There’s been a lot of ticky-tacky items that have been floating around this week that, for whatever reason, we haven’t been able to cover. I shall regurgitate them all into this one post so I can finally close all those goddamn browser tabs.
Screenwriter extraordinaire, Aaron Sorkin, is looking to make his directing debut with The Politician, a movie about John Edwards’ presidential run and sex scandal, based on Andrew Young’s (an Edwards aide) book. That should be interesting. (THR)
The New York Post has confirmed that “Beavis and Butthead,” will return to MTV. They’ll still be in high school, but it will be updated to the modern day. Apparently, this is honestly MTV’s “backdoor means” of showing music videos on the channel again. That a channel specifically created to air music videos has to “backdoor” a means to show music videos again says about all you need to know about the station these days. (NYP)
Christopher McQuarrie, the writer behind The Usual Suspects and most of Bryan Singer’s output, is set to return to the director’s chair for the first time since 2000’s The Way of the Gun. He will direct One Shot, based on the Lee Child novel. Paramount is eying the Jack Reacher series as a potential franchise. A History of Violence screenwriter Josh Olsen is co-writing with McQuarrie. (THR)
Seth Grahame-Smith, who wrote Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, is rewriting John August’s script for Dark Shadows, based on a ’60s daytime supernatural soap opera. Tim Burton will direct and, of course, Johnny Depp will star as Barnabas Collins. (Deadline)
Here’s Taylor Lautner on the set of Abduction, doing his best Tom Cruise impression. (FilmDrunk)
Will Smith is currently developing a movie about Dr. S. Allen Counter, a modern-day explorer and African-American neuroscience professor; he is also director of the Harvard Foundation. (Variety)
The long-in development David O. Russell film Nailed, which still needed several scenes before it could be finished, will have to go on without Russell. After a series of setbacks, production halts, and financial difficulties, Russell has ended his involvement. The future of the movie, about a woman who suffers a nail to the head, begins to have wild sexual urges, and hits Washington to fight for the rights of the bizarrely injured, is very much in doubt. (THR)
There was one Machete character poster, which was released after the others, that we didn’t cover. It’s for Lindsay Lohan. She apparently likes to lick guns.
Amy Ryan, who plays Holly, will return next season for a sizable role on “The Office.” She’ll likely ride off into the sunset with Michael or, maybe, take over after Michael Scott leaves. (EW)
You might remember Jennifer Lawrence. She turned in an incredible performance in the Sundance hit Winter’s Bone and then she turned around and posed for Esquire, looking like this:
The gamble worked. She’s now been cast as Mystique in X-Men: First Class. (THR)
A new series of images from the Greg Mottolla-directed Paul, starring Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, have been released. This is what they look like. (Collider)
There’s a persistent rumor floating around that Jonathon Nolan wants to direct the new Superman, and the WB wants him. There’s also a suggestion that Zachary Levi (“Chuck”) has tested for the role. (Moviehole)
Dario Argento has finally released the remake rights for Suspiria to David Gordon Green, paving the way for a remake from the Pineapple Express director. (Bad Taste)
Here’s the first cast photo from Frank Darabount’s upcoming zombie series, “The Waking Dead.” (i09)
Here’s the trailer for the documentary Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist, and Rebel.