently shifts tones so quickly and goes so dark, I hardly doubt the comparisons will last. With Ellen Page throwing down as the foul mouthed sidekick and Kevin Bacon as the bad guy, who doesn’t want to see this movie? No wonder it was the first film sold out of Toronto. (Deadline)
Rare Exports - See trailer. Get excited. (Deadline)
Beautiful Boy - I’m not usually one for incredibly dramatic stories but this one has me intrigued. Michael Sheen and Maria Bello star as parents of a disturbed son who goes on a college shooting spree ending with his suicide. Sheen is an incredible actor and focusing on the aftermath of the event and the role it plays in the parent’s relationship sounds fascinating. Shawn Ku picked up an award in Toronto for his directing. (Deadline)
Everything Must Go - I enjoy Will Ferrell as much as the next guy. But he’s at his best when really stretching himself. Stranger than Fiction was brilliant and his turn in The Other Guys as something other than a glorified frat guy made it one of the funniest movies of the summer. Now that Everything Must Go has been picked up by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions. Ferrell stars as a man who decides to start afresh by selling all his possessions after his wife kicks him out to the front yard. (Deadline)
Peep World - Sometimes a cast is enough to get me to see a film (see Passion Play above) and this film sure has it. Michael C. Hall, Sarah Silverman, Rainn Wilson, Judy Greer, and newcomer Ben Schwartz are just the few that I can remember off the top of my head. But then I find out the film is about a family who comes together for the first time after the youngest sibling has published a book about their darkest secrets and I am totally buying a ticket. (Deadline)
Rabbit Hole (ugh) - See, this is how I usually feel when I learn about super dramatic movies. Apparently this is an incredible return to form for Nicole Kidman, and yet I don’t really care about this one. At all. Oh well. (Deadline)
Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project - Just to show that the world of fiction didn’t rule Toronto a few interesting documentaries found distribution deals. The first is an unauthorized bio on Harvey Weinstein and if half the tall tales about him are true then he’s probably twice as scary as I imagine him to be. Also he’s apparently kinda pissed about the movie which means it should be awesome. (Deadline)
Caves of Forgotten Dreams - When you want to show off your vacation you might post some pictures of Facebook. Werner Herzog makes documentaries about his. And this one is in 3-D. (Deadline)
Submarine - Ben Stiller produced this comedy from rising (at least on this side of the pond) British comedian Richard Ayoade. The story focuses on a young boy who tries to navigate mending his parent’s deteriorating marriage and his own budding relationship. (Deadline)
Everyone please repeat after me: “Russell Crowe ain’t nothing to f*ck with.”
The Wu Tang Clan loves Kung Fu. Russell Crowe has thrown a few temper tantrums. So when the Clan's own RZA started casting for his new martial arts movie, The Man With The Iron Fist, he looked to the Oscar winning actor to be his co-star. RZA (real name Robert Diggs) stars as a blacksmith in feudal China in the film which he directs and co-wrote. He didn’t want to ruin the surprise about Crowe, though.
"I won't spoil it for you, but Russell's gonna be the baddest man alive," RZA told E! Online. "That man is in fighting shape. That man will knock you out."
Crowe has proved he can handle himself in a gladiator ring with a sword or in a medieval forest with a bow and arrow so throwing him in a fight with only his fists shouldn’t be a problem. And with Eli Roth co-producing and co-writing the flick, it should kick all sorts of ass.
RZA has been racking up some impressive film credits as of late. He previously worked with Crowe on American Ganster and managed to steal scenes from Seth Rogen in Funny People. Quentin Tarantino, another Kung Fu aficionado, even helped him develop The Man With The Iron Fist over the past five years.
The reported $20 million film will begin filming in December.
Source: E! Online
A celebrity dream team is supposedly circling an ambitious new project that has come to light during the weekend launch of the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Per The Times, George Clooney will portray Frank Sinatra and Angelina Jolie will take on Marilyn Monroe in an adaptation of Andrew O'Kagan's lauded novel The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe.
The quirky-titled book is a story told by the blond bombshell's terrier (which was a gift from Sinatra) and follows the canine through the last two years of his master's life. According to the novel's description, Maf - short for Mafia - met several famous faces from the era, including President John F. Kennedy. The dog also accompanied Monroe to acting classes, restaurants, department stores and to Mexico for her divorce from playwright Arthur Miller. The trade notes that, though Scarlett Johansson was initially pegged for the part of Monroe, Jolie has emerged the victor. O'Kagan went on record saying that he believed that Mad Men's Christina Hendricks would've also been great for the coveted role.
There are a slew of more straight-forward biopics about both Sinatra and Monroe in development, among them Sinatra with Martin Scorsese attached and Blonde with Naomi Watts set to star as MM under the direction of Andrew Dominik. Though I believe both Clooney and Jolie to be wonderful actors, I'm more interested in these other projects than the kitschy-sounding Maf The Dog. O'Kagan's novel, though certainly original, sounds better suited for an animated movie than a film about two legends of the entertainment industry. I also believe that Scorsese's film may or may not ever get made due to his ever-expanding cache of projects, but the thought of the debonair Leo DiCaprio re-teaming with his Shutter Island director is enough to sell me on it. As for Monroe, I'd also rather see a separate biopic on her as well and Watts is a phenomenally talented performer, but she would need Hendricks' body to be at all convincing as the voluptuous vixen that enchanted the world for a spell in the 1950s.
We're still waiting for some confirmation on this developing story, but one sign of validity is clearly indicated in the openings in both actors schedules. With two films in post-production/completed a piece and no officially green-lit go-to gigs ready to start, this could potentially fit for both Clooney and Jolie and will certainly draw attention to the project.
Source: The Times, The Telegraph
Kevin Smith has found a terrifying topic for his new horror film. Dermot Mulroney, Kyle Gallner, Michael Angarano, Stephen Root and Melissa Leo are all in talks to join the political horror film Red State, which is based on the life of Westboro Baptist Church leader and all-around asshat Fred Phelps. Smith has had some problems securing funding for the film, which has been in and out of production for three years. (It’s not surprising, since he’s described the script as “so bleak it makes f***ing Dark Knight look like Strawberry Shortcake.”) After a planned start date this July fell through, Smith announced that, with the cast in place, he could begin filming this September.
Leading the cast is Quentin Tarantino veteran Michael Parks, as the Fred Phelps analogue. Smith has said that he intends to fill the cast with “recognizable unknowns”, and his cast so far seems suitable. The best known cast members are probably Melissa Leo, most recently seen being absolutely heartbreaking on Treme, and Stephen Root, who’s one of the ultimate “hey it’s that guy” actors (though I’ll always think of him as the stapler guy from Office Space). Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend’s Wedding) Kyle Gallner (Jennifer’s Body) and Michael Angarano (Almost Famous) also fit the bill.
The idea of a horror film about politics sounds so appealingly redundant that I’m surprised people haven’t done more of them. (Horror films with political metaphor, on the other hand, are a dime a dozen). In fact, the only recent one I can think of is Homecoming, where zombie soldiers return from Iraq to vote. The problem is that, usually, what’s horrifying to one political group isn’t to the other (“the public option is coming to murder our grandparents!” comes to mind), but I don’t think anyone outside of Phelps’ immediate family supports the Westboro Baptist Church. Smith will probably have to change the name of the film to avoid irritating half of his potential audience, but if there’s anyone the country can unite in hating, its the Phelpses. Well, them and Mel Gibson. Maybe he can get a cameo.
Sources: Cinematical, The Wrap
Jason Reitman may be directing Young Adult, a dark romantic comedy with a script from Diablo Cody. Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron is also in talks to join the film. Lianne Halfon, Russell Smith, Mason Novick, and Cody are producing the film at Mandate.
The story follows a divorced writer (Theron) who returns to her hometown after an identity crisis and begins stalking her high school sweetheart.
If Reitman joins the film, it will reunite him with Juno collaborator Cody. The duo’s previous effort grossed over $200 million on a $7 million budget, and won Cody an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Reitman’s most recent film, Up In The Air, was nominated for 6 Oscars, while Cody’s horror film Jennifer’s Body was a critical and commercial bust. Cody’s short screenwriting career is already a controversial one, her belabored slang and pop culture-filled scripts have inspired both devoted fans and venemous detractors. Young Adult may not inspire the same furious divisions, as The Playlist’s script review said the script was “Cody’s most mature effort to date”, and had largely dispensed with the distracting dialogue style. Whatever your feelings about Juno, I hope that Reitman and Cody manage to get back co-star Jason Bateman for the “high-school sweetheart” role, as it would reunite Arrested Development’s funniest romantic couple. MR. F!
Robert Pattinson may have his pick of female companions, but Courtney Love isn't the least bit interested in having anything to do with him. And he seems fine with it!
Producers have been looking to make Kurt Cobain's life story into a movie, and it was speculated that Robert Pattinson would play the role of the infamous musician. Love got wind of the rumor and called the idea to cast Pattinson "just wrong" and "stupid," which are the most innocent insults she has ever uttered in her entire existence. However, Pattinson might be old enough to feel comfortable putting himself in the center of thousands of screaming fans, but he's not old enough to know better than to pick a fight with Courtney Love. Regarding her comments about him playing her husband in the movie, he said,
“I love Nirvana, but I love them a bit too much – I’d be embarrassed [to play Kurt Cobain]. I didn’t get offered it. For one thing, I’m too tall, and I can’t sing like him, I’m nothing like him. It’s ridiculous … You see all these comments, like from Courtney Love, saying, ‘What the f**k! He’s totally wrong for it’, and I’m like, ‘I f**king said no, you dick!”
What he means: It's pretty clear what he means, but since I like my job, I can't really paraphrase or expand upon it. Basically speaking, Pattinson is surely pulling a smarty and realizing there are just some roles he's not right for -- even if taking them would mean exposure would skyrocket and more doors would open for him, he'll decline. It's clear he values authenticity in his movies (spare me from expounding the realism that is playing a vampire who falls in love with a teenager, please), even if it doesn't always look like he does. At least that's what we're lead to believe here.
So Courtney Love's misinformed...surprise! Even though Pattinson's calling her a "dick" is surprisingly astute and oddly fitting, it's unwise -- because from the look of her perpetually ripped stockings, she carries razor blades in each of her body's crevices, and people like that fight actors with a vengeance.
Source: Perez Hilton