Movie News Roundup -- Joaquin Phoenix NOT Quitting Acting, "Y tu mama tambien" Stars Go Telenovela with Will Ferrell, "Dark Tower" News, and Gwyneth Paltrow Sings!Happy Friday everyone! Lots of fun and crazy news in Tinseltown today -- Joaquin Phoenix not quitting, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna get it on with Will Ferrell, more "Dark Tower" news, and check out Gwyneth Paltrow singing the country blues.
We all knew Joaquin Phoenix was not done with acting yet, right? His "I'm Not Here" is shaping up to be a quasi-mockumentary of a documentary of a hoax! That Casey Affleck project will be unveiled at the Toronto International Film Festival tonight and guess what? Hollywood is still showering offers to the Oscar-nominated actor, and Phoenix is NOT turning his back on Hollywood either. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "The Raven" (which now will star with John Cusack) was once upon a time a project for Jeremy Renner and Phoenix was negotiating to play Poe to Renner's police detective. But Renner moved on to make "Mission: Impossible 4" and Cusack is now playing Poe.
Then, the actor was set to co-star with Sean Penn in "Genius," and with Jonah Hill for "The Sitter" but both didn't materialize. But Phoenix is clearly not entirely walking away from acting. He is attached to star in the indie flick "Big Shoe" about a foot and shoe fetishist. Sounds like a perfect film for Phoenix no? To read the full article, click here.
"Dark Tower" fans rejoice! Universal Pictures and NBC Universal Television Entertainment have signed a deal with Stephen King to turn his "The Dark Tower" series into a feature film trilogy and network TV series! Both projects will be under the creative tutelage of the team behind "A Beautiful Mind" and "The Da Vinci Code!" According to Deadline, Ron Howard is attached to direct the first film AND the first season of the TV series. Akiva Goldsman will write the script for the film, and the first season of the TV series. King will co-produce with Howard and Brian Grazer's Imagine Entertainment. Click here to read more.
"Y tu mama tambien" hotties, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, are set to work with Will Ferrell in the Spanish-language comedy "Casa de mi padre" from director Matt Piedmont. The story is a big top secret right now, but Garcia Bernal will play a family friend, and Luna is going to be Ferrell's brother. The best part? The film will be told in over-acting telenovela fashion and will be subtitled in English. Click here to read more
And now, it's time to see Paltrow channel a country chanteuse for the film "Country Song." The new trailer hit the interwebz last night and let me tell you, judging by the trailer? "Country Song" has that "Crazy Heart" vibe. And we all know what award Jeff Bridges got from that film! "Country Song" opens in limited release on Dec. 22, and wide release on Jan. 7th. I'll leave you now with the trailer, sing Gwynie sing:
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It's nice to know that this much-maligned project is finally opening Nov. 14.
Here's more info on the sneak peek:
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Two weeks ago, we told you that Jessica Alba was in talks to star in "Spy Kids 4" for director Robert Rodriguez. (See Jessica Alba to Join "Spy Kids 4?")
Now, we're hearing that Joel McHale is in final negotiations to play Alba's husband -- a spy-hunting reporter. He'll star as the father of the spy kids. The "Community" star and "The Soup" host recently wrapped roles in "What's Your Number" starring Anna Faris, and "The Big Year" featuring Steve Martin.
"Spy Kids 4" is opening Aug. 19 next year.
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Paramount Pictures released hits such as "Iron Man 2" and "Shrek Forever After" making the studio the No. 1 distributor during summer of 2010. But 20th Century Fox? Not so much. Take a look at all the studios' ranking:
1. Paramount Pictures -- $778 million -- thanks to Iron Man and our favorite jolly green ogre, Paramount had a great summer!
2. Sony Pictures -- $680 million -- Making a huge leap from being No. 5 last year, Sony was helped by "Karate Kid," "Grown Ups," "Salt," and "The Other Guys," and late summer releases "Eat Pray Love," and "Takers."
3. Walt Disney Pictures -- $615 million -- Even though the studio released two Jerry Bruckheimer bombs ("Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"), the house of Mouse received much-needed help from Pixar with "Toy Story 3," the highest-grossing animated flick!
4. Warner Bros. -- $522 million -- It was the No. 1 studio last year thanks to hits like "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" and "The Hangover," but it fell to No. 4 because of less popular releases this summer. Sure, the studio was hurt by the under-performing "Sex and the City 2" ($95.3 million) and "Jonah Hex" ($10.5 million), but they can thank Christopher Nolan and his "Inception" for making $278.5 million and counting.
5. Universal -- $500 million -- Thanks to "Despicable Me's" $242 million box-office total, Universal avoided the last spot on the list, even though "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World," and "Get Him to the Greek" underperformed.
6. 20th Century Fox -- $379 million -- the studio fell from No. 3 last year to No. 6 this year releasing under-performing titles like "The A-Team" and Knight and Day."
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"Speed" director, Jan de Bont, is set to direct "Mulan!" No, this one is not a remake of the Disney movie although both were inspired by the popular Chinese folklore.
Zhang Ziyi will star in the title role and this one will be an English-language, $35 million live-action version according to Variety.
Production will start shooting in November in Hangdian Studios in Zhejiang province, and post-production will be in Canada. John Blickstead wrote the original script, but five writers were hired to ensure the project's popularity in both Asia and the New World
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