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Biz Break: Casting Your Wife In Your Directorial Debut Isn't Nepotism When She's Jennifer Connelly

By Jodi Clager | Trade News | August 22, 2013 | Comments ()


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  • The newest adaptation of Macbeth has lost Natalie Portman. Dry your crying eyes, because stepping into the role of Lady Macbeth for Justin Kurzel’s film is Marion Cotillard. Meanwhile, Michael Fassbender is still rumored to be the front-runner for Macbeth himself. I don’t know. Does Macbeth swing his dick at all in that play?
  • Paul Bettany is moving from acting to directing with Shelter, a film he also penned. That’s pretty much the gist of what is known about Bettany’s debut aside from two cast members: Jennifer Connelly, and Anthony Mackie. He’s already off to a good start.
  • Ricky Gervais is going to make a movie starring his “The Office” persona David Brent. The clueless Brent will be navigating the music industry. Gervais is also interested in playing a Riddler-type villain in a superhero film.
  • Rambo might become a television series. That could be alright, couldn’t it? An update of some kind on the…oh. Sylvester Stallone will likely be reprising his role as Rambo? Ugh.
  • Since Saoirse Ronan allegedly turned down the role of Scarlet Witch in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel and Joss Whedon are allegedly looking at some other actresses. The alleged front-runner is Elizabeth Olsen. Allegedly.
  • Fifty Shades of Grey is still a thing. The latest rumor is that Dakota Johnson (21 Jump Street, The Social Network) and Charlie Hunnam are the latest Anastasia Stupidsh*ttingName and Whatshisname Grey. Director Sam Taylor-Johnson is supposed to be filming in the next couple of months, so I would think we’ll have some final confirmations soon. Then the movie can come out and hopefully drop a deuce on itself and disappear.

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  • csb

    How long ago was that header image of Connelly taken? I hope it was fairly recent, because she's been looking worryingly stick-figureish for a while now, and it seems above like she's started putting a bit of weight back on.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Here's a photo taken this year and I have to say, she looks fantastic. She's 42 years old and still has her youthful beauty. And I love how she's kind of a bad dresser. It's endearing.

  • DominaNefret

    PAUL BETTANY IS DIRECTING A MOVIE?!?!?!

    Why isn't he starring it like every other actor-turned-director?

    That man has a permanent place on my five, and has since A Knights Tale. After seeing it in theaters, every time I mentioned it to anyone I was like "oh man, there was this amazing guys who played a rakish, pontificating, sesquipedalian, compulsive gambling, naked Geoffrey Chaucer...... You should totally see it."

  • Drake

    I'd think Stallone would be better for a "Mummy" TV series than a "Rambo" one.

  • sjfromsj

    I really don't believe this Charlie Hunnam rumor. Did anyone else listen to his Nerdist interview? He wrote a screenplay about Vlad the Impaler and was hardcore nerding out about it. That does not sound like a man who would be in that bullshit. He also seems to have no interest in sacrificing good entertainment to greatly elevate his stardom, so I just won't believe this until he thoroughly disappoints me and I weep as I watch my Undeclared box set.

  • ,

    Man, I need to watch "The Hot Spot" again. Like, right now.

  • $65530708

    That GIF begs the question why is Ellie Kemper not in everything?

    +1 for Saoirse Ronan allegedly saying NO and NO Dakota! Don't do it!

    I miss Ben & Kate.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Is this version of MacB using the Shakespearean text? Because while I don't grieve the loss of Natalie Portman, who is more miss than hit for me as an actress, I'm doubtful Cotillard can pull off the language. She's a lovely performer, but her English-speaking lacks fluidity.

    I have zero interest in a David Brent movie. I just saw a preview for a new series (HBO? Showtime?) that had someone knocking off David Brent as a hapless dater, and it made me cringe AND roll my eyes.

  • I was initially going to say that MacBeth swings his dick the whole time, but then I realized it'd be more precise to suggest he holds it limply in his hand the whole time.

  • Muhnah_Muhnah

    I'm sorry, you said words after saying Jennifer Connelly will be in a movie with Anthony Mackie, but I don't know what they meant. I'll assume they weren't important. Things to do, bunks to get to, you know how it is.

  • Losing a Portman and finding a Cotillard? Lucky day!

    When it's Jennifer Connelly we call it the Artist/Muse relationship, rather than plain ol' nepotism.

  • Homme-Fatal

    Seriously though, why isn't Jennifer Connelly in everything? She's insanely talented and frontrunner for most beautiful woman in the world. It feels like - for all the recognition she's received - she's still massively underrated.

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