It was a relatively uneventful Golden Globes when it came to the award winners – all the favorites (“The Social Network,” Firth, Portman, Bening, Bale, Leo) won. The big surprises came courtesy of host, the British comedian Ricky Gervais (“The Office,” “Extras”). His cringe-inducing monologue – where he rips on “The Tourist,” Hugh Hefner’s penis, HFPA bribes, and a certain closeted Scientologist – was truly a thing of beauty, even if the Hollywood Foreign Press Association brass were less than thrilled by the proceedings. HFPA execs can breathe easily, Gervais won’t be back next year to host, and many of the celebs appear to have approved of Gervais’ jokes:
The only other real highlight – or lowlight – was Natalie Portman’s maniacal laugh after cracking a joke during her acceptance speech for the Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Golden Globe for “Black Swan”:
ZOOLANDER 2 UPDATE
The script has been completed and ZOOLANDER 2 waiting for the go-ahead, Ben Stiller told Empire, offering a few plot details. The project reunites Derek and Hansel (Stiller and Owen Wilson) ten years later with a story set primarily in Europe. “Their lives have changed and they’re not really relevant anymore,” Stiller said, “It’s a new world for them.” Stiller also confirmed that Will Ferrell will return as Mugatu, stating that the character has an “integral part” in the screenplay. “Will Ferrell is written into the script and he’s expressed interest in doing it,” he explained, “…he features in a big way.”
FIRST LOOK AT SPIDER-MAN!
FIRST LOOK AT THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN!
UPCOMING FILM PROJECTS
Heat Vision is reporting the trade has learned who Christopher Nolan is looking at for the female role in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Biel are due to test for roles in the Warner Bros. superhero tentpole in the next two weeks. Also testing are relative newcomers Kate Mara and Charlotte Riley (fiancée of actor Tom Hardy, who’s playing the villain). Hot British actress Gemma Arterton has also scheduled to test, and Nolan is filling two female roles for his third Batman movie – a villain and a love interest. According to them, one character is Talia, the daughter of Ra’s al Ghul (Liam Neeson in the first film).
Twentieth Century Fox announced that Ridley Scott will direct PROMETHEUS, a sci-fi epic for worldwide release on March 9, 2012. Damon Lindelof (“Lost,” “Star Trek”) and Scott have been working together on the script. “While ‘Alien’ was indeed the jumping off point for this project, out of the creative process evolved a new, grand mythology and universe in which this original story takes place. The keen fan will recognize strands of ‘Alien’s’ DNA, so to speak, but the ideas tackled in this film are unique, large and provocative. I couldn’t be more pleased to have found the singular tale I’d been searching for, and finally return to this genre that’s so close to my heart.” Of the five major roles to be cast, Noomi Rapace (“The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo”) is the first actor signed to star in the film.
The next film from writer-director Judd Apatow will be a sequel of sorts to his film, “Knocked Up.” The untitled project will bring back Pete and Debbie, the unhappily married couple played by Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in “Knocked Up,” according to The Huffington Post. “It is just a story from Pete and Debbie’s current life,” said Apatow. “People really responded to their characters and problems. I felt like there was a lot of ground I could explore with them, so we’ll be shooting in July and will come out the following June. There are some fun details yet to reveal but I will let them come out slowly.”
Not only will Elijah Wood (‘Frodo’) and Andy Serkis (‘Gollum’) return to “Lord of the Rings” prequel THE HOBBIT, but now comes word from The Hollywood Reporter that Ian McKellen (‘Gandalf’) has signed on for the two-film adaptation as well. With McKellen aboard, news of Christopher Lee and Ian Holm signing on to reprise their parts as Saruman and an older Bilbo Baggins, respectively, is expected to follow.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg are in talks to star in I HATE YOU DAD, a comedy at Columbia Pictures that Sandler’s Happy Madison banner is producing. According to the trade, the “story centers on a father who moves in on the eve of his son’s wedding and promptly begins feuding with the bride-to-be. Sandler would play the dad, with Samberg as the son, even though less than 12 years separate the two in real life.” The film was written by David Caspe with a rewrite by David Wain and Ken Marino (“Role Models”), and a director is not attached yet.
Sounds like Oscar bait. Accoring to a press release from RKO Pictures, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Jeremy Northam, and Christopher Walken have joined the cast of A LATE QUARTET, the upcoming indie feature from first-time writer/director Yaron Zilberman. Principal photography is scheduled to begin late January 2011 in New York City. Hoffman, Keener, Northam and Walken play a world-renowned string quartet struggling to stay together as they mark their 25th anniversary in the face of illness, competing egos and insuppressible lust.
Ed Westwick (“Gossip Girl”) has been cast in the Clint Eastwood-directed drama J. EDGAR, while Charlize Theron won’t be playing Helen Gandy as was previously reported. Deadline says that Eastwood is now looking at Naomi Watts and Amy Adams as possible replacements for the Gandy role. Westwick is joining Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer and Judi Dench in the film about controversial FBI director J. Edgar Hoover…
…Until next time!
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Relativity announced in a press release it is planning an adaptation of Michael Drosnin’s BIBLE CODE series, as a tentpole film to be released in 2012:
Relativity Media announced today that it has purchased film rights to best-selling author Michael Drosnin’s “Bible Code” series, including “The Bible Code,” “Bible Code II: The Countdown,” both top New York Times best-sellers, and the newest in the series, “Bible Code III: Saving the World,” which warns of the real Armageddon, but also tells how we can prevent it.
The series is based on a 3000 year-old code in the Bible found by a top Israeli scientist and confirmed by a senior code breaker at the US National Security Agency. It reveals momentous historical events, and predicts the future. The code has successfully predicted world events such as the election of President Barack Obama, the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks…
In the midst of complicated financial restructuring following their bankruptcy claim, MGM has issued plans for the future of their flagship JAMES BOND franchise, reports Bloomberg. The next, currently-untitled, 23rd Bond film – to star Daniel Craig and be directed by Sam Mendes (“American Beauty”) – is planned for November 2012 and the article claims that sequels will follow every other year…
Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”) is now attached to MAGIC KINGDOM, a family feature that takes place in a fantasy version of Disneyland, reports Variety. Favreau, currently gearing up to release his “Cowboys & Aliens” with Universal next summer, will helm the project for Disney. Currently without a script, the project is being compared to “Night at the Museum,” treating the theme park in the same way that museums have been treated for that franchise…
Speaking at a special retrospective screening alongside Martin Scorsese (via satellite), Leonardo DiCaprio confirmed plans to move forward with Clint Eastwood’s HOOVER early next year. “It looks like, yes, infidelity is in place,” joked DiCaprio of joining a non-Scorsese film, “I will be working with Clint very soon on the Hoover project. I think it’s going to start very soon. Maybe January or February.” The actor was confirmed to be involved with the project earlier this year and will star as the biopic’s focus, J. Edgar Hoover, who founded the Federal Bureau of Investigations in the 1930’s and whose ensuing career spanned decades…
Not only is Paul Giamatti filming an unspecified cameo in director Todd Phillips’ sequel, THE HANGOVER: PART II, which has the entire gang reuniting in Bangkok, Thailand, but the inimitable ex-president BILL CLINTON is also doing a cameo in the film, according to TMZ. The two join the previously announced cameo of Liam Neeson as a tattoo artist (a role once filled by Mel Gibson)…
Director Christopher Nolan (“Inception”) has met with a bevy of female actresses for the lead in his upcoming third and final entry in the Batman franchise, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, according to Deadline. Actresses that Christopher Nolan has been rumored to have met with include: Anne Hathaway, Keira Knightley, Blake Lively, Natalie Portman, Naomi Watts, and Rachel Weisz. It’s rumored that Nolan is casting for two different female roles, both that of Bruce Wayne’s romantic interest and that of a female villain. “The Dark Knight Rises” will star returning actors Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Gary Oldman as well as the recently-announced Tom Hardy in an unspecified role. The film will go into production shortly with a release planned for July 20, 2012…
Leonardo DiCaprio is attached to star as a serial killer in a big screen adaptation of Erik Larson’s novel THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Random House describes the book as follows:
Bringing Chicago circa 1893 to vivid life, Erik Larson’s spellbinding bestseller intertwines the true tale of two men–the brilliant architect behind the legendary 1893 World’s Fair, striving to secure America’s place in the world; and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction…
Brad Pitt will reunite with writer/director Andrew Dominik as part of the ensemble cast of COGAN’S TRADE, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Dominik, who worked with Pitt on “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” has drafted and will helm Cogan’s Trade himself. The comedic crime story is said to focus on a hit man’s point person, Jackie Cogan, who becomes involved in investigating a heist against the mob. Though Pitt is named for the lead, it is suggested that the supporting cast will be rounded out by some very high-profile names as well…
Variety has confirmed that Miley Cyrus will star in the action comedy SO UNDERCOVER, directed by Tom Vaughan (“What Happens in Vegas”). In the film, Cyrus plays a private investigator hired by the FBI to go undercover in the one place it can’t infiltrate — a college sorority…
Martin Sheen will play Uncle Ben in Columbia Pictures’ untitled SPIDER-MAN movie. Sheen will be joining Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans in the Marc Webb-directed film, scheduled to hit theaters on July 3, 2012. Also, Sally Field is rumored to be playing Aunt May…
The great Francis Ford Coppola received a well-deserved Irving Thalberg Memorial Award – the lifetime achievement Oscar – at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday. Coppola is best known for directing “The Godfather” films, “Apocalypse Now,” “The Conversation,” and a variety of other films. At the same ceremony, Jean-Luc Godard was honored with a lifetime Oscar – though he refused to attend the event out of protest – and 94-year-old journeyman actor Eli Wallach did as well…
NEW FILM TRAILERS.
Columbia Pictures has debuted the AWESOME trailer for director Jonathan Liebesman’s BATTLE: LOS ANGELES, starring Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Ramon Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Ne-Yo and Michael Peña. You can watch the trailer for the March 11 release below:
Focus Features has debuted the trailer for the fantastic looking thriller (yes, thriller) JANE EYRE, directed by Cary Fukunaga and starring Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, Judi Dench, Holliday Grainger, Sally Hawkins, Tamzin Merchant and Imogen Poots. The Charlotte Bronte adaptation will be released March 11 and you can view the trailer here.
Hooray for 2D! Walt Disney Pictures has debuted the trailer for their next foray into traditional animation, WINNIE THE POOH. Based on unadapted stories by A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh returns to the Hundred Acre Wood in the style of the original Disney-produced featurettes. Check out the trailer below for the July 15, 2011 release:
Until next time!
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Prepare yourself for some serious homoeroticism if the TOP GUN 2 rumors are to be believed. The film’s original helmer, Tony Scott, is confirmed to be moving forward on the sequel, according to HitFix, who had a chance to talk with the director about the project, still in the earliest planning stages. Scott explained that his plan for the follow-up is to chart the development of the Air Force fighter pilot into the present day, inspired partially by a young Air Force pilot he met on a flight who runs drone simulations. In contrast to Tom Cruise’s character in the first film, the sequel will explore the evolution of the remote-control pilot. Still unconfirmed is whether or not Cruise will return to his star-making role of Maverick as well as when, exactly, the sequel will move forward. As it stands, the script for the film appears to still be in the research phase (with The Usual Suspects’ Christopher McQuarrie approached to write the first draft) and Scott made clear that it would not be his very next production.
Yes, New Line Cinema’s THE HOBBIT, based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien, has officially been greenlit. “The two films based on The Hobbit are now greenlit and will begin principal photography in February 2011, under the direction of Peter Jackson, it was jointly announced today by Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Operating Officer, New Line Cinema, Alan Horn, President and Chief Operating Officer, Warner Bros. and Steve Cooper, co-Chief Executive Officer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.,” said a press release. Martin Freeman (BBC’s The Office, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) will star as the film’s protagonist, Bilbo Baggins. And, despite protracted negotiations and union problems, filming will remain in New Zealand.
In an interview with Hero Complex, Christopher Nolan revealed that the title for his third Batman movie will be THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. He added that the villain “won’t be the Riddler.” “We’ll use many of the same characters as we have all along, and we’ll be introducing some new ones,” Nolan said cryptically. He also said that the studio has agreed with him not to shoot the film in 3D, but that he’ll be experimenting with the scope of IMAX in unprecedented ways. “We’re looking to do something technologically that’s never been done before,” Nolan explained. The filmmaker also reiterated that The Dark Knight rises will close out the trilogy. “Our ambition for the third movie is to complete a story that has begun,” Nolan said. “This is not starting over. This is not rebooting. We’re finishing something and keeping a consistency with what’s come before has real value.” The Dark Knight Rises is scheduled for a July 20, 2012 release.
Fox Filmed Entertainment Chairmen Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman announced that Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Cameron has agreed to make AVATAR 2 and 3 as his next films. Cameron, who had always viewed Avatar as the creation of a new world and mythology, will begin work on the scripts early next year with an eye towards commencing production later in 2011. Cameron will decide if he will shoot the films back-to-back after he completes the scripts, but the release of the first, as yet untitled sequel, is targeted for December 2014, with the third film contemplated for a December 2015 release.
Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock and Oprah Winfrey will star in a new comedy from Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City films and series) at Universal Pictures. King will write and direct the untitled film, set in and around the world of a “Home Shopping” type network and follows the characters as they make their way through the maze of mania that surrounds marketing, marriages and the media.
Darren Afronofsky (The Wrestler, the upcoming Black Swan) will not only direct WOLVERINE 2, starring Hugh Jackman as the titanium-clawed Marvel action hero, but will also direct MACHINE MAN, an adaptation of Max Barry’s “Machine Man,” reports Variety. The project, to be scripted by Mark Heyman (who co-wrote Aronosky’s Black Swan) will adapt Barry’s story, which originally appeared on the author’s website in serial form with a single page released each day as it was written. Not to be confused with the Marvel comics character, Machine Man concerns a tech engineer who, tired of going through life average and unnoticed, replaces parts of his body with titanium upgrades of his own design. He then discovers that he isn’t the only one with plans for his new body. The full story is available at Barry’s website: www.maxberry.com.
Exclusive Media Group and Cross Creek Pictures will finance George Clooney’s fourth film as director, THE IDEAS OF MARCH (formerly known as Farragut North). Adapted by Clooney and Heslov (co-writer on the Oscar-nominated Good Night and Good Luck) from playwright Beau Willimon’s award-winning 2008 play “Farragut North,” it will co-star Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood, with more casting to be announced before the film begins shooting in February 2011 in Michigan and Ohio. Set in the world of politics, Clooney will play Governor Morris, a candidate running in the presidential primary race for the Democratic Party ticket. Gosling plays his press spokesman, Giamatti plays a rival campaign manager, Tomei plays a reporter for The New York Times, and Wood plays an intern for the campaign.
Francis Ford Coppola has already started production on his next film, a thriller entitled TWIXT NOW AND SUNRISE, reports Deadline. Based on a short story by Coppola, the film will star Val Kilmer as a horror author. He will be joined by Bruce Dern and Elle Fanning in unknown roles. Little is currently known about the film’s plot, though the title is a direct reference to a 1835 short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, “Young Goodman Brown,” set in 17th century Salem, Massachusetts. The title character, Goodman Brown is returning home to his wife, Faith, when he encounters a man in the forest who is likely the Devil
Liam Neeson is replacing Mel Gibson in the cameo role as a tattoo artist in THE HANGOVER 2. “I just got a call to do a one day shoot on ‘Hangover 2’ as a tattooist in Thailand, and that’s all I know about it,” Neeson told Variety. “ just laughed my leg off when I saw ‘The Hangover,’ I was shooting in Berlin earlier this year and rented it on the hotel TV.” Director Todd Phillips said in a statement on Thursday that they were no longer going with Gibson following protests from the cast and crew, reportedly led by Galifianakis. “I thought Mel would have been great in the movie and I had the full backing of Jeff Robinov and his team,” said Phillips, “But I realize filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew.” Neeson was then asked by his The A-Team co-star Bradley Cooper to take on the role.
Due Date and The Hangover 2 star Zach Galifianakis, however, WILL be making a cameo in the upcoming THE MUPPETS, E! Online learned in a video interview with both Galifianakis and Robert Downey Jr., co-stars of Due Date. Galifianakis will shoot for “a couple of days,” meaning his role is likely just a cameo.
Mark Wahlberg is in final talks to star in Seth McFarlane’s directing debut, TED. The creator of Fox’s Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show will direct the film “about a grown man whose cherished teddy bear comes to life as the result of a childhood wish, causing all sorts of complications.” The teddy bear will be a CGI creation and voiced by MacFarlane.
Hopefully this is better than Taking Woodstock. Director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) is gearing up to start filming the long-anticipated adaptation of Yann Martel’s bestselling novel LIFE OF PI early next year with the casting of 17-year-old newcomer Suraj Sharma in the title role of a boy who is stranded in a tiny boat for 227 days with a number of zoo animals, including a Bengal tiger, saved from his family’s ship before it sinks. Lee spent months looking over 3,000 auditions to fill the role before finding Sharma, a student in Delhi, India. Directing from a script by Finding Neverland’s David Magee, Lee will start principal photography in January, shooting the entire film in 3D in Taiwan and India. 20th Century Fox has slated a holiday release for Life of Pi on December 14, 2012.
Due Date and The Hangover star Zach Galifianakis appeared on Bill Maher’s HBO show Real Time with Bill Maher and, presumably advocating for Prop 19, smoked a joint live on air. Hilarious.
French electro duo Daft Punk, who scored the upcoming TRON: LEGACY, have released a music video for their song “Derezzed” off the film’s soundtrack. Check it out.
The official trailer for the Justin Bieber biopic, NEVER SAY NEVER, has hit the Internet. The film, directed by Step Up 3D helmer Jon Chu, follows Bieber’s rise from an unknown Canadian musician, to YouTube sensation, to selling out mega-arena’s worldwide. The film opens February 11, 2011.
Entertainment Tonight visited the Chicago set of TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON and you can now watch the show’s full segment below. Michael Bay’s third installment, starring Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Kevin Dunn, Julie White, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Ken Jeong, Patrick Dempsey, Alan Tudyk and John Turturro, opens in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D on July 1, 2011.
AT THE MULTIPLEX.
Don’t’ be dismayed by this past (crap) weekend that saw SAW 3D as the only new Hollywood entry. This weekend, you can check out Danny Boyle’s riveting film 127 HOURS, starring James Franco as a trapped hiker forced to amputate his arm to survive; the funny Zach Galifianakis/Robert Downey Jr. road comedy DUE DATE, from The Hangover director Todd Phillips; the animated superhero comedy MEGAMIND, featuring the voices of Will Ferrell and Brad Pitt; Tyler Perry’s FOR COLORED GIRLS; and, for the doc lover, the great Alex Gibney’s CLIENT 9: THE RISE AND FALL OF ELIOT SPITZER.
Until next time!
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