Richard Kelly has made a name for himself as a director who makes metaphysical, 'weird' cult films -- a reputation he kick-started with his phenomenal first feature, Donnie Darko (2001), and solidified with his thoroughly strange Southland Tales in 2006. However, for his next picture Kelly is heading in a decisively more mainstream direction, with plans to write and direct the contemporary thriller Corpus Christi.
The Texas-set film, which Kelly will produce under his Darko Entertainment banner with horror impresario Eli Roth, centers on "a mentally unstable Iraq war veteran, who forges a strange friendship with his boss, a wealthy and politically ambitious owner of a supermarket chain."
Although the plot details are vague, Variety claims this will be Kelly's first film "without heavy sci-fi or metaphysical elements," for better or for worse.
Principal photography is set to begin on location this July, with casting currently underway. Despite his reputation as something of an 'indie' director, Kelly has worked with A-List talent in the past, like Jake Gyllenhaal in Donnie Darko and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in Southland Tales, so several big-name actors could be expected to sign on. We should hear about the final casting when an announcement is made later next month.
John Goodman makes everything better -- even if it's just when he's telling someone to shut the fuck up. That's why any time the actor is added to a new film -- especially one as highly anticipated as Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close -- we're a pretty happy bunch here at Hollywood.com.
Goodman joins Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks in the film, which was adapted by the ever-talented Eric Roth (Forest Gump, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) from Jonathan Safran Foer's novel of the same name, and will be directed by Stephen Daldry (The Reader).
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close tells the story of a 10-year-old boy named Oskar (played by current unknown Thomas Horn) who loses his father (Hanks) in the September 11 attacks. The drama focuses on Oskar's quest throughout New York City to find answers to questions raised by a lock-box left behind by his dad. While he searches he meets numerous other people along the way who are each dealing with loss and struggle in similar ways. Goodman will play a doorman at Oskar's apartment building.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, rumors are that Roth's script is one of the best in Hollywood right now and considering how terrifically heartbreaking the book is, the claim doesn't seem to be that crazy. Now, combine an all-star cast with with Daldry -- who's been nominated for Best Director for each feature-length film he's directed -- and the anticipation for this movie is building from extremely large to incredibly crazy. (Sorry, that was bad. I know)
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Bruce Willis is set to star in the upcoming drama Ten, directed by Patrick Alessandrin (District 13: The Ultimatum) and written by Skip Woods (The A-Team).
QED International will co-finance with Norton Herrick and produce with Joe Roth (Alice in Wonderland), Palek Patel, Woods, Bill Block, and Paul Hanson. The project starts shooting in December and will cost $35 million.
Currently, there aren't any details on the script, but Willis has experience with Roth, who was responsible for placing him in major hits The Sixth Sense and Armageddon.
Without much script detail, it's hard to tell whether or not this is a good role for Willis to take. If it is a character driven drama, hopefully he can handle it. Outside of The Sixth Sense, the actor hasn't done too many successful dramatic roles that don't involve a shotgun or pistol. Regardless, Willis has enjoyed a quiet but successful 2010 so far with Cop Out and his small role in The Expendables. With Red gaining a bunch of pre-release buzz, he should round out the year nicely.
The trio was among the stars who agreed to be part of the PETA 30th anniversary petition.
The stars want McDonald's chiefs to heed the advice of the company's own advisory board and switch to the much less violent chicken slaughter method that McDonald's already uses in Europe.
According to PETA, McDonald's U.S. suppliers cut chickens' throats while they are conscious and scald birds to death in defeathering tanks.
The celebrities who signed the petition also include Isabel Lucas, Olivia Munn, Eli Roth, rockers Iggy Pop and Dave Navarro and longtime PETA supporter Pamela Anderson.
Kevin James will join Vince Vaughn in an as-yet untitled Ron Howard-directed comedy for Universal. The film, which spins around infidelity, is Howard's next directing vehicle, from a screenplay by Allan Loeb. Howard is prepping a spring start in Chicago, according to Deadline.com.
James and Vaughn will play best friends and business partners. Vaughn is tortured about whether or not to tell his pal when he observes his wife getting intimate with another man.
The comedy came from an idea by Brian Grazer, who will produce with Vaughn and the actor's Wild West Picture Show banner. Imagine's Kim Roth is executive producer.
Quentin Tarantino has added Diane Kruger and Til Schweiger to the ever-expanding cast of his Inglorious Bastards. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kruger will step into a role that Nastassja Kinski had been circling, but a deal wasn't reached.
Bastards is centered around a French girl's revenge on the Nazis and also follows a band of American Nazi killers. The story lines eventually converge. Kruger, who is German-born but who has made her career home in France as well as working in US fare like the National Treasure films, will play a glamorous German actress who helps the Nazi hunters infiltrate a movie premiere.
She will act in German and English in the film, notes the Reporter. Schweiger will play a member of the Nazi killer team which is led by Brad Pitt's character, Lt. Aldo Raine. Others in the cast include Christoph Waltz, Daniel Bruhl, Eli Roth and Mike Myers.
Shooting starts October 13 in Germany, with the plan to debut in Cannes in May.
Schweiger has appeared in such studio movies as King Arthur and Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.
Kruger will soon be seen in Jaco van Dormael’s Mr. Nobody with Sarah Polley and Jared Leto and Run for Her Life with Dermot Mulroney.
Quentin Tarantino’s highly anticipated next movie, Inglorious Bastards, is fast becoming a star-studded affair.
Variety is reporting that Mike Myers has signed up for the World War II movie and will play a British general who helps come up with a scheme to wipe out Nazi leaders.
The Austin Powers star, who joins fellow A-lister Brad Pitt on Bastards, marks arguably the most unlikely Tarantino-movie cast member since John Travolta played a gangster in Pulp Fiction, and we all know how that turned out: Tarantino was credited with helping to revive Travolta’s career.
Myers could benefit similarly from a Tarantino-written role, following the commercial and critical failure of his latest movie, this summer’s The Love Guru.
Writer/director/actor Eli Roth (Hostel), who is close friends with Tarantino, has also been confirmed as a cast member.
Tarantino is also said to be courting actors Simon Pegg, Natassja Kinski, David Krumholtz and BJ Novak, according to Variety, which reports that the movie will go into production on Oct. 13.
What do you think about Mike Myers being cast in a Tarantino movie?
In his television series starring debut, Tim Roth has taken the lead role in Fox's one-hour pilot Lie to Me, today’s trades report.
Roth will play Dr. Cal Lightman, a scientist who pioneered the field of deception detection. A sort of human lie detector, he’s skilled at reading the human face, body and voice to uncover the truth in criminal and private investigations. Then again, the fact that the character can apply the same skills to his personal life complicates his relationships. The science in the show is genuine, based on the work of Dr. Paul Ekman, Variety notes
Lie has a 13-episode commitment at Fox and is being executive produced by Brian Grazer, who had been pursuing Roth for three months. He agreed to the role just this weekend.
Roth has previously appeared on British TV and just starred in Louis Leterrier’s The Incredible Hulk, Michael Haneke’s Funny Games and Francis Ford Coppola’s Youth Without Youth.
Quentin Tarantino has a strong feeling he was William Shakespeare in a former life.
The Pulp Fiction director feels he was born to write--because it's in his soul, and though he'd never seriously suggest he's prolific Shakespeare reincarnated, Tarantino can't rule the possibility out.
He tells GQ magazine, "I've always had a thought maybe that I might have been Shakespeare in another life.
"I don't really believe that 100 percent, and I don't really care about Shakespeare, I've never been into Shakespeare, but then people are constantly bringing up all of these qualities in my work that mirror Shakespearean tragedies and moments and themes.
"People have written lots of pieces about the parallels of my work and Shakespeare.
"I remember in the case of Reservoir Dogs, writing this scene where the undercover cop is teaching Tim Roth how to be an undercover cop, and when the actors came in to rehearse it, Harvey Keitel read it, and he thought I had just taken Hamlet's speech to the players and broke it down into modern words.
"I'd never read Hamlet's speech to the players."
The moviemaker also thinks he was a black slave in America and a Japanese gentleman in former lives.
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Movie moguls Francis Ford Coppola and Tom Cruise are set to reunite for the first time since 1983.
Cruise and his partners at the revamped United Artists studio are in talks to acquire Coppola's first film since The Rainmaker in 1997.
Coppola produced and directed Youth Without Youth after adapting the story from a 1976 novel by religious historian Mircea Eliade.
The film stars Tim Roth and Bruno Ganz and features The Rainmaker star Matt Damon.
The last time Coppola and Cruise worked together was when the former directed the latter in The Outsiders.
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