Christopher Walken, John Turturro, Alicia Silverstone, Sharon Stone, Edie Falco, Rosie Perez, Phylicia Rashad, and More Star in GODS BEHAVING BADLY
by Brendan Bettinger Posted: July 5th, 2011Big Beach has culled an eclectic cast to play immortals in the adaptation of Marie Phillips’ Gods Behaving Badly: Christopher Walken (Zeus), John Turturro (Hades), Sharon Stone (Aphrodite), Edie Falco (Artemis), Phylicia Rashad (Demeter), Nelsan Ellis (Dionysus), Gideon Glick (Eros), Henry Zebrowski (Hermes), Rosie Perez (Persephone). Movieline passes along the official synopsis:
The film tells the story of the Greek Gods, alive and well and living in a brownstone in New York City, as they cross paths with a young couple, Kate and Neil. The intersection of the Gods and the mortals threatens not only the couple’s budding relationship, but the future of everything else.
Alicia Silverstone and Ebon Moss-Bachrach will play the young couple. Admittedly, this cast would be more impressive in a year that begins 199_. Regardless, this sounds like a fun project. Production begins this month in New York on Gods Behaving Badly, the directorial debut of Big Beach co-founder Marc Turtletaub. http://collider.com/christopher-walken-alicia-silverstone-gods-behaving-badly/100597/news
Casting Call: J.B. Smoove Serves THE DICTATOR; Rodrigo Santoro Learns WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING
by Brendan Bettinger Posted: July 5th, 2011Hollywood is quickly learning there is no comedy that won’t benefit from the motormouthed presence of J.B. Smoove. According to THR, The Dictator is the latest film to catch on. Sacha Baron Cohen stars as a despot who “risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.” From the photos we’ve seen so far, the dictator looks to be another memorably ostentatious character from the man who gave us Borat. Little is known about Smoove’s character other than the name, “Usher.” Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley, and Jason Mantzoukas also star in The Dictator, helmed by Borat/Bruno director Larry Charles. Megan Fox and John C. Reilly are set for cameos.
Smoove will reprise the role of Leon Black for season eight of Curb Your Enthusiasm, which premieres July 10 on HBO. The actor will next be seen theatrically in The Sitter (December 9) and We Bought a Zoo (December 23). In an effort to conquer all screens, Smoove is launching an “original comedy website” under the name TheRuckus.com later this month.
Hit the jump for details on Rodrigo Santoro’s new role in What to Expect When You’re Expecting.
Val Kilmer, Ving Rhames, Luke Goss, and Rebecca Da Costa Join Timebending Thriller SEVEN BELOW
by Brendan Bettinger Posted: July 5th, 2011EFish Entertainment has contracted Val Kilmer, Ving Rhames, Luke Goss, and Rebecca Da Costa to star in the independent thriller Seven Below. Speaking as a sucker for any movie that bends time and space, the logline provided by Variety sounds pretty cool:
“Story centers on a group of strangers brought together when a terrible storm leaves them stranded in a house in the woods where a terrible event transpired exactly 100 years prior. The group seems trapped in a ghostly time warp, and history is repeating itself.”
Kevin Carraway will direct from a script he co-wrote with Lawrence Smith; Warren Ostergard, Brianna, Lee Johnson, and Eric Mark Fisher (“EFish” himself) are producing. Production was initially scheduled earlier this year in New Mexico before a change in the state tax credits lured EFish to Cincinnati. The new start date is next month. http://collider.com/val-kilmer-ving-rhames-seven-below/100563/