Jonathan Demme Leaves Honeymoon with Harry at the Altar, and 5 Other Stories You'll Be Talking About Today

demme_225.jpgAlso in this Friday edition of The Broadsheet: David O. Russell might direct a Russ Meyer biopic... Kevin Costner locks down a Super(man) role... Disney closes up shop in Toyko... and more ahead.

· There is nothing more frustrating than reading about a great-sounding Hollywood project going belly up. As such, prepare to be frustrated. Movieline sister site Deadline reports that director Jonathan Demme has left the long-gestating Honeymoon with Harry "because he grew frustrated with [co-star] Robert De Niro's hemming and hawing about the project." De Niro -- who was set to co-star in the New Line film with new buddy Bradley Cooper -- reportedly wasn't impressed with the rewrite Demme and Jenny Lumet did to Paul Haggis' Black List script. The Oscar-winning director wanted to take the film to another studio, but Cooper apparently didn't want to seem "disloyal" to his Limitless co-star. Harry is about the relationship that forms between an ex-womanizer (Cooper) and the father of his fiance (De Niro) following her death. Expect to see it in theaters in a very long time. [Deadline]

· The comeback of David O. Russell warms my heart -- and then makes me want to drop a c-bomb. Fox Searchlight is reportedly working on a deal to get the former outcast behind the camera for a Russ Meyer biopic. This sounds all kinds of cool. [Deadline]

· What was rumor is now fact: Kevin Costner has officially signed on to play Jonathan Kent in Zack Snyder's Superman reboot. [THR/Heat Vision]

· With things going from bad to worse in Japan, Disney has officially suspended operations in the country. "Our top priority is the well-being of our employees and their families during this challenging time and we will continue to closely monitor the situation as it develops," Disney said in a statement. [LAT/Company Town]

· Hey, remember when people cared about Charlie Sheen? Well, some still do! "Charlie Sheen's: Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option" tour -- yes, that's the title -- has added 12 cities to its itinerary, and sold out two shows at Radio City Music Hall. Come on, New Yorkers -- I know you're better than this. [THR]

· Samuel L. Jackson will star in The Samaritan as an ex-con trying to go straight. Let's just go ahead and guess that doesn't go too smoothly. [Deadline]


  • Martini Shark says:

    I always love when New Yorkers claim to be culturally superior. First Cats, now Charlie Sheen sells out RCMH. You can't blame that one on the tourists!

  • NP says:

    Hey! It's a huge metro area, okay? You know how many people in the audience will be from New Jersey, Long Island, and several points north of the city? Yeah, okay. /defensive