BOI WEEKLY: MINDLESS WANDERINGS (…OR STUFF THAT HAPPENED WHILE YOU WERE TRYING TO FIND TWO “BOYHOOD” TICKETS)
*** Disney and Marvel Universe announced that Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell and Damon Wayans Jr would be lending their vocal talents to “Big Hero 6”, coming out November 7th. The animated title tells the story of the young scientist Hiro Hamada and his robot buddy Baymax. No, not Betamax, Baymax. Please come out of the 1980’s.
*** Paramount is in talks to secure rights to Martin Scorsese’s latest, “Silence”, and would look to slot the film as an Oscar contender next November. Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield play two Jesuit priests who travel to Japan to find their mentor and spread Christianity.
*** Speaking of Marvel, Buena Vista announced five untitled Marvel movies’ worth of release dates beginning with July 28th, 2017 and finishing up with May 3rd, 2019. Yes, five years away.
*** Beloved actor from both the big screen and the small, James Garner, passed away Sunday at the age of 86 in his home in Brentwood. Although probably best known for his seven year stint as Jim Rockford in TV’s “The Rockford Files”, Garner was an accomplished movie actor as well, and was brilliant in films such as “The Great Escape”, “Grand Prix”, “Murphy’s Romance” and “Victor Victoria”. Garner starred in 95 combined film and TV productions.
*** So let me get this straight. Warners gets Sandra Bullock in the record-setting spectacle “Gravity” and her follow-up is Sony’s “Tupperware Unsealed”? Yes, Bullock will star as Brownie Wise, the housewife inventor of the Tupperware product that began in the 1950’s. I’m guessing the film will be a bit more intriguing than my synopsis would lead you to believe and the movie will be directed by Tate Taylor, who helmed “The Help” as well as next week’s James Brown biopic, “Get On Up”, so I’m keeping the faith and waiting for the Bed, Bath and Beyond tie-ins.
*** Thanks to the support of the Jesse Owens Foundation and the Jesse Owens Trust, Focus has acquired U.S. distribution rights to “Race”, the true story of the 1930’s track legend. Stephan James, the star of “Selma” and “When The Game Stands Tall”, will play Owens, with Jason Sudekis and Jeremy Irons co-starring. There are currently two other Jesse Owens biopics in development as well but it looks like this Focus feature will be the first out of the blocks.
*** Ron Howard has announced that he will direct a documentary focusing on the early Beatles. The film will chronicle 1960-1966, the period in which the Fab Four took the world by storm, including introducing Beatlemania to the U.S on The Ed Sullivan Show. The film will have the support of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and George Harrison’s widow, Olivia. Yeah, yeah, yeah!
*** Sometimes good things do happen to go people and one example of that is last week’s announcement that Sony has promoted Doug Belgrad to President, Motion Pictures Group. If there is a more savvy studio executive out there I’d like to know who that is. The studio has indicated that Belgrad, who will continue as President of Columbia Pictures, will assume further responsibilities in the business and financial planning sectors of studio operations.
*** The House That 3D Built, RealD, has lost yet another key executive as COO and General Counsel Craig Gatarz left the company last week. Both SVP of Marketing Rick Heineman and President of Worldwide Cinema, Joe Peixoto have also left the company in recent months.
*** The New York Film Festival is well on its way to a major slate of films this year as the fest announced that David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” will open the festival, while also announcing that Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice”, with Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon, will also make its world premiere on the west side.
*** Weinstein has announced that Bond’s new Q, Ben Whishaw, will voice the title character in this December’s “Paddington”. There is absolutely no truth to the subsequent rumor that the animated bear will use a rocket propelled, tear gas emitting compass to find his way to Paddington Station.