Oh Boy. It’s the Slashfilm Clean-Up!

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There’s a lot of minor news breaking today and falling in between the cushions of Slashfilm’s buttery soft couch. I’ve decided to reach in and present the tasty morsels for your enjoyment. Don’t like some of ‘em? Well, your dog doesn’t discriminate and if it does, surprise, it’s a kitty.

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October’s Max Payne video adaptation continues to build a curious borderline-honor roll of a cast, with Chris O’Donnell (Robin) climbing out of the Where Are They Now File to star alongside Mark Wahlberg (title role), the foxy Mila Kunis (uh, assassin love interest), Beau friggin’ Bridges (mentor) and Donal Logue (not playing Jimmy the Cab Driver). O’Donnell will play nipple-free “executive Jason Colvin.” Exciting, innit? Now, if only the film was rated R. (EW)

javier_bardem.jpgJavier Bardem, the biggest star in born again director Francis Ford Coppola‘s follow-up to Youth Without Youth, Tetro, has either dropped out or been replaced on a huge creative whim. Coppola will recast the role of Bardem’s mentor to Vincent Gallo’s title character with Carmen Maura, whom you may have caught in Volver. Hmmm, Coppola could have certainly used the awareness of the Oscar winner. Too bad. (HR) As we all do when a job falls through, Bardem is said to be considering a role as a respected wine critic in a film entitled The First Emperor starring naughty monkeys Helen Mirren and Hugh Grant. (DH)

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The horror! Another fresh face from The O.C. has washed ashore on Crystal Lake. Amanda Rhigetti, an 8, is close to signing on as the female lead in Platinum Dunes’ Friday the 13th. How about a cameo by Adam Brody’s head? (Variety)

Latino Review sum up Sam Raimi‘s script to his upcoming Drag Me to Hell with three words: Predictable as hell. Slashfilm previously summed up the entire movie even more succinctly with: Justin Long. Obviously we’re too smart to add “as hell” to that. However, that was before we caught Long’s performance in The Sasquatch Gang (now on DVD), which was maddeningly chuckle-inducing. “Predictable as hell” it is, then.

Billy Crudup is that guy you call when your film is looking good. He’ll play J. Edgar Hoover (kinky) in Michael Mann‘s Public Enemies, which stars Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and the Dorf and has as much chance as sucking as UNC losing the Final Four. Jinx? Hardly. [Variety]

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Where’s my sickly neighbor from 1988′s inhaler? Joshua Jackson says he will not be playing Fletch in the remake. Chevy Chase’s is one of my favorite Chevy Chase films. I say cast Michael Cera and let Jason Lee choke on a furball. [MTV]

The new film from Heathers writer/legend Daniel Waters opens tomorrow in select theaters. It’s called Sex and Death 101. Here’s an interview with Waters that’s so chockfull of amazingly pretentious, pseudo-intellectual name dropping it makes us realize how rarely we come across screenwriter interviews like this anymore. More Waters, please.

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Hard hitter producer Graham King (The Departed, Blood Diamond) and Warner Bros. hope to bring the Hugo Award-winning sci-fi series Hyperion Cantos to life on screen via a script by relative newcomer Trevor Sands. I’m not familiar with author Dan Simmons‘s works, but the plot is said to be set on a planet called Hyperion that has lucid blue skies, “electricity-spewing trees,” and a mysterious region called the Time Tombs, where time travel evidently goes down amongst artifacts. And a very pissed off monster guards them. Ooh la la. Sands will combine the first two novels, Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion in his script. An original, brainy sci-fi film? All for it. Any fans, please sounds off in the comments below. (HR)

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How fun is this dude’s job? Over at AICN, yet more spy pics have surfaced of Johnny Depp as ’30s gangster John Dillinger along with some of his fellow goons in Michael Mann‘s Public Enemies. Still no sign of co-star Christian Bale’s fed. The wardrobes, fedoras, cars and tommy guns are all spot on; even the money bag looks mind blowing. Okay, maybe that’s utter hyperbole but if someone told you “the bag is yours if you tap dance and whistle” we’d have a Slashfilm jamboree on our hands.

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Public Enemies

 You can also find set photos on Flickr, here and here.

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The ruthless smile on Johnny Depp‘s face above as legendary mobster John Dillinger in the ’30s-set crime epic Public Enemies officially kicks off my anticipation for the flick. Simply imagining Depp and costar Christian Bale (as FBI hot shot Melvin Purvis) facing off for director Michael Mann (The Insider, Heat) wasn’t good enough I guess, not even with Stephen Dorff (S.F.W.) in the cast. How high are your expectations for this 2009 film? Hopefully it’s what Ridley Scott’s American Gangster was not: a hardboiled classic.

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Christian BaleWhen Hollywood needs a bankable actor to snag a Wild West outlaw, Pablo Escobar or a few thousand Terminators, they send for Christian Bale, so why not send him after John Dillinger? This summer’s Dark Knight is in talks to star in the 2009 mobster drama Public Enemies for director Michael Mann. Bale’s rumored for the role of FBI agent Melvin Purvis, who became an American hero in 1934, the year his relentless manhunt for Dillinger culminated in the 31-year-old gangster being shot dead after he fled from a movie theater by Purvis’ men. To fire off another few rounds of cool, Johnny Depp is already signed to star as Dillinger, his first mobster role since 1997′s Donnie Brasco. Other gangsters yet to be cast include Pretty Boy Floyd and Baby Face Nelson.

Don’t tap my phones or have me tailed, but I’d like to see Bale in a role where he isn’t the stoic cat to a flamboyant mouse, or in the case of the terrific Rescue Dawn, a stoic, half-crazed mouse that surprisingly didn’t eat a cat. Even with Nolan’s Batman films, it seems like Bale is always the icy match to another actor in the opposing corner. I almost expect his films to have a “versus” on the posters. In my mind, this started circa 2005 with the quickly swept away Harsh Times. Does his agent have a Jordan vs. Bird complex? That’s better than a Space Jam complex, but it’s still curious.

Yeah, I guess I’m pining for a Patrick Bateman-esque role, where he, oddly, felt more thawed out than in Equilibrium. Can you imagine the dude in something like Music and Lyrics? Would you wonder the whole time whether his character was going to bust into a Mr. Blonde psycho shuffle? As for Depp, so many of his recent roles have slipped in and out of an ornate straight jacket, I almost expect his Dillinger to wear rouge and talk to peacocks; mobster as Little Edie Beale.

This film had me sold at Mann and Depp, so attaching another four reputable letters is okay with me.

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