Wednesday, November 30, 2011


One of my three most favourite directors in the world, Shekhar Kapur (who brought us three legendary, flawless, deeply moving and stunning epic dramas ELIZABETH, ELIZABETH THE GOLDEN
AGE and THE FOUR FEATHERS) is returning behind the helm after a very long break. According to "The Hollywood Reporter" he will take the director's chair of LONDON FIELDS from equally fantastic Michael Winterbottom. This is basically a movie adaptation of Martin Amis' novel which is narrated by an American writer, Samson Young, living in London who has had writer's block for 20 years and is now terminally ill while other main characters include a psychic woman, Nicola Six, who meets two men in a bar and senses that one of them will murder her on her 35th birthday. But the main piece of news, which made HOLLYWOOD SPY's heart beat a bit
faster :), is that Shekhar is apparently also working on the preparations for the third installment of ELIZABETH, the best historical saga in cinematic history with the unbeatable performance by Cate Blanchett!
One of the upcoming films, which my ladies, and those nice people with a tender heart, will surely love is THE LUCKY ONE.
Premiering next April, this is basically a movie adaptation of Nicolas Spark's bestselling novel in which the touching and heartwarming story revolves around a Marine who survives three tours in Iraq. He attributes his good fortune to a photograph he carried of a woman he has never met, and he sets out to meet his good-luck charm when he returns to North Carolina. The cast of the film is lead by Zac Efron, also known as the owner of the best body among Hollywood hunks, who is trying to build up a career of a more serious actor after his teenage escapades in pop films. The film is directed by Scott Hicks who brought us amazing NO RESERVATIONS in which Catherine Zeta Jones gave one of her best performances ever.

One of the main stories today over at "The Hollywood Reporter" was on Universal's film adaptation of IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS, a recent non-fiction bestseller from Erik Larson.
Published this spring, the book brought the true tale of William Dodd, the United States' reluctant and mild-mannered ambassador to Berlin in 1933, and his daughter Martha, a vivacious socialite who had romantic affairs with a Gestapo official and a Soviet spy. Dodd and his family at first naively navigated life in Nazi Germany (Dodd's daughter was excited when Adolf Hitler kissed her hand) but they slowly gained awareness of the mounting brutality around them. The film will be produced by Tom Hanks, and there are gossips that he might take the lead role himself as well.


  1. Hanks in the Garden of Beasts -- sounds right.

  2. Wish Hanks would make something fun again, seems to lost that part of himself. Zac Efron, ewww..hahaha

  3. As always, you are on top of it all. I'll try to plug my way through In the Garden of Beasts...stopped at about page 50. Have a great Wednesday~

  4. Blech, not another Sparks cliche fest. I really hate that man and wish he would get writer's block for the next twenty years along with Stephenie Meyer. The two of them have single-handedly dropped intelligence levels of people everywhere. ;))

    In the Garden of Beasts was a good book, but I wish they would make a film of Devil in the White City. That's the best thing Larsen has ever written.

  5. aww man! i think the lucky one sounds cute! maybe i'm just a sucker!

  6. My girlfriend said she would love to see the lucky one~

  7. Oh, I would love to see more of the Elizabeth saga! It was stunning; she is brilliant, they couldn't make it without her!

    Lucky one mmh, I will rent it, but all those
    Spark movies are the same. There is a lot of heart strings tugged and tissues needed.

    I love Tom Hanks movies...should be fascinating!

  8. Oh no, no more Nicolas Sparks. There are entire articles out there dedicated to why his stories are all the same and really not that good. :(

    Oh, and I was going to mention that in another blogging tips posts if my other one became popular enough.

  9. Nothing here for me today Dezzy...but have a great day my friend

  10. I'm definitely looking forward to a third Elizabeth movie. Would probably skip the Nicolas Sparks movie, though.

  11. In the Garden of Beasts sounds good but Elizabeth 3 will be a definite watch.

  12. @Mary
    glad you liked it, Mary :)

    ah, be happy that I didn't post a muscly pic of semi naked Zac Efron, Pats, because you know I can do it :)

    so it wasn't a good book?

  13. Interesting pairing of Kapur and Michael Winterbottom...I'm surprised Winterbottom isn't directing himself.

    I'm sure The Lucky One will be a hit with those that loved The Notebook. I, on the other hand, will be avoiding it. :)

  14. @Melsy
    amen to what you said about Meyer. She and Charlaine Harris should be prosecuted for their crimes against intelligence and good taste. When it comes to Sparks, I've never read any of his books, but I did love a lot of films based on his books and loved them. You know I will always support someone who fights for love and positive emotions in this dark world of ours, even if, sometimes, those books aren't of the highest possible quality :)

    it should be cute, love is always cute :)

  15. @Chip
    there's a reason for you to take her to the movies and she will thank you later on :)

    indeed, Cate's performance in ELIZABETH is probably the best one ever seen on the big screens ;)

    blogging advices posts are usually the most popular ones :) Many people have done it before and it always attracts lots of comments

  16. @Scott
    what? Scottie, what kind of Englishman are you if you are not excited about ELIZABETH III? :) I knew you were into Gothic queen Victoria :PP

    ELIZABETH III will be super amazing, keeping fingers crossed that it happens

    a definite watch indeed!

  17. @Dan
    no, no, you didn't read it right, Kaphur is REPLACING Winterbottom who left the helm for some reason. He was the first option for the director, and I think Cronenberg was also in the game

    you must

  18. Is it wrong that I still haven't seen either ELIZABETH film?

    And I'm in big agreement with Pat, and Tom Hanks needs to make another BACHELOR PARTY or BIG type movie. Get back to the JOE VS. THE VOLCANO years.

    Also, I have a tender heart, but Nicholas Sparks can kiss my grits.

  19. it is an unthinkable sin, Joshy! You must repent for such blasphemy!
    I'm glad I don't know what grits are/is :)

  20. Interesting read! I caught this post from your title and glad that I found it! Keep up the great work with your blog and I look forward to reading your next post!

  21. Cheers for Cate!! I second your words: "the best historical saga in cinematic history with the unbeatable performance by Cate Blanchett!"

  22. Dezzy - I love Cate. She is a fantastic actor.

    I read that Nicholas Sparks book. It'll probably make a good movie.

    Hope you're having a wonderful Wednesday. =D

  23. @Jason
    thanks, Jason, glad you like the post, hope you will be our frequent visitor. Tomorrow's post will probably feature a mindblowing new trailer for a new sf epic :)

    it's the unbeatable truth :)

    she is the best among the best :)
    Hope your Wednesday is a bit better than my. I have a sore throat and I'm feeling a bit under the weather :)

  24. I've not heard of a single one of these...until now.

  25. "The lucky one" look like a chic flick lol

  26. @Southpaw
    well, that's the idea of Hollywood Spy, sister :)

    it certainly does :)

  27. Awesome news about Elizabeth III W/ C. Blanchett. Thanks for the update...

  28. be welcome, Anthony, it's HOLLYWOOD SPY'S fav movie ever :)