Popcorn: Day-Lewis takes on Lincoln
There are two Lincoln movies moving into production at the moment, but they'll be competing for very different audiences: as I mentioned before, the self-explanatory Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is in pre-production (with nobody cast as Honest Abe yet); and Steven Spielberg is finally moving ahead with his biopic of the great emancipator.
Postponements and scheduling conflicts led to Liam Neeson stepping down from Spielberg's film, but now the mighty Daniel Day-Lewis will step into his big shoes -- a mouth-watering prospect. Now that his schedule's opened up, maybe Neeson can appear in the Vampire Hunter film?
Superman casting rumours begin ...
In other tall, handsome actor news ... preliminary casting has begun for the new Superman movie in development. Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300) won the coveted directing gig and now he's looking for a new man of steel. The front runner is the wonderfully named Armie Hammer, who was great as the Winkelvoss Twins in The Social Network. Other rumoured contenders include Matthew Goode (Watchmen, Leap Year), Jon Hamm of Mad Men and Ian Somerhalder of The Vampire Diaries. Brandon Routh won't return to the role, which is a shame.
Lindsay Lohan replaced in Lovelace movie
Inferno, the biopic of troubled adult movie star Linda Lovelace, seemed like the perfect comeback movie for Lindsay Lohan. Like Lovelace, Lohan sprang to fame at a young age and fell victim to substance abuse. Lohan even resembles the young Lovelace. But, alas, Lohan's erratic availability has led to her leaving the project (we don't know whether she was jumped or if she was pushed). She's been replaced by Malin Akerman (Couples Retreat, Watchmen).
Fairytales ending for Disney
Tangled, a new animated take on Rapunzel, will be Disney's last fairytale movie for the foreseeable future, the LA Times reported this week. "Films and genres run a course," said Pixar Animation chief Ed Catmull (who oversees Disney Animation with John Lasseter). "They may come back later because someone has a fresh take on it ... but we don't have any other musicals or fairytales lined up." This is bittersweet news: we've had more than our share of cartoon fantasies over the years, but the recent Princess and the Frog showed that there's life in the genre yet. Still, Lasseter and co seem to know what they're doing, with Toy Story 3 both one of the biggest and one of the best films of 2010.
JFK 2: The DiCaprio Effect
Nah, we're just kidding. It's not a sequel to JFK, but the new Leonardo DiCaprio (right) film does deal with investigating the Kennedy assassination, and does have a title almost as bad as the one above. Legacy of Secrecy (god, what a title) sees DiCaprio in a nonfiction role as FBI informant Jack Van Laningham. According to the non-fiction book by Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann, Van Laningham witnessed a mobster confessing to the murder of John F Kennedy. No director has been assigned yet, but the movie star is producing and I bet he'll offer the gig to someone interesting. Prior to Legacy of Secrecy, DiCaprio will star in a J Edgar Hoover biopic for Clint Eastwood and an adaptation of The Great Gatsby for Baz Luhrmann.