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More 'Gatsby' casting
"The Three Musketeers" in 3D is one thing, "Gatsby" is quite another.
Of course the curiosity will encourage me to see the movie even more. That green light was no so vivid in the novel! (Well, perhaps her green dress).
Here's more about casting:
"Ben Affleck recently resumed talks to play the role of Tom Buchanan, but it's unclear whether he'll be able to clear his schedule enough to take the part."
Tim Hetherington, killed in Misrata
Here's more on the sad news:
"British photojournalist Tim Hetherington, whose documentary film on the war in Afghanistan was nominated for an Oscar, was killed in the embattled western city of Misrata, Vanity Fair confirmed on Wednesday.
"Three others working beside him were wounded by fire from a rocket propelled grenade, according to media reports. Two of the photographers — Chris Hondros and Guy Martin — were reportedly in grave condition."
The Cannes Film Festival Jury is star packed
Robert De Niro and now ... Uma. I would make a David Letterman "Oprah ... Uma" joke but it's really not necessary since Oprah's not on the jury. But she probably will be one day. Mark my words.
Here's more from HitFix:
"The Cannes Film Festival has picked some international heavy-hitters for the jury this year.
"Oscar-winner Robert De Niro ('Raging Bull,' 'Meet the Parents') will act as jury president at the 64th annual Cannes Film Festival.
"'The Cannes Film Festival is a rare opportunity for me as it is one of the oldest and one of the best in the world,' the actor said.
"De Niro has starred in eight films that were presented at the fest in the past. 'Taxi Driver' (1976) and 'The Mission' (1986) were both awarded the prestigious Palme d'Or.
"The festival will honor his achievements as an actor, producer and director, as well as the co-founder of the 10-year-strong Tribeca Film Festival, held annually in De Niro's native New York City.
"This year's other prominent Cannes jurors are: Uma Thurman ('Kill Bill,' Palme d'Or winner 'Pulp Fiction'), Jude Law ('Talented Mr. Ripley,' 'Sherlock Holmes'), Argentine actress-producer Martina Gusman ('Lion's Den'), producer Nansun Shi ('Seven Swords') of China, critic-writer Linn Ullmann (Norway), French auteur Olivier Assayas ('Summer Hours,' 'Irma Vep'), Hong Kong action specialist director Johnnie To ('Triad Election') and 'Daratt' director Mahamat Saleh Haroun, of Chad."
Marion Cottillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt join 'The Dark Knight Rises'
With current casting, one might think so. And given how much more dreamlike the Batman movies are, it makes perfect sense.
Here's the casting news via EW:
"Warner Bros. has announced the official casting of Oscar winner Marion Cottilard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Christopher Nolan's third Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises'.' Cotillard will play Miranda Tate, described as 'a Wayne Industries board member eager to help a still-grieving Bruce Wayne resume his father’s philanthropic endeavors for Gotham."
"Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play John Blake, described as “a Gotham City beat cop assigned to special duty under the command of Commissioner Gordon .” Both actors appeared in Nolan’s 2010 smash 'Inception.'"
Ryder to star in new thriller
After her wonderfully sad and scary turn in "Black Swan," I'm happy to see Winona Ryder will be headlining a new picture.
This one will be a thriller with a great title -- "The Stare" (it almost sounds like Bette Davis' "The Star"). Also, Ryder gets to go crazy. Yes.
Oh, and James Franco also stars.
"Deadline reports that, [James] Franco and Ryder have signed on to star in "The Stare," a new film about a playwright (Ryder) who begins to hallucinate and become paranoid as she struggles to get her newest production off the ground.
"Franco will play one of the actors in her production, according to Deadline; he is a student of director Jay Anania, who heads the acting program at NYU, one of many universities that Franco attends."
The actor passes away at 70
The actor has passed away at the age of 70. Rest in sweet peace, Mr. Sarrazin. And no more "yowza, yowza, yowza."
Here's more from The LA Times:
"Michael Sarrazin, a tall, dark-eyed Canadian actor who starred opposite Jane Fonda in Sydney Pollack's 1969 film 'They Shoot Horses, Don't They?', died of cancer Sunday at a Montreal hospital, said his agent, Michael Oscars. He was 70.
"Born May 22, 1940, in Quebec City, Sarrazin grew up in Montreal and began acting in high school. He came to Hollywood in the mid-1960s after signing a contract with Universal.
"He appeared in a flurry of films beginning with the 1967 movies 'Gunfight in Abilene' with Bobby Darin and 'The Flim-Flam Man' starring George C. Scott. The next year, Sarrazin starred in "The Sweet Ride" opposite Jacqueline Bisset, and they began a relationship that lasted several years.
"Sarrazin was up for the part of Joe Buck in John Schlesinger's 'Midnight Cowboy' but lost it to Jon Voight when the film's producers wouldn't agree to Universal's demands for borrowing Sarrazin."
Gwyneth Paltrow, Domestic Goddess
Here's more from a profile in The New Yorker:
"It’s tough for some people to accept Gwyneth Paltrow’s transformation from movie star to domestic goddess. Something about the combination of her willowy looks, her glam life style (she is married to Chris Martin, the Coldplay front man), and the unlikely food tips in her e-mail newsletter, Goop—'I was stationed at the deep fat fryer (Delight! Fried zucchini! Fried anchovies!)'—produces cognitive dissonance. But Paltrow takes it in stride.
"'I’ve been the cook amongst my family and friends for years,' she said the other night. 'That’s why I wrote the book. Because my friends are, like, ‘How do you make that? I want your chili recipe!’ ' The book is Paltrow’s first cookbook, 'My Father’s Daughter'—the title refers to her father, the late television producer Bruce Paltrow. It advises readers, 'Invest in what’s real. Clean as you go. Drink while you cook.'"