Teaser #2: The Muppets

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Trailer: Rachel Weisz is The Whistleblower
(Apple)

Zach Braff in “final talks” for Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful
(Deadline)

Virginia Madsen and SNL’s Kenan Thompson negotiating to join Reiner drama
It’s called Summer at Dog Dave’s and it stars Morgan Freeman as an alcoholic Western novelist. Madsen would play the new neighbor who rekindles his passion for writing. Thompson would play Freeman’s nephew.

Elijah Wood joins Celeste and Jesse Forever
(THR)

First images: Merida from Pixar’s upcoming Brave
It’s an original Pixar fairytale about a stubborn young princess who brings trouble to the kingdom when she defies her parents. (/Film)

Michael Mann kicking tires on book about 1960s Ford/Ferrari Le Mans rivalry
The director is described as being in early negotiations to adapt the book Go Like Hell, Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans by A.J. Baime. It tells the story of Ford’s 1966 decision to compete on the track with Ferrari in a car designed by Carroll Shelby. That car would hit American streets as the Mustang. (Deadline)

Uncharted is unRussell’d
David O. Russell has bailed on the vidgame adaptation Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune over “a difference in creative direction.” Good. After the grand critical and commercial success of The Fighter, Russell shouldn’t have to slum it with two-bit video game movies. (Wrap)

Colin Hanks joins My Mother’s Curse with Seth Rogen and Barbara Streisand
It’s a road movie com-dram about an inventor (Rogen) on a cross country road trip with his annoyiing mother (Streisand). (THR)

Albert Hughes joins Keanu Reeves in bailing on ill-advised Akira movie
(Deadline)

There’s something called an UglyDoll and now it’s going to be a movie
(Wrap)

Trailer: So, there’s a Happy Feet Two?
I guess I’d be surprised if there wasn’t. (Apple)

Costa-Gavras to direct financial drama Le Capital with Vincent Cassel
What’s not to like about that? (Playlist)

Elite Squad director to take on Tri-Border
Brazilian director Jose Padilha earned raves with Elite Squad and now he’s turning to a political action film set in the lawless area where Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay meet. The English-language film will be written by Gran Torino screenwriter Nick Schenk. (THR)

Music Box takes French Cannes pic Conquest
A drama about 5 years in the life of Nicolas Sarkozy leading up to his election as President of France. (Variety)

5 Responses to “News du Jour: 5/26/11”

  1. I cannot for the life of me see “Ugly Dolls” as a movie. A quirky little Saturday morning cartoon, sure. But not a full feature, especially from the likes of a Focker-screenwriter.

    I bought an Ugly Doll for a girl I liked once. And she thought it was cute. Too bad she didn’t think the same of me.

  2. Muppets!!!

    (Sorry, if you wrote about anything else I didn’t notice.) Muppets!!!

  3. I wish I could care about there being a Muppet movie, but it also has Jason Segal in it, and it appears to be committing the cardinal sin of bad Muppet movies– making it about the humans.

    Seriously. Go watch “The Great Muppet Caper” and the other flicks, and the humans are either just supporting characters or cameos. It was the awful 90’s stuff that put them in front and center. This looks as though it’ll push Kermit, Piggie and the like into supporting roles, and really, I have no interest in that whatsoever.

  4. It very well might be awful. But I love the Muppets, have a small crush on Segel (partly because he too loves the Muppets) and want to think it’ll be good. Even though, yeah, there have been more bad Muppet movies than good. I choose to only remember the best. Teaser made me happy, and at this point, that’s good enough for me.

  5. I have a distaste for Segal and most of the current crop that are trying to turn raunch-comedy mainstream, so there’s that.

    Is Dave Goelz still doing Gonzo?

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