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Simon Kinberg to write script for McG’s Ouija board movie
The writer-turned-producer wrote Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Sherlock Holmes and X-Men: The Last Stand. McG of course most recently oversaw the stillborn Terminator Salvation. This is another one of those terrible ideas based on beloved board games, but when you think about it, it’s a more fruitful idea than Risk. Still. No thanks. (LA Times)

Deadline talks to Soderbergh about Haywire, Contagion and that retirement everyone is making too big of a deal over.
By the time I finish with the series of projects I’m planning, it will be 26 or 27 films. That’s plenty and if you take volume over quality, I’m twice as good as Kubrick.” (Deadline)

Spielberg kicking the tires on a fourth Jurassic Park
Nothing official here, just whispers in the wind. (THR)

Laura Prepon latest to join Frears’ comedy Lay the Favorite
Bruce Willis, Rebecca Hall and Catherine Zeta-Jones co-star. (Wrap)

James Mangold tapped for The Wolverine

Matthew McConaughey teases progress on long-fabled The Dallas Buyer’s Club with Hillary Swank
(LA Times)

Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire to land January 20, 2012
Yikes. That’s not a date that indicates studio confidence. This is his action flick with Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor and Channing Tatum. (THR)

Hugh Jackman tapped for one of the leads in Les Miserables
Tom “The King’s Speech” Hooper is adapting the popular Broadway show and Huge Ackman is “in talks.” It’s presumed he’ll play Valjean, but that’s not confirmed. (Variety)

Untitled Apatow/Feig comedy has characters modeled on Melissa McCarthy and Jon Hamm
That doesn’t mean they’ll be in this “unconventional love story about a guy who becomes obsessed with a woman,” but maybe! (Deadline)

Surprise The Dark Knight Rises casting news
Drew McWeeny had the good sense not to give the exclusive news away in his headline and I’ll follow his example even though no one else did. If you care enough to care about this little nugget, I figure you care enough to be surprised by it when you’re watching the movie. But maybe not. (HitFix)

Trailer: Sundance award winning lesbian coming-of-age flick Pariah
This made the rounds a week ago but it slid under my radar even though I gathered the mostly positive reviews when it premiered at Sundance in January. In case you missed it, check it out at Focus. It’s drawing the inevitable comparisons to Precious because it’s about a black girl, but that seems to me where the similarities end. For one thing, Pariah actually looks good. (Focus)

Rare T.E. Lawrence doc set for restoration and preservation
You can see snippets of the film by Lowell Thomas and Harry Chase that helped make Lawrence of Arabia a legend on YouTube. Also on tap for the National Film Preservation Foundation are some John Ford home movies shot between 1941 and 1948, a performance by Mahalia Jackson and Duke Ellington filmed in 1970 and more. (THR)

(above) David Lynch continues to do everything but make movies with bid for Parisian “Club Silencio”
If there’s a beautiful woman singing Roy Orbison in Spanish while everyone cries, I’m there. Just don’t make me go out back by the dumpster… (THR)

Sean Penn rumored to direct Robert DeNiro’s The Comedian, not Scorsese

Ru-Crow to play Jor-El in Man of Steel
When they gave Marlon Brando a million dollars in 1970s money to be Superman’s pop for 5 minutes, it was a big deal, but I’m afraid Russell Crowe doing the same bit in Zack Snyder’s reboot doesn’t much move the needle. (Variety)

Affleck attached to Tell No One remake
More than two years ago, I mocked the idea of Hollywood remaking this nifty French thriller based on Harlan Coben’s novel because they’re just going to ignore the things that made it above average in favor of the same-old same-old Hollywood thriller tricks. Well, here we are two years later and the remake is still in the works with Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall producing, but it’s now Warner Bros. behind it instead of Miramax and Ben Affleck is attached to direct it. Affleck did OK for himself with The Town, so maybe this will turn out well. (Deadline)

John Carter gets boring poster to go with new boring title
It used to be called John Carter of Mars on account of that’s how the character in Edgar Rice Burroughs’ series of Martian-set novels is frequently referred to and Mars is generally where the adventures take place, but the Disney brain trust decided that wasn’t dull and harmless enough so they shortened it to simply John Carter. Apparently the same group of geniuses put their heads together on the new teaser poster because it’s super boring. Anyway, a fine supporting cast that includes Willem Dafoe, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, Bryan Cranston and Thomas Hayden Church almost make up for the fact that the two leads are Taylor Kitsch (TV’s Friday Night Lights) and Lynn Collins (TV’s True Blood). Almost. (Apple)

Oscar tinkers with Best Picture nominating process
A film now has to receive a first place vote on at least 5% of the ballots cast in order to secure a Best Picture nomination. This means the number of nominees will vary each year depending on how people vote. Cynics who obsess about this kind of thing will assume it’s a bid to add juice to the predictably boring nominating process, but I think it’s really more intended to make sure movies like The Blind Side don’t get Best Picture nominations. (THR)

4 Responses to “News du Jour: Silencio!”

  1. I don’t know much about John Carter of Mars and I don’t have a lot of faith in Disney, but Taylor Kitsch was pretty good on Friday Night Lights. This is the sort of role he could do really well in, if Disney doesn’t end up Disneyizing it. The ladies think he’s hot, so they’ve got that going for them. Poster sucks though.

    Affleck and Tell No One seems like a good idea, since they’re going to remake it anyway.

  2. I was wondering if Kitsch was more than a pretty face. Before looking him up I assumed he was in Twilight. (shrug)

  3. I hope that after Soderbergh retires, he doesn’t stop doing interviews. Always entertaining, that guy. I wonder if they moved Haywire to Jan 20th because they know its going to be its own thing, like most Soderbergh movies, and therefore would struggle against the weight of the Fall release schedule or if they really think its going to bomb. It’s a Soderbergh film, so I won’t bother to speculate on what kind of film it will be, since he has done almost every conceivable type of film possible.

  4. Craig, Kitsch is a pretty face and while he didn’t display massive depth as an actor on FNL, he does have charisma, comic timing, and the physicality to pull this role off. He was terrible in Wolverine, but everyone was terrible in Wolverine: it wa a terrible film. I was really resistant to him on FNL at first, mainly because he looks like just another pretty face, but he surprised me and won me over. Don’t have a lot of faith in the project though.

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