We so seldom have an excuse to delve into the gossip columns, we’re almost delighted to read (at MSNBC‘s "The Scoop") that J.Lo has canned no less than the legendary filmmaker D. A. Pennebaker, whose Bob Dylan doc "Dont Look Back" is surely one of the greatest music movies ever made, not to mention the one of the most famous warts-and-all portrait of an artist. According to Jeannette Walls, Sony Music hired Pennebaker to shoot something on the making of Lopez’ upcoming album, but Lopez apparently found the resulting footage, which reportedly includes shots of her shouting at various Sony employees, far less than flattering and had it disappeared.
In UK tabloid the Daily Mirror (the only paper our grandparents read!), is news that Sienna Miller, the actress next in line to be Mrs. Jude Law, has been dropped from the starring role of Edie Sedgwick in "Factory Girl" in favor of someone with a bigger name. It would have been the first starring role for Miller, who’s appearing nowish in "Layer Cake"; Defamer speculates that Katie Holmes (the future Mrs. Tom Cruise?) will replace her.
More respectable incoming projects: via the Hollywood Reporter, David Cronenberg’s next project will be "Painkillers," a futuristic thriller with a $35 million budget that’s based on Cronenberg’s first original screenplay in eight years. Also in the HR, 20th Century Fox is set to acquire New Zealand vampire movie "Perfect Creature" in what will be the largest sale for a NZ film.
Via Empire, the Weinsteins are apparently pretty eager to part ways with the foreign heartstring-tuggers (aka "Miramax porn") they built their empire on. Their new company, the, um, Weinstein Co., will distribute "Outlander":
The film will tell the story of a man from a distant galaxy who crashes headlong into Earth. But the twist is, that this happens at the time of the Vikings! And that’s not all! He has, as if that weren’t enough…wait for itâ€¦an alien predator in tow.
The Korea Times looks at the upcoming US remake of Park Chan-wook’s "Joint Security Area"; a huge hit in Korea, the film follows the friendships that develop between North and South Korean border guards. The US version will mark the directorial debut of screenwriter David Franzoni and will be set on the border between US and Mexico.
Bollywood’s Aishwarya Rai ("Bride & Prejudice") will star in a new British film based on the true story of Kiranjit Ahluwalia, a victim of domestic abuse who was jailed for killing her violent husband.
And, via CHUD, Disney has picked up US distro rights for soccer film "Goal!" Planned as the first film in a trilogy (and certainly a massive international franchise), "Goal!" will follow the adventures of a young Hispanic boy in L.A. who ends up playing for a major soccer team in England. David Beckham may or may not still be appearing as himself in the film.
+ Donâ€™t you dare call J.Lo a diva! (MSNBC)
+ Goodnight Sienna (Daily Mirror)
+ Cruise-Holmes: PR Blitz Grows Troubling (Defamer)
+ Cronenberg has ‘History of Violence’ (H’wood Reporter)
+ N.Z. ‘Creature’ emerges at Fox (H’wood Reporter)
+ Weinsteins To Distribute Outlander (Empire)
+ Hollywood Remake of â€˜JSAâ€™ in the Works (Korea Times)
+ Actress Rai set for British drama (BBC)
+ Disney Scores a Goal (CHUD)