Posts Tagged ‘Kevin MacDonald’

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)
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Kevin MacDonald on the State of State of Play

March 19, 2009

state-of-playState of Play director Kevin MacDonald is interviewed on his home territory of Scotland, which allows him to get a few digs in at Brad Pitt, the star who walked out of the political thriller.

Kevin said: “In a way, I was lucky it didn’t work out with Brad.

“The relationship between the journalist and the politician was meant to be between somebody who feels inferior, who’s a bit of a schlump, who kind of can’t get a girlfriend, and somebody he’s looking up to and admires – his polished politician friend.

“That is not the dynamic of Brad Pitt.

“He’s not looking up to anyone thinking, ‘Oh, I wish I could have your girlfriend.'”

Russell Crowe stepped into the breech, and MacDonald couldn’t be happier. “I think he is the only A-list movie star who has no vanity,” the Oscar-winning director says, although we can think of at least one hotel clerk who would disagree with him. He also talks about how a trip to Argentina got him started on a career that resulted in films like One Day in September and The Last King of Scotland. Next up for MacDonald is Eagle of the Ninth. The film is a low-budg Roman epic from Rosemary Sutcliff’s young adult novel that deals with similar material (feral legionnaires) to Neil Marshall‘s forthcoming Centurion. State of Play opens on April 17.