February 21, 2006

Terrence Howard is Rick James, Thurgood Marshall

thoward.jpgIn a follow-up to yesterday's story that Terrence Howard may be playing Joe Louis for Spike Lee, another article reveals even more for the future of the actor, including more biopics:

He'll play a police officer helping (and loving) a grieving, revengeful Jodie Foster in "The Brave One." He'll portray an inspirational coach in the true-life "PDR" and a social worker in the ensemble drama "August Rush." He has also been talking to the makers of three different biopics - on boxer Joe Louis, singer Rick James and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

Howard notes that the role he's most interested in playing is Thurgood Marshall, which makes no sense. When you're given the choice between a crazy, cocaine addicted, cornrow wearing, "King of Funk," and a Supreme Court Justice, there's no choice at all. Regardless, it would seem an Oscar nomination has earned Terrence Howard what Hollywood normally requires hundreds of sexual favors for: success!

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Jurassic Park IV Coming in '08

jpiv.jpgAs if the franchise hadn't been bled enough as it is, producer Frank Marshall said in a recent interview that Jurassic Park IV "has a good script now, so we should have that one up and running next year for release in 2008."

The way they're treating Jurassic Park reminds me of an old folk tale in which a man finds a tree with the best apples he's ever seen. Everyone loves the apples, so he keeps going back for more to sell every day, but the village keeps liking them less and less because he's run out of the good fruit and he's forced to pick the rotten and not-yet-ripe apples. Then, they make three sequels to this folk tale, and they're all pretty shitty and about dinosaurs.

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Spielberg Confirms Indy 4

spielbergindy4.jpgThough most of the principals have already spoken up about their involvement about the project, Steven Spielberg had yet to confirm that he would direct a fourth Indiana Jones film until saying this:

I am about to make Indiana Jones 4, which is, as far as I am concerned, the sweet dessert I give those who had to chow down on the bitter herbs that I've used in Munich.

So you used some "bitter herbs" to make Munich, eh, Stevie? Don't worry, I dig your "bitter herbs," man. I didn't know you partied, but I guess that explains why Munich was so long. And had all those sequences of kaleidoscope patterns set to sitar.

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Das Parfum Teaser Trailer is Creepy

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The teaser for Perfume, the newest project from the director of Run Lola Run, is now available in a convenient, downloadable format. The upcoming German film features Dustin Hoffman and Alan Rickman, though only a girl and a terrifying freak are shown in the clip. If you think being secretly sniffed by a man from behind isn't scary, you haven't seen this trailer. Or been on the subway, for that matter.

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A Scanner Darkly Trailer

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Keanu Reeves proves, once again, that he's better at acting stupidly inquisitive than anyone else in Hollywood in the new trailer for A Scanner Darkly. The whole trailer reminds me of sex, in that I'm not exactly sure what's going on and it seems kind of confusing, but I'm still very excited to experience it at least once.

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Arthur and the Minimoys Shots

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Madonna Tribe, a cult to which we should all belong, got ahold of some character shots from Luc Besson's animated Arthur and the Minimoys, which Madonna provides her voice for. Is it just me, or do Arthur and his friends look like they might lack simple reasoning skills? I mean, he seems to handle a sword pretty well, but if the time comes for some reading comprehension, basic mathematics, or using a zipper, I'd just as soon find someone with eyebrows for the job.

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