Friday 15 December 2017

Popcorn: Aaron Sorkin has his eyes on The Politician

Joe Griffin

A number of high-profile writers and filmmakers, including Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing, are circling The Politician. The political memoir by Andrew Young recounts Young's time as John Edwards' aide. Edwards was a strong contender to earn the Democratic nomination for US president in 2008, but that was before he had a child with his mistress and then convinced his aide to pretend to be the father. Young told the New York Daily News: "I've heard a lot of strong names and I'd be honoured if Aaron Sorkin is one of them."

Jennifer Garner gets buttered up

She's beautiful, likeable and a decent actress, so why isn't Jennifer Garner a bigger star? Maybe it's because she signs up for films like Butter. She'll star opposite Ty Burrell (Modern Family) in a romantic comedy about the relationship between a woman and her husband, a butter-carving champion forced to retire from competition after 15 years of dominance. I'm not making this up.

Sam Worthington; movie star?

Is Sam Worthington (above) the biggest star in the world? He has already been in the biggest film of all time (Avatar, of course) and now Clash of the Titans has earned a healthy $108m (€80m) worldwide in its opening weekend.

Whether this is thanks to the Australian has been debated online this week. Well-known American critic Roger Moore said: "Worthington is emerging as the new Charlton Heston -- an actor big enough to fill a big screen with his bigness." But some critics say that he lacks charm, with Ty Burr remarking in the Boston Globe: "Could somebody at least sit this man down in front of an Errol Flynn movie?"

Anna Friel joins Brad Cooper in Dark Fields

From Brookside to Pushing Daisies to Land of the Lost, Anna Friel (right) has been building a strong profile State-side. Her next project sounds great: she'll star opposite Bradley Cooper in Dark Fields for talented director Neil Burger (The Illusionist).

The film, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is a sci-fi thriller about "a down-and-out writer (Cooper) who gets his hands on a top-secret pharmaceutical drug that makes one smarter". The strong cast also includes Abbie Cornish (Bright Star) and Robert de Niro.

Dr James Franco

James Franco has been carving a very strange career for himself of late; including an avant-garde cameo in General Hospital, an extended appearance (as himself) in 30 Rock, a short story published in Esquire and a starring role as Alan Ginsberg in the forthcoming Howl. Now he is eyeing a PhD programme in Yale. The star of Milk and the Spider-Man movies must be one of the best-educated actor in Hollywood, with an undergraduate degree from UCLA and a master's degree from NYU.

All you need is Kill

Warner Brothers have forked out an alleged seven-figure sum for an adaptation of All you need is Kill, a Japanese novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. I hadn't heard of it either, but judging from what I've read online, it sounds like Groundhog Day remade as a futuristic war movie. Here's a summary from Amazon: "Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to find himself reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On the 158th iteration, he sees something different: Is [it] the key to Keiji's escape, or to his final death?" Colour me intrigued!

Irish Independent

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