Roman Polanski has been called many names. In just the last few months since his arrest, the Academy Award-winning director has been labeled “escaped convict,” “rapist,” and “child molester.” But let me remind you Polanski is also one of the greatest directors working today. The proof is displayed in his new tragicomic political intrigue film “The Ghost Writer.”
Ewan McGregor stars as a gifted author hired to ghostwrite the memoirs of a controversial former British Prime Minister, Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan). Billed simply as The Ghost, McGregor is perfect for this Hitchcockian role of a man who knows too much. Read More...
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I enjoyed the first "Unbreakable." I thought Bruce Willis and Samuel Jackson were perfect in their "superhero" roles, and M. Night Shyamalan was on top of his game (this was years before working on the dreadful "Lady in the Water" ugh).
So I was bouncing for joy when I heard from MTV News that Willis confirmed:
"I talked to [Shyamalan] over the holidays, and he is still thinking about doing the fight movie between me and Sam that we were going to do."
Yay, apparently, the filmmaker and the cast have been thinking of doing an origin story. In the end, Willis left it all up to Jackson.
"As long as Sam can make it, I'm up for it," the star of the upcoming "Cop Out" revealed.
To see Willis' interview about "Unbreakable 2" and "Die Hard 5" click here.
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Fresh from the success of "Dear John," Amanda Seyfried may next star as Red Riding Hood in a visualized Gothic version. As we told you last August, a Gothic reimagining of "Little Red Riding Hood" is in the works, thanks to Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way production. David Leslie Johnson, the guy who wrote "Orphan," is penning the screenplay.
Now I heard that the working title is called "The Girl with the Red Riding Hood" and "Twilight" director Catherine Hardwicke is attached to helm.
And it's increasingly apparent that Warner Bros. and Hardwicke are moving forward with the film. The Los Angeles Times revealed that:
The studio has a new version of the script, which "Orphan" writer David Johnson has been working on the last several months. And producers are starting to go out to cast, with Amanda Seyfried -- fresh off her "Dear John" turn and with at least one girl-oriented dark role, "Jennifer's Body," under her belt -- one of the few names the studio would like to hook.
The story is an update of Little Red Riding Hood, with the requisite dark/dangerous/romantic elements that can appeal to "Twilight" fans -- while also attracting audiences who simply like the fairy tale. (The script has gotten high marks from power players around town, who describe it as elevated genre material a la this weekend's "Shutter Island.") True, "Riding Hood" doesn't have Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner or Robert Pattinson playing Bella, Jacob or Edward -- but then those stars were made by "Twilight," not the other way around.
Honestly? If Hardwicke and company can make a better film than "Twilight," then it's all for the better. But wait, Hardwicke directed "Twilight" hhhmmmm....
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As we told you last April, Angelina Jolie has teamed up with FOX 2000 and author Patricia Cornwell. The studio is hoping to develop Cornwell's Dr. Kay Scarpetta book series for the actress.
But now, The Los Angeles Times told us that FOX 2000 has "decided to jettison the books in favor of an origins story written directly for the screen. Set in the present day (as opposed to the late 1980s, when the series begins), the film will feature a distinctly younger Scarpetta in the years before she becomes the steely, unassailable expert pathologist she is today."
So is Cornwell supporting the studio's decision? And who is writing the screenplay? The LA Times continued that:
In a recent phone interview, Cornwell said her meeting with Jolie last spring on the set of "Salt," the actress' latest thriller, was crucial to getting the character back on track for a film incarnation. And no, the author doesn't object to the original screenplay approach. The script has been entrusted to little-known Irish screenwriter Kerry Williamson, who won the plum assignment over a slew of better-known scribes with her vision of a Scarpetta who hasn't fully come into her own yet.
This is a good financial decision for everyone involved. If the origins story proved to be a hit with moviegoers, then, the filmmakers can go back to the series of books for more Scarpetta inspirations!
Read the complete article right here.
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"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" may have found its villain! Ian McShane is in negotiations to play legendary pirate Blackbeard for the fourth installment of the pirate franchise.
Rob Marshall is attached to direct from a script by Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot. Jerry Bruckheimer is producing.
The Hollywood Reporter told us that "McShane will join Johnny Depp, reprising his role of Captain Jack Sparrow, and Penelope Cruz, Sparrow's foil and equal in many ways, in a tale that revolves around the Fountain of Youth."
McShane is well known for his memorable brothel owner character in HBO's "Deadwood" so adding him to the pirates mix will certainly help the franchise, but honestly, do we really need another fourth "Pirates" film? The third one was such a letdown!
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