When is this coming here? I really need to see this.
Leonardo DiCaprio is being touted as the star of Beat the Reaper, for which the rights have been sold. Here’s the scenario from the article: “The protagonist in the novel penned by Josh Bazell is a Manhattan emergency room doctor, whose life becomes complicated when a mobster recognizes the doc from his former life as a hitman who went into the witness protection program.” Look, how am I supposed to have any sympathy for a guy dumb enough to try to hide from the mob in a busy hospital emergency room front and center? If the book is about two pages long, then I understand. But come on.
The Beautiful and the Damned will star Keira Knightley as Zelda Sayre, schizophrenic wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Filming starts in March. No word on who’s playing Fitzgerald. Apparently Baz Luhrmann also has the rights to The Great Gatsby.
Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell to come on board Iron Man 2? Well, they’re in talks. Rourke as Whiplash and Rockwell as Justin Hammer. Um, what happened to the Mandarin? Stark apparently has an assistant named Natasha as well. Production should start this spring.
Mad Men will be back for a third season this summer, according to Charlie Collier, AMC head burrito. Source: Variety.
Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, the latest from Miyazaki, is coming this summer. The English voice cast has Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Cate Blanchett, Liam Neeson, Lily Tomlin and Cloris Leachman. Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy and John Lasseter are trying to figure out how to make a bigger dent in the U.S. market with this film. Seriously, you want to know how to do this? Hit your Top 20 Markets with a traveling Miyazaki festival that lets them see his classics on the big screen. Honestly, how somebody can watch Mononoke and Totoro and not want to see everything the man does after that, I have no clue. Americans have to learn that cartoons can be for adults. It’s happening but way too slowly.