Within the next six weeks, someone you like a lot is virtually guaranteed to be cast in New Year’s Eve, the ensemble romantic comedy that is a sorta-spin-off from Valentine’s Day. I apologize in advance. For me, it has already happened, as Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer are negotiating for roles in the film. So are Hilary Swank and Ashton Kutcher.
THR lays out the structure: the film “tells intertwining stories of a group of New Yorkers as they navigate their way through romance over the course of New Year’s Eve.” Robert De Niro would be a bitter, dying man, while Michelle Pfeiffer would be “a frustrated executive secretary who decides to tackle her unfulfilled resolutions.” Hilary Swank would be a producer of the big Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration, while Ashton Kutcher would be cast well against type as a man who hates New Year’s Eve.
This quartet would join Lea Michele and Abigail Breslin, and there will be more to come before the film shoots in mid-December. Garry Marshall is directing.
Fox Searchlight has released the trailer for Tony Goldwyn‘s Conviction, the “inspirational true story” of Betty Anne Waters (played by Hilary Swank), “a high school dropout who spent nearly two decades working as a single mother while putting herself through law school, tirelessly trying to beat the system and overturn her brother’s unjust murder conviction.” Sam Rockwell plays her brother, and the supporting cast includes Minnie Driver, Melissa Leo, Peter Gallagher, and Juliette Lewis. Seems like they took the Erin Brokovich formula, combining an inspirational true story with some great Academy Award winning and nominated actors. The voice over is a bit much, and the musical cue from Avatar is a bit distracting (yes, I know its originally from The Island…), but overall it looks like it could be a good film.
Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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John Carpenter last had a feature in theaters in 2001 with Ghosts of Mars, but he’s been working his way back to the multiplex in the long years since. There were a couple of episodes of Showtime’s Masters of Horror series, for example. And he’s got the feature The Ward, starring Amber Heard, in post-production right now.
Now Carpenter will take on vampires once again with an adaptation of the novel Fangland, which is an update (of sorts) of Bram Stoker’s original Dracula. Read More »
Fox Searchlight has revealed two new posters today: On FirstShowing is the poster for Jarred Hess‘ Gentlemen Broncos and on People.com is the poster for Mira Nair‘s Amelia Earhart biopic Amelia starring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere. The trailer for Broncos will be online tomorrow. Click on through to the previously linked sites to see the images in high resolution.
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Amelia Earhart may have had quite a presence in the second Night at the Museum movie earlier this summer, where she was played by a spunky Amy Adams, but she’s also getting her own biopic called Amelia, starring Hilary Swank, Richard Gere and Ewan McGregor. The first trailer has debuted at Yahoo, and it’s pretty standard biopic stuff. Which is too bad, because if there was ever a great adventurous biopic meant for young girls, this would be it. See the footage from the Mira Nair-directed film after the jump. Read More »
BadandUgly has the first photos of Amy Adams as Amelia Earhart. Confused? I can see how that could happen as back in April we brought you the first photos of Hilary Swank as the famous female pilot. Well turns out that Adams plays the historic character in Night at the Museum 2: Escape from the Smithsonian. As expected, the Night at the Museum portrayal looks a bit more cartoonish compared to the Mira Nair biopic.
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Filmz.ru has a first look at the first batch of photos from Mira Nair’s Amelia, the Amelia Earhart biopic which is currently in production. Hilary Swank stars as the legendary American pilot who disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 in an attempt to make a flight around the world. Richard Gere plays publisher and promoter George Putnam, who Earhart eventually married. The movie also stars Ewan McGregor as Gene Vidal, and Virginia Madsen as Dorothy Binney Putnam.
The G.I. Joe casting news marches on, blankly. The main villain in the film, the silver-headed Destro, will be played by theater actor David Murray [iesb.net], previously seen in Batman Begins as…”Jumpy Thug.” A face you will recognize, actor Dennis Quaid‘s, is now set for General Hawk, the unkempt elder leader of the Joes. There’s your marquee value. The Cobra-backed villain, Zartan, who is a dead ringer for the old school wrestler the Ultimate Warrior, will be played by South African actor Arnold Vosloo [iesb.net]. How much more of this do we have to take? In what seems like a move directed at all of the Internet moaning, G.I. Joe creator Larry Hama [latinoreview] has signed on as a consultant to the film. Late, much?
Three years have passed since her last forgotten supernatural mystery, The Forgotten, so the lovely and veddy talented Julianne Moore is set to top-line a new $25 million supernatural mystery entitled Shelter. Plot details are under wraps, but Swedish directors Mans Barlind and Bjorn Stein are aboard. Peter and John are not.
The Weinstein Co. liked how Dario Argento‘s latest film and his first in the English language, Giallo, was coming together, so the company is distributing the film theatrically in the United States. Wild-eyed stars Vincent Gallo and Ray Liotta will face off bathed in the director’s stylish color palette. More details on the film here.
Freshly detached in the press from the next Jack Ryan vehicle, director Phillip Noyce (Sliver, Patriot Games), is now officially unattached to helm the untitled Amelia Earhart biopic starring Hilary Swank. Noyce was torn between waiting out delays in filming and directing Mary Queen of Scots with Scarlett Johansson in the titular role. Scarlett > Swank.
AICN apparently has an ear to the howls coming from the set of The Wolf Man, which director Mark Romanek just left. Among the directors now rumored to take over the film, which begins filming in February (rush!), is Brett Ratner [lightning crashes, birds fly backwards]. Earlier we reported that Cloverfield‘s Matt Reeves has also been mentioned.
More quiet vacuum cleaning of the past days’ news after the jump…
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One of our favorite new websites is NotStarring.com, a website that is dedicated to your favorite stars and the roles they didn’t get. Recently they put up a section dedicated to the directors and stars who turned down roles in Oscar nominated movies. We’re not sure about the accuracy, but that won’t stop us from taking a look at some of our favorites from the class that could have been 2007:
The Departed: Robert De Niro was originally set to play Queenan (Martin Sheen’s role), but dropped out to go ahead with his own directorial project, the Good Shepherd. Mel Gibson had to turn down a role in Martin Scorsese’s crime drama due to his commitment to Apocalypto. Denis Leary had to say no because of his ongoing commitment to his TV series. Brad Pitt was cast as Sullivan but dropped out, but continued to produce the film. Kate Winslet and Hilary Swank were reportedly some of the actresses considered by Scorsese for the part of Madolyn (Vera Farmiga).
Dreamgirls: Aaliyah was to play the lead role which later went to Beyonce Knowles. Lauryn Hill expressed interest in the role in the early to mid 1990’s. Whitney Houston was attached to the role in the late 1980’s. Terrence Howard auditioned for a part but didn’t get it. Usher could not commit six months to the project and turned down the role (Keith Robinson). Denzel Washington reportedly turned down the role of Curtis Taylor Jr. (Jaime Foxx) because he can’t sing.
Little Miss Sunshine: The role of uncle Frank (Steve Carell) was reportedly written for Bill Murray.
Borat: Director Todd Phillips (Old School) left the project in 2005 over creative differences.