CATEGORIES Movies, Cinematical
Jennifer Lawrence, who received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for 'Winter's Bone,' is in negotiations to star in Oliver Stone's adaptation of Don Winslow's best-selling novel 'Savages.' The story revolves around three friends ala 'Jules and Jim' -- two best friend pot growers/sellers in Laguna Beach, CA, and O, the wild child girlfriend they share. When a drug cartel tries to muscle into their business, O is kidnapped and the pair hatch a complex plot to get her back. According to Deadline, Stone has been meeting with top actors to play the two leads, a list that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Aaron Johnson, Tom Hardy, James Franco and 'Tron Legacy's' Garrett Hedlund; Benicio Del Toro is being looked at for the role of the Mexican drug cartel enforcer. Shooting will begin in June.

It's about time -- someone is planning a biopic of 20th century scientist, philosopher, humanist and mind-bending thinker Albert Einstein -- and that someone is director Wayne Wang ('The Joy Luck Club') -- along with screenwriter Ron Bass ('Rain Man'). The project, being developed by Hollywood Films International and tentatively titled 'Einstein,' was announced at the Berlin International Film Festival. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Morgan Creek's biopic of the late raper Tupac Shakur is finally taking off, with shooting to begin in late spring or early summer. 'Tupac' is being directed by Antoine Fuqua in Los Angeles, New York, Georgia and Las Vegas and will follow the controversial singer's life (he was shot to death in 1996 during the East Coast/West Coast rap war). Casting is now underway. [THR]

Now that the 'Twilight' saga is winding down, it's time for another Stephenie Meyer project. Next up is the author's 'The Host,' a sci-fi drama about a young woman whose body is inhabited by a benevolent alien soul after an invasion of Earth. Susanna White, who helmed 'Nanny McPhee Returns,' is attached to direct the film, which is being written by Andrew Niccol ('Gattaca' and 'The Truman Show'). [Variety]

The London Film Critics' Circle Awards were announced Thursday evening in London and the winners are no surprise:
Film of the Year: 'The Social Network'
British Film of the Year: 'The King's Speech'
Director: David Fincher ('The Social Network')
Best British Director: Tom Hooper ('The King's Speech')
Best Actor: Colin Firth ('The King's Speech')
Best British Actor: Christian Bale ('The Fighter')
Best Actress: Annette Bening ('The Kids Are All Right')
Best British Actress: Lesley Manville ('Another Year')
British Actor in a Supporting Role: Andrew Garfield ('The Social Network')
British Actress in a Supporting Role: Olivia Williams ('The Ghost Writer')
Screenwriter: Aaron Sorkin ('The Social Network')