US Trailer: Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle in The Guard

News, nuggets and notables, updated throughout the day:

Director Antoine Fuqua and Eminem could team up for boxing drama Southpaw
You can thank the success of The Fighter for this one. (24 Frames)

Al Pacino offered lead in Imagine
He’d play an aging rock star who is inspired to make some positive life changes when he discovers that a young John Lennon wrote him a fan letter 40 years before. Whether Al says yes or not, this will be the directorial debut of screenwriter Dan Fogelman (Tangled, My Mother’s Curse and Crazy, Stupid, Love). (24 Frames)

Prepare yourself for Salt 2
Why? Well the original wound up making nearly $300 million worldwide The Tourist made over $200 mllion and that’s despite completely tanking in the US. In an age where worldwide box office draws who aren’t named Will Smith are hard to come by, studios just can’t stay away from Angelina Jolie. I was ultimately disappointed by the first film, but the idea has promise. Line up a decent script and a sequel could be fun. (Deadline)

Doug Liman’s sci-fi pic Luna is go
Paramount is ready to roll on the pic about a homemade spaceship designed to go to the moon. No one has been cast yet, but names like Bradley Cooper, Chris Evans and Andrew Garfield are being tossed around. (Variety)

Trailer: Love Etc., an award-winning documentary about people in love
This looks promising. Here’s the official synopsis: “Love Etc. is a witty, poignant and humorous exploration about the universal stages of love, depicted through five real stories over the course of one year in New York City. Young, old, gay, straight — everyone has experienced love — and the joy and frustration that come with it. From teen romance to a decades-long marriage; newlyweds to a recent divorcee, and even a bachelor so frustrated in his search that he chooses to have children without a partner, Love Etc. documents the intimate journeys of engaging characters aged 18-89 who reflect the city’s diversity, and takes an honest look at life’s most challenging pursuit. In Theaters: NYC: July 1, LA: July 15, Philadelphia: July 22, Boston: July 29″ (YouTube)

Alamo Drafthouse reminds you not to text during my damn movie
This is great and all, but don’t they have food service during their movies? That’s more annoying than a serial texter. (indieWIRE)

Dwayne Johnson kicking the tires on G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes
You know, I’ve been quick to sing Johnson’s praises around here lately, but the dude has the worst taste in movie projects. Either that or he needs a new agent. He’s got the juice to make a great, iconic action picture, but he keeps slumming. A couple more choices like this and he’s going into movie jail until he pulls a Die Hard or a First Blood or a Terminator. (Deadline)

(above) US Trailer: Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle in The Guard
I ran a foreign trailer for this a couple weeks back and here is the domestic version. The action comedy from John Michael McDonagh (brother of Martin who wrote and directed In Bruges) garnered some warm reviews at Sundance last January. The official synopsis describes it as “a comedic, fish out of water tale of murder, blackmail, drug trafficking and rural police corruption, and the two cops who must join forces to take on an international drug-smuggling gang, an unorthodox Irish policeman and a straitlaced FBI agent.” It opens June 29. (Apple)

Human Centipede II fails to pass British Board of Film Classification taste test
It’s apparently too offensive for the usual “18” rating which means it can’t legally be sold on DVD in the UK. The first film came in with an 18. (Empire)

History of dumb remake ideas continues with Big Man Japan
I guess if you strip away everything uniquely Japanese (i.e. all the things that made the original oddly entertaining) you could make a Hancock-style superhero movie about the latest and most disappointing in a long family line of superheroes and it might go over with US audiences, but why bother? (Twitch)

RIP Maurice Garrel: 1923 – 2011

Charles “Skinny Pete” Baker joins Terrence Malick’s next
Yo, but will he be slinging meth? Have I mentioned lately that Breaking Bad is the best show on TV right now? (Playlist)

Rupert Grint, Jonathan Pryce board WWII football pic Wartime Wanderers
The story of the 1939 Bolton Wanderers Football Club who enlisted as a group and served with distinction throughout WWII as members of the 53rd Field Regiment of the Bolton Artillery. (Playlist)

Trio of Italians join Woody Allen’s Rome pic
Riccardo Scamaricio, Isabella Ferrari and Sergio Rubini have been added to the cast of the film currently being called Bop Decameron which is “loosely based” on Boccaccio’s The Decameron. Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Penelope Cruz and Alec Baldwin are all still attached while Roberto Benigni has been announced but hasn’t signed on the dotted line. (Variety – firewall)

Jan Kounen attached to 3D animated Euro sci-fi Windwalkers
The full title is Windwalkers — The Chronicle of the 34th Horde. Man, I just hope this is as exciting as the first 33 hordes (sound of crickets chirping). Kounen previously directed Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky. Marc Caro of Delicatessen fame is the film’s visual effects and animation supervisor. It’s being produced in France, but it will be in English. (Variety)

FX legend John Dykstra to make feature directorial debut
He’s adapting Jeff Lemire’s graphic novel Tales From the Farm. Described as “live action with extensive vfx sequences,” the film will tell the story of an orphaned boy who goes to stay on his uncle’s farm where he retreats into “a private fantasy world of superheroes and alien invaders.” For those of you keeping score at home, Dykstra has a couple of special effects Oscars on his mantel; one for a little film called Star Wars and another for Spider-Man 2. He also produced the original Battlestar Galactica for TV. (Variety)

Poland’s Suicide Room gets US distribution
It’s a happy story about a chat room for planned suicides and it’s been a hit in its native country. I don’t know. To paraphrase one Tuco Benedicto Pacífico Juan María Ramírez from the film The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: “When you have to jump, jump. Don’t talk.” (THR)

MTV held the annual Twilight Awards last night
aka The MTV Movie Awards. I’m sure there was plenty of pre-scripted irreverence and clips of upcoming summer movies. And somebody said “fuck.” Oh, you crazy 20-somethings. What will you think of next? (AV Club)

7 Responses to “News du Jour: 6/6/11”

  1. Dwayne Johnson is already in movie jail for making The Tooth Fairy and The Game Plan. He either has no interest in ever being taken seriously or he’s just milking his wrestling fans for all its worth.

    That Alamo Drafthouse PSA is probably the best theater etiquette PSA I’ve ever seen. I don’t know how their food service works, and that counts against them for me, but that’s still a great PSA. Using your cell as a flashlight in the theater during the film is never acceptable, unless you’re trying to stick the pin back into a live grenade. And I doubt this “lady” was trying to save lives.

  2. It is indeed great, I just had to be grouchy about it. The utter cluelessness and sense of entitlement she had is galling.

    I’m sure being the center of the universe is quite a burden.

  3. Being the center of the universe is only a burden when people have the temerity to remind you you’re not the center of the universe.

  4. Honestly, that PSA seems just wrong and douchey, to me. I have never given a damn if anybody’s texting during a movie. Talking, yes. Eating loudly, maybe. But texting? Hey, your loss, not mine. I feel sorry for that girl.

  5. Bob, typically when someone is texting in a theater, the light from the screen on their phone is bright enough to be seen up and down the row they are sitting in as well as by everyone behind them. It’s usually extremely bright, especially on a smart phone. If you don’t mind having a flashlight shined in your eyes during the screening of a film, you might want to get checked for cataracts.

  6. All I can say is, I’ve been to movies lately and hadn’t noticed that somebody in my row was texting until somebody else brought it to my attention. I really don’t care.

  7. You’re on your own with this one, Bob. You may not care, but most people do.

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