13 items from 2012
John Cusack and his production company, New Crime, are considering a movie about conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, EW confirms. Cusack will star as the radio personality and Betty Thomas (I Spy, John Tucker Must Die) will direct. The AP first reported the story.
Annett Wolf, Cusack’s publicist, told EW the film is not a biopic about Limbaugh in the traditional sense. “It’s a much broader story, about how he reinvented American talk radio over the last 30 years,” she said.
Cusack’s decision to portray the inflammatory pundit is unusual for several reasons. First, Cusack is an outspoken liberal, »
- Josh Stillman
Though he’s long been an outspoken defender of the left, John Cusack will reportedly star as Rush Limbaugh in a biopic about the polarizing conservative radio host. The film will be called, simply, Rush, and Cusack and director Betty Thomas (28 Days, I Spy, John Tucker Must Die) are currently putting the finishing touches on a script with hopes to begin shooting next year. »
There are plenty of outspoken liberals among the Hollywood elite, but few of them proclaim their political views as loudly as Chicago-native John Cusack. Which makes this recent movie news very, very, very, very weird (yes, it deserves four "verys") The Associated Press has learned from Cusack's production company, New Crime Productions that the actor is now developing a biopic about hyper hardcore conservative radio announcer Rush Limbaugh with the intention of starring in it. No details about the project's plot are revealed in the report, but Betty Thomas is attached to direct the movie and the company is "putting finishing touches on a script." Production is aiming to start next year. Thomas, who began her career as an actress, has mixed it up over the course of her long career, making movies like Doctor Dolittle, Private Parts, 28 Days, I Spy, and John Tucker Must Die. She most recently helmed »
Los Angeles, CA — The sCare Foundation announced today it will honor legendary actor Malcolm McDowell (Rob Zombie’s Halloween, A Clockwork Orange) with the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award at its 2nd Annual Halloween Benefit on October 28, 2012. The evening will be held at the Conga Room at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles, and will include great entertainment, a silent auction and plenty of exciting prizes. The evening will benefit the life-saving programs of the Hollywood Homeless Youth Project (http://hhyp.org/), as well as Safety Harbor Kids (http://www.safetyharborkids.org/).
“Malcolm is an amazing actor and true professional,” said sCare Foundation founder, Malek Akkad. “He’s always been an ardent supporter and we’re excited to be able to honor him in this way. Besides being one of our greatest actors, »
- Jonathan James
The sCare Foundation announced today it will honor legendary actor Malcolm McDowell (Rob Zombie’s Halloween, A Clockwork Orange) with the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award at its 2nd Annual Halloween Benefit on October 28, 2012.
The evening will be held at the Conga Room at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles, and will include great entertainment, a silent auction and plenty of exciting prizes. The evening will benefit the life-saving programs of the Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership, as well as Safety Harbor Kids.
“Malcolm is an amazing actor and true professional,” said sCare Foundation founder, Malek Akkad. “He’s always been an ardent supporter and we’re excited to be able to honor him in this way. Besides being one of our greatest actors, he has always shown unwavering support to our cause, and his generosity and compassion truly appreciated.”
Malcolm McDowell is arguably among the most dynamic and inventive of world-class actors, »
- Uncle Creepy
"National Treasure" director Jon Turteltaub has signed on to direct "Beached," which is written by Ted Griffin (Ocean's Eleven, Tower Heist) has been in development since 1997. "Beached" centers on a chubby 4-year-old child who falls overboard during a family outing and is raised by whales and goes on to become an Olympic swimmer. Although Betty Thomas (I Spy, Doctor Dolittle) was attached to direct at one point, the project has been shelved for years. No doubt the popularity of swimming at the recent Olympics and NBC's record ratings fueled the project's resurgence. »
Surprise, surprise... another respected director has apparently had second thoughts about directing a movie based on a video game and decided to jump ship. Last summer it was announced that Neil Burger (Limitless, The Illusionist) had signed on to direct Uncharted: Drake's Fortune for Sony, replacing David O. Russell. Now we have learned that Burger is no longer attached to the project and that, for the moment, there is no immediate replacement. They will wait to find a new director until another draft of the script is turned in by Marianne and Cormac Wibberley (National Treasure). The news comes courtesy of Variety, although there is no word on why Burger decided to leave. The focus is on the hiring of the Wibberleys, who seem like a decent match based on their National Treasure experience, although they also have plenty of other questionable credits to their name including Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, »
Ever since Neil Burger became attached to helm Uncharted well over a year ago there hasn’t been much movement on bringing the game to the big screen. With that lack of development, it comes to no surprise that, according to Variety, Burger has left the project. The reason for Burger’s departure is unclear, although it was reported hours before this news the Limitless director may adapt Divergent for Summit. Unfortunately, Burger isn’t the only loss the project has faced today, as screenwriting duo Cormac and Marianne Wibberley have signed on to handle scripting duties. For those of you unfamiliar with the Wibberley’s writings, they worked on The Shaggy Dog, I Spy, The 6th Day, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, and, of course, Disney’s hamster epic, G-Force. There’s not a whole lot of impressive adventure in those films to prove they can handle Uncharted, but the duo was most likely hired because »
- Jack Giroux
Early in his career, Owen Wilson flirted with a few action-oriented pics like Behind Enemy Lines, Shanghai Noon, and I Spy. Now it appears the actor fancies a return to the genre, as it was announced today that Wilson will star in the action drama The Coup. The tone of the film is described as being akin to Taken (as is every other action drama in development these days), and centers on an American family that moves to Southeast Asia and finds themselves “embroiled in a violent coup where rebels mercilessly attack the city.” Hit the jump for more. Wilson will play the father in the film, which is based on a script by Drew and John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine). John will direct The Coup, making the film his follow-up to 2010’s Devil. He also directed the 2008 thriller Quarantine which he co-wrote with his brother. Wilson has certainly grown as »
- Adam Chitwood
The head honchos over at Universal seem to be undergoing a mid-life crisis of sorts as they reflect on their (relative) youth back in the year 1988. First, they announced last week that they’re going to move forward on a sequel to the Robert De Niro/Charles Grodin comedy Midnight Run (conveniently forgetting the three made-for-tv sequels that already exist). And now they’ve let word get out that they’re eyeballing a sequel to Ivan Reitman’s Twins. As awesome as that doesn’t sound, the news gets even more topical and ridiculous. According to THR, the studio wants to reunite Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito as the unlikely twins and add a third player into the mix so they can call the film Triplets. And who do they supposedly want for the third sibling? None other than Mr. Box Office Poison himself, Eddie Murphy! You can see why I said “supposedly.” If »
- Rob Hunter
Eddie Murphy, A Thousand Words John Carter Box Office: Prince Of Persia Revisited? Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, which received about as many bad reviews as the Andrew Stanton / Taylor Kitsch sci-fier John Carter, easily maintained its position at the top of the North American box office this weekend, March 9-11. The Lorax took in $39.1 million (-44% from last weekend), according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Domestic total: $121.95m. Budget: $70m. As mentioned in my previous article (see link above), John Carter was no. 2 with $30.4m. At no. 3, the widely panned low-budget flick Project X added $11.55 million (-45%). Domestic total: $40.12m. Budget: $12m. Starring Martha Marcy May Marlene's Elizabeth Olsen, Silent House opened with $7.01m at 2,124 locations, for a mediocre $3,300 per-theater average. It gets worse: the Laura Lau / Chris Kentis-directed horror flick received an F rating from movie audiences. The silver lining: It reportedly cost less than $1m, »
- Zac Gille
Cliff Curtis, Eddie Murphy, A Thousand Words Andrew Stanton/Taylor Kitsch's John Carter Box Office: Way Behind Zack Snyder's 300, Watchmen Eddie Murphy was to have hosted the 2012 Academy Awards ceremony, but dropped out after one of the show's producers, Brett Ratner, was fired (or resigned) following his use of an anti-gay slur and his comments about sex with Lindsay Lohan. Of course, no one can know for sure if the box-office take of the $40m-budgeted DreamWorks/Paramount release A Thousand Words would have been higher had Murphy kept his Oscar gig. But one thing is certain: it couldn't have been any lower. Nor could its approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes: 0%. Murphy, who'll turn 51 next April 3, has had a string of box-office disappointments — in some instances downright disasters — in recent years. A Thousand Words, which was actually shot in 2008, is his latest. The Brian Robbins-directed comedy co-starring Kerry Washington »
- Zac Gille
You might not have noticed, but Eddie Murphy has a new movie in theaters today. That's a slightly loaded sentence: "A Thousand Words" was shot four years ago, has been barely screened for critics (those who have seen it have been vicious), and is being put into a mere 1900 theaters, nearly half as much as the week's biggest opening, "John Carter." And all this for a man who was once the brightest star on the planet.
But thanks to a string of bad movies (including bona-fide disasters such as "The Adventures of Pluto Nash," "Imagine That" and "Meet Dave"), Murphy is no longer a safe bet, and the kind of family fare that has been his bread and butter, and that turned off many of his fans, is now given token releases such as this.
But it hasn't always been this way. Once upon a time, Murphy was a comic hurricane, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
13 items from 2012
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