The Call Sheet sifts through the day's glut of Hollywood news to find the stories even non-industry types care about. Today: A sci-fi update looks surprisingly entertaining, Damon Lindelof has been given some more work, and Cee Lo Green is an actor now.
A new trailer for the Total Recall remake has been released and wouldn't you know it, this movie looks kind of good! Given that it's directed by Underwold muckmaster Len Wiseman and features Jessica Biel, you'd think it would be summahtime junk, and maybe it is, but from what we see here it seems kinda cool. I like that they've made Quaid's evil fake wife more of a central character — Kate Beckinsale, Wiseman's Underworld muse and possessor of one of Hollywood's strangest careers, just looks good holding a gun. Plus Colin Farrell is eminently likable and, gasp, what is that? Lady Threeboobs is in this one too?? Gone are most of the campy Mars things from Paul Verhoeven's wonderful 1990 version, but it seems that the lady with three boobs has made the cut. So that's fun! Basically we are now very excited for this and hope it helps save the summer.
Damon Lindelof has teamed up with novelist Tom Perrotta to adapt Perrotta's post-apocalyptic book The Leftovers into a TV series for HBO. While we think it's a neat idea to turn this book, about people left behind after the rapture (not Left Behind left behind, just left behind), into a glossy premium cable show, we're just not sure about this Lindelof kid. We've been burned by Lost and Prometheus a bit too badly to trust him again so soon. Good thing Perrotta already knows what happens in his book because otherwise Lindelof would likely just set up a lot of cool things that he was never able to explain. Maybe the structure here will keep him in check. Though, if the show gets picked up, Lindelof will be the showrunner, meaning he's in charge. Which could be bad. We've got our eye on you, Lindelof! [Deadline]
Comedians Amy Schumer and Anthony Jeselnik will both have shows premiere on Comedy Central next year. Jeselnik's will be a "weekly topical series," while Schumer's will be “single-camera vignettes centered around a theme with Schumer playing heightened versions of herself.” So sort of a lady Louie? Could be interesting. Proud of these kids. I remember when they were just being interviewed on Marc Maron's podcast. Seems like only a year or so ago. [Entertainment Weekly]
The CW has announced premiere dates for all of its fall shows, but who cares about most of that stuff, the important info is that The Vampire Diaries comes vamping back onto the small screen on October 11th. So start planning the menu for your premiere party. Croquetas de Damon? Jeremiso soup? Seflan? The possibilities are endless! You could also just serve blood. That would work too. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Cee Lo Green, a moon child who crashed to Earth years ago and now lives as one of us, has been cast, as an actor, in the film Can a Song Save Your Life? Green will play a hip-hop musician in the "romantic drama," about a woman (Keira Knightley) trying to make it in the industry with the help of a faded, disgruntled producer (Mark Ruffalo). Catherine Keener is also in the movie, so Cee Lo is in good company. In related news, Christina Aguilera has been cast in a Fashion Bug commercial, Blake Shelton has been cast as Ado Annie in an Alabama Shakespeare Festival production of Oklahoma!, and Adam Levine has cast another unsuspecting coed into the grimy cage in his sex basement. Congratulations to all! Except, y'know, the girl in Adam Levine's torture cellar. [Deadline]
Here is a trailer for the mental health drama The Silver Linings Playbook, starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence as crazy people falling in love. (That's 37-year-old Bradley Cooper and 21-year-old Jennifer Lawrence, for those keeping score at home.) They're joined by Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Julia Stiles, John Ortiz, and, somewhat bizarrely, Chris Tucker. The movie looks like a whole lotta feel-good treacle, but it is directed by David O. Russell, who made The Fighter gritty and interesting when it easily could have been a total cheesefest. So we will reserve judgment on this one until it comes out in November. We're cautious, though.
And here is a trailer for the super low-budge Red Hook Summer, Spike Lee's return to Brooklyn. The movie is about a kid from Atlanta spending time with his preacher grandfather (The Wire's Clarke Peters) and looks like a pretty regular bonding story, but what we read of it when it was at Sundance suggested that things take a dark, SPOILER ALERT, molesty turn. So... be warned.