Six Random Items that May Or May Not Ruin Your Day
Every on the Interwebs reported this weekend that, officially, The Hobbit has been greenlit, with Peter Jackson in the director’s chair and Martin Freeman all but official for the lead role of Bilbo Baggins. The Hollywood Cog also reported that James Nesbitt has been offered the role of Bofur. Also, David Tennant and Michael Fassbender are up for roles in the film. David Tennant would be fantastic.
Now, does anyone secretly believe that Peter Jackson pushed Guillermo del Toro out of the director’s chair? Guillermo del Toro reportedly left because he was tired of waiting around for MGM to greenlight the damn thing, although he did two years of work on it. And he apparently left to pursue other projects, and although del Toro is now attached to around three dozen movies, he’s not yet filming anything. If he’d known it’d only take another few months before the green light was official, would he have stayed on? Did Peter Jackson want this all along? Am I just fanning some non-existent flames?
Probably. I still would’ve preferred del Toro, though.
So, there’s going to be a huge celebrity cameo in Hangover 2, and the reports are that it will be Mel Gibson, who will play a tattoo artist. And yes: I am uncomfortable about this.
Here’s the promo poster for Justin Bieber’s upcoming biopic about himself, tentatively title: The Life of Justin Bieber: Surely, You Can do Better than Lesbian Haircut Jokes.
David O. Russell and Natalie Portman abandoned the big-screen adaptation of Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies, but the film is still kicking. Rumors suggests that David Slade, Mike Newell, and Neil Marshall are top candidates to replace the director. Russell apparently had Scarlett Johansson and Bradley Cooper lined up for the leads, but who knows where that’s at now. However, the Hollywood Cog reports that Mia Wasikowska, Tilda Swinton (Lady Catherine) and Catherine O’Hara (Mrs. Bennet) are also in mix.
Richard Branson has bought the rights to, and McG is attached to direct, a 300 style movie about Christopher Columbus discovering America. Or something. That is some kind of an awful idea. (Deadline)
Finally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that jive-talking Barbara Billingsley passed away this weekend, at the age of 94. She was best known as June Cleaver, Beaver’s mom in “Leave it to Beaver.” I will now admit that, I’ve seen every single episode of “leave it to Beaver,” and as a kid, I absolutely adored them, as I did Billingsley. Rest in Peace, Mrs. Cleaver.