Posts Tagged ‘Richard Gere’
Is this really necessary? Today in Cannes, Dave McNary of Variety confirms that a Bollywood film company will soon be remaking Sylvester Stallone’s 2008 offering Rambo. This plan was originally outlined at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, but it is only now – a year later – that full funding is in place:
Daljit Parmar, nephew of the late Bollywood multi-hyphenate Mehmood, said the Rambo and Expendables remakes should be in production by the end of the year.
“I am extremely excited to announce the launch of our slate to remake titles from some of the most successful action franchises in Hollywood on this historic 100-year anniversary celebration of Indian cinema at Cannes,” he said.
A year ago at this time, Scott Feinberg (pictured) had just signed a contract with The Hollywood Reporter to join the publication as lead awards blogger and tumbled into his first-ever trip to Telluride. This weekend, he’s back in the picturesque Colorado mountains, ready to handicap 2012 Oscar hopefuls alongside a small group of LA journo regulars that includes Anne Thompson (Indiewire), Gregory Ellwood (Hit Fix), Steve Pond (TheWrap) and Pete Hammond (Deadline).
“It’s funny, the one place where we all end up is the Santa Barbara Film Festival,” Feinberg told FishbowlLA via telephone yesterday shortly after arriving in the rain. “It’s weird. Some of us can’t make it to Telluride, some of us can’t make it to Toronto. But the one that it just seems, year after year, all the usual LA Oscar beat writers end up at is Santa Barbara.”
Everything is walking distance in Telluride. It’s also a place where, with a very few exceptions, outlets pay the same hefty price for journalist passes as attendees. And because locals are used to living next to the likes of Ralph Lauren, Oprah Winfrey and Tom Cruise, the already secluded event has a welcome, casual feel for A-list attendees. Starting with today’s traditional kick-off picnic.
“At the end of last year’s awards season, George Clooney told me Telluride had been one of the highlights of the circuit, which he was on for a whole six months,” Feinberg recalled. “He felt that he could walk around here with no bodyguards, no entourage… Of course, one or two people might still ask him for photos. But it’s nothing like LA or Toronto.”
The Missouri School of Journalism’s Missourian newspaper has a nice profile of Class of 1998 supestar Nischelle Turner. After stints with the NFL on Fox, various major-market TV stations and an almost-talk show on OWN, Turner joined HLN’s Showbiz Tonight in December as west coast correspondent.
The MSJ article was written by school junior Margaux Henquinet, who spoke with a number of Turner’s former teachers. The HLN reporter’s high school volleyball coach suggested one of the reasons her former pupil has been so successful is due to the ability to remain “real and genuine.” Turner seconded that notion:
When she started working at Good Day LA during her time at KTTV, “I figured out it was OK to be yourself on television, and that’s when it all changed for me,” she said.
After the jump, you can watch Turner hug it out at her first Sundance Film Festival with Arbitrage star Richard Gere (also at the Park City event for the first time).
Who knows where they got their info, but regardless, a few possibilities include:
“Paper Hearts” – First up is a film that almost no one has heard about until now. The feature filmmaking debut of Nicholas Jasenovec, the film is an unconventional comedy which is being described as “part-documentary, part-scripted comedy” about Michael Cera’s real-life relationship with Charlyne Yi (“Knocked Up”). Not much else is known about the film, but indie insiders are already predicting that it will be this year’s Sundance break out hit ala “Napoleon Dynamite.”
An Education – “Italian For Beginners” director Lone Scherfig‘ helms the first screenplay by About a Boy/High Fidelity novelist Nick Hornby. Adapted from a memoir by Lynn Barber, published in literary magazine Granta, the film tells a coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, who has her life turned inside out after she meets a 35-year-old sportscar-driving Brit. The film stars Emma Thompson, Rosamund Pike, Peter Sarsgaard, Dominic Cooper, Alfred Molina, Olivia Williams and Sally Hawkins.
“Brooklyn’s Finest” – Training Day director Antoine Fuqua‘s cop tale about three unconnected Brooklyn cops who wind up at the same deadly location after enduring vastly different career paths. The film stars Don Cheadle, Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, <a href="http://www.mediabistro.com/Wesley-Snipes-profile.html”>Wesley Snipes, Ellen Barkin, Jesse Williams and Lili Taylor.
“I Love You Phillip Morris” – Adapted from Steve McVicker’s 2003 novel, and based on a true story. Steve Carrey plays Russell, a criminal who falls in love with his cell mate, Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor). After Morrisâ€™ release from prison, Russell attempts a variety of bizarre prison escapes in hopes of reuniting with the love of his life. The movie was apparently pitched as “Catch Me if You Can meets Brokeback Mountain”. The screenplay was written by the team who did “Bad Santa.”
In a very well shot web interview, Richard Gere explains movie making and Buddhism to Sally Quinn:
Movies is hard work. I don’t know if you’ve ever been around a set. We were talking about that the other day because we need some extras on this movie. A lot of extras. And we were trying to figure out how to do it as cheaply as possible because we have a very small budget. I said well we better do it in one day–the scenes we need them for–because they are not coming back the next day. It is really boring. And unless you are really there in front of the cameras and right in the middle of where that thing is happening, it is really boring. If someone is on the outside, it’s fun for ten minutes. Then you kind of go, well this was really sexy for a while but I think I am going to go home and read the newspaper now. It’s work. It takes a lot of concentration and patience and skill, like anything.
Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.
“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” jumps into the serious news fray a bit with a report next week from Iraq-based correspondent Rob Riggle, reports THR. Though Riggle and crew had contact with a USO-Multi National Corps comedy sketch tour, the story says the team was primarily with troops under “military protection.”
Variety‘s Michael Fleming writes about the end of agency-gate 2007 with veteran ICM agent Ed Limato taking his act – and his A-list Denzel Washington, Mel Gibson, Richard Gere and Steve Martin – along with him to rival agency WMA.
It was a topsy turvy day for MGM/UA with the studio losing financing deal with Goldman Sachs for MGM while gaining a $500 million fund with Merrill Lynch for specialty label UA. Obviously the Variety story was good news for Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner who co-own the UA label following a bitter split with Paramount Pictures last year.
Scarlett Johansson proves in THR that she’s the workhorse of the starlet set, signing on to star in three new movies including the big-screen version of the “Sex and the City” cultural phenom, “He’s Just Not Into You.”
REVIEWS: THR takes on “High School Musical 2″ (calling it a soon-to-be smash) while Variety says “Superbad” is actually verygood, dubbing it another “ultra-raunchy and commercial sex comedy” from Judd Apatow.
– CHRIS GARDNER