Once upon a time a cutely illustrated, explicitly written “children’s book for adults” burst onto the scene. Adam Mansbach’s ode to parents who can’t get their children to, well, go the f–k to sleep, was a bestseller before it was even available (under the “advice” category on the New York Times list).
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Brad Pitt is going back to World War II, but this time as a Sergeant. Though it might be hard to look at Pitt and see anyone except Inglorious Basterds‘ Lt. Aldo Raine, get ready to meet Wardaddy, the war-hardened hero of Fury.
Shortly after news broke that Sony Pictures had acquired the rights to Fury they set a November 14, 2014 release date. Directed by David Ayer (Training Day), the film is set in April of 1945 in the European Theater and will focus on a group of five American soldiers on a Sherman tank who encounter a German division. Principal photography is expected to begin in September.
Even though it seems like a far way off, November 2014 blockbuster real estate is quickly disappearing. Fury comes out just a week after the scheduled releases of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and one week prior to Mockingjay Part 1, the third film in the Hunger Games series.
• Jada Pinkett Smith is set to star in and co-produce a new drama for Overbrook Entertainment — the production company that she started with Will Smith. Entitled La Escribana de Uraba, the film tells the story of a journalist reporting on the murder of an employee of a multinational corporation and will shoot in Colombia this fall. Smith has not been on screen all that much lately, but is producing both After Earth and Will Smith’s directorial debut, The Legend of Cain. [Variety]
• We noted the negotiations last week, but it looks like Brad Pitt is officially staring in the WWII drama Fury, which was just acquired by Sony Pictures. David Ayer (End of Watch, The Fast and the Furious) will direct. [Deadline]
Will a western work? That’s the question with Disney’s The Lone Ranger, which arrives this summer as the most expensive cowboy film in history. The trio behind the film — producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Gore Verbinski and star Johnny Depp — are accustomed to genre skepticism, they heard the chorus of doubters when they salvaged the swashbuckler genre from the briny depths with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
Jane Eyre (2006) star and Anna Karenina costar Ruth Wilson, who portrays Rebecca Reid in the film (as shown in the exclusive first-look poster above), says that Verbinski is a wild-card filmmaker up to the task of reviving a classic that seems dusty in all the wrong ways.
French actress Audrey Tautou will host the opening and closing ceremonies for the 66th Festival de Cannes. Even though it is a largely ceremonial position that doesn’t hold any sway over what film will go home with the coveted Palme d’Or, Tautou is sure to be as Amélie-adorable as ever when she welcomes the awards jury, led by jury president Steven Spielberg, to the stage on May 15 at the famed Grand Théâtre Lumière.
Casting Net: Anne Hathaway may re-team with Christopher Nolan; Plus, Jim Carrey, 'Kung Fu Panda 3,' more
• Anne Hathaway has her Academy Award. The Hathahaters have moved on. She’s already lined up a Lynn Shelton indie. What’s her next move? A Christopher Nolan
blockbuster ”interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding” of course! The Les Miserables actress is in final talks to reunite with her Dark Knight Rises director for his highly anticipated and annoyingly secretive film Interstellar, based on the theories of theoretical physicist (and time travel enthusiast) Kip Thorne. Matthew McConaughey has signed on to play the male lead in the film, which has already set a November 7, 2014 release date. Despite Hathaway’s diverse resume of musicals, rom-coms, rom-drams, teen flicks, and comics, she hasn’t tackled the sci-fi world yet, making the possibility even more exciting. [Deadline]
• Jim Carrey has decided to join the comedy Ricky Stanicky, after a reported year of negotiations. The title refers to the name of an invented scapegoat for a group of troublemaking friends. What started out as a teenage joke continues into adulthood, though, until their significant others insist on meeting him. Instead of coming clean, they hire someone to be Stanicky. Carrey’s Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls director Steve Oedekerk will helm the Summit Entertainment feature. According to the report, James Franco was originally attached to star, and Joaquin Phoenix was in consideration as well. [THR]
One of the tricky bargains that actors have to make when they choose to play a living person in a film, is that they’ll be forever inextricably linked to that figure. Meryl Streep won an Oscar for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in the 2011 film The Iron Lady, and on news of her passing issued a heartfelt statement expressing her complicated admiration for the former Prime Minister.
Streep did not shy away from the fact that Thatcher was a divisive figure, noting her controversial policies. But the legendary actress also was unafraid to praise Thatcher’s “grit” and her important place in history. Streep wrote: “To have given women and girls around the world reason to supplant fantasies of being princesses with a different dream: the real-life option of leading their nation; this was groundbreaking and admirable.”
Read the statement in full below.
In 2001, reporters at the Boston Globe began investigating and reporting on the Catholic Church’s history of covering up sexual abuse perpetrated by priests in Massachusetts. Their tireless work earned the paper a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2003 — and ten years later, the rights to their story have been acquired by DreamWorks Studios and Participant Media.
Win Win director (and Boston University graduate) Tom McCarthy has signed on to direct the movie; he’ll also co-write the script with Josh Singer, a veteran TV writer who also penned DreamWorks’s upcoming Wikileaks drama The Fifth Estate. This will be the sixth collaboration for Participant and DreamWorks; the companies have previously partnered on The Fifth Estate, Lincoln, The Help, The Kite Runner, and The Soloist.
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Check out the poster for Ben Wheatley's new killers-on-vacation film 'Sightseers' -- EXCLUSIVE IMAGE
Over the past couple of years writer-director Ben Wheatley has established himself as one of the U.K.’s hottest — and most deliciously gruesome — filmmakers with his 2009 gangster movie Down Terrace, 2011′s unforgettable horror spectacular Kill List, and his recent contribution to the currently playing-in-select-cinemas horror anthology The ABC’s of Death.
• Chloë Moretz just can’t stay away from the macabre. The Kick-Ass 2 star is currently in talks to join the adaptation of (former EW writer) Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places. In the novel, Libby Day (who will be played by Charlize Theron) revisits the gruesome reality of her youth (at 7, she testified against her 15-year-old brother Ben for the murder of their mother) 25 years later. Alternating between flashbacks to the time when the murder and conviction took place and the present, Moretz would play the character of Diondra Wertzner — Ben’s girlfriend in the flashbacks. Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah’s Key) is set to direct. [Deadline]
• Jennifer Garner is in talks to join Kevin Costner in Ivan Reitman’s football dramedy Draft Day. Garner would play the secretary to Costner’s team manager who is having a hard time securing his number one draft pick. Garner’s next film, Dallas Buyers Club with Matthew McConaughey, is currently in post-production and should be released sometime this year. [Variety]
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