Posts Tagged ‘50 Cent’

The Slate: Nicole Fiddy Barcelona

March 26, 2009

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  • Nicole Kidman must have read our foaming over Freida Pinto and thought to herself, “I remember when Squally used to do that to me.” So she’s also decided to sign up for Woody Allen‘s London-set latest. Among the others trying to get her to unfreeze her face are Josh Brolin, Antonio Banderas, and Kidman’s BFF Naomi Watts. The average age of the cast is 44, boding well for fans of adult film. (Variety)
  • 50 Cent was all excited about appearing in The Expendables when … oh wait, seems 50 Cent has NO intention of being in Sylvester Stallone‘s tribute to steroid-ravaged flesh. His rep says that Curtis Jackson is too busy finishing his latest album. So Stallone has gone straight back to the Bad Actor Well and pulled out Terry Crews as a replacement. Which leaves only Brian Bosworth to sign on the dotted line … (MTV News)
  • After Mel Gibson’s adrenalized Christ, it was only a matter of time before other Biblical heroes got in on the action. Now Methusaleh will be doing a little Assyrian-kicking. The long-lived Hebrew is the subject of a forthcoming “elevated action thriller” from Warner Bros. and director James Watkins (Eden Lake). Now if only someone will listen to our Judas Maccabeus pitch. (Variety)
  • We’ve had news of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Monopoly, Candyland, and Ouija. So why not Major Matt Mason? Tom Hanks has expressed an interest in a film based on the 1960s astronaut toy line, to be written by Graham Yost (Speed). Mason and his team worked on the moon, but lived on a space station. Must have been a helluva commute. Hanks is serious–he even brought his Mason toy collection to the meeting. Strewth. (Variety)
  • Fools rush in where angels fear to tread, and your blogger has never set foot in Gossip Girl‘s world. But the news that Brittany Snow and Jessica Szohr will star in indie drama Walks is bound to make somebody go “OMG!” The RZA, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Bruce Willis’ daughter will also appear in the film, about a group of New Yorkers eagerly awaiting a graffiti legend to emerge from prison. (MTV News)

The Slate: Two Steve McQueens Will Get You 50 Cent and Another Tyler Perry

March 23, 2009

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  • We wait years for a Steve McQueen biopic–or rather, we watch The Great Escape again and are quite happy with that–and then TWO come along at once! Jesse Wigutow (It Runs in the Family) is writing a movie based on the biography by Beatles memorabilia dealer Marshall Terrill, which Publishers Weekly called “solid.” His script will focus on how McQueen was “the prototype for the modern-day movie star.” Meanwhile, scripters Roderick and Bruce Taylor (The Brave One) are writing a film based on a memoir by McQueen’s first wife that Publishers Weekly calls “intimate.” McQueen’s story includes drugs, racecars and Ali McGraw, so drama is one thing it won’t lack. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • The Expendables, Sylvester Stallone‘s attempt to out-Commando Commando, has lost an Oscar winner and gained a washed-up MC. Forrest Whitaker took a hike when shooting was delayed. 50 Cent is filling the hole, which has apparently set fans’ blubber a-wobblin’. Stallone had to send a missive to Ain’t It Cool News explaining, “the anger of the casting of 50 Cent is understandable, but not fair.” And kinda fun, too! (MTV)
  • Tyler Perry just can’t get his back catalog on screen fast enough! The latest Perry play to lumber towards the big screen is 1999’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself, due to hit theatres on September 11. There’s also a cast. Singer Mary J. Blige and Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson will play friends who get inviegled in various drama when Madea (Perry in a dress) falls ill. Blige can’t act much, but that’s never been a problem in a Perry pic. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Dexter‘s Michael C. Hall, Ben Schwartz, Rainn Wilson and Sarah Silverman will play members of a family ruffled by a sibling’s roman a clef in the indie schmindie Peep World. They’re peeved that the novel contains thinly sketched versions of themselves and their various foibles. We’re looking forward to Silverman going full shrill in this comedy from Barry Blaustein, who had a hand in writing Coming to America. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • One to file under “Remakes We Don’t Need”: a new take on Blake Edwards‘s The Party. The original film featured Peter Sellers in a defiantly un-PC performance as an Indian extra fired from a Gunga Din remake and invited to a Hollywood blow-out. Disaster ensues with the help of a drunken waiter and a baby elephant. Jonathan Kesselman (The Hebrew Hammer) is the poor slob who must guide this mess to fruition. But the money is good. (Hollywood Reporter)