A new promo has us actually excited for the latest movie musical, The Great Gatsby sets a landing date, and Scarlett Johansson officially heads back to Broadway.
Universal has released a new four-minute promo for their big new adaptation of the smash Les Misérables stage musical, which just got pushed back to Christmas Day, and... It looks kinda good? We'd long been down on this movie because the stage show seemed awfully hard to wrangle into the narrower, more naturalistic confines of a movie — the potential for heavy cheese was high. Plus there's that whole "Anne Hathaway as a dying 19th century French prostitute" thing, which still kinda sticks in our craw. But despite all that, this new behind-the-scenes video suddenly has us feeling optimistic. The bulk of the video is focused on the fact that director Tom Hooper decided to do something different: He filmed the actors actually singing, instead of having them lip sync to prerecorded tracks of their own voices. That technique, he and the actors argue, makes the emotions and feelings rawer and helps the whole thing seem more authentic. Which we agree with! So that's kind of interesting, no? And who can help but be stirred by that big, booming, sweeping music? Still, it is rather curious that we have really only heard Anne Hathaway sing in the movie so far — there are brief snippets of Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, and the girl from the West End here, but not much. And nothing from Russell Crowe. That's troubling. The movie's disaster potential is of course quite high, but what if it's good? Wouldn't that be something! All we know is that we're now even more eager to find out. Which was the point of this whole video. And we've fallen for it, hook, line, and singer.
Speaking of upcoming intriguing potential disasters, Warner Bros. has announced that Baz Luhrmann's delayed Great Gatsby movie, pushed from December to next spring, will officially be released on May 10, 2013. Warner Bros. feels the movie has tentpole potential, it seems, using it movie to "kick off our summer slate." Which is rather bold of them! Judging by the brief trailer we've seen, the whole thing looks a bit of a mess. But you can't really distill a Baz Luhrmann movie, all big and crazy and bright, into a trailer. So who knows! We're decidedly less curious about this than Les Mis, but at least Carey Mulligan doesn't have to warble out a tune from the bottom of some gross old pit? At least there's that. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Diane Kruger, former Helen of Troy and Inglourious Basterds screen siren, is headed to TV. The actress, who dates Pacey from Dawson's Creek, has been cast in an FX pilot called The Bridge, yet another Scandinavian import about a murder mystery and a tough lady detective. Instead of The Killing's relentless rain, though, Kruger will be baking in the West Texas desert, playing an El Paso police detective chasing a serial killer on both sides of the US-Mexico border. So... Hm. Diane Kruger is good, but as an El Paso police detective? That doesn't really make the most sense. Why not cast Milla Jovovich as a junior senator from Oklahoma, or Malin Akerman as a South Dakota truck driver? You see what I'm saying here? All likable actresses, but not for certain roles. That's all. Anyway, we're happy for Mrs. Witter and wish her show the best. As long as it doesn't compete with our pilot, which has Kristen Bell playing a Carmelite nun in 14th century Germany. [Deadline]
While on the topic of odd casting, let's take a look at some Broadway news. It's finally been confirmed that Scarlett Johansson will be playing Maggie the Cat, yes the Maggie the Cat, in a new Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' Cat On a Hot Tin Roof. Sigh. One, this play has been over-revived, and two... her? It's just doesn't make-a so much-a sense, y'know? At least they hired Benjamin Walker, Meryl Streep's son-in-law, to play Brick. Those who only saw him in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter may be scratching their heads when I say that, but those who saw him on Broadway in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson will know what I'm talkin' about. Also they cast Debra Monk as Big Mama and Ciaran Hinds as Big Daddy, so really all is not lost. The table just has one weak leg. Or not necessarily weak, just mismatched. This is what happens when you give people undeserved Tonys, guys. They keep coming back. You give a mouse a Tony, well, you know the rest. [Playbill]
Uh oh! Someone's gonna die on Sons of Anarchy! Like, a big character. Who's it gonna beeeee?? I don't know. I don't watch that show. But some of you do. So. Guess away! [Entertainment Weekly]
Fox Searchlight has decided to throw another hat in the Oscar ring by releasing Hitchcock, the movie director biopic starring Anthony Hopkins, in a few theaters in late November. That adds another name to an already very crowded Best Actor race. So this probably means that, unfortunately, Alex Pettyfer's butt is officially out of the running. Alex Pettyfer's butt had been going pretty strong there for a while, all summer really, but Anthony Hopkins just bumped it off the list. Anthony Hopkins bumped Alex Pettyfer's butt. [Deadline]
Here's a trailer for Beautiful Creatures, yet another g-ddamned YA thing about magic and mystery and two beautiful teens smooshing. All that stuff is great, of course, who doesn't love magic and mystery and beautiful teens doin' it, but it's just gotten to be a bit much. This one is about some Southern town where all kinds of strange whatnot starts happening and blah blah, aren't Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert sooo pretty. Whatevs. It looks like Emmy Rossum has some funny accent in it and there's Viola Davis, so it can't be all bad? Oh, who are we kidding. We're all seeing this sh-t opening day.
And here's a trailer for Gambit, a comedy written but not directed by the Coen brothers and starring Colin Firth, Alan Rickman, and Cameron Diaz. She has a funny accent in it and there's Colin Firth and Alan Rickman so it can't be all bad?