Monday 11 December 2017

Popcorn: Big movie comeback for 80s favourite

Joe Griffin

You might have heard that Warner Brothers planned to make a Masters of the Universe film some time ago? Well, now Columbia Pictures has the rights and it has hired Mike Finch and Alex Litvak (the forthcoming Predators) to have a crack at the script. The 80s toy, and then cartoon, featured He-Man, Skeletor and lots of cheesy dialogue. It has already been adapted into a film in 1987 starring Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella and (yes) Courteney Cox.

Carell adds some Bacon

Here's a good cast: Kevin Bacon will join Steve Carell, (above right) Ryan Gosling and Julianne Moore for an as-yet untitled comedy. The story will follow Carell whose wife (Moore) wants a divorce. To salvage their marriage, he hires a life coach (Gosling). Bacon will play Moore's lover.

Oh baby -- Hollywood gets maternal

Brace yourself for a litter of baby movies from Hollywood this summer. Jennifer Lopez is first to deliver, with fertility-themed rom-com The Back-Up Plan expected next month; following that we have the appropriately named Babies (a documentary about four babies from around the world); then The Switch (Jennifer Aniston visits a sperm bank) and then Life as We Know It (starring Katherine Heigl (left) as a single woman who raises an orphan). Also in gestation is Due Date, arriving late in the year, which stars Robert Downey Jr as a dad-to-be.

Summit Pictures acquires Homelanders

Ever since The Bourne series took off, there has been a rush to imitate its success. The forthcoming Angelina Jolie thriller Salt has already been compared to the franchise and, of course, Bourne has also had a huge influence on Bond. Now a series of espionage books (dubbed by some as 'Bourne for teens') has been acquired by Summit Pictures (The Twilight Saga). Homelanders begins with an amnesiac teen who wakes up tied to a chair. Uncertain of how he got there or how a year has passed, he sets out to solve the mystery.

Jim Carrey defends Tiger Woods on Twitter

Not content with announcing his split from Jenny McCarthy on Twitter, Jim Carrey has also been using the platform to defend Tiger Woods. "No wife is blind enough to miss that much infidelity. Elin had 2 b a willing participant on the ride 4 whatever reason," said one tweet. "Whenever we form a consensus about some1 we envy, who's stumbling, our collective ego LOVES to flex its unified muscle! S'ugly!" However, following some criticism the actor said: "I want 2 make it clear that I do not condone infidelity at all, but 2 some degree the responsibility 4 it is shared by both people."

And speaking of Twitter

... Everyone's favourite lothario spaceman Zonad is on the social network. His biog describes him as an "Intergalactic space traveller on a cultural mission to promote closer links with the women of Ballymoran and sample large quantities of your black beer". Some say that Zonad is a mere pariah, a character played in a science fiction spoof now in cinemas, but that's just a conspiracy theory.

Irish Independent

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