There was quite a bit of news that didn’t warrant its own post today. Much of it doesn’t even warrant inclusion here, but you get to hear about it anyway.
First up: There’s going to be another Harold and Kumar film: A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas. John Cho, Kal Penn, and Neil Patrick Harris are expected to return (though, I’d imagine Kal Penn’s job in the White House might present a problem). It’ll be Christmas related (duh): I imagine it’ll be about a magical Yule log that you can smoke and smoke and smoke.
In washed-up news, Ray Stevenson, Christopher Walken and Val Kilmer have signed on as the leads in The Irishman, an action film based on the real story of mobster Danny Green. It’s based on To Kill the Irishman: The War That Crippled the Mafia by Rick Porrello. According to THR: “Greene was a violent Irish-American gangster who competed with the Italian mob in 1970s Cleveland and ended up provoking a countrywide turf war that crippled the mafia. Walken will play the loan shark and nightclub owner Shondor Birns, and Kilmer is a Cleveland police detective who befriends Greene.”
In news of the inexplicable variety, Katie Holmes has signed onto the Guillermo del Toro scripted Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark “based on a 1973 ABC telepic about a young girl who moves in with her father and his girlfriend and discovers they are sharing the house with devilish creatures.” Troy Nixey, a comic-book writer and Del Toro protege, will be making his directorial debut. It’s nice to see that Tom Cruise is letting Holmes out of the house.
Edward Norton and Robert De Niro, who starred together in the very mediocre heist film, The Score, are reteaming for Stone, about a “correctional officer (De Niro) who is seduced by the wife of a convicted arsoist (Norton) up for parole.” John Curran (We Don’t Live Here Anymore) is set to direct.
James McAvoy, who has been conspicuously absent since last summer’s Wanted, has paired up with Elizabeth Banks (who has not been at all absent this last year) for The Details. It’s a black comedy written and directed by Jacob Estes (Mean Creek) about a couple, to be played by McAvoy and Banks, “who discover an infestation of raccoons in their back yard. Disagreements over how to deal with the animals lead to an escalating series of events.” Anna Friel and Laura Linney have also joined the cast.
Finally, I leave you with the very first picture of Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) in his new Iron Man 2 suit, courtesy of People. And is it just me, or does it look like Downey has spent a little too much time in the hair salon: