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News and Notes from Around the Movie World

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | December 4, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | December 4, 2009 |

How you doing today, folks? Good? Glad to hear it.

First up: Steven Spielberg has abandoned the remake of Harvey, after he and his lead, Robert Downey, Jr., had some creative differences over the script. That’s the awesome power of Downey, folks. He can make one of the best superhero movies of all time without a script and he can sink a remake that should’ve never been remade to begin with. Happy Days, folks!

Elsewhere, Johnny Depp is set to star as Pancho Villa in Emir Kusturica’s Seven Friends of Pancho Villa and the Woman With Six Fingers. It’s set to be a Spanish-language film (there’s a new challenge for Depp) that Salma Hayek will likely co-star in. Filming, however, won’t begin until 2011 because of Depp’s busy schedule; a lot can happen in over a year, so we’ll see if this movie ever really comes together.

Gabe and Alan Polsky, who produced the Bad Lieutenant remake, and also have a few other projects in development including Flowers for Algernon, have purchased the rights to Jonathon Lethem’s sci-fi noir hybrid, Gun, With Occasional Music. That just happens to be the only Lethem novel I haven’t read (the sci-fi part scared me off), so I can’t say whether it’s a good move or not, but Lethem is a fantastic writer, so I’d chalk a plus one up in that column.

Mark Wahlberg has suggested that there are likely two seasons left of “Entourage,” and that the series will eventually end with a movie, which HBO has not ruled out. Awesome — the only thing better than 25 minutes of watching four characters do nothing is watching them do nothing for a full 90 minutes. How very fucking exciting.

According to Production Weekly (via Cinemablend), it looks as though Michelle Williams will be playing Marilyn Monroe in Simon Curtis’ My Week with Marilyn. Great actress, but never would’ve thought of her to play Marilyn Monroe, which is not to say that she can’t pull it off (despite the lack of physical resemblance). We’ll see.

Finally, we’ll end this with a trailer for Brooklyn’s Finest, a cop movie, naturally. It looks OK, but the cast is an interesting mix: Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke, Richard Gere, Wesley Snipes, and Omar. It comes from Training Day’s Antoine Fuqua, so I give it a better chance than even that it’s at least decent, cop cliches notwithstanding:

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