7 items from 2009
There is still no solid agreement for Keira Knightley to take on one Miss Eliza Doolittle, but it looks like the remake of My Fair Lady may finally have found a director. One who is not Joe Wright. Variety reports that the helmer behind The Debt -- John Madden -- is currently in talks to direct the film. Seeing that The Debt hasn't come out yet, let's be more clear: The director behind Shakespeare in Love, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Proof, and Killshot is the guy circling this feature.
That should be pretty decent news for the film. While I can't say that his subsequent work has brought him the same acclaim, getting an Oscar nomination for Shakespeare proved that he's at his best when dealing with classic literary romance. And while I would've loved to see Baz Luhrmann take it on (he was previously linked to the shebang), I can't »
- Monika Bartyzel
·Now serving: The first stills from Christina Aguilera's marquee debut in Burlesque! This image is only a couple of scenes ahead of her first stripping gig, where the barkeep hollers, "You've got one chance, honey," and Christina rallies with a teary-eyed, breast-smooshing tribute to Chaka Kahn, womanhood, and the John in the front row who knows the Midwestern resilience behind her violet eyes.
· Hamish Hamilton, the director of events like MTV's Video Music Awards, will helm the Oscars telecast.
· Nicolas Cage visited a Kenyan prison and handed out awards to wardens to highlight the issue of piracy in the Indian Ocean. The nervous wardens were grateful and shocked by the honor, though they muttered in unison that things really went downhill for him with Captain Corelli's Mandolin.
· The Emmys are moving back to August.
Penélope Cruz became an actor because of Pedro Almodóvar—twice. The first time was in 1990, when Cruz was a young girl growing up in Alcobendas, just outside of Madrid, and happened upon the director's "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!," a wacky love story about a former porn star and her kidnapper. She was already a fan of Almodóvar's offbeat sensibilities, but this one had a profound effect on her. "That was the day I decided to look for an agent," Cruz reveals.Her Reign in SpainCruz was only 14 when she attended a cattle call held by agent Katrina Bayonas and found herself armed with sides from "Casablanca," along with 300 other people. Bayonas wouldn't even see her. "She sent me away. She said, 'You are too young. Come back next year,' " Cruz recalls. "I came back three days later, and she said it again. I said, 'I am not too young. »
Nicolas Cage sometimes gets a bad rap. Yes, he's an Oscar winner, but his eclectic taste in movies has often drawn criticism, most famously from Sean Penn, who once accused Cage of s-tting on their profession. Say what you want about The Wicker Man or Bangkok Dangerous, but Cage is either the savviest or most fortuitous operator in Hollywood when it comes to his female costars. Yesterday's announcement that Mad Men's January Jones will costar opposite Cage in The Hungry Rabbit Jumps was only the most recent example. Toss in Diane Kruger (National Treasure, pictured), Jessica Biel (Next), Eva Mendes »
- Jeff Labrecque
Penélope Cruz is possibly one of the most envied actresses in modern cinema. After a number of award-winning performances in her native Spain, she started commuting to Hollywood and starred alongside a generation's worth of hunky leading men, including Matt Damon (All The Pretty Horses), Johnny Depp (Blow), Nicolas Cage (Captain Corelli's Mandolin) and Tom Cruise (Vanilla Sky). She also captured the attention of legendary directors Woody Allen and Pedro Almodóvar along the way. Read on for some fascinating facts about the stunning star. 1. Born Penélope Cruz Sánchez on April 28, 1974 in Madrid, her mum was a hairdresser and her dad a car mechanic and salesman. 2. In her early acting days, Cruz starred in the video for 'La Fuerza Del Destino' ('The Force Of Destiny') by '80s Spanish pop group Mecano. She (more) »
- By Mayer Nissim
Ifta winning Irish actor Aidan Gillen (The Wire) has begun filming on location in London in Lionsgate UK's big screen adaptation of Ken Bruen's crime thriller 'Blitz'. Starring alongside Gillen are; Jason Statham (The Bank Job, Snatch), Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum) and David Morrissey (Captain Corelli's Mandolin, State of Play). Directed by Elliott Lester, whose debut feature 'Love Is The Drug' was selected for Slamdance 2006, 'Blitz' has been adapted for screen by Nathan Parker (Moon) and focuses on a cop-hating serial killer who targets the officers of a South East London police station. »
Belfast actor Ciaran Hinds (There Will Be Blood, Stop-Loss) has joined actors Helen Mirren (The Queen) and Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton) for the thriller 'The Debt,' directed by John Madden (Captain Corelli's Mandolin). Written by 'Stardust' scriptwriters Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman and Peter Straughan (How to Lose Friends and Alienate People), the film is a fictional story centering on three young Israeli secret agents who in the 1960s kill a wanted Nazi war criminal. Years later, a man is uncovered who claims to be the murdered Nazi and one of the agents must try to uncover the truth. Mirren, Hinds and Wilkinson will play the three agents. The thriller which recently began shooting in London and will see the cast will travel to Budapest and Tel Aviv for filming. »
7 items from 2009
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