Movie news…? Movie news…? Where are you movie news? Have you seen any movie news around here?
Oh wait! Sorry I was looking in the wrong direction. The good news is that there’s movie updates in abundance. The bad news is I now have to sit down and write an article. Thanks a lot movie news!
CARREY WRESTLING KAUFMAN
Netflix have released a trailer for upcoming documentary Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond. Starring Jim Carrey, the film reveals behind the scenes footage taken during the production of 1999’s Man On The Moon. As you may remember, this was a biopic of anarchic comedian Andy Kaufman and featured a title track by REM (who also recorded the doc’s title track).
Turns out Kaufman admirer Carrey went the full method for his role, staying in character throughout and causing chaos in the process for director Milos Forman. Things got so bad that producers had the footage suppressed and if you watch below you might see why:
Directed by Chris Smith and produced by Spike Jonze, Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond is available to stream Nov 11th.
ICE TO MEET YOU
Another controversial real life figure getting the biopic treatment is ice skater Tonya Harding. Her plot to end the career of rival Nancy Kerrigan by breaking her leg was exposed and Harding wound up off the cold stuff.
Margot Robbie portrays Harding in new black comedy I, Tonya from director Craig Gillespie. Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney and Bobby Cannavale provide frosty support. A teaser has just been released and you can get chills watching it here:
I, Tonya lands Dec 8th.
CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SH*TBALLS
After a long and troubled production period, action flick Geostorm blows a gale through cinemas today. It’s Gerard Butler vs killer satellites in this story of weather gone wrong. But does turbulence behind the scenes mean you’re going to get a bad night at the pictures? I ponder that question in a feature, which you can read here.
LIFE IS BUT A STREAM
I’m not really a fan of Nicolas Winding Refn. His movies are stylish but he’s got a tendency to be “controversial”, leading him to act like a hormone-fuelled film student. But what do I know? His output is admired across the globe, from Drive to The Neon Demon. And I couldn’t argue with his latest project – a free streaming service!
New website will showcase restorations of obscure films such as Nest of the Cuckoo Birds, but the director has grander ambitions also. Quarterly “volumes” will bring users a range of content, from photography to essays. Refn is curating the site alongside others such as Little White Lies magazine. Those hungry for what the helmer has to offer won’t pay a dime. What a gesture to the next generation of filmmakers!
Things looked rockier than a shower of meteorites over at Lucasfilm and the set of the Han Solo standalone movie. Ron Howard had been beamed down (yes wrong franchise I know) to take the directorial reins and reshoots soon followed.
However, now the shoot has wrapped a happy-looking Howard has used social media to announce the title we’ve all been waiting for. What is the new Han Solo project, part of the A Star Wars Story universe, going to be called I wonder…?
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) October 17, 2017
Well. That settles that then. Good to know Ron. Happy days.
Guess what I’ll be back with next week? That’s right – more movie news.
Sources: YouTube, Indiewire, Twitter