Whit Stillman, the master of modern comedies of manners (he's a kind of American Eric Rohmer) is going into production on his fourth feature, 'Damsels in Distress,' an ultra-low-budget outing with no star names attached. The independent director-writer of 'Metropolitan,' 'Barcelona' and 'The Last Days of Disco,' said that the film, which begins shooting in August and September at locations in the Northeast, is a college comedy "about four stylish, perfume-obsessed college girls who revolutionize the social life at their grungy university." [Variety]
Remember 'I Love You Phillip Morris,' the quirky French-produced comedy about a married man who has a car accident, reassesses his life, realizes he's gay and goes on a crime spree to live life to the fullest? Well, it seems that the Jim Carrey-Ewan McGregor starrer, which was supposed to open earlier this year, won't be coming to movie theaters any time soon. A California District Court judge has issued a preliminary injunction preventing the U.S. release of the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The reason? Money, of course. The film's producer, French studio EuropaCorp (which is backed by Luc Besson), alleges that U.S. distributor Consolidated Pictures Group hasn't paid its promised advance for the film. And now the film sits in limbo.
Is Charles Grodin making a comeback? The laconic comedic actor, who pretty much put his career on hold in 1993 when his son entered the first grade (Grodin didn't want to be an absentee parent), may reprise his role as the mob accountant hunted down by bounty hunter Robert De Niro in the planned sequel to 1988's 'Midnight Run,' according to Deadline Hollywood. Universal Pictures and Tribeca Productions (De Niro's company) want to bring back the bounty hunter (which De Niro will play) to chase the son of Grodin's character. "I've been led to believe by someone I won't name that they will ask me and I will consider it," Grodin said.
Thomas Carter will trip the light fantastic again. The 'Save the Last Dance' director has jumped on board to helm Mandate Pictures' teen dance movie 'Dream On,' which follows a 17-year-old girl who delves into the underground hip-hop scene in Atlanta after her dreams of becoming an Olympic gymnast are dashed by an injury. Mandate hopes to start filming by the end of the year. [THR]