Popcorn: Courier thriller might deliver the goods
Premium Rush, the new thriller by David Koepp (Secret Window, Stir of Echoes) is shaping up to be very promising. We already knew that it stars one of the best young actors around, Joseph Gordon Levitt (Brick), as a bike courier who picks up a dangerous package.
Now the fabulously reptilian Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) is on board as a crooked cop. The young Levitt has a busy time ahead, with an appearance in Inception this summer, which he'll follow later this year with Loopers, a science fiction thriller co-starring Bruce Willis.
Robert Downey Jr honoured in Chicago
The Gene Siskel Film Centre in Chicago has granted Robert Downey Jr with its Renaissance Award for his contribution to cinema. The centre says it chose to honour Downey (45) because he is "one of the most respected and versatile actors of his generation". The actor cited Tropic Thunder, Sherlock Holmes and Iron Man as three films that were representative of his work. Am I the only one who thinks those are strange choices? He's an Oscar-nominated thesp after all.
Moore joins Spacey and Bettany for Margin Call
Joining the cast on the first day of filming this week, Demi Moore was a last-minute addition to the cast of Margin Call. The film, which also stars Kevin Spacey, Zachary Quinto and Paul Bettany, is a drama about Wall Street traders dealing with early signs of the financial meltdown. It's a well-chosen cast: Spacey played an angry exec beautifully in Swimming with Sharks, and Quinto and Bettany are intelligent, intense actors. Hopefully Moore's role will be a return to her evil corporate shtick in Disclosure.
Taylor Lautner fills his schedule
Teen-wolf heartthrob Taylor Lautner (right) is making the most of his star-making role in the Twilight series. He told MTV.com that he starts filming Abduction imminently, a thriller for Boyz in the Hood director John Singleton. Then he'll be shooting another Twilight film (Breaking Dawn), followed immediately by Stretch Armstrong (yes, based on the toy). After those projects, the young actor will be returning to film the final Twilight films.
Movie extras wanted
For those who'd like to make a few quid on film sets this summer (and maybe doing some celeb-spotting), MovieExtras.ie is holding an open casting. It costs €99 to join up, but, in fairness, I have heard that membership genuinely begets work. Anyone interested should head to the Westbury, Grafton Street, Dublin 2, from July 9 to 11. It runs from 10am to 6pm on the Friday and Saturday, and from noon on the Sunday.
Carter Beats the Devil at Warners
Glen David Gold's sensational novel Carter Beats the Devil should have been adapted as a film by now. The historical thriller featured a young magician who's drawn into a political conspiracy involving President Warren and the invention of television. As long ago as 2002 Tom Cruise was hoping to produce and star in an adaptation, but when he moved on the project spent years in limbo. Warner Brothers are now showing interest, having assigned Michael Gillio (the upcoming Treasure Island) to write and Jon Shestack (Air Force One) to produce.