Trailers: There’s one for "Leatherheads," the 1920s pro-football rom-com that George Clooney directed, produced and stars in (alongside RenÃ©e Zellweger, alas), here.
It takes a brave man to follow in the footsteps of such fine films as "The Clan of the Cave Bear" and "Quest for Fire." Roland Emmerich is that man. There’s a trailer for "10,000 B.C." up here. Go, saber-toothed tiger!
In the works: "The Golden Compass" is on track to scarcely make back the $180 million it cost, much less be the new massive fantasy franchise, so New Line has made nice with Peter Jackson after their legal and internet tiffs and now the "Lord of the Rings" director is set to, if not direct, at least executive produce and oversee "The Hobbit," which will be divided into two films. [E! Online] Jackson, meanwhile, has just signed his go-to Gollum/gorilla Andy Serkis for an unspecified role in his upcoming film "Tintin," the first of a planned trilogy based on the Belgian comic books. [Hollywood Reporter]
Pedro AlmodÃ³var’s new film, which he describes as a "four-way tale of amour fou, shot in the style of ’50s American film noir at its most hard-boiled," entitled "Los Abrazos Rotos" ("Broken Hugs"), starring his go-to Gollum/gorilla PenÃ©lope Cruz. [Variety] "Lovely & Amazing"’s Nicole Holofcener is corralling her favorite, Catherine Keener, to star in her next film, a still untitled project about a set of female neighbors in a New York apartment building. [Hollywood Reporter]
Ewan McGregor has signed on to play the romantic lead opposite Jim Carrey in "I Love You Phillip Morris," the directorial debut of Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the writers behind "Bad Santa." The film’s description is too good not to quote in full:
Carrey signed earlier in the fall to star in the fact-based tale as Steven Russell, a married father whose conman ways introduced him to the Texas prison system. There, he fell in love with cellmate Phillip Morris.
His love for Morris motivated his escape from prisons four times, once by using a green pen and bucket of water to change his prison outfit into what appeared to be surgical scrubs, another time by faking his death from AIDS and signing his own death certificate. Morris eventually got out, but Russell’s escapades got him a 144-year sentence. [Variety]
Acquired: "Chop Shop," the second film from "Man Push Cart" director Ramin Bahrani (the unfortunate target of an unforgettable quip from Sarah Silverman at the Spirit Awards last year) was picked up by Koch Lorber for release this February. The film premiered at Cannes earlier this year. [indieWIRE]
+ Trailer: Leatherheads (Yahoo)
+ Trailer: Snow Angels (Yahoo)
+ Trailer: 10,000 B.C. (Warner Bros.)
+ Jackson Ready for Hobbit Action (E! Online)
+ Serkis, Jackson reteam in ‘Tintin’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Almodovar embraces ‘Abrazos’ (Variety)
+ Holofcener, Keener move in with indie drama (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Carrey finds his ‘Love’ interest (Variety)
+ Koch Lorber Gets Bahrani’s "Chop Shop" (indieWIRE)