Posts Tagged ‘Drew Barrymore’

The Slate: Steve Carell is Drinking, Playing, F@#king

April 1, 2009
  • steve-carellSteve Carell is having a bit of a turn. Warners is tooling Andrew Gottlieb’s novel Drink, Play, F@#k into a vehicle for the comic actor. (It’ll be called the more marquee-friendly Dumped). Intended as a riposte to Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love, the book finds the strait-laced Bob Sullivan in a hedonistic free-fall through Ireland, Las Vegas and Thailand after his wife walks out. Sounds like a Yes Man with more swearing and Carell screaming “Britney Spears!” for all the wrong reasons. My Sassy Girl scripter Victor Levin will be finding the humor in the situation. (Variety)
  • Jonah Hex? Yes, that’s a rhetorical question. We’ve never read the comic about a scarred gunslinger and the only thing that’s exciting about a movie version is the possibility of a credible Western hitting the screens again. Oh, and a cast that includes Josh Brolin as ol’ melty lips, Megan Fox as some totty and John Malkovich as a voodoo enthusiast. They’ve been joined by the estimable Will Arnett as Hex’s pay-master and Michael Shannon as a ringmaster of the undead. So much for “credible.” But with Horton Hears a Who‘s Jimmy Hayward directing, maybe this will turn out to be an horror oater worth putting a feed bag on for. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Kevin MacDonald‘s The Eagle of the Ninth is finding some centurions to strap on their sandals. Billy Elliott‘s Jamie Bell will co-star in the story of a Roman warrior and his Celtic sidekick searching for a legion stranded in the Highlands. Channing Tatum is negotiating to join Bell as the one not smeared in wode. Here’s hoping whoever adapts adapting Rosemary Sutcliff ‘s book for the screen will throw in a reel or two. (Variety)
  • Supermarket tabloids will get a chance to scream “Is it ON again?!” as exes Drew Barrymore and Justin Long spend a few months in close quarters. Well, maybe not that close. Barrymore has signed on to join Long in Going the Distance, a rom-com about a couple trying to enduring the travails of a long distance relationship. Should give new meaning to phoning in a performance. Barrylong split in July 2008. (Variety)
  • Ice Cube used to be the N*gga You Love to Hate. Now he’s just “that guy.” He’s starring in Ride Along, an action comedy where his cop tries to ruin the relationship between his sister and her white boyfriend by taking him on patrol. This is a “comedy”? Ice Cube is doing a rewrite … hopefully to make it a little less like Unlawful Entry comes to Lakeview Terrace. (Variety)

The Slate: Indian Summer’s Eclipse is Expendable

March 12, 2009

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  • Eclipse finally has a director. After Drew Barrymore flirted with taking on the Stephenie Meyer novel, it’s going to be Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage) who will be sitting in the director’s chair and making sure it’s strong enough for a man, but made for a woman. The film needs to be ready for June 30, 2010, so where this leaves Bayona’s Hater is a question best left to somebody who actually follows this stuff for a living. (Variety)
  • The great news is that somebody is making a Dirty Dozen for the 2010s. The bad news is it’s Sylvester Stallone. Charisma Carpenter will join the cast of The Expendables as the token chick among Stallone, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Jason Statham and a few straight-to-video faces. The aging bad-asses will be dropped in an anonymous South American country to overthrow a dictator in meaty style. (TV Guide)
  • Atonement director Joe Wright is taking on Alex van Tunzelmann’s Raj book Indian Summerand putting a big, fat tracking shot right in the middle of it. The novel focuses on Lord Mountbatten’s handover of imperial power to Indian PM Jawaharlal Nehru, who happens to be shtupping Lady Mountbatten. Expect lots of linen, stiff upper lips, racism and heat … this beastly heat. (Variety)
  • Heathers, the high school comedy beloved of anybody who ever wore shoulder pads or did a bad Jack Nicholson impression, could be headed for Broadway sometime in 2010. The music is being written by Larry O’Keefe (Legally Blonde), the lyrics and book by Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness). Who will play Veronica? Kristen Bell was sighted taking part in early readings. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Break out the tuna! The Cove, a Sundance-approved documentary that might also be titled Swimming With (and Slaughtering) Dolphins, has finally got a happy ending. The film has become something of a Cinematical pet project, and now the site happily reports that Roadside Attractions has picked this puppy up for a July 31 release, just as soon as they’re done filleting. (Cinematical)