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Stuff: Of Three Stooges, Nine and 13

The cast of Nine

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  • Okay, if I wasn’t jazzed about the prospect of Nine, I am now that we’ve seen this first cast shot. The cast consists of Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman, and Penelope Cruz, as we mentioned before. But as you can see there, we’ve got Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose), Judi Dench, Sophia Loren, Kate Hudson and Fergie from The Black-Eyed Peas.
  • The Beaver is a script about a guy who goes through life “with a beaver puppet on his hand, treating it as something close to a human creature with human feelings.” Steve Carell is apparently attached to play the guy in question. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
  • Simon Jones, the voice of Arthur Dent on radio, has joined the cast of Blithe Spirit as Dr. Bradman. It hits the Shubert Theater in February. Source: Variety.
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  • Richard Dreyfuss will star in Complicit at the Old Vic Theater in London, which is directed by Kevin Spacey. It opens January 7th. Which would be worth seeing–he was great in Death and the Maiden. Source: Variety.
  • Peter Serafinowicz has joined the cast of Couples Retreat, which has started production. Source: Variety.
  • Author Michael Crichton died of cancer this past Tuesday. He was 66. Source: Variety.
  • Jack Black is attached to star in a new version of Gulliver’s Travels for Fox. Rob Letterman (Shark Tale) is helming, and Nicholas Stoller (co-writer on the Fun With Dick and Jane remake) is reworking the Joe Stillman (Shrek co-writer) script. Production starts in March. They only mention Lilliput in the article–so what’s up with the other lands? No idea yet.
  • Junior Soldiers will be Jackie Chan‘s next film–he’s producing, starring in it and he’s scribing on it now, it appears. Production is set for next year. It’s “a road movie in period costume set during the Qin dynasty” that “focuses on three people and a horse.” If Jackie plays the horse then I’ll see it twice. Source: Variety.
  • Dylan McDermott will be the lead in Jerry Bruckheimer’s The Line, his new series for TNT. It “revolves around a squad of undercover LAPD officers as they walk the line between doing their job and being seduced by easy money.” Perhaps it’s a new CSI spinoff…but because it’s undercover it can’t use the name. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
  • Spinal Tap on Blu-Ray (which we mentioned before) from MGM has been delayed with no new date. We’ll keep you posted. It’s still available for pre-order here, however.
  • Ray Winstone and Ray Liotta have joined the cast of 13, the remake we mentioned just a short while ago. Production starts on the 20th. Source: Variety.
  • From the “Oh For Fuck’s Sake” Department, the Brothers Farrelly are trying to get their Three Stooges feature film off the ground at MGM. They even have a date for this oncoming atrocity: November 20th of next year. “It’s not a biopic. It takes place in present day, and they look, dress and sound exactly like the Stooges,” says Peter Farrelly. “When the economy started turning, we felt like the world could use a Stooges slapfest.” Now we’ve reached the epitome of blaming shit on the economy: a needless Three Stooges movie. Source: Variety.

    • Stooge Movie. Most of their films were shorts. And as a country of Fast Food and Short Attention span (a comment from one of the reporters on BBC news, election night) no one would want to sit through a feature length stooge film.

      Unless, they get someone hot to play Larry Fine.

    • I dunno, Mage, if you think about it, BEING JOHN MALKOVICH is more ridiculous than most any plot out there and it worked. So you never know.

    • Well, yeah, but if you look at things from that perspective… Wait, the implications of that viewpoint are staggering. Does this mean Being John Malkovich nullifies all conventional judgment regarding plot?