CATEGORIES Classics, Casting, Celebrities and Controversy, Comic/Superhero/Geek, Remakes and Sequels, Cinematical
- Following Peter's tradition, above you'll find your usual Star Wars-related item, a bar of soap in the form of Han Solo frozen in carbonite. The company that makes this, Luxury Lane Soap, also makes a Fight Club bar. [via /Film]
- "I hear that there is a script, yes, but there's no talk of doing a Goonies sequel at this very moment. And that's the first time I've been truthful about that answer ever!" -- so said Josh Brolin to Extra while promoting Jonah Hex. Regardless of the seeming finality of that statement, I'm guessing we hear a lot more responses to Goonies 2- related questions over the next week. Maybe he and Hex costar Will Arnett can tag team the press with alternating hype and hopelessness about that sequel and the Arrested Development movie. [via The Playlist]
- Leonardo DiCaprio has been confirmed for the role of J. Edgar Hoover in Clint Eastwood's biopic, Hoover, which will begin filming later this year. We heard the actor was in talks to play the former FBI Director earlier this year, but it probably took a few months to meet with costume designers to see what, if any, kind of dress would look best on the star.
- Another confirmation comes in the form of Michael Fassbender being officially offered the role of Magneto in X-Men: First Class. There is still one more step to go with this, once he signs on or declines the role previously portrayed by Sir Ian McKellen, though it is interesting to recognize this development as Deadline reports Fassbender beat out a number of other actors, including Aaron Johnson, Andrew Garfield, Jack Huston and Eddie Redmayne.
- And one more confirmation: Danny Boyle will indeed direct the opening ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Meanwhile, fellow British filmmaker Stephen Daldry will executive produce the opening and closing ceremonies. So I presume the spectacle will involve both poverty porn and Nazi fetishism as well as a bunch of little English children in tutus carrying bags of money.
- Maria Full of Grace writer-director Joshua Marston is finally making another feature. The American filmmaker told indieWIRE he's shooting an untitled project in Albania, about a teenager involved in a blood feud, and all the film's dialogue will be in Albanian. Also catching my interest in this week's In the Works column is yet another personal investigatory Argentine documentary about a search for someone "disappeared" during the Dirty War (if you read this week's Doc Talk, I referenced this type of documentary). To be directed by actress Eileen Reardon, Finding Mabel is still looking for crowd-sourced funding, if you're interested in contributing.
- If you're one of the few people who hopes there's an A-Team 2, check out MTV's interview with director Joe Carnahan, who has an idea -- originally intended for the first movie -- for how to open the sequel. Given the poor box office numbers of the TV adaptation, and given that he's brought on a war against Nikki Finke, even if a second installment is made Carnahan won't likely be at the helm. Check out how he looses his cool in discussing the Deadline blogger below (features NSFW language):