Happy New Year! How about a biopic for Auld Lang Syne’s writer Robert Burns?

Happy New Year’s Eve, folks! You’re probably preparing to host your NYE bash or getting ready to go to a NYE party, or like me perhaps you’re at home watching the NYC ball drop from the comfort of your home. Well, whatever you do, most likely you’ll be singing Auld Lang Syne as you’re toasting the passing of another year… or in this case, another decade!

Well, let me just take a moment to put the spotlight on the writer of that classic song, Scottish poet, Robert Burns. In fact, Auld Lang Syne is actually a poem he wrote in 1788 and then set to the tune of a traditional folk song (per Wiki). I’ve been sooo anticipating the film adaptation of Scotland’s favorite son, known only as The Bard in his homeland.

Gerry Butler has been attached to star and I’ve blogged several times about the project in the past with, first here and as I mention here, it’d be nice to have fellow Scot James McAvoy to co-star with him in it, too! So far the project has been on and off for sooo long, I mean it was back in 2005 at the Red Eye premiere that GB talked about his interest in bringing this biopic to life (as you can see in this YouTube clip) and how much he wanted to work with Julia Stiles. I’ve kinda stopped paying attention to it so I don’t continue to get disappointed, but yet another piece of news just surfaced that got me all excited again.

According to Daily Record, Butler and director Vadim Jean (who directed him in a tiny indie One More Kiss) met at the glitzy Paramount Hotel in Times Square around Christmas to discuss the project. “We are great friends and we were meeting up, catching up. Burns is still on and we talked about working together.” Jean reportedly said. Described as a Scottish Shakespeare In Love, the film focuses on Rabbie’s lovelife as he is torn between wife Jean Armour and Edinburgh society hostess Agnes McLehose. Butler might also produce the film under his production company Evil Twin, alongside the Mob Film Company.

Let’s just hope this isn’t just another rumor!! This is surely one of the cinematic projects I wish would just happen soon.

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Well, as we look to 2011, do you have a certain film project you’ve been hoping to get off the ground? Perhaps a book adaptation or something your favorite actor has been rumored to star in but hasn’t happened yet? Do share!

 

DVD Spotlight: 10 Things I Hate About You

10ThingsPosterI saw this movie not too long ago, roughly around the time of Heath Ledger’s passing. I’ve always been curious about this movie but his phenomenal performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight compelled me to see it even more. It’s been more than a decade since 10 Things I Hate About You hit theaters, and its 10th Anniversary DVD has just been released.

Film Summary (per IMDb):

Updated version of William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew”, set at the fictional Padua High School in Tacoma where a new transfer student, Cameron (Gordon-Levitt), is interested in the popular sophomore Bianca Stratford. But Bianca’s overprotective and domineering father forbids Bianca to date unless her older sister Katerina (Stiles), an unpopular and hostile senior, does. In a bid to get Katerina a boyfriend, Cameron sets up a plan to have the school stud, Joey Donnar, bribe Patrick Verona (Ledger), an outcast senior with a rumor-filled past, to take the volatile Katerina out on dates so he can go to the school’s homecoming dance with Bianca. However, neither Pat or Kat expect their ‘going steady’ to lead where nobody expects it to.

This marching band scene is one of my favorite parts of the movie where Patrick sings “Can’t take my eyes off of you” to Kat. I forgot how good Heath’s singing voice was, he should’ve been on my list of actors who’re surprisingly good singers.
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Watching clips of this makes me feel nostalgic about Heath. He truly was one of the best actors of his generation with so much potential. His performance here was top notch, truth be told, I don’t think this movie would’ve worked as well as it did without him. Rob Pattinson’s sullen & angst-ridden Edward in Twilight might’ve taken some cue from mysteriously intriguing Patrick Verona, alas R-Patz could barely match Ledger’s charisma, sparkly torso notwithstanding.

Surely the late young Aussie thespian was the star of the film, but Julia Stiles delivered a superb performance as well. She and Ledger played off each other well and their eventual attraction was believable and wonderful to watch. I haven’t seen her in much of anything of late besides the Bourne series, which is too bad because she’s a darn good actress. According to IMDb, one of her projects in development is The Bell Jar, which is novelist/poet Sylvia Plath’s only novel. I remember Gerry Butler mentioned Stiles a few years back during the Red Eye movie premiere when discussing the elusive Burns biopic. Apparently Butler was keen on her being involved in the movie, as one of the bard’s women Jean Armour perhaps?

Anyway, it’s tough to find a teen comedy that’s not corny or obtuse, but director Gil Junger (who does mostly TV sitcoms work) managed to make one that has a universal and remarkably timeless appeal. The script is full of wicked dialog that’s both funny and touching. If you haven’t seen it, don’t be put off by the teen comedy genre, this isn’t Clueless or American Pie (shudder), as Ledger’s charismatic bad-boy portrayal, as well as strong performances from Julia Stiles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, truly made this one worth seeing. Interesting that a decade later, both Ledger and Levitt would be part of the mega blockbuster that is Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

I might even rent this one again if only to see the featurette aptly named 10 Things I Love About 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU: 10 Years Later and the sneak peek of Heath Ledger’s screen test.


Have you seen this film? What did you think?