On July 10th of last year I wrote a casting call for "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," where I suggested that Naomi Watts would be perfect to fill the role of Narcissa Malfoy, Draco's haughty, disdainful, and attractive mother. Not two weeks later, my opinion somehow spread like Fiendfyre across the net, with several websites claiming that Watts was definitively cast.
"So, you're the one!" Watts laughed, her finger wagging at me in mock condemnation. "And not even a phone call!"
Well, no. But weirder coincidences have happened - was there ANY truth to the rumors. Read More...
"Funny Games" was a hit when the thriller came out in Germany a decade ago, and now the American remake is speeding towards the box office with a limited release date of March 14th. In the film, Naomi Watts and Tim Roth star as a vacationing married couple who are taken hostage by a pair of preppy psychopaths. Below, watch an exclusive trailer for "Funny Games," preceeded by an intro from baddies Michael Pitt and Brady Corbet.
Welcome to Sundance 2008, where your MTV News movie team is once again on the ground, and Colin Farrell is already on the red carpet professing his plans to party.
More about that later, but to whet your appetite for the days ahead, here are a few fast facts about the latest edition of Robert Redford's annual party:
- Saturday’s highly-anticipated premiere of “U2 3D” will be the first of the slick, new-school three-dimensional films (think 'Beowulf') to ever screen at Sundance. A special projector had to be installed in the Eccles Theater, but with names like Cameron, Zemeckis and Lucas developing films for the medium, the timing is right.
- The darlings of Sundance this year? 23-year-old Melonie Diaz has no fewer than four films in Park City. More shockingly, Tom Arnold is engineering a comeback with three of his own. Read More...
She's twice been paired with Alfred Hitchcock, but nothing's scarier to actress Tippi Hedren than the thought of Hollywood remaking their first collaboration, the classic horror film "The Birds."
"A couple of years ago, when they were first thinking about it, they called and asked what I thought about a remake of 'The Birds,'" she said, her voice rising. "And I thought 'Why would you do that? Why?' I mean, can't we find new stories, new things to do?"
The long in-development remake is set to star Naomi Watts in the Hedren role of a girl whose drive up the California coast is interrupted by vicious bird attacks. Watts was talking up the project as recently as last month, assuring fans that it's "happening" and they're "making sure it's right."
Don't bother even trying, Hedren declared. It doesn't matter how much time they spend "making it right," since making it at all is a recipe for failure. (Watch Hedren argue against a remake after the jump.) Read More...
The week's nearly over, but Hollywood isn't slowing down. Today, news on Naomi Watts, Ricky Gervais, Cillian Murphy and more.
- Naomi Watts wants a movie that's for "The Birds," still interested in Hitchcock remake. (Shock Till You Drop)
- Scarecrow and Scarface together at last: Cillian Murphy joins Al Pacino's "Dali and I: The Surreal Story." (Hollywood Reporter)
- Hollywood memo full of juicy tidbits about movies being fast-tracked before next year's strike. (ComingSoon)
- This makes us ecstatic, no lie: Ricky Gervais to star in "This Side of Truth," a comedy he co-wrote and will direct about the only man in the world who can fib. (Variety)
- George A. Romero has plans for a sixth zombie film. (Bloody-Disgusting)
Friday the 13th be damned: today is our lucky day, with fun Hollywood news on James Bond, Naomi Watts, "G.I. Joe," and Steven Spielberg.
- Worst idea in the long, sad history of bad ideas: Daniel Craig says Bond is going to be more comic. (Daily Express)
- We wrote it should be a movie months ago , and now Tim Robbins, Martin Landau, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste have joined the cast of "City of Ember." (Variety)
- Now we know Cobra WILL make an appearance in "G.I. Joe" movie. And knowing is half the battle. (Latino Review)
- Aaron Sorkin signs three picture deal with Dreamworks. Up first? "The Trial of the Chicago 7," a drama about the 1968 Democratic Convention which Steven Spielberg hopes to direct. (Variety)
- Naomi Watts joins Clive Owen's thriller "The International." (Hollywood Reporter)
- We broke the news that Jim Carrey was fronting "Yes Man," and now "Break-Up" director Peyton Reed has signed up to helm the film. (Hollywood Reporter).