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LET’S JUST MAKE SURE WE MAKE A MOVIE ABOUT THE WHITE GUY THOUGH, RIGHT?
Of course, who didn’t think Hollywood was going to go and greenlight a biopic on President Lyndon B. Johnson to follow on the heels of Ava DuVernay’s Selma? We’ve got to make sure we listen to the few who genuinely thought it a worthwhile pursuit to complain that DuVernay’s filmed lacked historical accuracy for not portraying the president as some kind of angelic hero to the cause. Never mind that DuVernay has presented as much evidence to her favour than naysayers may try and dredge up. Well, great news: Rob Reiner has stepped up as saviour to this historical figure and pushed forward with his own take on the President, complete with Woody Harrelson in the leading role. Finally, justice for the white presidents of history. Can you tell I’m being sarcastic? Good.
GREAT BEARDS THINK ALIKE.
And the follicly-gifted wisdoms of Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac have brought them together to star in Terry George’s The Promise, which unravels as an epic love story between a medical student, a sophisticate, and an American journalist set against the backdrop of the crumbling Ottoman Empire; dissolved in 1922 in the aftermath of the Armenian Genocide, in which the government were responsible for the systematic extermination of between 800,000 and 1.5 million of its people. It’s an interesting return to theme for the director, whose best-known work is arguably 2004’s Hotel Rwanda.
ROB ZOMBIE IS MAKING THE GROUCHO MARX BIOPIC. DON’T FIGHT IT.
So wrong it’s right? Zombie’s turned from the genre that granted him his own last name to adapt “Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House”, the personal accounts of a lifelong Marx Brothers fan who found himself in the personal service of his aging idol. As part of Groucho’s household, a young Steve Stoliar rubbed shoulders with some of the brightest stars of the era; meaning any director who takes on the project is going to inevitably be faced with the challenge of bringing the irreplaceable likes of Mae West and Jack Lemmon to screen.
So, should we entrust that kind of burden to the guy who’s currently shooting a picture in which a bunch of people are kidnapped the night before Halloween and put in a funhouse called Murder World (spoiler: the name is literal)? Perhaps so, for there’s not a lot of people in Hollywood as dedicated to the Marx Brothers as Zombie, who’s said of the upcoming film: “I immediately saw this project as Groucho’s Sunset Boulevard and knew I had to bring it to the big screen. It is a sad, funny, and very dark tale of one of Hollywood’s greatest star’s final years.” Let’s just see what you’re made of, then, Zombie. Hopefully not many, tiny zombies.
NICOLE KIDMAN + FEMALE FILMMAKERS 4EVER.
Kidman’s clearly been doing some thinking on the state of Hollywood recently, having joined the Diane Rehm Show as a guest on the discussion of the industry’s rampant gender inequality. It’s during that same discussion she mentioned her own fondness for working with female filmmakers, stating: “I mean, there's a sense of, I suppose, intimacy that doesn't have to be earned so – when you work with a woman. And there's a dialogue that you can have that's probably just probably deeper and more raw.”
It’s a philosophy she seems keen to live by, with the actress prepped to once more reunite with Jane Campion after their early collaboration on Portrait of a Lady; Kidman’s rumoured to star in Campion’s adaptation of Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers, which seeks the inflammatory meeting point between art and profit, as a young art school graduate is torn between her own radical nature and the heir an Italian motorcycle company.
BE A HEROIC CAPTAIN, GET TOM HANKS.
American heroes deserve Tom Hanks, for Tom Hanks is America. Having already helped hoist to screen the true-life heroics of Captain Phillips, Hanks is now getting scouted by none other than Clint Eastwood, who seems keen to get Hanks to star as the other hero of 2009’s news: Captain Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger, the American pilot who saved all 155 aboard his plane when he successfully pulled-off an emergency landing in the Hudson River. Somewhere out there, a bald eagle has just ridden a buffalo into the sunset.
WHAT CLINT EASTWOOD DOES FOR AMERICA, KENNETH BRANAGH NOW DOES FOR BRITAIN.
So, directors seem really keen on maintaining national pride this week. Because there’s nothing quite so British as an Agatha Christie adaptation directed by a Shakespearean stage actor; yes, Kenneth Branagh is taking on Murder on the Orient Express. Which will inevitably feature every actor ever to step foot onto a BBC soundstage dropping their monocles in shock and spilling tea all over the finest mahogany. Sounds delightfully scrumptious.
AND THIS WEEK IN THE WORLD OF YOUR NIGHTMARES….
William Friedkin hates blockbusters. So that’s a no on Fantastic Four 2, then?