Carla Gugino (Watchmen, Sin City) has joined the cast of Faster, the George Tillman Jr.-directed revenge thriller starring Dwayne Johnson. It seems logical that Gugino is the replacement for Salma Hayek, who at the last minute (January 31st) dropped out of the project due to supposed “scheduling issues”. If so, that is definitely a step-up in terms of acting talent, but a step down in terms of star value and marketability.
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Casting Notes: Christina Ricci in Bel Ami; Maggie Grace and Salma Hayek in Faster; Kat Dennings in Daydream Nation
Posted on Friday, January 8th, 2010 by Russ Fischer
It’s been slow on the casting front since late December, when Hollywood pretty much shut down for the holidays. Now that everyone is back to work things are picking up slowly.
Christina Ricci has joined the cast of Bel Ami, which already stars Robert Pattinson and Uma Thurman. Based on Guy de Maupassant‘s short story ‘Bel Ami,’ the film will follow George Duroy (Pattinson), a young journalist who rose from poverty to become one of the most successful men in Paris via the ruthless and calculating bedding of the city’s most glamorous and influential women. Kristin Scott Thomas is also in the cast. Filming starts next month in Paris. [Production Weekly]
After the break, new work for Maggie Grace, Salma Hayek, Kat Dennings and Josh Lucas. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 by Russ Fischer
When I see that Johnny Depp is in talks to play Pancho Villa in Seven Friends of Pancho Villa and the Woman With Six Fingers, I don’t get terribly interested. Then I see that the film is planned as a Spanish language production, and that Depp would act in Spanish. Finally, there’s the director: Emir Kusturica, who directed Depp in Arizona Dream, one of the actor’s early feature starring roles. (An odd piece of film that, I think, has never had a proper DVD release in North America.)
With all those details in place, the project is a lot more interesting. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, November 12th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Columbia Pictures has released the teaser trailer for the new Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups. The film stars Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Salma Hayek, Steve Buscemi, Maria Bello, Gary Busey and David Spade, and is directed by Dennid Dugan, the filmmaker behind of some of Sandler’s earlier films like Happy Gilmore and Big Daddy, but who recently has been responsible for some comic clunkers like I Now Pronouce You Chuck & Larry, and You Don’t Mess with the Zohan.
Five friends and former teammates reunite years later to honor the passing of their childhood basketball coach. With their wives and kids in tow, they spend the Fourth of July holiday weekend together at the lake house where they celebrated their championship years earlier. Picking up where they left off, they discover why growing older doesn’t mean growing up.
It looks like a fairly generic comedy, even more so than the recent Sander efforts. Almost makes you wish that Sandler was still making second rate romantic comedies with Drew Barrymore again. You know, when they at least featured a few good jokes. And what is that on Kevin James’ face? That can’t be a beard, is it? Watch the full teaser trailer after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments ago.
When DreamWorks Animation updated their 2009-2012 line-up a couple weeks back, it was revealed that the Puss in Boots spin-off movie would be an origin story. The official synopsis reads:
We didn’t expect Shrek, Fiona or Donkey to appear (after all — it’s an origin story, before they met), but screenwriter David H Steinberg confirms to Moviehole that the film will not feature any returning characters from the previous Shrek films at all, with the exception of Puss, of course!
DreamWorks Animation has announced plans to release five feature films every two years, up from their previous two films a year schedule. The company cites their “three very successful franchises” as one of the reasons to produce an extra film every other year. Apparently the plan is to release one or two sequels a year, as well as an original project, all of which will be produced in digital 3D. Check out the full schedule after the jump.
Directed by Todd Robinson, grandson of the main character of this true-story film, Lonely Hearts is an interesting story that explores the psychology of two lovers and notorious killers, and the detectives that seek to catch them.Â Lonely Hearts takes place in the 1940s, where detective Elmer C. Robinson (John Travolta) is investigating a string of murders committed by lovers Martha Beck (Selma Hayek) and Raymond Fernandez (Jared Leto), known as the Lonely Hearts Killers.Â Raymond crosses the country with Martha, who poses as his sister, luring lonely rich women into his arms.Â The two then mercilessly kill the women and take their money.
This story has been made into film twice before.Â What makes this incarnation unique is the fact that Robinson chooses to focus on his grandfather Elmer Robinson as the main character, rather than the killers themselves.Â This allows for a deep and near-perfect psychological depiction of Detective Robinson, as he deals with not only his investigation of the cruel cold blooded murderers, but also his own family life, which is falling apart after the death of his wife.Â
On March 25th, we had the opportunity to talk with most of the stars of Grindhouse. We will be posting the interviews leading up until the film’s release on April 6th 2007.
We sat down with Rosario Dawson (Sin City, Rent, 25th Hour) to talk about her role as Abernathy in Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof. We talked to Rosario about her change from a tom boy to a girlie girl, Kevin Smith’s upcoming romantic comedy, her aspirations to work with Rob Zombie, Eli Roth and Catherine Hardwicke, her comic book series O.C.T.: Occult Crimes Taskforce, and the film she is producing based on the book. But for the most part Rosario hijacked the interview to tell us about her first producing effort, Descent, which will make it’s premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Dawson was very excited about her new film, so we let her do most of the talking.
Posted on Monday, March 19th, 2007 by Peter Sciretta
As you probably know, Across the Universe is one of the under-the-radar films we’ve been really looking forward to. Universe is a love story set against the backdrop of the 1960s, described as a “romantic musical” told through numerous Beatles songs performed by the characters. You can watch the theatrical trailer at this link.
Anyway, it seems like the movie studio and director are having a huge disagreement about the final cut (which is never good). It could lead to Academy Award nominated director Julie Taymor (Frida, Titus) removing her name from the project.
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