I find the Important Stuff so you don’t have to.
1. Academy Award Winning Film Producer Richard Zanuck Died.
The famous producer started his career with Compulsion in 1959, and worked on many notable films including The Sound of Music, The Sting, Jaws, The Verdict, Cocoon, Driving Miss Daisy, Mullholland Falls, Planet of the Apes , Big Fish, Road to Perdition, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Dark Shadows. Zanuck suffered a heart attack just after returning from vacation and a meeting with Tim Burton—who was interested in directing his next venture. Upon Zanuck’s passing, Director Steven Spielberg commented, “In 1974, Dick Zanuck and I sat in a boat off Martha’s Vineyard and watched the mechanical shark sink to the bottom of the sea. Dick turned to me and smiled. ‘Gee, I sure hope that’s not a sign.’ That moment forged a bond between us that lasted nearly 40 years. He taught me everything I know about producing…”
Additionally, Sylvester Stallone’s son Sage—who was supposed to be married this weekend—was found dead at his home. Early reports speculate the 36 year old accidentally overdosed; the exact cause of death is under investigation.
2. Daniel Radcliffe Is Going Even More Dark and Weird.
Looks like our boy Potter wants to work his way beyond Voldemort territory. Radcliffe went from horror/thriller The Woman in Black to Kill Your Darlings—a thriller involving a murder—and next he’ll play a supernatural being suspected of raping and killing his girlfriend. Horns is based on a novel by Joe Hill (aka Stephen King’s son), and follows Ig Perrish (Radcliffe), who is oddly transformed after a night of partying. Ig wakes to find a pair of horns growing from his head. And they’re not just any old horns, they’re magic horns that can make other people a) confess their sins and b) give in to their base impulses. I wonder if that means stuff like this:
Horns will be directed by Alexandre Aja (Piranha, The HIlls Have Eyes ).
3. Comic-Con Got the Lowdown on “Homeland,” Season 2.
If you haven’t watched Season 1 yet, kick yourself and then find a way to watch it. Claire Danes, Damian Lewis turn in performances that’ll make you twitch, shift nervously from butt cheek to butt cheek, and unconsciously hold your breath half of each episode. Since I don’t want to spoil those who haven’t watched yet, I’m whiting out the Season 2 info, just swipe below to see:
Comic-Con fans viewed the Season 2 trailer which revealed the season opening in Beruit (shot in Israel) with a bad situation at the U.S. Embassy. After recovering from her electroshock therapy, Carrie (Danes) spends some time teaching, but at Saul’s (Mandy Patinkin) behest, returns to CIA undercover work (as a brunette) and sent to the Middle East. Brody (Lewis) now a Congressman, remains in close contact with the Vice President and becomes involved in Carrie’s mission. We all shit our pants another twelve episodes. End Spoilers.
*Please don’t discuss spoilers in the comments.
2. Brad Pitt Stopped Talking to His World War Z Director; Reshoots Get Awkward.
The Zombie outbreak film being directed by Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace, Machine Gun Preacher, Finding Neverland) has reportedly hit bumps all through production, with scheduling problems and both the studio and its main star unhappy with some of the sequences. After postponing the release date to 2013 and scheduling reshoots, there are still unresolved problems with the film’s ending. Crack scriptwriter Damon Lindelof was brought in to review and make suggestions, along with other writers, and Pitt has final approval over whatever new content is incorporated. But all those issues pale in comparison to the fact that Pitt has gotten so frustrated, he will no longer speak to Forster (despite the fact that he fought the studio to get Forster the directing gig). Not knowing exactly what’s going on behind the scenes, who can say whether either Pitt or the director is to blame? With all the bad press, it’s hard to see how this big budget film is going to make back its investment. Get it together, boys!
1. Marvel Premiered Guardians of the Galaxy Concept Art, Announced Thor and Captain America Sequel Titles and Release Dates; Robert Downey Jr. Made a Surprise Comic-Con Appearance and Promoted His New Iron Man 3 Director.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Scheduled for release November 18, 2013 is Thor: The Dark World (to be directed by “Game of Thrones’” Alan Taylor), followed by the April 4, 2014 release of Captain America: Winter Soldier (to be directed by he Russo Brothers). Meanwhile, Guardians of the Galaxy (no director announced) will be released August 1, 2014, and feature Drax the Destroyer, Groot, Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon and Gamora.
Check out Robert Downey Jr. crashing the Comic-Con Iron Man 3 costume party:
The man himself pumped up the crowd for Director Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang; Jon Favreau will still Executive Produce Iron Man 3, as well as make an acting appearance.
Cindy Davis is made of steel.