Cannes Clip: Sean Penn in Paolo Sorrentino’s This Must Be the Place

Sissy Spacek to make directorial debut with Sweet Tea
Set in the 1930s, it’s based on Julia Oliver’s “supernaturally inflected” short story collection Goodbye to the Buttermilk Sky (8:40 pm) (LA Times)

More Cannes clips: Kaurismaki’s Le Havre and Maiwenn’s Polisse
(8:35 pm) (Playlist)

Snow White looking to Thor to play her huntsman
I guess Chris Hemsworth adequately proved his cinematic hunkiness. He’s the latest actor associated with the part opposite Kristen Stewart following Viggo Mortensen, Hugh Jackman and fellow Aussie Joel Edgerton. (8:30 pm) (THR)

Ratner picks up Spielberg castoff The 39 Clues
So the director of juvenile movies for adults is just going to go ahead and direct a movie for juveniles. Based on the popular book-series-game-thing I’ve never heard of. (8:30 pm) (Deadlne)

Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim lining up Sons of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam
(8:30 pm) (Deadline)

Fox 2000 want’s you to Go the Fuck to Sleep
They’re adapting Adam Mansbach’s tongue-in-cheek bed time book, because parents and their foibles are endlessly hilarious. Oh wait, no. It’s monkeys dressed up as cowboys that are endlessly hilarious. Parents are boring. (8:30 pm) (Variety)

Michael Cera looks for a career change in indie thriller Magic, Magic
Variety describes the project like this: “Pic revolves around a girl vacationing with her friends in a remote area of Chile who slowly starts losing her mental faculties. She tries to get her friends’ attention, but they ignore her until it’s too late.” Well? People keep saying they want him to do something different than his usual. (8:20 pm) (Variety)

“I’m drinking David Lynch Signature Cup coffee. Espresso.” (4:00 pm)
(Jim Emerson)

Rumor: Aronofsky could direct sci-fi script with Clooney next
Sure. What the hell. Anything is possible. Vulture says it’s a 15-year-old original sci-fi spec script called Human Nature. Clooney would play a man who wakes up from cryogenic stasis to find that humans are now pets of an alien species. Ok, actually this sounds like a hoax to me, but then I think that about every rumor until it becomes true. (3:40 pm) (Vulture)

Rob Marshall to direct Johnny Depp’s Thin Man remake
Read the whole press release at Deadline. (1:15 pm)

Trailer: Miranda July’s The Future
July’s You and Me and Everyone We Know was my introduction to John Hawkes, or at least the film where I stopped and said “Hey, wait. Who’s this guy?” So, I look forward to The Future (even though Hawkes isn’t in it). Here’s the synopsis: “The Future tells the story of a thirty-something couple who, on deciding to adopt a stray cat, change their perspective on life, literally altering the course of time and testing their faith in each other and themselves.” It opens July 29th. (1:00 pm) (Apple)

Weinstein the winning bidder for Paul Thomas Anderson’s next
Sometimes called The Master, sometimes called PTA’s Scientology Movie, it appears the film has been retooled and it sounds even less Scientology-y than it did before. Here’s how Deadline describes it: “[Philip Seymour] Hoffman stars as a man who returns after witnessing the horrors of WWII and tries to rediscover who he is in post-war America. He creates a belief system, something that catches on with other lost souls.” Joaquin Phoenix plays his protege with whom he has a falling out. Deadline also notes that Madisen Beaty, Amy Adams, Laura Dern and Lena Endre are among the actresses being considered for roles. (11:45 am) (Deadline)

Levinson/Travolta’s Gotti: Three Generations getting a James Toback rewrite
The writer/director previously worked with Barry Levinson on Bugsy (11:30 am) (Wrap)

Deadline interprets Sony’s win of Django Unchained foreign rights as attempt to woo Will Smith
Sony happens to be where Smith is set up. This is pretty dull inside baseball stuff, I know, but I am curious to know if Smith is going to bite. The film is going to be controversial and he does have a superstar image to protect. Then again, he of all people can probably afford to tinker with said image. (10:50 am) (Deadline)

Stanley Tucci joins Hunger Games
As Caesar Flickerman. These names! Killing me. (10:50 am) (Deadline)

(above) Cannes clip: Paolo Sorrentino’s This Must Be the Place
Starring Sean Penn and Francis McDormand. Here’s the less than illuminating Cannes blurb: “Cheyenne is a former rock star. At 50 he still dresses “Goth” and lives in Dublin off his royalties. The death of his father, with whom he wasn’t on speaking terms, brings him back to New York. He discovers his father had an obsession: to seek revenge for a humiliation he had suffered. Cheyenne decides to pick up where his father left off, and starts a journey, at his own pace, across America.” I liked Sorrentino’s Il Divo ultimately, so we’ll see. (9:30 am)

Cannes clips: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes’ The Kid with the Bike
Cecile de France (Hereafter) and Jeremie Renier (Summer Hours, L’enfant) star. Another fruity Cannes blurb: “Cyril, almost 12, has only one plan: to find the father who left him temporarily in a children’s home. By chance he meets Samantha, who runs a hairdressing salon and agrees to let him stay with her at weekends. Cyril doesn’t recognize the love Samantha feels for him, a love he desperately needs to calm his rage.” (9:30 am) (Playlist)

Cannes clip: Lynne Ramsey’s We Need to Talk About Kevin
With John C. Reilly and Tilda Swinton. Cannes blurb: “Eva puts her ambitions and career aside to give birth to Kevin. The relationship between mother and son is difficult from the very first years. When Kevin is 15 , he does something irrational and unforgiveable in the eyes of the entire community. Eva grapples with her own feelings of grief and responsibility. Did she ever love her son? And how much of what Kevin did was her fault? Based on the Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction.” (9:30 am) (YouTube)

9 Responses to “News du jour: 5/9/11”

  1. Very excited about the next Paul Thomas Anderson film.

    Not saying a word about The Thin Man remake. I’m sure everyone can guess what my thoughts are about that.

  2. I’m jazzed about the PTA too.

    As for The Thin Man, no chance it betters the original, but I suppose it has potential to be fun on its own. I’ll keep an open mind at least until they cast Nora.

  3. Do we know if the Thin Man remake is supposed to be a period piece or if they’re contemporizing it?

    Some interesting tidbits up there, but I’m taking Fox 2000’s suggestion and heading to bed now.

  4. I am convinced the casting drama over this Snow White movie is going to be 300% more exciting than the film itself and I’m already sick to death of hearing about it. No offense, as you spend way less time on it than most sites.

  5. You know, that’s the main drawback about covering headlines is that once you say something about one thing, you kind of have to keep following it up whenever the story changes. It’s a trap.

    But then that’s why I try to compile things in a simple daily post instead of doing an individual post for every nugget. Less clutter, easier to skim of you don’t care, but it allows me to keep track of what’s going on.

  6. JB, I don’t know if they’ve said, but I’d bet they update it.

    Which is too bad because that also probably means Nick and Nora won’t be witty alcoholics which is half the fun of the original.

  7. Yeah, I’m not sure if witty alcoholics cut it in today’s world.

  8. Well, I try to surround myself with them.

  9. I’ll take witty alcoholics over clever tee-totallers any day. Clever sober will always, ALWAYS, be trumped by witty drunk.

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