This is a project that's picking up tremendous steam! Clint Eastwood's biopic of the FBI founding father, J. Edgar Hoover. First, we told you Leonardo DiCaprio is joining the project in the titular role, now, we're hearing that "The Social Network's" Armie Hammer, and Charlize Theron are boarding the Hoover biopic as well! (Check out my interview with Armie Hammer for "The Social Network")
Hammer, who did an amazing job playing both Winklevoss twins in David Fincher's "The Social Network," will play Hoover's paramour, protege, and gasp, lover (!!!), Clyde Tolson. I think he and Leo will make a good couple don't you think? And Theron has been offered the role of Justice Department file clerk Helen Gandy. She worked with Hoover for more than five decades.
Oh, and EW.com is reporting that the title of the film is now, "J. Edgar." The script is written by Academy Award-winner, Dustin Lance Black ("Milk").
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James Franco entered our pop culture landscape with his fine Golden Globe-winning performance as James Dean in a 2001 TV movie. Now, the actor wants to make a movie about Dean's "Rebel Without a Cause" co-star, Sal Mineo according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Franco has optioned film rights to a just-released biography of Mineo as a potential writing-directing vehicle. No word yet on whether he's going to star, and honestly, he should! He's perfect for the part!
Mineo became the youngest performer nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar for "Rebel." His promising life was cut short when he was murdered by a pizza deliveryman at age 37.
Mineo also had a conflicted sex life -- proposing marriage to Jill Haworth and keeping a secret affair with his male lover Courtney Burr. Artist and photographer Michael Gregg Michaud documented this in the book, "Sal Mineo: A Biography."
This is an intriguing project, and I can't wait for Franco (he will be nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for "127 Hours") to work his magic behind the scenes. But he should star too! (Check out my interview with Franco for "127 Hours")
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Russell Brand is set to star as a ghost with a mission in the big-screen version of the hit British comedy show, RentaGhost! According to Deadline, this will be a "Beetlejuice" inspired afterlife comedy feature and Brand will play Fred Mumford, a dead dude determined to make it better as a corpse than his slacker life.
In order to redeem himself, Mumford sets up a business with a couple of other ghouls to rent out ghosts to the living.
Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to the BBC show and Brand will be executive producer. They're in search of writers right now.
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Take a look at the teaser trailer of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"
Here's more info on "Transformers 3" from Yahoo:
A darker more introspective journey into the Transformers universe and their origins on Cybertron. There is also preview footage of the possibility of Unicron, the planet eater, in this sequel.
Genres: Action/Adventure and Sequel
Release Date: July 1st, 2011 (wide)
Cast and Credits
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Tyrese Gibson, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Ken Jeong
Directed by: Michael Bay
Produced by: Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Tom De Santo, Alex Kurtzman
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If you like the dazzling Cirque du Soleil shows, then you're in for a treat! Deadline is reporting that there will be a movie version of the popular show with James Cameron set to produce.
Andrew Adamson, the guy who gave us the first two "Chronicles of Narnia" movies and the first two "Shrek" films, is set to direct this hybrid film. It will be a combination of narrative storytelling and Cirque performances.
Huh? Narrative storytelling? The life of a circus performer perhaps?
What we do know is that the film will be marketed as a family film, and will be launched as a series. Adamson is a good storyteller though, so this may be worth the wait. Deadline is saying that the director is in New Zealand right now, shooting the narrative part of the film.
The project, which is about one-third completed, is being sold to major distributors right now. What are you waiting for Disney?
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