Monday 9 December 2019

Popcorn: Filmmakers 'Get Around' to Beach Boys movie

Joe Griffin

The Beach Boys are getting the movie musical treatment, though hardcore fans might not like it. It's not a biopic, but a 60s-set musical that uses their songs in the tradition of Mama Mia!. Fox 2000 paid handsomely for the pitch and for the song rights, and the screenplay will be written by Susannah Grant (Erin Brokovich).

God only knows why they don't just make a straight biopic. Plagued by in-fighting, drug problems and changes in trends, the band still managed to carve out an iconic career.

Emma Stone as Mary Jane?

It chills me to my marrow to type the word 'reboot', but this does qualify as news. It seems that Emma Stone (right) has been offered a part in the Spider-Man reboot as Mary Jane, the love interest. Ms Stone is probably best known for her likable turns in Superbad and Zombieland and she'll soon be seen starring in Easy A, a teen adaptation of The Scarlet Letter. Andrew Garfield will take over from Tobey Maguire in the lead role and the film will be directed by the aptly named Mark Webb (500 Days of Summer). Well, if nothing else, this Spider-Man thing will boost the careers of two good actors.

The Social Network already a hit with Oscar judges

Oscar season, like the pre-Christmas season, seems to get earlier every year. For example, The Social Network was screened only last week for Oscar judges. The Hollywood Reporter claims that the screening was a huge success: Most of the viewers expressed enthusiasm for the film, and interestingly, it appealed to both older and younger audiences. I'd say it'll get nominations for Best Picture, Best Director (David Fincher), Best Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin) and Best Actor (Jesse Eisenberg).

Retro films for a good cause ...

The Irish Cancer Society and Cadbury's Flake are bringing some beloved films to the big screen this weekend. Cineworld on Dublin's Parnell Street will be showing Dirty Dancing (tonight), Pretty Woman (tomorrow) and Breakfast at Tiffany's (Sunday). There will be no fixed price for the tickets, but those wishing to book seats will be asked to make a donation to the Irish Cancer Society through dedicated fundraising pages on

Zach Snyder is directing Superman

Yep, Warner Brothers are having another crack at Superman. Overseen by Christopher Nolan, the project has been written by David S Goyer (Batman Begins). A few directors circled the project, but Zach Snyder (Watchmen, 300) nabbed the job. "I've been a big fan of the character for a long time, he's definitely the king of all superheroes," Snyder told While Snyder's Watchmen was disappointing, his Dawn of the Dead remake showed he can direct others' screenplays with style.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

And finally, production is beginning on Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Based on a book by Pride and Prejudice and Zombies author Seth Grahame-Smith, the film is a somewhat revisionist take on the life of Honest Abe. Timur Bekmambetov, who made the gloriously ridiculous Wanted, directs Arnold Schwarzenegger as Lincoln. Please!

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