The Phantom Menace now has a CG Yoda, and this new Russian poster won’t let you forget it.
Jeannine Seralles has been cast in the Coen Bros. Inside Llewyn Davies. My hunch is that she’ll be playing the small role of Lillian. Meanwhile, F. Murray Abraham is negotiating to play the manager Bud Grossman, another short turn in just a scene or two. [Variety]
When Puss in Boots arrives on DVD and Blu-ray it will be accompanied by a thirteen-minute spin-off short, The Three Diablos, directed by Raman Hui. [BBFC]
When the first trailer for your film splits audience reaction into hoots of derision or oodles of unbelieving giggles, you can decided to run and hide, try to toughen up the remainder of your marketing campaign, or… you can just embrace the naffness and know that your best chance, perhaps, is to become cherished like an odd amalgam of Birdemic, Showgirls and The Room. Talking of which, here are two posters for Tarsem’s Mirror Mirror:
Everybody has sent me a link to The National Enquirer but I can’t read it in the UK. Apparently, though, Bill Murray shredded his copy of the Ghostbusters 3 script and sent it back with a note that reads:
No one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts!
It’s the “!” that really makes me doubtful. Besides, the whole premise of part 3 is that the old, possibly fat men take a back seat and make funny from there while the new blood run about up front.
This new PSA takes us to The Last Cinema on Earth – which, as it happens, seems to be in London.
Stellan Skarsgård has related a charming story of when he was cast in Lars Von Trier’s The Nymphomaniac:
He called me a couple of months ago and said ‘Stellan, I just want to book you for next summer, so don’t take anything else. I’m going to make a porno film and I want you to play the male lead.’ ‘Yes of course, Lars,’ I said. ‘But you will not get to fuck in the film.’ I said okay, he said, ‘But you will show your dick at the end, and it will be very floppy.’ ‘Okay Lars, I will be there, if that’s what you’re doing.’
Hang on… isn’t that a spoiler? What if we spend the whole film expecting it to end with an erection? [The Playlist]
What do Ryan Gosling, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Deschanel, Steve-O, Alicia Silverstone, Kristen Bauer, Wendie Malick, Bryan Adams, Maria Menounos, and Ed Begley Jr. have in common? They’ve co-signed a letter protesting McDonalds’ torture of hens and chicks.
Jim Henson’s Fantastic World is a museum exhibit at The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York. It has just been extended until March 4th. If I start walking now, maybe…? [Artsbeat]
The first three Underworld movies are being issued as a Blu-ray set in the US tomorrow. Amongst the supplements is the anime spin-off Endless War, for which this is the trailer:
The Muppets are starring in a new interactive game experience thing on Disney cruise ships. You can go behind the scenes with them to see how it all works in this video:
Empire have published a newspaper from the stop-motion world of Paranorman (which is to say, it’s probably about three inches tall at most). I reckon they should stick 1:1 scale replicas in their print edition.
Peter Serafinowicz is working on a couple of feature scripts. He’s writing a big screen version of Radio 4’s show from the afterlife, The Other Side, with his Look Around You co-conspirator Robert Popper; and he’s working with his brother James, Red Dwarf‘s Andrew Ellard and Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurtwitz on a Pink Panther-influenced movie for his sketch character, Brian Butterfield. Tres bon bon bon bon bon bon bon. [Chortle]
The first episodes of what they’re calling John Woo’s 7 Brothers have been premiered on YouTube. I believe Garth Ennis had a hand in this “motion comic serial”:
Here’s a behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of Madonna’s W.E, running to almost 25 minutes. It’s sometimes more convincing than you’d expect, but still…
Steve Zaillian would like to direct the adaptation of Nacho Vigalondo’s Timecrimes that he has written. The catch seems to be in balancing the cast and the budget – he essentially needs a big enough name for few enough dollars. [Coming Soon]
Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows contains product placement for a stationary company that employs the PM’s wife, Samantha Cameron, as a “creative consultant.” Sigh. [Independent]
And here’s a new image of Bilbo and the Dwarves to see us through to tomorrow night’s online premiere of The Hobbit‘s first teaser. [Facebook]