Monday Night Rushes – From The Naked Winslet Auction To A Barrage Of Pixar

Posted by April 4, 2011 Comment

The original sketch of Kate Winslet lying about naked onboard the Titanic is coming up for auction. According to The Telegraph, it’s expected to expected to reach a price of £10,000 and, if Kate’s lawyers are watching, a restraining order. I love Kate, and she’s a beautiful woman, but I’m not sure why anybody would want this.

Woody Allen has filmed an acting role in Sophie Lellouche’s film Paris Manhattan. Here’s an on set snap:

Jeffrey Katzenberg is now on the board of directors of Zynga, the perpetrators of Farmville. They can have him.

Jeremy Renner’s rep has denied the story about him being offered a role in The Bourne Legacy, but then – they would.

Spy Kids 4 is to get millions in initiative money from the state of Michigan, because that’s where it’s 2D to 3D upconversion is to take place. Yet another reason for studios to upconvert and not shoot in 3D. Tsk!

This official Hesher poster comes courtesy of Quiet Earth.

Russell Brand is locking down his contract to appear in Rock of Ages, a musical built out of 80s MOR and rock “classics”. He should be playing Lonnie, for those of you who know the story – and this means he’ll get a duet with Alec Baldwin. I want to see that.

Also in the cast will be Diego Boneta,a nice young up and comer cast in the role of a nice young up and coming rocker. His character, Drew Boley, is the musical’s lead… aaaaaand, according to some, Katy Perry will play “a sexy barmaid”.

The NME premiered this clip from Your Highness.

Here’s an official mini-blurb for Underworld 4:

Kate Beckinsale, star of the first two films, returns in her lead role as the vampire warrioress Selene, who escapes imprisonment to find herself in a world where humans have discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan clans, and are conducting an all-out war to eradicate both immortal species.

Here’s Robert De Niro as a (fraudulent?) psychic in Rodrigo Cortes’ Red Lights.

Summit were going to release Darkest Hour in August, now it’s been set for December. The film is about American travelling teens being caught up in an alien invasion in Moscow. Timur Bekmambetov is producing, Chris Gorak is directing, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghalla and Emile Hirsch are starring.

Today’s Tee Fury shirt reimagines the Black Knight from Monty Python and The Holy Grail as a game of Operation.

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant are currently underway with Life’s Too Short, a sitcom about dwarf actor Warwick Davis. When the BBC say that Cat Deeley has a “a sizeable part” in the show, do you think they’re trying to be funny?

Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth have been cast as Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne in The Hunger Games. Gary Ross is directing, and I trust him implicitly.

This trailer for Avarice looks like a lot of fun. Thanks to QE, as ever.

Here are two images of James Marsden in character for Straw Dogs, Rod Lurie’s upcoming re-adaptation of Gordon Williams’ novel, The Siege of Trencher’s Farm. They come from James Pix, with a tip of the ol’ bowler to ONTD.

Robert Towne is adapting the Robert Harris novel Pompeii into a TV miniseries. I still mourn the loss of Roman Polanski’s planned version.

The poster for this year’s Cannes film festival makes use of an archive Faye Dunaway photograph by Scarecrow director Jerry Schatzberg. Here it is, then another picture from the same shoot which I’ve always liked.

Celebrity photographer Tyler Shields is to play Charles Manson in Eyes of a Dreamer, while Lindsay Lohan has apparently been offered the role of Sharon Tate. Metaphor-floating casting conceits ahoy!

Joe Wright told WonderCon that he doesn’t want to do his Little Mermaid film while other people are also adapting fairy tales.

Raising Arizona and Miller’s Crossing are headed to Blu-ray – at least in France. Yes please.

Below, you can see Will Smith on the set of Men in Black 3. Smith has also just joined the cast of the next M. Night Shyamalan movie, a “sometimes scary” sci-fi film that will headline his son, Jaden. Gary Whitta’s script for the project was being called 1000 Years AE, but the film is now untitled.

Kudos to The Pixar Blog for uncovering this logo for Monsters University. Unfortunately, the film has now been put back to June 21 2013, leaving November 2 2012 open for Disney’s Reboot Ralph to move in.

Universal have pulled the plug on Paul Greengrass’ proposed biopic of Martin Luther King. Deadline suggest that pressure from MLK’s family may have been to blame, but one of their commenters says:

I heard Universal legal was having serious clearance issues with some of the ‘factual liberties’ taken in the script, so this would synch with that.

From MLK to NPH. Here’s the trailer for The Best and the Brightest.

And, to wrap up with a little more video, here’s a Cars 2 viral and a lovely, lovely clip from the film’s James Bond-style opening.

(Last Updated April 4, 2011 6:03 pm )

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