by Jeff Ames Posted: November 12th, 2010In case Mel Gibson Liam Neeson, Jamie Chung, and returning bit players Ken Jeong and Mike Tyson weren’t enough, The Hangover 2 has brought on Paul Giamatti to round out its supporting cast. Giamatti will join returning stars Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha and director Todd Phillips (Due Date) in Thailand in the next few weeks, according to Deadline. No word on who Giamatti will play, or how large his role will be.
Giamatti recently popped in for a hilarious cameo on NBC’s 30 Rock, where he played a hammy Civil War-loving studio editor. Currently he is vying for some Oscar love for his work in Richard J. Lewis’ Barney’s Version opposite Dustin Hoffman and Minnie Driver. The Hangover 2 is set for a May 26, 2011 release.
Rumor: Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci to Reunite for UNCHARTED: DRAKE’S FORTUNE? Mark Wahlberg to Star?
by Jeff Ames Posted: November 12th, 2010
Okay, now I’m starting to get worried. At the beginning of October, word broke that filmmaker David O. Russell (I Heart Huckabees) had been tapped to direct a big-screen adaptation of the popular 2007 video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. Now it seems that Russell, who is evidently also writing a completely new screenplay, is bringing Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci along for the ride – which is great news – and that Mark Wahlberg may star – which is not so great news. Hit the jump for more.
Wahlberg and Russell have teamed up quite frequently over the years to stunning results – Three Kings anyone? In Russell I trust, but in this case, Wahlberg just isn’t right for the role of Nathan Drake, fortune hunter and adventure extraordinaire. Why not just nab Nolan North, the guy who voiced the character in the game? Or even Nathan Fillion, who has been lobbying for the role since mid-October? I’m all over the casting of De Niro and Pesci – the two are an amazing onscreen duo, having paired up for Martin Scorsese three times before with Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and Casino – but Wahlberg just doesn’t fit.
All of this is just a rumor [via Showbiz 411] now, mind you, but a troubling one. Part of the problem with films based on video games is they fail to capture the essence of the source material. Remember when Universal opted for zombies-run-amok as opposed to demons-from-Hell in their horrendous big-screen adaptation of Doom? I sure do. In this instance, Drake embodies the heart and soul of the game. His casting is perhaps the most important detail, moreso than the FX, story, or supporting roles. Drake’s role requires an actor with charisma, charm; not just machismo. Think Indiana Jones sprinkled with a tad of Jack T. Colton from Romancing the Stone. Does that sound like anything Wahlberg could pull off?
by Matt Goldberg Posted: November 12th, 2010
There’s been heavy speculation over who will play the role of Daisy in Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. While it looks like the director has set his eye on having Leonardo DiCaprio play Gatsby and Tobey Maguire play Nick Carraway, actresses rumored for the role of Daisy have included Rebecca Hall, Keira Knightley, Amanda Seyfried, Blake Lively, Abbie Cornish, Michelle Williams, Scarlett Johansson, and Natalie Portman. Now Vulture is reporting that Carey Mulligan is the front-runner to nab the role. Johansson was the top choice, but her decision to star in Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo created a scheduling conflict. Shooting on Gatsby is scheduled to begin next summer.
Hit the jump for a synopsis of The Great Gatsby.
Here’s a synopsis for The Great Gatsby via Amazon:
In 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald announced his decision to write “something new–something extraordinary and beautiful and simple + intricately patterned.” That extraordinary, beautiful, intricately patterned, and above all, simple novel became The Great Gatsby, arguably Fitzgerald’s finest work and certainly the book for which he is best known. A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, Gatsby captured the spirit of the author’s generation and earned itself a permanent place in American mythology. Self-made, self-invented millionaire Jay Gatsby embodies some of Fitzgerald’s–and his country’s–most abiding obsessions: money, ambition, greed, and the promise of new beginnings. “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter–tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…. And one fine morning–” Gatsby’s rise to glory and eventual fall from grace becomes a kind of cautionary tale about the American Dream.http://www.collider.com/2010/11/12/the-great-gatsby-carey-mulligan-baz-luhrmann/
It’s also a love story, of sorts, the narrative of Gatsby’s quixotic passion for Daisy Buchanan. The pair meet five years before the novel begins, when Daisy is a legendary young Louisville beauty and Gatsby an impoverished officer. They fall in love, but while Gatsby serves overseas, Daisy marries the brutal, bullying, but extremely rich Tom Buchanan. After the war, Gatsby devotes himself blindly to the pursuit of wealth by whatever means–and to the pursuit of Daisy, which amounts to the same thing. “Her voice is full of money,” Gatsby says admiringly, in one of the novel’s more famous descriptions. His millions made, Gatsby buys a mansion across Long Island Sound from Daisy’s patrician East Egg address, throws lavish parties, and waits for her to appear. When she does, events unfold with all the tragic inevitability of a Greek drama, with detached, cynical neighbor Nick Carraway acting as chorus throughout. Spare, elegantly plotted, and written in crystalline prose, The Great Gatsby is as perfectly satisfying as the best kind of poem.
by Matt Goldberg Posted:November 12th, 2010
After flying under the radar, the upcoming sci-fi action film Battle: Los Angeles premiered a strong teaser trailer last night that should get people talking. It’s a bold trailer without dialogue, haunting music, and lots of explosions. It was even willing to risk not giving the title at the end. There’s now an international trailer online and it takes a more standard approach: voice-over guy, aliens attack, lots of explosions. Sometimes that can work too, although I definitely premiere the US version.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Directed by Jonathan Liebesman, Battle: Los Angeles stars Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Ramon Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Ne-Yo, and Michael Peña. It opens March 11, 2011.
Trailer via our friends at Omelete.
Here’s the official synopsis for Battle: Los Angeles:
For years, there have been documented cases of UFO sightings around the world – Buenos Aires, Seoul, France, Germany, China. But in 2011, what were once just sightings will become a terrifying reality when Earth is attacked by unknown forces. As people everywhere watch the world’s great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. It’s up to a Marine staff sergeant (Aaron Eckhart) and his new platoon to draw a line in the sand as they take on an enemy unlike any they’ve ever encountered before.