No, really. Tom Hardy’s date to the premiere of his new film Legend was a dog. Not only did the actor bring his wife Charlotte Riley, he was accompanied by his Labrador mix, Woody—who dolled up for the occasion with a bow tie attached to his collar. Apparently, this isn’t the first time Hardy has brought a four-legged friend along for the ride. In 2014, he starred in The Drop with a pit bull named Zora, and carried her to the premiere in New York City. What can we learn from this? Man’s best friend may be a dog, but clearly dog’s best friend is Tom Hardy. Discuss
Spielberg isn’t out to steal any thunder. The iconic director, whose new film Bridge of Spies is out October 16, says he wasn’t out to step on any toes, particularly 007’s. “I've always wanted to make a spy movie,” he notes in a recent Associated Press interview. “This is not James Bond. Only James Bond can be James Bond. I've always been fascinated with the entertainment value of the James Bond spy series of movies, as well as the serious John le Carre spy novels, especially the Martin Ritt movie The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. Also spy pictures like The Quiller Memorandum and The Ipcress File, and Torn Curtain by Hitchcock in the '60s.
The filmmaker goes on to note that genre trends in Hollywood are cyclical, hinting that big blockbusters could one day fade from favor. “We were around when the Western died, and there will be a time when the superhero movie goes the way of the Western,” he says. “It doesn't mean there won't be another occasion where the Western comes back and the superhero movie someday returns. Of course, right now the superhero movie is alive and thriving. I'm only saying that these cycles have a finite time in popular culture. There will come a day when the mythological stories are supplanted by some other genre that possibly some young filmmaker is just thinking about discovering for all of us.”
In a stroke of casting genius, Cate Blanchett will play Lucille Ball in an upcoming biopic written by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing). The Australian actress hasn’t had too many opportunities to flex her comedic muscle—having won Oscars for her roles in both Blue Jasmine and The Aviator. But then again, before I Love Lucy, much of Hollywood was convinced that beautiful women couldn’t be funny. Blanchett's already got the blessings of film producers/Ball children Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., and production on the film is slated to begin sometime next year. Discuss
The clerk’s office in Rowan County Kentucky has issued its first marriage license to a same-sex couple, one day after clerk Kim Davis was jailed. A U.S. District Judge found her in contempt of court for refusing to issue licenses to same-sex couples, despite the recent Supreme Court ruling making gay marriage legal across the country. Only one clerk deputy, who happens to be Davis’ son, refused to give out the licenses after she was jailed for refusing them on religious grounds. Discuss
Filmmaker Eric Demeusy has created this trailer, presenting his own vision for what a Boba Fett's origin story could look like as a stand-alone film in the Star Wars franchise. A real Boba Fett movie is actually in the works, though the studio is still looking for a director. Josh Trank (Fantastic Four, Chronicle) recently stepped away from the project. Discuss
Two of the masterminds behind shows including The Office, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Parks and Recreation and 30 Rock are teaming up for a new sitcom about an interracial family. The NBC show is being produced by Michael Schur, the former SNL and Office writer who co-created both Parks and Rec and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Schur teamed up with former 30 Rock writer and Parks and Rec producer Matt Hubard, who will pen the script. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the sitcom “revolves around a happily married interracial couple, Andrew and Josie, whose lives take a turn when they move closer to Josie's family in Missouri.” Schur’s been a busy guy since Parks and Rec went off the air. In addition to the new NBC show, he’s also executive producing a new series for Netflix starring Aziz Ansari, and he created yet another sitcom for NBC called A Good Place. Discuss