James Cameron’s Avatar the next Star Wars? Well, George Lucas himself alluded to it via The New Yorker. “Creating a universe is daunting,” he said. “I’m glad Jim is doing it—there are only a few people in the world who are nuts enough to. I did it with ‘Star Wars,’ and now he’s trying to challenge that. It’s a lot of work. I do believe Jim will take this further out than anyone’s ever conceived of.” I don’t consider myself a Star Wars groupie, so I don’t have any feeling one way or the other. But I do hope Avatar lives up to its hype. Not just visually spectacular, but has a heartfelt story at the heart of it. Another trailer is supposed to be coming this Friday. According to comingsoon.net, it’ll be a 3.5-minutes trailer that’d give viewers a better feel of the story line. …..
Julia Robert’s movie Eat, Pray, Love hit another snag. Leave it to Hollywood to create a movie about spirituality, yet has no regard for the faithful. Back in September, the cast and crew angered Hindu worshippers who were banned from going to their temple. It was during a very important religious festival, no less. This time, they drew protest from Balinese people on their first day of filming last Thursday. According to the Jakarta Globe, police officers said the protest stemmed from insufficient publicity about shooting schedules and locations, with some disgruntled residents expressing surprise at certain venues being used. Disputes also arose over payment for the use of some locations. The star-studded film that also include Javier Bardem, James Franco, Billy Crudup, and Richard Jenkins, is based on Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir of the same name. The book chronicles her sojourn around the world following her divorce, focusing primarily in Italy, India and Indonesia. Seeing that photo makes me wish I were back in Bali again! …..
Cillian Murphy shares a teeny-weeny bit of news about Inception Christopher Nolan is one shrewd fella, as well as the biggest tease of a film maker. The tighter he keeps the lid on his project, the more intrigued people become. Other than this vague premise “a contemporary sci-fi actioner is set within the architecture of the mind” that’s revealed a while ago, there’s virtually nothing else we know about the story. Here’s what Cillian shared according to FilmShaft, “It’s conceptual. It doesn’t fit into any genre,” he explained. “There are elements of different types of things in it but it is all from Chris’ imagination. I’ve never read anything close to it before.” Whoa, that’s enough to wet my appetite and the darn thing isn’t even out until next July! Anyhoo, that’s cool that Nolan’s back to crafting something original like Memento, that alone is a wonderful breath of fresh air in an industry over-saturated with sequels and remakes. …..
Gerard Butler in Sin City 3? Speaking of sequels, here’s one actor who hasn’t done a single follow-up to any of his movie. Yep, that’s right, though Butler was in the Lara Croft 2 movie with Jolie, he wasn’t in the first installment, so technically he’s never reprised any role he’s played. That could very well change if he indeed signed on to do 300 prequel or sequel, but even he didn’t seem all that interested. He’s quoted as saying to MTV news,“Graphic novels are things that I wouldn’t do a lot of, so I would have to really choose carefully before I did.” So it’s more of wishful thinking on the part of the film maker (perhaps Miller’s, too) at this point. But there’s a posibility Butler might re-team with Miller once again for his other popular franchise, “At one point, he talked to me about one of the ‘Sin City’ [movies],” Butler said,“There’s a kind of cool character I think in the third one, but it was all very kind of soft talk.” I personally would rather have Butler do something small but poignant like Burns or Frank McCourt’s memoir The Teacher Man, but if he somehow must do a project with Miller again, I suppose Sin City 3 is the (slightly) more appealing of the two. …..
Jane Eyre remake gets a director, loses Ellen Page as Jane I wrote about this project last month starring miss Page, but apparently she’s no longer attached by the time I posted it. I thought that the project’s been shelved, but The Playlist reported that the project is still alive: “This version will apparently play up the Gothic qualities of the novel, which follows a young governess in 19th century England, who falls for her employer, and will start filming next year. Casting will begin pretty soon to fill Page’s departure …” I don’t have a clue who should replace Page, but all I can think about is… who’ll play Rochester?? =) In any case, glad to hear the movie is moving forward. The Playlist seems to hold a high regard for this young director, and from what I’ve read, I’m curious to see his take on this beloved classic.