The Call Sheet sifts through the day's glut of Hollywood news to find the stories even non-industry types care about. Today: Something new from Panem, Katherine Heigl doesn't recognize your face, and Octavia Spencer heads into the snow.
Um, you guyyyyssssss. It's Hungah time! Time for some Hungah gumz! Hunger Games! We're T-minus 50 days until the movie comes out and now here comes an early look at the minute-long trailer that will play on television during the Super Bowl this weekend. (On the same channel as the Super Bowl, not on some different channel.) We see some new stuff here that we didn't get in the first trailer, namely a good bit of Stanley Tucci and even a few quick flashes of the actual Hunger Games. Soooo that's pretty exciting! We're still not convinced this movie is going to be any good, but we're still very much looking forward to it. Like, definitely too much. It's beginning to consume us. Help. It's eating our brain. It's Hunger Games! Hungahtime! Can't touch this, hungahtime! Or something. Excuse us.
From good, exciting news to... Katherine Heigl news. The actress has signed on to star in the indie thriller Face Blind (grrrreat title) which is about "a psychologist struck with a rare affliction that makes it impossible to distinguish people by their faces. When a man who terrorized her most vulnerable patient stalks her, the psychologist can’t recognize him, and her husband thinks she’s the one who is going crazy." So it's just Kitty Heigl screaming "I don't know who anybody is!!!" for a few minutes until the killer walks up to her and kills her because she doesn't know she's supposed to run? Sounds like a blockbuster smash! "One ticket for Blind Face, please! It's about a face that can't see other faces, it's supposed to be great. Yeah, with Izzard from Grimm's Anatomies? Great show. Great everything. Great." [Deadline]
Octavia Spencer, who's probably going to win an Oscar in a couple of weeks for her supporting role in The Help, has just joined the cast of Snow Piercer, that one about a frozen world where people are trying to navigate by rail that already has Tilda Swinton, Chris Evans, and John Hurt in it. Specifically it's about "a future where, after a failed experiment to stop global warming, an Ice Age kills off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of the Snow Piercer, a train that travels around the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine. A class system evolves on the train but a revolution brews." Yikes. That could be either really cool and interesting (Tilda Swinton is in it, after all) or very terrible (Chris Evans is in it, after all). Either way, well done Octavia Spencer! [The Hollywood Reporter]
American History X director Tony Kaye has a new movie coming out called Detachment, about a sad high school teacher. And now he's apparently putting together a thriller called Attachment which Sharon Stone has just been cast in. This one's about a married woman who ends up sleeping with a college student who then winds up stalking her family. So, the two movies don't sound related at all, but they must be somehow, given the titles. Who knows. Anyway, good for Sharon Stone! Tony Kaye is a good director. [Deadline]
Innnteresting. Paul Bettany pulled out of Masters of Sex ("pulled out" joke is absolutely required) and now Michael Sheen has stepped in with Lizzy Caplan as his costar. They'll play real-life sex researchers whose work helped kick off the sexual revolution. So it's a period thing and a based on a true story thing and, apparently, a Michael Sheen/Lizzy Caplan thing, which is definitely a strange pairing, but it just might work! We're just happy that both of these people are getting starring roles in TV shows because they are both very good at acting. Hopefully they don't pull out. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Apparently Samantha Morton, Carey Mulligan, and Amy Adams are all in talks to join the cast of Spike Jonze's next movie, which stars Joaquin Phoenix and has a script by Charlie Kaufman. Those are all interesting ladies, maybe listed there in order of most interesting to least interesting, so this could be... interesting! We just hope there's no bearded rapping from Joaquin in this one. Better to leave the bearded rapping to the professionals, like Amy Adams. [Deadline]
Here's a trailer for the paranormal thriller Red Lights, which premiered at Sundance to middling reviews. It's kind of a cool premise, a serious look at debunking stuff like psychics and whatnot, but the trailer kind of devolves into hokey horror cliche stuff. Still, it's an interesting cast so it's probably not all bad. Robert De Niro plays a blind psychic who levitates off the ground! God, this guy. Always playing the same old classic Robert De Niro type. He's just playing himself! We're always seeing him here in New York, floating sightlessly around Tribeca, doing his old De Niro thing. Borrring.