Ben Stiller Might Find a Secret Life, and 5 Other Stories You'll Be Talking About Today
Also in this Friday (Friday!) edition of The Broadsheet: Ben Affleck in talks for Gatsby... The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences gets a spirited new CEO... Joe Eszterhas has returned... and more ahead.
· Seemingly in development since the Internet was invented, it looks like The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is ready for another go. Deadline reports that Ben Stiller is discussing the lead role with Twentieth Century Fox following a script rewrite by Steve Conrad. Stiller is just the latest funnyman to circle the role originated by Danny Kaye, following in the footsteps of Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell and Sacha Baron Cohen. [Deadline]
· Speaking of Bens: Ben Affleck may star as Tom Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's obviously-happening-despite-Baz's-silly-non-committals The Great Gatsby. Affleck would star opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan. [Deadline]
· The latest crazy Vincent Gallo role has arrived, with a twist; it's actually two roles! Gallo will star in The Legend of Kaspar Hauser for director David Manuli as both the Italian-speaking "Pusher" and English-speaking "Sherriff." [THR]
· The king of '90s soft-core has returned! Joe Eszterhas -- the prolific screenwriter behind Basic Instinct, Showgirls and Flashdance -- has written Lust, which THR describes as a cross between Basic Instinct and Fatal Attraction. Because what else would you expect. [THR]
· As long as X-Men: First Class star January Jones keeps talking, she keeps being awesome. "Where are you getting this sh*t?" Jones said to a reporter for Marie Clare UK after being asked if she went into modeling to prove that she was pretty to some high school mean girls. "It sounds like something I might have said when I was, like, 15. The bitches in high school were bitches because I was pretty." [Fashion Etc via Jezebel]
· Here's some pretty major industry news that doesn't have to do with silly remakes or unnecessary 3-D adaptations of literary classics: Dawn Hudson has been named CEO of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences by its Board of Governors. Hudson was previously head of Film Independent, and helped put the Spirit Awards on the map. For more information on this hiring, click through to Movieline sister site Deadline. [Deadline]