Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Movie Minesweeper - The Drawing Pins Edition

- Stan Bush may not be on the Transformers soundtrack, but Transformers are on his new album.

Codemonkeys might be a nice stopgap until Scott Pilgrim gets off of the ground.

- Principal photography on
Iron Man is over. And it seems like the Hilary Swank cameo rumours are true.

- The Jordanian animation outfit Rubicon is going into production on a new Pink Panther TV series. This time, the approach is a Muppet Babies come Tiny Toons one with the Panther and his 'pals' rendered as kids. As part of the deal, Rubicon get to license MGM properties in the Middle East.

- Righteous Kill - the De Niro/Pacino te
am-up movie - is to be distributed by Overture Films in the North American territories. And it also seems that 50 Cent is joining the cast. Has anybody got Russell Gerwitz' script for this one? I've been told it's a real winner.

- Shia LaBoeuf is reteaming with his Disturbia director D J Caruso on Eagle Eye. From that title alone it sounds like the plot could be virtually identical, but apparently not. The original premise comes from Steven Spielberg, apparently. Here's Variety's summation: [LaBeouf will play] a young slacker whose overachieving twin brother has died mysteriously. When the young man returns home, both he and a single mother find they have been framed as terrorists. Forced to become members of a cell that has plans to carry out a political assassination, they must work together to extricate themselves. Not only does this put Caruso out of the running for the Wolverine gig, it might mean LaBeouf won't be taking the lead in Death and Me after all...

- Former porn auteur Gregory Dark has wrapped Little Fish, Strange Pond a curious-sounding serial killer comedy with Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Liza Weil and Zach Galifinakas.

- Tom Cruise's links to Scientology (to
put it mildly) have led to the German government prohibiting the filming of Valkyrie at any military locations. Paula Wagner has gone on the record saying "Aside from his obvious admiration of the man he is portraying, Mr. Cruise's personal beliefs have absolutely no bearing on the movie's plot, themes or content". Nice to know he admires a Nazi general so much. Ahem.
- Chimps in Spa -sorry, Space Chimps - is to be advertised via stickers on 100 million bananas, pineapples and salad packages.

- Gerard Butler, Idris Elba, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton and Ludacris have all signed up to appear in Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla. Poor souls.

- Ian Shorr's Exempt spec script has a very interesting premise: a problem kid sent to a private school falls in with a bunch of 'diplobrats', foreign kids with diplomatic immunity from the law. No wonder Benderspink are putting it into production. Another year at these two colleges and I'll probably have seen everything that could possibly happen in this film, but it certainly does make for an interesting milieu.

- M.I.A fantasy film Neverwas is to crawl out straight to DVD in July.

- A YouTube clip promoting the next six months or so of Focus Features releases has popped up. All manner of interesting stuff gets plugged, not l
east of which is David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises but least of which is Atonement. I'd recommend you check the full clip out.

- Gary Oldman might quit acting. Perhaps. One day.

- You can see the Tumb... er, Batmobile. In action. The video is called Batman for Mancow.

- Queen Latifah and Adam Shankman seem to want Steve Martin for their All of Me remake. Will he do it again?

- I think we already knew Oliver Platt was going to be in Frost/Nixon but his role in Nip/Tuck is news. He certainly likes those /s.

- Nicole Kidman is the new spokesmodel for Nintendo.

- The US Masters of Horror season one box set is limited to 20,000 copies. More than enough?

- The Wizard of Gore is getting good notices. Good. I like Glover, I love magic and I'm okay with gore - I want this to work.

- Kreacher is somehow essential to the last Harry Potter book.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That Iron Man movie is going to be one Oscar-palooza. Now with 10% added Swank.