Movie News 20/2

  • Freida Pinto is a Millionaire Movie Star     “Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto continues to see her popularity skyrocket as shutterbugs catch here shopping on Saturday and boarding a flight at LAX airport in Los Angeles on Sunday. (She toted around Tod’s “G”- Bag in raspberry coated canvas.)  The 24-year-old rising star (in a Moschino dress) was also seen heading to a photo shoot in Artesia on Friday and even smiled for photographers on the way out!”



  • Jolie’s Aversion To Her Own Movies     “In an interview on “Good Morning America” on Tuesday, she says, “A film or two I haven’t seen. Most of them I have seen once. I like the process of doing them more than watching them. I don’t really like to watch movies.”


  • Movies let comic books get a head start on stories     “Studios are increasingly turning their properties over to illustrators and writers before movies are released to generate Internet chatter, early fans and anticipation within the all-important comic-book community.  The latest comic comes from Push, the sci-fi thriller starring Chris Evans and Dakota Fanning that opens Friday. Wildstorm, a division of DC Comics, has created a six-issue series that fleshes out the movie’s plot about expats with supernatural powers.”


  • On Movies: Psychic and other powers propel ‘Push’ star     “Camilla Belle doesn’t look like she can knock a couple of hulking government agents silly, shoot ’em up in a roadside restroom, and then walk off victorious.  Which is one reason that her presence in Push – a rocket-fired thriller with a paranormal twist – is so cool. Here’s this kind of fragile-looking actress, star of the prehistoric blockbuster 10,000 BC and the 2006 remake of When a Stranger Calls, dodging bullets and butting heads. Of course, it helps to have psychic powers – the ability to burrow into people’s minds and control their thoughts, a talent Belle’s character readily employs in Push.  Directed in fleet fashion by Paul McGuigan and shot in the teeming streets of Hong Kong, Push opened in theaters Friday. It’s from the studio, Summit, that released last year’s teen vampire hit Twilight … Along with Belle, Push stars Chris Evans and Dakota Fanning as telekinetic and clairvoyant misfits on the run from a shadowy government agency – represented by the terribly serious-looking Djimon Hounsou. The cast camped in Hong Kong from October to December 2007, and director McGuigan (The Acid House, Lucky Number Slevin) put the city and its crazy-quilt network of alleyways, tenements, and skyscraping 21st-century architecture to good use.”


  •  The movie version might frighten some younger children     “Neil Gaiman’s award-winning 2002 best seller, Coraline, has been rightfully called a horror novella, as a girl encounters evil in the form of a perfect version of her own mother in a parallel universe. Feeling neglected in her own world, Coraline is tempted to stay in a place where her every wish is fulfilled — until the Other Mother asks her to replace her eyes with sewn-on buttons. Add Henry Selick’s trademark spidery limbs and macabre imagery brought to the big screen with stop-motion animation and digital 3-D, and Coraline might prove rather harrowing for some little ones despite its PG rating. “Our film is not for all kids,” Selick says. “It is for brave kids. Brave children from 8 to 88.”



  • Connelly “Into” Her Latest Film’s Cast     “Fresh off of playing Dr. Helen Benson, a Princeton professor trying to save Manhattan from annihilation in “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” Jennifer Connelly is now trying to save herself and her friends from relationship disasters in “He’s Just Not That Into You.”  “It was fun to make. It was really nice to be part of something this kind of light-hearted and fun, a great group of women and men working on it. It was really a great experience for me,”



  • Oscars get glitzy makeover after movie fans desert Hollywood’s big night     “Low-budget films, irrelevant presenters, inane banter and limp pre-recorded segments are being blamed for reducing Tinseltown’s annual glamour showcase to a predictable and bloated bore.  In an apparent attempt to return to the glory days of the silver screen, Oscar authorities have hired the director and producer of the smash hit Dreamgirls to restore the Academy Awards’ reputation as the greatest show on earth.  A revamp was considered necessary after last year’s ceremony attracted just 32 million viewers, the lowest in recent Oscar history, down eight million in a year and an ocean away from the 57 million who watched Titanic win best picture in 1998 … Professional Oscar watcher Tom O’Neil, author of the book Movie Awards, said: “The problem the Oscars face is that the films that are up for best picture are not generating a lot of gee whizz. No one is dancing jigs over the prospect of seeing Frost/Nixon.  “But also the show has tragically lost its way in recent years. They have failed miserably to entertain us and they forgot the formula of what makes a great show: set it up as an intimate family reunion of the Hollywood gods, and let us take a peek inside.””


  • Sarah Palin Movie: Hollywood Screenwriters Interested     “Two prominent screenwriters are game to turn Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s rise to fame in a movie. “I’m always down for politics as humor. I’m also interested in great characters,” Dustin Lance Black told Variety.”


  • Confessions of Jerry Bruckheimer     “Jerry Bruckheimer has been producing movies for more than 30 years. A lot of them you’ve heard of: “Flashdance,” the “Beverly Hills Cop” movies, “Top Gun,” the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, the “National Treasure” movies.  Bruckheimer, 63, is also producer of the “CSI” franchise. Over the past decade, he’s become an increasing presence in television.  “Confessions of a Shopaholic,” Bruckheimer’s latest movie, opened Friday. Based on Sophie Kinsella’s best-selling novel of the same name and its sequel, “Shopaholic Takes Manhattan,” the film stars Isla Fisher in the title role. She’s a magazine journalist in New York who should have direct deposit at Barneys. The bigger her wardrobe, the smaller her bank account. Think “Devil Wears Prada” goes on a shopping spree with “Sex and the City,” with a soupçon of “Working Girl.” Hugh Dancy plays the love interest.”   This includes an interview with Bruckheimer.


  • ‘Shopaholic’ likes her jeans, T-shirts     “Isla Fisher may excel at losing it on screen — as in her scene-stealing role from “Wedding Crashers” or as the overspender in her new film, “Confessions of a Shopaholic” — but in real life the Australian actress seems eminently sensible.  Even if she is engaged to Borat.”


  • Lily Allen ‘to write movie with mother’     “Lily Allen has reportedly agreed to write a movie with her film producer mother Alison Owen.  The singer will start work on the project when she is less busy with her music commitments, according to The Sun.  A source told the newspaper: “As soon as she has finished promoting her album, she’ll concentrate on the movie.””


  • Jackie Chan film too violent for China    “Jackie Chan, the comical kung fu king, is starring in a new movie so violent that its director decided not to release it in mainland China, which doesn’t have a film ratings system.  Hong Kong director Derek Yee told The Associated Press on Monday that he considered toning down the violence in “Shinjuku Incident” so it could pass censorship in China, but decided not to because he thought it would hurt the integrity of the movie.”


  • Older, stronger Goku in Hollywood’s ‘Dragonball’     “”Dragonball” fans can expect an older, fiercer version of hero Goku in the Hollywood adaptation of the famed Japanese cartoon series about two magic-wielding rivals who compete for seven orange spheres that will grant the holder a perfect wish.  The filmmakers behind “Dragonball Evolution” added 10 years to its hero to give the movie a grittier look, actor James Marsters said at a press conference Wednesday.In the comic book series, “Goku is 7 years old and fighting midgets all the time,” said Marsters, who plays Goku’s rival, Lord Piccolo. “We muscled it up.”



  • Studio Wants ‘Billy Elliot’ To Dance Again On Big-Screen, So Why Is Stephen Daldry Reluctant?     “A good story concept can sure get a lot of mileage in the entertainment world. Nearly a decade after Academy Award-nominated “Billy Elliot” hit theaters, we’ve seen the screenplay’s adapted into “Billy Elliot: The Musical” in London and on Broadway. Now, its studio is eager to pull a “Hairspray” and bring the musical to the big screen – so, why is director Stephen Daldry hesitant about once again dusting off Billy’s ballet shoes?   …  As 2007’s “Hairspray” has shown, transitioning a project from the big screen to the big stage and back again can prove to be a successful enterprise – in fact, a sequel to the “Hairspray” musical movie is currently in the works. Although the original 1988 version of “Hairspray” was only a moderate success, the Broadway musical was a smash hit with both critics and audiences. “The Producers” similarly turned a 1968 Mel Brooks flick into one of the biggest musicals of all time, then filmed a version with stage stars Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane.  Even with the successful track record of such musical-to-movie adaptations, Daldry is skeptical about continuing the “Billy Elliot” sensation. Even though, you’d think, all the potential money to be made might change his mind.  “Well you know,” he grinned, “you’d be surprised…we’ll see.””


  • ‘Dark Knight’ Director Christopher Nolan Plans Film Before ‘Batman 3’     “Bat-fans across the globe were treated to a bit of disappointing news last night, as The Hollywood Reporter broke the story that “The Dark Knight” director Christopher Nolan’s next project will be “Inception” — an original screenplay written by Nolan and described as a “contemporary sci-fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind.” This all but pushes back a sequel to 2008’s box office champ for at least the next few years, as Nolan reportedly plans to begin filming “Inception” this summer for a 2010 release”

~ by vanityandpride on February 20, 2009.

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