In a press conference for the Fighter, Mark Wahlberg — discussing his fondness for Amy Adams — was refreshingly honest about his assessment of The Happening. Fucking trees, man. (Movieline)
I was such a huge fan of [Amy Adams]. We’d actually had the luxury of having lunch before to talk about another movie, and it was a bad movie that I did. She dodged the bullet. I don’t want to tell you what movie… All right, The Happening with M. Night Shyamalan. It is was it is. Fucking trees, man, the plants. Fuck it. You can’t blame me for wanting to try to play a science teacher. You know? I wasn’t playing a cop or a crook.
Lindsey Lohan was kicked from the potentially career-saving Linda Lovelace biopic, Inferno, and now Malin Ackerman has been replaced as the woman who starred in Deep Throat. (The Wrap)
Two of those 13 Prolific Screenwriters Whose Faces You’d Never Recognize, Rhett Rheese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland) have been hired to direct a movie called Doc and Howie, based on Steve Leff’s Black List script. It’s about two men who fail to help an old lady with her groceries and become responsible for her death. They then meet the granny’s two gorgeous grand-daughters, Doc and Howie, and must decide whether to tell them their role in their grandmother’s death. (THR)
Justin Bieber was named the artist of the year by the American Music Association. You make of that what you want. (THR)
Leonardo DiCaprio will star in a feature film based on the non-fiction JFK assassination book Legacy of Secrecy, written by Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann. It’s another JFK conspiracy movie, this one positing that the Mafia may have been behind his death. Martin Scorsese may direct. (Deadline)
Speaking of assassinated presidents, Steven Spielberg has announced that Daniel Day Lewis has been cast as Abraham Lincoln in Spielberg’s long-gestating Lincoln, based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals, adapted by Tony Kushner. (Deadline)