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Whitney Houston’s lengthy, troubled relationship with Bobby Brown was long the stuff of Lifetime movies, and now it literally will be thanks to Angela Bassett. Lifetime announced yesterday that they’re planning an official Lifetime Original Movie on Houston, and that the biopic will mark the directorial debut of the pop star’s Waiting to Exhale co-star Angela Bassett. Considering Houston hits like I Will Always Love You, I Belong to You, All the Man That I Need, Didn’t We Almost Have It All, and Saving All My Life for You, Lifetime is going to have one hell of a time settling on an over-the-top title for this thing.
That story and more in today’s gossip roundup!
And another one bites the dust: Chris Evans announced in Variety that he's going to retire from acting after he fulfills his contract with Marvel. Say it ain't so:
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“I've known for a while I wanted to direct. But (time) never really opens up. There's another movie to do, there's another acting job. It just got to a point where I was like, you know what — I have to do this. If I'm acting at all, it's going to be under Marvel contract, or I'm going to be directing. I can't see myself pursuing acting strictly outside of what I'm contractually obligated to do. Without these movies, I wouldn't be directing. They gave me enough overseas recognition to greenlight a movie. And if I'm speaking extremely candidly, it's going to continue to do that for as long as the Marvel contract runs.”
So about that date Katy Perry and Riff Raff went on… you should watch this video.
In case you've been living under a ROCK for the past 24 hours, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin are consciously uncoupling — that is to say, getting a divorce.
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With Disney and Jon Favreau already at work on a Jungle Book movie, Warner Bros. is teaming with Ron Howard to produce their own competent yet unmemorable take on the material. According to THR, Howard will produce and direct the studio’s live-action adaptation, taking over from Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu to put his completely satisfactory spin on things. Harry Potter series writer Steve Kloves’ daughter, Callie Kloves, has written a screenplay but a cast isn’t yet set. Favreau and Howard can duke it out amongst themselves over who gets to have Vince Vaughn play Shere Khan.
It’s now been nearly a year since Universal revealed that Vin Diesel’s skull fits perfectly into the dimple left by Telly Savalas, attaching Diesel as the lead in their Kojak remake. The project had seemed largely forgotten as Diesel returned his attention to voicing big clunky creatures and driving places, but last night the actor seemed to suggest a director has been found–or at least is being pursued–for the film. Responding to a fan’s question of what director he’d like to work with, Diesel took to his usual forum, Facebook, to say, “Kojak… New York… Ang Lee…” So it sounds like Lee could be in talks to direct America’s favorite smooth, large, grumbling car-wrecker. Hopefully that works out better than it did with Hulk.
Having earned acclaim for Atonement, Pride & Prejudice, and Anna Karenina, director Joe Wright may next bring his finesse for costumed romance to a girl getting fucked in a ball-gag. He’s reportedly become the frontrunner to direct Fifty Shades of Grey, Focus and Universal’s adaptation of E.L. James novel about a young interviewer getting too close to her subject–assuming one considers a contractual BDSM relationship “too close.”
THR’s sources caution, however, that no offer has yet gone out, and directors like Moneyball‘s Bennett Miller, Monster‘s Patty Jenkins, and Gus Van Sant, whose independently-made fan video was apparently still not enough to secure him the job. Unfortunately for Van Sant, producers continue to imagine the film being more like Wright’s The Soloist, but with ankle restraints and screwing instead of cellos and paranoid schizophrenia.
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We can look forward to more of these awkwardly-heroic poses in the near future.
At a shareholder meeting today, Disney CEO Robert Iger revealed that Joss Whedon–the writer-director who turned Marvel’s high-risk ensemble into a hugely-profitable hit that resonated with critics, casual audiences, superfans, people who used to hate the Hulk but now think it was pretty cool how he smashed the shit out of Loki, etc.–will return to direct a sequel to The Avengers. It’s an announcement that’s somewhat expected, but considering Marvel’s record for thrift and casual swapping out of directors, and Whedon’s recent allusions to moving on, it’s one that Whedon’s fan legion will be pleased to hear. And they should similarly like this accompanying news: Whedon will also create a vaguely-described “Marvel-related series” for ABC. So don’t worry: even as he continues his work with the second-biggest franchise going, Joss Whedon remains humble enough to still develop something he can get canceled.
Girlishly dreaming of himself with facial hair again sculpted into a sinister Van Dyke, Kenneth Branagh has entered negotiations to play the evil villain in the Jack Ryan thriller he’s already directing.
Chris Pine remains attached to play Ryan–taking over the Tom Clancy character previously played by Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October, Harrison Ford Patriot Games/Clear and Present Danger), and Ben Affleck (the one with Morgan Freeman)–and if these semi-redundant talks with Branagh work out, the Thor director would play antagonist Viktor Stazov, a character described by THR as “a financial wiz who, with the help of the Russian government, masterminds a plot to devalue American currency and thus destroy the U.S. economy.” LIKE WE NEED ANY HELP WITH THAT. (Edgy political humor.)
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In a departure from his usual routine of telling Will Ferrell to take it from the top, even dimmer this time, Adam McKay may direct Will Smith and Denzel Washington in Warner Bros.’ planned remake of Uptown Saturday Night. But don’t worry, it would be after Anchorman 2. We’ll still get our Anchorman 2.
Assuming This Means War writer Tim Dowling’s script has not deviated too far from the original film, which starred Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier in the lead roles, the remake would see Smith and Washington robbed of a wallet containing what ends up being a winning lottery ticket; their hunt to retrieve the ticket sends them on a wild journey through a criminal underworld full of celebrity appearances, to which McKay could obviously contribute his experience with cameo-filled gang warfare. Harry Belafonte, Flip Wilson, and Richard Pryor were among the notable co-stars of the 1974 version, but if McKay does sign on, one could guess this take might skew less toward calypso, more toward, oh, hi, John C. Reilly. And maybe Sam Jackson? He was in The Other Guys, after all. McKay has at least that black friend. Hopefully Will Smith knows some people.
Also, it should be noted, though Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment is developing the property, the studio still only “hopes” Smith and Washington will star, so it’s still entirely possible the remake won’t happen with those two. If that ends up being the case, I say we just go ahead and make this Step Brothers 2, okay?