Big Lebowski spinoff

Joel and Ethan Coen have made it pretty clear that they have no intention of making a Big Lebowski sequel, but John Turturro is still hoping for that Big Lebowski spinoff. The actor recently reiterated his desire to make a Jesus Quintana film, although it doesn’t seem like it’s happening just yet.

He may have better luck with the Barton Fink sequel, which he also wants to do — because the Coens are actually interested in that one. Hit the jump for Turturro’s latest updates on the Big Lebowski spinoff and the Barton Fink sequel.

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Rio I Love You trailers

There’s a new city-loving omnibus film featuring work from a crop of well-known directors and name actors, and the first footage from the project is out. In these Rio, I Love You trailers, you’ll see how the producers follow Paris, je t’aime and New York, I Love You with a bunch of new stories set in Brazil’s most internationally famous city and former capital.

This time the produces recruited directors Fernando Meirelles (City of God), Carlos Saldanha (Ice Age, Rio), Im Sang-soo (The Housemaid), Stephan Elliott (Easy Virtue), Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty), Guillermo Arriaga (Babel), Andrucha Waddington (Party Crashers), Nadine Labaki (Where Do We Go Now?), José Padilha (RoboCop, Elite Squad), and John Turturro (Fading Gigolo) to make various segments of the movie.

Those segments feature a wide-ranging cast that includes Vincent Cassel, Rodrigo Santoro, Jason Isaacs, Ryan Kwanten, Emily Mortimer, and Harvey Keitel. (And Keitel’s Will this movie help salve the World Cup loss in Brazil? Probably not, but it will keep everyone paid and some audiences entertained. See the trailers below. Read More »

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You know him, you love him, you’ve been creeped out by him. Nobody f’s with the Jesus. John Turturro‘s character in The Big Lebowski, Jesus Quintana, is only on screen for a few minutes. He utters only a few precious lines of dialogue. But he’s just as memorable, if not more so, than the lead characters created by Joel and Ethan Coen. Now, it turns out, Turturro is trying to secure the rights to the character to revisit the role in a new film. Read more about the potential Big Lebowski Jesus movie below. Read More »

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Is it weird to watch Woody Allen working as a self-styled pimp, given his own, er, unusual sexual history? Maybe so, and perhaps that just makes this new trailer for John Turturro‘s film Fading Gigolo more, er, striking. I keep waiting for the whole thing to be revealed as an extended dream sequence, given that the plot has the Normal Guy played by Turturro turning into a $1000-per night gigolo thanks to the efforts of his pal, played by Allen. We’re given an intro via two gorgeous women (Sharon Stone and Sofía Vergara) who want a threesome, with Vergara even offering up that “a woman is meant to be looked at.” Seriously.

Lest you think this is all just a self-serving wish-fulfillment act from Turturro, note that The Playlist called the film “odd, uneven and yet engaging” after its premiere at TIFF, and noted that the best parts of the picture turn up via Turturro’s relationship with a widow played by Vanessa Paradis.  That makes it sound like some reality does tap the main character on the shoulder sooner or later, which may be good to know. in the meantime, take in the new trailer below. Read More »

Sigourney Weaver

Thirty-odd years after Ridley Scott cast Sigourney Weaver in Alien, and two decades after they reunited in 1492: Conquest of Paradise, the pair are re-teaming once again for Exodus. Weaver has boarded the Biblical epic, along with John Turturro, Aaron Paul, and Ben Kingsley.

The trio join an already intriguing cast that includes Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton. Hit the jump to learn whom everyone is playing.

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Fading Gigolo

John Turturro probably isn’t the first person who comes to mind when you think of a prostitute, and Woody Allen is no one’s idea of a stereotypical pimp. Nor would you think Sharon Stone and Sofia Vergara would be the first in line to utilize their services. But all of this unexpected casting comes together in Fading Gigolo, the upcoming TIFF comedy written by, directed by, and starring Turturro.

Fioravante (Turturro) is a florist in need of some extra cash, who turns to prostitution with the assistance of his bookseller pal Murray (Allen). The first trailer is mostly just lighthearted fun and games, but presumably they run into some kind of conflict somewhere down the line. Watch the video after the jump.

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Earlier this week I joked that, after Sunday’s episode of Mad Men, I wouldn’t be surprised if John Slattery (who directed the episode) was picked to make his feature directing debut with Fifty Shades of Grey.

As it turns out, the Cannes market this week does bring news of Slattery making his first feature film, and it will almost certainly be a much better thing than Fifty Shades. (Which, jokes aside, I’m very glad he’s not making.)

The film is God’s Pocket, adapted from Pete Dexter‘s novel of the same name. Slattery co-wrote with Alex Metcalf, and the production has lined up a killer cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman will star (and produce), and Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks and John Turturro are co-starring. Read More »

When we first reported on Fading Gigolo, the movie that John Turturro wrote and will direct and star in, we noted that Woody Allen had been offhandedly mentioned as an actor who might end up in the movie. That’s kind of a big deal, since Allen hasn’t acted in a movie that he didn’t direct since making small appearances in Alfonso Arau’s Picking Up the Pieces and Peter Askin and Douglas McGrath’s Company Man, both released in 2000.

Now Allen is confirmed for the picture, and we know that he’ll be a guy who talks Turturro’s character into working as a gigolo and then acts as his pimp. Sounds like a win. A really weird win, but still. Read More »

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