High Fidelity

Ever wonder what became of Rob and Laura from High Fidelity? Author Nick Hornby has, and he has half of an answer:

I have, from time to time, considered writing a sequel to the book. Rob and his long-suffering girlfriend Laura seemed emblematic of a certain kind of contemporary relationship — Rob confused and drifting, Laura focused and several years further on into adulthood. Maybe it would be interesting to see how they were getting on as they approached middle age. Did they have kids? Were they still together? What was Rob up to now? The answers to the first two questions were up to me (I reckon yes and no), but I could never come up with an answer to the third, or at least, not one that interested me enough to spend a couple of years of my life exploring.

That last part suggests we won’t be getting a High Fidelity sequel anytime soon, but hey, at least now we know for certain that Rob and Laura’s relationship was doomed. [THR]

Fifty Shades of Grey has made a hell of a lot of money — $528 million worldwide, to be precise. Now Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson want in on some of that haul. They’re reportedly negotiating seven-figure raises for the sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, after making just $250,000 plus bonuses for the first film.

Both are already contracted to return, but Universal likely wants to keep them happy. The next Fifty Shades film is expected to start shooting in early 2016 for release in 2017. [THR]

James Bond is getting some more female company for Spectre. Mexican actress Stephanie Sigman has signed on for the mysterious role of Estrella, likely the femme fatale of the piece. Her previous credits include Miss Bala, FX’s The Bridge, and Netflix’s upcoming drug drama Narcos.

Sigman joins an international cast that also includes Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Monica Belluci, Lea Seydoux, Dave Bautista, Ben Whishaw, and Ralph Fiennes. Sam Mendes is directing. Spectre lands November 6, 2015. [TheWrap]

Neill Blomkamp has more to say about his Alien movie. Or movies, if he has his way — he thinks there’s enough there for “at least a film, if not more.” Specifically, he talks about how he came to the project:

[W]hen I went back to Vancouver for 2014 unclear of what I wanted to make, I knew that my artistic compass kept driving me to Alien. Whenever I wasn’t needed on Chappie, I spent time on Alien, to the point where I hired my own concept artist and fleshed the entire movie out, basically. Even then, I still didn’t know if I wanted to do it. […]

Well, the thing that actually made it really clear was that we have xenomorphs all over the house [including drinking glasses depicting graphic scenes from the films]. No bullshit, that actually is what made me realize that there’s a massive portion of my brain that’s taken up by the world of the xenomorph. And I’m like, ‘Hmm. Valid point.’

For even more from Blomkamp, listen to his entire appearance on the Empire podcast:


It seems like a minor miracle that David Wain and Michael Showalter were able to get the entire cast of Wet Hot American Summer back together for the prequel, especially considering how many of them have gone on to much bigger careers. But the real story has nothing to do with magic and everything to do with careful planning.

Wain and Showalter mapped out the entire series in advance so that stars like Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd could squeeze all of their scenes into just a few days. In the case of Bradley Cooper, they managed to compress his entire contribution into a single day of shooting.

As with Arrested Development Season 4, the Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp shoot involved some trickery. Some of Cooper’s scenes were shot with real live scene partners (including Poehler and Michael Ian Black) but others involve reaction shots captured weeks in advance. Unlike Arrested Development Season 4, however, WHAS:FDOC won’t split up its characters. Even Cooper appears in multiple installments.

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp premieres July 17. [Vulture]

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