Wong Kar Wai's latest will open the 63rd edition of the Berlinale February 7th out of competition. Also in Wednesday's round-up of news, Angelina Jolie is eyeing her second directorial project for Universal; Jon Voight is eyeing a KGB agent role in an upcoming Ronald Reagan pic; Universal sets a date for Riddick; and the National Film Registry names titles to its list.
Angelina Jolie is one step closer to another helping of Salt as Columbia Pictures hits the negotiating table with Seven Years in Tibet writer Becky Johnston.
Naturally with the 2010 original grossing $293.5 million, including $118,311,368 in the U.S., the studio has incentive to get a Salt 2 underway, especially with its irreplaceable star, Angelina Jolie, threatening retirement in the not-too-distant future.
Columbia hired the first Salt's writer Krut Wimmer to write the sequel, but Jolie had apparently scoffed at the script and had not committed to a re-do, according to THR. The studio searched for a replacement who could re-style the story that will satisfy all involved.
Johnston's other credits include The Prince of Tides (1991) as well as Wonder Woman and Brad Bird's San Francisco earthquake story, 1906.
Johnston's participation will be a departure from her previous work, though there's at least one connection. Seven Years in Tibet, released 15 years ago, starred Jolie's future partner, Brad Pitt.
Angelina Jolie says she's thinking about giving up acting to be a stay-at-home mom, but hasn't she been semi-retired for a while now? Jolie, who can generate headlines simply by pursing her pillow lips a certain way, started the Internet buzzing when she told Britain's Channel 4 News (via the Huffington Post): "I think I'm going to have to give up the acting as the kids hit the teenage years...too much to manage at home." more »
The Jolie-Pitt brood appear to have caught the acting bug from their folks. Last August, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's four-year-old daughter was cast as the young Princess Aurora in Maleficent, starring her superstar mother in the title role. Now, two siblings are set to join the production, and with a 2014 release date, could there be room for more?
It is by far and away no secret that Hollywood compensation for a certain cadre of stars have been rocketing beyond the stratosphere for some time now, but one A-lister, in the form of Brad Pitt, says that the era of paychecks reaching into the tens of millions for some may be coming to a close.
Also in Thursday morning's round-up of new briefs, the Academy is set to honor four at its annual Governor's Awards dinner. Toronto's When I Saw You lands distribution. And new Clint Eastwood film is headed to the Tokyo International Film Festival.
Nepotism strikes again (but that's okay): Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's 4-year-old daughter Vivienne Jolie-Pitt has scored her first movie role. The tot will play a young version of Princess Aurora, later played as a teenager by 14-year-old Elle Fanning, in Disney's live-action Maleficent, which stars Jolie as the famous evil witch of Sleeping Beauty lore and is in production gearing towards a 2014 release. According to The Sun, it was mama Jolie's idea: "Ange thought it would be a fun experience for her and Viv to share, and Viv is a natural." [The Sun via The Insider]
Cower in fear (and admiration) for the villainous Angelina Jolie! Releasing a first look at their upcoming Maleficent, Disney announced today that production is underway on the Jolie-toplined adaptation centered on Sleeping Beauty's evil witch, which "reveals the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora." Just look at those cheekbones. Scary!
File under WTF, Out of Left Field, and Most Probably Not Happening, Like Ever: According to Deadline, rumor has it that Angelina Jolie, coming off of her directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey, has been in the unofficial running to join the 50 Shades of Grey adaptation -- not as Mrs. Robinson, not as some kinky bondage-enthusiast, but as... director.
They'll soon go from Mr. and Mrs. Smith to Mr. and Mrs. Pitt -- that's right, celebrity supercouple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are finally making it official. A rep for the pair confirmed their news today to THR, calling it "a promise for the future." Really, isn't the long-awaited Brangelina engagement a promise for us all?
The champagne's been tippled, the winners are all celebrating, and somewhere Uggie's getting a LOT of sausages. So let's relive the highlights of the 2012 Academy Awards show! Click through for Movieline's gallery and name your favorite moment from the big night. Was it Best Supporting Actress Octavia Spencer's emotional acceptance speech? Or Descendants co-scripter Jim Rash's impromptu Angelina Jolie impersonation? Those bits and more in vivid photographic detail after the jump!
Ahem! Billy Bob Thornton wants to clear something up: "I would never make a movie about my best friend, either, or any other ex of mine, or something. That's not my bag. I don't mind exposing myself, but I'm certainly not gonna make a movie about someone else. [...] If she came to me, or any of my friends came to me, and said, 'I would like for you to write a film about these experiences I’ve had,' then I would consider that. But no — we don’t even know how that happened." Alas. [Vulture]
This should be interesting: Variety's Gregg Goldstein reports from Berlinale that Billy Bob Thornton is working on a script for an "'ethereal' road movie" entitled And Then We Drove. Based partly on experiences from his time with ex Angelina Jolie, Thornton says "[it's about] a guy who's on a road trip and picks up this girl along the way, and what happens to them. It's about the question of life: 'What is this? Where do I fit in?'" Or, maybe: Honey, Have You Seen My Vial of Blood? Thornton, who premiered his latest directorial effort Jayne Mansfield's Car in Berlin, will also direct. [Variety]
Watching mixed martial artist Gina Carano fight on television, director Steven Soderbergh was struck by inspiration: Why not build an action movie around the lethal (and yes, gorgeous) athlete to show audiences what a real action heroine could look like? Forget Angelina Jolie in Salt, or any number of actresses who’ve unconvincingly flitted their way through the genre. Carano was the real deal, a woman who can dole out punches with bone-shattering believability, leap between buildings, and battle Hollywood’s best leading men with aplomb, as evidenced in this week’s Haywire.
I honestly have no idea where 2011 went. I vaguely remember what follows here. There might have been more. You tell me.