LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - While David Fincher's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" pulled in $232 million in 2011, there's been no official confirmations that the next two books in the Stieg Larsson trilogy, "The Girl Who Played With Fire" and 'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Next," will make their way to film. However, Fincher revealed recently that he has hope for the possibility.
The director said that Sony, the producer of "Dragon Tattoo," would likely do "something" with the work that's already been done on the sequels.
"I think because [Sony] already has spent millions of dollars on the rights and the script so it will result in something," he told Swedish site Afton Bladet (via Film Divider, which provided translation), talking about Steven Zaillian's screenplays.
"Django Unchained" actress Daniele Watts says she was accosted by police and handcuffed on Thursday in Los Angeles after being mistaken for a prostitute.
Watts, who played house slave "CoCo" in "Django" and is Martin Lawrence's daughter on the new FX comedy "Partners," shared the news on Facebook.
"Today I was handcuffed and detained by 2 police officers from the Studio City Police Department after refusing to agree that I had done something wrong by showing affection, fully clothed, in a public place," she wrote.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - It's another day, another milestone for "Guardians of the Galaxy." Or maybe two.
The Marvel-Disney tentpole has earned $300 million at both the domestic and foreign box offices. "Guardians," the highest grossing film of the year in the U.S., hit the mark on Friday and will make over $305 million Stateside by Sunday. It will cross $600 million worldwide by Saturday.
"Guardians" is the only movie of the year to cross $300 million domestically. Fellow Marvel-Disney blockbuster "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" grossed $259.7 million, Warner Bros.' "The Lego Movie" hauled $257.7 million and Paramount's "Transformers: Age of Extinction" reeled in $244.8 million. "Transformers," however, is the global champ with $1.07 billion. The bulk of its revenues came from China, where "Guardians" won't debut for another month.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - After a long wait, StudioCanal has finally released the first trailer for "Serena," the long-delayed period pic starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.
Susanne Bier directed the pic, which is set in depression-era North Carolina and follows a couple's life as they try to manage their timber empire.
The pic doesn't have a release date yet, but will bow at the London Film Festival next month.
Piya Sinha-Roy, Reuters
Actor Richard Kiel, best known for playing metal-mouthed James Bond villain Jaws, died on Wednesday at a hospital in Fresno, California. He was 74.
Kiel died at Saint Agnes Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Kelley Sanchez said. She did not reveal any further details on the cause of his death, citing patient confidentiality.
Standing 7 feet 2 inches (2.2 meters) tall, Kiel's imposing height made him one of the most recognizable villains in the James Bond film franchise, playing Jaws in 1977's "The Spy Who Loved Me" and 1979's "Moonraker" opposite Roger Moore's Bond.
Brent Lang, Variety.comInstead of a crown, Bill Murray wore a hunting cap, but the actor and comedian received a royal welcome at a question and answer session Friday as part of the Toronto Film Festival's "Bill Murray Day" celebration.
Fans flocked into the TIFF Bell Lightbox, spilling out into the aisles, to watch as the actor riffed, reminisced and philosophized alongside "Ghostbusters" director Ivan Reitman and "Scrooged" screenwriter Mitch Glazer, ostensibly the evening's moderator, but with Murray there's no riding herd.
They came wearing proton packs, ghostbusters outfits and t-shirts bearing Murray catchphrases from films such as "Groundhog Day" and "Caddyshack." There was even a baby outfitted in a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man costume -- "That's a good looking baby," Murray deadpanned.
Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
Argentina’s White Elephant, starring its country’s beloved Ricardo Darin, and directed by Pablo Trapero, traces the relationship between a shantytown priest nearing the end of his career and a young Belgian clergyman (Jérémie Renier, from In Bruges), whose non-traditional methods put him in the midst of a raging drug war.
Deemed the “film of the year” by Beatriz Urraca and Gary M. Kramer, editors of the new Directory of World Cinema : Argentina (Intellect Books) , the 2012 release gets its Philadelphia premiere Friday, Sept. 12, at International House. Both Urraca and Kramer will be on hand to introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion.
In their essay at the begining of the extensive Director of World Cinema: Argentina book -- which also includes contributions from critics Matt Prigge and Carrie Rickey -- editors Urraca and Kramer compare White Elephant to Slumdog Millionaire and City of God for its unflinching look at the urban underclass, its sweeping realism and force.
Brittany Murphy's father has blasted executives at America's Lifetime network for moving forward with a new movie about his late daughter's life and casting an actress who looks nothing like her.
Angelo Bertolotti admits he is "disgusted and outraged" by the unauthorized biopic, The Brittany Murphy Story, calling the project "trashy" and accusing TV bosses of "defiling the memory of my beautiful, talented daughter".
He rages, "Frankly, I am amazed at their audacity of calling it 'a true story' without conducting any research or consulting with any members of the family. The Brittany Murphy Story is an affront to everything my daughter was in real life. It's hideous, unauthorized and completely untrue."