He gets rated
"The King's Speech" director Tom Hooper recently discussed a word most of us drop, maybe even more than five times a day, and how he's using it in his movie as a "taboo breaker."
That's the "f" word, which, when uttered by Joe Pesci in a Martin Scorsese movie, albeit in an R-Rated movie, is no big deal, but when spat out by Colin Firth in a movie about King George VI, well, the MPAA gets squirmy.
The Wrap wrote about the director's discussion after a recent screening of the acclaimed film:
“'The word ‘f---’ is not being used in its sexual sense,' insisted Tom Hooper in defense of his inspirational new movie, 'The King’s Speech.' 'It’s being used purely as a taboo-breaker.'Hooper was talking about his recent dust-up with the MPAA, which slapped the movie with an R-rating in response to a string of expletives emitted by King George VI, played by actor Colin Firth, during a speech therapy session."
“'I cannot see how that scene would cause trauma to any kid who watched it,' Hooper told the capacity crowd at Monday night’s showing of the film at the ArcLight Sherman Oaks, part of TheWrap’s ongoing Awards Screening Series. 'Yet there are scenes of violence that I, as a 38-year-old director, have seen in PG-13 movies lately that continue to linger in my head.'"
Christian Bale may never don the bat suit again
"Christian Bale isn’t sure that he’ll be heading back to Gotham after 'The Dark Knight Rises.' 'This will be, I believe, until Chris [Nolan] says different, the last time I’ll be playing Batman,” Bale told E!. “Absolutely, we want to go all out with it.'
"'I don’t even know if [The Dark Knight Rises is] the right title,' Bale said. 'Until Chris tells me, I don’t believe it.'
"Bale was not expected to play Batman forever; his contract called for three films. But since the actual plot details for 'TDKR' – if that is it’s real name — are so tantalizingly vague, Bale’s confirmation of something — anything — concrete attracts some added significance."
'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' will be re-made
Here's some exciting news for "Buffy" fans, and a remake that makes sense, given how much the television series improved upon the original movie (how often is that the case?).
Warner Bros. has just announced their plans to remake the 1992 picture "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," though it's not clear if the movie will go in the direction of the beloved Sarah Michelle Gellar-starring series. I'm thinking it will, otherwise, they'll have legions of angry "Buffy" fans to contend with. "Buffy" fans are hard-core.
"While details are sparse, filmmakers claim the movie would not revisit the vampire slayer’s high school days, attempting instead to capture the 'witty, tough, and sexy' heroine in a new way. The team behind the project includes 'Dark Knight' producer Charles Roven and relative newcomer Whit Anderson.
Check out Duncan Jones' newest movie
It's called "Source Code" and stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a soldier who finds himself waking up in the body of another man. That's in, not on. Get your mind out of the gutter.
Anyway, here's the plot as described by the studio:
"When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he’s part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. In an assignment unlike any he’s ever known, he learns he’s part of a government experiment called the 'Source Code,' a program that enables him to cross over into another man's identity in the last 8 minutes of his life.
"With a second, much larger target threatening to kill millions in downtown Chicago, Colter re-lives the incident over and over again, gathering clues each time, until he can solve the mystery of who is behind the bombs and prevent the next attack."
The film also stars Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright. Watch the trailer after the jump:
An Easter movie with James Marsden and Russell Brand
Well, now we have one with "Hop" an animated adventure featuring the voices of James Marsden and Russell Brand. Brand is the Easter Bunny and Marsden plays a man who must take care of him. Considering Brand is the Bunny (this is getting to alliterative), I'm thinking all sorts of shenanigans will occur.
Above is the film's poster. I'm sure we'll be hearing a lot more about this, next year.
The Hollywood Reporter talks with some big ones
This one features Christian Colson ("127 Hours"), Michael De Luca ("The Social Network"), Graham King ("The Town), Iain Canning ("The King's Speech"), Mike Medavoy ("Black Swan, "Shutter Island), and the least producer-like, though indeed a producer, Mark Wahlberg ("The Fighter") as they discuss the various duties and decisions that go into their jobs.
One thing of interest: Wahlberg wonders if he'll move more into just the field of producing and less with his acting.
Here's hoping he simply (or complexly, rather) continues to do both.
Watch their discussion after the jump:
Lohan is out, Akerman is in
The actress is no longer involved in the project, and Malin Akerman has been announced to take over as the notorious and troubled porn star Lovelace.
According to a report from Coming Soon via E!, Wilder stated, "We are withdrawing our offer from Lindsay Lohan."
He also said, "We have stuck by Lindsay very patiently for a long time with a lot of love and support. Ultimately, the impossibility of insuring her -- and some other issues -- have made it impossible for us to go forward."
The 'Harry Potter' move does big box office
With that, "Harry Potter" was huge.
Here's more from TheWrap:
"It wasn't just bigger than any previous 'Harry Potter' movie -- it was way bigger.
'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1,' the seventh installment Warner Bros.' J.K. Rowling-adapted fantasy franchise, grossed $125.1 million at the domestic box office this weekend, according to studio estimates, besting the previous-best "Potter" start by over $20 million.