Guillermo del Toro always has a big handful of projects in various stages of development. That means, unfortunately, that as certain things come to the fore, others fall away. Sometimes they’re due to his commitments to projects such as Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak. Others might go away due to various forces in the entertainment industry that help and hurt projects as part of the normal run of things. Seems line one particular animated film has fallen prey to those forces.

Over the past couple years we’ve heard about a stop-motion version of Pinocchio that del Toro was developing with The Jim Henson Co., with GDT and Gris Grimly writing and Grimly set to direct. There was concept art and some images of the puppets, and even a planned cast. Tom Waits was lined up to voice Gepetto, which just sounds lovely.

But now it looks like that project is dead, or at least sleeping.  Read More »

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Funny as the first Seven Psychopaths trailer was, as a green-band trailer it could only get across so much of director Martin McDonagh‘s twisted, decidedly R-rated sensibility. This, after all, is a guy whose first feature picked up in the aftermath of a hitman killing a child — and only got bloodier and more foulmouthed from there. A new red-band trailer allows things to get a little more profane, and a little more violent, to great effect.

Colin Farrell leads the cast as a struggling screenwriter who gets caught up in his best friend’s (Sam Rockwell) dog-napping scheme: take the puppy, return it to its owner, and collect the reward. But when they target the wrong man, a maniacal gangster named Charlie (Woody Harrelson), they find themselves in way over their heads. Christopher Walken, Tom Waits, Gabourey SidibeAbbie Cornish, and Olga Kurylenko also star. Watch the video after the jump.

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I’ve made no secret of my disdain for the recent Total Recall remake, but thankfully Colin Farrell‘s 2012 isn’t looking like a total bust. This fall sees him reuniting with his In Bruges director Martin McDonagh for Seven Psychopaths, in which Farrell plays a screenwriter who gets tangled up in a dog-kidnapping scheme gone awry.

Farrell’s In Bruges co-star Brendan Gleeson sits out the nuttiness this time around, but Farrell’s joined by a host of other interesting talents including Sam Rockwell, Woody Harelson, Abbie Cornish, Olga Kurylenko, Christopher Walken, and Tom Waits. Watch the entertaining first trailer after the jump.

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After years of planning, Guillermo Del Toro jump-started his 3D stop-motion animated take on Pinocchio last week when he announced that he’d be co-directing with Mark Gustafson, with production to get underway next summer. Now one of the team’s next steps will be picking out a voice cast.

While no one’s locked in just yet, del Toro said he does have a few names in mind. He revealed that Christopher Walken and Tom Waits were on his wishlist, and let slip that Daniel Radcliffe had already expressed an interest in joining the project. More details after he jump.

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My favorite thing this week, without question,  is this short documentary about the artist John Baldessari, directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the guys who made Catfish and Paranormal Activity 3.

A Brief History of John Baldessari is a wonderfully lively little doc that successfully straddles the line between providing info on the subject and establishing itself as a distinct work. The choice of music doesn’t hurt, but really it is the narration from Tom Waits — his presence demanded by Baldessari, says the film –  that gives life to this short. Waits pronounces words in the same way that small animals burrow into the earth, and listening to him read this script is just a joy. Read More »

Seven Psychopaths, directed by In Bruges writer/director and playwright Martin McDonagh, is one of my most-anticipated movies of 2012. (A list which, as predicated, is already completely in need of an update or revamp after Sundance.) The reason is simple: McDonagh has a unique and compelling voice, and the film features a killer cast: Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Tom Waits, Gabourey Sidibe, Abbie Cornish, and Olga Kurylenko.

We haven’t yet seen any footage from the movie, but here are the first images. And for those who haven’t tracked down the screenplay we’ve got some new details as well, which might do a little bit to enhance interest in the movie. Read More »

Just a day ago I talked about Seven Psychopaths, the new movie from In Bruges director Martin McDonagh, because Mickey Rourke had proclaimed McDonagh to be a ‘jerkoff’ and refused to be in the film. McDonagh “wanted a whole lot for nothing,” the actor said, so he bailed.

Everything has worked out fine, as long as I’m concerned, however. Rourke is gone, but now Woody Harrelson has taken his role, and Olga Kurylenko and Tom Waits have also signed on to the film that already featured Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken. Read More »

Chris Maybach has been enjoying excellent buzz for producing Sundance favorite Martha Marcy May Marlene, but don’t think he’s been resting on his laurels. Maybach has two more films in post-production — Sean Baker’s Starlet and Andrew Dosunmu’s Mother of George — and is in the process of casting yet another project, which he will direct himself.

The new drama, titled The Low Road, follows a young drifter who returns to his hometown and gets wrapped up in a conflict involving two old men on the verge of losing their farm. Maybach told Screen Daily that he has put out offers to Nick Nolte and Tom Waits for the parts of the two older men, though as The Playlist points out, the $1 million budget means that getting both actors may be a bit of a stretch. (Waits has done a song called ‘Lowside of the Road,’ though, so that’s one more reason to think of him for the role.) The film is scheduled to begin shooting in late 2011 or early 2012.

After the jump, Peter Bogdanovich signs on for a supernatural thriller with Super 8 star Joel Courtney, and Colin Salmon looks for Retributon.

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