If you uploaded Billy Zane‘s face into one of those apps that compare faces to other celebrities’ faces, you’d probably get Marlon Brando. And it seems like Zane himself realized that, because he is set to play the legendary actor himself in Waltzing with Brando, a biopic based on a memoir by Brando’s architect, Bernard Judge.
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The life of actor Marlon Brando, one of the greatest performers in cinema history, is coming to the big screen in the form of a new biopic. Producer Brian Oliver (Black Swan, The Woman in Black) has optioned the rights to a new memoir from one of Brando’s longtime friends and collaborators, so the film won’t just be about the actor’s towering and legendary performances, but also an intimate portrait of a friendship. Read more about the Marlon Brando biopic below.
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Almost an entire year ago, you might remember the silly news that Shakespeare in Love star Joseph Fiennes was set to play Michael Jackson in a story that follows an alleged road trip taken by the King of Pop and his famous friends Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando from New York to Ohio in an effort to get home after the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
Since we haven’t heard anything over the past year about the project, which was said to be a half-hour comedy special of some sort, we assumed it was dead. But we had a rude awakening when the trailer for a new British TV series called Urban Myths showed up online overnight. And it turns out the show has more than a few short stories about famous people, including Cary Grant, Adolf Hitler, Bob Dylan, Andre the Giant, Muhuammad Ali, Alice Cooper and more.
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Listen to Me Marlon is a documentary that tells the story of the great Marlon Brando. Unlike so many profile documentaries, however, this one is based primarily on material from the late Brando’s own archives, including audio and video recordings made by the actor — so this is Brando taking you on a tour through his life and mind. It’s a rare opportunity to engage with a screen legend on his own terms. Check out the first Listen to Me Marlon trailer here. Read More »
Which Avenger is hosting Saturday Night Live next month? How is Superman going to appear in Supergirl? What’s the latest from Donald Glover and Josh Hutcherson in regards to Spider-Man? Did Miles Teller get excited when he saw the Fantastic Four trailer? Did someone build a functional Batman outfit? Why is Batman: Arkham Knight going to be different from the other games? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Little known fact: Mondo rejects just as many, if not more, posters than they actually release. Some are posters that didn’t get approved by a star or studio. Others are different versions of a poster that actually was released. And sometimes Mondo and a company can’t settle on a design and it never sees the light of day.
At MondoCon this past weekend, Justin Ishmael, Rob Jones and Mitch Putnam, the creative team behind Mondo, presented a panel called Mondo Talk about this very subject. However, what started as a way for fans to see the behind the scenes creation of a poster turned into, as Ishmael put it, “The depressing, what you could have had panel.”
They revealed a non-stop cavalcade of posters, concepts, licenses and more they tried to realize, but which failed for one reason for another. We’re talking Tyler Stout‘s Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Krzysztof Domaradzki‘s officially licensed The Godfather, Spring Breakers, and various different iterations of Man of Steel. Below, check out a bunch of posters Mondo posters that never happened. Read More »
Tell me if you had a similar experience. Every year when I was a kid my father would wait until I was having the most fun during Memorial Day weekend – I’d either be mid-chomp on a hot dog or about to leap off a diving board – when he’d remind me that, “this weekend isn’t just about having fun, it’s about honoring the dead!”
He was right, of course, and this no doubt could inspire me to guilt you into watching more movies about brave soldiers dying so you can enjoy your freedoms. I thought, however, I’d widen the margin and use this week’s TBMYPHS to discuss cinematic portrayals of grieving.
There, I’ve done it – I’ve out-downered my own father. Have a gloomy, depressing weekend, everyone! Read More »
Brett Ratner has a new publishing imprint, the Rat Press, through which he’s going to release new titles as well as make some of his favourite out-of-print books available again. Speaking to Movieline, the ever unpopular director announces his motivation in putting out editions of James Toback‘s Jim, Lawrence Grobel’s compiled interviews with Marlon Brando and Robert Evans, and Scott Caan‘s collections of photos.
Caan’s photo collection – which includes snaps of some of the actors Caan has worked with as well as “a lot of naked girls”, naked girls that Ratner seems almost too keen to tell us he’s into too – seems likely to sell out first, though for me it’s the Grobel interview collections that hold the most appeal. Pictures of naked girls are ten a penny, whereas this kind of long-haul interview journalism is relatively rare.
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Obama chimp t-shirts. The Love Guru. These guys. “That f’ing hat.” How many words are wasted criticizing, analyzing and decrying today’s world, when all we really need is a “This sucks!” delivered by an AWOL Beavis and Butt-Head? Bring ’em back. The brilliant creator of America’s foremost juvenile delinquents, Mike Judge, tells MTV that he’s finally considering a new Beavis and Butt-Head film, albeit a live-action one…
“The Three Stooges survived a lot of different guys with Shemp, Curly,” Judge reasoned. “I haven’t yet said, ‘OK, I wanna make a live-action “Beavis & Butt-Head” movie, and here’s the idea.’ But for some reason, I used to hate the idea for years, and now I think maybe there’s something there.”
“I was thinking about having a Beavis and Butt-Head movie where they’re just 60-year-old winos. Just something different but with the same spirit of it, you know? A long time ago Johnny Depp had said to me-he really wanted to be Beavis-he said, if you ever do a live-action movie, he wanted to be Beavis. And he said he was doing [Don Juan DeMarco] with Marlon Brando and he said Marlon Brando used to imitate Butt-Head and he would imitate Beavis, so I guess I’m thinking Johnny Depp and Marlon Brando. [smiles]”
The interviewer at MTV also suggested Sean William Scott for Beavis, a name that’s been brought up in the past for a live-action version. And if you remember, before the so-so Beavis and Butt-Head Do America hit theaters, Adam Sandler was another. Thankfully that didn’t happen. My take is that Judge would need to cast younger.
Obviously Depp is the exception, but Sean William Scott is frankly old and too jockish for either character; the actors need to possess a fresher chemistry and more age appropriate look a la Clark and Michael or Jake and Amir (click either to watch/laff). Judge, whose next film is the comedy Extract with Jason Bateman, also mentioned that a B&B theme park ride has been discussed. Nachos, terrified fat Americans, barf and flies everywhere. That would not suck.
Discuss: Who would you choose to play Beavis and Butt-Head? Sexman and McLovin? Anyone? Anyone?