Monday, September 12, 2011

DAVID TWOHY HELMING "THE LEONARDO JOB"! JULIANNE MOORE & GREG KINNEAR IN "THE ENGLISH TEACHER"! MEL GIBSON MAKING "JUDAH MACCABEE" EPIC? RUSSELL CROWE JOINS HUGH JACKMAN IN "LES MISERABLES"

It is official: Russell Crowe will join Hugh Jackman in LES MISERABLES playing inspector Javert against Jackman's Jean
Valjean! As "Deadline" reports, the adaptation of Victor Hugo's book follows peasant Jean Valjean who has just been released from imprisonment in the Bagne of Toulon after nineteen years (five for stealing bread for his starving sister and her family, and fourteen more for numerous escape attempts). Upon being released, he is required to carry a yellow passport that marks him as a prisoner, despite having already paid his debt to society by serving his time in prison. As you remember one of the contenders for the role of Javert was Paul Bettany.

SHORT HOLLYWOOD HEADLINES
This could be a charming couple: Julianne Moore and Greg Kinnear will star in a new comedy THE ENGLISH TEACHER about a
female teacher whose life is upended when a former star pupil returns to her small town after failing miserably as a playwright in New York. What's new in the loony world of Mel Gibson? Well, according to "MovieWeb" he will shoot an epic film on JUDAH MACCABEE who, along with his father and four brothers, lead the Jewish revolt against the tyrannical Greek-Syrian army in 167 BC. Famous screenwriter Joe Eszterhas will help Mel in his new mission. According to "Variety" Ron Howard will direct 364, an unusual spin on the superhero films about a guy who is normal 364 days a year and one day he has superhuman powers.

According to "MovieWeb" David Twohy (from RIDDICK sf saga) will helm THE LEONARDO JOB, an action thriller about two rival master thieves who are hired to go to Florence to steal the "lost" Leonardo da Vinci painting "The Battle of Anghiari".
These experts use high tech and old tricks to prove the painting exists and pinpoint its location - hidden behind another masterpiece. They are forced to combine skills when their schemes to steal the painting get more complicated and dangerous after they discover they are not the only ones pursuing the hidden treasure.

31 comments:

  1. Dezzy - Hope you're having a fab night. Les Mis ought to be really good.

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  2. with Hugh yes, with Russell no :)

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  3. I'm kind of getting excited about the Les Miserables movie and its Australian cast. :)

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  4. we do love us everything Australian, don't we? :)

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  5. haha poor gibson must be trying to demonstrate that he's not antisemitic.

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  6. I'M sure we shall see some horrid carnage in his new film again :(

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  7. yeah, not so sure about JUDAH MACCABEE. THE LEONARDO JOB sounds fantastic, though. I love that kind of film.

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  8. I think Julianne Moore and Greg Kinnear will be out of sight. I like the idea of the failed playwright as well. :)

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  9. Russell Crowe will make a great Javert, I think.

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  10. wow. Another Le Mis... But doesn't HJ look handsome in that shot. LOL! :D <3

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  11. Oh man, I'm so lovin' the cast of Le Miserables... definitely not miserable in the casting department :D

    The English Teacher sounds interesting, especially with that cast. I like Greg Kinnear, I wish he had more lead roles, he's quite a charismatic actor.

    Hope you had a nice weekend, Dezzy.

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  12. 364 sounds pretty interesting, I'll keep an eye out for that. Mel Gibson doing a film on Jewish history, though? Kinda awkward ...

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  13. NOt really a musical fan, but I do love Russell Crowe!!

    Always the best images too matey, love Julianne Moore...yummy

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  14. Oh, man! Russell Crowe?? So disappointed that Paul Bettany didn't get the part. Shucks :(

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  15. I'm interested to see David Twohy's latest project. Although I'm not a huge fan of Pitch Black it was certainly different and those types of films are always worth checking out.

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  16. Mel Gibson and a historical revolt, sounds like a winner.

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  17. What a surprise, some circles are already disgusted with the Gibson film!

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  18. Russell I don't think will be a good Javert. Hugh will be an awesome Valjean. Les Mis is a favorite novel and of course, I loved the musical. I'm really looking forward to this one.

    The English Teacher sounds quite interesting as does the The Leonardo Job.

    Oh Mel, talk about a ham-fisted, obvious move. I can just hear him saying something like "I'm not anti-Semitic. See, I'm making a movie about a Jewish hero."

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  19. @Lyndy
    yep, I know you usually don't like religious films :) What did you think of crazy Mel's PASSION as a devoted Christian? As a devoted atheist, I thought it depicted Christianity in a very ugly and bad way.

    @Libby
    yep, they will be a nice pair. I loved Greg previously with Toni Collette in LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE :)

    @Debra
    if I remember correctly you have a soft spot for Russell :)

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  20. @Leigh
    I have a special talent of finding the prettiest pics of our dear Hugh :) Not that it is a hard task to fulfill :)

    @Flixy
    yep, I also like Greg. He definitely should be used more in Hollywood, especially since he proved he has serious acting talent (we still remember his outstanding performances in LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE and in AS GOOD AS IT GETS.) It's interesting that he also has a strong potential in romantic films. He makes a brilliant and perfect romantic partner in that genre.

    @Jamie
    Mel's middle name is Awkward

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  21. @Scott
    oh, my! Then you wouldn't like my sudden and totally unexpected bursts into singing scenes from famous musicals in the most inconvenient places and situations :) Glad you liked the pic!

    @Sammy
    I'm so with you on that one, Sammy! :(

    @Dan
    I also didn't like PITCH BLACK, but I did adore CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK which I thought to be visually stunning and extremely creative with outstanding cast. And space opera is my favourite genre

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  22. @Lurk
    I thought you might like that one, Lurk :)

    @Mary
    I'm in those circles :) His PASSION and APOCALYPTO were examples of a sick mind behind the helm :(

    @Melsy
    yes, my dear, Bettany would've been much better in that role. Russell tends to be self-absorbed. Glad you agree with us on Mel's craziness :)

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  23. :( no paul.
    but i can see crowe's face as javert. they should replace jackman with paul. :P

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  24. a big :( to no Paul :(((
    Nooo, if they replace Hugh I'm not watching it ;)

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  25. I could see Paul Bettany as Javert, barely. But they just lost me with Russell Crowe.

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  26. Be nice to see Ron Howard do a really good film again. I've not liked the ones of the past few years.

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  27. Russel as Javert? OOOO if anyone can play insane determination without a sense of justice it's him. Hugh is a great song and dance man so he can do Jean in his sleep.

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  28. @Josh
    I'm with you, Josh

    @Diane
    yep, I've never liked his work, although I do like his daughter who is an actress

    @Cal
    I hope Hugh will get more space in the film than Russell

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  29. The only thing that got my attention i this post was the pic of Moore

    Does that make me a pervert?

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  30. I am curious about Gibson's Macabee project. I am still a Gibson fan. I have enjoyed his films and expect that this one may have some merit.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  31. @Dirty
    well, ur name says it all - ur a dirty ole pervert :PP

    @Lee
    a fan of his work, I hope not of his manners :)

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