• Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman are reportedly courting Jack Nicholson for the Warner Bros. comedy El Presidente, about a by-the-books secret service agent assigned to protect “America’s worst former President” who boozes and womanizes with abandon. Nicholson would play the part of the President, a VP who assumed the Commander-in-Chief’s job after the President died. According to the report, the project has been in development since 2010 — originally with Jay Roach in the director’s chair. Nicholson and Cruise appeared together previously in 1992′s A Few Good Men, which earned Nicholson a Best Supporting Actor nomination. The three-time Oscar winner has not appeared in a movie since 2010′s How Do You Know. [THR]
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Casting Net: Salma Hayek shows Pierce Brosnan 'How To Make Love Like an Englishman,' Plus; Lake Bell, more
• Salma Hayek (Frida) has joined the cast of the indie sex comedy How To Make Love Like An Englishman, about a hedonistic, romantic poetry professor at Cambridge (Pierce Brosnan) who questions his lifestyle after he meets the perfect woman (Hayek, of course). The only complicating factor is that he’s just impregnated her stepsister, a grad student played by Jessica Alba. Tom Vaughan (What Happens in Vegas, Starter for 10) is directing the comedy, which is slated to begin shooting this fall. [Deadline]
Long before she directed the summer comedy The To Do List, Maggie Carey was a Division I soccer player at the University of Montana. That was back in the 1990s, when for the first time in her life, she had a female coach.
“It was really refreshing to see a woman in a leadership role and that kind of clicked with me – maybe there was something missing that I wasn’t aware of. And I think seven of the girls [I played with] went on to coach,” Carey says.
Now, as a film director, Carey finds herself at the helm in a profession also historically dominated by men. But like the sea change she witnessed playing soccer earlier in her life, Carey sees things opening up for women who want to get behind the camera.
“The next generation of [soccer] players,” she says, “they’re not going to even think twice about having a female coach. With access and filmmaking, girls who are in high school now aren’t going to think twice about [becoming directors] because they’re going to see women in those positions. It won’t be a barrier because they won’t know there was a barrier.”
Maggie Carey is one of a small group of up and coming female filmmakers in Hollywood who are starting to gain recognition for their work. But it is still a very small group.
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It’s impossible to read the title of Lake Bell’s feature directorial debut In a World… without mimicking the iconic voice of Don LaFontaine, the godfather of movie trailers. While trailers have moved from in-theater events to online exclusives, Bell says in our short-attention span culture they serve as a way to get people excited and engaged.
“A good trailer is a good trailer, there’s no arguing that, whether you’ve seen it online, whether you’ve seen it in the theater,” Bell told EW from the set of the upcoming comedy Million Dollar Arm. “We culturally are very in tune to trailers and turned on by them because they are like mini movies and they satisfy even the shortest attention span.”
The film follows the story of Carol Solomon (played by Bell), a struggling vocal coach who happens into a string of voiceover successes — something the voiceover experts, including her father, Sam Sotto (Fred Melamed, A Serious Man), the presumed king of the voiceover after the passing of LaFontaine, deem impossible for a woman. The father-daughter competition is surrounded by a host of supporting cast, including Carol’s sister Dani (SNL regular Michaela Watkins) and brother-in-law (Rob Corddry).
Check out the poster for the upcoming film exclusively below:
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Lake Bell (Black Rock, What Happens in Vegas) just wants to be a voiceover actor, and In A World … where she wrote, directed and starred in her own film there is a good chance her dreams might come true.
Bell’s character in the film, Carol, wants to follow in her father’s (Fred Melamed) footsteps, and become a the voice of a generation of movie trailers. Although he is encouraging of her voice work, he thinks movie trailers are the big leagues where only the boys can play. He even appears to be coaching her nemesis, who is played by Ken Marino with sexist bravado. The film also stars Rob Corddry, Nick Offerman, and Demetri Martin.
To quote Bell’s father in the film. “I love that. It’s just so random.”
Winner of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting award, the film was lauded at the Sundance Film Festival for its loud humor and social commentary. It was also nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.
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• 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]
The Sundance Film Festival wrapped up nearly a month ago, but films that debuted at the prestigious film fest are still scoring distribution deals. Lake Bell’s directorial debut, (cue deep, dramatic voice) In a World…, has finalized deals with Roadside Attractions and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, EW confirmed.
Roadside will distribute the film in the U.S., while the Sony subsidiary acquired international rights. A summer 2013 release is planned for U.S. theaters. READ FULL STORY
Black Rock starts out looking like a typical chick flick, with three lifelong girlfriends played by Lake Bell, Kate Bosworth, and Katie Aselton reuniting for a roughing-it retreat in the sticks of a semi-remote Maine island. Girls weekend! Wahoo! But they’re soon forced to practice a more serious brand of bonding when they’re discovered by a group of pseudo-threatening male hunters at their campsite. “It gets all Deliverance-y,” said John Cooper, the director of the Sundance Film Festival, where the psychological thriller debuted in 2012.
Aselton, who’s best known for being one of the boys on TV’s The League (and being married to actor/filmmaker Mark Duplass, who penned the script), directed the movie. “Things go terribly wrong,” Aselton told EW at Sundance. “And it’s the worst-case scenario.”
Click below for the exclusive poster, which features a mountain silhouette that only emphasizes Paramount’s missed marketing opportunity in not acquiring the film. (LD Distribution snapped it up at Sundance for a reported $1 million.) READ FULL STORY
It was a Coppola family affair at the Los Angeles premiere of Four Stories, a short film series sponsored by and featuring W Hotels and Intel Ultrabooks. Roman Coppola curated. Jason Schwartzman and Robert Schwartzman starred in two of the films. And Talia Shire turned out to support her sons and nephew.
Die Again, Undead One is Roman Coppola’s bonus contribution to the slate. It’s part Coppola just having fun with the idea of Hollywood, B-movies, and his cousin (Schwartzman), and part plug for A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swann III (in theaters February 8).
But the main event was to show the four films that were selected from over 1,000 screenplays by a panel of indie film cool kids like Chloë Sevigny and Michael Pitt, and quickly turned into sleek shorts set in W Hotels around the world on budgets of around $75K each.
After the jump, take a look at the Four Stories, directed by Lake Bell (In a World…), Lee Toland Krieger (Celeste and Jesse Forever), Spencer Susser (Hesher), and Kahlil Joseph (Until the Quiet Comes).
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