Sunday, May 24, 2009

FILM NEWS: New Moon Changes, Clooney Spy Flick, Christensen as a Magician, and more

• Apparently, they've tweaked New Moon for the big screen. Bella's supposedly more daredevilish in the film than she is in the book. Her reason for recklessness was to lure Edward back, so in order to justify Robert Pattinson's multiple appearances as an apparition, they've amped up her wild side. So expect the cliff dive and more. Also, I believe in the book we are told that the werewolves/shapeshifters murder Laurent, the evil vampire henchman of Victoria, but it isn't described. In the film, however, we will be shown an action-packed scene where they destroy him. Lastly, in the book Edward swears he'll turn Bella if she marries him, but they'll be a different ultimatum in the film. Hmmm, I wonder if it'll be to stay far-far-far away from Jacob. That would surely amp up the tension between them for the third film. And I also wonder if this'll change future scenes since their marriage is the climax of the saga. What do you think?

• It seems George Clooney figured out a way to work from home. His next film is set in Italy, where he'll play an assassin with one last job in the adaptation of Martin Booth's novel A Very Private Gentleman. His character normally avoids social interaction, but for this last assignment he infiltrates a small town, makes friends, and falls in love, which will obviously complicate his mission in the end.

Hayden Christensen has yet to find a project big enough to launch him into the Hollywood stratosphere. His potrayal of young Anakin did him no favors as most Star Wars aficionados were displeased with the first three episodes. But hopefully his next project, Mandrake the Magician, will finally get him the accolades he's been working so hard for. The title character is an underground magician and escapologist, who does insane tricks like escaping from an SUV that drops out of a plane during the Burning Man festival. The CIA is so impressed with his skills that they hire him to help one of their deep cover agents escape from a maximum security prison in 24 hours. Unfortunately, it's all a trap. The prisoner is actually a double agent who then invites him to join his crime ring. If he doesn't, not only will the CIA be on his tail, but so will the kingpin's goons.

George Clooney and Ewan McGregor are starring in the comedy The Men Who Stare at Goats, where "a down-on-his-luck reporter (McGregor) gets more than he bargains for when he meets a special forces agent (Clooney) who reveals the existence of a secret, psychic military unit whose goal is to use paranormal powers to end war as we know it." I wonder if it'll get campy.

• On what planet does the Comedy Central comedian Carlos Mencia have the acting chops to go toe-to-toe with Forest Whitaker and America Ferrara? Alright so maybe I could've started this blurb off by asking, "On what planet is Forest Whitaker funny enough to go toe-to-toe with Carlos Mencia and America Ferrara?" Either way, it's an odd trio, and the casting isn't even finished yet. The comedy is about two overprotective dads who have to put aside their differences to plan their children's wedding in less than two weeks. So they still have the groom and the wives to cast. Who would you cast to round out the hilarity?

Rita Wilson is writing (and hoping to star in) a comedy called Terms of Embarrassment, where a middle-aged couple end up attending the same college as their son. It'd be pretty hilarious if she and her husband Tom Hanks starred alongside their son Colin. It would also be beneficial to Colin, who really needs to start cashing-in on the family legacy if he ever intends on making it before his geriatric years.

• While we're on the subject of plots-wtih-potential-to-be-hilarious, there's an untitled comedy about a rich couple who lose their money on Wall Street and are forced to move in with their loser son. Again, perfect vehicle for the Hanks family. lol

• Check out the first look of M. Night Shymalan's The Last Airbender. It's actually looking kind of good.

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