Today in show business news: Disney is looking for the perfect Cinderella, Warner Bros. assesses the Giant damage, and Matthew McConaughey is a go for Christopher Nolan.
Disney's doing this live-action Cinderella movie that's being directed by Kenneth Branagh, right? Right. And they've got Cate Blanchett to play the Wicked Stepmother. So now they really need to find their Cindy. They asked Emma Watson a while back but she said no, probably because she'll never trust that Gilderoy Lockhart ever again, so it's back to the drawing board. Well, not completely. They have some ideas. Bella Heathcote, from Dark Shadows and In Time (whatta resume!) is in the running. As is Lily James, who plays Lady Rose on Downton Abbey. And then there's Margot Robbie, who's set to appear in The Wolf of Wall Street and is said to maybe be dating her costar in that film, Leonardo DiCaprio. So those could all work, I guess. Though who knows how serious these choices really are. Remember when Jessica Biel was "up for" Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises? Like that was ever actually going to happen. I think they probably have a lot of actors come in for big roles like this, just in case. Just so they don't miss someone. (Or to humor agents?) Who do you think should play Cinderella? It looks like they're going the British/Australian route, so I'll say, if it can't be Drew Barrymore again... maybe Imogen Poots? She seems like she'd be good at that, right? I dunno. We can think outside the box, too! What's the Greyson Chance kid up to these days? That could be interesting! I mean, why not? It's the '90s! Anything goes. So, I ask again: Who do you think should be Cinderella?? [Deadline]
Hopefully for Disney this Cinderella movie does well, because if a fairy tale movie goes badly, it can go very badly. Just ask Warner Bros., which may lose upwards of $140 million on the badly marketed (but actually not so bad) flop Jack the Giant Slayer. Well, they'll share the loss with producing partner Legendary Pictures. On the flop scale, Jack is apparently more of a disaster than Battleship and less of a catastrophe than John Carter. Man, there have been a lot of big, big flops recently! I guess that's what happens when studios start regularly spending $300 million to put a movie in theaters. Some of them are gonna epically blow up in your face. Guys, just make a bunch of $50 million movies that make you $100 million and call it a damn day, huh? Sheesh. [The Hollywood Reporter]
As rumored, Matthew McConaughey will be playing the lead role in Christopher Nolan's next film, Interstellar. So, that's great. And that's all there really is to say about that at this point. What's really worth talking about today, though, is that on Deadline this post is labeled with the infamous "Toldja!" and includes a (justified) rant about how other sites are stealing Deadline's stuff and treating it like their own, instead of doing any real reporting. Uh oh, you think. Nikki Finke's in one of her moods again! Except, no! It's not Nikki Finke who wrote the post, it was Mike Fleming! Ahh, she has trained him well. The pupil has become the master. Or something. He's no longer a padawan, he is now a full... Hollywood trade gossip. Which is fine! Deadline gets lots of good stories and they are well within reason to be upset that people are stealing their stuff without any credit or anything. It's just funny that this is a really Finke-ian post that was not written by Finke. Children will listen, I suppose. [Deadline]
Star Trek and Avatar star Zoe Saldana is in talks to appear in yet another space epic. This time it's Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, the one starring Chris Pratt that's about people and aliens who, uh, guard the galaxy. Saldana would play Gamora, "the green-skinned humanoid who is the last of a species that was exterminated by a race known as the Badoon. She also happens to be a skilled assassin." Green-skinned! How interesting. That would be a nice change of pace from playing a blue-skinned character, y'know? Something different. And she hasn't played an assassin since 2011's Colombiana! So, should she take it? The paycheck's probably pretty good, so that's worth something. But, then again, she is running the risk of getting pegged as solely a sci-fi/action babe. Sure she did that indie Nina Simone biopic that's yet to come out and there was The Words, but other than that... I dunno. Sigourney Weaver made her mark with Aliens and whatnot, but then she branched out. Maybe Saldana should consider doing the same. Who knows what scripts are coming in, but maybe she could reach out a little more. And if she's going to do another movie featuring guns, maybe make it like a James Gray movie or something. Or do a comedy! Or another ballet movie? Actually, yeah, that's what needs happening. Center Stage: Some Enchanted Eva. I think everyone in America would watch the hell out of that, right? [The Hollywood Reporter]
Brad Pitt has almost signed a deal to star in End of Watch director David Ayer's next film Fury, a WWII adventure about an American tank crew battling the German army at the tail end of the war. Ayer says of the film, "Fury is not your father’s WWII movie, it digs deep into the complexities of battlefield heroism." Hm. But is it my mother's WWII movie? What about my cousin's? I had a neighbor once who got real sick and died. Is it his WWII movie? My father doesn't even really watch WWII movies, so I don't even know what his WWII movie would look like in order to form an opposite picture of it in my head. So who the heck's WWII movie is this?? I'm very confused. Is it's my grammy's WWII movie? Is it hers? My old dog Walter's WWII movie? Whose is it, David Ayer? Whose movie WWII is it?? [Deadline]
Here is a trailer for the horror-thriller The Purge, starring Ethan Hawke (why, Ethan, why?) and Lena Headey (why, Cersei, why?). It is about... Well, here, let IMDb explain: "the U.S. government begins to allow 12-hour periods of time in which all illegal activity is legal. During one of these free-for-alls, a family must protect themselves from a home invasion." Ha. Hahahah. What?? That doesn't make any sense whatsoever. In what recognizable world — I mean they have flatscreen TVs and their clothes are normal — would that be a thing? "The only way to stop crime is to allow all crime for twelve hours a year." Incorrect, screenwriter. Incorrect. Also, why not just call this Crime Night? That's way more direct. Just call your dumb movie Crime Night and be done with it, for heaven's sake.
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