Saturday, March 26, 2011

FILM NEWS: Diaz & Firth, Bosley Chosen for "Charlie's Angels," Hailee Steinfeld's Next Film, and more

• The Coen brothers have tapped Cameron Diaz for a remake of the 1966 British caper comedy Gambit. "In the remake, Colin Firth plays a London art curator who plots an elaborate scheme to con a wealthy collector into buying a fake Monet painting. As part of the ruse, he recruits a Texas steer roper (Diaz) to play the part of a woman whose grandfather liberated the painting at the end of WWII." Hmm Firth and Diaz?

• I was sincerely excited to read that Zach Galifanakis will be joining Ryan Reynolds in the buddy cop movie R.I.P.D. They both crack me up so much that I'm sure they'll bring down the house. What'll make it even more preposterous than those two being partners is that the film is about a dead cop who joins a ghost police force and Zach plays a ghost cop from the 1800s. Can you imagine what Zach would behave like if he were from the 1800s? I can't wait.

• Upon hearing the news that Cobie Smulders (left) will be playing Nick Fury's sidekick in The Avengers, I wasn't actually shocked. She has this mysterious air to her when she's not cracking wise on "How I Met Your Mother." Her character is ruthless and quick to blackmail. This should be a nice change of pace.

Selena Gomez, like every Disney graduate, is intent on not sticking to cookie-cutter roles. She signed onto the adaptation of Jay Asher's 13 Reasons. The novel is about "a shy California high school student who returns from school to find a box waiting on his doorstep. It contains seven cassette tapes recorded by Hanna Baker, the classmate he had a crush on. Before she committed suicide, Hannah sent the tapes to one classmate with instructions to pass them on to a list of students like a chain letter. The tapes explain to 13 people how they played a role in her death." It's pretty heavy for her fanbase, but if she can deliver stellar acting in the trailer, she might be able to garner a whole new audience.

• Lovebirds Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan (It's Complicated) are teaming up for the romantic indie He Loves Me. Dano will play a talented young novelist overcome by writer's block who is told to write the woman he thinks will love him, and somehow he manages to will her into existence.

Charlie's Angels fans may be shocked to hear that the role of Bosley will be played, not by someone three times the lady's age, but someone their same age. Ramon Rodriguez (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Battle: Los Angeles) is set to play a modern version of their team leader, complete with "GQ looks" and hacker skills.

Armie Hammer was quoted as saying that he has a "ton of kissing scenes" with Leonardo DiCaprio in the upcoming Hoover biopic. That's not really news. Just wanted to report it.

• Both Ralph Fiennes and Javier Bardem in the next James Bond? Yes. And yes.

Zac Efron will star in the action comedy The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. The story "follows Charlie who, after the death of his mother, heads to Europe to find himself. There, he meets a girl and falls in love. Catch is she's the girlfriend of an insanely violent crime boss with a gang of thugs at his disposal. However that won’t deter Charlie who endures one bruising beat down after another to woo the girl." It sounds unnecessarily violent, but I guess we'll see.

• Et tu Dakota Fanning? Poor girl hasn't even finished puberty yet and she's already stuck playing the girlfriend. In Mississippi Wild, she'll devotedly follow around her diamond-stealing boyfriend (Ryan Donowho from Bandslam and "The O.C."), who's on the run from a local gangster (Mickey Rourke).

• This just sounds ridiculous enough to at least view the trailer for: In the action comedy The Blind Bastard, starring Mickey Rourke, Rodrigo Santoro, Lenny Kravitz, and Rosario Dawson, "a group of blind thrillseekers who begin bar brawls, jump out of planes and pretend they’re not blind - all in order to live life on the edge."

Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) has signed on for her next film, Forgotten. She will play London Lane, "a 16-year old whose memory is erased daily at 4:33am. The following morning, all she can remember are events from her future. Soon after meeting a new boy at school, she becomes frustrated that she can't seem to find him in her memory of things to come."

Timothy Olyphant might play the Lone Ranger to Johnny Depp's Tanto. That could very well be his breakout film...hmm or not.

• I am genuinely excited to learn that Aaron Ashmore ("Smallville") will be joining the cast of "Warehouse 13" as Pete's new partner, who has the ability to tell when somebody is lying. I'm assuming that means that Claudia is going to be Myka's new partner. That'll be cool. Girls vs. Boys.

Gerard Butler is doing yet another romantic comedy. This time he'll play a divorcee who volunteers to coach his son's soccer team. He discovers that all the soccer moms are hot for him, including Uma Thurman. Besides the fact that Thurman doesn't have a good track record with romantic comedies, the woman he's divorced from is Jessica Biel. I said Jessica Biel. Who divorces Jessica Biel for Uma Thurman? Oh, an imaginary character.

• I normally don't do low-brow indie thrillers, but this one's plot sounds pretty cool. Amanda Seyfried and John Cusack have signed on to the dark thriller The Bullet. It follows a man known as The Clockwalker, "who devises the ultimate plot of revenge against a seemingly random group of people by manipulating them to kill one another." That sounds like it could be a really good mindfuck. Besides, how often do you get to see Cusack as a villain?

Jame Marsden and Patrick Wilson have signed on for the indie thriller Loft, where five friends rent an apartment together where they could all bring their mistresses. That sounds like it could be a comedy, except for the fact that one day they discover an unknown woman's dead body and start to question whether they really know each other. What? You mean you can't trust your adulterous friends? No way!

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