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Tidbits: June 23, 2009

Posted by Brian on 06/23/2009

Callum BlueBlood Simple
Zhang Yimou has started shooting a remake of the Coen brothers’ debut, Blood Simple. San Qiang Pai An Jing Qi (“The Stunning Case Of The Three Gun Shots“) recently began production. Details on the remake are being kept under wraps, but the thriller-comedy stars Chinese actor Sun Honglei, comedian Xiao Shenyang and actress Yan Ni. Blood Simple was about a Texas bar owner who hires a private detective to kill his wife and her lover. The 1984 movie starring Frances McDormand won the Grand Jury Prize for best film at the United States Film Festival — the predecessor to the Sundance Film Festival — helping establish Joel and Ethan Coen’s reputations. [Source: THR]

Cher is set to return to the screen for the first time in more than a decade in a contemporary musical for Screen Gems. Christina Aguilera will play an ambitious small-town Iowa girl with a big voice who comes of age in a neo-burlesque club on Sunset Boulevard that’s run by Tess (Cher), a former dancer who struggles to keep the club open and gives the young girl a chance to shine. “She brings a soulfulness and gravitas to this character that will ground the story,” Chris Culpepper, president of Screen Gems said. “The only person who was more excited than I am is Christina.” Steven Antin will direct from a script he wrote that was revised by Susannah Grant (Erin Brokovich, The Soloist). [Source: Variety]

Kevin Lima (Enchanted) has been tapped to direct romantic comedy Frank, a reimagining of Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein story. The film centers on a teenage prodigy who’s on the cutting edge of cell research in medical school and is encouraged by her guidance counselor to take a break from the lab and make some friends. After several unsuccessful attempts at socializing with her peers, she decides to use her scientific prowess and piece together a friend out of the med school’s instructional cadavers. The project is currently out to writers. Lima is also working on a remake of  The Incredible Mr. Limpet. [Source: Variety]

Ghostbusters 3
Sigourney Weaver confirms that she will not be in Ghostbusters 3. “No, I don’t expect to have anything to do with it, although I wish them well. I just did a benefit with Bill and we love working together, but I think they’re trying to create something new completely with the Ghostbusters. “I hope my little son Oscar [from Ghostbusters II] is a Ghostbuster!” [Source: Digital Spy]

British actor Callum Blue (Dead Like Me, Rome) has joined the cast of Smallville, portraying General Zod in a role previously made famous by Terrence Stamp. Supervillain General Zod from the DC Comics books was introduced in 1980 feature “Superman II.” [Source: THR]

The Special Relationship
Peter Morgan has pulled out as director of the HBO Films/BBC Films movie The Special Relationship. Richard Loncraine has come on board to direct the project, written by Morgan, who will remain “integrally involved in every aspect of the production” in his role as a writer/executive producer. The cast, crew and filming schedule for “Special Relationship,” which has been greenlighted for production, remain intact. Dennis Quaid is on board to play President Clinton, Michael Sheen as Prime Minister Blair, Julianne Moore as Hillary Clinton and Helen McCrory as Cherie Blair. [Source: THR]

The Testament
After a decade of saying no, John Grisham has made a movie deal for his 1999 bestselling novel about a billionaire defies his greedy relatives and leaves his $11 billion fortune to a mysterious illegitimate daughter doing charity work in the Brazilian wetlands. A down-and-out lawyer helps her battle her relatives over the fortune. [Source: Variety]

Untitled Zac Efron Thriller
Zac Efron has signed to star in an untitled thriller for Mandate Pictures, which is being written by Leslie Dixon. The plot is being kept under wraps but it is described as “a sexy thriller.” Efron will act as executive producer with Mandate’s Nathan Kahane. [Source: THR]

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Kathryn Hahn Lines Up Two Projects

Posted by Brian on 06/23/2009

Kathryn HahnSource: THR

Kathryn Hahn (Step Brothers, Anchorman) recently landed in a role in the upcoming James L. Brooks comedy, which was last seen adding Jack Nicholson to it’s roster. In the Brooks comedy, she’ll play the assistant to Paul Rudd’s lead role. She’s also developing a half hour pilot with husband, Ethan Sandler at Sony Pictures Television as a potential starring vehicle for Hahn.

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Massive Tidbits Update: June 19, 2009

Posted by Brian on 06/20/2009

Leonard DiCaprio, Christopher Nolan, and Ken WatanabeNote: I fell behind a bit the past few days, so here’s a massive roundup to get reasonably caught up.

Dreamworks Animation is pushing forward with their “super secret ghost project“, competing for a fourth-quarter 2012 release slot. Referred to internally as Boo U., the story centers on a ghost who is bad at his job and must return to ghost school. The film recently picked up writer Jon Vitti (The Simpsons Movie). It’s kinda sad, because this is a project that would inspire all sorts of possibilities if it were being made at Pixar. Another ghost-centric film, referred to as Freakers, is being written by Joe Syracuse & Lisa Addario (Surf’s Up) centers on a ghost story told from the ghosts’ point of view, in their world. [Source: THR]

Bounty Hunter
Jason Sudeikis (SNL, 30 Rock) has been cast in the Columbia comedy opposite Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler. The movie centers on Milo (Butler), a bounty hunter hired to track down his ex-wife, Casidy (Aniston), who has skipped out on bail. Sudeikis will play Stewart, a work friend of Casidy’s who falsely believes he is her boyfriend and takes off after her when she goes on the run. Andy Tennant (Fool’s Gold) directs from a script by Sarah Thorp (Twisted). [Source: THR]

Bride Of Frankenstein
Neil Burger (The Illusionist) is in talks to resurrect the Bride Of Frankenstein for Universal. Burger would pen the script with writing partner Dirk Wittenborn. The sequel continued the story of Frankenstein’s monster who persuades Dr. Frankenstein to create a mate. The doctor is successful, but the Bride (who is not a central character) winds up rejecting the monster at the end of the movie. About five years ago, American Splendor scribes Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini were attached to write, setting the  picture in contemporary New York, with a young woman dying and then unnaturally brought back to life. Burger’s version is expected to differ significantly from that concept. [Source: Risky Biz Blog]

The Experiment
Adrien Brody, Forest Whitaker, Elijah Wood and Cam Gigandet will star in a remake of the German psychological thriller Das Experiment. The original centered centered on a group of ordinary men recruited to take on the roles of guards and prisoners as part of a research study and examined how the effects of assigned roles, power and control affected the participants. Brody will portray the de facto leader of the prisoners while Whitaker will play a guard who’s corrupted by the power he’s given. Prison Break creator Paul Scheuring writing and directing with filming set to begin in Iowa next month. [Source: Variety]

Dancing With the Stars‘ Julianne Hough will be make the transition to acting in the upcoming remake of Paramount’s 1984 classic. The dancer, singer and choreographer will join Chace Crawford (who recently replaced Zac Efron), assuming her scheduling works for the March shoot. The original told the story of a rebellious outsider who moves to a new town where music and dancing are banned and proceeds to shake everything up. Kenny Ortega (High School Musical) directs, while the latest draft was written by Susannah Grant (The Soloist). [Source: THR]

Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi feature has officially begun shooting in Tokyo. The film which stars Leonard DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt among others has a rumored budget of $150+ million. The story, which is being extremely quiet, is “a sci-fi thriller set within the architecture of the mind.” [Source: /Film]

The Invisible Man
David Goyer updated ShockTilYouDrop on the status of his version of the HG Wells classic. “I’ve since finished a draft and I’m in the midst of revisions for it right now,” he says. “Universal seems pretty high on it. So, they’re just breathing down my neck to get the revisions done. It’s a movie they’d like to make.” Universal also has The Wolfman coming to theaters this November, so the success of these two movies will most likely influence whether other classic monster franchies are revived. [Source: ShockTilYouDrop]

Just Wright
Rapper-turned-actor Common (Smokin Aces, Terminator: Salvation) has been cast opposite Queen Latifah in a romantic sports comedy directed by Sanaa Hamri. Scripted by Michael Elliott, film concerns a sports trainer who finds herself falling in love with a professional basketball player while rehabilitating him from a career-threatening injury. Paula Patton (Deja Vu, Precious) was also recently cast. [Source: Variety]

The Last Song
Greg Kinnear and Kelly Preston have been cast as Miley Cyrus’ parents in Disney’s adaptation of the upcoming Nicholas Sparks novel. The story centers on a rebellious teenager (Cyrus) who is forced to spend the summer with her estranged father (Kinnear), a former Juilliard professor and concert pianist. [Source: THR]

Money Never Sleeps
British actress Carey Mulligan (Pride & Prejudice) has been cast as Gordon Gecko’s daughter, Winnie, in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street sequel. Winnie Gecko is the fiancee of Jacob (Shia LaBeouf), and hasn’t spoken to her father Gordon in 11 years while he was away in prison since she blames her father for the suicide of her brother Rudy. Taking place 21 years after the events in Wall Street and set in the world of hedge fund managers around election time, Gordon Gecko agrees to help Jacob get his revenge against a hedge fund manager as long as Jacob helps restore and mend Gordon’s relationship with Winnie. Winnie works for a senator in Washington, DC. [Source: Latino Review]

Once Upon A Time…
Mike Mitchell (Shrek Forever After) is set to direct MGM’s live-action fantasy, based on a script Charlie Vignola, Kevin Marcus and Bradley Marcus. The story has Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty married to their handsome princes, the Charming brothers, and planning to live happily ever after — only to see their spouses go missing. The sisters-in-law set out to save their husbands and the fairy tale kingdom. An MGM rep said the studio does not have to license Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty from the Walt Disney Co. because the characters are in the public domain. [Source: Variety]

Teen Wolf
A remake of Michael J. Fox starrer Teen Wolf is in early development, because apparently Hollywood has given up and we should all get used to this. Warner Bros snagged the rights five or six years ago and are currently out to writers, looking for a fresh reinterpretation of Rod Daniels’ 1985 hit. The studio isn’t sure ”which way they’re going to go.” [Source: Moviehole]

The Secret History Of Tom Trueheart
Framelight Productions and David Uslan set to produce and adapt the children’s book trilogy into a series of feature films. The series follows a young boy and his older brothers in the Land of Stories. Production on a first live-action pic, based on the 2007 book, is aimed for a mid-2010 start on a planned $60 million budget. Framelight’s Jeffrey D. Erb and Robert L. Robinson Jr. will join Uslan in producing the film, with the series’ British author, Ian Beck, on board as exec producer. A screenwriter will be hired shortly. [Source: THR]

Tron 2
A pretty intensive, spoiler-filled early script review for Tron 2 has gone up over at CC2K. [Source: CC2K]

Trophy Boys
Josh Sugarman is setting eye on a group of young writers as a way of examining Generation Y in the narrative film as his feature directorial debut that has begun shooting in New York. Ryan Eggold (90210) plays a self-righteous twentysomething, with David Gallagher (7th Heaven) playing a friend who collaborates with him on a script. Tahyna Tozzi (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) plays a love interest for both. The film’s title describes members of a generation, coddled by their parents, that grow up with an overestimated sense of self-worth. Sugarman co-wrote the screenplay with Brandon Yankowitz. [Source: THR]

Unbreakable 2
M. Night Shyamalan is apparently still keen on doing a sequel to Unbreakable. “I don’t know where all the parties are in the world. Sam [Jackson] is like ‘Mr. Comic Book’ now. And Bruce, I don’t know what he’s up to. I don’t know where Disney’s at in their head and what kind of movies they’re up for making. But yeah, I love that movie.” Would Disney ever want to work with Shyamalan again after that entire Lady In The Water fiasco? [Source: MTV]

Untitled Facebook Status Project
Lisa Hamilton Day, a former exec at Dreamworks and friend of Christy Fletcher’s, wryly posted last week: “Lisa Hamilton Day’s Pomeranian raided Chinese takeout bag overnight, opened and ate a fortune cookie. Her fortune: You have strong spiritual powers, and you should develop them.” Fletcher, who runs a New York lit agency was thoroughly amused by the comment and immediately saw a story in it. Now Fletcher’s teamed up with Howie Sanders on a tween series about Charlotte, the Pomeranian, who uses her newfound superpowers to save her owner’s home after said owner loses her job and is forced to contemplate moving in with her folks, in a deal that would entail selling the Facebook update and optioning the dog’s life rights. Sigh. Seriously, I didn’t even make that up. [Source: Dark Horizons]

Wanted 2
Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch, Day Watch) is ready to start prep on a sequel to the Mark Millar adaptation. “In July we will start preparation for the film. I think in the late autumn or winter shooting will be performed, in America, India, and Russia,” Mr. Bekmambetov said to RIA Novosti. The film promises to bring back Angelina Jolie’s character, who was victim to the most awesome homicide/suicide ever filmed, aswell as introducing new characters. [Source: RIC]

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Reese Witherspoon Is A ‘Pharm Girl’

Posted by Brian on 06/18/2009

Reese WitherspoonSource: THR

Reese Witherspoon is set to produce and attached to star in Universal’s Pharm Girl, an aspirational comedy centering on one woman’s odyssey through the drug industry. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Bad Santa) are writing the screenplay and in talks to direct. The project centers on a woman (Witherspoon) who gets a job at a pharma powerhouse but begins to see the underbelly of the industry as she rises through the company’s ranks. Witherspoon, who recently signed onto the new James L. Brooks picture, is also prepping to other features to produce via her Type A banner; thriller Bell Witch, and romantic comedy Around the World in 80 Dates, both at Universal.

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Trailers: ‘Zombieland’

Posted by Brian on 06/18/2009

ZombielandSource: Apple

Here’s the trailer for Zombieland, which can almost be seen as a sequel of sorts for young star Jesse Eisenberg who was last seen in Greg Mottola’s Adventureland. This movie is the reason Woody Harrelson allegedly fought some photographer he said he mistook for a zombie when the man harrassed Harrelson and his daughter in the airport.

Columbus (Eisenberg) has made a habit of running from what scares him. Tallahassee (Harrelson) doesn’t have fears. If he did, he’d kick their ever-living ass. In a world overrun by zombies, these two are perfectly evolved survivors. But now, they’re about to stare down the most terrifying prospect of all: each other. The film also stars Emma Stone (Superbad), Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), Amber Heard (The Stepfather), Mila Kunis, and Bill Murray. It was directed by Ruben Fleischer from a script by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese.

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The Films Of George Simmons

Posted by Brian on 06/17/2009

The Films of George SimmonsSource: Official Site

If you don’t know who George Simmons is, don’t worry. Adam Sandler isn’t pulling a Garth Brooks. George Simmons is the character Sandler plays in Judd Apatow’s upcoming Funny People. His official site recently went live and has clips and posters from his backlog of films. The above collage comes from /Film. I highly recommend checking out the site and the synopsis for the films. I’d pay to see Adam Sandler do these ridiculous movies for real.

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CW, Fox Announce Fall Line-Up

Posted by Brian on 06/17/2009

Source: THR [2]

Apparently all seasons are behind a bit this year. The CW is actually only starting a week later leading off with remakes of 90210 and Melrose Place. The midseason premiere date for the drama Life Unexpected will be announced later. Fox, on the other hand, is set to launch in mid-to-late September alongside most other channels.

Here’s the CW’s fall premiere schedule:

Tuesday, Sept. 8
8:00-9:00 p.m. “90210” (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. “Melrose Place” (Series Premiere)

Wednesday, Sept. 9
8:00-10:00 p.m. “America’s Next Top Model” (2-Hour Season Premiere)

Thursday, Sept. 10
8:00-9:00 p.m. “The Vampire Diaries” (Series Premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. “Supernatural” (Season Premiere)

Monday, Sept. 14
8:00-9:00 p.m. “One Tree Hill” (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. “Gossip Girl” (Season Premiere)

Wednesday, Sept. 16
9:00-10:00 p.m. “The Beautiful Life: TBL” (Series Premiere)

Friday, Sept. 25
8:00-9:00 p.m. “Smallville” (Season Premiere)

Here’s Fox’s fall premiere schedule:

Saturday, Sept. 12
8-8:30 p.m. “Cops” (Season premiere)
8:30-9 p.m. “Cops” (All-new episode)
9-10 p.m. “America’s Most Wanted” (Season premiere)

Wednesday, Sept. 16
8-9 p.m. “So You Think You Can Dance” (Season premiere)
9-10 p.m. “Glee” (Series premiere)

Thursday, Sept. 17
8-9 p.m. “Bones” (Season premiere)
9-10 p.m. “Fringe” (Season premiere)

Friday, Sept. 18
8-8:30 p.m. “Brothers” (Series premiere)
8:30-9 p.m. ” ‘Til Death” (Season premiere)
9-10 p.m. “Dollhouse” (Season premiere)

Monday, Sept. 21
8-10 p.m. “House” (2-hour season premiere)

Sunday, Sept. 27
8-8:30 p.m. “The Simpsons” (Season premiere)
8:30-9 p.m. “The Cleveland Show” (Series premiere)
9-9:30 p.m. “Family Guy” (Season premiere)
9:30-10 p.m. “American Dad” (Season premiere)

Monday, Sept. 28
9-10 p.m. “Lie to Me” (Season premiere)

Tuesday, Sept. 29
8-9 p.m. “Hell’s Kitchen” (All-new episode)
9-10 p.m. “So You Think You Can Dance” (Time period premiere)

Tuesday, Oct. 27
8-10 p.m. “So You Think You Can Dance” (Time period premiere)

Saturday, Nov. 7
11 p.m.-midnight “The Wanda Sykes Show” (Series premiere)

Why is Fringe on Thursday nights? Why do I have to wait two more days? Why can’t you just show Lie To Me on Thursday? I can watch Tim Roth be a dick some other time. Come to think of it, most lead characters on Fox are complete dicks: Peter Griffin, House, the upcoming Human Target‘s Christopher Chance, Al Bundy. Hm. A metaphor for Tom Rothman? Only time will tell.

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Trailers: ‘Shorts’

Posted by Brian on 06/17/2009

Robert RodriguezSource: SciFi Wire

Say all you want about Robert Rodriguez and his Spy Kids trilogy, Sharkboy & Lavagirl, or even his newest kids film Shorts — he’s built Troublemaker Studios from the ground-up, and financed all those wacky uber-violent films you love so much off his kid movies. How many directors can honestly claim to have kids and adults go bonkers for their respective films? We all flock to Sin City and Grindhouse, but the kids, god bless ’em, they pour out in masses for these films and give Rodriguez enough to indulge his craziest ideas. Here’s both a new poster and a second trailer for the aforementioned, Shorts.


So take the hit, you’re getting Machete next year. You’re probably getting Predators next year aswell, and he’s already working on ideas for The Jetsons. And hey, the guy literally makes films FOR his kids. It’s like going out in the backyard with the video camera, except the video camera is a film crew. How can you rag on him for that? Shorts is set in the suburb of Black Falls, where all the houses look the same and everyone works for Black Box Unlimited Worldwide Industries Inc. Eleven-year-old Toe Thompson just wants to make a few friends, until a mysterious rainbow-colored rock falls from the sky, hits him in the head and changes everything: It grants wishes to anyone who holds it. It hits theaters August 21st.

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Liz Merriweather Is A ‘Honey Pot’

Posted by Brian on 06/17/2009

, Dana Fox, Diablo Cody, Liz Meriwether and Lorene Scafaria. Source: Variety

Paramount Pictures have preemptively bought action-comedy pitch Honey Pot from scribe Liz Meriwether for the Montecito Co. to produce. Details on story are being kept under wraps, but the film will feature two female leads and is set in the world of international espionage. Meriweather described the project as “what happens when a bunch of hot, funny women get their ‘Bourne’ on.”

Meriwether previously penned the Off Broadway play “Mistakes Madeline Made,” which led to the Fox TV pilot Sluts, friends-with-benefits comedy Fuckbuddies, which Montecito is also producing, and she is currently adapting Rudolph Delson’s novel Maynard and Jennica for producer Scott Rudin.

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Sean Penn Takes Hiatus

Posted by Brian on 06/16/2009

Sean Penn in 'The Interpreter'Source: THR

Sean Penn has informed two productions slated to shoot this year that he will be taking time away from Hollywood to focus on his family. Sources claim it could last up to a year, but nothing concrete is known. He recently rescinded his legal seperation case with wife, Robin Wright-Penn, for the second time in their marriage. Penn was slated to shoot Cartel, a crime thriller about a man who journeys to protect his son after his wife is murdered by Mexican drug cartels. The plan is to recast the role while the script is still currently being worked on, with Asger Leth at the helm. Penn was also to begin production in August on the Farrelly Brothers’ highly anticipated Three Stooges, alongside Jim Carrey and Benicio Del Toro.

Penn’s leave puts production in jeopardy as waiting for Penn to return could lose Carry and Del Toro. The film is already set for a March 2010 release date, and timing is everything in Hollywood. Schedules tend to fill up at warp speed, so it’s unclear whether the Farrelly Brothers will recast and try to work something else out. He will next be seen in Terrence Malick’s Tree Of Life, and Doug Liman’s adaptation of Valerie Plame’s political memoir, Fair Game.

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