YES! Josepeh Gordon-Levitt is in talks to join Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises! Ok, I have to remember to breath, but this is seriously awesome. JGL (and yes, I realize that this makes me seem like a subscriber to "Tiger", "Teen Beat" and "17") was one of the best parts of Inception and has been wowing critics and fans for years in a wide array of films, from Mysterious Skin to Brick to (500) Days Of Summer. He is a GREAT actor that instantly adds to any ensemble.
As for his role, mum’s the word. Purely speculating here, but he could be a villain. Anne Hathaway, after all, might not play Catwoman. The only thing that was announced was that she will play Selena Kyle, not Catwoman, but then again Aaron Eckhart was announced to play Harvey Dent. So the only confirmed villain we have is Tom Hardy’s Bane. There is potentially room for JGL to play a baddie, possibly even The Riddler (a rampant rumor ran with this idea last summer). Personally, I’d like to see JGL take the mantle from Batman. Not Robin, of course, but someone else. My guess is that Nolan will break Batman’s spine over Bane’s knee like in the comics and then have JGL take his place (as Nightwing?!) A long shot, I know, but it’s what I’m going with until further notice.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller -- the dudes who co-wrote and co-directed Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs -- are now planning to direct a different type of epidemic, and this time, with less spaghetti and more music.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the duo are in talks with Disney to develop and direct the musical comedy Bob the Musical, a story following "a regular guy who, after a blow to the head, suddenly can hear the inner songs of everyone's hearts as his reality is instantly turned into a musical, much to his dismay." Marc Shaiman -- the man who composed Hairspray -- is writing the music and lyrics. But, if Lord and Miller do plan to do Bob, they'll need to work around their upcoming reboot of 21 Jump Street -- which Johnny Depp now wants to be part of.
Anyway, this is a pretty original idea, right? Well, kind of. For my fellow Scrubs fans out there, this storyline may seem a bit familiar. Back in Season 6 during the episode "My Musical," a patient -- who saw the entire world as a musical because of a brain aneurysm -- came to Sacred Heart Hospital for help. And even before that, Buffy the Vampire Slayer did a musical episode with Season 6's "Once More, With Feeling," which featured a demon that made characters break out into song at random times.
So yeah, despite risking plagiarism there's at least one positive to come from this: Hollywood is finally stealing their ideas from some place other than Broadway.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The People's Choice Awards are (almost) here - and so is every other blinkin' award show.
The People's Choice bash, to be broadcast tonight at 9pm (EST/PST) on CBS, kicks off Hollywood's action- and hardware-packed awards season. By the end of March, if you're not polishing a fancy paperweight, you're just not trying. (Either that, or your agent stinks.)
Savvy industry insiders monitor these awards carefully, knowing that kudos from critics' circles and trade guilds dramatically influence a film's public standing, box-office success - and Oscar status.
First up: the 26th Annual People's Choice Awards. As is the People's Choice way, winners are selected per public-opinion polls rather than academies and other muckty-muck types. "Nash Bridges" types Don Johnson and Cheech Marin host. In the film categories, "The Matrix," "The Sixth Sense" and "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" vie for the title of Favorite Motion Picture.
This year's broadcast will be the first to use online voting to help determine the TV categories of Best New Comedy and Best New Drama. Votes can be cast through CBS' Web site (www.cbs.com) right up until just before the categories are announced.
Here's a quick calendar of the crazy awards season ahead:
TONIGHT: People's Choice Awards; New York Film Critics Circle Awards (winners previously announced).
JAN. 19: Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards (winners previously announced).
JAN. 23: 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards. ("American Beauty" is the lead movie nominee with six nominations. NBC carries the telecast.)
JAN. 24: Broadcast Film Critics Association. (Group reveals its pick for best film of '99 - other winners previously announced.)
JAN. 29: Sundance Film Festival awards. (Robert Redford's supreme indie-film bash - the launching pad for flicks like "Sex, Lies, and Videotape," "Slacker" and "Clerks" - presents its supreme honors on this day, including its Grand Jury Prize. TV coverage on cable's Sundance Channel.)
MARCH 5: 52nd Annual Writers Guild of America Awards. (Film nominees to be announced Feb. 9.)
MARCH 11: 51st Annual Directors Guild of America Awards. (Film nominees to be announced Jan. 24.)
MARCH 12: 6th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. (Nominations to be announced Feb. 1; cable's TNT broadcasts live awards telecast.)
MARCH 25: 15th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards. (Nominations - honoring indie flicks - to be announced Jan. 12.); the Golden Raspberry "Worst Of The Century" Awards (a k a the Razzies, dishonoring the worst in film).
MARCH 26: 72nd Annual Academy Awards. (Nominations to be announced Feb. 15; Billy Crystal hosts live ABC awards telecast.)