Showing posts with label movies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label movies. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Mercury falling

That Freddie Mercury film? The one with Sacha Baron Cohen/hold on no it's Ben Whishaw as Fred?
Starting to look increasingly like it's never going to happen. The Telegraph's Mandrake column brings the news:

So when will Whishaw actually set about the business of rocking us? “Actually, I don’t know what’s happening, it seems to be on the back-burner,” the Paddington star now admits in an interview with Time Out London. “It was going, then there were problems getting the script working.”
I'm taking this to mean the studio are going "he's being gay on too many pages", but it could simply be they're asking if Brian May wouldn't mind if his character became a wisecracking CGI badger. (I suspect Brian May wouldn't mind.)


Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Greg Allman wants his life back

They're making a film about Greg Allman. Or maybe they're not.

Things are going grimly - during a first shoot, the crew were hit by a train, killing camera assistant Sarah Jones and injuring six others. Making it worse, the railroad claim the movie company, Unclaimed Freight, hadn't sought permission to film on its property.

Shortly after this, William Hurt - who had signed on to play Allman - quit the project.

Greg Allman now wants to stop the film altogether. He's suing to get the rights back. ABC explains:

Allman's attorneys say "Midnight Rider" producers lost their rights to the singer's life story when they failed to start principal photography by Feb. 28 and came up $9,000 short of an unspecified sum they had agreed to pay Allman for those film rights. The lawsuit says both those conditions were spelled out in Allman's contract with Unclaimed Freight.
The producers are keeping quite, but apparently believe the footage they got before people died counts as principal photography, and intend to plough on with the film.

Because there's nothing like a film based on an autobiography where the subject doesn't want you to make it, is there?


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Jordan Catalano as Ringo Starr

Apparently Liam Gallagher is still grimly pressing on with his joyless Beatle film project and, oh, is he setting his sights high:

Gallagher is preparing to hold castings in Los Angeles in April (14), and Leto, as well as Before Midnight's Ethan Hawke, are on the shortlist to star in the movie, according to the U.K.'s The Sun newspaper.

An insider tells the publication, "He knows he's not going to manage to entice someone like Brad Pitt but he wants high-calibre people who are more on the indie scene of Hollywood. He thinks actors such as Jared and Ethan would be perfect."
Bless him. "I might not quite get Brad Pitt, but hey, Jared Leto is probably sitting around waiting for the chance to get a meaty role."

Shane Ritchie and the bloke who played Fred Elliott are holding slots in their diaries, Liam.


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Hanna movie gets UK distribution

The Punk Singer, the movie about Kathleen Hanna, is getting a proper UK distribution.

Dogwoof have picked up UK rights:

"We’re very much looking forward to releasing The Punk Singer alongside Kathleen Hanna’s return to the U.K. with the Julie Ruin tour in late May – the film’s documenting of this remarkable woman and the Riot Grrrl scene will no doubt go on to inspire a whole new audience in addition to the existing fanbase,” said [head of distribution Oli] Harbottle.
I suspect that unless there's also a 3D version you might still have to travel a little further than the nearest multiplex to see it, but good news for people who have the sort of cinemas which would show this sort of film.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

How Hollywood works

- Should we really consider Bieber for Robin in the new Superman movie?
- Can the kid act?
- Maybe he won't even be interested
- Perhaps we should send him a script
- No way; the kid's a loose canon. We can't be sure that he won't leak details.
- I've got a solution; if we plaster his name across the script, he won't be able to leak it, as it'll be obvious where the leak's from
- Genius. Make it so.

Twenty four hours later...

- Uh... boss...?


Saturday, August 24, 2013

Filmobit: Gilbert Taylor

Gilbert Taylor has died.

Amongst the many, many other credits in his long career, Taylor was cinematographer on A Hard Day's Night.

Beyond that, though, he did the cinematography for the slightly less-celebrated Ferry Cross The Mersey:

Rather optimistically described as Gerry And The Pacemaker's "first full length picture".

Somewhere between the two extremes was It's Trad Dad, perhaps the greatest film David Jacobs ever made:

But the greatest contribution to the rock/movie crossover genre Taylor made was the splendid Tommy The Toredaor. Together, preserved for all time, Sid James and Tommy Steele:


Friday, July 12, 2013

Nick Cave wrote a sequel to Gladiator

If you were going to come up with a sequel to a popular Hollywood hit movie, would you put in a call to Nick Cave?

No, we wouldn't, either. But Russell Crowe is not like us, and thought Cave would be the man for the job. Despite it being Nick Cave, and his character being dead.

Cave came up with a plot. Or possibly lost one. Hard to say:

"So, he goes down to purgatory and is sent down by the gods, who are dying in heaven because there's this one god, there's this Christ character, down on Earth who is gaining popularity and so the many gods are dying so they send Gladiator back to kill Christ and his followers.

I wanted to call it Christ Killer," Cave continues. "And in the end you find out that the main guy was his son, so he has to kill his son and he was tricked by the gods. He becomes this eternal warrior and it ends with this 20 minute war scene which follows all the wars in history, right up to Vietnam and all that sort of stuff and it was wild."
It's hard to believe this movie was never made, isn't it?

It's a pity they didn't give the new Star Wars trilogy to Nick.


Saturday, June 01, 2013

Star Wars: You weren't expecting that, eh? Eh? Eh?

Apparently, there's going to be some surprise casting for the disappointing third Star Wars trilogy:

"Almost every actress in Hollywood wants a role in the new movies but we are keen to cast people who are unexpected."
This, a source, talking to The Sun, supposedly, quoted in the NME.

Did I say surprise casting? I meant stunt casting:
"Florence is being considered for a major part that would turn her into an A-list actress overnight."
The idea that dumping a fairly successful pop singer in a large movie role is "unexpected" is almost sweet.

Just a point, though: being handed a large role in a big Disney film doesn't actually make you an actress. It could just make you over-promoted.

I genuinely don't know if Welch has the acting talent to carry such a role; if she has, it'd be nice to think she got it because of that talent, rather than because someone at Disney wanted to cast "surprises".


Monday, March 04, 2013

Gordon in the morning: Kelly Jones dreams of a fold-up chair with Jones written on it

Excitement this morning, as the Bizarre homepage teases us with news:

'PHONICS star wants to direct films after success writing movie script
I hadn't heard about a Kelly Jones script being made into a successful movie. That really is big news.

Lets see what's happened:
First up on the movie front is a screenplay he’s written in conjunction with Stereophonics’ new album Graffiti On The Train.

Aside from plugging the band’s latest effort, Kelly is busy attending meetings with the likes of BAFTA and Film Agency Wales to get his script off the ground.

He’s hoping the film will go into production within the next year.
Ah. So when Gordon is lauding "success writing music script", the success has come in the form of successfully typing one out.

(I suspect it should be the BFI rather than BAFTA, too; although why public money should support a film that sounds like a promo for a Stereophonics album is something of a mystery.)


Friday, December 07, 2012

Bookmarks: Pete Doherty

Peter Bradshaw has gone to see Pete Doherty's Confession Of A Child Of The Century for The Guardian. You need to read the whole thing, but here's a taste:

It's not exactly like seeing a dog walk on its hind legs. It's more like seeing one of those dogs on the TV show That's Life! that could say "sausages". Only instead of saying "sausages", it's saying, "You understand, madam, that I am the greatest libertine in all Paris!" while wearing a top hat.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Gordon in the morning: Kravitz to be Gaye for pay

Lenny Kravitz is being lined up for the role of Marvin Gaye in Julien Temple's biopic.

I guess he could lip-sync to the songs.

If the casting wasn't bad enough, the focus of the film doesn't sound that great, the way Gordon describes it:

Lenny will portray Marvin in the early 1980s when he had moved to London while struggling with booze and tax bills.
Part of me really wants to see Lenny Kravitz pretending to be a drunk man struggling to balance his deductibles column for an hour and a half. Most of me doesn't.


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Gordon in the morning: Rolling closing credits in the deep

Gordon pulls together a bunch of creepy-stalkery details on Adele's movements that he thinks links her to the next Bond movie:

She first hinted that she’d been offered the 007 spot in a chat with Jonathan Ross last year.

Soon after that Adele started preliminary sessions with producer Paul Epworth.

Her visit to the historic Abbey Road facilities suggests she’s been recording with Thomas Newman, the man director Sam Mendes has hired to take charge of the Bond music.
"Also, I found a dog-eared copy of the novelisation of Moonraker lying on her bedside cabinet, and I collected some hair from her hairbrush which I used to make a locket which... uh... no, forget the hair bit."

But hang on a moment, is Smart really piecing this together?
BOND bosses are being more secretive than MI6 over who will sing over the closing credits of the latest 007 flick Skyfall.
The appearance of the word "closing" there is curious - wouldn't the normal assumption be that you'd be hiding in the bins watching Adele record the opening theme? Unless, of course, you weren't really using deductive skills and were just trying to disguise some sort of leak.


Monday, September 10, 2012

Gordon in the morning: Jerk

This, apparently, is a thing:

LUDACRIS has a taste for London restaurant Jerk City since he’s been over in the UK working on The Fast And The Furious 6.

Rather than head for posh grub in the capital the rapper has been regularly visiting the Caribbean eaterie in Soho – and has been trying to persuade his movie castmates to go with him.

It definitely beats a Big Mac.
Apart from the warning about a sixth movie in the Fast And The Furious franchise, why does this warrant a mention? It's not even like Smart has a picture of Ludacris wiping his fingers on a napkin. And what does "regularly" mean? Does he go every day? Has he been twice?

Also: "eaterie"? Is the ghost of PG Wodehouse sub-editing The Sun at the moment? (Probably not, as Plum would have spelled it correctly - one eatery, many eateries.)


Monday, September 03, 2012

24 Hours from David: 16. Wishin' And Hopin'



This is from the opening credits of My Best Friend's Wedding. Oh, but you've probably spotted that already. It's by Ani DiFranco, which you might also have spotted.

Wikipedia suggests that this pairing was responsible for the resurgence in popularity of the Bacharach and David catalogue, which gets a well-deserved "by whom" tag. It should probably also get a "when were they not popular?" tag, too.

[Buy: Wishnin' And Hopin']
[Part of 24 Hours from David]


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Usher has high hopes

Usher is going to play Sugar Ray Robinson in a forthcoming film. He's already trying to attract the attention of the the Academy:

''I've seen Oscar winners come out of left field. I'm just saying Jennifer Hudson..." said the 33-year-old.
Yes, Usher hopes to win an Oscar. And why shouldn't he? I dream of this post winning a Pulitzer. I think the difference is one of us knows that it isn't going to happen.

It's not even a film about Robinson - Hands Of Stone is actually about Roberto Duran.

Or, if you listen to Usher, it's a film about Usher:
"I'm going into it offering my interpretation and my hard work and my dedication to be the best Sugar Ray ever."
I know what you're thinking: surely Sugar Ray Robinson is the best Sugar Ray Robinson ever, right?

Usher, though, would seem to be be saying "we'll see about that":
"I've spoken to him, and I don't know if I'll ever be able to live up to him but I'll try to be better than him."
Yes, you might have spotted some humility creep in halfway through that quote, but thank God Usher was able to stop that worrying trend and get back to deciding that he's actually going to be better at being someone than the actual person ever was.


Sunday, June 10, 2012

NME casts Katy Perry as Mary Austin

To be fair to the NME, they do at least put a question mark at the end of the headline, but even so:

Katy Perry to play Freddie Mercury's girlfriend in new film?
The strongest thing you could say is that Perry is campaigning for the job:
A source has said that Perry is interested in the role of Mercury's girlfriend, Mary Austin, commenting: "Katy would love to be in the film as she is such a huge fan. She would want to play Mary Austin ideally. Katy has a similar look to Mary and would be a brilliant foil to Sacha."
If thta's her pitch - she looks a bit like Austin and would be a "foil" to Sacha Baron Cohen - it sounds like someone might have some more research to do. Or possibly should set her sights a little lower. I hear there's a new Muppet movie being put together.


Friday, May 11, 2012

Firm denial

The ghost of Jimi Hendrix makes it clear to the NME: No plans to work on a film about Andre 3000; currently spending all its efforts on developing a musical about the rise of Gnarls Barkley.


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Steven Tyler: toy story

Steven Tyler has written a theme song for a forthcoming movie, and is proud of his work:

The band's frontman thinks their track, 'Legendary Child', is the perfect song to accompany the forthcoming [...] movie [...] because its theme of the group struggling to overcome adversity in the music industry is reflected in the film characters' onscreen battles.
And what is this titanic onscreen battle?

It's, erm GI Joe: Retaliation. Surely the only way to really capture that film in music is by using a toy piano?


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Bookmarks: Jubilee

There's a great piece on WFMU's Beware Of The Blog about Derek Jarman's Jubilee; the ironic way that Vivienne Westwood complained about how it was a misuse of punk; why it took until 1986 that it started to hit its targets; and how Jarman probably knew more about the world than Westwood:

perhaps Jarman’s age and experience gave him a bit of perspective, since beyond incorporating all of the then-current punk buzzwords (“No Future!”), he also had the good sense to include elements of what had come before. The original score of the film is composed by Brian Eno, who, even though the first Roxy Music album had come out a scant six years before, was by then something of an elder statesman. Punk is traditionally thought of as a rejection of what rock had become in the early and mid-70s, but it didn’t come out of nowhere, and Eno’s groundbreaking avant-pop was a big influence (not that he ever stopped making waves; the same year Jubilee was released, he was producing Devo’s landmark debut, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!).


Thursday, February 02, 2012

Madonna remains aloof

Madonna has absolutely no idea what people are making of her new film, WE:

She said: "It's been at many festivals now - Venice, Toronto, London and I had a screening at the Museum of Modern Art, and I know a lot of people have seen it and written about it, though I have not read anything anyone's written about it. I think people will like it or not like it."
People will like it or not like it. Well, that's half right.

It's hard to see how Madonna could remain totally aloof from the reviews - surely she must have noticed the planks being hammered across cinema doors, the red crosses daubed on the walls? The report from the screening in Belguim where the entire audience put their own eyes out with spoons?

Still, when Madonna is given lemons, she has her people investigate why she wasn't presented with higher quality lemons. Turns out The Kings Speech was actually just a prequel for her film:
She added to ComingSoon.net: "While I'm happy about 'The King's Speech' because it does set up my movie in so many ways, and it gives people a reference point, the one thing besides the fact I didn't like was how Wallis Simpson was portrayed, they didn't show how close the brothers were."
That's what happens with films, Madge. Things get left out - you know, like the way your film doesn't dwell on the whole 'fawning over Hitler' bit.