4 items from 2010
Neil Jordan, who recently helmed "Ondine" and "The Brave One," will direct the big-screen adaptation of Paul Murray's "Skippy Dies." Variety says Jordan will also be in charge of writing the screenplay.
The story follows Ruprecht and Skippy, two roommates at a public school in Ireland. Ruprecht is a math wizard, and when Skippy dies, Ruprecht tries to find a scientific way to get in touch with the dead.
This doesn't sound like a new concept, but I'm sure Jordan can do a lot with the material. Jordan's credits also include "Breakfast on Pluto," "The Good Thief," "The Crying Game" and "The End of the Affair." »
- Franck Tabouring
A picture has been released by Splash News of Russell Brand in full costume and make-up from the NYC set of Arthur, a remake of the 1981 comedy which starred Dudley Moore as Arthur and Liza Minnelli as Linda.
And yes, he has no hair on that English face of his. It feels so weird seeing him looking clean shaven and serious, but that’s before we know what his role is.
Brand plays a jubilant drunk that lacks ambition in life, sounds a bit like Aldous Snow if you ask me. Much of this demeanor has to do with the fact that he is vastly wealthy and the heir to a large fortune. But there is some fine print that goes along with the inheritance and that is that Arthur must marry the ‘Susan’ character, played by Jennifer Garner, in order to get it.
Once he proposes there is an »
- Jon Lyus
Although Mickey Rourke won't be playing Conan's dad after all, another grizzled genre veteran will supply his cinematic seed to sire the infamous swordsman of Hyboria. Ron Perlman will play Corin, the father of Conan in Marcus Nispel's relaunch of Robert E. Howard's classic pulp character. Perlman will presumably get more to do than William Smith in John Milius' 1982 original. Also joining the cast is Said Taghmaoui (Three Kings, The Good Thief, "Lost") as a leader of thieves who »
- Dave Davis
It's been a while since I enjoyed a Neil Jordan film. The Brave One had its moments, but it was better in theory, ditto Breakfast on Pluto. I was at the Toronto premiere of The Good Thief, which wasn't terribly arresting, and actually, I think my favorite of his might have to be Mona Lisa, which is nearly 25 years old.
The odd thing is, I always kind of figured Jordan was one of those directors who made really good movies, and then I looked at his list of movies...it's really not that inspiring. Air Jordan is back with another one, the mermaid drama Ondine.
And yes, "mermaid drama" means exactly what you'd think it means, and is not some euphemism for a fish-out-of-water story. Although, come to think of it, that probably applies, too. But it's a mermaid, all right, and in the role of Tom Hanks: Colin Farrell. »
- Colin Boyd
4 items from 2010
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