Some news bites for you:
  • Almost a year ago, Natalie Portman whipped up her own shingle and started to look into making Amos Oz's A Tale of Love and Darkness. She was hoping to get Jake and Maggie's mom, Naomi Foner, to pen it. Things have changed a bit since then, as Variety reports. The project is still in the works, but now Portman is planning to film it in the novel's original language -- Hebrew.
  • If no one is making a documentary about your family, make it yourself! Variety reports that Ozzy's son, Jack Osbourne, is whipping up a documentary on his famous dad, with the help of mom Sharon. He says: "MTV couldn't show the darkness and so they used all the goofy things, but that's not really who he was at the time." He continues: "I want people to see John Osbourne as the guy I grew up with, the tormented, complex musician whose personal demons manifest themselves in so many crazy, unique ways."
  • Ehren Kruger, who was the pen behind Transformers, is now looking to God, but in a more bloody and bad guy-filled way. Variety reports that he will adapt Boston Teran's God is a Bullet, which focuses on "the journey of a California lawman forced to go undercover to rescue his daughter from the ruthless gang of criminals who've abducted her." Let's hope big machines with bad dialogue don't enter the mix.


  • Lastly, you might remember Erik mentioning a Coen-led film called Gambit last year -- a flick with Colin Firth and Ben Kingsley. Well, Firth chatted with MTV and says it's a big bunch of hooey: "No! It's a complete lie. It's been on IMDb and just sitting there." Now, there is a script, he says, but no one wants to touch the project. The actor thinks it might be because the Coens don't want to direct it. The original starred Shirley MacLaine and Michael Caine, so while Firth and Kingsley sound swell, I doubt the female leads who've circled the film would be as tasty -- Lisa Bonet, Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Aniston.