Will He Float Your Boat?: After more than the usual back and forth, Russell Crowe is now set to take on the titular role in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. Cameras should be rolling in the summer on what has been described as a non-traditional epic, in which the biblical character becomes “disillusioned with the way humans have treated their planet.” We’re not sure Crowe’s… Continue reading Movie News in 60 Seconds: Russell Crowe Will Float Aronofsky’s Ark; Harry Potter Bully Going to Jail; Director Ulu Grosbard, 83, Dies
Who’s Independent Now?: A winter storm warning is in effect for Park City, Utah, but four inches of snow did not affect the first day of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. In the opening press conference, Robert Redford declared: “This is the only festival that I know about in the world that is purely independent,” raising more than a few eyebrows. Film… Continue reading Sundance in 60 Seconds: World's Only “Purely Independent” Fest; Reactions to Opening Night World Premieres
Forrest Gump as a Diplomat: The film rights to In the Garden of Beasts, a nonfiction book by Erik Larson, have been optioned by Universal and Playtone, Tom Hanks’ production company. Hanks is considering starring as U.S. Ambassador William Dodds, who began his diplomatic service in 1933 Berlin somewhat naively before becoming aware of the evil that surrounded him and his family. (The… Continue reading Movie News in 60 Seconds: Tom Hanks in Nazi Germany; Drugs on a Sub; Gotham Awards Indies
On the final day of the Toronto International Film Festival, the biggest celebrities are the filmmakers (and we don’t mean George Clooney and Madonna). Gareth Evans, right, directed action thriller The Raid, which won the People’s Choice Award for the Midnight Madness section, and seems very happy about it. (See a link to Christopher Campbell’s review of the movie, which generated a tremendous amount of… Continue reading Toronto 2011 in 60 Seconds: A Collection of All Our Coverage
A busy new star makes time for her fans, two more deals are announced, and a wave of festival roundups begin.
Jessica Chastain, above, signed autographs before the gala screening of Take Shelter at the Toronto International Film Festival last night. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images.) The actress, who appears in seven (?!) films this year, including the currently showing The Help and The Debt