Posted on Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 by Angie Han
The idea of Machete Kills has been floating around ever since it was promised in the end credits of the first Machete, back in 2010. But it’s only recently that the project’s really begun picking up steam, with Danny Trejo entering talks to reprise his role this past February.
Now, as Machete Kills comes together to start shooting later this month, it’s been locking down cast members left and right. Returning stars Jessica Alba and Michelle Rodriguez have both climbed aboard in the past few weeks, as have franchise newcomers Mel Gibson and Demián Bichir (A Better Life). And as of today, the latest fresh face to join the cast is Amber Heard. More after the jump.
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Johnny Depp and Rob Marshall are working to make a new version of The Thin Man, the Dashiell Hammett novel about drunk detective socialite Nick Charles, his charming young wife Nora and the unusual family mystery in which they become embroiled.
The question is: who plays Nora? Deadline says there is a shortlist that will begin to meet with Warner Bros. next week. Names on the list include Eva Green, Amy Adams, Emma Stone, Carey Mulligan, Rachel Weisz, Kristen Wiig, Emily Blunt and Isla Fisher. That is, just about every smart actress with free time in her schedule and an interest in starring opposite one of the few semi-legit movie stars in the business. And without knowing more about what Marshall, Depp and WB are specifically looking for, it seems pointless to try to play the guessing game based on a list that long.
The original The Thin Man, released in 1934, spawned a series of comic detective films and, later, even a TV show, and that precedent is fueling fire that the material might become a hit once again.
After the break, Albert Hughes’ film Motor City might finally have a lead, and Hal Holbrook joins Gus Van Sant’s new film Promised Land. Read More »
Briefly: The script for Motor City, written by Chad St. John, sounds pretty rote: a former Army Ranger is framed for a crime, and when released from prison he goes after the guy who did the framing, and who stole his girl to boot. But the script has almost no dialogue — a few lines, maybe — and that makes it sound like an interesting exercise, at least.
Dominic Cooper was going to play the lead role, with Gary Oldman as the bad guy and Amber Heard as the female lead. But Cooper ended up moving on, and now Jake Gyllenhaal will play the lead role, under the direction of Albert Hughes. (His first film without brother Allen.) A spring start is scheduled, with the film set to shoot in Berlin. [Deadline]
Update: Or maybe not. A second Deadline report says that Gyllenhaal has backed out, when schedules couldn’t be worked out.
Briefly: The next movie from Albert Hughes — and his first solo effort without brother Allen — is set to be Motor City, which sounds like a straight-up revenge story based on quick descriptions of the script by Chad St. John. Dominic Cooper stars as a guy just released from prison, who is out for revenge against the guys who framed him for a crime. I’m told the script is one of the most spare to go into production in a long time, with very little dialogue. Hopefully that will result in a film that is more distinguished than the basic logline makes it sound — perhaps a companion piece to Drive and The American.
Now Amber Heard is set to play the lead female role, though we don’t know anything about the specifics of the part. Heard has been on the verge of breaking out for a while, starting with her starring role in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, moving through her clothes-free scenes in The Informers, and films like Zombieland, The Ward, Drive Angry and The Rum Diary. She was also a lead in the short-lived show The Playboy Club, which was canceled after only three episodes aired.
Posted on Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 by Angie Han
A lot of the reviews I’ve read of this fall’s new series seem to keep returning to the same theme: television comedy is making a comeback. That’s definitely the case in this edition of TV Bits, which includes news about the cancellation of NBC’s much-hyped drama The Playboy Club, and new sitcoms for AMC and Fox. Hit the jump for more.
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In 2009, after spending several years in development hell, a film based upon the early Hunter S. Thomson novel The Rum Diary (a book not published until the late ’90s) went before cameras with Bruce Robinson (Withnail & I, How to Get Ahead in Advertising) directing from his own script, and Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, Aaron Eckhart and Richard Jenkins starring.
The movie took months to film, and then many more months to secure distribution. It was only in February of this year that FilmDistrict stepped in to release the movie. The trailer — a lively, sometimes frantic, and fairly entertaining collection of footage — dropped not long ago. Now check out a poster for the film in which Johnny Depp essentially reprises his role as Thompson. Read More »
We’ve been waiting quite some time to see anything besides still photos from The Rum Diary, in which Johnny Depp stars as Paul Kemp, essentially a stand-in for Hunter S. Thompson as seen in Thompson’s early novel The Rum Diary. The film went into development quite some time ago and shot in 2009. It won’t hit the festival circuit this fall, but it will hit some theaters in October and you can see a trailer below.
In addition to Depp, Richard Jenkins features as Kemp’s editor, with whom he has a contentious relationship, and Amber Heard plays Chenault, the partner (more or less) of Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart), both of whom he meets while spending some time in the Caribbean. The great Bruce Robinson (Withnail & I, How to Get Ahead in Advertising) wrote and directed.
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This upcoming television season will also debut a bunch of shows set in the 1960’s. I’m sure this new trend is somehow a result of Mad Men‘s popularity.
- The Playboy Club will premiere on Mondays at 10pm this Fall on NBC. Eddie Cibrian and Amber Heard star in a drama which “explores the lives of Playboy bunnies toiling at the Playboy Club in 1960s Chicago.”
- Pan Am will premiere on Sundays at 10pm this Fall on ABC. Christina Ricci stars in this new series which promises to be “Mad Men’s style meets Grey’s Anatomy’s entanglements in this thrilling and highly original new drama from producer Nancy Hult Ganis (a former stewardess), writer Jack Orman (ER) and director Tommy Schlamme (The West Wing).”
Watch both trailers embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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There’s a reason this article is illustrated with a ten-year old image of Nicole Kidman in The Others: she’s not quite a stranger to making low-budget chillers, and now she seems to be tapped for a new one. Saw and Insidious director James Wan is putting together a movie called Spectre, and a throwaway mention in a Variety report on Cannes sales mentions that Nicole Kidman is in talks to star. We don’t know what the film is, but knowing James Wan’s general M.O. I’ll let you guess the basics. Nicole Kidman already has one thriller in the can for this year (Joel Schumacher’s Trespass, with Nic Cage) and may be Park Chan-Wook’s Stoker and/or Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful. But I’ll admit: fond memories of The Others make me hope this comes together.
After the break. Mark Strong gets ready to punch, and Amber Heard is in a film called Syrup. Read More »
A Red Sonja film has been percolating for the last few years, kicked off when Rose McGowan was set to star with Robert Rodriguez producing. Teaser artwork was dramatically unveiled, and the film seemed like one of several that would be the fruit of the real-life relationship between the director and his Planet Terror actress. But things changed, and while it seemed for a moment as if the film might survive the end of the Rodriguez/McGowan relationship, that version of Red Sonja has been dead for some time.
The film is still being developed at Nu Image/Millennium, however. Now producer Avi Lerner says that he’s got Simon West set to direct a new version, and that he likes his Drive Angry actress Amber Heard for the title role. Read More »