Trailer: Johnny Depp in Hunter S. Thompson’s Rum Diary

UK Trailer: Lars von Trier’s Melancholia

Natalie Portman turns down indie drama Adaline
She got the offer for the role previously vacated by Katherine Heigl a couple of weeks ago. I wouldn’t take Heigl’s sloppy seconds either. (EW)

Tom Cruise’s Horizons looks for a female star
Most of the usual suspects’ names are tossed around: Jessica Chastain, Olivia Wilde, Brit Marling, Noomi Rapace and Olga Kurylenko. Blah, blah, blah. This one used to be called Oblivion and it’s director Joseph Kosinksi’s sci-fi follow-up to Tron: Legacy. Cruise has it penciled in after the thriller One Shot. Remember when everyone was saying Cruise’s career was dead? (Variety – firewall)

Trailer: Mark and Michael Polish’s Stay Cool
You saw the poster yesterday and you knew the trailer wasn’t far behind. Winona Ryder, Mark Polish, Sean Astin, Hilary Duff, Josh Holloway, Chevy Chase and Jon Cryer star. (YouTube)

Jennifer Garner out, suddenly everywhere Olivia Wilde in Better Living Through Chemistry
Though both of her summer movies stiffed (Cowboys and Aliens, Change Up), you can’t really blame either one on her. Still, it’s a little early to declare Ms. Wilde an up and comer. (Playlist)

(above) Trailer: Johnny Depp in Hunter S. Thompson’s Rum Diary
It seems like this thing has been in the works forever. Aaron Eckhart, Richard Jenkins and Amber Heard co-star. (YouTube)

Julia Roberts’ Fireflies in the Garden finally gets a US release
It made the festival circuit way back in 2008. It opens October 14. (THR)

Dan Aykroyd just won’t shut up about Ghostbusters 3

James Hong joins RIPD
If you don’t recognize the name, you’ll recognize the face from Chinatown and Big Trouble in Little China among others and the voice from Kung Fu Panda. (THR)

Universal pulls the plug on Marry Harron’s adaptation of Wickedly Lovely
Universal is apparently now in the movie un-making business. (THR)

4 Responses to “News du Jour: 8/26/11”

  1. James Hong is an awesome character actor who does everything – movies, tv guest appearances, voice overs. Always nice to see him working.

  2. Sad to say, I’m almost always surprised that he’s still alive. He seemed like an old man way back in Chinatown days, though he really wasn’t.

  3. Cruise Power.

    He’s always been a good actor and has a reputation for being professional and hard-working, so I hope his future projects do well.

  4. I agree. Don’t much care about his personal life or his personal beliefs. I’m glad to see the Cruise Career Deathwatch turned out to be premature.

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