Don’t call it a Sopranos reunion, but James Gandolfini is poised to work with Sopranos creator David Chase once more. The actor has taken a role in Mr Chase’s new project Twylight Zones, aka the film previously referred to as the Untitled David Chase Rock and Roll Movie. In addition, Mr. Gandolfini is circling roles in two other potentially big films: Andrew Dominik‘s Cogan’s Trade, and Stephen Daldry‘s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Read More »
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James Gandolfini is about to start work on Violet & Daisy but is lining up work to take on after that film wraps. One possibility is Great Hope Springs, the matrimonial drama that will re-team director Mike Nichols and Meryl Streep. Jeff Bridges was one possible candidate for the same role over the summer, but he’s out of the picture.
If Gandolfini signs on, he’d also join Philip Seymour Hoffman in the Vanessa Taylor-scripted film about “a husband and wife (Gandolfini and Streep) undergoing an intense weekend of counseling to decide their future after 30 years of marriage.” Streep sparring with Gandolfini with Hoffman as the ref? Yep, I’ll take that. Vulture says the trio is keen to work together, and the film could shoot in March if deals come together.
After the break, the fourth Mission: Impossible gets a new Russian agent, and a spot is held At the Mountains of Madness for Ron Perlman. Read More »
Difficult to believe that, just as Joe Wright’s film Hanna, about a teenage girl trained as an assassin, is readying to hit theaters, post-production will be under way on Violet & Daisy, about two teenage girls trained as assassins. And now, confirming a report from a few days ago, we know that Alexis Bledel will co-star as one of the two killer lassies, alongside Saoirse Ronan. Read More »
If you read that Saoirse Ronan is going to star in a film about a teenage killer, you might immediately flash back to news about Hanna, the film directed by Joe Wright in which Ronan plays a 14-year old trained by her father to be a killing machine. That film is dated for 2011, and we haven’t seen a trailer or much more than a photo.
That, however, is not the film this article is about. But if you took Hanna and squished it together with The Professional, you might end up with something that sounds a lot like Violet & Daisy, the film written and directed by Precious screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher. Read More »
Jake Scott, son of Ridley, has directed a new feature, Welcome to the Rileys, starring James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart and Melissa Leo. The film debuted at Sundance, where it did relatively well and was picked up by Apparition. Bit of trouble there, though, as Apparition has been undergoing some restructuring. Just a couple weeks ago Welcome to the Rileys moved over to Samuel Goldwyn, and the company already has a trailer out for the film. Read More »
I love seeing Danny McBride break out as a legit talent — The Foot Fist Way, Tropic Thunder and Pineapple Express got him in front of audiences, but the HBO show Eastbound and Down really made his name. Now, as the second season of that show prepares to air, there’s word that McBride will get to star in Bullies, based on his own story idea.
The film follows “two brothers who finally get a comeuppance after bullying people their whole lives.” Curious to hear who’ll co-star with McBride (the plot sounds like it could so easily be a Will Ferrell / John C. Reilly affair) but we do know that Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul will write, and McBride will produce with David Gordon Green, Jody Hill and Matt Reilly. [Deadline]
After the break, loads more casting info, including new work (maybe) for Sam Worthington, Nicole Kidman, Nicolas Cage and Clive Owen. Read More »
What is it with HBO and dramatic recreations of classic documentaries? Last year there was Grey Gardens, and now the network is lining up Cinema Verite, which will be a dramatized behind the scenes take on the 1973 PBS doc An American Family. The original series was a big deal; it frankly portrayed family troubles for the first time on television, and one of the family sons was the first openly gay character/personality on American television.
Cinema Verite is written by David Seltzer, with Tim Robbins and Diane Lane set to play parents Bill and Pat Loud; James Gandolfini will play An American Family producer Craig Gilbert. Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (American Splendor) are directing, which automatically makes the endeavor a bit more interesting. [THR]
After the break, Toni Collette will work again with her Muriel’s Wedding director, and Horrible Bosses gets some good talent. Read More »
You might not know 42-year-old director Jake Scott, but you know his father Ridley, the filmmaker behind such films as Alien, Gladiator, and Blade Runner (Jake worked in the editing room during the school holidays). Jake’s directorial debut was a 1999 British historical action comedy titled Plunkett & Macleane which chances are you’ve never seen. But you’ve probably seen his work on the small screen, MTV top be exact. He’s directed iconic videos for REM’s Everybody Hurts, Radiohead’s Fake Plastic Trees, The Cranberries’ When You’re Gone, as well as videos for Soundgarden, The Smashing Pumpkins, Live, Blind Melon, Tori Amos, Lily Allen, The Strokes, The Verve, and U2.
Jake’s second feature film, Welcome to the Rileys, will premiere in Sundance’s US Dramatic competition, 1 of only 16 films which were selected from 1,058 submissions. Written by Ken Hixon (who has written City by the Sea and Inventing the Abbotts), the story follows a damaged man on a business trip to New Orleans who is seeking salvation by caring for a wayward young woman. The story has also been described as being about a couple torn apart after the death of their child. The movie stars James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart, and Melissa Leo.
Rileys is one of the first two features to be produced under a new venture between Scott Free, the film and television arm of Jake’s father’s company RSA, and Argonaut Pictures. The other film is Cracks, is the feature directorial debut of younger half-sister Jordan, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Five more photos after the jump.
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