"Secretariat" races its way to theaters near you, but should you bet on the film? Let me take you to the finish line as we talk about this new Disney feel-good drama starring Diane Lane and John Malkovich:
Here's more info on "Secretariat" from Yahoo:
Based on the remarkable true story, "Secretariat" chronicles the spectacular journey of the 1973 Triple Crown winner. Housewife and mother Penny Chenery Tweedy agrees to take over her ailing father's Virginia based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing experience. Against all odds, with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin, she manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and what may be the greatest racehorse of all time.
Genres: Drama, Biopic and Sports
Running Time: 1 hr. 56 min.
Release Date: October 2nd, 2010 (sneak preview); October 8th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for brief mild language.
Distributors: Walt Disney Studios Distribution
Cast and Credits
Starring: Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Dylan Walsh, Dylan Baker, Margo Martindale
Directed by: Randall Wallace
Produced by: Bill Johnson, Michael Rich, Mark Ciardi
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Fresh from the success of "Shrek Forever After," Mike Myers is getting ready to voice another role, this time, it's the hopeless romantic "Pepe Le Pew." According to Vulture, Warner Bros. is developing a live-action/CGI movie on the popular Looney Tunes character, the skunk who loves to funk.
The studio wants to revive the Looney characters we love such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig, and Pepe Le Pew is the first on the assembly line.
This one though will be a live-action/CGI hybrid where Pepe Le Pew and his perennial partner, Penelope Pussycat, would be CGI. The rest will be shot in live action. Wait, didn't Warner Bros. tried that shtick already with 2003's "Looney Tunes: Back in Action?" So what would make this movie different? Oh, maybe 3D perhaps?
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Kathryn Bigelow wants Johnny Depp to star with Tom Hanks in the Paramount drama "Triple Frontier." According to Deadline:
The picture, set in the organized crime haven that exists in the border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, has five main roles, but I’m told there are two major leads in the drama scripted by Mark Boal, Bigelow’s accomplice on the Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker.
This is promising and intriguing and having the "Hurt Locker" creative team of Bigelow and Boal must be a great attraction for Depp. But the actor is busy busy busy -- he's attached to play Barnabas Collins in "Dark Shadows" for Warner Bros. which will beging shooting in February, and this one is with his BFF Tim Burton so it will be a priority.
But if all parties can come to an agreement, both projects are sure-fire box-office draws for Depp.
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Hiring an actress for Alfonso Cuaron's sci-fi film "Gravity" will make a good movie itself. The musical chair dance started with Angelina Jolie attached for Universal's version of the film.
Then, the project moved to Warner Bros., and the studio did not want to pay Jolie's $20 million asking price. So WB talked to Marion Cotillard, then tested Scarlett Johansoon and Blake Lively, then courted Jolie again. Recently, Natalie Portman, fresh from her fantastic performance in "Black Swan," seemed to be a go. But now, her participation is officially off.
Now, The Hollywood Reporter is saying Sandra Bullock is in negotiations with the studio, and all's well that ends well. This is what we said about "Gravity" when it was reported that Portman was set to star:
"Gravity" is being described as an epic outer-space survival story and will be directed by Alfonso Cuaron. The director co-wrote the script with his son Jonas. This $80 million 3D survival story has the "no man is an island" theme similar to "Cast Away" with Tom Hanks. So, majority of the screen time will showcase
PortmanBullock, although Robert Downey Jr. signed up for a supporting role.
I think this will make a great follow-up for Bullock fresh from her double-dose of success with her Oscar-winning "The Blind Side" and super-hit "The Proposal."
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Sam Raimi is confirmed to direct Disney's "Wizard of Oz" film according to Deadline. The film version is going to be called "Oz: The Great and Powerful" with Robert Downey Jr. currently mulling the opportunity to star.
Disney has also hired playwright David Lindsay-Abaire to rewrite the script. The screenwriter recently adapted his Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Rabbit Hole" starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart which Lionsgate purchased and hoped to turn into an Oscar-winning flick.
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