Clints Bits – 16/7
You guys in the states are presently at the preliminary end of a marathon between rival box office blockbusters, and tomorrow – for all intents and purposes – marks the start of the Australian leg. Ok, so essentially the start of the blockbusters started with “X Men”, “The Matrix Reloaded” and “Hulk”, but since they were released so early on – April onwards – and at least one of those films ran out of gas only a week after it’s release, let’s say “Terminator 3 : Rise of the Machines” is the start of the biggies. But tell you what, don’t spend all your money on big-timers like T3, throw some money back into the Australian market and check out Tony Martin’s “Bad Eggs”, which starts a week from tomorrow. Who knows, your help may buy Tony’s next cotton steeplechaser. Anyone even thought of this slogan for an ad campaign, being that it’s up against T3, “Rise of the Eggs”?
According to Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith, The Brad Pitt/Nicole Kidman spy comedy “Mr and Mrs Smith” is targeting an October start. It is about a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other.
Natalie Portman is in talks for “The Smoker”, a new film from Director Betty Thomas about an English teacher at an all-girls school, whom one of the students has him targeted as husband material.
Coming Soon has news and also the poster for the upcoming “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” here.
The team behind “Seabiscuit”, Universal, Spyglass and Kennedy-Marshall, have joined forces to option “The Perfect Mile”, a book proposal by author Neal Bascomb about the race among the world’s three premiere runners to be first to complete the mile in under four minutes.
The cast gets better all the time. Jim Caviezel [“Frequency”] has been added to the fine list of players over on M.Night Shyamalan’s “The Woods”.
Mekhi Phifer and Taye Diggs will star in GreeneStreet Films’ “Slow Burn”, which centers on an ambitious district attorney who’s drawn into a 24-hour showdown with a powerful gang leader while he’s being manipulated by his beautiful assistant DA and an enigmatic stranger.
According to Variety, Carl Franklin is set to direct “Emperor of Ocean Park” for Warner Bros. Pictures. The novel, written by Stephen Carter, was adapted by screenwriter Stephen Schiff."Park" is a legal thriller about a black law professor exploring the darker corners of the life of his deceased father, a prominent judge.
Variety reports that Disney’s newie “Brother Bear” will –unusually- open on a Saturday. It opens November 1.
Various websites, including Coming Soon., have confirmed that Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” will indeed be released as two films now, the first instalment coming out in October.
According to the IMDB, popstress Christina Aguilera is set to join the small screen adaptation of Jackie Collins’ raunchy novel “Hollywood Wives: The New Generation”
The Courier Mail reports that the “Red Dwarf” film looks likely to be filmed in Sunny Queensland.