5 items from 2009
Director: Beeban Kidron
Summary: Follows the love story of Oz editor Richard Neville and Louise Ferrier. Neville and his cohorts launch the London edition of Oz amidst the 1960s counterculture and are subsequently put on trial for distributing a sexually explicit issue.
Analysis: One of the most troubled productions in Working Title's history, 'Hippie' began development back in 1998 but failed to get beyond script stage both in 1999 and in 2002 when "Elizabeth" helmer Shekhar Kapur was attached to direct. Filming finally got underway late 2007 with director Beeban Kidron in charge and shooting seemed to proceed without issue aside from feminist author Germaine Greer being vehemently unhappy about being depicted on film.
Actually the film scored quite a bit of free press for a skinny dipping scene where full-frontal shots of actress Sienna Miller shooting the sequence »
- Garth Franklin
Recent attempts to bring Dr Seuss to the screen (The Cat in the Hat, The Grinch, Horton Hears a Who) have been patchy at best, but we're optimistic that Universal's 3D animated The Lorax could break the trend.The forest-dwelling Lorax first appeared in print in 1971, but his eco-friendly message - "I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees!" - is as relevant today as ever. Kind of a bleak message though. The Lorax' forest is destroyed by big industry, leaving only a polluted wasteland, and the Lorax buggers off into the smog, never to be seen again. Although it's ultimately revealed that the narrator has a single seed left, with which to start the forest again and tempt the Lorax back, we can probably expect that ending to be substantially cheered up.The script will be written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio (who did Horton) according to Variety, »
Milk star Brolin has already signed up to appear as anti-hero Hex - a badly-scarred American Civil War veteran - in the Warner Bros. big-screen adaptation of the DC Comics title.
And Malkovich has now agreed to take on the role of villain Turnbull, a wealthy Southern plantation owner who falsely blames Hex for the death of his son.
Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus is tipped to sweep the board at the upcoming Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards after garnering four nominations. The 16-year-old has received nods for Favourite Female Singer, Favourite TV Actress and Favourite Voice in an Animated Movie for her role in Bolt.
In addition, her hit teen programme is up for Favourite TV Show.
Cyrus will also go up against Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly), America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), and Selena Gomez (Wizards of Waverly Place) for the Favourite TV actress gong. Her show, Hannah Montana, is nominated for a Kcw blimp statuette along with iCarly, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, and Jamie Lynn Spears' Zoey 101.
The star will face tough competition in the Animated Movie Voice category - squaring off against Hollywood stars Jack Black (Kung Fu Panda), Jim Carrey (Horton Hears a Who), and Ben Stiller (Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa).
Elsewhere, Carrey is also up for Favourite Movie Actor for his role in Yes Man, along with Adam Sandler (Bedtime Stories), Will Smith (Hancock), and first-time nominee George Lopez (Beverly Hills Chihuahua).
Jennifer Aniston scored her seventh Kids' Choice nod with Marley & Me and will go up against Anne Hathaway (Get Smart), Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical 3: Senior Year), and Reese Witherspoon (Four Christmases).
Josh Brolin is attached to star in the film, which previously had Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor ("Crank") on board as directors. The duo, who also wrote the script, bowed out over creative differences in November. The studio, which hopes to put the movie into production in March or April, went on a fast-track search, putting together a short list that included such names as Andy Fickman and McG before narrowing it down to Hayward.
The character of Hex, known for having the right side of his face disfigured and wearing a Confederate army uniform, was a rough-and-tumble gunslinger and part-time bounty hunter whose adventures always ended in blood. One incarnation of his comic book series saw the Western genre combined with supernatural elements, »
- By Borys Kit
5 items from 2009
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