General News

Role Call: Jack and Adam are angry men

By:
Jan 08, 2002 | 9:39am EST

Funny guy Adam Sandler has displayed a certain amount of anger in his past films, once yelling at a golf ball, "Are you too good for your home?" when it refused to go in the hole in Happy Gilmore. Jack Nicholson has played the epitome of an angry man in just about every role he's ever had, the crazy, axe-waving lunatic that he is.

Now they are starring together in Revolution Studios' film Anger Management. Where's the casting director? I want to shake his hand.

The story revolves around Sandler, who is wrongly sentenced to an anger-management program and has his life turned upside-down by the hyper-aggressive instructor (Nicholson) who rarely practices what he preaches. Well, that's just about perfect. This is gonna be a must-see movie on my list.

Filming begins mid-March, under the helm of director Peter Segal (Nutty Professor II: The Klumps).

It's a married thing, times two

It's sweet when a young married couple decides to work together. Stupid, but sweet.

Young marrieds Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe are attached to a Universal Pictures project in development called Family Trust.

Yes, Ms. Boys Don't Cry Oscar-winner and her husband Chad, brother of Rob and second-tier television actor, are teaming up in their first film together to bring us the heartwarming story of a young, self-made Jewish finance executive (Swank) and a preppie playboy (Lowe), and how they end up guardians of a precocious four-year-old.

Here's the catch: they proceed to fall in love without realizing it. Dammit, I hate that when that happens--sneaking up on a person like that.

I've got another one for you. Cutesy couple Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon, both pretty hot right now in the Hollywood circuit, are in development with Working Title Films on their first film called Flying Smiths.

The premise is completely outrageous: an ambitious trapeze artist's dreams are crushed when a tiger scratches out one of his eyes (ouch). Said trapeze artist then travels to Italy to obtain a glass eye (Italy is good for glass eyes, I guess) but is thwarted again when a small child swallows the perfect "eye". The mother of said child and the trapeze artist eventually fall in love.

Of course they fall in love. Why else make the movie?

Why, indeed. I'm betting this one won't ever get made--but I'll be the first in line to see it if they do; it sounds right up my alley.

Bond's newest foe

Watch out, Mr. Bond. There's a new enemy to face--literally and figuratively. Actor Rick Yune, hot off his turn in last summer's sleeper hit The Fast and the Furious, will be taking on the reins as the newest villain in MGM's latest James Bond installment, with Pierce Brosnan once again playing 007.

Even though the actual plotline is being kept tightly under wraps, we know that Yune will star as a North Korean general named Zao, who creates a device enabling facial mutation. I was wondering when they were going to use the whole "facial mutation" thing in a movie. It's about time.

In using the device on himself, however, the experiment goes awry and leaves Yune half-changed. Yuck. Hope he had warranty on it. Apparently, the handsome actor will have to undergo major makeup and prosthetic use to create the character, but will he get a cat? That's what I want to know.

From a nobody to a somebody?

Actress Ellen Pompeo (In the Weeds) has been pegged for not one, but two high profile DreamWorks projects.

First, she'll star opposite Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Will Ferrell in Old School about three men who attempt to recapture their college days. Pompeo plays Wilson's lifelong love interest.

Second, she is in talks for a role in Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks about Frank Abagnale Jr., the youngest man to be on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List. Pompeo would play Marci, a flight attendant to whom Frank loses his virginity. Lucky her.

O.K., who is Ellen Pompeo again? Apparently, she's someone whose about to be a big name soon enough.

More General News