Poster: Pixar’s Brave. Coming June 22, 2012
Larger version at EW

News, nuggets and notables updated throughout the day:

Warren Beatty’s mystery project revealed: he’s going to direct himself as Howard Hughes
Something about a late life affair the crazy rich dude had. No other details are known though word has it he’s meeting with every name in town for supporting roles. These include Andrew Garfield, Alec Baldwin, Annette Bening, Shia La Beouf, Jack Nicholson, Evan Rachel Wood and Rooney Mara. Beatty is the closest thing we have to old-Hollywood royalty. He hasn’t hit a home run as a director or actor every time, but have you gone back and watched Shampoo or Heaven Can Wait lately? Fantastic. And yeah, there’s that little film called Bonnie and Clyde. Bring it. (Deadline)

Emma Stone latest name rumored for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
I wasn’t as crazy about Easy A as large portions of the rest of the internet  – to say nothing about Zombieland, which is more than enough – but Emma Stone was certifiably star quality in both. Maybe she can add some juice to this one-note joke of a movie. (THR)

Arkansas Times chats with local boy who made good Jeff Nichols (Shotgun Stories)
Mostly they talk about his upcoming film Take Shelter starring Shotgun Stories lead Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life), but he also teases his next project after that, MUD. For me, Take Shelter (trailer) is one of the most anticipated movies of 2011. (ArkTimes via Jennybee)

Viggo Mortensen rumored for adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s thriller The Two Faces of January
The script is by Hossein Amini (Wings of the Dove, the upcoming Drive). I’ve never read Highsmith’s novel, but The Talented Mr. Ripley is a fav. (LA Times)

The great Tom Wilkinson in talks to liven up The Lone Ranger
He’d play a railroad tycoon opposite Armie Hammer’s Lone Ranger and Johnny Depp’s Tonto. Gore Verbinski directs, in case you’d forgotten (Variety – firewall)

Ron Howard’s name associated with yet another project: Spy vs. Spy
It’ll be a live-action adaptation of the Mad comic scripted by David Koepp and it’s one of seemingly a half dozen things Howard is threatening to squeeze in while his adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series sucks air. (Deadline)

Fox is mounting its own Frankenstein flick
Because no bad idea ever goes unpunished in Hollywood. This is just the latest in a string of announced Frankenstein pictures to slide down the pipeline. (Variety)

Revenge of the Electric Car to get a theatrical and OnDemand release
A funny thing happened after the doc Who Killed the Electric Car? came out: gas prices went through the roof, consumers and car makers got green religion (again) and the electric car has made a comeback. Hence: Chris Paine’s follow-up The Revenge of the Electric Car.  (ToH)

Katie Cassidy in talks for Freaky Deaky
Which is great news I guess if you watch Gossip Girl. You may recall a couple weeks back that Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser, William H. Macy and Craig Robinson were also in talks for this adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel set to begin filming this month. (Variety)

Director of haunted house flick Insidious in talks for haunted house flick Conjuring
Way to make creative decisions, Hollywood! James Wan’s Insidious was good and then bad before finally being good again. It took good advantage of Rose Byrne, was never boring and wound up with around $76 million worldwide (and counting). Not too shabby for a $1.5 million film. Clearly New Line is hoping the Saw director can work the same magic a third time. Saw made $103 million on $1.2 million worldwide. (Variety)

Poster: Juno Temple in Dirty Girl
With a small role in Atonement and excellent turns in several indies (Greenberg, Kaboom) Juno Temple isn’t exactly a household name just yet, but she has that potential. I was especially impressed with her performance in Jordan Scott’s Cracks earlier this year. Before she’s seen by millions in The Dark Knight Rises, you’ll be able to catch her in one more indie co-starring William H. Macy and Milla Jovovich. (HitFix)

Another spiffy poster for Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
(IMP Awards)

Takashi Shimizu to direct thriller Flight 75 for CBS Films
Deadline describes it as “a claustrophobic thriller set on a transpacific airliner where the passengers encounter what appears to be a supernatural force.” Shimizu is best known for his Japanese horror flick Ju-on and the American adaptation The Grudge. (Deadline)

Jamie Foxx rumored for lead in Tarantino’s Django Unchained
As of last night this was a Twitter rumor so take it with a grain of salt. Foxx isn’t my first pick, but I think I like it better than Will Smith. On the other hand, I do think Smith is capable of bringing a harder edge to the role than he’s being given credit for, but whatever. (Playlist) [UPDATE: The rumor is now a fact as Foxx is apparently in negotiations. People are talking like Leonardo DiCaprio is official as well instead of just “in talks” as had previously been reported. Is that true? Did I miss that memo?] (Deadline)

Idris Elba signs up for Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim
Lots of people including me were hoping speculation he was up for Django Unchained turned out to be true, but Foxx will be fine if that rumor is true. (Deadline)

Producer acquires Steinbeck’s non-fiction The Log from the Sea of Cortez for doc adaptation
Written in 1951, John Steinbeck’s book details the 6-week trip from Monterey Bay to the Sea of Cortez (now known as the Gulf of California) the author took aboard a 75-foot fishing vessel along with marine biologist Ed Ricketts. Robert Kanter hopes to begin shooting the documentary next year. (Variety – firewall)

Jennifer Lopez, Ed Helms, Isla Fischer rumored to join Cameron Diaz in What to Expect When You’re Expecting
The comedy is inspired by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel’s best-seller and it’ll be an ensemble about six couples leading up to the births of their babies. (Variety – firewall)

Lopez also in talks to join Jason Statham in Parker
And in other J.Lo news… This is Taylor Hackford’s mystery flick based on the character in Donald E. Westlake’s popular series of novels most memorably captured on film by Lee Marvin (with the name changed to Walker) in John Boorman’s Point Blank. I think Lopez gets a bad rap. She’s made some dubious cinematic choices and her off screen persona is sketchy, but she was fantastic in Out of Sight.

A bevy of trailers
Puss in Boots, Footloose, Planet of the Apes.

Snakes on a Plane begets “Die Hard on an alien spaceship”
John Heffernan, the screenwriter of the former just sold a script described as the latter to Paramount. Yeah, because his first film worked out so well. (Variety – firewall)

One Response to “News du Jour: 6/22/11”

  1. I’m very much curious about Take Shelter, too, and not just because he’s an Arkansawyer. Shotgun Stories was one of my favorite films of 2008. It looks like Jessica Chastain is about to break out as a name in a big way, making a place for herself in the next generation of serious dramatic actresses.

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