Movie News in 60 Seconds: Bill Paxton’s Kung Fu; Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi, and Octavia Spencer Turn to Comedy

Movie News in 60 Seconds: Bill Paxton’s Kung Fu; Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi, and Octavia Spencer Turn to Comedy

Nov 01, 2011

Kung Fu

Game Over, Grasshopper: Veteran actor Bill Paxton is in talks to direct Kung Fu, a big-screen adaptation of the 1970‘s TV show that featured David Carradine as a monk traveling through the Old West. Paxton has only directed two features -- Frailty, a thriller, and The Greatest Game Ever Played, a golf drama -- and Kung Fu sounds like a departure for him. (Deadline)

A Potentially Magical Cast: The folks behind Burt Wonderstone, the magic-themed comedy starring Steve Carrell, are busy talking to Olivia Wilde and Steve Buscemi about roles as a love interest and former best friend, respectively. Jim Carrey and James Gandolfini are also “in talks." (The Hollywood Reporter)

A Comedy That Dares Not Speak Its Name: Fresh from her breakout role in The Help, Octavia Spencer is joining Russell Brand and Julianne Hough in Diablo Cody’s directorial debut, formerly titled Lamb of God. The comedy follows a road trip that ends up in Las Vegas, no doubt packed with generous amounts of Cody’s patented, clever one-liners. (Entertainment Weekly)

Watch Where You Film: Relativity Media has come under fire for its decision to shoot portions of the comedy 21 and Over in Linyi, China, and enter into a business relationship with the city’s Communist Party Chief. Activists say that the local government has been guilty of multiple human rights violations; Relativity says they were unaware of the concerns. (New York Times)

Speaking of China...: Two of the largest film production companies in China announced they are partnering with fledgling U.S. distributor China Lion, “with the goal of introducing more of their films to the U.S. market.” Now all they have to do is convince subtitle-shy U.S. audiences to give them a shot. (Wall Street Journal)

Can I Haz ‘Tintin’ Now? Not everyone in the U.S. will have to wait until December 21 to see Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin. AFI Fest in Los Angeles announced that the 3D motion-capture picture will serve as the closing night presentation on November 10. (Thompson on Hollywood)

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