Happy New Year, all. Did we miss anything? Other than this?
The late "Godfather of Soul" James Brown will rise again, on screen. Spike Lee has signed on to direct a feature film about the singer produced by Brian Grazer and Imagine Entertainment, Paramount Pictures announced Wednesday.
"It’s an authorized biography done with the cooperation of Mr. Brown before his passing," Paramount spokeswoman Nancy Kirkpatrick said without further comment. [Via the AP.]
No disrespect intended to the recently deceased, but… plum! Oscar! Role! As for casting, we’re pulling for Cate Blanchett â€” because really, is there anything she can’t do?
Also in the works, Masi Oka (of "Heroes") has been cast in a supporting role in "21," an adaptation of "Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions." Jim Sturgess will star (via Tatiana Siegel and Borys Kit at the Hollywood Reporter).
"Indiana Jones 4" is a go: "Par[amount] and Lucasfilm, which is producing, are eyeing a May 2008 worldwide release — some 19 years after the last film in the action-adventure franchise, ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,’ came out."
Fans have long clamored for another installment in the series, but some questioned whether Ford would be able to keep up with the vigorous physical requirements of the role after the long delay. "I’m delighted to be back in business with my old friends. I don’t know if the pants still fit, but I know the hat will," said Ford, who is 64. [Via Pamela McClintock in Variety.]
Germany is about to see its first homegrown Hitler comedy, "Mein Fuehrer: The Truly Truest Truth about Adolf Hitler," directed by Dani Levy of "Go for Zucker."
The critics haven’t yet commented on "Mein Fuehrer…" but the weekly Der Spiegel says the new wave of films about Hitler is demonstrating "a need to break the myth down to a normal human … that makes him more everyday, perhaps easier to understand, in any case smaller."
"The ultimate way to shrink a myth is to make it laughable," it added. [Via Geir Moulson at the AP.]
And that "Grindhouse" teaser, here. You know, Rose McGowan‘s machine-gun prosthetic leg is all well and good, but judging from this tiny fragment of heavily edited footage, the film just doesn’t look as fun as "Kill Bill." Eh, who the hell knows?
+ Spike Lee to direct James Brown biopic (AP)
+ "Heroes" star all in for "21" thriller (Hollywood Reporter)
+ ‘Indiana Jones 4’ finally has a script (Variety)
+ ‘Fuehrer’ tells Hitler story with humor (AP)
+ Trailer: Angel (Francois-Ozon.com)
+ Trailer: The Lives of Others (Apple)
+ Trailer: Alone With Her (Moviefone)
+ Teaser: Grindhouse (Yahoo)