Today in show business news: The Man of Steel sequel will be filmed in Detroit, Rooney Mara gets a plum role, and a first look at yet another of James Franco's projects.
Warner Bros. will get a $35 million tax incentive to film the Man of Steel sequel (called Man of Steeler) in Michigan, using locations in and around Detroit. Which makes sense. I mean Metropolis was utterly reduced to rubble at the end of Man of Steel. Get it? Detroit? Sigh. Sorry. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Rooney Mara is replacing Mia Wasikowska in the Todd Haynes movie Carol, which also stars Cate Blanchett. Whoaaa. Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett in a movie together! They should call this movie Meeting of the Pale People or Moon Goddesses Unite or something. But no, just plain old Carol. Just Carol. Just her. Still, the movie sounds great despite the dull title: "the story of a burgeoning relationship between two very different women in 1950s New York. Wasikowska is no longer in the mix, and Rooney Mara has become attached to the role of a young woman working in a department store and hoping for a better life. Blanchett is playing a wife trapped in a loveless marriage who’s desperate to break free but fearful of losing her daughter in the process." All this in a movie from the guy who made Far From Heaven. Perfect. Except for that title. Ivory Glimmerers? [Deadline]
Funny ladies Jennifer Coolidge and Megan Mullaly have been added to the cast of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, playing unnamed parts. So, OK. They're likable, right? But their presence certainly suggests what casting for this has been suggesting all along: This movie is going for a modern kind of antic humor that I just don't think is the spirit of the book. I mean, what with Bella Thorne playing Alexander's brother's cool girlfriend and now these two gag-meisters, plus Steve Carell as the dad. It just feels a little big and flashy or something. Oh well. This movie is not for me, of course. Or probably anyone reading this, so what's the point of complaining, really? Enjoy your movie, children! [The Hollywood Reporter]
Oof. Here's the first trailer for Palo Alto, a film based on James Franco's collection of short stories. Yup. And that's not even the most oof-inducing thing about it! What's really oof-y is that it's directed by a Coppola, 26-year-old Gia (granddaughter of Francis, niece of Sofia) and stars Val Kilmer's son Jack and Emma Roberts, who of course is Eric Roberts's daughter and Julia Roberts's niece. Oh and Talia Shire, Gia's great aunt, is also in the film. So it's just a big Hollywood family affair, acting out a story by James freakin' Franco, in the style of Sofia Coppola-meets-Spring Breakers. There's almost nothing to not oof at.