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 It feels like James Franco is attached to pretty much everything these days, but now there's one less Franco project we have to look forward to. According to JustJared.com , the star has pulled out of The Iceman, a biopic of Mafia hitman Richard "The Iceman" Kuklinski. Franco was lined up to play Robert "Mr. Softee" Pronge, the "mentor assassin" to Kuklinski (Michael Shannon); Ray Liotta and Maggie Gyllenhaal were also set to star in the picture, by director Ariel Vroman. However, with Franco gone, "it looks like this project might fall apart," a source told the site. Details of Franco's exit have not been revealed, although the same source blames "key contractual issues that didn't involve financial terms." The rest of the cast sounds too interesting to waste, so I'm hoping the movie can still come together out even without Franco's involvement. If not, well, there's always The Ice »
- Angie Han
Mickey Rourke's commitment to "In Bruges" writer/director Martin McDonagh's new project "Seven Psychopaths" may mean he won't be involved in the currently shooting "Expendables" sequel. [Source: Deadline]
Dianne Wiest is has booked the female lead and Chris Cooper is in talks to join HBO's adaptation of Jonathan Franzen's 2001 best-seller "The Corrections". The story follows an elderly Midwestern couple and their three adult children who all lead complicated lives.
- Garth Franklin
Kurt here from Your Movie Buddy. In my attempt to tone up and shed a few (as I feared, the life of a writer can be waistline-hazardous), I've found new inspiration. The gym I attend has a theater in the back where, instead of watching The View with headphones, you can do your cardio in the dark with a daily film that plays on a loop. It's surely not the place to go if you're looking to catch up on your Bergman or Powell & Pressburger, but, by god, at least it's something. Even with a trainer who kicks my ass and drafts a new routine each month, I'll take all the incentives I can get.
On that note, I've opted to use this extra motivator as a writing opportunity – a chance to chime in on the gym's staff picks and voice the opinions that brew while I'm huffing it on the elliptical. »
- Kurtis O
3 items from 2011
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