the Forbes 400, the magazine’s annual list of the richest people in the nation. (Walmart’s Christy Walton, with $24 billion, is the country’s leading woman at No. 4.) For the 17th straight year, Microsoft’s Bill Gates tops the list with an estimated $54 billion. A sampling of others making the cut: READ FULL STORYThere are 129 people more wealthy than Oprah Winfrey in America, according to Forbes. Why do the rest of us even try? Winfrey’s net worth, estimated at $2.7 billion, ties her for No. 130 on
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Steven Spielberg, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci will adapt 'Locke and Key' into a (presumably spooky) TV show
his ever-swelling IMDB page: according to Vulture, Spielberg is working with burgeoning geek-auteurs Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci on a TV show adapted from Joe Hill’s graphic novel series, Locke & Key.At any moment, Steven Spielberg’s name is on some three dozen different projects. It was true back in the ’80s, when he produced/godfathered classics like Poltergeist, Gremlins, The Goonies, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Back to the Future in between finding time to direct some of the best movies ever. (He also made Temple of Doom, but nobody’s perfect.) And it’s true today, as we add another project to
The basic premise of the series sounds rife for a creepalicious cult TV series. READ FULL STORY
It sounded like such a dream team: Steven Spielberg directing Tony Kushner’s screenplay about the life of Abraham Lincoln, with Liam Neeson in the title role. And now it turns out it’ll be just a dream after all: Neeson said in an interview with Britain’s GMTV on Friday that he’s no longer attached to the project. “I’m past my sell-by date,” Neeson quipped, referring to the fact that he’s 58 while Lincoln was assassinated at age 56. A rep for the actor tells EW.com, “That project has never seemed to come to fruition so he just moved on a couple of years ago.” Indeed, Spielberg has been keeping busy with several other projects: He’s wrapped The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn starring Daniel Craig and is now in pre-production on the WWI drama War Horse. (Both projects are scheduled for 2011 releases.) But that doesn’t mean that all hope is lost. “It is a film we all hope to make,” says Spielberg’s rep at DreamWorks. “So much depends on timing and all the elements coming together at the right moment. Schindler’s List was around here for over 10 years. It was worth it, wouldn’t you say?” Point taken.
So with Neeson out of the picture, who else could play Honest Abe? Is any other great actor tall enough?
People in Hollywood don’t usually admit mistakes. But there are exceptions. Just this weekend, Shia LaBeouf broke the Hollywood cone of silence and provided some minor closure on one of the darkest episodes in American history. Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, the actor apologetically admitted that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was not exactly the greatest movie ever.
To me, LaBeouf’s comments don’t sound remotely diva-ish. He notes his own responsibility for the film, saying, “You can blame it on the writer and you can blame it on Steven [Spielberg]. But the actor’s job is to make it come alive and make it work, and I couldn’t do it.” (Considering that he’s talking about the scene where his character swings through the treetops with monkeys, I think he’s being a bit hard on himself.) He also insists on having a tremendous amount of respect for Steven Spielberg: “He’s done so much great work that there’s no need for him to feel vulnerable about one film. But when you drop the ball you drop the ball.” (Spielberg’s camp issued no comment to EW.)
PopWatchers, how do you feel about LaBeouf’s admission? Does anyone else find it noteworthy that he mentions Spielberg and co-star Harrison Ford, but doesn’t say a word about producer (and skull-enthusiast) George Lucas? And do you think it’s admirable for such a young actor to go on the record against Steven Freaking Spielberg, or do you think LaBeouf is stabbing his coworkers in the back? And does anyone out there really like Crystal Skull? (My brother does, but he also likes Temple of Doom, which proves mental illness runs in my family.)
The Hollywood Reporter‘s Heat Vision blog, Copley is in talks to play the adult guardian of a group of aliens who escape their doomed planet and hide out on Earth, pretending to be human teenagers.South African actor Sharlto Copley, who played a human mutating into an alien in last summer’s District 9, could be an alien disguised in a human body in I Am Number Four, an upcoming Michael Bay production from Dreamworks. According to
Sound a bit like Superman’s mythology? Well, Al Gough and Miles Millar, the duo that created TV’s Smallville, wrote the script, based on an upcoming book coauthored by James Frey. (Yes, Oprah’s James Frey.) Bay and Steven Spielberg are producing, and D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye) is directing.
What a fascinating blend of creative DNA. Smallville, Bay, Frey… oh my. Throw in the eminently watchable Copley and Number Four rockets up near the top of my favorite in-the-works projects.
What do you find most intriguing about this film? (It’s James Frey, isn’t it?)
- Discovery Channel and Steven Spielberg are at work on an animated miniseries called Future Earth, which will depict what life will look like in 25, 50, and 100 years. Will there be hover bikes?! [Variety]
- Diane Lane is set to star in Cinema Verite, HBO’s upcoming film which looks behind-the-scenes of the groundbreaking 1970s documentary An American Family. Lane is playing Pat Loud, the matriarch of the family who asked her husband on air for a divorce. She must have discovered all his Ed Hardy wear. [THR]
- Comic-Con might remain in San Diego after all: Though talks began of moving the convention to a different city because of its growing size, the city’s convention center is planning to expand in order to keep comic book fans in the city. A major win for the sunscreen industry, glayvin. [Variety]
- Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) will direct Clive Owen in the horror-thriller Intruders, about “an 11-year-old girl who is forced to confront childhood demons.” I could be speculating here, but I’m guessing Owen won’t play the 11-year-old girl. [Variety]
- Mare Winningham is the latest actress to join HBO’s Mildred Pierce, while Lizzy Caplan nabbed the leading role on CBS’ True Love pilot. In the name of Freaks and Geeks, Related, The Class and Party Down, let’s hope this one sticks for Caplan! [THR]
- Poker player Chris Ferguson has decided to use his winnings to back film/TV venture RCR Pictures, run by Robin Schorr. Good gamble? [Deadline]
- Netflix has inked a deal with Twentieth Century Fox and Universal Studios, which allows it to rent movies out 28 days after the films reach stores. [Reuters]
Click here to read Ken Tucker’s assessment of last week’s first installment.) I spoke with exec producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks a few weeks ago about the $200 million production, including why you won’t see any more naval battles, what helped to ring up the production’s mammoth price tag, and what it was like when Spielberg reunited with the kid from Jurassic Park. Here are the highlights.The second chapter of the ten-part HBO mini-series The Pacific airs tonight, wrapping up its portrait of the grueling WWII campaign on the island of Guadalcanal. (
EW: With Band of Brothers, you had the source book by Steven Ambrose, but there wasn’t that kind of definitive narrative history of a single company from the Pacific theater of World War II. How did you settle on these three real-life marines — Robert Leckie (James Badge Dale), Eugene Sledge (Joe Mazzello), and John Basilone (Jon Seda) — as your narrative engines for The Pacific?
STEVEN SPIELBERG: Unlike Easy Company in Band of Brothers, when all the stories existed, in this case we were looking for true stories of marines that knew each other, or where stories would intersect.
TOM HANKS: We said, look, there’s gotta be some great combat memoirs out there, as opposed to the overview books — tactics and maps and stuff. And by finding both Sledge’s book With the Old Breed and Leckie’s book Helmet for My Pillow, and realizing that Sid Phillips, who was Eugene’s best friend [and is played by Ashton Holmes], happened to be in Leckie’s outfit — that gave us three characters right there that converged. Basilone is a very well chronicled story.
We also had for awhile Flyboys by James Bradley, thinking that we were going make manifest a bunch of different areas [of the Pacific battle]. But it just became too problematic.
SPIELBERG: We got, I think, a very comprehensive sampling. But by no means the entire story. READ FULL STORY
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