Sacha Baron Cohen will be sporting a mustache once again for his next movie.
The actor, best known as his alternate personality Borat, has been tapped to play late singer Freddie Mercury in a film about rock band Queen.
The movie will focus on the band’s early years up to their performance at Live Aid in 1985. (You can see clips from that event above and after the jump.) Oscar nominee Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen) will pen the script.
Read More | Daily Mail
Last summer, Christian Bale went to extreme measures (again) to physically prepare for a role. Now, we get to see the film he was so passionate about.
In The Fighter, Bale plays a Dicky Eklund, a former boxer turned drug addict who later helps his brother (Mark Wahlberg) with his own career. The biopic about real-life boxer “Irish” Mickey Ward (Mark Wahlberg) also stars Amy Adams Mickey’s love interest.
The movie, directed by Three Kings’ David O. Russell, opens on December 10—just in time for Oscar season.
-Edie Falco says she would be interested in reprising her role as Carmela Soprano if a Sopranos film was ever made. “Frankly, I think it’s not going to materialize, but stranger things have happened,” she said.
-Director Todd Phillips (The Hangover) and screenwriter Steven Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness) are teaming up for a John Belushi biopic. At this point, Phillips is only attached as a producer.
-Speaking of biopics, director Jon Chu (Step Up 3D) has just been tapped to direct the 3-D concert/biopic centering on Justin Bieber. The movie is scheduled to hit theaters over Valentine’s Day weekend next year.
-Bugs Bunny will be the latest animated character to get the live-action/CGI treatment. David Berenbaum has been tapped by Warner Bros. to draft a script on the Looney Tunes figure.
The tumultuous, romantic relationship between film icons Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton (who were wed twice) will be the subject of a new film based on the book Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and the Marriage of the Century.
Some of the material for the book was offered by Elizabeth Taylor herself, who provided love letters written to her by Burton and an unpublished first draft of Taylor’s 1965 autobiography.
The part of Taylor is one of the best movie roles to come along in a long, long time - and all of Hollywood is chomping at the bit to get involved. Sources say that Angelina Jolie and Catherine Zeta-Jones are both interested in the role. Clive Owen, Colin Farrell and Russell Crowe are all eager to play the part of Richard Burton.
Read More | Entertainment Tonight
(Warning: Explicit language featured in the clip above)
Chris Rock and Adam Sandler are producing a new biopic focusing on the life of well-loved comedian Richard Pryor, who inspired countless comics during his career. Pryor appeared in films and on stage from the 1960s to his 2005 death, though he is best known for his ribald standup routines.
Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said details Pryor’s early life, rise to fame and his serious drug problems, which led to the famous “freebasing incident” of 1981. Marlon Wayans will portray Pryor in the flick, though the role was originally given to Eddie Murphy. Murphy passed on the movie due to “creative differences.” Rumor has it that Pryor himself, who passed away in 2005 at 65, wanted Mike Epps to play the role.
Chris Rock said that Marlon’s screen test was amazing, and Wayans himself stated “I’m ready” to play the part.
Read More | CNN
Posted by Robin Paulson Categories:
Believe it or not, this isn’t an archive photo of an anorexic Marilyn Monroe—it’s Naomi Watts.
As reported previously, Watts is set to play the iconic blonde in an upcoming biopic based on the “imagined memoir” titled Blonde, by Joyce Carol Oates.
She’s got the hair, lips, expression, pose, and wardrobe to a T, but can she pull off portraying Monroe’s complex, tortured character?
Read More | Daily Mail
Decades after her death, Marilyn Monroe remains one of the most iconic film stars of all time - and actresses of today still long to be like her. Pretty soon, two of them will get the opportunity to pretend to be like her.
Naomi Watts (The Ring, King Kong) will star as the bombshell in a film adaptation of Blonde, the novel by Joyce Carol Oates. Meanwhile, Michelle Williams (Dawson’s Creek) will be playing Monroe in My Week With Marilyn, which revolves around the filming of the movie The Prince and the Showgirl (a fun, period piece co-starring Laurence Olivier).
Read More | Perez Hilton
What’s next for the Prince of Persia? How about playing one of America’s greatest heroes? Jake Gyllenhaal spoke to reporters recently about the role he longs to play: Joe Namath.
“I’ve been working on it for a long time, trying to develop that story,” Gyllenhaal said of the project. “It would be a dream to play [football star Joe Namath].”
Read More | Perez Hilton
UPDATE: Fox411.com is now reporting that Lohan has some “reservations” and has not yet officially signed on.
Lindsay Lohan‘s come a long way since her years as a Disney star. It’s just been confirmed that the troubled actress will play Linda Lovelace in the independent movie Inferno.
Lovelace, real name Linda Susan Boreman, was a porn star best known for her work in 1972’s Deep Throat.
“We’ve all thought that Lindsay would be a great choice for a while now, and we’re all convinced that she is going to do it,” producer Wali Razaqi said. “For at least a year, the director Matthew Wilder and I have gone back and forth imagining how awesome of a performance she could give if she was in the movie.”
Read More | Los Angeles Times
Courtney Love wants James McAvoy - not Robert Pattinson - to play Kurt Cobain in the biopic of his musician’s life.
Cobain’s widow thinks the Scottish actor would be “great” for the role. If not McAvoy, then Ryan Gosling.
“Isn’t that so stupid, who would cast him? That’s just wrong, no offense,” Courtney said about the Pattinson rumors. “I watched the Twilight stuff very, very recently and I get it, it resonates with the teenage girl in me, I understand epic love of that nature; I write about it all the time. But isn’t that silly?”
The “Celebrity Skin” hitmaker told the Canadian Press she wants casting approval and a say on the script and hopes her producer pal Trudie Styler, Sting’s wife, will act as her “proxy” in making sure the movie is done “right.”
The rocker - who thinks it would be too painful to ever watch the film - claims she will scrap the project altogether if Moon producer Trudie declines to be involved.
Read More | Canadian Press
© Gear Live Media, LLC. 2007 – User-posted content, unless source is quoted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Public Domain License. Gear Live graphics, logos, designs, page headers, button icons, videos, articles, blogs, forums, scripts and other service names are the trademarks of Gear Live Inc.