Poster: Bellflower
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Bergman cinematographer Gunnar Fischer dead at 100
Monika, Smiles of a Summer Night, The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries. (NY Times)

Josh Stewart (TV’s The Collector) joins The Dark Knight Rises
…but no one will say who or what he’s playing so let’s just move on, shall we? (Variety – firewall)

Chicago Code’s Jason Clarke lands role in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby
Well, his not bad TV show got cancelled but it looks like Jason Clarke will land on his feet opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton and Isla Fisher. Clarke will play Fisher’s husband George Wilson. He’ll next be seen opposite Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy in John Hillcoat’s highly anticipated The Wettest County in the World. (THR)

Bridesmaids/Office co-star Ellie Kemper joins Jonah Hill’s 21 Jump Street
The hangnail upon which any interest in this thing is based is that it’s a comedy because the TV show was stupid, only to be watched with irony. Surely you remember the ones about the undercover cops working the high school beat with Johnny Depp… Channing Tatum, Ice Cube and Brie Larson co-star. (Variety – firewall)

Tom Cruise “in talks” for thriller One Shot
It’s an adaptation taken from Lee Child’s novel series about an MP turned drifter. Screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie, The Tourist) will direct his own script. The current hope is that Cruise could squeeze this one off before he gets going on Joseph Kosinksi’s Oblivion. (Deadline)

The Killing star Joel Kinnaman joins Greta Gerwig in indie rom-com Lola Versus
Apparently he’s replacing the previously reported Orlando Bloom. Though the show has been getting worse by the episode, Kinnaman is a bright spot in it and it was renewed today for a 2nd season. (THR)

Shrek director Adam Adamson tackling CGI animated Beasts of Burden
It’s an adaptation of Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson’s 4-issue limited series Dark Horse comic about a heroic group of cats and dogs protecting their owners in the supernaturally challenged community of Burden Hill. I’ve never read Beasts of Burden, but Jill Thompson is best remembered around these parts for her artwork on Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comic (Issues #40-49). (THR)

Madonna’s W.E. picked up by The Weinstein Company
The material girl’s follow-up to Filth and Wisdom stars Abbie Cornish and tells the story of the love and marriage between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII (the story providing the backdrop to The King’s Speech, also a Weinstein picture). (EW)

(above) Poster #2: Bellflower
Here’s the great synopsis: “Bellflower follows two friends as they venture out into the world to begin their adult lives. All their free time is spent building flame-throwers and weapons of mass destruction in hopes that a global apocalypse will occur and clear the runway for their imaginary gang “Mother Medusa”. While waiting for the world to end, their call to excitement comes unexpectedly when one of them meets a charismatic young woman and falls hard in love. Quickly integrated into a new group of friends, they set off on a journey of betrayal, love, hate, infidelity and extreme violence more devastating and fiery than any of their apocalyptic fantasies.” Bellflower, filmed entirely on homemade cameras, was well received at Sundance last January. (IMP Awards)

Laura Ziskin, Producer/Executive: 1950 – 2011
I don’t note the producing end of the movie business much, but by all accounts Laura Ziskin was good people and she died Sunday at her home after a long stand against breast cancer with which she was diagnosed (as Stage 3) in 2004. Her biggest hit was the Spider-Man trilogy, but her name is also on The Thin Red Line, To Die For, Pretty Woman, What About Bob?, Murphy’s Romance, The Eyes of Laura Mars, and A Star is Born. She is also well-remembered for her televised fund-raising effort Stand Up to Cancer. (Deadline)

One Response to “News du Jour: 6/13/11”

  1. That was more interesting when I misread it as “Jon Stewart joins the cast of The Dark Knight Rises.”

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