Nevertheless, we are delighted to report that after finishing his prescribed treatment, Michael Douglas is already thinking about his next role in Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace biopic.
Douglas told The Hollywood Reporter that he will require prosthetics and musical training to portray pianist Wladziu Valentino Liberace in the movie and has confirmed that filming is due to start in May or June of 2011.
“I’ve got a bunch of tapes of performances,” Douglas said. “I’m thinking; I’m a blank slate. Everything shows me he was a lovely man – I just want to reconfirm that.”
Liberace will co-star Matt Damon as Scott Thorson, the flamboyant entertainer’s long-time companion who sued for $113 million in palimony in 1982.
The Dawn Treader will be sailing into cinemas on Friday 9th December and ahead of this evening’s Royal Premiere (we knew the Queen would love the thinly-veiled religious undertones of Narnia) we have some enticing clips for you. The second of which gives us a good look at CS Lewis newcomer Will Poulter, who plays the frightfully priggish Eustace..
Any comedy would be delighted to have Will Ferrell, Tina Fey and Jonah Hill on cast and Dreamworks, creator of animated romp Megamind are certainly no exception. Brad Pitt is also lending his voice to the production which has received favourable reviews running up to it’s release on Friday 3rd December. In this exclusive clip, we see Megamind (Will Ferrell) a super-intelligent alien who — at the age of eight days old — was sent to Earth by his parents as his home planet is destroyed by a black hole, defeat the elusive Metroman (Pitt)..
The announcement is thought to be a move by producers to attract a younger generation of film fan to the Oscars.
Both actors are currently starring in movies that have been tipped to do well at next February’s prize-giving. Franco, 32, is winning rave reviews for his performance in 127 Hours, Danny Boyle’s gritty retelling of a hikers struggle to escape from a canyon by cutting off his own arm. The scene in which Franco saws off his limb is said to be both graphic and excellent.
Hathaway, 28 (who shot to fame after playing that really annoying girl in Devil Wears Prada) is also gaining plaudits for her portrayal of a free-spirited woman who falls for a drug salesman in Love and Other Drugs.
I battled my way through the freezing conditions, endured a three hour commute thanks to strike action and spilled coffee on my desk this morning. But I thought the day might improve from there. Sadly after a few minutes of surfing the interweb, I realised that not one, but two movie icons had passed away over the weekend. Bloody Mondays!
The sad death of Leslie Nielsen is making headlines everywhere today, but we are also mourning the loss of Irvin Kershner, director of The Empire Strikes Back (commonly cited as ‘the best of the Star Wars’ movies, for its dark undertones) who has also passed away after a long illness at the age of 87.
Despite the success of Empire.. (which is about to celebrate its thirtieth anniversary), Kershner only stepped behind the camera twice more, taking charge of RoboCop 2 and Sean Connery’s last appearance as James Bond in the ‘unofficial’ 007 flick, Never Say Never Again.
RIP Irvin and thanks for the brilliant memories..
The sad news that Leslie Nielsen passed away this weekend will leave film fans everywhere with heavy hearts. We’ve put together some of his best clips (as you can imagine, we could have created a whole article jam-packed with scenes from his Naked Gun series..) to celebrate his career. With his well-honed deadpan charm, the Canadian comic brought a whole new meaning to the word spoof. RIP Leslie Nielsen, you will be missed..
Nielsen’s first movie was a rather sketchy sci-fi version of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. “It’s a movie now almost impossible to take seriously, not just for its ropy B-movie production values and wobbly plot, but because of the presence of a (looser-limbed, darker-haired) Nielsen.” Says Guardian Film editor Catherine Shoard.
The iconic satire made Nielsen’s name and paved the way for other future comedy successes. His “Don’t Call Me Shirley” was voted #79 on the American Film Institute’s list of Top 100 movie quotes. The American Film Institute also included the film in its list of the top ten comedy films of all time. “I thought it was amusing, but it never occurred to me that it was going to become a trademark. It’s such a surprise…the thing comes out, people say, ‘What did he say?!’” Said Nielsen.
Comic actor Leslie Nielsen, best known for his role as the blundering cop in The Naked Gun, died in his sleep on Sunday. Nielsen enjoyed a career in film and television that spanned over 60 years, revered for his performances in romp and spoof films, offering dead-pan performances of authority figures caught in mayhem. Nielsen’s spokesman announced that he died near his home in Florida, surrounded by his friends and family.
Nielsen’s nephew Doug announced the news on Canadian radio station CJOB, saying: “Just in this last 48 hours, the infection has gotten too much and today at 5.30am, with his friends and his wife by his side, he just fell asleep and passed away.”
Born in Saskatchewan, he served unusual stints as an aerial gunner in the Canadian Air Force and as a radio DJ before studying. Nielsen played serious and even romantic parts in television series and films throughout the 50s and 60s, earning recognition for lead roles in Forbidden Planet (1956) and The Poseidon Adventure (1972). But it was not until 1980’s Airplane, where he played a doctor caught in aeronautic chaos that he was marked out as a connoisseur of spoof movies. This brought on new levels of success when he took the lead in The Naked Gun and it’s early 90’s sequels, setting his distinctly unsmiling style that would make him a household name.
Although has also taken serious roles, including the lead in stage play Darrow during the 90’s, he will be remembered more for his composed portrayals of important characters seemingly unaware of the calamity unfolding around them.
With Swedish hit The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest released this weekend, we realised that we had plenty of things to thank our European cousins for beside subtitled movie trilogies. Apart from the cult of Stieg Larsson, what else have the Swedes done for us? We’re glad you asked..
Two blonde finely toned Scandinavian vixens rubbing each other down after a sauna (I have never seen this…honest) really is quite easy on the eye. But beware, Hagar the Horrible can take take the gloss off copulation.
They may have sexy bodies, a fantastic healthcare system and a great diet, but the Swedes get a little peeky in winter. At one point of the year, it stays dark for 24 hours a day and they can’t drown their sorrows, as beer costs eight pounds a pint. So in the winter the Swedes flock to sunnier climbs. Go to any beach in Thailand and you can admire the magnificence of the Swedish form without having to resort to thermals.
Norway may have claimed all the credit for bringing us the biggest hooligans of the Medieval world, but they stole the idea from their Scandanavian brethren. Without these infamous tourists, we would not have built the longest lasting cultural legacy the UK has ever witnessed; the faint smell of excrement when you walk past theJorvik Viking centre. I think you will agree that this gift to the UK was worth all that pillaging.
As a man of science, I think that to truly appreciate the Swedish we need to compare and contrast our club scene with theirs. I believe pictures paint a thousand words, so please take a look at this link. As a Geordie, it makes me proud to know that we can hold our own against our Scandinavian cousins.
Having mellowed over the centuries, the Swedes are now adept at dodging a fight, but manage to do it without looking soft like the French. They just go “hey we are neutral ya”, jump in an ice bath and everyone leaves them alone. After all, no one fancies being pillaged again! There were a few rumours of Nazi collusion, but I think that was spread by the jealous Norwegians.
Everybody knows that movie hitmen must be ruthless, remorseless and above all… emotionally emotionally detached from everyone (even if they are below drinking age, we’re talking to you Léon..) Unfortunately, if every on-screen assassin followed this final rule, we would be stuck with a load of very dull films and a lot of dead extras. And let’s be honest, such a fate would be a damn waste of a smouldering silver fox like George Clooney. In The American (which is released this weekend) our man is operating out of a small town in Italy, which might as well be called Romanceville (twinned with EsSex in England – sorry..) so it’s no surprise to see him shacking up with some local talent (below). When he’s not making sweet love he seems to be chasing bad guys on a… erm scooter. The less said about that the better..
Despite the sparse but nonetheless action-orientated posters currently adorning buses, underground stations and cinema complexes, The American is a meditative, tranquil tale with an ominous air of doom hanging over it. You can almost hear the Grim Reaper sharpening his scythe in preparation of an indiscriminate cull. Indeed, the typography and design of the advertising campaign accurately reflects the film’s dual nationality and ambience; the hybrid of a powerful Hollywood A-lister with a European art-house sensibility which acts as an appropriate companion piece to Rafi Pitt‘s almost brilliant The Hunter.
The ‘American’ of the title is the consistently handsome and enigmatic George Clooney, once again doing his best impression of Burt Lancaster’s ‘European’ enterprises in the 1960s and ‘70s. However, like the latter actor, ‘European’ is probably best defined not so much by the origin of the script or the nationality of the director, but by the aesthetic and rhythmical pattern the film adopts; a languid, peculiarly picturesque and slow-paced study of a weapons expert equipped with an assassin’s instinct who prefers not to speak and to keep meaningful human contact at a distance (an appropriate metaphor for a man seemingly accustomed to long range kills). Read more