The poster you won't see in the States
You may or may not have heard of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" controversy (if it is one, necessarily). Here's the lowdown from EW including a NSFW image that I won't post here. Expect it when you click on the link. Good morning!
"A new poster for the film features a nude Rooney Mara as hacker/goth demi-goddess Lisbeth Salander, R-rated piercings and all. (Co-star Daniel Craig is wrapping his arm around and frowning. Can anything cheer this guy up?)
"The poster is apparently an international one-sheet; in another version floating around the internet, the release date sort of covers up the R-rated parts, although not so much that your sainted grandmother wouldn’t still be scandalized.
Will Angelina Jolie play Evelyn again?
Angelina Jolie might reprise her role as Evelyn Salt. (Yes, she did indeed have a first name).
Here's more from the Wrap:
"Angelina Jolie wants to play Evelyn Salt again in a sequel to 2010's 'Salt,' TheWrap has confirmed.
"Kurt Wimmer, who wrote the original movie, is onboard for the second, also at Columbia.
"Phillip Noyce directed the thriller.
"The main character, a CIA agent who is accused of being a Russian spy, originally was written as a man. Jolie, however, carried the role credibly, carrying the Sony thriller to $293.5 million in global box office receipts."
'What a Way to Go' indeed
Werner Herzog with Stephen Colbert
With that, from Movieline:
"You know how some mornings you wake up and go to work and browse the Web and wonder what you ever did to deserve the psychic flogging colloquially referred to as “popular culture”? And then some mornings you do it all over again despite thinking you simply can’t put yourself through another… freaking… pace… of… any of it? And then there’s that one rare morning when the dawn is just the right hue, the coffee is just the right flavor, and the culture gods you thought long dead or absentee at best actually signal their interest in satisfying you, if even for only five and a half minutes and preceded by a 30-second ad? This is that morning.
"That’s really all there is to say about Werner Herzog’s appearance on Monday’s edition of The Colbert Report, wherein the filmmaker spoke of the artwork, mythology, and radioactive albino crocodiles populating his splendid 3-D documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams. This is the anti-Weiner we all need right about now."
Pretty good ...
Here's a nice instillation -- I'm trusting this middle of the line take from the NY Times' Manohla Dargis:
"With its spy-on-spy globetrotting, old-fashioned villains, flirty but prematurely swinging minis and fan-boy bits (look for an eye-blink-fast tribute to "Basic Instinct" and a cameo from the cult actor Michael Ironside), the whole enterprise has an agreeable lightness, no small thing, given its rapidly moving parts."
I don't have it in me to get super angry about movies these days. For example, the idea that the "Pirates" movie is absolutely soul crushing doesn't really surprise me. I'm not going into the thing thinking it's going to change my life or even offer me some escape. I mean, what were people expecting? Are these sequels based on a series of pirates movies directed by Ingmar Bergman? What?
Anyway ... I need another anger inducing "Inception" to throw me into a tizzy.
Timberlake on nude scenes
"Singer-turned-actor Justin Timberlake has ruled out stripping down for more movie roles, saying his upcoming nude scene in "Friends With Benefits" will probably be his last.
"The star bares all with Mila Kunis in the sex-charged comedy, but he doesn't plan on repeating the experience, at least once he's older.
"He tells Vanity Fair, "It was fun, but I can't say I'm going to be butt-naked in a movie again. I only did it because I'm young now, and everything's where it's supposed to be. I figured this is the time, before gravity gets the best of me."
On film ...
From "Snow White" to "Sleeping Beauty" to "The Wizard of Oz" to a possible "Peter Pan" Vulture takes you through the newest projects and ideas.
"This summer may be crowded with caped crusaders, but just wait: Inspired by the billion-dollar worldwide gross of 'Alice in Wonderland' last year, studios have begun developing a flood of fairy-tale movies to ensure that in 2012, superheroes will be outnumbered by handsome princes and wicked queens.
"The rush to fantasy has happened so quickly, in fact, that many fairy-tale projects are going head-to-head, meaning that we'll soon get two — and sometimes even three — variations on the same classic story. How will you know which witch is which? Let Vulture be your guide!"
Martin Scorsese to do Taylor/Burton biopic?
Here's the exclusive from Deadline:
"Paramount Pictures is finalizing a deal to develop a feature about the romance between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, as a directing vehicle for Martin Scorsese. The film will be produced by Julie Yorn, Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff of Krasnoff Foster Productions, and Scorsese through his Paramount-based Sikelia banner. They are assembling the resources to tell Hollywood's most famous star-crossed love story.
"They've optioned 'Furious Love,' the book by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger that was published by HarperCollins last year. At the same time, the producers have a rights agreement with Burton's estate, and a pledge of cooperation from his widow, Sally Hay Burton, to make his library available as a resource. The filmmakers have also reached out to the estate of Taylor with the same hopes. A screenwriter will be hired shortly."