Posts Tagged ‘Steve McQueen’

The Slate: Tobey Starts His Engine, Dazeder & Confuseder

March 28, 2009

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  • With the deaths of Steve McQueen and Paul Newman, racing movies took a hit. Tom Cruise‘s insanity didn’t help much, either. (Nor Speed Racer). Undaunted, Tobey Maguire wants to get around the wheel. He’s producing The Limit, where the somnolent Spidey star will play Phil Hill, one half of a pair of real-life rivals racing for the Ferrari team during the 1960s. Maguire is especially excited about the project as he will not have to act from the shoulders down. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • As this post wisely points out, Ricky Gervais is a little too prickly for Hollywood. (And oh man, those teeth.) But the Brits will keep tossing money at him. He and his Extras/Office writing/directing cohort Stephen Merchant will make The Men at the Pru, which finds them on familiar ground–a building society (that’s Brit for “bank”)–with familiar faces–er, men–at an unfamiliar time–the 1970s. Cue play of “Come Up and See Me (Make Me Smile).” (Digital Spy)
  • Roll another number! Richard Linklater‘s follow-up to Orson Welles & Me will be a “spiritual sequel” to his most-watched movie, Dazed & Confused. Meaning? It’s about the first weekend of college in Austin, but don’t expect David Wooderson to be diving into any student rushes. It’s an all-new cast of characters. Should make for an peachy soundtrack, though. Cue play of “Oh Sherry.” (CHUD)
  • We’re getting H.P. Lovecraft battling monsters and maybe “primal grovellers.” Why not Harry Houdini? Basis for the Summit Entertainment film is a fanciful bio which claims the turn-of-the-century escapologist worked among spies and Romanovs when not swimming Niagara Falls. Harry will be “part Indiana Jones and Sherlock Holmes.” (And probably just a little Ben Gates.) Cue play of “Pomp and Circumstance,” Houdini’s theme tune. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Anybody interested in a movie where Brandon Routhplays a vegetarian paranormal detective? C’mon kids, it’s a weekend. Anyway, the movie adaptation of Umberto Eco’s favorite Italian horror comic Dylan Doghas been given the yawnsome title of Dead of Night(snore!). Routh plays the Nawlins supernatural P.I. bedevilled by Taye Diggs, who has been in Grey’s Anatomy for so long he has turned into a vampire. Anita Briemwill try to stir Routh’s DNA … and ours. (Cinematical)
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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)