Blast it, ”Annie” remake. I didn’t want anything to do with you, and then you have to go and possibly be casting Quvenzhané Wallis as your lead. Stop it. I don’t want to look forward to you.
The casting report is courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, which is careful to note that Wallis is only being considered and that no casting has yet been decided upon. The musical was previously going to star Willow Smith (Jay-Z and Smith’s parents, Will and Jada Pinkett, are three of the producers), but at 12 years old she wouldn’t be the right age by the time the movie starts shooting.
So they need a new spunky, streetwise tyke, and the nine-year-old Wallis might just fit the bill. She turned in one of the best performances of the year in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” and she seems quite spunky in interviews, so I might have to see the movie if she gets cast. Read more…
What’s that saying about not shitting where you eat? Well, Ryan Gosling has decided to take his second big ol’ dump with girlfriend Eva Mendes, who he’s cast in his directorial debut, “How To Catch A Monster.” The two met on the set of “The Place Beyond The Pines,” of course, and I guess things are going so swimmingly, gag, that Ryan wants to work with his lady friend again. Mendes will reportedly be playing a woman named Cat, who works at something called the Big Bad Wolf Club, which may or may not be a fetish club in the film. The movie itself sounds … weird. I can’t tell if it’s weird good or weird bad, but here’s what Indie Wire says about “How To Catch A Monster”‘s plot: “[T]he cryptic logline reveals the story to be centering on Billy, a single mother of two, who is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery, if their family is to survive.” Christina Hendricks, Ben Mendelsohn and Rob Zabrecky have already signed on for the film. Look, I’m not trying to jinx things, but I just hope Ryan has a backup in mind for the role of Cat, just incase things go south with Eva. I mean, movies take awhile to make. What if she starts to get on his nerves or he meets someone else? Once cameras start to roll, it’s hard to turn back. Just looking out for Ryan’s best interests is all. [IndieWire]
Too soon? That’s the question comedians ask themselves when they make a joke about a tragedy. The same could be asked of filmmakers who decide to take on sensitive topics like 9/11, the Holocaust, or the Titanic. One director has discovered that coming out with plans for a Sandy Hook-themed movieisn’t such a great idea right now. Or maybe ever.
The French-born film director Jonathan Bucari, who has directed nothing anyone has ever heard of, announced plans on fundraising site Indiegogo to direct a film about a young boy with a mental illness who was severely affected by the Sandy Hook shootings. He said he planned to shoot the film in Ridgefield, Connecticut, a town near Newtown.
Almost immediately, the backlash began on Twitter, with people calling the director “opportunist slime” and telling him to “stay away” from the people of Connecticut. Bucari had told a local TV station that he planned to shoot in Ridgefield because it looked like Newtown. But Ridgefield local leaders said they wouldn’t allow it. Read more…
In addition to the wealth of great and awful ads for various products that aired during last night’s Super Bowl, there were also new spots for some of the most anticipated upcoming films — including “Oz The Great and Powerful.” This latest spot shows us some never-before-seen glimpses of the film’s three witches and some exciting action sequences. Can’t wait till the movie opens on March 8!
I’m just going to leave this photo of Ryan Gosling — in a still from his upcoming movie “The Place Beyond The Pines” — right here.