Welcome to the next installment of culled infotainment from the world of movies and stuff! There’s bound to be some great, some bad, and some weird, news to peruse! Let’s mush!
In this week’s “Feed me, Seymour!” story, Warner Bros. is moving forward with its’ updated version of The Little Shop of Horrors. Greg Berlanti will direct and Matthew Robinson will write the script. This incarnation will be a revamped version of the Frank Oz directed musical that starred Rick Moranis back in 1986.
Ok, I guess this is something that could be fun to see an updated. At least it’s been long enough that it makes some sense to do it.
In this week’s “Won’t believe it until I see it” story, actor Adam Driver says that Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is still stalled.
Back in October Gilliam had said the film was “slightly delayed”, which seems like an understatement when your producer (Paolo Branco) fails to make good on his promises of funding.
So, once again, the most plagued and difficult film to make ever is still in limbo. The good thing is that Adam Driver still appears to be attached so hopefully someone will give Gilliam a bunch of money for Christmas.
In this week’s “Wait, what’s going on now?” story, it seems, I think, that JJ Abrams produced film, The God Particle, now has no release date. There WILL be a new Cloverfield film in Fall of 2017, October 27, specifically.
But The God Particle has been removed entirely from Paramount Pictures release schedule.
The Hollywood Reporter thinks this implies that The God Particle IS the next film in the Cloverfield universe. I guess we’ll find out next October. Abrams has said they hope to release one Cloverfield related film per year.
In this week’s “More practical, less digital” story, director J.A. Bayona, who is helming the next Jurassic World film, says that there will be more animatronic dinosaurs in Jurassic World 2.
“Obviously you don’t have real dinosaurs — sometimes you have people playing dinosaurs — but we love animatronics and we’re trying to do as much with them as possible,” the director told The Hollywood Reporter at Wednesday’s premiere of A Monster Calls.
“It’s complicated because the audience now is so used to seeing CGI that they’re sometimes reluctant toward animatronics,” he explained further. “But at the same time, I think animatronics bring soul and reality to it. We’re trying to find the balance between animatronics and CGI in order to cheat the audience so they don’t know what they’re seeing.”
Well, I like where his head is at, anyway. More practical effects would be worthwhile. Let’s just hope the script is good. Or at least decent.
In this week’s “Is it ALL trilogy/franchises now?” story, Oscar winner, Paul Haggis will write and direct a $100 million film adaptation of Paolo Bacigalupi’s young adult sci-fi novel Ship-Breaker. The book, the first in a series of THREE, is set in a future after the polar ice caps have melted and major cities have disappeared beneath rising sea waters.
Haggis, explained to The Hollywood Reporter he had been attracted by the project — which he confirmed would have a budget of around $100 million — because it involved environmental and ecological topics.
“The books are set hundreds of years in the future, after civil wars, after the ice caps have retreated and the world is populated by people who know nothing of our times,” he said.
“I liked the idea that you could take that idea [of a post-apocalyptic world ignorant of the 21st century] and explore hopes and fears through that.”
This will be the first of three films in the series. Of COURSE.
In this week’s “Where’s the Hoff?” story, the new Baywatch movie trailer just got released and it’s full of everything you would expect: abs, gunfire, and lots of bouncing boobs. And I’m not talking about all the men in the cast. Well, certainly not Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, anyway. Zac Ephron might be a bit of a boob, though.
No sign of David Hasselhoff in the trailer, though. I can’t imagine he wouldn’t have at least some kind of cameo, though. And maybe Pamela Anderson? Eh? EH? Right?
In this week’s “Morgan Spurlock and the fable of the dinosaurs” story, Morgan Spurlock’s production company, Warrior Poets, is partnering with Indiegogo to help usher Indiegogo-funded films through the production process, according to Variety.
The first film in this partnership is We Believe in Dinosaurs, a feature length documentary about creationists who built a $100 million, 510-foot Noah’s Ark in Kentucky in order to debunk evolution — asserting that God created dinosaurs 6,000 years ago. The film, currently in post-production, follows the designers and builders of the ark from blueprints to opening day and aims to illustrate the current conflict between science and religion. This is a documentary based on pure fiction.
Warrior Poets will provide production and post-production services as well as film festival, financial and distribution strategy and consultation for Indiegogo-funded films, with Spurlock coming on board as executive producer on each film. Warrior Poets will offer backstop distribution through iTunes Movies & Virgil Films — ensuring that these films have the guarantee of a release.
Indiegogo’s track record includes helping comedy troupe Broken Lizard to raise $4.4 million last year for Super Troopers 2. In April, the platform raised $1.7 million for the sci-fi movie Code 8, starring Robbie Amell and his cousin Stephen Amell (Arrow).
In this week’s “Birthday boy” story, with all the losses in this year of 2016, legendary actor Kirk Douglas turns 100 years old today (Friday, Dec. 9). Hope he keeps on going, too.
In this week’s “Fast Times at Dallas Love Field airport”, story, actor Judge Reinhold was arrested at the Dallas airport after an incident with the TSA. Apparently, according to a press release about the incident, officers were alerted by the TSA that an individual was “causing a disturbance” and refusing to submit to a screening at a checkpoint area.
“The officers responded and subsequently took the individual into custody after he refused to comply,” police said. Reinhold was charged with disorderly conduct.
According to the Dallas News, Reinhold became “belligerent” after being selected for a pat-down Thursday afternoon.
The Beverly Hills Cop actor, who is 59, was informed that the pat-down could be done in a private room, but he refused the offer, the Dallas News reported.
Police were then called to the scene and attempted to calm the actor, but according to authorities Reinhold was “antagonistic” toward the officers.
Reinhold’s attorney in the matter, Steve Stodghill, told the Dallas News that Reinhold successfully passed through the TSA scanner, but was stopped when his luggage set off an alarm. The actor didn’t understand why he should be searched after the successful scan, the attorney said.
Uh, hey, Judge (if that IS your real name), you aren’t a big enough deal to act like that, man. Get over yourself.
In this week’s “Equal pay”, story, actress Emmy Rossum wants a word with her bosses at the show Shameless. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rossum has demanded equal pay for her work ahead of the show’s Season 8, but also allegedly looking to be paid more than co-star William H. Macy after years of being paid less.
For the past seven seasons, Rossum has portrayed Fiona Gallagher, the oldest daughter, and figurative matriarch, of the dysfunctional clan on the Showtime comedy-drama. She even directed an episode in the past season.
Oscar nominee Macy recently renegotiated his own contract and they gave him a big A-list raise that now Rossum is looking for. However, those in high places say that Macy’s nominations and awards, along with his higher profile, are the contributing factors in him getting his raise.
I hope she gets it. But she probably won’t. *whispers..”Male privilege…”
In this week’s “Stoner casting” story, James Franco is said to have a small role in the upcoming film, Alien: Covenant. Interesting…Danny McBride is also in it. Kinda weird, right?
In this week’s “It’ll never happen” story, Ryan Reynolds, our new hero in the Deadpool costume, really wants to make a movie with Deadpool – and Wolverine. Yeah, that would be cool. I mean, they technically were already in a movie together, but we don’t count that one, and neither does Reynolds.
He said the movie “was a career low for me” in a piece of viral marketing promoting Wade Wilson’s first standalone film. I concur, Ryan. So the idea of getting our favorite adamantium-clawed pal together with Deadpool in a new film is a great one.
But there’s just one catch: as we all know, Hugh Jackman is done after next year’s Logan.
“What we’re gonna have to do is convince Hugh. If anything, I’m going to need to do what I can to get my Internet friends back on board to help rally another cause down the line,” Reynolds said.
“Hugh Jackman is one of the best human beings,” he added. “Part of the reason I want to do a Deadpool/Wolverine movie is not just because I think the two would light the screen on fire but I genuinely love the guy.”
Hey man, I’m with ya. But I bet it’ll take some serious convincing. Might have to chalk this up to a pipe dream.
In this week’s “Is this what counts as news now?”, story, ex-porn star, Jenna Jameson is moving to Israel with her fiance’, jeweler Lior Bitton. They’ll move to his home town of Herzliya, a coastal city about 10 miles from Tel-Aviv.
Last year, Jameson, born catholic, converted to Judaism and was planning a reality show leading up to the nuptials in Israel.
Ok. You have fun with that.
In this week’s “What if…?” story, as we hit the 15 year anniversary of The Lord of the Rings, The Wrap got some info on various actors who were almost cast in the film, and it’s very interesting.
Frodo could have been Jake Gyllenhaal, but after his audition bombed horribly, Peter Jackson said that he was the worst actor he had ever seen. I think it worked out just the way it should.
As Gandalf, Patrick Stewart, Sean Connery, and Christopher Plummer were all offed the role. They declined, and Sam Neill was considered before the role went to Ian McKellen. Thankfully.
The role of Aragorn was given to Stuart Townsend, and then, a mere two days before shooting was to begin, Peter Jackson replaced him with Viggo Mortensen. Worked out well for Viggo, yes? But it could have gone horribly, horribly wrong. Before Townsend, the role was offered to Daniel Day-Lewis, Russel Crowe, and yes, even Nicolas Cage. OMG, can you see Nic Cage as Aragorn? It’s making my brain hurt.
Elven leader Elrond was given to Hugo Weaving, but David Bowie wanted the role. Peter Jackson and producers were worried that Bowie’s superstar status would over-shadow the story. I can understand that.
Once Doctor Who, actor Sylvester McCoy was considered for the role of Bilbo Baggins. He was kept as a backup in case something happened to Ian Holm, but then was found to be perfect for the role of Radagast, a wizard colleague of Gandalf’s.
In this week’s “Never too old, I guess. Maybe. Kind of is” story, Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones just fathered his 8th child – at the age of 73. Mick’s girlfriend, ballerina Melanie Hamrick, gave birth to a baby boy in New York, and the couple is delighted.
I imagine Jagger is delighted mostly because, holy shit he’s 73 and is still able to make babies. Well, good for him. Not to mention that Hamrick is more than 40 years younger than him. Fuckin’ rock stars.
And in this week’s “Wishful thinking” story, funny, talented, and beautiful actress Lake Bell is pregnant with her second child, and sadly, I had nothing to do with it. No fair.
Thanks for hanging around to read some interesting, and absurd, stories about people and happenings in the entertainment arena. It passes the time, right?
~ Neil T Weakley, you’re average movie-goer, going to see The Founder this weekend with Michael Keaton!