5 items from 2009
Jennifer Carpenter, once a scream-queen in The Exorcism of Emily Rose and these days best known for playing Dexter's sister (and off-screen wife), has signed up to star in Hungry Rabbit Jumps, where she'll appear alongside Nicolas Cage, January Jones and Guy Pearce.Directed by the underrated Roger Donaldson, the story sees Cage join a vigilante organisation after his wife (played by Jones) becomes a victim of crime. Carpenter would play Jones' best friend.This all raises a few questions. How did Cage's character persuade the gorgeous Jones to marry him instead of Don Draper? What is Pearce's role in all this? Why do we keep trying to write "Garner" instead of "Carpenter" here? And has Donaldson, director of ace-film-cripped-by-a-bad-title The World's Fastest Indian, surpassed himself here in the inappropriate title stakes? Surely someone will change it before release, right?In any case, it's all based on a script »
On its blog Heat Vision, The Hollywood Reporter writes that Nicolas Cage has signed on to star in the upcoming thriller Hungry Rabbit Jumps. The news comes just one week after the announcement that Cage would star in another revenge flick, Drive Angry.
Hungry Rabbit Jumps is being directed by Roger Donaldson, who also helmed Thirteen Days, The Recruit, and The World's Fastest Indian. The script by Robert Tannen involves a man who becomes entangled with an underground vigilante organization after his wife falls victim to a brutal crime.
Tobey Maguire is acting as one of the movie's producers (through his company, Maguire Entertainment), and the movie is reportedly scheduled to begin filming in New Orleans this coming January. Also producing is Jim Stern of Endgame, who commented briefly on the project:
As a company, we've been wanting to do a thriller for a long time ... In the best of the Hitchcockian tradition, »
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Roger Donaldson, the man behind The World's Fastest Indian* and The Bank Job, is in talks to direct Umbra, which is being described as a paranoid thriller.Of course, that's all it's being described as, since further plot details are still under wraps. Steven Karczynski wrote the script, which doesn't give us much to go on. A quick google search, however, reveals that Umbra is either a "worldwide leader in original, casual, contemporary, affordable design for the home" based in Toronto, or a word meaning the darkest part of the shadow. Hmm, we're not sure which would make us more paranoid: darkness, or the prospect of shopping for furniture.Donaldson previously directed paranoid thrillers No Way Out and The Recruit, so this isn't too much of a stretch for him and would, we're guessing, come behind The Day They Stole The Mona Lisa on his To Do list.*Better than »
Roger Donaldson, the director behind The World's Fastest Indian, is headed back to the screen with The Day They Stole The Mona Lisa, about the daring heist of Da Vinci's painting from the Louvre in 1911.Based on the 1981 book of the same name by Seymour Reit, the story is based around the real-life theft of the Mona Lisa in 1911, a loss which made it the most famous painting in the world. Con man Eduardo de Valfierno, transporting six forgeries of the painting around the world before arranging for the real thing to be stolen. He didn't even bother picking up the real deal from his accomplice, just sold the six fakes to dealers instead, confident that they wouldn't turn him in to police. The real Da Vinci was turned in to police a couple of years later.There's no word on a screenwriter or cast yet, but Donaldson already proved »
The Welsh actor, who has played real-life figures in Nixon, Surviving Picasso, Amistad and The World's Fastest Indian, will play Hemingway in independent movie Hemingway & Fuentes, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Garcia co-wrote the script with Hemingway’s niece, author Hilary Hemingway. He will star opposite Hopkins - as fishing-boat captain Gregorio Fuentes, who befriended the writer in the last decade of his life.
Fuentes is reportedly the inspiration behind Hemingway’s Santiago character in his beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning tale The Old Man and the Sea.
Annette Bening is in talks to play Hemingway’s wife Mary Welsh, according to the publication. »
5 items from 2009
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