Popcorn: David Lynch scoops yet another award
After clearing room on his (probably avant garde) award shelf, David Lynch will be flying to Germany soon to receive the 2011 Cologne Film Prize.
The Palme D'Or and Cesar-winning filmmaker will be presented with the award later this month and he will also give a workshop as part of the television festival and media confab the Cologne Conference (September 26 to October 1). A Lynch retrospective (including the series Twin Peaks and his underrated film Lost Highway) will be screened for the lucky Germans.
Casting complete for Johnny English Reborn
Say, how would you like a sequel to the forgotten Rowan Atkinson spy spoof Johnny English? Oh well, it's happening anyway. Principal casting for the film has been completed, and a pretty classy bunch it is too. Joining Atkinson will be Gillian Anderson, former Bond girl Rosamund Pike and Dominic West, who's best-known for playing Detective McNulty in The Wire. Wait a minute, wasn't West in the running to play the real Bond in Casino Royale? And now he's playing second banana to a spoof spy? Showbiz can be so cruel.
Matthew McConaughey is Killer Joe
Now here's a strange project: handsome, frequently shirtless movie star Matthew McConaughey is teaming up with legendary director William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection) for a black comedy. Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild) will co-star. Scripted by Pulitzer and Tony-winning writer Tracy Letts, the film will tell of a brother (Hirsch) and sister who hire a contract killer to snuff out their mother for her insurance money. McConaughey was last seen in the typically rubbish Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, but his dark performance in Frailty and his comedic turn in Dazed and Confused suggest that he might be good for Killer Joe.
And the nominees are ... ?
Is it too early for Oscar talk? Not for some. Following a lengthy standing ovation at the Venice film fest, 127 Hours, the new film by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) is already being talked about as an Oscar contender for Best Film, Best Director and especially Best Actor for its star, James Franco. Based on the memoir Rock and a Hard Place, it tells the story of a climber who had to amputate part of his arm when it got stuck under a boulder. Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler) presented Black Swan, which was also rapturously received at the Italian festival, and Natalie Portman is generating a lot of buzz as a possible Best Actress nominee.
Johnny Depp is well paid
And finally, a list has been published (by Forbes, of course) of the highest paid actors in Hollywood from June 2009 to June 2010. And the winner is ... Johnny Depp (below), who earned $75m.
The list took into account back-end percentages, endorsements and upfront pay.
Rounding out the top five were Ben Stiller, Tom Hanks, Adam Sandler and Leonardo DiCaprio.