John McTiernan had a killer action movie run in the ’80s with Predator, Die Hard and The Hunt For Red October, and the ’90s weren’t so bad for him either, thanks to Last Action Hero and Die Hard: With a Vengeance. But the 2000s weren’t so hot, first because of Rollerball, and then because he was implicated in the 2006 Anthony Pellicano wiretapping and racketeering scandal. McTiernan ultimately perjured himself while testifying about his involvement in the Hollywood private investigator’s activities, which led to a one-year prison sentence.
John McTiernan’s conviction is waiting to go through the appeal process right now. In the meantime he has been trying to pull together a film called Shrapnel, based on a script by Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman) and provisionally starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. So that Face/Off reunion is finally going to happen? That’s what it was looking like for a while. All those details are things we’ve known for some time, but now it looks like financing for the movie is finally falling into place. Unfortunately, it might happen without Nic Cage. Read More »
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We had a couple of days where mid-level casting for a lot of projects was going crazy. Maybe there was something in the air; maybe casting directors and agents just all got together and had a field day. It’s been a bit slower today, but still there are a couple of items to catch up on. After the break, you’ll find info on how:
- Robin Williams appears to be cast in Gently Down the Stream, with Robert De Niro and Susan Sarandon.
- Joel David Moore (Avatar) will be in Oliver Stone’s Savages.
- and Katie Cassidy takes the lead in Freaky Deaky. Read More »
From Weeds to weed — Demian Bichir is making the move into Oliver Stone‘s world. The director is making Savages, based on the book by Don Winslow. He already has quite the cast lined up: Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson play up and coming pot dealers coerced into working for a drug cartel when their girlfriend O (Blake Lively) is kidnapped. John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Emile Hirsch, Salma Hayek and Benicio Del Toro are all in the cast, and now Demian Bichir has signed on, too. Read More »
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 »
Barry Levinson is moving from the horrors of man’s manipulations with nature to man’s own horrible nature. Last year he put together the low-key ‘found footage’ eco-horror thriller The Bay, which will be released this year by Lionsgate. And now he has been tapped as the director for Gotti: Three Generations, which recently saw the departure of planned director Nick Cassavetes. Read More »
Jennifer Lawrence was closing in on a starring role in Oliver Stone‘s Savages — an adaptation of Don Winslow‘s novel of the same name, in which the polyamorous gal playmate of two pot-dealing buddies is kidnapped and held ransom by a drug cartel — but that fell apart when she got swept off to compete in The Hunger Games. Many names were in the mix to take over the role, but Blake Lively became the frontrunner. Now she’s confirmed for the film, and John Travolta and Uma Thurman are joining her for the ride. Learn more about the parts they’ll be playing after the break. Read More »
OK, this is getting ridiculous. The latest bit of news on the John Gotti biopic front (Gotti: Three Generations just lost Nick Cassavetes as director earlier this week) is that Lindsay Lohan is no longer in consideration to play Victoria Gotti. Producer Marc Fiore told People that talks with her reps had stopped, but didn’t offer much by way of explanation. That seems to be the way it goes with Lindsay Lohan these days.
More to the point, how things seem to go with her these days is ‘crazy,’ and the story has already taken another turn. Just as I was about to publish this, TMZ comes out with the report that Lindsay Lohan is in the film after all, but now playing John Gotti Jr.’s daughter-in-law Kim, rather than Victoria Gotti. A smaller part? Probably. The report also links her to another movie called Mob Street. There are reports of reconciliation between her and producers, and, well, let’s see how long this lasts.
After the break, Jacki Weaver goes comic and 21 Jump Street adds another. Read More »
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For the past few months, Nick Cassavetes has been attached to direct the film Gotti: Three Generations, which will depict the lives of Gambino crime family boss John ‘The Dapper Don’ Gotti and his son John Gotti, Jr. The film is still moving forward with John Travolta attached to play the Dapper Don (for now) but it needs a new director, as scheduling issues have forced Nick Cassavetes to move on. Read More »