Last week, we told you that Charlize Theron was not going to make "The Tourist," and now, it's confirmed, Angelina Jolie will replace the actress.
Jolie's participation was contingent on finding the right director. Variety tells us that director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck is the top choice to direct the thriller putting the production on track for a planned February production start.
If a deal is made, "The Tourist" would be the first American film for von Donnersmarck whose movie "The Lives of Others" won the Academy Award for best foreign-language film.
Insiders are saying that Jolie will choose "The Tourist" as her next project over Universal's sequel to "Wanted."
Based on the 2005 French thriller "Anthony Zimmer," "The Tourist" tells the story of an American tourist who goes undercover to entrap an ex-lover. That ex-lover is also a suspected global criminal.
Jolie, fresh from the action-oriented flick "Salt" is perfect for this part! Production is set to begin early 2010.
Tom Cruise was once attached to the project as well (Cruise was also mentioned for "Salt" once upon a time), but now, Sam Worthington is getting the lead male role.
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Moviegoers went wild for "Where the Wild Things Are." But as expected, adults more than family crowds made up for the film's audience.
Warner Bros. targeted the adult demographics for "Where the Wild Things Are" and it paid off. The film adaptation of Maurice Sendak's beloved children's classic debuted at No. 1 with $32.5 million.
Meanwhile, the violent vengeance thriller "Law Abiding Citizen" starring Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler took the No. 2 spot with $21.3 million.
And "Paranormal Activity" continues its horrifically great box-office performance. Paramount's low-budget horror phenomenon moved up to No. 3 with $20.2 million. Made for a mere $15,000, many insiders are predicting that "Paranormal Activity" will match "Blair Witch Project's" box office power. Both used shakey-cam techniques, both came out of nowhere, and both are heralded as game-changing films.
"Blair Witch" eventually reached a total of $140 million at the box office. Currently, "Paranormal Activity" is at $33 million.
Here's the list of the Top 10 box-office films for weekend of Oct. 16th:
1. "Where the Wild Things Are," $32.5 million.
2. "Law Abiding Citizen," $21.3 million.
3. "Paranormal Activity," $20.2 million.
4. "Couples Retreat," $17.9 million.
5. "The Stepfather," $12.3 million.
6. "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," $8.1 million.
7. "Zombieland," $7.8 million.
8. "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2" in 3-D, $3 million.
9. "Surrogates," $1.92 million.
10. "The Invention of Lying," $1.9 million.
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For my written review of "Where the Wild Things Are," please click here, otherwise, enjoy and have a great weekend at the movies!
"Where the Wild Things Are" (2009)
Max, a rambunctious and sensitive boy feels misunderstood at home and escapes to where the Wild Things are. He lands on an island where he meets mysterious and strange creatures whose emotions are as wild and unpredictable as their actions. The Wild Things desperately long for a leader to guide them, just as Max longs for a kingdom to rule. When Max is crowned king, he promises to create a place where everyone will be happy. Max soon finds, though, that ruling his kingdom is not so easy and his relationships there prove to be more complicated than he originally thought. (From Warner Bros.)
Production Status: In Production/Awaiting Release
Genres: Comedy, Kids/Family, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Animation and Adaptation
Running Time: 1 hr. 34 min.
Release Date: October 16th, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for mild thematic elements, some adventure action and brief language.
Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution
Wild Things Productions, Playtone
Warner Bros. Pictures
Co-Financier: Legendary Pictures, Inc., Village Roadshow Pictures Entertainment, KLG Film Invest GmbH
Los Angeles, California USA
Los Angeles, California, USA
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Produced in: United States
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The super-macho Ryan Reynolds is about to show his softer, feminine side in the new, untitled romantic comedy that Allan Loeb (“Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps”) will write for Working Title.
Reynolds will play a jilted lover who must disguise himself as a woman in order to befriend his ex and win her back. Wow, this sounds like one of those drag movies from the ‘80s. Remember “Just One of the Guys,” or gosh, the funny and heartbreaking “Tootsie!”
Reynolds is having a terrific career. Just this past summer, he starred in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and “The Proposal.” The actor is about to go in drag, super-hero drag that is, for Warner Bros. “Green Lantern” to be directed by Martin Campbell.
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Robert Redford has a fantastic cast for “The Conspirator,” the drama he is directing about the assassination of President Lincoln. James Solomon wrote the script.
James McAvoy will star as Frederick Aiken, the war hero who is assigned to defend Robin Wright Penn’s Mary Surratt, the only female charged in the conspiracy to kill the president. Justin Long, in his first dramatic role, will play McAvoy’s soldier friend who lost a limb in the Civil War.
Now, Tom Wilkinson, Evan Rachel Wood, Kevin Kline and Alexis Bledel are joining the production. Wilkinson will star as Reverdy Johnson, the former attorney general and mentor of McAvoy’s character.
Wood will play Surratt’s daughter, Anna, and Kline will star as Lincoln’s War Secretary Edwin Stanton. Bledel will lay Aiken’s wife, Sarah Weston.
Shooting is going on right now in Savannah, Ga.
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