Working Title Films and Universal to release second sequel based on Helen Fielding's novels
We’ve known since earlier this year that a third “Bridget Jones’s Diary” film was in the works, but Entertainment Weekly exclusively reports that a third film is indeed coming to a theater near you. Working Title Films, which released both the original 2001 film and its 2004 sequel, has based this new project over at Universal. There is no word as of yet on this third film's release date.
While the prospect of more Bridget is certainly exciting, there’s one huge problem with this news – just what the heck will this third film be based on? Though author Helen Fielding confirmed earlier this year that she was indeed penning a third novel, that book doesn’t seem to be any closer to publication, leaving plotlines up in the air. Fielding told the London Evening Standard, “I will be working on both the book and the film but I don’t know if they are the same thing yet. It’s not been decided.” Does this mean audiences would be in for another loose adaptation of less-than-great material, a la the second film, “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason”? Let’s hope not.
The film may focus on the troubles of Bridget (played in the films by Renee Zellweger) and Mark Darcy (amusingly portrayed by Colin Firth as a wonderful in-joke to fans, as the books actually include mention of Colin Firth the actor) in getting pregnant. Firth speculated last year that those troubles may lead Bridget to – oops! – repeat her old mistakes and run back to cad Daniel Cleaver (a role that belongs pretty perfectly to Hugh Grant), only to end up pregnant and alone. Bridget, making a stupid decision, imagine that.
Is Probably 'It's a Wonderful Life,' but 'Harold & Kumar' comes close
Videodrone's take on the biggest, best, coolest and culty-ist home video releases of the week.
You could describe "Paul" (Universal), a road movie "E.T." comedy with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as sci-fi geeks who pick up an extraterrestrial hitchhiker, as "Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind." MSN has an exclusive extended scene video clip along with a DVD and Blu-ray review here.
Continuing on the alien theme is "Mars Need Moms" (Disney), an animated comedy about maternally-challenged Martians looking for a little human nannying, from producer Robert Zemeckis and his motion-capture approach to animation. "Your Highness" (Universal) takes the stoner comedy to the dark ages of knights and quests and Danny McBride as black-sheep prince with more arrogance than aptitude. Both were critic and commercial flops.
MSN critic James Rocchi is more upbeat about "Jumping the Broom" (Sony), "a perfectly acceptable rom-com with a few nice performances" starring Angela Basset, Paula Patton, Laz Alonso and Loretta Devine, and far less sanguine about "Super" (MPI), a grimy superhero satire with Rainn Wilson as a costumed nutcase.
On the indie front is "Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam" (Kino), a documentary on the Muslim punk rock movement in America.
TV on DVD:
"Secret Diary Of A Call Girl: The Final Season" (Paramount) brings the Showtime original series starring Billie Piper as a high-priced London escort and secret author to an end with just as much sexy nothingness and weightless satire that defined the rest of the series' run. Videodrone closes the book on the show here.
"Hey Arnold! Season One" (Shout! Factory) features the first 20 episodes of the hit Nickelodeon animated series about a goofy kid with a head shaped like a football. "M.A.S.K.: The Complete Original Series" (Shout! Factory) features all 65 episodes of the eighties-era animated series about a secret society of crime-fighters with high-tech toys.
After being dropped by DreamWorks, the rapper's new boxing film could still a find a home elsewhere
Stage Fright, Steroids and Strangeness as the Show Hits the Road
Love or hate the "Glee" phenomenon, as our own Danny Miller discusses below, you cannot deny that it is a phenomenon -- after all, you don't see "Gossip Girl" doing cross-country international concert tours do you? (And more importantly, let's not give anybody any ideas.) At the L.A. press conference for "Glee: The 3D Concert Movie," the cast shared a few interesting facts about the international concert tour that brought about their 3D concert film -- and about how there's no rest for the world's best-loved karaoke ensemble.
1) They're Eminently Aware of How Post-Modern it All Is:
As Darren Criss, who plays the recently-added character Blaine, noted, the combination of social media and mass adulation for "Glee" can be both immediate and multi-layered. "There's this fan presence that's undeniable, but on social media, it isn't immediately tangible because it's inherently disconnected via computer screen or what-have-you. To experience all these people in real time is a pretty cathartic moment, because you have all these people from all around the world that you feel on your phone ... but to have them cheering and dancing, it's a very symbiotic thing: They're celebrating this show with you, and we're celebrating with their celebrating."
2) They Know How to Get to Carnegie Hall:
Breakout star Lea Michele, whose work as Rachel is in many ways the neurotic heart of the show, had a few choice words for young people inspired by the show to give performing a shot -- namely, that being who you are isn't just a fuzzy platitude, but a good business strategy. "I think it's also important for kids who know that they want to be performers, to find what you are particularly good at and your unique talent. I think that our television show really focuses on each person's individual talent --whether you're a singer who can move well or a fantastic dancer who sings well, find what you're good at and go for that. People in this world right now are so craving people's uniqueness."
Did the Obama administration go too far in its attempt to help director Kathryn Bigelow?
Is there anything these days that won’t cause Republicans and Democrats to go after each other? Now two Oscar-winning filmmakers are at the center of a partisan controversy. Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, director and screenwriter of “The Hurt Locker,” are working on a film about the search for Osama Bin Laden. In a New York Times column earlier this week, Maureen Dowd implied that President Obama was counting on this big-screen drama, scheduled to open in theatres on October 12, 2012, to push him over the edge on Election Day. She claimed that the filmmakers were getting “top-level access to the most classified mission in history from an administration that has tried to throw more people in jail for leaking classified information than the Bush administration.”
As reported in The Wrap, Representative Peter King (R-NY), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, called for an investigation earlier today into whether the Obama administration had inappropriately shared confidential documents with Bigelow and Boal. King claimed that the White House was trying to guarantee a film that would present Obama and his team in the most heroic light.
Blake Shelton will cut! foot! loose!
Craig Brewer’s remake of 1984’s “Footloose” will hit theaters on October 14, but if you’re in need of some music to set your barn-dancing and social-changing to, Atlantic Records and Warner Music Nashville will release the film’s soundtrack on September 27.
The film’s soundtrack includes eight new songs, along with four remakes of songs from the original film, including Blake Shelton’s take on the titular “Footloose” (originally sung by Kenny Loggins), Victoria Justice & Hunter Hayes’ “Almost Paradise” (originally sung by Mike Reno and Ann Wilson), Ella Mae Brown’s “Holding Out For A Hero” (originally sung by Bonnie Tyler), and Jana Kramer’s “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” (originally sung by Deniece Williams). If you’re confused by some of those new names, it’s because some of the people on this new soundtrack were not even alive when the first film came out.
Brewer’s film stars Kenny Wormald as Ren MacCormack (originally played by Kevin Bacon), who moves from the big city to a small town where dancing and loud music have been banned in the wake of a tragic accident that killed five of the town’s teenagers. Ren shakes things up with his love of dancing, and his newfound love of Ariel (played by Julianne Hough). Music, of course, plays a big role in the film, so it’s no surprise that the soundtrack comes with jams from a wide range of acts – including both country and pop.
The original film is a nostalgic classic, so it will be interesting to see how Brewer translates such a very '80s property to the modern day. I do suspect, however, that my major gripe from the original will not be addressed - that being, why not just ban booze from the town, rather than dancing? No one sober has ever danced to Kenny Loggins music, after all.
Check out the full listing for the film's soundtrack, thanks to Atlantic Records, after the break.