Fox Searchlight has released the first photos from Drew Barrymore‘s directorial debut Whip It in today’s issue of USA Today. Based on the book Derby Girl by Shauna Cross, the film stars Ellen Page as Bliss Cavendar, “an indie-rock loving misfit” who finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin Texas. More photos after the jump.
Posted on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Forbes Magazine has released their list of the highest earning actresses, once again proving that Hollywood is sexist. Angelina Jolie tops the list with $27 million, almost two and a half times less than the highest earning male actor (Harrison Ford with $65 million – remember, Crystal Skull was a huge payday). The top 10 actresses earned $183 million, less than half of the $393 million total that makes up the top 10 actors. Check out the top 15 after the jump.
Posted on Thursday, May 14th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Is Steven Spielberg secretly developing a sequel to E.T.? The National Enquirer is reporting that Spielberg and actress Drew Barrymore have met to discuss the project, that would supposedly show E.T. returning to Earth to rejoin the now-adult Gertie. A source told the tabloid that “Steven and Drew are being very secretive about this baby. But they want to do this project and work together. Steven has an incredible story in mind for the sequel that will bring E.T. back to earth.”
So is it true? Don’t believe anything you read in the tabloids.
Posted on Thursday, April 30th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Ropes Of Silicon has received word that Fox Searchlight has picked up Drew Barrymore‘s directorial debut Whip It!, and will release it on October 9th 2009. Searchlight is the best possible distributor for a film like this. And while October isn’t the best month to be released, the mid-October slot has done well for the studio in the past: Boy’s Don’t Cry and Sideways.
Based on the book Derby Girl by Shauna Cross, the film stars Ellen Page as Bliss, “an indie-rock loving misfit” who finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin Texas. Marcia Gay Harden plays Bliss’ disapproving mother, Jimmy Falon plays a cheesy hungover announcer named Hot Tub Johnny, while Kristen Wiig, Juliette Lewis, Zoe Bell and Eve play roller-derby stars.
Posted on Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Drew Barrymore might not be a lock to direct the third Twilight film. THR is reporting that Guillermo Del Toro protege Juan Antonio Bayona is now rumored to be one of the top finalists to direct The Twilight Saga’s Eclipse. But then again, reps are saying that they are still looking at a number of candidates. James Mangol had been previously rumored to be in talks, and earlier today Twilight fansites were claiming that New Moon director Chris Weitz’s brother Paul Weitz might direct the third film.
While I was a huge fan of Bayona’s The Orphanage, I would much rather see him make his American debut with something more original and a property that could better test his skills. The filmmaker is also signed on to direct an adaptation of the David Moody novel Hater for Universal. I still like the idea of Summit hiring a woman filmmaker for the project as the source material is so female-targeted in nature.
Discuss: Who should Summit hire to direct Eclipse?
Disclaimer: The mock logo above was created by me, and is not official movie art.
Posted on Thursday, February 26th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
When it was revealed that Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke would not be returning to helm The Twilight Saga’s New Moon, people were up in arms that Summit Entertainment was going to replace her with a male director (which came to pass). The theory is that the Twilight series is a great opportunity for female directors since the source material is targeted towards women. Also, replacing the highest grossing female director in history after the series became a success seems like a really bad political move.
Now Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Drew Barrymore is one of “a select group of directors” in talks to helm the third film in the series, The Twilight Saga’s Eclipse. I’m not sure what to think of this considering we still haven’t seen Barrymore’s directorial debut Whip It!, but the actress turned director has made some interesting (Donnie Darko) and scary (Duplex) choices with her production company Flower Films. I do like the idea of Summit giving some women filmmakers a chance, because Hollywood’s director’s club is a sausage-fest. Too bad it has to be a project that will most likely be critically slammed.
Posted on Wednesday, November 26th, 2008 by Peter Sciretta
New Line has released a new movie trailer, poster, and a bunch of new production photos for Ken Kwapis’ big screen adaptation of He’s Just Not That Into You.
The film has a wonderful cast: Jennifer Connelly, Drew Barrymore, Scarlett Johansson, Justin Long, Ben Affleck, Kevin Connolly (Entourage) (notice how I excluded Jennifer Aniston even though she’s clearly one of the leads? That was on purpose. I don’t like her very much. She is the opposite of wonderful). The film is about modern day relationships and how men and women often misconstrue the intentions of the opposite sex. The authors of the book that the film is based on were consultant and story editors on Sex and the City, which might give you a good idea what to expect.
Three more photos after the jump.
I haven’t seen this officially reported anywhere, so I thought I’d pass along word that Jimmy Fallon has been cast in Drew Barrymore‘s directorial debut Whip It! Fallon has been spotted by /Film sources on set of the roller derby dramedy playing “Hot Tub Johnny”, a cheesy hungover announcer who makes nasty comments to all the skaters.My sources have also spotted Andrew Wilson, brother of of Owen and Luke (fans of Wes Anderson know as “Future Man” in Bottle Rocket), who is playing a roller derby coach. The film stars Ellen Page as “an indie-rock loving misfit” who finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin Texas. Whip It! is currently in production.
Sometimes I get to write about some really cool films like The Dark Knight, or a small little indie film which I’ve fallen in love with like American Teen, and then every once in a while I have to write about a romantic comedy. And it’s not that I hate romantic comedies, because I’m not that type of guy. I just find it hard to write about them without making some kind of snide remark or negative statement about the type of people who are excited to see these type of movies. This sometimes leads to a statement which could potentially be labled sexist, and eventually leads to the few female readers we have calling me out in the comments. So I’m going to try to stick to the facts on this one.
So what can I say about the movie trailer for He’s Just Not That Into You? Well, the film has a wonderful cast: Jennifer Connelly, Drew Barrymore, Scarlett Johansson, Justin Long, Ben Affleck, Kevin Connolly (Entourage) (notice how I excluded Jennifer Aniston even though she’s clearly one of the leads? That was on purpose. I don’t like her very much. She is the opposite of wonderful). What else? The film was directed by Ken Kwapis, the guy responsible for The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, License to Wed, and Dunston Checks In. And the writers of the book that the film is based on were consultant and story editors on Sex and the City, which might give you a good idea what to expect. That said, enjoy the trailer below (or you could always watch that kick ass Russian Wanted trailer again… yeah, that sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it?).
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Watch the trailer in High Definition on AOL.com. He’s Just Not That Into You hits theaters on October 24th 2008.
If you have the cojones to watch this new trailer, please quickly seek rehabilitation afterward at FAIL Dogs. A friend close to this production continues to boast maniacally that $100 million box office is a lock. Rapping dogs kill, kids.
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Beverly Hills Chihuahuah, starring the voice work of Drew Barrymore and George Lopez, opens on September 26th/apocalypse.