Golden Globes Surprises, Youngsters Invading Gotham, Shia LaBeouf "Not Famous Anymore," a Star Wars Love Child and Michael Douglas in Tights
01.14.14 by BJSprecher
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GLOBES Despite being a heavy favorite in multiple categories, Twelve Years a Slave was nearly shut out at the Golden Globes, winning only one of the seven awards for which it was nominated: Best Drama. As expected, Alfonso Cuaron took home the Best Director award for Gravity, which is returning to theaters this weekend. In the Comedy category, American Hustle was the darling, winning Best Picture and acting awards for Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence. Leonardo DiCaprio was the surprise winner of the Best Actor in a Comedy award for his work in The Wolf of Wall Street, his second Globe.
STAR WARS Director J.J. Abrams has been busy putting together a new script for Star Wars: Episode VII after the departure of Oscar-winner Michael Arndt as writer. Abrams is reworking the script with Lawrence Kasdan, co-writer of The Empire Strikes Back, apparently shifting the focus away from the offspring of Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker and onto the big three themselves. As the script has changed, many of the actors up for roles last year are no longer being considered, while a whole new batch are now making headlines, including Jesse Plemons, Adam Driver, Michael Fassbender and Hugo Weaving. The latest has Abrams on the lookout for a black or mixed race female in her 20’s to play the daughter or granddaughter of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Oh, Kenobi, you sly dog, wherever did you find the time?
MARVEL Writer/director Edgar Wright teased years ago that he would love to have more than one iteration of Ant-Man in his big screen adaptation for Marvel and now we know that he will. Legendary actor Michael Douglas has joined the cast lead by Paul Rudd as scientist Hank Pym, original Ant-Man and founding member of The Avengers. Rudd plays Scott Lang, a crook who steals the Ant-Man suit to commit a crime, but ends up using it for good. Rudd in tights might be okay, but we’ve already seen Douglas doing Liberace so we’re really hoping he sticks to his signature business suits in this one.
GOTHAM Fox has greenlit the pilot for Gotham, a police drama set in the DC Universe. Though early reports made Gotham sound like a typical cop show centered around James Gordon, Fox chairman Kevin Reilly recently explained that the series will tell the origins of “all” of the classic Batman villains, as well, including the Riddler, the Penguin and Catwoman. Though there won’t be an in-costume appearance by Bats, Reilly revealed that the “show will arc a young Bruce Wayne from a child (around 12) into the final episode of the series, when he will put on the cape.” Kinda-sorta like Smallville, we’re guessing, but grittier (we hope).
BIZARRE Where do we begin... After being lambasted for plagiarizing artist Daniel Clowes' comic Justin M. Damiano in his short film HowardCantour.com, Shia LaBeouf posted a series of apologies — many of which were themselves plagiarized from other sources — before saying that the whole thing was a joke and that there's no such thing as copyright ownership. He then announced to the world that he was going to "retire" from public life, but that only lasted until Jim Carrey made a crack about him at the Golden Globes. LaBeouf lashed back with an incomprehensible tweet and then called out Carrey for "indecency" and for abandoning his "love child's," referring to Jane Carrey. LaBeouf later offered two apologies to Carrey, both of which were also plagiarized, before signing off with "I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE."