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David Fincher walks away from Angelina Jolie’s “Cleopatra”

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Will Angelina Jolie‘s dream “Cleopatra” film ever get made? Maybe, but David Fincher won’t be at the helm.

Vulture broke the news, reporting that “talks have broken off between Sony and director David Fincher.” Fincher has been attached to the project for more than a year, and is the third director to walk away from the film. Maybe this means he’s close to signing on board “The Girl Who Played with Fire,” which EW recently reported won’t come out until at least early 2014.

That means Jolie needs a new director for the project, which she first expressed interest for in June 2010. Apparently Ang Lee is the next top candidate for the role, though Sony hasn’t reached out to him yet and no offer has been made. Up next Lee has “The Life of Pi,” but beyond that his schedule looks to be pretty free. We’d hope that he would style “Cleopatra” along the lines of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and give it an epic feel.

That’s something that Fincher said he wanted to steer clear of with his adaptation, interestingly enough.

“I’m not interested in a giant sword-and-sandal epic. We’ve seen scope; everyone knows we can fake that. That stuff doesn’t impress in the way that it did even 10 years ago,” he told MTV News in December. “We expect that from Starz. So that’s not the reason to do that. What is it about this character that has purchased this place in our history and imagination that is relatable today?”

Fincher now joins the array of esteemed directors to pass on the project. James Cameron first exhibited interest in he project back in October 2010, but then he had to move on to his “Avatar” sequels. Then Paul Greengrass seemed like he would direct by January 2011, but passed by March of that year. It was at that point in time that Fincher joined the film, and it’s a shame he and Sony couldn’t make it work out. At least Jolie and producer Scott Rudin are still involved, though we don’t know how much longer they can continue holding out hope for this movie to be made.

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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