Tobey Maguire, that great kid from Pleasantville and Cider House Rules, got all growed up, got himself a comic-book franchise, and became a big goddamn movie star. And what do movie stars do? They start their own production companies. And wear do rags. And tell you that you can’t smoke in the house anymore. Fucking divas. Anyway, ever since Mr. Maguire put up his own shingle it seems like he’s been attaching his name to everything with a title. He’s currently attached to something like 17 movies. And it takes him two years to make a film because he’s all Mr. Method now. So, basically, he’s just hogging up all the good stuff cause he can. And that’s some bullshit.
The latest movie he’s cast his gooey net all over for safe keeping is Pawn Sacrifice, in which he’d play the chess great, Bobby Fisher. The script comes from Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, and the forthcoming RFK biopic with Matt Damon), and its focus is on Fischer’s life around 1972, when he faced off against Russian Boris Spassky to decide the fate of the Cold War. Or play a game of chess. One or the other. I’ve heard it both ways (can you believe there was a time in America where we actually care about chess players?).
Speaking of Bobby Fischer, whatever happened to that kid in Searching for Bobby Fischer (Max Pomeranc)? Now, that was a great movie.
As for Tobey Maguire and Pawn Sacrifice? He’ll put it on the pile, and we’ll see which one of the dozen and a half movies he’s got on his slate that he’ll do next. I’m still holding out hope that it’s Prisoners of Trebekistan.
In other news, Zach Galifianakis has one solid turning role in an ensemble movie, and now, he apparently gets to make any goddamn movie he wants. He and Tobey Maguire should form a support group for people with too much power and success and happiness. Thanks to the success of The Hangover, he’s got five movies coming out, and he’s attached to at least another four. Dude’s striking while the iron is blazing, which is probably smart because he may very well have an expiration date.
The latest movie he’s attached himself too? According to ShocktilYourDrop, he’s now attached to Miracle Worker, which is about a man who “is put on a path that has him posing as an exorcist with a pal. The two think they’ve got a good thing going until they’re faced with a real menace.”
Wait. That’s it? I don’t even know why I bothered writing that up. That sounds like a silly Ghost Hunters premise. I hope nobody drops their pen.