Today in show business news: We've got the first trailer for the Linda Lovelace biopic, Steven Spielberg wants to adapt the freaking Grapes of Wrath, and Gravity will have its world premiere this summer.
After about a year of casting news and festival reports we are finally getting a glimpse of Lovelace, the star-studded biopic about Linda Lovelace, the porn actress who was made famous by Deep Throat. And it looks a lot better than I thought it would! The whole premise seemed kinda grim, and that porn era has been done already with Boogie Nights, but this is an effectively cut trailer. This could be a big thing for Amanda Seyfried, and there are already whispers about Sharon Stone getting some awards attention for one of those "barely recognizable" roles that awards people love so much. That's always a fun campaign to watch, so let's hope that this movie gets the traction it needs. Judging from this trailer, it will! Huh. Who knew?
Oh boy. Steven Spielberg is currently in the process of getting the film rights to The Grapes of Wrath. Not to direct! No, no. DreamWorks insists that's not what's happening. He just wants to produce. But still. A Steven Spielberg-produced movie version of Grapes of Wrath sounds intense, doesn't it? Like, why even bother having Oscars that year? "Here are all the Oscars, Grapes of Wrath. Good night." Or, conversely, it could be a complete disaster and everyone will be mad at Steven Spielberg for ruining a classic work, and for sullying the memory of the John Ford film. Either way, it's going to be big news. And who will actually direct it? I can't decide if I want Brett Ratner or M. Night Shyamalan. Who do you think?? [Deadline]
Speaking of big exciting movies that could win awards, Alfonso Cuarón's space drama Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock as an astronaut stranded in space after an accident, will receive its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in August. It's not in competition or anything, but it'll be there, hopefully wowing people. It has to be good, right? It's Alfonso Cuarón, it's space, it's Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. (Though I don't think Clooney is in it for terribly long...) It's going to be good. Tell us it's good, Venice. Even if it's not true. Just tell us. [The Hollywood Reporter]
That Winnie Mandela biopic that Jennifer Hudson, yes Jennifer Hudson, filmed a while back has finally been given a release date. It will open on September 6, which means it's coming a few months before the Nelson Mandela biopic starring Idris Elba. Lot of Mandela biopics these days! Terrence Howard plays him in Hudson's movie, which... Well, I mean, I can't imagine that it's a great movie. Jennifer Hudson is a lot of things, but a terrific actress is not one of them. I mean, I don't think Winnie Mandela is going to sing too much in the movie. I'm more excited for Naomie Harris in the role in Elba's film. But, anyway, there it is. September 6, everybody. [Deadline]