Archive for September, 2010
September 21, 2010 • Category: Role Rumors
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(Speculative but interesting (and entertaining!) article!)
Have Hollywood’s powerful Scientologists killed Paul Thomas Anderson’s thinly veiled movie about the controversial Church’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard? Conspiracy theories are swirling in Los Angeles following the revelation that Anderson’s 1950s-based film The Master, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, has been postponed indefinitely.
Anderson’s film is not officially about Hubbard and the Church of Scientology. But the similarities could hardly be more striking and the Hollywood trade papers and websites describe it variously as a satire and a parable.
Written by Anderson, who made the Oscar-winning There Will Be Blood, the script follows the rise of a religion called The Cause through the story of its charismatic leader and his apprentice.
Hoffman was due to play the Church’s founder while Jeremy Renner, who made his name in The Hurt Locker, was to play the apprentice. Most important to this story, Reese Witherspoon was reported to have been offered the role of the Master’s wife, Mary Sue.
The lead actors had already begun rehearsals and filming was due to start in August – but nothing happened.
Now Renner has told Total Film that the movie has been “postponed indefinitely at this point”. He went on: “It really kind of stalled because when we were rehearsing – Phil, Paul and myself – we kept coming up against a wall that we couldn’t overcome. Or at least Paul couldn’t overcome.”
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September 11, 2010 • Category: Films & Projects
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I’ve just come across this new article about the title artwork for a new film starring Reese titled ‘Brave’, and I have to say it’s the first I’ve heard of this! Can any of our visitors help to enlighten me on this movie?
Disney’s Hollywood Studios cast member Paul Chadkin spotted and photographed the first known title artwork for Disney/Pixar’s Brave today in poster form at the park’s Animation Building. Note that the logo for the film (originally titled The Bear and the Bow) has been modified from the original photo for its presentation here and may or may not properly represent the true artwork.
Pixar animator Chris Chua noted that Princess Merida (Reese Witherspoon) and her mother, Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson) are prominently represented in the logo here as well (pay special attention to the detail in the lettering).
The Pixar original fairytale, set in a rugged and mythic Scotland, features the impetuous, tangle-haired Merida who would prefer to make her mark as a great archer despite being a daughter of royalty. A clash of wills with her mother compels Merida to make a reckless choice, which unleashes unintended peril on her father’s kingdom and her mother’s life. Merida struggles with the unpredictable forces of nature, magic and a dark, ancient curse to set things right.
Brave is slated to be released in North America on June 15, 2012.
Reese attended the Stand Up To Cancer event last night, as expected. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find any photos of Reese on the red carpet for the event or backstage, but she did appear in a message during the show, asking people to call and donate. So maybe she snuck in a back door, or pre-recorded her message. Either way, thanks to Brianne we have a video of Reese’s message! I’ve added screencaps to the Gallery, and will upload the video asap.
If you’d like to donate to Stand Up 2 Cancer then you can do so here, and you can find out more about the charity and the show here.
– TV & Interviews > Award Shows & Events > 2010 – Stand Up 2 Cancer
September 4, 2010 • Category: "This Means War"
Comments Off on Reese Witherspoon set to begin filming ‘This Means War’ in Vancouver
Reese Witherspoon, who recently wrapped Water For Elephants with co-star Robert Pattinson, is already moving on to her next project.
Reese is set to begin filming This Means War, a movie about two lifelong best friends who wage an epic battle against one another after they both fall in love with the same woman, in Vancouver on September 13.
Tom Hardy and Chris Pine will co-star in the movie, which is being produced by Will Smith, but don’t expect to see too much of Will in Vancity, since he sill start filming Men In Black 3 in New York City on the same day.
This Means War is scheduled to shoot though December 1.