Making Out with the Media: Brad Pitt is an Inglorious Bastard, and Other Stories

Pitt to Star in Tarantino’s Inglorious Bastards; Are Pegg, Krumholtz, Novak, and Kinski Close Behind?
After tons of speculation, both Variety and Hollywood Reporter reported that Brad Pitt has closed the deal to lead Quentin Tarantino’s WWII epic about eight Jewish-American soldiers (who will be lead by Pitt’s American hillbilly) who take on the Nazis in Europe. Also in talks to star in the film are three screen actors Simon Pegg (Hot Fuzz), David Krumholtz (Serenity), and Nastassja Kinski (Tess) as well as TV actor B.J. Novak (“The Office”). Love him or hate him, it’ll definitely be interesting to see how Tarantino puts his mark on such a classic movie genre.

Hall Goes Wilde for Dorian Gray
Fresh off of the buzz from her turn in a Woody Allen flick, Variety reported that British actor Rachel Hall (who also starred in The Prestige) will be joining the cast of the movie adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray. I know Gordon is still apoplectic with anger, but I’m just a little bit more hopeful now.

Tatum, Parkour Make Another Jump Into Movie Lore with New Line Film
I don’t know about you, but I love a good heist film. And I also loved the parkour sequence in Casino Royale, as well as watching a pair of parkour artists beat the pants off of James May from “Top Gear” in a race across Liverpool. So combine the two and you’ve got something for which I’m willing to plunk down some cash. Variety reports that New Line’s untitled parkour/heist film will star Channing Tatum (aka Duke in the upcoming G.I. Joe) and will be directed by music video director Richie Smyth–who canceled plans to jump out of a helicopter and snowboard to the bottom of a mountain to make his audition for the job. Now that is verisimilitude. Production will start early next year.

The Kid Gets His First Picture Deal
Hollywood Reporter offers up a story so “twee” that it makes you either want to shoot yourself or shoot the subject. It’s all about Jason Sullivan, a script reader/apartment manager/spam ad writer/former assistant to X-Men Origins: Magneto screenwriter Sheldon Turner, who parlayed his friendship with Turner into a six-figure deal with Columbia Pictures. The untitled comedy–which was inspired by a conversation Sullivan overheard at Turner’s house–sounds like Old School, where a bunch of 30-somethings get nostalgic for the summer camps they never went to, and so they get their friends together and create their own. Seeing as I’m 30 and I never went to summer camp, this movie should be perfect for me, right? However, I don’t think I’d see this unless either a camper gets killed by a psychotic murderer or one of them tries to swim across the lake. For that matter, I’m also wondering if these guys would be coming out with Summer Camp Movie soon after.

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Posted on August 8, 2008 at 06:13 by Trisha Lynn · Permalink
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  1. Written by Unmature
    on 2008-08-08 at 09:24

    Novak was confirmed before Pitt was

  2. Written by Trisha Lynn
    on 2008-08-08 at 09:58

    No, he wasn’t. I linked to the same post you did and it said he was “in talks” which is not the same as being officially signed, as Pitt has been.

  3. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2008-08-08 at 11:34

    Yup. Although BJ Novak IS pretty much a sure thing, it’s not a done deal until the signatures are on the dotted lines.

  4. Written by Unmature
    on 2008-08-10 at 20:05

    Sorry :)

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