Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Cumming Tries For U.S. Citizenship


Actor Alan Cumming is trying to attain U.S. citizenship - so that he can vote for presidential candidate Barack Obama.

The Scottish actor, who has been campaigning in a bid to win gay votes for the Democrat, will take a citizenship test in October in order to vote for Obama in the forthcoming election.

He says, "I've got the questions and the answers. Now all I've got to do is memorise them. It's just like learning a lot of lines, so I kind of think that as an actor, I'll be better prepared than most.

Monday, 8 September 2008

Variety mentions Wolverine, and possible Deadpool film.

Variety on Fox's summer blockbusters, mentions the Wolverine movie, and a possible Deadpool movie:

  • The 'Australia' domino effect. Fox's "Australia" was delayed by bad weather and Russell Crowe's exit. When Hugh Jackman was cast, that in turn delayed "Wolverine," which had been targeted for this summer (which could have significantly changed the studio's summer tallies). So the studio moved pics like "X-Files" into summer slots, rather than the fall, which would have been a better fit.

n Development snags. While the studio is bullish on its late-2008 and '09 slate, it simply didn't have the pictures to move into the summer vacancy created by "Wolverine's" delay.

Further compounding Fox's summer woes was a backlash last month from the fanboy community, which is incensed by the studio's lawsuit over Warner Bros.' right to make the film "Watchmen." Fans of the graphic novel have threatened to boycott Fox films like "Wolverine" if Fox's legal maneuverings prevent the film from opening on schedule March 6 -- though most consider that unlikely.


Though Fox has no plans for a major overhaul, the studio has scheduled a strategy meeting to assess the status of its superheroes, a group sorely missed this summer. On the agenda, Fox will mull the possibility of more "X-Men" spinoffs, including a young-X-Men project as well as "Deadpool," based on a character played by Ryan Reynolds in "Wolverine." The studio is even considering reviving the "Daredevil" property.

"I don't see Fox changing anything," says producer-manager JC Spink. "Just because it didn't work this summer doesn't mean they should change anything. Everyone has an off season. But look at how many summers in a row it has worked for them."

And on paper, the year-end looks good with "Australia" and "Marley and Me," and so does next summer, with the studio releasing no fewer than three tentpoles: "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" on May 1, "Night at the Museum 2: Escape From the Smithsonian" on Memorial Day weekend and "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" on the Fourth of July weekend.

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Harry Gregson-Williams on Scoring Wolverine

Tracksounds interviewed composer Harry Gregson-Williams who is scoring the upcoming Wolverine movie.

Just after the release of THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN, composer Harry Gregson-Williams shares about his return to Narnia, his feelings about moving on from the franchise, what he's doing with up-and-coming-composers like David Buckley and Stephen Barton at his Wavecrest Studios, and his upcoming projects which include X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

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Raunchy Risk Takers!


James Marsden's got edge, sure, and with his primo projects like Hairspray and X-Men, he's seen as ultimately one of the coolest, most accessible hipster stars around. Aaron Eckhart, similarly, is respected for messy-but-loveable roles in Erin Brockovich, Thank You For Smoking and The Dark Knight. Both dudes are about to royally ef with their reps in movies out this month, and for these highly surprising reversals, we praise them thoroughly.

Marsden's starring in Sex Drive, a hysterical Road Trip-meets-Nashville-meets-Maurice, in which James is over-the-top and obsessed with antigay humor (trust, this flick ain't for the politically correct faint of heart). But then, you know what they say about those who protest too much, à la Isaiah Washington, right? Uh-huh. Check out the movie, definitely worth it if you like your sex sick, skanky and delicious—just like John Mayer does!

Darkly amusing, more disturbing, is Alan Ball's latest warped baby, Towelhead, starring Eckhart, Maria Bello and Summer Bishil, who's magnificent as a teenager who's sexually attacked in ways she doesn't entirely understand or necessarily dislike. Thank heavens she's got sassy next-door nabe Toni Collette to run to for aid and not Helen Mirren, as the movie's outcome would otherwise be even more hideous than it already is.

This, thanks to Eckhart's onscreen talent for being a completely loathsome creep whose actions will shock a lotta of Eckhart's loyal fans. Took balls for this dude to play such a menacing cretin. Where the hell does Alan Ball (Six Feet Under, American Beauty) find these nasty ne'er-do-well's, anyway? Neverland?