Making Out with the Media: Better Late Than Never Edition

Thailand is the Old China for Håfström’s Shanghai
Despite speculation to the contrary, the film’s representatives including lead actors John Cusack, Chow Yun Fat, and Gong Li and executive producer Steve Squillante made it clear in a press conference over the weekend that the reason why they had chosen the independent monarchy known as Thailand to do a lot of their exterior and interior shooting was because not only had they approached Chinese officials right smack dab in the middle of their Olympics preparation, it’s also difficult to find buildings remniscient of 1940s Shanghai in the 21st century. This is probably one of the only few times in which I’ll say it’s okay for one Asian country to be confused for another, because once a building or the character of a city is lost, you really can’t get it back, no matter how good your set decorator is.

Dead Punk Rocker Finally Escapes John Lennon’s Deathly Shadow in Secret Biopic
The NY Times turns in a good profile piece on indie film What We Do is Secret. See, over 30 years ago when L.A. ushered in the third punk music wave, one of its brightest lights went out when Germs lead singer Darby Crash committed suicide according to the five-year plan he created when he was 17. It was to be his ticket to immortality, but fate intervened when Beatles’ singer/songwriter John Lennon was killed by an assassin’s bullet the next day. In fact, the story of how Secret got made would make for interesting film as well. It opens on August 8.

Adam Shankman Trades in Dancing Shoes for Football Cleats With Adaptation of John Grisham’s Playing for Pizza
Variety reports that the former gymnast-turned-choreographer/director was “sparked” (no, that term does not appear in Variety’s slanguage dictionary) to be making his next project about an athlete who blows a Super Bowl shot for his NFL team and winds up as a semi-pro in Italy.

“We want to make this grittier than the book, a cross between North Dallas Forty and Jerry Maguire, about a character who fails in the public eye, goes into survival mode as a result and then learns through a series of events that he doesn’t have to be Tony Romo to be a success as a man,” Shankman said.

In other words, it’s more like a cross between Mr. Baseball and Lost in Translation.

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Posted on August 6, 2008 at 05:48 by Trisha Lynn · Permalink
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