Bruce Willis is in negotiations to star in Stephen Frears' "Lay the Favorite, Take the Dog," an adaptation of a book by Beth Raymer chronicling her rise as one of the top bookies in sports. Buried amidst the news was a rather exciting revelation about the next chapter in the long-running Willis-starring action franchise, "Die Hard."
Vulture reports that Fox wasn't a fan of the script for "Die Hard 5" delivered by Skip Woods, so they're starting over from the beginning. Meanwhile, Willis is doing his part to get things moving, reportedly speaking with a number of directors. His top pick is apparently Swedish filmmaker Jorge Daniel Espinosa, who is currently working with Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington on his U.S. debut, "Safe House."
But who else could -- or should -- Willis be speaking with? Our wish list is after the jump.
Once upon a time (earlier this week), a fan asked Detroit mayor Dave Bing on Twitter if the city could honor fictional hero RoboCop for his peace-keeping efforts on behalf of the city in Paul Verhoeven's 1987 film. To his credit, the mayor replied, though the response was less-than-welcome: "There are not any plans to erect a statue to Robocop. Thank you for the suggestion."
That should have been the end of it, right? No way. Super-specific lobby group DetroitNeedsRoboCop is accepting donations for the building of such a statue, a move which the city responded to thusly: "Should the opportunity present itself to receive a donation of this, or any other works of public art, we will consider acceptance and appropriate placement."
Excellent. RoboCop is a hero and he deserves to be honored as such. So what if he's fictional? There's plenty of precedent! Just look at the shiny new list after the jump which illustrates that fact!
Roger Hargreaves' classic "Mr. Men" books were a staple of my childhood. My mother might even tell you I had an especially close relationship with "Mr. Messy" (I still do). So it is with no small amount of joy that I greet the news today of a planned "Mr. Men" animated film!
Shawn Levy is set to produce the adaptation, which doesn't currently have a writer or director attached, The Hollywood Reporter reveals. The series, which has previously been the subject of four different TV shows, spans 48 books, giving Levy and his team plenty to pore over in adapting the source into a feature-length tale.
What Levy doesn't have access to is the series of planned follow-ups that never got off the ground. Our MTV super-spies have managed to track down five of the never-published "Mr. Men" books, written by a shadowy figure who calls himself Mr. Made-Up. Read all about them after the jump.
(Editor's note: None of these books ever actually existed. We're just feeling really, really punchy today.)
In case you missed it, Tara Reid dropped a news bomb earlier this week.
In a red carpet interview with Hollywood.tv, she mentioned off-handedly that she'll be working on a sequel to "The Big Lebowski" later this year. The revelation was greeted with much confusion by basically everyone, as fans and reporter have been asking for years while filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen said, rightly I think, that there's really nothing there.
The Coens themselves were surprised as well, with Ethan telling Austin360, "I'm glad she's working on it. ... We don't [have a sequel in development] but we'll watch it when it comes out." Joel quickly added, "Especially if Tara's in it."
All of this talk of a "Lebowski" sequel sets the "what if" portion of my brain in motion. No matter how you slice it, I just don't see it, even if the news were real. There are so many other Coen movies that deserve it more.
Needless to say, spoilers ahead.
Perhaps you've heard by now that "Monsters" director Gareth Edwards is taking the helm on the latest reboot of the classic giant movie monster Godzilla. If you didn't see "Monsters," it offers an original take on the "giant monster movie" formula. More a road movie/relationship drama with science fiction elements than a flat-out monsterfest, it paints an interesting picture in spite of a few fundamental flaws.
Now Edwards is working on "Godzilla," a franchise which really represents the quintessential movie monster experience. The director is keenly aware of the pressure, as he mentioned in a recent interview with ShockTillYouDrop.
"I guess I will say I'm highly aware - and everyone involved is incredibly aware - of everyone's opinions on what this film has to do and what it has to be," he said. "And no one will do anything but the right thing. Without addressing anything specific, everyone knows how important is to get it right."
A diplomatic response for sure, but the lack of specificity is a problem, since I'm not sure anyone is really clear anymore what entails "getting it right" with regards to "Godzilla."
Ian McShane told MTV News last night that the amazing-yet-prematurely concluded HBO series "Deadwood" hasn't been forgotten by its creator David Milch. There is absolutely nothing bad about hearing this information. "Deadwood" was one of the greats, a strong contender for the "Best Television of All-Time" crown that would be a real threat to "The Wire" if it were a full, completed story.
Even as it stands, "Deadwood" is excellent television. It's tough to see season three end and know that there are unfinished stories to be told, but it nonetheless stands as an impressive work. Let's dream for a moment about the show coming back in some form. What's left to explore? Where would the based-on-truth story have gone next? Read More...
"The Stand" is going to be a movie. Again, I mean.
Stephen King's post-apocalyptic opus is getting the big screen treatment from Warner Bros and CBS Films, The Hollywood Reporter reveals. The novel was already the subject of a six-hour miniseries -- which, it should be noted, still made liberal changes to the original text -- but WB and CBS think they can get the job done in two hours. Here's my tip for them: hire Frank Darabont. The rest will work itself out naturally.
The studios still need to sit down and chat with potential writers and directors, so there's plenty of time to go out and check out the 1100+ page "uncut" version of the book. In celebration of the announcement of "The Stand," let's look back on some of the best film adaptations of King's work. Just one note: horror flicks only here. I had to figure out some way to exclude "The Shawshank Redemption," right? Read More...
Sad news this morning: five-time Oscar winning composer John Barry died yesterday in New York at the age of 77.
In addition to his many Academy honors — two in 1966 (song and score) for "Born Free" and then one apiece for "The Lion in Winter" (1968), "Out of Africa" (1985) and "Dances With Wolves" (1990) — Barry is notable for having scored 11 James Bond films, along with countless others: "Midnight Cowboy," "Walkabout," "The Day of the Locust," "Game of Death," "The Golden Child," "Howard the Duck," "Peggy Sue Got Married," "Chaplin," "Indecent Proposal"... you're getting the idea here, right?
Barry's work on Bond is by far his most recognizable. The iconic Bond theme was originally credited to composer Monty Norman, though some questions have been raised in recent years over how much of the work belongs to Barry. It is now commonly accepted that Norman's contribution laid out the basic notes, which Barry then fleshed out into a full orchestral piece. Which means Barry, at the very least, co-created the James Bond theme. No big deal.
Read on for some of our favorite samplings from his catalog. Read More...
"Get Him to the Greek" arrived on DVD and Blu-ray this week in an unrated cut. To celebrate the release, director Nicholas Stoller did a round of interviews. Unable to resist the chance to chat with the man who created the Jeffrey -- not to mention the man who wrote the latest chapter in the continuing adventures of the Muppets -- I set up a chat. Read on to learn what's new in the unrated cut, where the Jeffrey comes from and what makes the real-life Diddy, to use Stoller's own words, "super weird." Read More...
"Buried," which opens in limited release today before going wide on October 8, is an unconventional film, to say the least. It's 94 minutes in a box with Ryan Reynolds. There are no cutaways, no flashbacks, nothing like that.
Even more unusual is the manner in which the film was shot, which is to say chronologically. Most movies come together only after the scenes which make up the story are all shot out of sequence and then assembled into a cohesive whole. With "Buried," director Rodrigo Cortes simply went in order. "That was a help, because we needed to know where we came from and where we were going," he explained in a recent interview with MTV. "I've never shot chronologically, but in this case it was possible because we only had one location. Maybe this is the last time I will do it, but I took advantage this time to try to do it this way. It was really, really helpful." Read More...