Screen Talk: Ty Burrell lands a Muppet role
Saturday 29 December 2012
Ty Burrell, from TV show Modern Family, is set to join the cast of Disney's sequel to The Muppets as a human cast member. James Bobin, who directed the 2011 Muppets film, returns to direct and co-wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Stoller. The adventure moves from Hollywood to Europe, with Burrell playing an Interpol inspector.
Rock 'n' roll for Close and Nolte
A music-driven drama from Rock of Ages creator Chris D'Arienzo has tuned up Glenn Close and Nick Nolte to star. D'Arienzo wrote the script and will direct the movie, which follows an aging rock star (Nolte) as he succumbs to Alzheimer's. His wife (Close) is left to pick up the pieces of his rock 'n' roll lifestyle as he deteriorates.
Mexican flavour to 'Book of Life'
Guillermo del Toro and Reel FX's adventure Book of Life has drawn heavyweight backing from Fox Animation Studios. Originally titled Day of the Dead, after the famous Mexican celebration, the movie's title is now Book of Life. Del Toro personally hired Mexican animator and filmmaker Jorge R. Guiterrez to direct.
Rat packer gets the money in
Director Brett Ratner has teamed with Australian billionaire James Packer to set up a company to develop, produce and finance films. RatPac Entertainment marks the first foray into Hollywood for Packer. Ratner is producing Horrible Bosses 2 and Hong Kong Phooey, which has Eddie Murphy, attached to star.
Avatar fight gives Cameron the clues
Nothing breeds legal action quite like success. James Cameron's Avatar, the highest-grossing movie of all time, is busy fending off lawsuits. One is from a former employee at Cameron's Lightstorm company who claims to have written a story “K.R.Z. 2068”. He says he shared it with Cameron under an alleged implied contract.
Climate change is not small talk
Former US vice-president Al Gore, of environmental movie An Inconvenient Truth, is worried that the global-warming debate is slipping from the agenda. Gore rocked up at a Hollywood bash to remind guests that the world needs to renew its focus on climate change. More movies anyone?
After giving gay film R-rating despite no sex or violencefilm
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'sees no problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 2 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 3 London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
- 4 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 5 James Foley beheading: Fox news presenter Megyn Kelly annoyed by Ferguson update during broadcast about murdered journalist
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?
Jeremy Clarkson 'sees no problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
Lucy, film review: Scarlett Johansson will blow your mind in Luc Besson's complex thriller
JK Rowling pens new Harry Potter story on Pottermore: Introducing 'Singing Sorceress' Celestina Warbuck
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians