11 items from 2007
Warner Bros. has released some early photos of the upcoming Get Smart feature film. Unfortunately, they don't tell us much except that the stars look great and the old shoe-phone gag is alive and well.
The movie is of course based on the classic Don Adams television series and stars Steve Carell as Maxwell Smart/Agent 86 and Anne Hathaway as the lovely Agent 99. Others in the cast include Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Alan Arkin, Terence Stamp, Bill Murray, Masi Oka, David Koechner, and Ken Davitian.
The only member of the original show's cast expected to appear is Bernie Koppel who originated the role of Kaos baddie Siegfried. You can read more about that and see the movie trailer here. The movie arrives in theaters on June 20, 2008 and a made-for-dvd sequel hits stores soonafter. Stay tuned!
Actresses Rosario Dawson and Anne Hathaway have pledged their support to Jennifer Love Hewitt after she hit out at the media for criticizing bikini photographs showing her in an unflattering light. Hewitt was snapped in her black two-piece swimsuit last month as she enjoyed a dip in the sea - but the Ghost Whisperer star's voluptuous bottom soon became the subject of ridicule on many celebrity blogs. The 28-year-old then posted a message on her own website saying she is content with her figure, but is unhappy that comments on her weight will put young girls under more pressure to diet. And Sin City star Dawson couldn't agree more, telling People.com, "They'll make a whole story about it if someone gains five pounds. I think there is a huge obsession with size-zero jeans, and it's just really scary. It makes me really nervous, because I don't know how in the world we're supposed to be that thin unless we're totally starving and drugging up." Hathaway adds, "I don't think women should only be defined by their bodies and their weight. It's a cycle we've been in for some time, and I don't really like it." »
- No surprises at this years' 10th British Independent Film Awards - Anton Corbijn's Ian Curtis biopic Control took home a total of five awards including Best film. The only surprise of the evening seems to be the acting awards - Sam Riley losing out to Viggo Mortensen took Best actor for his take on a Russian undercover agent posing as a mobster and Judi Dench won for a film role that feels like it came out ages ago (Notes on a Scandal). Below is the full list of winners and noms (winners in double **) Best British Independent Film * And When Did You Last See Your Father? ** Control * Eastern Promises * Hallam Foe * Notes on a ScandalBest Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film * Anne Hathaway for Becoming Jane * Tannishtha Chatterjee for Brick Lane * Sophia Myles for Hallam Foe * Kierston Wareing for It's a Free World... ** Judi Dench »
Natalie Portman has topped a new style list, beating best pals Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz. The Closer actress has been named number one on the InStyle magazine Style 20. Portman topped the list because "she exhibits unwavering faith in the cut and quality of a great dress." The top 10 is: 1. Natalie Portman; 2. Drew Barrymore; 3. Cameron Diaz; 4. Penelope Cruz; 5. Jennifer Lopez; 6. Anne Hathaway; 7. Cate Blanchett; 8. Sienna Miller; 9. Helen Mirren; 10. Joy Bryant.
- Sam Riley and Anton Corbijn should pack lite on November 28th as Control, by far the best Brit indie film of the year, leads the way in terms of noms for the 10th at the British Independent Film Awards. And When Did You Last See Your Father? has also received a fair share of noms with 7, followed by Hallam Foe with six and Eastern Promises with five. Newcomer Sam Riley is a shoe-in for the acting and most promising newcomer awards, although it would be a treat to see Kierston Wareing take something home for her bit in Ken Loach's It's a Free World.... The jury comprises actors Hayley Atwell, Archie Panjabi, Kathy Burke, Tony Curran, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Matthew Macfadyen; directors Annie Griffin, Menhaj Huda, Neil Marshall and Peter Webber; London Film Festival artistic director Sandra Hebron; producer Mark Herbert; cinematographer Brian Tufano; distributor Will Clarke; and musician Nitin Sawhney. »
Not satisfied with merely creating a big-screen adaptation of Get Smart, Warner Bros. now has plans to issue a direct-to-dvd sequel -- 10 days after the movie release. And they've got a couple of NBC actors to star in it.
Masi Oka (Heroes) and Nate Torrence (Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip) are currently shooting roles in the film Get Smart. Smart of course stars Steve Carrell and Anne Hathaway in the roles made famous by Don Adams and Barbara Feldon in the 1960s TV series. Oka plays Control techie Bruce while Torrance will play a geeky analyst for the spy agency. Both are now set to reprise their roles in a Warner Bros. direct-to-dvd release.
Get Smart's Bruce and Lloyd: Out of Control will parallel content in the feature film and will be released just 10 days after the Get Smart film, presumably to take advantage of the movie advertising. The »
Davitian will play the evil assistant to Stamp, the head of the nefarious organization known as KAOS.
Greg Silverman is overseeing for the studio.
"It's my first film that is with so many big people," said Davitian, repped by Rebel Entertainment. "It's really an honor for me to work on this."
It wasn't long ago that Davitian was doing bit parts in more dramatic fare such as Holes, A Man Apart, SWAT and shows like Six Feet Under. To help pay the bills, he even opened up a French dip sandwich restaurant in Sherman Oaks called the Dip. »
British star James McAvoy has defended Anne Hathaway's casting as Jane Austen in Becoming Jane - insisting "you find the actor, not the accent" for movie roles. Director Julian Jarrold was criticized for casting an American actress in the role of the iconic 18th century English author, but The Last King Of Scotland star believes Hathaway was the best choice for the part. He says, "I think (the criticism was) fairly expected, but I'm a Scotsman and it's really surreal playing two Scottish people in the last seven years, so I haven't got a leg to stand on. "I think you find the right actor - you don't find the right accent - and she is undoubtedly brilliant. "When you find a British person playing JFK or some real big American icon, nobody bats an eyelid here. We don't go, 'This is terrible - it should be an American man playing this part', so I don't know why we get so annoyed." »
Actress Anne Hathaway suffered from depression and anxiety as a teenager, and she's proud to have overcome her troubles. The Devil Wears Prada is relieved she managed to beat the miserable, self-absorbed period she went through when she was growing up. Recalling her troubled period, she says, "I said to Mom the other day, 'Do you remember that girl? She has now gone, gone to sleep. She has said her piece and she is gone.' But then I thought, 'I so remember her, only she is no longer part of me.' I am sorry she was hurting for so long. It's all so negatively narcissistic to be so consumed with self." »
- Quick Links Passengers Patrick Wilson Life in Flight Purple Violets EveningIt was already a great year in 2006 with his showcase roles in Hard Candy and Little Children, but 2007 is shaping up to be his breakout year. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Patrick Wilson has joined the supernatural thriller project called Passengers.Written by Ronnie Christensen, this centers on a grief counselor (Anne Hathaway) who helps six plane crash survivors and develops a special connection with one of them. When the survivors begin to disappear mysteriously, she suspects a conspiracy and becomes determined to uncover the truth. Director Rodrigo Garcia (the helmer of the little seen, but critically praised Nine Lives has already commenced lensing the Columbia Pictures project. Mockingbird Pictures' Julie Lynn, Intuition Prods.' Keri Selig and Persistent Entertainment's Judd Payne and Matthew Rhodes are producing. Mandate's Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane are executive producing. Wilson »
Penned by Ronnie Christensen, Passengers centers on a grief counselor (Hathaway) who helps six plane crash survivors and develops a special connection with one of them. When the survivors begin to disappear mysteriously, she suspects a conspiracy and becomes determined to uncover the truth.
Mockingbird Pictures' Julie Lynn, Intuition Prods.' Keri Selig and Persistent Entertainment's Judd Payne and Matthew Rhodes are producing. Mandate's Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane are executive producing.
Wilson, whose credits include Hard Candy and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera, next appears in Ed Burns' Purple Violets, Evening with Meryl Streep and Claire Danes and Life in Flight opposite Amy Smart. »
11 items from 2007
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