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1. Leonardo DiCaprio has his next project: The Revenant with director Alejandro González Iñárritu, the man behind Babel, 21 Grams and the very distressing Biutiful. In this film Leo will play a man who is robbed and left for dead after a grizzly bear attack, he survives, then sets out to have his revenge. Sounds interesting! I always enjoy seeing which projects Leo takes on, I think he likes to subvert people’s expectation of him.
2. Here is the first trailer for Clint Eastwood‘s Jersey Boys, where we get a sense of how he is going to turn the musical into a film. Lots of fourth wall breaking. Looks stylish and dramatic, and I like that the main actors aren’t immediately recognizable.
3. Steven Spielberg and writer Tony Kushner are re-teaming, after their successful collaboration on Lincoln. Based on a screenplay by Kushner, Spielberg will bring The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara to the big screen, a true story about an Italian Jew who was removed from his parents in 1858 and raised as a Catholic, eventually becoming a priest. Sounds right up Spielberg’s alley – True story? Check! Tough moment in history? Check! And he does it so well.
4. David Fincher has photographed his Gone Girl star Rosamund Pike for the cover of W Magazine. In the accompanying article, he talks about why he cast her in the role of Amy Dunne, and she talks about having to reveal her dark side. The character also gets compared to a Hitchcock blonde, which I definitely agree with, and Rosamund says how Fincher wanted her hair cut in an exact way. He knows what he wants, right down to the tiny details!
5. And here’s an image of Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender in a new adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, directed by Aussie Justin Kurzel. What a cast! I can just see Marion playing an excellently fierce Lady Macbeth, can’t you? The period is kept, and the script is more or less in the same verse style as the original play. Should be in cinemas late this year or early 2015.
Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara and Paul Bettany from Transcendence answer my quick questions. Which actor’s brain would they download? Which character wouldn’t they want to unleash unto the world? If a moment isn’t instagrammed, did it happen? And will Johnny Depp give me a hug?? Press play to find out…
1. The lineup for the Cannes Film Festival has been released, with directors in competition like: David Cronenberg (thought so!) Mike Leigh, Bennett Miller, Michel Hazanavicius, Xavier Dolan, Jean-Luc Godard, Atom Egoyan and actor Tommy Lee Jones. Out of competition, Ryan Gosling will show his directorial debut, and Aussies Rolf de Heer and David Michôd will play their new films, Charlie’s Country and The Rover. And after getting criticized in the past for the lack of female filmmakers, this year there are 15, including Asia Argento. See the full list HERE
2. After years of trying, a sequel to Mrs Doubtfire is apparently a go. It’s been over twenty years since the first film, and I have no idea how they’re going to make a continuation of that story work, but director Christopher Columbus has signed on to direct (he did the first), David Berenbaum (Elf) will write the script and I’m assuming Robin Williams will be back to star.
3. Vulture has an article about why X-Men: Days Of Future Past can’t completely cut Rogue (Anna Paquin) out of the movie. Fans were angry when told she’d been cut, but apparently she will still appear, just in a small role. If you don’t mind some mild spoilers, have a read of the article, to see why her small role will still be pivotal.
4. John Legend is working on a dance movie with Step Up 5‘s writer John Swetnam. Apparently the film will be found footage style, a ”documentary-style dance drama for the YouTube generation.” Like Cloverfield with more dancing. I think.
5. James Franco apparently has a cameo in the upcoming Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, without even knowing it. Whether he was denying it to avoid spoilers, honestly can’t remember, or wasn’t even told about it, I’m not sure, but it seems his character will make an appearance. The cameo is rumored to be an alternative ending filmed but not used for Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes.
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