Popcorn: Hanks and Bullock get Extremely Loud
Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) has snagged two Oscar winners for his adaptation of Extremely Loud and Terribly Close. Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks will play the lead adult roles in this unwieldy sounding film which (according to Collider.com) "revolves around Oskar Schell, a nine-year-old inventor, Francophile, tambourine player, Shakespearean actor, jeweller, pacifist ... [whose] mission is to find the lock that fits a mysterious key belonging to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11".
Gosling and Mulligan gear up for Drive
Could this be an arthouse action movie? Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Valhalla Rising) is gathering a nice cast for his Universal film Drive, with Ryan Gosling in the lead and supporting roles for Brian Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Carey Mulligan (An Education). The film will tell the story of a Hollywood stunt driver who's forced to go on the run when a heist (of course) goes awry. Drive is not to be confused with other forthcoming films Faster (starring The Rock) and Drive Angry 3D (starring Nicolas Cage).
Adrien Brody or Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Mr Fantastic?
Despite the flood of rehashes and superheroes, part of me is looking forward to the Fantastic 4 reboot. No wait, come back! The previous Fantastic 4 films were awful, yes, but the original comic was lively and witty, so maybe the filmmakers will get it right this time. Casting the endearingly eccentric Adrien Brody in the lead role would help. According to Empire, Fox are seriously considering one of two actors for Mr Fantastic: the finalists are the talented Brody or the uniquely untalented Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Fingers crossed and all that ...
Gyllenhaal sex toy movie is causing a buzz
I kid you not. The always awesome Maggie Gyllenhaal (right) will star in the Victorian vibrator comedy Hysteria. (What a glorious sentence to type.) The film, also starring Rupert Everett and Hugh Dancy, will be a romantic comedy about London doctors treating women for hysterical symptoms associated with a new pleasure device. It gets better: there'll also be a subplot about a (ahem) public smear campaign by Thomas Edison.
Paul Verhoeven talks next film
This guy is one of my favourite directors. Paul Verhoeven, the man behind Total Recall, Starship Troopers and Black Book is finally returning to work after a four-year hiatus. He'll be picking up the megaphone again to direct The Hidden Force, based on a classic Dutch novel by Louis Couperus. The film is set 50 years before the collapse of the Dutch Empire and during a bloody uprising in the East Indies (now Indonesia).
Piranha 3D sequel already planned
Yes, I know it's not out here yet, but, amazingly, a follow up to the killer fish remake is already in the works. Directed by Frenchman Alexandre Aja (who made a great slasher movie called Switchblade Romance) Piranha 3D features killer fish (natch), nude underwater ballet and Kelly Brook. The B-movie took a reasonable bite out of the US box office last weekend and opened to surprisingly decent reviews.