Friday Evening Rushes – From Kubrick’s Chicago To Penelope Cruz’s Inflated Head

There will be a few Rushes posts over the weekend, while Rich and I are at Kapow, trying to bring you live news from the floor.

If there is any.

Each of these Rushes posts will mix up little bits of news from the last few days that, for whatever reason, didn’t end up as headline stories in its own right. Expect little bits of business, some videos, pictures, posters and all manner of daffy bric a brac. I’ll try to keep each one fairly brief and digestible.

Let’s start with the image at the top of the post. It comes from a Chicago Tribune retrospective of pictures Stanley Kubrick took in their city. And here’s another.

Jake Scott is to direct a biopic of Jeff Buckley. The Rocker‘s writer Ryan Jaffe is to pen the script, which (hopefully) suggests some real flexibility on his part.

Val Kilmer is writing a film about Mark Twain and Mary Baker Eddy.

Harlan County, USA director Barbara Kopple has given an interview to Sophia Savage about her new gun culture documentary, Gun Fight. HBO premiere the film on April 13. I have no idea how long it will be until I can watch it, but I’m very keen. Here’s thre trailer.

According to Chris Hemsworth, Joss Whedon’s script for The Avengers gives every character a moment in the spotlight. Sounds like a structural nightmare, but I’m sure Joss could pull it off with elan.

Matthew Sweet has written for The Guardian on the sex-n-drugs culture of the British silent film industry. if you haven’t read his book Sheperton Babylon, do so. Now.

It has been alleged that the Weinsteins:

…botched the release of computer-animated movie Escape from Planet Earth and then paid $500,000 in hush money to keep the dispute quiet on the verge of the Academy Awards.

They are denying this. Which would happen either way.

Genre Addict posted this short film, Lazy Teenage Superheroes.


Those freeze frame introductions? Yeah, remember those. They’ll be back later on in this post…

A very low budget remake of Night of the Living Dead appears to be on the way. They have a Facebook page set up, which you might like to follow for updates.

David Grann’s New Yorker article A Murder Foretold recounts the details of some high profile murders in Guatemala and the conspiracy that weaves them altogether. The rights to turn this story into a movie have been purchased by Paramount and Indian Paintbrush. You can read Grann’s stunning story online.

Vaness Hudgens has joined Twitter, been authenticated but not – at the time of writing – delivered a single tweet.

Here are six pictures from Fright Night, with nary a look at David Tennant as Peter Vincent among them. Luckily, we had pics of him before.

Somewhere in this new Fright Night is Dave Franco, brother of James (less facial hair, less spinning plates, less famous). He’s signed on to appear in Jonah Hill’s 21 Jump Street as a villain. Not the villain, though, as that will be Rob Riggle.

Here’s the trailer for pseudo-superhero movie Cross with Brian Austin Green. It’s looking mighty direct-to-cable, but perhaps in a quietly chortlesome way – particularly with these freeze-frame introductions. Great names.


“Wait ’til they get a load of my balls” indeed.

Blindish slightly spoilerish bit: If this actor is booking a new pilot already, then what does it mean for his character in this show?

Elmore Leonard is plugging his new novel Road Dogs, by suggesting it might become a big screen sequel to Out of Sight with George Clooney. We’ll have to see about that. Leonard also talks about Morgan Freeman, Samuel L. Jackson and Sandra Bullock appearing in a film of his Somali pirates story, Djibouti.

Here’s a UK-specific trailer for The Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec. Continues to draw me in like a fish on a hook.


Sammo Hung may choreograph the fights in Tony Jaa’s new project. Maybe.

Lionsgate have formally announced that Sylvester Stallone will direct The Expendables 2 himself. Saves somebody else from the indignity at least.

Now, I don’t think Pene’s head is to scale here, do you?

And that’s our first Rushes for the long Kapow weekend.

More before too long.