Friday, May 15, 2009

BUZZ: Westwick in "Wuthering Heights," Pattinson & Jackman, 2 Jekyll & Hydes, and more

• If you liked the ensemble cast feel of He's Just Not that Into You, then you'll love Valentine's Day (some of you probably for the first time, lol). Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Garner, Shirley MacLaine, Bradley Cooper and Ashton Kutcher signed up for "five slightly interconnecting stories playing out during a Valentine's Day in Los Angeles. Roberts plays an army officer on leave from Iraq on a flight to Los Angeles. Cooper, on the same flight, is a gay man whose lover is a closeted football player. Kutcher is an owner of a flower shop who proposes to his girlfriend (Alba), only to realize he is in love with his close friend (Garner) who discovers her boyfriend is married. MacLaine plays Roberts' mother, a happy retiree who reveals to her husband a long-ago affair. Hathaway is an assistant working at the biggest talent agency in town and dating a mailroom assistant. And Biel is a publicist unlucky in love who has no date on Valentine's Day." Hopefully it'll be more Love Actually and less HJNTIY, so people will like it more.

Ed Westwick ("Gossip Girl") and Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace) just scored the lead roles in Peter Webber's (Girl wtih a Pearl Earring) adaptation of Wuthering Heights. The project used to have Natalie Portman attached, but I guess the producers needed to cut the budget, and a TV actor and a Bond girl was all they could afford. Lucky them.

• Robert Pattinson scored a legitimately major gig. Let's be honest, Twilight is sort of a big joke in Hollywood, so the fact that he scored a gig with Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz for the period drama Unbound Captives is his first step in being taken seriously. It's "about a woman (Weisz) whose husband is killed and her two children kidnapped by a Comanche war party in 1859. She is rescued by a frontiersman (Jackman), while Pattinson will play the son."

• The producers of Martin Scorsese's Frank Sinatra biopic want Johnny Depp to play old blue eyes, which is certainly an Oscar bait role. But as usual Scorsese would prefer to work with Leonardo DiCaprio. I dunno. Neither of them scream Jersey crooner, but I think Depp is a closer match. Luckily, they're not looking for someone who can sing, so we don't have to worry about either of them butchering "New York, New York."

• Let's see. Would I rather watch a Jekyll and Hyde adaptation starring Keanu Reeves or one with Forest Whitaker and 50 Cent? Hmm. Such a hard decision. It's like Sophie's Choice.

Paul Walker might star in the thriller Protection, which "is about a twenty-one-year-old daughter of a Mexican judge who's targeted by mob types after she sees them kill her father and other family members. The pair must stay on the run through dodgy places on both sides of the border, while an agent tries to protect her and the bad guy is hot on her trail." I don't know why they always hire him to make scared/exasperated/determined faces. Can't he just relax for once. lol Before he starts on that project, he'll star in the bank robbing film called Takers with Matt Dillon and Hayden Christensen. That should be a change of pace.

• Alright, this looks rather promising. Lindsay Lohan is starring in a fantasy comedy called The Other Side with Woody Harrelson, Giovanni Ribisi, Dave Matthews and Alanis Morissette. It's about "a grad student who must spend the summer working at a scientific institute on a remote island. She discovers an eccentric community of characters who are hiding a secret about a tragedy that took place many years before." It...could be funny. Or in great Lohan fashion, it could suck. Hopefully, this won't put a wrench in Ribisi's career. By the time it's released, he'll have appeared in Public Enemies and Avatar, so hopefully that'll be enough to make sure it doesn't go straight-to-DVD.

Jean Claude van Damme and Vinnie Jones (Snatch) will play rival assassins who team up in the action thriller Weapon. "Jones will play a master sharpshooter while Van Damme's character is skilled with a knife. The two join forces to take down the head of a drug cartel who is backed by the DEA." Russell Mulcahy (Resident Evil: Extinction) is directing. Ever since van Damme made an unexpected comeback with the self-depracating crime comedy JCVD in 2008, he's successfully reintegrated himself into the action scene.

Philip K. Dick's novel Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said is being adapted. It's the story of a futuristic, dystopian world where a celebrity who wakes up after an assassination attempt realizes that no one has ever heard of him. Sounds more like a fantasy to me. A world where a celebrity can be forgotten. Wow! They should pick someone who can play obnoxious and outrageously offended. Maybe someone like Chris Evans, who played a publicity-obessed Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four.

• In Dermot Mulroney's (Wedding Date) directorial debut, a family dramedy called Keep It Together, "an idealistic young newlywed who is also a marriage counselor returns from her honeymoon only to learn that her parents, whom she saw as the model for a happy marriage, are getting a divorce." Ouch! Hmm, who should this unlucky girl be played by?

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