13 items from 2008
I love director Anand Tucker's professional trajectory. He dove into music, sisters, and drama with Hilary and Jackie and followed it up with Steve Martin's strange romance, Shopgirl. Then there was some father and son dynamics before grabbing upcoming projects about the Yorkshire Ripper, sex changes, and a CIA spy thriller. So, what does he top this all with?
Variety reports that he's signed on to helm Harry Elfont and Deb Kaplan's upcoming romcom, Leap Year. The one that Amy Adams grabbed last month. The film, which heads into production in Ireland this March, follows a woman who flies over to Dublin to propose to her boyfriend on leap day. Why? Because an Irish tradition says that when men get proposals on that day, they have to say yes. She gets delayed, and surely doesn't want to wait another four years to make her possible marriage a sure thing, »
- Monika Bartyzel
Anand Tucker's directing career has been unpredictable, though usually worth watching, One of his first films was the critically lauded Hilary and Jackie, which earned Oscar nominations for both its actresses, and then he veered off to the Steve Martin romantic comedy Shopgirl, which was cute if a little creepy. After his last film, And When Did You Last See Your Father?, dealt with father and son relationships, he'll be back in the world of women with his next project, Leap Year. Amy Adams is already set to star in the romantic comedy, which Variety says is about a woman who travels to Dublin to propose to her boyfriend on Leap Day, Feburary 29. Apparently Irish tradition says a man can't turn down a marriage proposal made on Leap Day, which means Adams's character is either very doubtful that her intended will say yes, or a crazed stalker. Why else »
Normally I wouldn't give much thought to a director signing on to a romantic comedy but when that romantic comedy stars Amy Adams and I have an excuse to Google "amy adams" for a few minutes, I'll jump at the chance. And to be fair, I did enjoy Anand Tucker's last film, Shopgirl, so I'm happy to see he's back in the fold. Tucker will direct Adams in the romantic comedy Leap Year about a woman who travels to Ireland to propose to her boyfriend on February 29th (it's apparently an »
- Mike Sampson
High concept comedy Leap Year, which already boasts Amy Adams in the lead, has now snagged a director in the shape of Anand Tucker. The man who last worked on Shopgirl and When Did You Last See Your Father? has agreed to helm the film for Spyglass Entertainment, reports Variety. Leap Year’s plot finds Adams as a young woman who journeys to Dublin to propose to her boyfriend on February 29 to take advantage of the old Irish tradition that says the bloke has to agree. Trouble en route Sounds more like blackmail than true love... .
"Year" centers on a woman (Adams) who devises a scheme to travel to Dublin to propose to a man on Feb. 29, when according to Irish tradition the man must say yes, but encounters assorted difficulties along the way. Production is set to be begin in March.
The project is a shift for the UTA-repped Tucker, who primarily has directed more prestige material.
October Films' "Jackie" drew two acting Oscar nominations, including a best actress nom for Emily Watson. Tucker also helmed the Steve Martin relationship dramedy "Shopgirl" and Sony Pictures Classics' drama "When Did You Last See Your Father?"
- By Steven Zeitchik
- Nicole Kidman is getting ready to play dress up again, but it might take a lot of make-up to pass herself off as a man. After top billing in Australia, the actress is going the Cate Blanchett/Felicity Huffman in Transamerica route, demonstrating that she is not averse to taking on roles that don’t fit the mold (Dogville, Birth, Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus). Kidman will be playing hubby and then post-op transsexual to Charlize Theron in a fictionalized biopic portrait on Danish artists Einar and Greta Wegener. The period piece bases itself on true events and scribe Lucinda Coxon will base herself on David Ebershoff's novel of the same name. The Danish Girl looks at how the marriage took a sharp left turn after Einar (Kidman) stood in for a female model that Greta (Theron) was set to paint. When their portraits become wildly popular in 1920s Copenhagen, »
So Charlize Theron won an Oscar for changing her appearance and playing a lesbian (not to mention a serial killer) in Monster. And Nicole Kidman won an Oscar for changing her appearance and playing a woman with lesbian leanings in The Hours. And what do you get when you put those in a weird, Oscar-heavy blender? The Danish Girl, in which Kidman and Theron will play a pair of Danish artists who come to national attention when the husband Elnar (Kidman) gets the world's first sex change operation, in 1931. The Hollywood Reporter says the movie will be based on David Ebershoff's best-selling novel, which was a fictionalized account of the true story. Talk about stranger than fiction. Anand Tucker, who has made both emotionally wrought films like Hilary and Jackie as well as trifles like Shopgirl, will direct the story, which is guaranteed to be one of the stranger »
Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron Here is a film that has Oscar written all over it should director Anand Tucker and his star-studded cast be able to pull it off. Of course it also means disaster if it has even the slightest flaw. Nicole Kidman is set to play Einar Wegener, the world's first post-op transsexual, in the true story adaptation of her and her marriage to Greta Wegener to be played by Charlize Theron. The film is called The Danish Girl. Lucinda Coxon adapted the screenplay from David Ebershoff's 2000 Viking bestseller telling the story of Danish artists Einar and Greta Wegener. Their marriage took a sharp left turn after Einar (Kidman) stood in for an female model that Greta (Theron) was set to paint. When their portraits become wildly popular in 1920s Copenhagen, Greta encouraged her husband to adopt the female guise. What began as a harmless game »
- Brad Brevet
Steve Martin is widely considered to be one of the sharpest, most talented people in show business. It's a shame then, that the last decent film he was in was Shopgirl, which was like 40 years ago. I'm not knocking Steve himself, but maybe his agent needs to step it up and find this dude a project that will complement his obvious skills. Something tells me that The Pink Panther 2 won't be it. Check out the poster below. »
- Daniel Barna
It's been a while since Steve Martin went the mainstream romantic comedy route-- the creepy, forgettable Shopgirl aside--but I still remember him fondly from the Father of the Bride movies of my youth. Now Martin will reteam with Nancy Meyers, who co-wrote those movies, to vie for Meryl Streep's affection in an untitled romantic comedy. Variety is reporting that Martin will compete with Alec Baldwin to win over Streep in the movie that begins shooting in February. Meyers has made two recent romantic comedies that were modest successes, one of them The Holiday and the other Something's Gotta Give, which similarly took on romance between people old enough for Aarp cards. Meryl Streep clearly proved she's still got it in the romance department in Mamma Mia!, and Steve Martin was the original silver fox long before Anderson Cooper showed up. So yeah, go for it Steve! I'm not sure »
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On the 21st, I shared pictures of Zac Efron, Christian McKay, and others on the set of Richard Linklater's Me and Orson Welles. Now we can get a peek at his older love interest, Claire Danes, in the picture above, courtesy of Ew.
In the film, Efron is an aspiring actor who gets a bit part in a Welles production, and then gets sexy with the older, perky production assistant (Danes). According to Richard Linklater: "He's falling for this older woman. She's taking him for a bit of a ride." With that smirk above? No!
Me and Orson Welles debuts next Friday at Tiff.
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- Monika Bartyzel
Filed under: Action, Drama, New Releases, Fandom
As I exited the screening of Traitor, the terrorism thriller starring Don Cheadle that opens on Wednesday, I noticed something odd in the closing credits: story by Steve Martin and Jeffrey Nachmanoff. The second guy is the film's director. But that first guy ... Steve Martin? The Steve Martin?
I knew the one-time Wild and Crazy Guy was a renaissance man. In fact, lately I've enjoyed his writing, which is clever, nuanced, and intelligent, more than I've enjoyed most of his movies. He apparently is not as selective about his film projects as he is about his writing. His novella The Pleasure of My Company is one of my favorite recent books, and Shopgirl (which was made into a film) is another surprisingly emotional gem.
But a terrorism thriller about Muslim extremists and FBI investigations? Even with the understanding that "typical Steve Martin" territory »
- Eric D. Snider
- Jack the Ripper, eat your heart out. The Yorkshire Ripper, aka Peter William Sutcliffe, terrorized West Yorkshire, England from 1975 to 1980, killing a total of 13 known women and assaulting many others. While Sutcliffe may have called upon Jack for inspiration, this serial killer is still kicking it in the mental ward of Broadmoor Hospital. And now according to Variety, Channel 4 will be calling upon Sutcliffe for inspiration, as the British public-service broadcaster preps for a trilogy of films based on the hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper. The three pics are based off of the books by David Peace, three-fourths of his "Red Riding Quartet" series (the fourth of which will be worked into each). With Sutcliffe's crimes as a backdrop, Peace turns attention to the corruption of the police force. The West Yorkshire police fell under the fire for being inadequately prepared such an investigation, when Sutcliffe was arrested in »
13 items from 2008
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