- Have you guys been seeing these Drive one-sheets hanging around places? Pretty good.
- There is some evidence that Sam Mendes's upcoming Bond film may be titled Carte Blanche. Hopefully that won't cause any international confusion with foreign releases of the 1994 Disney comedy Blank Check.
- Moviepass, that unlimited-theatrical-movies-per-month pass system that immediately failed after AMC and Landmark said they weren't going to do it, is going to give it another try with a new system through which the rate will vary depending on your local ticket prices--meaning it will probably be way pricier than the original $50-per-month offer if you live in a major market. Buying new releases off the blanket of an old Chinese woman in a subway station sounds like a better plan every day.
- That Thin Man remake Johnny Depp has demanded Rob Marshall put him in is now being written by the prolific David Koepp. In the original films and the books, the central character was perpetually intoxicated, so: yay, more non-lucid Depp! (As I've said, our best Depp.)
- Steven Spielberg and Stephen King are teaming up for a Showtime drama based on King's Under the Dome, which centers on a group of Maine residents whose town gets surrounded by a force field, stranding them from the rest of the outside world and leaving the townsfolk battling. Place your bets now if the Shore or Baldwin faction will persevere.
- And in today's model-in-a-real-movie news: Gemma Ward will be in Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby.
Spy Vs. Spy, the long-running Mad comic that has since 1961 pitted two pointy-faced freaks in an eternal back-and-forth of espionage, will soon be a film if Ron Howard can squeeze it in. Howard has several other projects in the wings--including a huge Dark Tower adaptation that's been delayed a bit--but if producer/writer David Koepp and screenwriter John Kamps can get a script together in time, Ron Howard would love to lend his mediocre vision to the project, reports Deadline. While the series has already been adapted into animated shorts, several video games, a board game, and an amazingly faithful series of Mountain Dew commercials, this long-gestating Warner Bros. adaptation would take the characters to the realm of live-action with a "physical and highly visual action comedy with two spies going mano a mano in ruthless fashion." No word on casting of the laughable spies, but Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu sure have an edge.
According to Heat Vision, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is lining up roles in two new films. One film has a title that sounds like a limited edition Mountain Dew flavor; the other sounds like a Dolph Lundgren film:
The actor is in final negotiations to star in "Premium Rush," a Columbia chase thriller being directed by David Koepp. He also is in talks to topline "Looper," a sci-fi thriller that will reteam him with "Brick" director Rian Johnson.
"Rush" sees Gordon-Levitt as a New York bike messenger who picks up an envelope at Columbia University, only to be chased throughout the city by a dirty cop desperate to get his hands on it.
"Looper" is set during a future in which time travel has been invented, with operatives sent back to the present to assassinate criminals. Gordon-Levitt will play a man sent back to kill himself.
So Premium Rush is the premise to an ABC Family film that involves Eugene Levy getting a bucket of paint over his head before driving his police car into a pond, and Looper just adds time travel to this Kids in the Hall sketch?
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After the worrisome poster that ended up being a fake, it's nice to see something from Ghost Town that doesn't include a giant, seemingly insane quote. "This is the best script I've read in years" actually makes sense as a quote, and I'll consider it an encouraging endorsement despite the hammy photo at the top. Summary!
In Ghost Town, Ricky plays misanthropic Bertram Pincus, who dies temporarily whilst under the knife.
His thump with mortality yields a phantasmic if not fantastic consequence; Pincus gains the ability to perceive the ghostly remains of the deceased. He is not happy about this as they are apt to bother him. One in particular needs Pincus's to help break up the impending nuptials of his widow and her replacement squeeze.
Plus, if you look in the largest shot, you can see how they've found an impish, bizzaro version of longtime Gervais collaborator Stephen Merchant to stand beside the bed. How could this go wrong? (Many things could go wrong.)
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