Tuesday, March 02, 2010

FILM NEWS: Timberlake & Diaz Rom-Com, Foxx & Kutcher Cop Comedy, and more

• You have GOT to be kidding me. There is absolutely, positively, no way in hell I would allow my boyfriend to play his ex-girlfriend's love interest in a romantic comedy. But apparently, Jessica Biel does not feel the same way. Granted, she looks like Jessica Biel, so clearly she has an advantage over me. But still, what made Justin Timberlake think it was a good idea to sign on to play the male lead role in Cameron Diaz's upcoming comedy Bad Teacher. The story "follows a foul-mouthed, gold-digging seventh-grade teacher (Diaz) who, after being dumped by her boyfriend, sets her sights on a colleague (Lucy Punch from Hot Fuzz) who is dating a substitute teacher (Timberlake), who also is the scion of a watch fortune." I dunno. I mean, while on the one hand this could be the first time Timberlake is in a movie that everyone will see, on the other hand, he could just be single-handedly destroying his relationship. Oh well, anything to avoid a sequel to The Love Guru.

• Probably after the Internet uproar over Angelina Jolie dropping out of the Wanted sequel, Universal decided to reassure the masses that there will still be a sequel with or without her. Thank god! Especially since she died in the movie and no one even expected her to be in it in the first place.

• What could have possibly convinced Taylor Lautner that doing Stretch Armstrong would be a better idea than doing Max Steele, which he has been recently reported of dropping out of? While it's true that Stretch Armstrong is more widely known and easier to sell, I personally think Max Steele is just way cooler. Blogs are claiming the decision was made because the studio backing Stretch was moving through production faster, making it seem more likely to begin shooting soon. But chances are they just offered him more money.

Jamie Foxx and Ashton Kutcher must've enjoyed filming Valentine's Day together so much AND were as unimpressed with Cop Out as I was that they've decided to team up for the buddy cop comedy Streets of Fire. In the flick, "a Chicago cop (Foxx) with anger issues is forced to partner with a brash and cocky young officer (Kutcher). The pair soon stumble onto a vicious gang who has taken over middle management of the city's drug trade, the catch is this gang is made up of dirty cops." This could be a great opportunity for Kutcher to capitalize off of Foxx's steady fame and reassert himself as a leading man. Luckily, the writer, Justin Britt-Gibson, was on last year's Black List, so it has potential to even reach Lethal Weapon-levels of awesomeness.

• What do you get when you mix Will Smith's Hitch, Uma Thurman's (ignored) The Accidental Husband, and Robin Williams' License to Wed? Wedding Doctor, a rom-com where Nicole Kidman plays "a relationship analyst who advises couples on their interpersonal dynamics before marriage." When does the hilarity ensue? When "she decides she'd actually be a more suitable match for the groom than his bride-to-be, triggering a major fight." Uh-huh. I guess the expert at playing type-A, control-freaks, Katherine Heigl, was busy.

• If you had the choice between he guy who directed The Devil Wears Prada (David Frankel) and the guy who directed The Bourne Identity (Doug Liman) to shoot The Three Musketeers remake, which would you choose? Hmmm. That's a tough one. Well apparently, Warners is actually mulling it over...for more than five seconds.

• Oscar-nominated Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) is in talks to join the cast of Baggage Claim. "The story follows a 35-year-old flight attendant who takes on a month-long mission to fly all around the country in her quest to find a husband. Along the way she meets some surprising suitors from a hip-hop producer, a reverend, a rising congressman and a textile tycoon." That kind of sounds like they figured out a way to make Up in the Air into a rom-com...which I haven't decided whether or not is a good thing or a bad thing.

• How do you freshen up the stale Big Momma's House franchise? Why you add a younger demographic element, of course. Brandon T. Jackson (Percy Jackson and Tropic Thunder) will play Martin Lawrence's nephew. His character will witness a murder, and will be forced to go undercover at an all-girls performing arts school as Charmaine. That's definitely what was wrong with the sequel. It needed two fat black women. Duhhhhhhhh!

• Wow! Eliza Dushku is relentless. She refuses to give up on Joss Whedon as her cash cow. She's recently reported to be in talks with him about starring in a "kickass feature" that they've been talking about for a few years. Make new friends Eliza. Join Facebook. Or, better yet, stalk James Cameron. Maybe he'll do with you what he should've done with Michelle Rodriguez in the Avatar sequel.

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