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  • loveofpopculture
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    This thread is dedicated to film and casting news for the month of March 2014.

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    Helena Bonham Carter to Return as Red Queen in ‘Through the Looking Glass’

    MARCH 12, 2014 | 03:26PM PT

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    Helena Bonham Carter looks ready return to her role as the evil Red Queen, as the actress is in final negotiations to join Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska in Disney’s “Through the Looking Glass,” the sequel to 2010′s “Alice in Wonderland.”

    James Bobin is on to direct with Joe Roth returning as producer.

    Plot details are being kept under wraps. Pic will bow on May 27, 2016.

    Besides Bonham Carter, Depp and Wasikowska, it’s unknown at this time which actors in the original, such as Anne Hathaway and Alan Rickman, will reprise their roles in this installment.

    The first pic grossed more than a billion dollars at the worldwide box office, including $334 million at the domestic B.O.

    Bonham Carter has several films set to bow in the next year including “Suffragette,” with Carey Mulligan, and Disney’s “Cinderella,” in which she plays the Fairy Godmother.

    She is repped by WME, the Schiff Co. and Conway van Gelder Grant.

    Awesome news! She was a hoot in the first one 

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    Alejandro Jodorowsky to Make ‘Son of El Topo,’ ‘King Shot’ Into Comic Books (Exclusive)

    Movies | By on March 13, 2014 @ 7:56 a.m.    

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    The famed cult director, who will soon release his first film in 23 years, has decided to turn several of his famously abandoned projects into comic books

    Nearly four decades after the acid western “El Topo” brought Chilean filmmaker/actor/writer/philosopher Alejandro Jodorowsky to the world’s attention, the original midnight film will finally get a sequel — of sorts.

    Jodorowsky, whose psychedelic film oeuvre also includes the cult classics “Holy Mountain” and “Santa Sangre,” is perhaps as well-known for the movies he didn’t make in his lengthy and varied career. He was rarely able to secure financing for his ambitious ideas, which were far from guaranteed moneymakers. He channeled most of his creative thoughts into comic books, instead, and became a legend in the field.

    Also read: ‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’ Review: A Riveting Chronicle of ‘The Greatest Movie Never Made’

    Now, he has decided to convert several abandoned movies into comic form, as well, including “Son of El Topo,” an original idea called “Abel Cain,”  and a metaphysical western-casino-gangster story called “King Shot,” which at one point had a cast attached that included Nick Nolte and Marilyn Manson.

    “I could never do ‘Son of El Topo,’ for 40 years,” Jodorowsky, 82, told The Wrap. “It cost $30 million and they didn’t want to give me that. but in three more days, I will start to make the comic book of ‘Son of El Topo.’ I’ll do it in comics. And also ‘King Shot,’ I’ll do it in comics. All the pictures I could  never do, I’ll do it in comics. All the comics I do are the pictures I could never do. I don’t believe in failing. I have dignity. I will never fail; if I can’t do it in movies, I’ll do it in comics. If I can’t do it in comics, I’ll do it in a written book.”

      

    But despite his decision to convert films to comics, Jodorowsky is far from retiring from moviemaking. Sony Pictures Classics will soon release a documentary about his fabled-but-failed attempt to turn the novel “Dune” into a massive space epic picture, while his own comeback movie, “The Dance of Reality,” debuted last year at Cannes to positive reviews and will hit theaters stateside in May.

    His late revival can be traced back to a 2007 DVD release of his films, which were hidden from the public for 30 years because of a disagreement with producer Allen Klein. The remastering and release has given him a new generation of fans, and subsequently, revived his ambition.

     

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      Guy Pearce to Play Johnny Depp’s Brother in WB’s ‘Black Mass’ (EXCLUSIVE)  
      Guy Pearce is in talks to play Whitey Bulger’s brother in Warner Bros. and Cross Creek’s “Black Mass” starring Johnny Depp as Bul…  
     
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    EXCLUSIVE: This Oscar Winner Is SO CLOSE to ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’
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    We can report that there’s a recent Oscar winner who has been reading for a part for over the past month and she’s extremely close to signing onto the movie: 12 Years A Slave‘s Lupita Nyong’o.

    The part Nyong’o has been reading for a is a major female role and doesn’t seem to be tied into the family lines from Episodes 4-6.

    Calls were made to Lupita’s reps and they responded, “We’re not allowed to talk about that.”

    From what I heard, Lupita might be going up for a a sith!

    Star Wars: Episode VII will begin production late second quarter or early third quarter this year.

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    EXCLUSIVE: This Oscar Winner Is SO CLOSE to ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’
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    We can report that there’s a recent Oscar winner who has been reading for a part for over the past month and she’s extremely close to signing onto the movie: 12 Years A Slave‘s Lupita Nyong’o.

    The part Nyong’o has been reading for a is a major female role and doesn’t seem to be tied into the family lines from Episodes 4-6.

    Calls were made to Lupita’s reps and they responded, “We’re not allowed to talk about that.”

    From what I heard, Lupita might be going up for a a sith!

    Star Wars: Episode VII will begin production late second quarter or early third quarter this year.

    Awesome!  

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    Sienna Miller has been booked for Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper.

    http://www.slashfilm.com/sienna-miller-american-sniper/

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      Director Roland Joffe, FremantleMedia Intl. Team Up on ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ Adaptation (EXCLUSIVE)  
      LONDON — Director Roland Joffe, best known for “The Killing Fields” and “The Mission,” has teamed up with FremantleMedia Intl. t…  
     
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      Sofia Coppola to Direct Universal and Working Title’s ‘Little Mermaid’  
      Sofia Coppola is in negotiations to direct “The Little Mermaid” for Working Title and Universal. Caroline Thompson will rewrite t…  
     
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    ‘Scarface’ Remake: Universal Hiring Chilean Director Pablo Larrain – But Tony Will Be Mexican (Exclusive)

    Movies | By on March 24, 2014 @ 11:03 am Follow @theinsneider     

     

    The director of “No” and “Tony Manero” is in negotiations to take the reins of the classic immigrant tale

    Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín (“No”) is in negotiations to direct the new “Scarface” movie for Universal Pictures and Marc Shmuger’s Global Produce, TheWrap has learned.

    “Scarface” will reimagine the core immigrant story told in both the 1932 and 1983 films. Universal’s update will be an original story set in modern day Los Angeles that follows a Mexican immigrant’s rise in the criminal underworld as he strives for the American Dream.

    Two-time Oscar nominee Paul Attanasio (“Donnie Brasco”) wrote the current draft of the screenplay.

    Also read: ‘Scarface’ Gang Thanks Spielberg & Scorsese for Early Support at Reunion Bash

    Marc Shmuger, who won this year’s PGA Award for Best Documentary (“We Steal Secrets”), is producing the film under his Global Produce banner along with Marty Bregman, who produced the 1983 movie.

    The filmmakers plan to cast an authentic Latino who is bilingual and bicultural as the lead character, whose name will be Tony, though his last name won’t be Camonte (1932) or Montana (1983). While Oscar Isaac, Edgar Ramirez and Michael Pena rank among Hollywood’s top Latino stars who are age-appropriate for the role, the producers are also open to casting a complete unknown in the name of authenticity.

    Howard Hawks and Richard Rosson co-directed the 1932 “Scarface” starring Paul Muni and produced by Howard Hughes. The original movie, which followed an Italian immigrant’s rise to power in Chicago, is now considered a landmark gangster film. It drew controversy for its violence and sat on a shelf for more than a year as the filmmakers made the edits necessary to secure distribution. Even then, a dozen states refused to show it theatrically.

    Also read: Universal Sets Up Yet Another ‘Scarface’

    “Scarface” was then remade in 1983 by director Brian De Palma and writer Oliver Stone, who updated the story to follow a Cuban immigrant’s (Al Pacino) epic rise to power in Miami.

    The new “Scarface” will be a more mythic origin story that explores where Tony’s physical and emotional wounds come from and how they shaped him as a man.

    Larraín won the coveted job with his commanding and passionate vision. An insider told TheWrap that Larraín really connected to the material and, as someone who has never worked within the Hollywood studio system, he brought an outsider perspective that allowed him to relate to the main character and his narrative.

    Also read: Universal Sets Limited Re-Release of ‘Scarface’

    “Harry Potter” filmmaker David Yates had previously been in negotiations to direct but his commitment to “Tarzan” prevented him from signing on.

    Universal executives Jon Mone and Jay Polidoro will oversee “Scarface” for the studio.

    Larraín is the acclaimed director of “Tony Manero” and the 2012 Gael Garcia Bernal movie “No,” which was nominated for the foreign language Oscar. At Cannes, the film won the Art Cinema Award — the top prize in the festival’s Directors’ Fortnight.

    Larraín, who is currently directing an opera in Chile, is repped by CAA and Management 360.

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    Meryl Streep to Star in Jonathan Demme Movie Written by Diablo Cody (Exclusive)

    Movies | By on March 25, 2014 @ 11:45 am Follow @theinsneider            

     

    Universal and Fox 2000 are among the studios that have expressed interest in the prestige package

    Hollywood is salivating over a red-hot package making the rounds that has Jonathan Demme attached to direct a Diablo Cody script, with none other than Meryl Streep attached to star, an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap.

    Representatives for Demme and Cody did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

    Streep would play a woman who abandoned her family when she was younger to find fame and fortune in California. Decades later, she returns home to be a mother again.

    Cody’s manager, Mason Novick, is expected to be involved in a producing capacity. Novick produced the Cody-scripted films “Juno” and “Young Adult,” as well as “(500) Days of Summer.”

    The prestige package is being shopped to studios and high-level production companies with access to financing. Universal and Fox 2000 are among the studios that have expressed interest in the project, according to one insider.

    Also read: Meryl Streep: Hemsworth Brothers Are ‘Hot as F—,’ Jimmy Kimmel Is ‘Little B—h’ (Video)

    Demme and Cody won Oscars for “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Juno,” respectively, while Streep has three Academy Awards on her mantle. Demme previously worked with the acclaimed actress on the “Manchurian Candidate” remake.

    CAA reps Streep, while WME reps Demme and Cody, who are respectively managed by LBI Entertainment and MXN.

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    Pook- I came on to post this Streep/Demme/Cody article.

    Maybe this will weaken the argument that Streep only chooses to work with passive, inexperienced directors that she can control.  I mean, who’s really gonna have the balls to knock Oscar-winner Jonathan Demme? 

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    Streep has worked with Demme before though, on the Manchurian Candidate remake. I’d like to see her work with a strong director that she hasn’t yet, like David O. Russell or Alexander Payne.

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    But the argument is that she tends to work with weak directors.  Demme is not a weak director.  Whether she’s worked with him before is irrelevant to that discussion.

    And, I loved both the original and Demme versions of “MC” so I’m pumped. 

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    Yes, but if the argument is that Streep isn’t taking chances, then working with a previous collaberator won’t counter that argument completely. But it’s good news all the same.

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