Sean Penn Briefly Recalls Spicoli from FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH
by Matt Goldberg Posted: June 9th, 2011At Spike TV’s “Guys Choice Awards” (because guys so rarely get to decide just about everything) the male cast of Fast Times at Ridgemont High and director Amy Heckerling reunited on stage and Sean Penn brought back his breakthrough role as Jeff Spicoli for about two seconds by saying “Aloha, Mr. Hand” as only Spicoli could say it. Spicoli is a funny role these days because it’s such a light role and Penn has devoted himself to serious movies and serious issues for the majority of his career. The last time he did an (intentional) comedy was 1999′s Sweet and Lowdown (2001′s I Am Sam is pretty hilarious). I can’t help but wonder if audiences could even accept Penn in a comic role today.
Hit the jump to check out the video. http://collider.com/sean-penn-recalls-spicoli-fast-times-ridgemont-high/95668/
Universal to Reboot THE WOLFMAN as WEREWOLF?
by Matt Goldberg Posted: June 9th, 2011Universal’s The Wolfman didn’t work out. Original director Mark Romanek wanted more money to make the film work, Universal didn’t want to give it to him, he left, the studio found a new director in Joe Johnston. But due to the amount of reshoots and other costs, Universal ended up spending more than if they had just given Romanek the extra money he wanted in the first place. Oh, and the film wasn’t very good, although it was certainly better than thought considering all of the behind-the-scenes nonsense.
Moviehole reports that Universal hasn’t given up The Wolfman and intends to reboot the series and create a film, tentatively titled “Werewolf” that has more in common with George Waggner’s original 1941 film The Wolf Man than the character’s most recent iteration. The studio is reportedly talking to prospective directors over the next few weeks and hopes to begin shooting this fall. That’s a fast track for a product no one really wanted last time. Presumably, Universal believes that because werewolves are popular in Twilight, their popularity will carry over to a new franchise. As we all know, it’s the werewolves that people love in Twilight, not the muscular shirtless dudes and sappy romance. http://collider.com/wolfman-reboot-werewolf-universal/95661/
First Official Look at Sacha Baron Cohen as THE DICTATOR [Updated]
by Matt Goldberg Posted: June 9th, 2011A couple days ago, we showed you an unofficial set photo from the set of Sacha Baron Cohen’s new movie, The Dictator. The film has Cohen once again reteaming with director Larry Charles, but it’s Cohen’s first movie that isn’t based on one of his characters from The Ali G Show. The comedy “tells the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed. It is inspired by the best selling novel, Zabibah and The King, by Saddam Hussein.”
The Huffington Post, when not dismantling great sites like Cinematical or asking writers to do free work on behalf of a multimillionaire who pretends she’s on the side of the middle- and working-class, gets the occasional entertainment exclusive. This is one of those days. Hit the jump to check out the first official look at Cohen as The Dictator. The movie also stars Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley, and Jason Mantzoukas. The Dictator is set to open on May 11, 2012. [Update: We now have a hi-res version of the image] http://collider.com/dictator-movie-image-sacha-baron-cohen/95618/
Set Photos from THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER Starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson
by Matt Goldberg Posted: June 9th, 2011
Logan Lerman has been tweeting photos from the set of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Author Stephen Chbosky wrote the script and is directing the adaptation of his 1999 novel of the same name. The coming-of-age story stars Lerman as “15-year-old Charlie (Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs.” The film also stars Mae Whitman, Johnny Simmons, Ezra Miller, Nina Dobrev, and Dylan McDermott.
Hit the jump to check out the set photos. http://collider.com/perks-of-being-a-wallflower-set-photos/95606/