Popcorn: Italians don't-a like-a Eat Pray Love
The Julia Roberts road movie Eat Pray Love has not been embraced by Italian film critics. This should come as no surprise to anyone who has seen the section of the movie that has the worst stereotypical Italians this side of a Dolmios commercial. "The only thing missing in Julia's Rome is the mandolin," said the daily La Repubblica. The Turin daily La Stampa dammed the film as "kitsch" and complained of a retro, 50s-style portrait of Italy. "That's the way they like us in the United States, dark, boisterous, uninhibited; we've always known that, but this time the effect is beyond the limits."
Time Cop remake won't feature Van Damme
The gap between original and remake is narrowing, or at least it seems to be with a slate of proposed 90s movies getting the reboot treatment. Total Recall (one of Arnold Schwarzenegger's best films) will get the treatment first, then there's a reboot of the unloved Stallone film Judge Dredd in development, and now we have a new Time Cop to look forward to.
The latest news on Time Cop is that it will not feature the still-spry star of the original, Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Catch Me if You Can ... the Musical!
New York theatre audiences have seen some wacky musical adaptations in recent years -- including Legally Blonde, The Evil Dead and even The Silence of the Lambs. The latest will be a Broadway interpretation of Catch Me if You Can, with music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who worked on Hairspray. Actually, the true story of a con-artist who posed as a pilot, doctor and lawyer would be a good fit for a musical: it's audacious and witty, plus it allows for numerous costume changes.
Alex Proyas will direct Paradise Lost
There have been numerous attempts to bring John Milton's epic 17th-century poem to the cinema, but it looks as if Alex Proyas will be the one to finally make it. The Australian director (The Crow, Knowing) is talented, but hit and miss, and this new project doesn't sound promising. The 10-book poem (which largely dealt with Adam and Eve's exodus from Eden) will be adapted as a 3D action movie.
Keanu Reeves available for Bill and Ted 3
Despite the fact that both Keanu Reeves (below) and Alex Winter are in their mid-40s, and indeed that Reeves is still quite a big star, a third Bill and Ted movie is still a strong possibility. "I'm still friends with Alex," Reeves told MTV, "and we're talking to Chris and Ed [Matheson and Solomon, the original writers] to see if they can write something. I'd love to play the role and work with them again." Reeves and Winters previously played the amiable rockers in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey. The latter featured an Ingmar Bergman parody in which the pair played Twister with the Grim Reaper.
Irish cinematographer Donal Gilligan passes away
Some very sad news: Irish cinematographer Donal Gilligan died on Sunday at the young age of 46 after suffering a sudden heart attack. Gilligan had worked on dozens of projects throughout his career, both on cinema and television, and you've almost certainly seen some of his work. Highlights of his career include Omagh, Dead Bodies and, on television, Raw, Primeval and Watermelon.