Posts Tagged ‘The Queen’

The Slate: New Moon Gets New Sheen

April 13, 2009

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  • Michael Sheen is carrying on the great British thesping tradition of starring in any old toss. The actor has made his bones playing figures like Tony Blair in The Queen, David Frost in Frost/Nixon, and Brian Clough in The Damned United. But he’s fed his family with swill like Underworld: Rise of the Lycans. He’s since joined Twilight sequel New Moon as the leader of an Italian vampire coven. Sheen has a way to go before achieving the hacky stature of Sir Michael Caine, but he’s off to a nice start. (Variety)
  • London gangland dramas are two a penny, but London Boulevard is shaping up in the “great cast, lousy title” category. The film stars waifish Keira Knightley and shepherd’s pie-like Colin Farrell, and they’re being joined by hardman Ray Winstone, grumpy David Thewlis and the delightful Anna Friel. Farrell will play a released convict who becomes tangled up with in a waifish actress’ scrawny thighs. Winstone will be the gang boss who ensures mutual infatuation doesn’t run smooth. Booklist says Ken Bruen’s novel “packs one hell of a powerful punch.” (Variety)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean helmer Gore Verbinski has had enough shivered timbers, cheers, and would like to move on with his life. So does that mean more tragicomedies about depressed weathermen? No. The director’s staying soggy and sailing into Bioshock waters. Verbinski will be in charge of making the video game about a man stranded in an underwater city filled with psychotic fishy things into a movie that doesn’t suck. Arr! We mean, “glub!” (Variety)
  • The wilderness has done wonders for William Hurt. The 1980s most boring actor has blossomed in supporting roles like A History of Violence. Now he’ll hopefully be bringing bizarre line readings and facial hair to the untitled Robin Hood film that we love to rag on. He plays the Earl of Pembroke, a powerful noble who served both Richard the Lionheart and King John. Wikipedia also claims he was “the greatest jouster of his age.” We prefer to call him “the Liam Neeson role.” (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Looking for a little bit of that Wild Hogs male menopausal magic, director Kent Alterman (Semi-Pro) will direct Treehouse Gang for Warner Bros. The film, written by Tim Dowling (Role Models), centers on a group of adults searching for buried treasure and has been described as a grown-up Goonies. We’d make some “Chunk” gag, except that we spent our childhoods locked in a cellar without access to HBO. (Hollywood Reporter)

The Girlfriend Experience and Lips Inc.

April 9, 2009

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To celebrate the poster for Steven Soderbergh‘s The Girlfriend Experience, we originally intended to post a bunch of Soderbergh posters. Then somebody thought it might be a better idea to do movie posters featuring lips. A noble notion or an idea which revealed its half-assedry after about three films? The answer lies, of course, after the jump.

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The Slate: Pattinson Remembers, Diaz Swings, Elephants Don’t Forget

March 25, 2009

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  • It’s quite a day for humpy men of a certain age. Following news of Zac Efron’s growing dance card, Robert Pattinson is circling Memoirs. The pitch–lovers whose relationship is threatened by mutual family tragedy–doesn’t sound very thrilling, but the good news is that Jenny Lumet (Rachel Getting Married) is rewriting Will Fetters’ original script. Like Pattinson himself, we have nothing interesting to add. (Variety)
  • Cameron Diaz and “meh” romantic comedies go together like Cameron Diaz and dancing around in your underwear. Which is why Cameron Diaz’s people are talking to the people making Swingles, a rom-com about a bachelor who uses a shrew to attract single women. Will Diaz play the shrew? The single woman? The bachelor? Will it be “meh”? Why does all this seem really familiar? (Variety)
  • HBO’s The Special Relationship, the scary story of the Bill Clinton-Tony Blair friendship as told by the pen of Frost/Nixon‘s Peter Morgan, has announced a very special cast. Frost’s muse Michael Sheen will essay the Blair smarm for the third time (that was him grovelling in The Queen). The Clintons will be played by Dennis Quaid and Julianne Moore. Morgan plans on directing. Will Quaid finally unfreeze his face? For that matter, will Moore? (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Everyone loves a good wedding comedy and Liv Tyler is no exception. She’s signed on to The Romantics, the story of a group of Yalies who reunite for a marriage. But the groom has some ancient history with both the bride and her room-mate/maid-of-honor. Galt Niederhoffer will direct her own novel, which Publishers Weekly called “wan” and filled with “thin stereotypes.” Hey, they paid to see Bride Wars … (Variety)
  • There hasn’t been this much fuss about animal husbandry since Gorillas in the Mist. [Truth in bad blogging dept.: We actually initially typed “Guerillas in tha Mist.” Fo’ shizzle!] The story of Kenyan elephant lover Daphne Sheldrick will be told in the family film Peaceable Kingdom by Nick Cassavetes, a director who oscillates between mush like The Notebook and twinkfest Alpha Dog. A pal of the Born Free crowd, Sheldrick rehabbed animals at Kenya’s Tsavo National Park from 1955 to 1976 (it sez here). Can you feel the trunk tonight? (Variety)