We now have a title and a plot of the new movie from the Wachowskis (pictured above with Arianna Huffington) thanks to Vulture. The title is "Cobalt Neural 9" and it's a futuristic, reality-style film about a love affair between a U.S. soldier and an Iraqi one.
Vulture revealed that the head-scratching title, while not explained on the script, is designed to inspire debate. Huh?
As for the plot?
Part of the film takes place in the future all right — nearly a hundred from now. But its main story is told in Cloverfield-esque flashbacks by digital archeologists sorting through “found footage” from CNN and chips from old digital cameras from the U.S. occupation of Iraq. The heroes are indeed a gay American soldier named (with little irony) "Butch" and an Iraqi soldier turned militant. Butch is endearing, young, and a ravishingly handsome Marine. Our spies tell us that he "just wants to fuck and kill everything" in Iraq — until, that is, he falls in love with the Iraqi.
Wow! The Wachowskis made an homage to lesbian cinema with the excellent "Bound," now, they're doing the same for the queer genre. And apparently, there's an actual line from the script that reads: "They rut like animals behind this fence!" SCANDALOUS!
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Is Leo going to play FBI crime fighter J. Edgar Hoover? Is Joaquin Phoenix going to play his "supposed" lover Clyde Tolson? (They look dapper together on the picture -- Hoover on the left, Tolson on the right)
While we're not too sure about Phoenix's involvement (although it would be great), Dustin Lance Black, the Academy Award-winning scriptwriter from "Milk" who wrote the script for "Hoover," confirmed to Movieline that it's going to feature the perfect pair of director Clint Eastwood and star Leonardo diCaprio.
Asked about the difference between "Milk" and "Hoover," Black said:
“Hoover is not as linear and traditional as Milk — but it didn’t need to be...it was important that Milk be that. People know Hoover — or think they know Hoover — and that’s great as a writer because you’re free as a writer to explore other stuff. People didn’t know Milk, so I think it needed a more traditional structure.”
Black also said that the biopic will be told from Hoover's point of view, and that the script is written and production is set to shoot next year.
I can't wait!
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Last year, we told you that Rob Zombie was ready to slice and dice "The Blob" remake. But now, the rocker-turned-director has dropped his planned remake. Why? Because he's tired of having his creation be compared to the original. In an interview with Deadline, Zombie said:
“The remake train is getting pretty tired now and when I made Halloween, everybody complained, either that it was too much like the original or too different. I like that people either love or hate what I do because it’s better than being in the middle, which means forgettable. But when you do an original premise, they take it on face value and after three years of not being able to win on Halloween, I just couldn't go through that again.”
Instead, the director will focus on "The Lords of Salem," a horror flick from Haunted Films, the shingle from "Paranormal Activity" folks headed by Jason Blum, Steven Schneider, and Oren Peli.
Zombie will also write the script of the thriller set in contemporary Salem where the residents are being haunted by 300-year old coven of witches. Hhhmmmm, okay, sounds interesting.
I still believe Zombie is a good genre-director. I totally enjoyed "The Devil's Rejects," heck I even enjoyed the first "Halloween" remake he did in 2007. But the sequel? Forget about it. I'm glad he's sticking to an original, and still spooky, material.
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Back in June, we told you that Leonardo DiCaprio was closed to signing a deal with Warner Bros. for the planned J. Edgar Hoover biopic by director Clint Eastwood (See Leonardo DiCaprio IS J. Edgar Hoover -- the Crossdressing Crime Fighter!).
Now, there's a big rumor going around that Joaquin Phoenix is the top choice by Eastwood to star as Hoover's paramour and protégé, Clyde Tolson. Supposedly, Hoover and Tolson had a questionable relationship (codeword: gay). The pair socialized and vacationed together, and when Hoover passed away, Tolson was the beneficiary of Hoover's estate. The script is written by "Milk's" Dustin Lance Black so I can't wait to see the Academy Award-winning scribe's take on the ambiguously gay duo.
I think it's a perfect casting choice for both DiCaprio and Phoenix, the actor who fooled us all with "I'm Still Here."
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When I first heard that Zack Snyder was attached to direct the animated flick “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole,” I welcomed the news with trepidation. How can the director of the R-rated “300” and “Watchmen” transition to PG-rating animated adventure territory? And it’s about owls of all things! But fear not Snyder fans, the director brings his action sensibilities to the whimsical tale of an owl who dreams.
Based on the first three books of the fifteen-book series Guardians of Ga’Hoole by Kathryn Lasky, the film follows the tale of Soren (voiced by Jim Sturgess), a young owl who loves listening to his father’s epic stories of the Guardians of Ga’Hoole. According to his dad, the Guardians are a mythic band of winged warriors who fought the evil Pure Ones to save all of owlkind. Read More...
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