After a slew of casting catastrophes and controversies, Straight Outta Compton has landed a celebrated actor in Paul Giamatti. And with this casting coup, the NWA biopic has secured its biggest movie star.
2006's Emilio Estevez-directed drama Bobby was a take on the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy from the perspective of a lot of people-- played by a lot of celebrities-- who were in the vicinity of the Ambassador Hotel, where he was shot. Bobby didn't do all that well, but that hasn't deterred Tom Hanks (as a producer) from assembling Parkland, a recounting of the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in 1963
Paul Giamatti has landed the role of Dr. Eugene Landy in Bill Pohlad’s Brian Wilson biopic. Landy was Wilson’s therapist, a controversial figure who is believed to have exploited Wilson in an effort to control the singer-songwriter’s drug addiction.
For those unfamiliar with the book, the plot centers on a pilot who crashes in the Sahara desert and miraculously comes across a young boy who claims to hail from an asteroid and has fallen to Earth. The pilot fixes his plane and tries to get it ready for flight again while the boy tells him stories about his homeworld. Sources have informed THR that Bridges will be providing the voice of the pilot, but fails to mention who the rest of the actors will be portraying.
Robert Mitchum had them in Night of the Hunter. Elwood Blues had them in The Blues Brothers. Now Paul Giamatti is the latest intimidating dude to dabble in knuckle tattoos, as revealed in this first look at him playing The Rhino in The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Prince Avalanche and Almost Christmas make for a pretty solid double feature. Both are dark comedies that star Paul Rudd as a blue-collar guy trying to prove his worth to his girlfriend and her young daughter. Both attempt tender character portraits, and both appear to be attempts by their directors to reclaim the critical acclaim that once embraced them.
If you thought that Electro was going to be the only notable comic book villain present in Marc Webb's upcoming Amazing Spider-Man sequel, then it turns out you were just a little bit misguided. But what will really surprise you is the Oscar nominated star the production is talking to now about playing the part.
When Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman first announced their intention to produce Peter Landesman’s proposed adaptation of Vincent Bugliosi’s Kennedy assassination book Reclaiming History, the project was billed as a meticulous character study with a real ensemble feel. Consequently, many speculated Parkland would probably steer clear of household names since there wouldn’t be any clear leads. It turns out that’s not the case.
John Lee Hancock, who last directed the Oscar winning film The Blind Side in 2009, has already hit the jackpot in casting his next project. Titled Saving Mr. Banks, the film will tell the behind the scenes story of the struggle between Walt Disney and author P.L. Travers during the making of Mary Poppins, a project that Travers notoriously hated.
Writer-director Steve McQueen is driving us into an anticipatory frenzy with each new cast announcement on his next effort, Twelve Years a Slave. Already this follow-up to his critically heralded drama Shame has the filmmaker's muse Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, the magnificent Chiwetel Ejiofor, indie ingénue Adepero Oduye, and Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch on board, to bring to life the incredible true story of Solomon Northup..
Miller has signed on to Sophie Barthes' Madame Bovary adaptation, which already boasts Mia Wasikowska and the great Paul Giamatti as cast members. The drama will unfold the tragic tale as a period piece with a more modern mentality. Wasikowska is set to play the eponymous Emma
The envy of lady bookworms everywhere, Mia Wasikowska, continues down her path of portraying beloved literary heroines by signing on to Sophie Barthes' adaptation of Gustave Flaubert's steamy classic Madame Bovary. The sparkling ingénue, whose played in Jane Eyre and Alice in Wonderland, will star as Emma Bovary, a young beauty who impulsively marries a small-town doctor to leave her father's pig farm far behind.
When Aladdin first arrived in theaters it changed the world of animation forever. While up to that point the medium largely relied on professional voice actors to bring characters to life, the 1992 Disney film was the first to ever have a major movie star be a main focus in a project's advertising. Animation hasn't been the same since, as studios now regularly turn to big name actors to voice the leads in their projects...
This will mark the first time this pair of Pauls have shared the screen, and it's sure to be dynamic as each has shown to be a great comedic curmudgeon, Giamatti in Cold Souls and Rudd in Role Models. With Hawkins and her inherently charming personality on board, I can't help but wonder if the plot might spin in romantic direction not unlike the gigolo comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, wherein the two con artists fall for the same woman, and a hilarious rivalry ensues.
This obviously doesn't spell good things for the project, but the best we can hope for is that Giamatti just doesn't have all of the info. The Goon has yet to get financing, but it's entirely possible that the dream is being kept alive and the folks behind it are still trying to find a money source. At this point we just have to pray that somebody out there is still trying to get the movie made.