The Week in GIFs

Clarisse Loughrey

While it's all good and well to try and re-cap the week's movie news, we realise that it's the end of the week and the daily grind has probably all but frazzled your brain, to the point where you can't concentrate on actual words or things that aren't brightly-coloured. This is where the internet sensation for GIFs come in, because why try and explain things when you can simply capture all your emotions in one constantly looping moving image.

Zach Braff is using Kickstarter to fund his next film because bromances never die. 


There might have been some other reasons for the decision explained in Braff's video, but the overall sense I got is that he's scared producers wouldn't let his BFF and Scrubs co-star Donald Faison be in the movie. Also, he seems convinced that everyone's lives were radically changed by his first directorial outing Garden State, when at a stretch it can be described as: "good". That said, it's still an intriguing project. Exactly how personal and creatively free can Wish I Was Here, the story of a struggling actor and father who regularly day-dreams of his childhood hero Space-Knight, get without studio interference? Only time (and other people's money) can tell. 

Michael Cera made a great short movie, people continue to find him annoying. 


Right. We get it, people of the internet. Michael Cera always plays the same awkward, nervous guy in all his movies. If that's a problem all of a sudden, Woody Allen clearly didn't get the memo. Anyways, although the anti-Cera camp will likely always be steadfast in its ways, those who are a little more on the fence might enjoy his first stab at writing/directing. Called Brazzaville Teen-Ager, it's a short film about a young man convinced that the only way he can save his dying father is to get his uptight boss to sing the backing vocals on a Kelis record. Naturally Kelis also stars. 

Kiki's Delivery Service is getting a live-action remake. 


Except they've inexplicably got Takashi Shimizu to direct it, who's only really known for directing both the Japanese Ju-on franchise and its American remakes, The Grudge and The Grudge 2. So good luck trying to get the studio to pay for your children's therapy after Kiki starts devouring people's souls. 

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum are to fill Sinatra's and Brando's shoes in a remake of Guys and Dolls.


Without even a screenwriter or a director attached, Tatum and Gordon-Levitt are still being primed to take on the roles of charmers and gamblers Nathan Detroit and Sky Masterson in an adaptation of the 1955 musical, famous for the song 'Luck Be a Lady' and for being in that Simpsons episode Mark Hamill guest-starred in. The people behind this casting decision do know that Guys and Dolls is not about male strippers though, right?

Nicole Kidman, Ang Lee, and Christoph Waltz join the Cannes judging panel. 


Just take a moment to take in this supreme GIF of the Aussie Queen of Everything. Oh, Coppola, Polanski, and the rest of the directors up for prizes; it's going to be high school all over again and the cheerleaders still won't let you sit at their table. Be warned. Nicole will judge you with her judging eyes, and judge you hard. 

Emma Stone is rumoured to be the lead in Woody Allen's new movie. 


There's no real further details on the project, except that Woody plans to film in the South of France, meaning that several/all of the scenes will involve wine-drinking. Still, Stone's involvement is a pretty big reason to get excited; if anything, we're being promised a movie where Woody doesn't play the main character/where some young, neurotic man is cast as a Woody substitute. Wait a minute, why has Michael Cera never been cast in any of his movies?



And this week on 'What Happened To You? I'm So Disappointed', Gus Van Sant apparently desparately wants to direct the movie version of Fifty Shades of Grey. So much so that he's meant to have already filmed one of the sex scenes with Alex Pettyfer (i.e. just about the worst thing in Magic Mike) even though he's not even secured the directing gig yet. It's not yet been revealed who was cast as the book's protagonist Anastasia Steele, so let's just keep our fingers crossed and pray that it's not someone we respect. OH DEAR GOD WHAT IF IT WAS JENNIFER LAWRENCE, GOD HELP US ALL. 

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