Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Replaces Megan Fox in 'Transformers 3'
Victoria's Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has been cast as Megan Fox's replacement in Michael Bay's Transformers 3. She has no acting experience – not that much emoting will be required from her. The robots will provide all the necessary acting in the action/sci-fi flick.
Megan Fox and Bay had an ugly public rift following Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. A few weeks ago, Paramount announced it wasn't renewing Fox's contract. The actress then retorted that she was the one who decided to quit the series because she was no longer willing to work with Bay. Fox will next be seen opposite Josh Brolin in Jonah Hex.
Huntington-Whiteley, who had previously worked with Bay on the Victoria's Secret ad “A Thousand Fantasies,” will play Shia LaBeouf's romantic interest in this third installment of the Transformers franchise, reviled by critics, worshiped by a certain (large) segment of the filmgoing public.
Others in the Transformers 3 cast are Josh Duhamel, Ken Jeong, Patrick Dempsey, Alan Tudyk, John Turturro, Peter Cullen, Kevin Dunn, Tyrese Gibson, Julie White, and Oscar winner Frances McDormand and Oscar nominee John Malkovich, who I believe are supposed to lend a patina of respectability to the braindead proceedings. Transformers 3, which is currently in production in the Los Angeles area, should come out July 1, 2011.
Photo: Beach Bunny Swimwear
June 11: Megan Fox looks like a real person in this Jonah Hex photo. Well, a very, very, very beautiful real person. If you look at Fox's Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and Jennifer's Body photos, you'll see that in those productions she looked like the digitalized image of a beautiful woman. Perhaps it's a good thing – for her – that Fox won't take part in Michael Bay's Transformers 3.
In Warner Bros.' Jonah Hex, Fox plays Lilah, a brothel worker who befriends the film's scarred hero played by Josh Brolin. Directed by Jimmy Hayward, the action-thriller-supernatural-Western Jonah Hex also features John Malkovich, Michael Shannon, Will Arnett, Julia Jones, Aidan Quinn, Seth Gabel, David Patrick Kelly, and Michael Fassbender.
Jonah Hex opens June 18, '10.
Photo: DC Comics / Warner Bros.
On Saturday, at the Hero Complex Film Festival (June 11–13, at the Mann Chinese 6 in Hollywood), between screenings of Insomnia and The Dark Knight, Nolan will discuss his career and will be fielding questions from the audience. His sci-fi/thriller Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Michael Caine, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy and Ken Watanabe opens July 16.
Also at the Hero Complex Film Festival:
On Friday, special guest Leonard Nimoy and a screening of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Considering the ongoing cruel, nasty, ugly whale and dolphin hunting, and the fact that overfishing is destroying many species of marine life — not to mention the Gulf Coast oil cataclysm — Star Trek IV is a must-see. It also happens to be one of the best — if not the very best — of all the Star Trek features.
On Sunday, the special guest is Ridley Scott. The two screening films are the sci-fi classics Alien, starring Sigourney Weaver, and Blade Runner, starring Harrison Ford. The former may have inspired Stephenie Meyer's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Bella giving birth to Renesmee); the latter may have inspired the recent restoration of Fritz Lang's Metropolis. Or maybe not.
Kirk Honeycutt says Nolan's sci-fi/thriller offers “easily the most original movie idea in ages,” adding that “it will perhaps take multiple viewings of these multiple dream states to extract all the logic and regulations.”
Inception stars Leonardo DiCaprio (who'll have his second 2010 hit, following Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island), Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe, Ellen Page, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, and Lukas Haas. It opens in the US on July 16.
Below is a snippet in which Honeycutt relates Inception to Dreamscape and The Matrix. No mention of Being John Malkovich, though. Or of Alejandro Amenábar's Abre los ojos / Open Your Eyes and its Hollywood remake, Vanilla Sky, both of which also take place inside the mind of their protagonists.
Following up on such ingenious and intriguing films as “The Dark Knight” and “Memento,” Nolan has outdone himself. “Inception” puts him not only at the top of the heap of sci-fi all-stars, but it also should put this Warner Bros. release near or at the top of the summer movies. It's very hard to see how a film that plays so winningly to so many demographics would not be a worldwide hit.
Not that the film doesn't have its antecedents. “Dreamscape” (1984) featured a man who could enter and manipulate dreams, and, of course, in “The Matrix” (1999) human beings and machines battled on various reality levels created by artificial intelligence.
Photo: Stephen Vaughan / Warner Bros.
Tom Cruise Les Grossman to Star in His Own Movie: Good Idea?
Tom Cruise's vulgar, crass, crotch-scratching Hollywood mega mogul Les Grossman stole the show at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, dancing with Jennifer Lopez, getting his arm broken by Jaden Smith, and saying something of other about clay, buttcheeks, and diamonds.
All that, after having done a couple of promo spots in which Grossman (reportedly inspired by Viacom's Sumner Redstone) berates the Twilight Saga stars Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner – the former for wanting to bathe and wash his hair, the latter for claiming he'd be busy on awards night.
Now comes Paramount Pictures and MTV Films with the announcement that Les Grossman will be the star of his own movie, with Cruise as Grossman and Ben Stiller as his co-star. As you may recall, Grossman was first seen on screen in a cameo in Tropic Thunder, which starred Stiller and Robert Downey Jr.
Both Cruise and Stiller will also be two of the as-yet-untitled film's producers. Michael Bacall (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) is slated to write the screenplay.
Paramount has sent out a colorful press release, in which Grossman explains: “To quote my great friend Kirk Lazarus [Downey Jr's character in Tropic Thunder], 'I don't read the script, the script reads me.'”
Now, I can't think of a truly great Hollywood satire since Robert Altman's The Player back in 1992. This one, however, could work. (But couldn't they get Robert Pattinson or Matt Damon or Chace Crawford or Justin Bieber or Whoopi Goldberg or anyone to replace Stiller?)
The plot could be about a mega movie star (Stiller, apparently) who has an ugly falling out with the head a major media conglomerate (Cruise's Grossman) who refuses to renew the actor's contract and publicly badmouths him.
Time moves on, old grudges are forgiven (or at least set aside), behind-the-scenes deals are made. The actor is eventually rehired to appear in both a popular action franchise and, most shocking of all, is personally selected by the mega mogul to play himself (the mogul) in a biopic.
In the Los Angeles Times, Steven Zeitchik doesn't seem to find the Grossman spinoff a very idea, no matter the plot. “There are seemingly a dozen reasons why this wouldn't seem to be a good idea, starting with the fact that the character is based on a single joke that, no matter its satiric value, doesn't seem capable of carrying an entire feature,” Zeitchik remarks, adding that “characters based on sketches, no matter how viral or beloved, also tend to make wobbly and unsuccessful features.” He cites recent flop MacGruber to make his point.
Also, take a look at this piece in TheWrap about the Cruise/Redstone Affair.
Tom Cruise as Les Grossman image: MTV Movie Awards
June 8: After smooching up Scarlett Johansson at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards this past Sunday, Sandra Bullock told the crowd: “Now that I have done that, can we please go back to normal … Go back to making fun of me. I don't care. It's time to go back to normal.”
Bullock, this year's Oscar winner for the sleeper blockbuster The Blind Side and Razzie winner for the box office disappointment All About Steve, had been turned into a hapless victim by the media following revelations that husband Jesse James had been (sexually) unfaithful.
The Los Angeles Times' Steven Zeitchik has quickly taken the actress up on the “back to normal” offer. In his Times article “With Sandra Bullock's New Role, Hope Sinks,” Zeitchik complains that Bullock has decided to follow her Oscar win with a role in one more action-comedy, Most Wanted, co-starring her The Proposal love interest, Ryan Reynolds.
In Most Wanted, Bullock will play a criminal on the lam. Reynolds will be the cop accompanying her.
“You get a magic ticket and this is how you use it?,” Zeitchik wonders. “On a movie that puts you back squarely in territory of The Proposal … or Miss Congeniality, another broad comedy with fugitive elements?
“… Certainly after a best actress win, you don't immediately go back to the multiplex ghetto from which an Oscar had just helped you escape, right?”
Apparently, wrong. Back to normal.
Photo: The Proposal (Kerry Hayes / Touchstone)
'The Ghost Writer' DVD
Roman Polanski's political thriller The Ghost Writer will be Summit Entertainment's first single-disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo release. Starring Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall, Olivia Williams, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Hutton and Eli Wallach, the critically acclaimed The Ghost Writer, winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 2010 Berlin Film Festival, will be available on August 3, 2010. The film will also be available as a standard single-disc DVD.
Written by Polanski and Robert Harris from Harris' novel The Ghost, The Ghost Writer tells the story of a ghostwriter (Ewan McGregor) hired to pen the memoirs of a former Tony Blair-like British Prime Minister (Pierce Brosnan) who has numerous deeply hidden, decomposing skeletons in his closet.
Three original featurettes:
“An Interview with Roman Polanski”
“The Cast of The Ghost Writer” a behind-the-scenes visit with the cast
“The Ghost Writer: Fiction or Reality?” an interview with best-selling author Robert Harris
Audio: English 2.0