Beyoncé Pregnancy May Push A Star is Born, and 5 Other Stories You'll Be Talking About Today
Also in this Monday edition of The Broadsheet: Gambler writer James Toback is not pleased with the planned remake... Zoe Saldana gets angel wings... Sin City 2 finds a tough screenwriter... and more ahead.
· She's having a bey-by. Singer and sometime actress Beyoncé Knowles revealed to the world at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night that she's pregnant with husband Jay-Z's child. (Insert Destiny's Child joke here.) Congratulations to the happy couple, but what you really care about is the Clint Eastwood-directed remake of A Star is Born that Beyoncé is going to lead. Per Deadline, the planned February start date could be pushed back, which is good news since Warner Bros. still doesn't have a male lead; despite some salesmanship from Eastwood during the J. Edgar shoot, Leonardo DiCaprio is out. Who's next? Will Smith? Jay-Z? Jo Calderone? [Deadline]
· At least one person wasn't over the moon about Paramount's plans to remake the 1974 film The Gambler with Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese and William Monahan attached: original screenwriter James Toback. Toback based The Gambler on his own life as well as Fyodor Dostoyevsky's titular novella, and said he wasn't contacted by Paramount before remake plans were announced. "So learning of the plan to 'remake' my movie at the same time and in the same fashion as any other devoted reader of this esteemed column, I suppose I should feel... what?" he wrote in an email to Deadline. "That a tribute is being paid to a creation I left behind? I suppose. But one doesn't always feel what one is supposed to feel." [Deadline]
· Speaking of William Monahan, the Oscar-winning Departed screenwriter has been hired to work on the script for Sin City 2. [THR/Heat Vision]
· Colombiana star Zoe Saldana has another action-y genre picture in her future: She'll produce and star in Dominion, a supernatural thriller about a half-human/half-angel. [THR]
· Release date time! The Zac Efron-led adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks weepy The Lucky One hits theaters on Aug. 24, 2012. [Box Office Mojo]
· Didn't watch the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night but want to stay in the loop with what happened? Allow New York Times writer Dave Itzkoff to sum the entire show up for you in one image. [NYT/ArtsBeat]