by Talia Soghomonian Posted: December 15th, 2010
After appearing in Glee, playing a country singer in Country Strong and performing live at the Country Music Awards last month, Gwyneth Paltrow is about two seconds away from joining the cast of Rock of Ages. The actress has been offered a part in the big screen adaptation of the popular Broadway jukebox musical, Entertainment Weekly has learned.
“I just got the script and I will read it on the plane home tomorrow. But it sounds like it could be fun,” she said at the Country Strong premiere. Yes, and it will be fun. Not only might she end up with an equally famous co-star, I’ve also concocted a playlist of 80s tracks for her. Check it out after the jump.
We reported back in October that Tom Cruise had been offered a role in Rock of Ages, which director Adam Shankman describes as “‘Mamma Mia!’ for dudes”, and producer Jenno Topping has now confirmed that the Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol star is indeed “in discussions.” And when a producer makes such declarations publicly, it may actually mean “yes, he is.” Topping also produced Paltrow’s movie Country Strong.
As for Paltrow, her career has certainly taken a musical turn this year. Her appearance in Glee was one of the highlights of the show’s season and the actress may return for a couple of more episodes in the spring: “I will probably do some more Glee episodes and maybe some more films that involve singing, but I’m not sure I would ever quit my current job and become a full-time singer. I love my day job and we already have a musician in the family”.
The musician is her husband, Coldplay singer Chris Martin. When I interviewed her for Iron Man back in 2008, knowing her penchant for music – she’d had a blast performing live with him and Jay-Z in London in 2006 – I asked her whether she would ever record a duet with Coldplay. She laughed and said, “No! I won’t ever sing with them. We keep it separate.”
by Matt Goldberg Posted: December 15th, 2010
The trailer for Water for Elephants has gone online. Based on the novel by Sara Gruen, the film is directed by Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) and stars Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon, Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz, and MTV Movie Award-winner Robert Pattinson. The story is set during the Great Depression and centers on a veterinary student (Pattinson) who drops out of school and joins a second-rate traveling circus after his parents are killed in a car accident. While at the circus, he falls in love with Marlena (Witherspoon), who is married to a cruel and violent animal trainer (Waltz).
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars James Frain (TRON: Legacy), Hal Holbrook (Into the Wild), and Paul Schneider (Parks and Recreation). Water for Elephants opens April 15, 2011.
Here’s the synopsis for Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants:
As a young man, Jacob Jankowski was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. It was the early part of the great Depression, and for Jacob, now ninety, the circus world he remembers was both his salvation and a living hell. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It was there that he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great gray hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and, ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.
watch the trailer in HD on Apple
by Ben Garman Posted: December 15th, 2010
Back in September we reported that The Fountain composer, Clint Mansell, was to score Duncan Jones’ new film, Source Code, a logical choice given the success of their collaboration on Moon. However, there has been a change of plans, as Mansell has an issue with scheduling. Duncan Jones reported on his twitter that:
“unfortunately we weren’t able to work out a schedule so Clint could do the score in the end. He has been a very busy bee.”
In Mansell’s place, Jones has hired Chris Bacon, “a very talented young guy”, who has been working scoring films for some time but is largely unknown. A 70 piece orchestra is recording the soundtrack over the course of three days. Epic. Hit the jump for more.
Presumably it is Mansell’s work with Darren Aronofsky, the director behind highly anticipated ballerina thriller Black Swan, that has prevented Jones and Mansell working together, and fans of the acclaimed composer will no doubt be disappointed by his departure. However, Duncan Jones assures us that Chris Bacon is more than up to the job, and came highly recommended by his editor, “the legendary” Paul Hirsch (Star Wars: Episodes IV and V).
If you’ve not heard of Bacon, don’t worry – you’re not missing out (yet). His composing credits to date include scoring Disney animation documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty, Space Chimps and Love Ranch. I’ve not seen them either. Still, this could be the emergence of some fantastic new soundtrack talent, and promising new faces in the industry are always a good thing. Let’s hold our fingers crossed that Jones and Bacon create something as mesmerising as Mansell would have done.
Incidentally, for those interested and who might hold his opinion in high regard, Duncan Jones also tweeted that he gives the Coen Brother’s new film True Grit two thumbs up, calling it an “old fashioned, terrific movie.” As if we needed further convincing.
Source Code will be released on April 15, 2011 and stars Jake Gyllenhaal. The news that Mansell was off Source Code was first reported by BadassDigest.