According to Deadline, HBO Films is closing a deal with Julie Delpy to adapt the Marisa Acocella Marchetto memoir ‘Cancer Vixen: A True Story’ as a star vehicle for Cate Blanchett. Blanchett is an executive producer on the project alongside Maven Pictures partners Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray. Delpy is coming off acclaim for her performance opposite Ethan Hawke in the Richard Linklater-directed ‘Before Midnight,’ and she wrote that script with her co-star and director. Her other co-writing credits include ‘Before Sunset’ and ’2 Days In New York.’ She and Blanchett turned in two of the most buzzed-about actress performances of the year, counting Blanchett’s turn in ‘Blue Jasmine.’
In the film Cate Blanchett will play a cartoonist for magazines like The New Yorker and Glamour with a supercharged Manhattan lifestyle. She’s about to get married but must re-examine her life through wit and her animation when she is diagnosed with breast cancer. The synopsis for the memoir is as follows: What happens when a shoe-crazy, lipstick-obsessed, wine-swilling, pasta-slurping, fashion-fanatic, about-to-get-married big-city girl cartoonist with a fabulous life finds a lump in her breast? That’s the question that sets this powerful, funny, and poignant graphic memoir in motion. In vivid color and with a taboo-breaking sense of humor, Marisa Acocella Marchetto tells the story of her eleven-month, ultimately triumphant bout with breast cancer—from diagnosis to cure, and every challenging step in between.
Anchorman Ron Burgundy To Publish Tell-All Memoir: “Let Me Off at the Top! My Classy Life & Other Musings”
In awesome piece of viral marketing, The New York Times reports that legendary San Diego Action 4 News Team anchorman Ron Burgundy is set to publish a tell-all memoir titled “Let Me Off at the Top! My Classy Life and Other Musings.” The book is scheduled to hit shelves on November 19th, almost exactly a month before Burgundy returns to theaters in ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.’
‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’ itself finds Ron Burgundy putting the 70′s behind him as San Diego’s top rated newsman returns to the news desk. Also back for more are Ron’s co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone, weather man Brick Tamland, man on the street Brian Fantana and sports guy Champ Kind – All of whom won’t make it easy to stay classy… while taking the nation’s first 24-hour news channel by storm. Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, David Koechner, Paul Rudd, Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Dylan Baker, Meagan Good, Harrison Ford, Greg Kinnear, Josh Lawson, Vince Vaughn, Luke Wilson and Nicole Kidman star in the Adam McKay-helmed film.
Hot on the heels of Vin Diesel’s Facebook tease over the weekend, the actor has spoke with The LA Times about his possible role of Groot in Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and his ongoing social media presence. For months Diesel has been teasing a possible collaboration with Marvel, posting on social media about secretive meetings with the studio and promising impending “big news.” All but confirming the role in Guardians, the ‘Fast & Furious’ star said, ”I’m an actor. Not everything has to be the most obvious choice. And sometimes, the best thing you can do — as far as Steven Spielberg and his advice — is to defy expectations. So if everybody thinks you’re going to go for this one thing and you flip it entirely and go for the strangest Marvel character, it’s interesting. And when something is interesting, it’s inspiring.”
Asked why he posted a picture of Groot on Facebook this weekend, Vin Diesel replied, “I get inspired by things. So if somebody sends me a book of conceptual art that’s the best character design work I’ve ever seen — I’m not kidding, I see that and I want to be a little cryptic and I want to say something positive. Even if it’s as cryptic as an old, dated image of a character.” Head on over the the LA Times for the full interview. For those that don’t know, Groot is an extraterrestrial, sentient tree-like creature who only speaks the one phrase: “I am Groot!”
THR bring word that Joel Edgerton is in talks to star opposite Christian Bale in Ridley Scott’s Biblical epic ‘Exodus.’ The actor, who cemented his in-demand status after a series of high-profile roles including ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ and ‘The Great Gatsby,’ would play the Egyptian ruler Ramses in the 20th Century Fox film that is moving toward a September start date. Bale is onboard to portray Moses.
‘Exodus’ will reportedly shoot in Spain, Morocco and England. The project had picked up steam earlier this year when Steve Zaillian came aboard to write. Adam Cooper and Bill Collage penned a previous draft. Peter Chernin, who bought the project as a pitch, is producing alongside Ridley Scott. Joel Edgerton, whose credits include the critically acclaimed crime drama ‘Animal Kingdom,’ broke out in Gavin O’Connor’s MMA drama ‘Warrior.’ He recently stepped into O’Connor’s ‘Jane Got a Gun’ opposite Natalie Portman. The Aussie actor is also onboard to star opposite Michael Shannon in Jeff Nichols’ sci-fi film ‘Midnight Special.’
The Huffington Post has set loose this new batch of images from Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy.’ Arriving in cinemas on November 27th in the US and December 6th in the UK, the upcoming remake of Park Chan-wook’s cult classic stars the likes of Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, James Ransone, Lance Reddick, Michael Imperioli, and Samuel L. Jackson. The original ‘Oldboy,’ released in 2003, won the much coveted Grand Prize Jury Award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. The film is based on Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi’s 90′s manga series.
Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’ follows Josh Brolin’s character, Joe (Dae-su Oh in the original), a man who is kidnapped and imprisoned on his daughters birthday. For twenty years he is held captive, and upon his release must begin his journey to find the reason for his imprisonment. He soon finds out that his kidnapper has plans for him more tortuous than his solitary confinement. Sharlto Copley plays a mysterious billionaire out to destroy Joe’s life, while Elizabeth Olsen plays Marie, a caseworker who helps Joe investigate the past. Samuel L. Jackson plays the head of the motel where Brolin’s character has been held hostage.
Emileeid has debuted two new international posters for the Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone-starring action-thriller, ‘Escape Plan’ (formerly titled ‘The Tomb’). Directed by Swedish filmmaker Mikael Håfström (1408, The Rite), ’Escape Plan’ follows Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone), who is the world’s foremost authority on structural security. He’s analyzed every high security prison and has gained a vast array of survival skills. But all Ray’s ingenuity and knowledge are about to be put to work in the most challenging test he’s ever faced: escaping from the master prison of his own design.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, in the role of Church, plays a complex inmate with multiple shades of grey. He’s the guy who fights to keep the prisoners from losing their humanity in their darkest hour as they struggle together to stay alive. The two action icons are joined by the likes of Vincent D’Onofrio, Vinnie Jones, Sam Neil, Amy Ryan, Faran Tahir, Matt Gerald, Jim Caviezel and 50 Cent in ‘Escape Plan.’ The film opens on October 18th in the US and November 22nd in the UK.