Two teaser trailers (as if you could have missed these over the weekend): one for "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (which is due out in November) here; and one for "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" (which is due out in December) here. We’re not so impressed by the Narnia trailer, but that’s doubtless due to their trying to put anything promotional together this early on.
Bryan Singer, who started with "The Usual Suspects" and who proved himself one of the best young mainstream directors out there with his excellent X-Men films, will follow up his next franchise film, "Superman Returns," with a far more mundance and tragic hero: he’s planning to direct an adaptation of Randy Shilts’ "The Mayor of Castro Street," about San Francisco city council member Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California. Milk was assassinated, along with Mayor George Moscone, shortly after being elected, and has become a mythologized figure himself: at the city’s famous Grace Cathedral, you can buy wall hangings and postcards of Saint Harvey Milk.
Magnolia Pictures has picked up the rights to Lodge H. Kerrigan’s "Keane," which gathered good or at least interesting buzz at Telluride, Toronto and New York last year with its unflinching look at the mind of a man suffering from schizophrenia. Theatrical release is planned for fall.
And in casting, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jennifer Connelly will play Macbeth and his Lady in, yes, "Macbeth," to be directed by Todd Louiso, who previously directed Hoffman in "Love Liza," but who we know best as Dick the most socially awkward record store clerk in the world in "High Fidelity." Anthony Edwards joins a previously confirmed Mark Ruffalo in David Fincher’s "Zodiac" — the two will play detective partners investigating the serial murders. And Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman may appear in a movie together after all; eager to get the nastiness of the "Eucalyptus" implosion out of public memory, they’re in talks to star in Baz Luhrmann‘s next film, which he’s calling "Oz’s answer to ‘Gone with the Wind.’" Oh, and don’t we hope Crowe gets to sing in it.
+ Singer’s Got Milk (Film Stew)
+ Magnolia Pictures Announces "Keane" Fall Release (indieWIRE)
+ Connelly and Hoffman Join The Scottish Film (Empire)
+ Anthony Edwards in Fincher’s Zodiac (ComingSoon)
+ Russell, Nicole Hooking Up? (E! Onilne)