6 items from 2007
- I expect my last day at the 08' edition of the Sundance film festival to end in the wee hours of the morning as the fest organizers have announced the make up of the Premieres section and have chosen documentary (Csny DÉJÀ Vu) on gray-haired legends of folk music (Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young) as the fest's closing feature.As predicted by yours truly, Michel Gondry will show up once again in Park City this time with the geek comedy preem Be Kind Rewind, while a number of high profile pics such as The Great Buck Howard, What Just Happened? and Diminished Capacity will have buyers lining up the block - the upcoming actors' strike is a reality and this has many mid level indie distributors looking to add to their slate. Up for grabs we also find films littered with talent: Irish import The Escapist, The Deal (a »
- Ok- now this is getting confusing. Despite not even having a set cast, George Miller's Justice League of America is already getting a spin-off film. David Dobkin, who directed laughers Wedding Crashers, as well as the upcoming Fred Claus, has been signed by Warner Bros to direct The Flash, based on the same DC Comics super hero that supposedly figures prominently in Jla. The latest version of the Jla script is rumored to feature the Wally West incarnation of The Flash, and according to Aint-It-Cool-News, the proposed Flash film, will also center around Wally West. Supposedly Adam Brody of The O.C is the front runner to don The Flash's famous red tights in Miller's Justice League of America. Now Variety is reporting that Warners has hired tv vet Greg Berlanti (current exec producer and writer on ABC's Dirty Sexy Money) to co-write and direct a big »
- Holy career comeback Batman!Vicky Vale- um, I mean, Kim Basinger, has just signed on to co-star with Charlize Theron in Guillermo Arriga's directorial debut, The Burning Plain for 2929 Prods. Arriaga, known mostly for his collaborations with helmer Alejandro González Iñárritu (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel), also penned the screenplay for Burning Plain. Basinger will play Theron's mother- and much of the film will center around Theron's character's turbulent childhood. The film is set to roll in November, once Basinger wraps the Bret Easton Ellis adaptation, The Informers, opposite Billy Bob Thorton. Arriga's tragedy-filled screenplays are known to be prime Oscar bait. They are also extremely demanding of the actors in volved, and both leading ladies in the film will likely be put through the ringer. We all know that Theron is great at these types of roles after her Oscar winning work in Monster, but Basinger hasn't had a great role since L. »
Tim Burton is to be honored at the Venice International Film Festival later this year, for his contributions to the movie industry. The Batman director will receive the lifetime achievement award at the Italian festival which begins on August 29, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Organisers also declared on Wednesday that September 5 will be "Tim Burton Day" - a full 24 hours dedicated to the 48-year-old, whose credits include Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. »
ROME -- Tim Burton will be honored with the Golden Lion lifetime achievement award and a Tim Burton Day at the 64th annual Venice International Film Festival in the fall, organizers said Wednesday.
Burton, whose credits include Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, Batman, Edward Scissorhands and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, will celebrate his 49th birthday four days before the festival's Aug. 29 start.
Tim Burton Day will take place Sept. 5 and include a special "surprise offering," festival organizers said.
"Tim Burton is a cinematic genius, the most imaginative child of the new age of cinema," Venice artistic director Marco Muller said. "He has a unique talent of being able to imbue his fantasies with emotional depth."
This will not be Burton's first visit to Venice. The festival hosted the international premiere of Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas in 1994 and the world premiere of his Oscar-nominated Corpse Bride in 2005. »
Executives at Hollywood film studio New Line are desperately trying to sign Brokeback Mountain star Jake Gyllenhaal as Captain Marvel in Shazam! The studio is looking to bid on a big franchise along the lines of Batman and Superman and think the movie, which is based on the DC comic, is the perfect project. A source tells the New York Daily News, "They're ready to spend up to $200 million to get it started." Sources say director Peter Segal and his fellow producers want to sign the star before Spider-Man director Sam Raimi can get to him. Raimi is reportedly on the lookout for a new Spider-Man after current star Tobey Maguire recently said he is ready to move on and let someone else play the role. »
6 items from 2007