Various News Items – 1/10/07


“The Brazillian Job”, “Wolverine”, “Mortal Kombat 3”, “Lost Boys 2”

Since I’m not really jumping out of my skin about any of these projects, and none of the news is really ‘whole page worthy’, lets do one of these mash-up’s again. Man, this strike is depressing… just look at some of these snoozeworthy

– Catherine Keener (“The 40-Year-Old Virgin”) will play Robert Downey Jr’s wife in
“The Soloist”, says Variety. This one stars Jamie Foxx as a schizophrenic musician whose dream is to play a Carnegie hall.

Mark Wahlberg tells that although he’s attached to a couple of sequels, nothing is set in stone. ‘’I don’t know what’s happening with “The Brazilian Job.” They keep talking about it, we’ll see. We want to make it if we can make it better than the first one. And that goes for any other sequel that they’re talking about, that or “The Departed” or anything else. You don’t want to just do it. There are plenty of other ways to make a paycheck. I want to do that some justice if possible.’’

Gavin Hood, director of the forthcoming “Wolverine” talked to Superhero Hype about what appealed to him about the movie and also touched on whether or not we’ll see the character in Japan this time around. “No, sadly no. We’re not going to Japan,” he responded then mischievously added, “I think that will be in ‘Wolverine 2’ but I won’t say any more than that.”

Peter Farrelly told that his planned film version of “The Three Stooges” is still very much on the cards but it’s just taking it’s time to get up. “It’s one of those things that’s just been tricky,” he said. “The studios all feel like women won’t go see it. I don’t agree. ‘Dumb and Dumber’ wasn’t a chick flick, but eventually women got in there. Also, they don’t think it’s going to be big overseas because no one knows of it, but again, nobody knew about ‘Dumb and Dumber.’ We are going to do it eventually.”

Gabrielle Rose, who played Moonhead on TVs “Dark Angel”, will play ‘Aunt Jillian’ in “The Lost Boys 2 : The Tribe”. The pic is now shooting in Vancouver – sans one half of the Corey’s.

Former “Home and Away” star Daniel Amalm has won a plum role in the new John Polson movie ‘’Two Fists, One Heart’’, says News.Com.Au. The pic is a film based on the life of Perth boxer and local identity Rai Fazio

Mimi Leder (“The Peacemaker”) will direct Morgan Freeman and Antonio Banderas in “The Code”, says Variety. Freeman will portray a veteran thief who recruits a younger crook, played by Banderas, to help him pull off one final job in order to repay his debt to the Russian mob.

Disney’s “The Game Plan” pulled off a surprise at the domestic boxoffice during the weekend as the PG-rated family film exceeded expectations and scored an estimated $22.7 million in its debut. It finished about $5 million ahead the second-place film, Universal’s R-rated “The Kingdom,” which bowed to about $17.7 million. More at The Hollywood Reporter.

A slew of new pics from “Lions for Lambs”, starring Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep, are up at

Kathy Baker, James Brolin, Eileen Atkins, Richard Schiff and Liane Balaban have joined Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson in Overture Films’ romantic drama “Last Chance Harvey” says The Hollywood Reporter. Baker plays the ex-wife of Hoffman, a down-on-his-luck New York jingle writer with a tough boss (Schiff). He becomes romantically involved with a lonely bureaucrat (Thompson) with an overbearing mother (Atkins) on a trip to London. Brolin plays the new husband of Baker’s character, and Balaban plays the daughter who brings all of them together at a British wedding.

David Reynolds has been tapped to write “Nightmare Academy,” Universal’s adaptation of the kid-lit series by Dean Lorey. Stephen Sommers and Bob Ducsay are producing.The trilogy, the first book of which was published in August by HarperCollins, is set in an academy that trains young adults who are responsible for policing nightmares.

According to Bloody Disgusting, “White Noise : The Light” starring Nathan Fillion and Katee Sackhoff will finally see the Light of day when it’s released in the states next January. reports that Tyrese Gibson is one of the contenders to play The Green Lantern in the unnecessary but prospective box-office hit “Justice League”.

Art-house cinema Rialto Newmarket is under fire for showing movies from DVD-type formats that lack the picture and sound quality of film, says the New Zealand Herald.

According to Cinema Blend, the reportedly-very-funny Anna Faris comedy “Smiley Face” is skipping cinemas and headed [mostly; it’ll screen in one theatre before going] straight to DVD.

Steven Spielberg is apparently furious that the plot for “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” was leaked to the media by an extra recently. And now, according to Contact Music, Spielberg is considering cutting all scenes featuring Nelson from the film following his betrayal. A spokesman for Spielberg says, “Who knows if he’s ever going to work in town again?”

Over on the IMDB, “Mortal Kombat 3” director Mink tells fans that the new film doesn’t have anything to do with the others in the series – it’s a restart. “That film and the new film have nothing in common despite the MK title. Different scripts, different film makers, different time and two different visions so we will be ok. I appreciate your candid thoughts and they are noted but I can not and won’t spend my time looking at some other work and trying to over analysis it or compare what I am doing to it. I get up ever day with the intention of pushing my stories and craft to the next level and my projects are going to be the best they can be always including this one. The film is a re-invsioning of a beloved franchise much as Batman Begins was a re-invisioning of a franchise that had multiple movie versions…” Having said that, original cast members including Christopher Lambert and Linden Ashby, have met with Mink about reprising their roles in the new film.