MH Briefs (August 16, 2012)


Carey Mulligan High on High School Venture

“Wall Street Money Never Sleeps” starlet Carey Mulligan will star in the dark comedy “Nancy and Danny”, about a money-hungry young woman who hatches a plan to get rich in order to snag a high-school crush.

Tobey Maguire is Bobby Fischer

“Love and Other Drugs” helmer Ed Zwick – who has postponed his long-planned “The Great Wall” for the moment – will direct Tobey Maguire as genius chess champ Bobby Fischer in “Pawn Sacrifice”. Maguire will also produce.

Parental Supervision for “About Last Night..” redo

Joy Bryant (“Parenthood”) will play the female lead in “Sexual Perversity in Chicago”, a remake of ’80s fave “About Last Night…” set up with Screen Gems. Demi Moore played the role in the 1986 version.

Roskam has eye of “The Tiger”

Michael R.Roskam, an Oscar nominee last year for his foreign language entry “Bullhead”, will direct Focus Features’ “The Tiger”, a “fact-based story that takes place on the Siberian plain, where humans encroach on a tiger’s habitat with tragic results.” Brad Pitt produces, but no word on whether he’ll play the lead male character.

Gene Simmons’ show axed

A & E’s “Gene Simmon’s Family Jewels” has been canceled after seven seasons. It’s back to soft-porn you go Ms Tweed.

Fanning swims to “Ocean”

“Super 8” star Elle Fanning will star in the feature film adaptation of the book “Olive’s Ocean”, about “a teen who goes on a summer of soul searching after discovering that a classmate who recently died in a tragic accident had secretly hoped to become her friend.”

Webb finds his “Boy in New York”

“Amazing Spider-Man” director Marc Webb will direct [one-time ‘Spider-Man’ contender] Logan Lerman in “The Only Living Boy In New York”. Written by Allen Loeb (“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”), the indy “is a twisted coming-of-age tale in which a young man (Lerman) learns that his overbearing father is having an affair. The son tries to stop it, only to become involved with the woman as well. With advice from a questionable quirky neighbor, the young man learns about love.”

Dillon and Dafoe share “Whiskey”

Matt Dillon (“Imogene”) and Willem Dafoe (“John Carter”) will star in the indie cop drama “Whiskey Bay”, about “a veteran cop who busts estranged white supremacist and ex-con, Jesse Wheeler.” Dafoe plays the cop, Dillon the con.

“Raiders of the Lost Ark” in IMAX Trailer

A new trailer stumping “Raiders” re-issue on IMAX has been released.

Stewart still onboard “Snow White 2”?

Deadline, citing a source at the studio, says claims that Universal has dropped Kristen Stewart from the “Snow White & the Huntsman” sequel are false.

Wrestling for “Scooby” snacks

Warner Bros Home Entertainment and WWE studios are teaming up on a new animated “Scooby Doo” film that’ll see the Mystery Inc gang solving a mystery at Wrestlemania. The movie will feature the voices of wrestling superstars, including John Cena and Triple H.

Universal Release Date Shuffles

Keanu Reeves’s starrer “47 Ronin” has been pushed from Feb 2013 to Christmas 2013.
Jason Bateman/Melissa McCarthy comedy “Identity Theft”, originally due in May, slots into “47 Ronin”‘s release date of Feb 8, 2013.
“Jurassic Park” in 3D has been moved up from July 19 to April 5, 2013.
“Kick-Ass 2” is out June 28
“R.I.P.D” was June 28 but is now July 19
“2 Guns”, with Wahlberg and Washington, has been dated for August 16, 2013.
“About Time”, the new Richard Curtis film, is dated May 10, 2013.

That Ol’ Chestnut!

“Boyz N’The Hood” alum Morris Chestnut has booked “The Hive”, co-starring Halle Berry, and “Kick-Ass 2”, in which he’ll play the guardian of Chloe Moretz’s Hit-Girl. Speaking of the Jeff Wadlow-directed sequel, Robert Emms has also joined the cast; Emms is playing the character Insect Man.

Batman and Superman villains unite!

Tom Hardy and Michael Shannon will star in the feature adaptation of the [Philip Seymour Hoffman-directed] play “The Long Red Road”.

Chase’s latest to open festival

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today that David Chase’s “Not Fade Away” will make its World Premiere on Saturday, October 6 as the Centerpiece Gala selection for the 50th New York Film Festival (September 28-October 14). Making his feature directing debut, David Chase’s (The Sopranos) coming-of-age movie is set in New Jersey in 1964 where a group of friends are inspired to form their own rock band fronted by a gifted singer-songwriter (terrific newcomer John Magaro). The film masterfully captures the era’s conflicting attitudes and ideologies, all set to a dynamic soundtrack produced by the legendary Steven Van Zandt. The film also stars Jack Huston, Will Brill, Bella Heathcote, James Gandolfini, Brad Garrett and Christopher McDonald. To be released by Paramount Vantage, the film’s roll-out will begin on December 21, 2012.

Lundgren’s “Expendables 3” wish-list

In addition to some of the names we’ve already heard, “Expendables” castmember Dolph Lundgren tells Collider it’d be great to get Sean Connery to play a role in the next film. High hopes, sure, but great idea!

“Toys in the Attic” Trailer

Get excited, ankle-biters!