The last time we heard about Great Hope Springs, it was looking as if Mike Nichols might direct the film, with Meryl Streep starring alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman and James Gandolfini. Now things have changed just a bit. Instead of Mike Nichols, David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada) will direct. More after the break, along with a larger image of Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher. Read More »
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The scathing reviews of Sex and the City 2 haven’t fazed writer/director Michael Patrick King, who’s already scored a big name, crowd-drawing cast for his next vehicle. More surprisingly, the movie didn’t faze these actresses, all of whom hopped on board without a moment’s hesitation (or even a script). Starring in King’s not-yet-titled comedy project are Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey and Sandra Bullock. It’s “an ensemble comedy set in the world of a Home Shopping-type network, where characters make their way through the maze of mania that surrounds marketing, marriages and the media”.
There’s a gay joke to be made here. I’m not going to use it. Moving right along. Read More »
Got a couple of casting possibilities for you guys to mull over, starting with Dwayne Johnson playing the character of Sinbad in Arabian Nights, the $70 million 3D ‘spin’ on the classic collection of Middle Eastern and South Asian folk tales and stories referred to outside of the US as One Thousand and One Nights.
After the break, more on Arabian Nights, and info about a potential new project for ‘the Streep’. Read More »
Which actors in Hollywood are the best investment for the movie studios greenlighting new projects? Forbes has published their annual list, and for the second year in a row, Shia LaBeouf ends up at #1. The star has is earning not-so-high paychecks for big budget films such as Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and the Transformers films, each of which have made a fortune at the box office. According to Forbes, each $1 studios spend Shia for one of their films, returns an average $81 of profit. I wonder if he will retain his title after the release of Wall Street 2 and Transformers 3. Sequels are almost always a good bet. Check out the full list of the top 10 wisest investments in Hollywood, after the jump.
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I don’t think there’s any argument that Jeff Bridges is great enough to warrant his own little update once in a while. So here you go: a new on-set photo from the Coen Brothers version of True Grit, for one. Sadly, the other update negates a previous bit of casting supposition, as it looks like Bridges won’t play alongside Meryl Streep in Great Hope Springs. Read More »
Somehow this hasn’t already happened, and it probably goes without saying that the idea is fairly perfect: Meryl Streep is in talks to play Margaret Thatcher, in a film from her Mamma Mia! director Phyllida Lloyd. Read More »
There’s a new matrimonial drama brewing at Mandate Pictures — Great Hope Springs is based on a script by Vanessa Taylor, and it’s the sort of film that, from a distance, might not seem too interesting. But with Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges finalizing deals to star and Mike Nichols looking to direct, this might become a movie that you can’t ignore. Read More »
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I’m not sure what your reaction was upon hearing that Arthur, the ‘classic’ ’80s tale of class, alcoholism and romance starring Dudley Moore and Liza Minelli, was being remade. Mine was something along the lines of “…why?”
The charismatic and free-spirited Russell Brand is taking on the role of a wealthy drunk staring down the barrel of an arranged marriage, and that might work. Now the film has a director: Jason Winer, who exec produces and directs many episodes of the show Modern Family. Read More »