Zach Galifianakis is having a great year thanks to the $461 million box office goldmine "The Hangover." Now, he's set to voice Humpty Dumpty in the "Shrek" spinoff "Puss in Boots."
As we told you in January, Tom Wheeler is writing the screenplay. Antonio Banderas is set to return to voice the beloved fierce feline which is great news because the actor did a terrific job with this character. He's the most memorable one for me, sorry Donkey!
Salma Hayek joins Banderas and Galifianakis to tell the story of the events leading up to Puss' first meeting with Shrek and company in the second film. It's a prequel of sorts.
Chris Miller, who co-directed and co-wrote "Shrek the Third," is set to direct the animated flicks. He also wrote an earlier draft of the screenplay.
"Puss in Boots" will meow into theaters Nov. 4th of 2011, but prior to that, we'll see the character again in the fourth installment of "Shrek" called "Shrek Forever After."
He's a very busy pussy indeed!
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May is the operative word here because for now, Johnny Depp is just in talks to star with Angelina Jolie in "The Tourist." The film is cursed by the Hollywood gods! The remake of the 2005 French thriller "Anthony Zimmer" has gone through so many major changes.
First, Bharat Nalluri was set to direct Tom Cruise and Charlize Theron. Then, Cruise left and Sam Worthington entered.
Soon after, Nalluri left and Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck joined to helm. Then, Theron exited and Jolie entered.
Then, both Worthington and von Donnersmarck left.
Are you still with me?
We heard that Worthington and von Donnersmarck left due to creative differences.
"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.
Depp is negotiating to play the tourist while Jolie is set to play an Interpol agent who is attempting to locate a criminal who was once her lover.
Julian Fellowes wrote the original script; Christopher McQuarrie and Jeffrey Nachmanoff did rewrites.
Hollywood is going gaga over the prospect of a Depp-Jolie partnership; meanwhile, I'm going bonkers because director Alfonso Cuaron is said to be interested. I respect Cuaron's vision!
You know what's also surprising? Depp being interested in making this film. He was expected to make either the fourth installment of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, or "The Lone Ranger" for Disney. But Depp loudly expressed his disappointment over the untimely exit of ex-Disney chairman Dick Cook. So maybe, that's the reason the actor is turning his back on the house of mouse and embracing the prospect of working with Sony for "The Tourist."
All I'm saying is the studio better get their act together because the targeted start date of February is coming very soon.
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Anthony Hopkins and Annette Bening join Andy Garcia in "Hemingway and Fuentes." Garcia will also direct from a script he co-wrote with Hilary Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway's granddaughter.
Variety tells us, that the drama chronicles the two decades that Hemingway spent in Cuba fishing with his best friend, Gregorio Fuentes. There, the author fell in love with a beautiful Italian girl who inspired him to write "The Old Man and the Sea."
Hopkins will play the author, Garcia will play Fuentes, and Bening will play the author's third wife, Mary Welsh Hemingway.
This film has been a long-gestating passion for Garcia.
“I was specifically most interested in Hemingway’s connection to Cuba, where he spent the last 20 years of his life, and his relationship with his last captain, Gregorio,” Garcia said to Variety. “As an avid fisherman, I got to know older Cuban fisherman who knew Gregorio from the fishing culture of the 40s and 50s, and who would compete in tournaments outside the city of Havana, which was really the beginning of competitive fishing.”
Hopkins recently committed to do the film after he completes "Thor" where he'll play Odin, the King of Asgard and the father of Thor and Loki. (See Anthony Hopkins Joins "Thor")
Garcia wants to make the film next film, taking the production to the Caribbean rim.
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Nicole Kidman is set to go in full cougar mode for the film "Bel Ami." Her object of desire? The "Twilight" hottie, Robert Pattinson.
Based on the 1885 novel by Guy De Maupassant, the film tells the story of journalist Georges Duroy's corrupt rise to power by manipulating a series of powerful, intelligent, and wealthy mistresses.
Multi-award winning UK theatre directors Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod are directing from a screenplay by Rachel Bennette.
"American Idol's" Simon Fuller is executive producing through his 19 Entertainment shingle.
The "Bel Ami" production is set to shoot in London and Budapest this February. Twi-hards will be so happy!
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