Big names line up for new Transformers
Michael Bay has confirmed on his website that he has "locked in" Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand and multi-award-winning John Malkovich for Transformers 3. McDormand will play the National Intelligence Director and Malkovich will play Shia Labeouf's first boss. Whether these roles will prove more demeaning than John Turturro's part in Transformers (in which a giant robot took a leak on him) remains to be seen.
Will Ferrell returns to drama
It's a shame more people didn't see Stranger than Fiction. The Will Ferrell fantasy drama showed an affecting actor can emerge from beneath his loud-mouth slapstick. Anyway, the comedian (above right) will be returning to serious material in Everything Must Go. The film, based on a story by Raymond Carver (Short Cuts) will feature Ferrell as a relapsed alcoholic who loses his wife, job and house, and then befriends a new neighbour played by Rebecca Hall (Vicky Cristina Barcelona).
Jennifer Lopez may go Overboard
Not content with producing The Karate Kid remake (featuring his son, Jaden, right), Will Smith is putting together a remake of another 80s film, Overboard. Jennifer Lopez is in talks to play the lead. Goldie Hawn and her off-screen lover Kurt Russell starred in the original for director Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman, Valentine's Day).
Sony's Popeye to pop eyes in 3D
A digitally animated, 3D film of Popeye is in the works over at Sony Pictures, with uber-producer Avi Arad (Spider-Man) overlooking the project. "Popeye has become one of the most enduring and iconic cartoon characters of all time and indelibly linked to the evolution of animation," said Hannah Minghella, president of production for Sony Pictures Animation.
Tim Burton confirms next film
Currently basking in Alice in Wonderland's huge box-office takings, Tim Burton has confirmed that he's well into preproduction on Frankenweenie. The irreverent film, a pastiche of old horror movie classics with a canine twist, will be a stop-motion affair (à la The Nightmare before Christmas) and will be filmed in (of course) 3D.
Captain America casting finalised
Chris Evans (the handsome co-star of Fantastic 4, not the ginger DJ) has won the coveted role of Captain America, it was announced this week. The film, directed by Joe Johnston (Jumanji, The Wolfman) may end up tying in with other existing superhero properties in subsequent films, including Hulk and Iron Man. Keen-eyed viewers might have noticed the crossover pattern already emerging, with an Iron Man cameo in the last Hulk film.
Sandra Bullock cancels European premieres
Following the cancellation of last week's London premiere, Monday night's Berlin premiere of The Blind Side was also called off this week. Sandra Bullock won a Best Actress Oscar this month for the film, but since then a tattoo artist has claimed to have had an affair with Bullock's husband Jesse James.
She has suspended all European press commitments for the film to concentrate on her personal life.