One of the most unappealing film projects being assembled right now is the comedy version of the baby-birthing manual What to Expect When You’re Expecting. The book is frequently called out as being alarmist and a poor lesson plan for expectant mothers, but why not use the very recognizable title (recognizable to the target audience, at least) to sell a movie? Not much different from what’s happening with Akira, really.
Cameron Diaz is now looking like the lead for this particular movie, which Kirk Jones will direct from a swcript by Heather Hach and Shauna Cross. The picture is meant as a Love Actually-style film in which five couples experience the joy and surprises of impending parenthood. The film will hit on Mother’s Day weekend next year — in other words, a year from today. [Deadline]
After the break, Kelly Preston becomes a mob wife and Willem Dafoe is in a mystery movie directed by Abel Ferrara. Read More »
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The casting for David Cronenberg‘s adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel Cosmopolis has been an up and down affair, with original talents Colin Farrell and Marion Cotillard dropping out. Robert Pattinson is now the male lead — he plays a young billionaire who deals with quite a few problems as he spends a day crossing Manhattan in his limo. Also in the cast are Juliette Binoche and Paul Giamatti.
And now Robert Pattinson tells MTV that Samantha Morton is in the film, and that a new young actress has been chosen to play his character’s wife, but that he can’t yet reveal her name. I’m very interested to hear who that will be, but in the meantime having Samantha Morton in the cast is a great thing. She is reliably excellent, and even without knowing her specific role the fact that she is cast says good things about the movie overall.
After the break. The Coen Brothers-scripted Gambit gets Alan Rickman, and Rick Yune is in RZA’s kung-fu movie. Read More »
We’ve followed Gambit closely over the past year. That’s what happens when a rogue Joel and Ethan Coen script gets new life. The film is a remake of a ’60′s romantic heist movie, and looks set to be the first post-Oscar performance from Colin Firth. (His deal was done before the Oscars were handed out.) Cameron Diaz co-stars and Michael Hoffman (The Last Station) directs.
Now the film has a distributor. CBS Films will put Gambit in theaters in the US, likely in 2012. Read More »
Columbia Pictures have released a green band movie trailer for Bad Teacher. You might recall that a red band trailer was released a couple weeks back.
Jake Kasdan‘s sex comedy Bad Teacher, is about the competition between a teacher ‘who just doesn’t give an F’ (played by Cameron Diaz) and her “overly energetic colleague” played by Lucy Punch, over the new guy in school: Justin Timberlake. Jason Segel is also in the mix as a gym teacher who has the hots for Diaz’s character. The comedy is written by the writing duo of Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg , who were responsible for the horrible Year One, and the possibly upcoming Ghostbusters III (oh yah, and The Office too).
Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Ah, spring. The time when young peoples’ fancy turns to what they’ve been thinking about all winter. It’s a time for red-band trailers promoting sex-themed comedies, and for those trailers to feature snippets of music by those sexy scalliwags, the Eagles of Death Metal.
In this case, the movie is Jake Kasdan‘s Bad Teacher, the song is ‘Solid Gold,’ and the content is all about Cameron Diaz proving that she’s not a comedic stick in the mud. Or, at least, that she can hang with the mean kids. Check out the trailer after the break. Read More »
We’ve been slowly tracking the progress of the film Gambit, which is a Joel and Ethan Coen-scripted remake of a British romantic heist film that originally starred Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. The Last Station director Michael Hoffman was hired to direct last year after Doug Liman flirted with the project for a while, and Colin Firth has a deal to play the lead. Now Cameron Diaz has been cast in the Shirley MacLaine role. Read More »
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