Sharon Stone was a big deal in the ’90s thanks to Basic Instinct in 1992, but she’s got a lower profile lately. She’s been working very steadily, but it doesn’t feel that way. I can’t remember the last time I saw a memorable Stone performance. Probably either Broken Flowers (’05) or Alpha Dog (’06). Law & Order: SVU fans would probably point to her recurring role on that show. I don’t know if anyone would point to Basic Instinct 2 (’06) even though the image above makes her appearance in that one look like a different version of the X-Men’s Emma Frost.

She might get more attention playing the mother of a porn star. Stone is now set to play the mother of Linda Lovelace (possibly played by Amanda Seyfried) in Lovelace. That’s one of two Linda Lovelace films in development right now, and the one that will be directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (Howl). Peter Sarsgaard is in talks to play Lovelace’s husband an accused pimp and abuser Chuck Traynor. Andy Bellin and W. Merritt Johnson scripted based on the book The Complete Linda Lovelace by Eric Danville. [AP]

(The other Linda Lovelace film is Matthew Wilder’s Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story.)

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Oscar winner Colin Firth has just added another project to his slate: the epic drama The Railway Man. The film will be directed by Jonathan Teplitzky (Better Than Sex, Burning Man) from Andy Paterson and Frank Cottrell Boyce, adapted from Eric Lomax‘s memoir of the same title. Lomax’s book focuses on the torture he experienced at the hands of the Japanese during his time working on the Burma-Siam Railroad (a.k.a. the bridge on the River Kwai) as a World War II POW. Upon learning decades later that one of his torturers was still alive, Lomax arranged to meet with him.

The story certainly sounds compelling and intense, and worthy of an actor of Firth’s talent. The Railway Man is set to begin shooting February in Great Britain, Thailand, and Australia. [Variety]

After the jump, Shirley Maclaine, Alan Arkin, and Vera Farmiga team up for a spin on Romeo & Juliet, and Thomas Haden Church signs up for a horror flick produced by Slash of Guns N’ Roses.

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It’s been a tough year for Richard Linklater. He came into the year with his film Me and Orson Welles finally open in US theaters, but then he had two films fail to get off the ground. That’s What I’m Talking About, the ‘spiritual sequel’ to Dazed & Confused, and the road-trip movie Liars A-E both fell apart.

Now he’s got another film written and ready to shoot. Bernie is based on an East Texas crime story and has roots in something the director wrote a decade ago. And now he’s got the unlikely duo of Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine set to appear in the film when it shoots in Texas this fall. Read More »

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Adrien Brody has joined the cast of Midnight in Paris, the upcoming Woody Allen movie with a title that now, sadly, sounds far too much like a sex tape. As is so often the case with Allen, the cast is becoming quite impressive: it already featured Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, Rachel McAdams, Owen Wilson, Michael Sheen and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.

Allen recently said “the film celebrates a young man’s great love for Paris, and simultaneously explores the illusion people have that a life different from their own is better.” Brody’s role is said to be ‘flashy.’ [THR]

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Poor Things: Borat’s Brother Makes Movies

No, we’re not talking about the long speculated Borat sequel. Ash Baron Cohen is making a movie. That’s right, Sacha Baron Cohen’s brother.

AshAsh Baron Cohen has actually been directing films since 1995. His previous efforts include Bang, Pups (which starred Micha Barton and Burt Reynolds), and This Girl’s Life (James Wood, Kip Pardue, Rosario Dawson, Michael Rapaport). His first feature, Bang, was named one of the Top 10 films of 1997 by the Los Angeles Times.

Even if you’ve seen one of his films, you probably wouldn’t know it because until know he’s gone under the name “Ash”. Yeah, that’s right – just ASH. I wonder if that will change in the aftermath of Borat’s success.

Let’s take a look at some of Ash’s previous work:

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