The first poster for My Sister's Keeper was released last week, and has somehow managed to look nothing like the movie shown in the trailers. Whereas the released footage looks somewhat bleak and depressing, the poster makes it seem lighthearted and significantly more rom-com than it actually is.
The first question that springs to mind is why are Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin smiling like their daughter/sister isn't dying of cancer? And why is there no heartwrenching, emotionally charged tagline? It looks like the studio behind Jodi Picoult's bestselling novel have realised it might not be the best movie to release in the summer, which is usually a time for fun, escapist flicks. Either that, or Cameron Diaz's 50-watt smile is more important to this film's success than we thought. Posted 05.27.09 by reelz
In this summer's My Sister's Keeper, Cameron Diaz's character Sara shaves her head to support her terminally ill daughter, Kate (Sofia Vassilieva). Talking to the LA Times, Diaz spoke of her respect for co-star Vassilieva's real-life head shaving, saying:
She owned it. I mean, she was scared at first. I won't say that she ... she pushed through that fear, and I was just so inspired by her. She was an inspiration to us all.
She may have been inspiring, but it still wasn't enough to make Diaz give up her own head of hair. The former Charlie's Angels star narrowly escaped the shears by only needing to be bald for one day of shooting. But she was more than happy to give up makeup. "It took so much time off of when you have to get up and be ready. No makeup. It was great."
Well, at least she's got her priorities in order. Oscar-worthy personal sacrifice or relief at wearing no makeup? And people wonder why she's never taken a golden statuette home. Posted 05.07.09 by reelz
Richard Kelly's The Box, which is now slated to release on October 30, 2009, has a new poster and a MySpace update from the director. The new poster, which has a wide blood red swath bisceting Cameron Diaz's face, highlights the blood price around which the film is based.
Adapted from the short story "Button, Button" by Richard Matheson of I Am Legend fame, it's the tale of a young couple who receive a mysterious box that promises to bestow $1 million, at the mere cost of some random stranger's life. The story received an earlier, somewhat campy adaption, in the New Twilight Zone.
On his MySpace page, director Richard Kelly says, among other things, that the movie is completely finished, takes place in Virginia in 1976, and will include a whole lot of visual effects that required eight-months of post production. "It will be," he promises, "his most personal film ever." Posted 04.06.09 by reelz
It's been nearly six years since the last Charlie's Angels flick, Full Throttle. Does that mean it's time for another? According to the franchise co-star and co-producer Drew Barrymore, yes! Promoting for her 2009 Oscar hopeful He's Just Not Into You, Barrymore said, "I'm so into it -- 'Charlie's Angels III!'"
Her Flower Films producing partner Nancy Juvonen says, "It's percolating up...It's rising to the surface." Given that the careers of other angels Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu haven't exactly been kicking ass, we're guessing the chances of seeing a third Charlie's Angels are pretty good. People are already talking about the introduction of a fourth angel and who might possibly play the role. Perez Hilton votes for Megan Fox. Hot, sure, but what about a more surprising casting choice? Rumor Willis, anyone? Posted 01.26.09 by reelz
Cameron Diaz, who we're pretty sure we haven't actually seen in a movie since 2003's Charlie's Angels sequel, is Hollywood's highest-paid actress, raking in $50 million between June 2007 and June 2008. How is this possible? The answer, of course, involves a large green ogre. To see which other actresses are on top of the Hollywood money pyramid, see the Forbes report.
We're expecting Nation's Restaurant News to publish a list of Hollywood's least-paid actresses any day now. Posted 08.13.08 by reelz
After Southland Tales debuted to a decidedly negative reception last year at Cannes, Richard Kelly's long-awaited sophomore project was plagued by rumors that the film might never see the light of day in the U.S. Thankfully, Sony finally put the speculation to rest last month when they announced that Southland Tales will open November 9th, with a running time considerably shorter than the 180 minute behemoth screened at Cannes.
Kelly's apparent sophomore jinx hasn't done anything to sully his reputation in Hollywood. The Donnie Darko director is already hard at work on his third project, the horror flick The Box, with Cameron Diaz set to star. And now it appears like Southland Tales star Seann William Scott might be coming aboard as well.
In an exclusive interview with Reelz.com, the Dukes of Hazzard star (lest we forget) revealed yesterday that he's currently in talks to join the cast of The Box, though details have yet to be ironed out. Scott describes Kelly's third film as "interesting and weird. It's gonna be a movie that people either love or hate. And I kinda like those films."
An interesting and weird Richard Kelly film? Imagine that.
Scott's latest movie, Mr. Woodcock, opens September 14th. Posted 09.05.07 by reelz
Variety is veritably teeming with casting announcements this post-Comic-con Monday.
Cameron Diaz will be starring in My Sister's Keeper, which was adapted from Jodi Picoult's 2005 novel by Jeremy Leven (The Notebook). The drama, about a lawyer who must defend herself and her husband from the emancipation petition by their 13-year-old daughter who was conceived as a genetic match to save her sister from cancer, will be directed by Nick Cassavetes (Alpha Dog, John Q).
Keira Knightley will be putting on the corset and hoop skirts again for The Duchess, an 18th century costume drama adapted from Amanda Foreman's best-selling 2001 biography, Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire. Described as the "Princess Diana of her time," Georgiana lived a rather wild life. Sounds a little like the formula used to make Marie Antoinette to us.
And finally, Johnny Depp is going back to the Hunter S. Thompson well for The Rum Diary, an adaptation of the "gonzo" journalist's autobiograhical novel that he wrote in 1959, but wasn't published until 1998. In it, Depp will play Thompson's alter ego, Paul Kemp, a freelancer for a rundown Puerto Rican newspaper who finds himself surrounded by self-destructive ex-pats.
The Rum Diary will be written and directed by Bruce Robinson (Jennifer Eight, The Killing Fields). Posted 07.30.07 by reelz
That's Box Office, by the way (you weirdo). Posted 05.18.07 by reelz
Speculation on the potential Box Office for Shrek the Third has been all over the place, from as low as $90 million (yes, that's actually low these days for a blockbuster) to as high as $120 (dangerously close to Spidey 3 numbers).
As reviews surfaced this week, the big green smelly guy has taken a critical pummeling. Rotten Tomatoes scores Shrek the Third a lowly 45% splat (compared to and 88% certified fresh for Shrek 2) and his Metacritic score is a failing 57 out of 100. Our own Thomas Leupp scored Shrek the Third a 6 out of 10.
So what do you think the Ogre will take in at megaplexes this weekend? Are you planning to see it? Chime in on the comments section of the Shrek the Third detail page where you'll also find photos, trailers and Thomas Leupp's 60-second video review.