Some movies can’t catch a break.
The Natalie Portman-starring Western Jane Got a Gun has seemingly been cursed from day one. First, director Lynne Ramsay inexplicably dropped out of the film on the first day of production. Then Jude Law bowed out as the film’s villain because he had signed on just to work with Ramsay.
But now, events completely separate from the production have forced Cooper to bow out as well.
Cooper has been filming David O. Russell‘s next film, American Hustle, for the past few weeks, but when the bombings in Boston delayed that film’s production schedule, a conflict arose. Now Cooper will be unable to shoot Jane Got a Gun because of his commitment to Russell’s Hustle.
Is it time to finally throw in the towel? With major miracles having happened already for the independent production, maybe it can happen again. Apparently, Portman and the film’s other producers are back to looking at a shortlist of actors who could take the role. Among the contenders: Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hiddleston.
Whoever is chosen would play the leader of a roughneck gang who comes to kill the estranged husband (Noah Emmerich) of Portman’s title character. Jane turns to a former lover (Joel Edgerton) to help protect herself and her farm.
via Cinema Blend
Just days away from the Academy Awards ceremony in which they are both up for Oscars for their work on Silver Linings Playbook, it has been announced that director David O. Russell and actress Jennifer Lawrence will team up again. Russell has signed on to direct Lawrence in The Ends of the Earth, a “fact-based love story about a powerful oil tycoon who has everything stripped from him after he is caught in an affair.” The script for The Ends of the Earth is from Argo screenwriter Chris Terrio.
This will mark Russell’s third collaboration with Lawrence, as she is slated to have a cameo appearance in his next film, an as-yet-untitled drama starring Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale and Amy Adams, which is due to begin filming in March. Russell will likely take on The Ends of the Earth after this next project is completed.
Silver Linings Playbook is up for 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for Russell, Best Actress for Lawrence, and Best Actor for Cooper. It is currently ranked #10 among 2012 films on Flickchart.
During the acceptance speech for “Guy Movie of the Year” at the Spike TV Guys Choice Awards, Mark Wahlberg announced plans for a sequel to The Fighter. The boxing film was an Academy Award Nominee for Best Picture in 2011, and Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actor Christian Bale and Best Supporting Actress Melissa Leo.
Walhberg stated: “We left out the Arturo Gatti fights for a reason. Because that’s for The Fighter 2. We’re not going to do Fighter 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, but we’re going to do 2. We’re going to do the Ward/Gatti trilogy.”
No word yet on whether director David O. Russell will return for the sequel, though he will likely serve as at least a producer.
(via Spike TV)
When I decided to do a Reel Rumbles about the top 2 sports dramas, I assumed number one would be Rocky. I was wrong, but I was also stunned to see only two sports films in the global Top 100 Movies Of All Time. Not only that, but there are some great sports movies which are severely underrated, Caddyshack at number #355 and Slap Shot at number #491, just to name two. If this article does nothing else, I hope it inspires people to either watch more highly regarded sports movies, or at least re-rank some of these films and give them a nice bump.