• Hopefully Rooney Mara (Side Effects) and Martin Sheen (The Departed) will get a chance to trade Terrence Malick stories when they begin filming Trash in Rio De Janeiro next month. The two actors have signed on to star in the adaptation of Andy Mulligan’s 2010 young adult novel about three homeless boys living in an intentionally ambiguous “third world” country in the near future who discover something in a trash heap worth protecting. Mara will play an NGO worker and Sheen is set for the part of Father Julliard. Rickson Teves, Eduardo Luis, and Gabriel Weinstein will make their film debuts as the three boys. Stephen Daldry (The Hours) is set to direct the project, which was adapted for the screen by Richard Curtis (War Horse). [Deadline]
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'This Is the End' is more than just hilarious. It marks the potentially revolutionary moment when the movies met reality TV
For years, Hollywood producers have been cannibalizing television shows to come up with concepts for movies. The trend might have looked like it was on its way out after the low-rent megaplex versions of Starsky & Hutch and The Dukes of Hazzard (the latter of which I actually liked), but no, it’s still very much with us, from The A-Team to Dark Shadows to 21 Jump Street (can Doctor Who be far behind?). Reality TV, on the other hand, is a different animal, resistant by nature to being translated to the big screen. It’s not that you can’t do it. As far back as the late ’60s, when Candid Camera was a seminal early example of reality programming, that show spawned a smuttier-than-the-small-screen movie version, the boob-tube-plus-boobs What Do You Say to a Naked Lady? (1970). And given that a great many reality shows exploit our attraction to salacious subject matter, it would have seemed far from totally absurd if they’d come up with, say, a movie version of Jersey Shore, where the hot-tub cavorting didn’t need to be fuzzed out and The Situation could have gotten into some situations too risqué for TV. READ FULL STORY
What comes after the apocalypse? For Seth Rogen — co-director, co-writer, and co-star of This Is the End — it’s another comedy featuring his old Freaks and Geeks buddy James Franco.
The film is called The Interview, Rogen said on SiriusXM’s EW Morning Live today. It stars Franco as an entertainment journalist — specifically, “a much dumber, more of a joke version of Ryan Seacrest” — who’s tasked with assassinating North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
Wait — what? Listen to Rogen explain it all in this clip from today’s show, which also features Morning Live hosts Dalton Ross and Jenna Morasca. You can hear the interview on SiriusXM as well: A recap of this week’s best Morning Live moments will run Saturday and Sunday at 2 a.m., 3 p.m., and 8 p.m. ET. Find the EW channel’s full schedule here.
'This is the End' premiere: Seth Rogen & Co. debate whether they have what it takes to survive the apocalypse
In This is the End, James Franco and Seth Rogen try to get through the apocalypse with a little help from their famous friends. The world is literally imploding, which really puts a damper on the killer shindig Franco was hosting. Rihanna is there, Mindy Kaling is horny, and Michael Cera is totally out of control. The cast — which also includes Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, and Emma Watson — plays caricatures of their own public personas, an experience Rogen, who co-wrote and co-directed with Evan Goldberg, found cathartic. “The studio was a little freaked out by the notion of it, but we like referential meta humor like Seinfeld or the Garry Shandling Show,” Rogen said. “I think it is a risk, but it is always something I thought was really funny. The actors were psyched so we just kind of went for it.”
Watching warped versions of these Hollywood stars go all Lord of the Flies on each other begs the question: Which of them have the skills to survive the end of times, when pure Darwinistic instincts take over? At last night’s premiere in Westwood, Calif., the cast was brutally honest about their chances should hell open up, the sky start to fall, and a demon-penis (Yes, demon-penis) attack humanity.
Bottom line: It doesn’t look like the post-apocalyptic world will have any jesters. Read below for the cast’s thoughts on what survival skills might keep them alive when the fit finally hits the shan:
Casting Net: Andrew Garfield teams up with Scorsese; Plus James Franco joins 3-D Wim Wenders drama, more
• Martin Scorsese has found a new leading man in Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man) for his feature Silence, based on Shusaku Endo’s 1966 Japanese-language novel. The fictional story follows a 17th century Portuguese Jesuit missionary to Japan. Ken Watanabe (Inception) also stars in the film, which will be largely shot in Japanese. At one point, Daniel Day-Lewis and Benicio del Toro were going to star in the film. [Variety]
• James Franco is set to join Paris, Texas director Wim Wenders’ upcoming drama Everything Will Be Fine, about a writer who kills a child accidentally. The story will follow Thomas (Franco) for 12 years after the accident as he attempts to live a normal life. Sarah Polley (Splice) also stars. Wenders plans to make the film in 3-D — his second using the format. His first was the 2011 Oscar-nominated documentary Pina. [THR]
• Michael Fassbender (Shame) is attached to play the title role in a film update of Macbeth, William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy about a scheming nobleman intent on ruling Scotland. The play has been adapted for the big screen a number of times, including Orson Welles’ 1948 version in which he also played the character of Macbeth, and Roman Polanski’s 1971 version which starred Jon Finch. Justin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders) will direct the Fassbender update which will reportedly use the original language. The part of Lady Macbeth has not been cast yet. [Screen Daily]
• Jamie Foxx is in talks to star in Will Gluck’s (Easy A) film update of Annie, alongside Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Quvenzhané Wallis. The Django Unchained star would play Benjamin Stacks, an update on the Daddy Warbucks character, famously played by Albert Finney in the 1982 John Huston film. Foxx is no stranger to musicals, having appeared in both Dreamgirls and Ray. Will Smith and Jay-Z are producing the film, which is aiming for a 2014 release. [THR]
• French director Luc Besson, who introduced the world to Natalie Portman in The Professional, has cast Scarlett Johansson as his lead in his newest film, Lucy. In the film, Lucy is forced to be a drug mule. But, when the drug gets into her system, she turns into a super-being with telekinesis abilities, martial arts skills, and the helpful bonus of being immune to pain. Johansson is certainly finding a new life as an action star ever since she took on the role of Natasha Romanoff for the Marvel universe. She also stars in Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut (and festival favorite) Don Jon, which finally hits theaters on October 18. [THR]
• James Franco is continuing his auteur tour, and may sign on to star in Werner Herzog’s (Grizzly Man) Queen of the Desert about Gertrude Bell, the turn of the 20th century British adventurer. Jude Law was attached to star but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. The report says that Ridley Scott may also have a Gertrude Bell in the works that Angelina Jolie is interested in. There is no word yet on which actress would play Bell in Herzog’s version. [Deadline]
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