The motherfuckers are still trying to get that Footloose remake off the ground, and they’ve finally put together an entire principal cast, starting with Kenny Wormald, who will play the Kevin Bacon character, replacing Chace Crawford who replaced Zac Efron. Wormald is a virtual unknown (his credits include Center Stage 2). And who will take on the John Lithgow role? Dennis Quaid. That’s actually not a bad choice, if you have to remake the film. Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan) has fallen far enough off his Hustle pedestal to resort to directing this. He will be adding his own “southern grit” to the production and, by “southern grit,” I’m sure he means “chaining a half-naked woman to a radiator and exploiting Southern stereotypes.”
Meanwhile, I swear to God that “Footloose” is the earwormiest song of all time (ooh, SRL idea!), and the mere mention of the title gets the goddamn song lodged in my brain for no less than 36 hours. Maybe this will help exorcise it from your brain.
Lauren Graham is the latest addition to the cast of Scream 4, joining Hayden Panettiere, Anthony Anderson, Rory Culkin, Lake Bell, Nico Tortorella and Emma Roberts, as well as returning stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette. Graham will play the mother of Emma Roberts’ character. She will be stunning, because she just can’t help it, people. (Ghouls on Film)
Judd Apatow will produce Business Trip, which will star his wife, Leslie Mann. The movie — about a group of women who go on a business trip and do anything but business is being described as The Hangover with women. The plan is to have it ready by January 2011. I hope it works out better than the last attempt at a raunchy female-driven comedy, the underappreciated The Sweetest Thing (uh huh. I went to the underappreciated well on that one. What do you gotta say about it, dick?). (Deadline)
That wrap-up movie that Tim Kring was hoping to get for “Heroes”? Yeah. Probably not going to happen. (EW)
One of the most promising actors under the age of 25, Imogen Poots, has joined the cast of Fright Night as the female lead, joining another of the most promising actors under 25, in Anton Yelchin. And stop it — you’re better than that! You don’t have to snicker at her name every time. Brother. Note, also, that despite this being a remake, with David Tennant, Colin Farrel, and Toni Collette, as well as Lars and the Real Girl director Craig Gillespie on board, it might just be decent. (THR)
I got word a few weeks back from the Cog that All Quiet on the Western Front was being remade, but I didn’t give it a shot at actually making it through the development process. Looks like I’m going to be wrong, as Daniel Radcliffe has signed on to play the lead. And I’m sorry, with Harry Potter as my only real evidence, I don’t think Radcliffe is a particularly talented actor, and I don’t think he’s suited to a dramatic role of this caliber. (Variety)
Producer Dan Hahn offered a denial so weak it doubles as confirmation with regard to the possibility of a Roger Rabbit sequel. (Empire)
Kristen Bell has joined John Krasinski and Drew Barrymore in Whales, a romantic comedy based on the true story about a small-town news reporter (Krasinski) and a Greenpeace volunteer (Barrymore) who enlist the help of rival superpowers to save three majestic gray whales trapped under the ice of the Arctic Circle. (THR)
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