Who will star?
Here's the scoop:
"Saoirse Ronan has been set to star in 'The Host,' the screen adaptation of the bestselling novel by 'Twilight Saga' author Stephenie Meyer. Scripted by Andrew Niccol, the film figures to be one of the hot titles when Inferno launches sales at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival next week. Niccol, who was originally set to direct, might resurface as the filmmaker.
"Ronan, the Oscar-nominated star of 'Atonement', 'The Lovely Bones' and most recently 'Hanna,' will play Melanie Stryder, one of the last humans putting up a fight against an alien species called Souls. These parasites invade human bodies, fuse to each person's consciousness and systematically erase their personalities. Melanie is captured by the aliens and implanted by a Soul called Wanderer, something of a legend because of all of the "hosts" she has attached to on numerous planets. Wanderer's goal is to get Melanie to give up the remaining pockets of humans, but instead the alien finds Melanie to be unique in her unwillingness to surrender her consciousness. Wanderer is so overwhelmed by Melanie's memories and feelings, the alien is driven to reconnect with Melanie's old life."
Anderson set to direct Bill Murray and Bruce Willis
Wes Anderson is set to make his newest picture.
Here's the news via the Huffington Post:
"Wes Anderson is returning to real life -- but traveling back in time -- for his next major film.
"The 'Rushmore' and 'Royal Tenenbaums' filmmaker, who last put out the stop motion animated "Fantastic Mr. Fox," will co-write and direct the 1960s-set 'Moonrise Kingdom,' the Playlist reports. He's already announced a stellar cast for the project, with Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton set to star.
"The story centers on a pair of 12-year olds (newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward) who fall in love and run away from their New England island town. That prompts a major search, led by the Sheriff (Willis) and the girl's parents (Murray, McDormand)."
More 'Three Stooges' casting news
But I like this news -- Larry David as a nun.
"Larry David, who plays an awkward version of himself in 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' is in negotiations for the awkwardly-named character Mother Mengele in the Farrelly Brothers' upcoming "Three Stooges" movie, TheWrap has confirmed.
"In the movie, Mother Mengele is the unpleasant nun who runs the orphanage where the Three Stooges grow up.
"Josef Mengele, of course, was the brutal and sadistic Nazi physician nicknamed "the angel of death."
Pearce has been cast in Ridley Scott's latest
So I'm pleased to hear that, after much speculation, he will appear in Ridley Scott's anticipated "Prometheus."
Scott can be off, but this one looks like a promising project. And Pearce is joining an interesting cast of actors.
Here's more from The Playlist:
"Rumors had been flying around for the past few days about Guy Pearce taking a role in Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated and top-secret 'Prometheus' after CHUD caught wind of some intel from their sources. We put in a few calls and it turns out that morsel of info is bang on.
The Playlist has confirmed with reps for the actor, that Guy Pearce has joined 'Prometheus.'
"There’s no word yet on what his role in the film is, but he’s joining an already solid cast in the film that both is and isn’t a direct prequel to 'Alien'—essentially, it will take place in the same world with some connective DNA stringing the two films together, but how much more than that remains to be seen.
"Pearce joins Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Rafe Spall and Logan Marshall-Green in the film that is currently in the midst of a six-month shoot that started in Toronto and is currently in front of cameras on soundstages in London. The film will hit theaters on June 8, 2012."
More stills from the newest adaptation of Alexandre Dumas
Since there's a "Three" in the famous title, the movie, of course, is opening in 3D (and 2D for those going old school) on October 14. The picture stars Logan Lerman, Matthew MacFadyen, Luke Evans, Ray Stevenson, Christoph Waltz and Milla Jovovich.
Why not celebrate?
There’s a wonderful moment in the musical High Society during which Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra sing an especially rousing version of Cole Porter’s “Well, Did You Evah!”-- a moment I've watched too many times to count. Midway through the charming, inebriated song, in which two “swellegant” party pals swap banter, dish on guests and form a dipsomaniacal camaraderie, Crosby croons to Sinatra with his distinctive “ba ba ba boom” and Sinatra jokes, “Don’t dig that kind of crooning, chum.” “You must be one of the newer fellows,” Crosby answers back.
The idea of Sinatra being one of the “newer fellows” is amusing since, in 1956 (when the picture was released), the big-band, and balladeer musical style of crooning was already on the wane. Sinatra was well on his way to becoming the elder-statesman Chairman of the Board, Elvis would be anointed the King of Rock ’n’ Roll and Bing would be … Bing.
Not that anyone would ever forget Bing Crosby. The crooner, born in Tacoma, Washington, had been cinema’s number one box-office draw from 1944 to 1948 and was an enormous, multi-talented star -- radio, recordings and motion pictures all earning him legions of adoring fans. And like another famous crooner who would count him as an influence (Dean Martin), Crosby had his own cinematic comedy team, making the frequently funny (and underrated) “road” movies with wise-acre Bob Hope. He even won an Academy Award (for Going My Way) and received another nomination for his alcoholic role in The Country Girl.
There’s no denying that Crosby was and is big time. And yet … why does he feel just a little slighted through the years? Like the only moment we enjoy his music is once a year, when we roll out “White Christmas” from our holiday collection of old standards?
Perhaps it’s just how antiquated his music sounds today -- beautifully, mysteriously antiquated, like something emerging from a dream….or a nightmare. In either moody reverie, when listening to the brilliant baritone sing “Pennies From Heaven,” “Ol’ Man River” or “Swinging on a Star,” you feel the music form around you, as if you’re riding on an ethereal echo chamber of air coming from a million miles away.
'Fast Five' number one over the weekend
This does not surprise me.
Here's the details from WENN:
"Four months into 2011, the movie business finally has the year's first huge global hit. Universal's 'Fast Five' debuted to an estimated $83.6 million domestically this weekend, more than doubling up on the year's previous best start ($39.2 million for Fox's 'Rio') and shattering Universal's previous best opening ($72.1 million for 'The Lost World: Jurasic Park').
"The movie overperformed pre-release estimates in the $60 million to $70 million range, while leading the previously ice-cold domestic box office to a 54 percent uptick over the same weekend last year. With $45.3 million playing at 3,211 international playdates this weekend, 'Fast Five' now has a cumulative worldwide total of $165 million. The film was shot for $125 million after tax breaks.
"The success of 'Fast Five' overshadowed two other disappointing debuts from smaller films: Disney's "'Prom' opened to only $5 million, widely missing projections closer to $10 million; and Weinstein's long-gestating 3D kiddie film 'Hoodwinked Too!' endured a similar fate, grossing just $4.1 million.
"But it was all about 'Fast Five' this weekend, which opened up at 3,644 locations -- all of them showing the movie in the traditional 2D format -- while garnering an A grade from movie-customer satisfaction survey firm Cinemascore."
Here's more from the Huffington Post:
"After taking on Nazi Germany with the Brad Pitt-led band of "'Inglourious Basterds,' WME, Tarantino's agency, confirmed that he's finished writing the script for 'Django Unchained,' a Spaghetti Western that, according to Tarantino Archives (via Indiewire), will pay homage to Italian director Sergio Corbucci's original 'Django' and Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike's 'Sukiyaki Western Django.'
"Tarantino actually appeared in 'Sukiyaki,' making a cameo as a character named Ringo.
"'Django,' it seems, will be the eighth film of his career, which, in an interview at the Morelia International Film Festival in 2009, he promised to release before coming out with 'Kill Bill: Vol. 3' in 2014. According to HitFix, he was also pondering producing a '30s-style gangster film, which would certainly fit his penchant for violence-filled movies."