Sunday 18 February 2018

Cooper to be arresting in new cop comedy

Joe Griffin

Bradley Cooper and Ryan Reynolds have signed on to star in a new action comedy for producer Neal Moritz (I am Legend) and screenwriter Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air).

Turner might also direct. The handsome (and in fairness, quite funny) actors will be playing cops who are trying to solve a case with the help of their dads, a pair of recently retired officers. The movie blog Risky Business described the project as having a Lethal Weapon feel to it, though I imagine with less suicide attempts and existential angst. Rumour has it that the screenplay sold for a seven-figure sum. Nice work if you can get it.

Cusack's Raven makes a Twitter

Twitter is increasingly the first stop for movie announcements, as demonstrated this week by one John Cusack. He used his account to announce that he'll be playing Edgar Allen Poe in a movie directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta). Fans of gothic poetry might be disappointed by the project, however, as the film is a speculative adventure in which Poe tries to track down an obsessive fan that has kidnapped his fiancée. Filming for the period movie starts this October in Budapest and Serbia. Indiana Poe, anyone?

Chan and the Revolution

Jackie Chan, currently enjoying one of the biggest hits of his career with The Karate Kid, is set to return to directing. The actor/producer/director/stunt choreographer wants to direct and star in a historical drama called The 1911 Revolution. He hopes the film will feature numerous Chinese stars and that it will be ready by next year, in time for (you've guessed it) the 100-year anniversary of the revolution.

Moviegoers still want Gibson

In a new poll by Vanity Fair and current affairs show 60 Minutes, more than three quarters of Americans say that the recent Mel Gibson (right) scandal would not deter them from seeing his films. You might remember that a number of phone conversations were leaked online featuring Gibson threatening his ex-girlfriend and using racial slurs. Surprisingly, 78pc of people polled said that the incidents would have "no effect" on whether they'd see his films or not. That's good news for the producers of Mel's next two films: comedy/drama The Beaver (in which he plays a man who speaks through the eponymous voice puppet) and the prison movie How I Spent My Summer Vacation.

Shia LaBeouf is best value for money

In the second year running, Shia LaBeouf has been declared the best value for investors, according to Forbes magazine. Forbes estimates that for every $1 (€0.78) the young actor is paid, the movie he appears in will make $81 (€63) profit. This is largely due to the success of the recent, critically unloved, Indiana Jones and Transformers movies. Anne Hathaway came in second place, largely because of the $1bn (€780m) taking of Alice in Wonderland. The magazine's list is based on the actors' fees calculated against movie takings worldwide, including box office, DVD and TV sales. The worst value was Will Ferrell, who generated just over $3 (€2.36) for every dollar paid.

Irish Independent

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