Director Francis Ford Coppola has always had a knack for finding new talent – after all, he introduced audiences to Al Pacino and James Caan in “The Godfather” – and he found another new face to star in his new movie, “Tetro.” Coppola told us why he looks for young talent, and why Alden Ehrenreich was ultimately chosen for the role. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR BELOW TO HEAR (FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA)
In a year that’s heavy with good documentaries, THE COVE is near the top of the list. A festival fave, THE COVE might actually do some decent crossover biz. This trailer was just released.
In the upcoming WOODY ALLEN comedy WHATEVER WORKS, LARRY DAVID (CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM) plays a guy of a certain age who gets involved with a woman young enough to be his granddaughter (EVAN RACHEL WOOD). We caught up with ALLEN recently and he talked about casting DAVID in a role a lot of people think he might have played. Listen in below:
On this day in 1975, FIRST RUN FEATURES released A BOY AND HIS DOG, a post apocalypic film based on a story by HARLIN ELLISON. Directed by L. Q. JONES, the film was made irresistable by performances by DON JOHNSON and JASON ROBARDS.
On this day in 1938, controversial stage actress Mae West leaves New York for California to make her first film, Night After Night (1932). West had become a hit stage actress, famous for her racy roles in controversial productions. In 1927, she spent 10 days in jail for obscenity, after the court condemned the scandalous content of Sex, a Broadway play about a gigolo that she wrote, produced, and directed. West became one of the most highly paid women in Hollywood.
On this day in 1939, M-G-M released TARZAN FINDS A SON. Directed by RICHARD THORPE and starring JOHNNY WEISSMULLER and MAUREEN O’SULLIVAN, the story has TARZAN and JANE finding a boy (JOHNNY SHEFFIELD) in a plane wreck and raising him as their own until greedy relatives discover that the kid’s still alive and try to grab his inheritance. Good fun.
Hannah Montana is coming to an end.
The Disney Channel series starring Miley Cyrus is expected to wrap up a four season run next year, according to the 16-year-old’s dad and co-star, Billy Ray Cyrus.
In an interview for Access Hollywood and “The Billy Bush Show,” Cyrus said the cast, which just wrapped up shooting season 3, will carry on for one more run of shows at Miley’s request.
“Quite frankly, I give a lot of credit to Miley for taking it to another year,” Cyrus said. “She didn’t want it to just end with whatever was the last episode we did. She wanted it to build to where there’s a moral to the story, to where it doesn’t just end and go away and that’s it. She wanted there to be an official ending to ‘Hannah Montana.’”
Cyrus said they will film the final 11 half-hour long episodes and a one-hour long season finale, all expected to screen in 2010.
“We’ll start (shooting) season 4 sometime around the end of January,” Billy Ray said. “We have to be done by the first week of June in the summer of next year.”
But Cyrus did note, however, that things could change.
“Anything is possible in Hollywood,” he laughed.
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Paramount has picked up an untitled pitch from Brian Koppelman and David Levien that takes place in the world of Costa Rica-based online casinos.
Leonardo DiCaprio is attached to star, and his Appian Way cohort Jennifer Davisson Killoran is producing.
Koppelman and Levien, who wrote “Ocean’s Thirteen,” covered similar ground with their debut script for “Rounders,” which starred Edward Norton and Matt Damon as high-stakes players in the underground poker scene. The writers, Davisson Killoran and DiCaprio are also teaming on “Beat the Reaper,” an adaptation of the Josh Bazell novel that is set up at New Regency.
Koppelman and Levien, who are repped by CAA and 3 Arts Entertainment, most recently penned Steven Soderbergh’s “The Girlfriend Experience.” They are in production on “Solitary Man,” which they co-directed and which Koppelman wrote, for Millennium Films. They also are repped by attorney Karl Austen.
DiCaprio, who most recently starred in “Revolutionary Road,” is repped by Rick Yorn and attorney Steve Warren, who also rep Appian. The actor next stars in the Martin Scorsese-directed thriller “Shutter Island,” which Paramount will release in October.