Trailers: Doc "The Business of Being Born," which opens today in New York, reportedly features footage of executive producer Ricki Lake giving birth (going with the slightly more conventional homebirth bathtub instead of the backseat of a speeding car). You can find a trailer here.
Gus Van Sant’s "Paranoid Park" was one of our favorites from this past New York Film Festival (though we stand by "Elephant" as his finest work). Trailer’s here.
In the works: Karyn Kusama, of the enjoyable "Girlfight" and the not remotely enjoyable "Ã†on Flux," is due to direct the Diablo Cody-scripted "Jennifer’s Body," described as a "a quirky comedic thriller" (and they always are) about "a cheerleader in a sleepy town whose perfect life goes haywire when she becomes possessed and begins killing the young men in town who lust after her." Megan Fox will star. [Variety]
On the theme of disappointing second films, NimrÃ³d Antal, who went from the memorable Budapest subway saga "Kontroll" to the terrible motel-bound horror flick "Vacancy," is next going to direct "Armored," with Skeet Ulrich as a member of an armored truck company team planning to steal the $10 million in his vehicle. [Hollywood Reporter]
Michael Showalter has lined up his directorial follow-up to "The Baxter" â€” he’ll be helming "Night of the Living Dorks," a remake of this German horror comedy that’s supposedly "’Revenge of the Nerds’ meets ‘Shaun of the Dead.’" Fortunately for him, most did not deem "The Baxter" a promising debut, so at least he won’t have to deal with the burdens of expectations shouldered by the two directors above. [Hollywood Reporter]
And Phillip Noyce, the filmmaker behind "Rabbit-Proof Fence" and "The Quiet American," will direct Scarlett Johansson as "Mary Queen of Scots." Samantha Morton most recently played Mary in "Elizabeth: The Golden Age." [Variety]
Acquired: Zeitgeist Films has picked up doc "Chris & Don: A Love Story," with plans to release it this summer. The film traces the 30-year relationship of Christopher Isherwood, who wrote the novellas that would inspire "Cabaret," and painter Don Bachardy. [Variety]
+ Trailer: The Business of Being Born (Official site)
+ Trailer: Paranoid Park (Yahoo)
+ Kusama to direct Cody’s ‘Body’ (Variety)
+ Ulrich joins Sony’s ‘Armored’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Showalter leader of WIP’s ‘Dorks’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Noyce crowned for ‘Mary’ (Variety)
+ Zeitgeist finds ‘Love’ with documentary (Variety)