There’s been a lot of jumping the gun lately when it comes to casting announcements, and, surprisingly, most of it has been from directors and producers rather than press. So here’s an attempt to quickly set the story straight on several diverse projects: David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis, the adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s novel Snuff, and Beat the Reaper. Read More »

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Good lord, does Snuff sound horrifying. Fabien Martorell is co-writing (with Karina Wilson) and directing an adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk‘s novel about a faded porn star who sets up a giant gang bang in order to break the record for sexual partners in one film, and three of the men that are possible partners. Now the film has a cast: Thora Birch, Daryl Hannah, and, as one of the guys in line to, uh, appear in the film, we’ve got Tom Sizemore. Yeah, you read that right. Read More »

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Here’s a big and very likely wholly unsubstantiated casting rumor to start the day: One of the UK tabloids is saying that Cillian Murphy is Danny Boyle‘s top choice to play Aron Ralston, the mountain climber at the center of his next film 127 Hours. That ‘news’ comes by way of News of the World, and is likely a scoop the paper got when they lined up photos of people who’d starred in previous Boyle films and had a blind guy throw darts. We’re basically reporting this now as a means of saying ‘don’t buy it for a second’.

After the break, new stuff for Anna Faris and a reminder that the crazy remake of Bonnie and Clyde didn’t die quietly over the summer. Read More »

Thora Birch and Taylor Momsen Are Cavegirls

Daniel Peacock’s TV career started out brilliantly, with appearances on The Young Ones and as part of The Comic Strip Presents comedy cadre. Later, he branched out into writing and directing and seemed to specialize in high-energy, ultra-low budget shows for teenagers. The most successful of these was Cavegirl, broadcast here on Children’s BBC in the early 2000s. It was a show clearly designed to appeal to anxious teenagers, dealing rather directly with “adolescent issues”, and refracting those things middle aged folk would assume youngsters care and worry so much about through a live-action Flintstones-y aesthetic. I know people who were honest to goodness fans, but I couldn’t have seen more than five minutes of it myself.

Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter (who mistakenly date the original as coming from the 80s), Peacock’s long gestating Cagevirl movie is moving forward again and is at last set to become his debut feature film as director. Thora Birch has been rumored to star for some time (the promo poster at the top of this post is hardly new) but this is the first news of a supporting cast getting ensnared (read: this is the first indication it’s actually going to happen and Daniel Peacock can stop going from sales fest to sales fest, cap in hand).

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