Loads of stars join the new Muppet movie
According to Coming Soon via Heat Vision, two more cast members have been added as cameos. And who might they be? Emily Blunt and the great Ricky Gervais.
Also on the list are Alan Arkin, Jack Black, Billy Crystal, Zach Galifianakis and Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Wait, this is getting pretty awesome. So never mind any of this becoming borderline annoying. I'm staying on Muppet watch. I mean, what if James Franco joins the crew? And come on, he has to. And then I have to report on it.
Watch a clip from James L. Brooks' latest
The picture boasts a terrific cast, including Jack Nicholson, Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd and Reese Witherspoon. It's been called an "ensemble comedy." Obviously. And it better be a good one.
When Brooks nails it, he nails it. And even when he supposedly misfires (like how some feel about the incredibly underrated "Spanglish") he's still interesting.
Watch the clip here.
No Heath Ledger footage
There was much talk regarding "Inception," but conversation turned towards Nolan's newest "Dark Knight" installment, during which he made a few things clear, chiefly that no unused footage of the late Heath Ledger will appear in the film.
Here, from Thompson on Hollywood:
"But in the real world, this goal proved elusive. Nolan, bearded and affable, explained that he’s scrambling to finish the script for 'The Dark Knight Rises,' his third Batman movie, which he’s writing in collaboration with his brother Jonathan, mostly from his oceanfront abode in the Paradise Cove trailer park in Malibu.
"The script is due in January for a July release. But he wouldn’t say what the story’s about or who the villain is, other than to confirm that 'Inception''s Tom Hardy will play 'a key role, not saying good or bad,' and to shoot down reports that he'll resurrect the Joker by including unused footage of Heath Ledger's performance in the previous chapter. 'That's all wrong,' said the writer-director, who's also producing the next 'Superman' movie, for Zack Snyder to direct."
Now outlaws, Randy and Evi Quaid talk to Vanity Fair
Vanity Fair goes into their world, talking to the Oscar-nominated actor and his wife about how they believe Hollywood is out to kill them:
"They’re spending nights in their car, on the run from the same shadowy cabal—'the Hollywood Star Whackers'—who may have killed Heath Ledger, possibly sabotaged Jeremy Piven, and could now be targeting Lindsay Lohan. No, this is not the plot of Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Randy Quaid’s latest movie. It is what he and his wife, Evi, swear is really happening to them.
"With the Quaids in Canada, the author probes their nightmare reality, which has alienated friends and family, and turned the couple into outlaws."
A new 'Benji' film is planned
This time it's our beloved Benji! A dog that anyone under the age of 32 probably doesn't remember ... "Benji who? Is he in the Black Eyed Peas?"
No, he's a lovable cinematic dog from the 1970s every child wept over when he didn't come home. And now we're set for Benji in the 2010s. Aw, why not? Everyone loves Benji.
And besides, the new Benji will be cast not from some top-notch animal trainer and breeder, but from a dog shelter. So it's at least making the world a better place for dogs. More mutts on film!
Here's more from Coming Soon:
"Benji is aiming to return to the big screen courtesy of Walden Media, reports Variety.
"With a first film released in 1974, 'Benji' spawned several sequels over the next few decades in both theaters and as television specials. The character of Benji, originally played by a mixed-breed pound rescue named Higgins, has no specific mythology, and sometimes appeared as more or less an animal actor under his stage name, such as was the case in 1980's 'Oh! Heavenly Dog,' where Benji (played by Higgins' daughter, Benjean) was billed opposite Chevy Chase.
"A 13-episode television series, 'Benji, Zax & the Alien Prince,' aired in 1983, featuring a science-fiction take on the character. Most recently, a 'Benji' reboot was attempted in 2004's 'Benji: Off the Leash!,' offering a somewhat post-modern take on the canine hero, featuring, in part, the fictionalized story of filmmakers trying to reboot the franchise.
Leading roles, cameos and the next 'Clash of the Titans'
He's a much-loved actor, and he's really cranking up his IMDB page, spreading his range to so many different projects that it's almost confusing.
I wonder how James Franco feels about this?
Anyway, here's more from Variety:
"He's hoping to take the lead in a low-budget indie project that director Brad Silberling is trying to set up, 'An Ordinary Man.' The role would be a rare departure to the dark side, a fugitive war criminal modeled on former Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic who's being hidden by his supporters."
And here's more from Coming Soon:
"Neeson can currently be seen in a cameo role in 'The Next Three Days.' He again voices Aslan in 'The Chronicles of Naria: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader' later this month and also has the thriller 'Unknown' coming out in February. He has small roles in 'The Hangover Part II' and 'Battleship,' and he'll return for 'Clash of the Titans 2' as well.
"In January, Neeson will start shooting Joe Carnahan's 'The Grey' and then he's committed to play a sheriff on the U.S./Mexican border in Ji-Woon Kim's 'Last Stand.'"
'The Kids Are All Right,' 'Winter's Bone' rack up most noms
Here's more from TheWrap:
"'Winter's Bone' and 'The Kids Are All Right' led a very mainstream batch of Film Independent Spirit Award nominations, with seven and five nods, respectively, while '127 Hours,' 'Black Swan' and 'Greenberg' were also nominated for the top prize. The nominations were announced on Tuesday morning by actors Jeremy Renner and Eva Mendes, as well as Film Independent executive director Dawn Hudson.
"Those five films are competing for Best Feature, while the Best Director category includes Darren Aronofsky ('Black Swan'), Danny Boyle ('127 Hours'), Lisa Cholodenko ('The Kids Are All Right'), Debra Granik ('Winter's Bone') and John Cameron Mitchell ('Rabbit Hole')."