So we’ve come to the end of yet another year. I don’t much like this time of year – if only because I’m a big fan of the Holidays, and hate to see that encouraged-drinking time come to an end. It also means another twelve months of finger-blistering work…. and I just can’t stomach the thought of that. It’s probably an indication that I’m getting old, restless, bored – or all three.
Having said that, things will be a bit different for me next year (which is, er, tomorrow) – in fact, a lot different. I’ll be editing a new corporate-ish film website (actually, I’ll be technically working for two new sites – but one of those will be eating up a lot of my time, initially anyway) that won’t affect Moviehole (better stress that!), I’ve begun work for a new publishing company (that was a ‘forced’ change) so will be manning a few titles there, have a new film lensing in March, and most importantly, I’ll only be working in Melbourne three days a week – due to work commitments in other states. So, I guess that’s one helluva change – - but what’s the saying? A change is as good as a punch in the balls!? Something like that.
Whatever the case, I want to thank you for your patronage again this year – hard to believe we’ve been running for something like 12 years now; there’s one publicist out there who’s probably surprised “the internet is still going” – and look forward to spending time with you and your motherboards um, next year… tomorrow. In the meantime, if you wish to interact with me or simply want to tell me how awful I am for leaving “New Moon” off the Top 10 films of 2009 list, then you find me on Twitter here (and the Moviehole News Feed Twitter here). On behalf of myself, Brian, Weeksy, Tania, Ashley, Lisa, Elyssa, The Fraze, Drew, Paul, Guy, Cumquat, Ben, Tim and James – Happy New Year Kids!
- Mel Gibson may be involved in “Mad Max 4 : Fury Road”, after all. Gibson’s Icon Entertainment has announced it’ll be co-producing the new film. Still, that doesn’t mean Gibson will appear (or even narrate – now there’s an idea!?) in the new film.
- Despite suggesting he essentially had the role in the bag, Jeremy Renner (“The Hurt Locker”) is now telling the media he won’t be playing Marvel’s “Hawkeye”. ”That was just one of those things that got blown way out of proportion”, Renner tells Movieline. ”It was an idea. Those Marvel guys, Iâ€™m a big fan of them. Theyâ€™re so smart about how they want to do these thingsâ€¦So they thought Hawkeye is an interesting role, and asked me if I knew anything about him. I said no, so they gave me their sort of spiel on what he was, and I thought that it was kind of interesting. The only reason it came out this early, because Avengers is two years away, is that theyâ€™re thinking OK, we may throw him in Thor, we may not, as a cameo. You know what I mean? So thereâ€™s truth that we talked about it, but thereâ€™s no truth to me doing it.” But is Renner doing some Sigourney Weaver-style back-peddling!? Might he end up playing Hawkeye, and is simply playing coy!?
- With the film flopping, some are suggesting The Weinstein’s may cut back on the number of screens showing the critically ravaged “Nine”. The musical, starring Australia’s Nicole Kidman, was one of the most anticipated movies of the year and cost an estimated $64 million to produce. But it finished eighth at the North American box office on its second week last weekend with a modest $5.5 million in ticket sales (Yahoo!).
- Michael Ausiello has your first look at Jane Lynch’s (“Glee”) character on “The Cleveland Show”.
- There’s a new trailer for “How to Train Your Dragon” up at Coming Soon
- The official website for Universal’s long-delayed “The Wolfman” is open for business.
- Gold Circle Films (“Whisper”, “White Noise 2 : The Light”) is developing “Dead Awake”, a horror pic about sleep apnea victims, who are unable to breathe while sleeping, and experience horrific consequences. The company is on the hunt for writers. (Bloody Disgusting)
- Gil Adler and Shane McCarthy will be producing a film adaptation of the “Night and Fog” comics. Tied to an unsolved mystery from World War 2, “Night and Fog”, tells the story of a Frankenstein like infectious mist unleashed on a military base that transforms its victims into preternatural creatures of the night. But when the survivors try to kill them, they adapt and change into something even more horrific and unstoppable. Caught in between, is a security officer on the base who must escape this gauntlet of horror to save his children before the creatures kill them or the fog infects them. (CBR)
- Lily Tomlin and Robbie Coltrane look set to join Melanie Griffith for “Sweet Baby Jesus”, a comedy about a pregnant woman named Mary, and a township who’s convinced her unborn child may be the second coming of Christ.
- Christopher Lloyd (“Back to the Future”) will headline ”The Return of Captain Kidd”, a family film about a pair of brothers who stumble upon the ghost of a famous pirate, Blackbeard (Steve Coogan).
- Charlie Sheen’s recent stint in jail, and his impending divorce, won’t affect production of “Two and a Half Men”. It’s expected Sheen, who will next appear on the big screen in “Wall Street 2 : Money Never Sleeps”, will be back at work on Monday. (Hollyscoop)
- C.Thomas Howell, Tony Todd, and Jeffrey Combs are in talks to star in a follow-up to Tobe Hooper’s “The Toolbox Murders”.
- The official site for the upcoming “Boyband : The Movie”, (previously known as “We Got The Beat”), starring Ryan Hansen (“Friday the 13th”) and Michael Copon (“Scorpion King 2″), has gone live.
- Sigourney Weaver will host “Saturday Night Live” on January 16. Its the first time the “Aliens” actress has hosted the series in 24 years. (IESB)
- Pauly Shore has just completed work on his new movie, “Adopted”. Written, Produced, Directed and Starring Shore, the mockumentary-style laffer “exposes the hilarious lengths to which Pauly Shore will go to adopt a child in Africa”. The official site is here.
- Changes coming to Australia’s 7Two Network. The Jay Leno Show will move from 6pm to Midday as of January 18. Also, the new season of “24″ will debut on the network on January 26.
- Former “Twin Peaks” star James Marshall will join Costas Mandylor (“Saw 6) in the Joe Bender-directed thriller “The Cursed”.
- William Baldwin (“Backdraft”, “Flatliners”) tells Batman On Film that he was almost cast as Batman – twice! ”I was one of Joel Schumacher’s top choices when Val Kilmer wound up playing Batman [in BATMAN FOREVER]”, Baldwin who worked with Schumacher on 1990′s “Flatliners”, says. ”Tim Burton and Michael Keaton had left, so Joel had the luxury of replacing Michael Keaton and he told me that his four choices â€“ which was an eclectic, diverse array â€“ were Daniel Day Lewis, Ralph Feinnes, Val Kilmer and me. I didnâ€™t even know it at the time â€“ he told me when I had a meeting with him later. The next time, when George Clooney did it, (Schumacher) said, â€œYou were on my original short list with those other three actors, but the studio went with Val and this time I’d like to go with you.â€ And that Friday afternoon, I thought I was playing Batman â€“ and then Monday morning, the headlines in the trades said that George Clooney had gotten the part. So apparently, I did actually come very close.”
- Another John Hughes flick is headed to Blu-Ray (there’s not many available in the format yet) : “Home Alone” will hit Aussie shelves on Feb 24.