Guillermo del Toro‘s next film? "Champions," an adaptation of this ’60s Brit TV show about a team of secret agents who are rescued and given super powers by an advanced civilization when their plane crashed in the Himalayas. This will be a swing back to the commercial side for del Toro, who’s proven himself comfortable working in both. [Via Variety] And Roman Polanski‘s next film will be "The Ghost," based on this novel by Robert Harris, a political thriller about a ghostwriter who uncovers dangerous secrets when working on the memoirs of a former British prime minister. [Via Variety]
[E]ven now thereâ€™s a movie Iâ€™d love to get my hands on, just because I didnâ€™t do the final shaping of it. It would probably never be seen but Iâ€™d just like to do it for myself. Finianâ€™s Rainbow. [He directed the musical, which stars Fred Astaire and Petula Clark, in 1968.] Iâ€™d love to take 20 minutes out of Finianâ€™s Rainbow because I just think it could be made so much better. [Via Movie City News]
"Get Carter" fans
are unhappy about the planned demolition of the multi-story Gateshead
parking lot â€” the Trinity Centre Multi-Storey Car Park â€” featured in the film, scheduled to start this month, reports
Arifa Akbar at the Independent.
The films submitted for Best Animated Feature Film Oscar consideration are up here. It’s going to be another three nominee year.
And Maria Bello tells Kevin Maher at the Telegraph "I think, maybe, Iâ€™ve picked roles that are a mix of the Madonna and the whore."
Being raised Roman Catholic, these archetypes were strong in my life and difficult to break. So in the roles Iâ€™ve chosen I had to smash them in myself â€“ I could never live up to either the Madonna or the whore, because Iâ€™m a mixture of both.
+ United Artists revives ‘Champions’ (Variety)
+ Roman Polanski returns with ‘Ghost’ (Variety)
+ Coppola Without Hollywood (Vanity Fair)
+ Critics Are Cool to `Young Frankenstein’ (AP)
+ ‘Get Carter’ fans mourn for car park (Independent)
+ 12 Animated Features Submitted for 2007 OscarÂ® Consideration (Oscars.org)
+ Why the lady is also a tramp (Telegraph)