Movie News in 60 Seconds: Brad Pitt in Slave Drama, The ‘Shame’ of NC-17, More McG!

Movie News in 60 Seconds: Brad Pitt in Slave Drama, The ‘Shame’ of NC-17, More McG!

Oct 26, 2011

Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt


The Producers Get All the Good Parts: Brad Pitt will join Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender in Steve McQueen's upcoming 19th Century drama Twelve Years a Slave. Pitt’s company Plan B is involved on the production side; it’s not clear what role the star will play. Filming is expected to begin next spring. (Screen Daily via The Playlist) (Photo credit: Fassbender and Pitt at the Cannes premiere of Inglorious Basterds; Dave Hogan/Getty Images Europe)

Is NC-17 Viable? Speaking of British director McQueen, his acclaimed drama Shame,which features “some explicit sexual content” (i.e. full frontal male and female nudity and more) has received an NC-17 rating. Distributor Fox Searchlight anticipated the rating when it acquired the film, and bravely says: “We believe it is time for the rating to become usable in a serious manner.” The company plans an awards push for Shame, which stars Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Oh Boy, More McG! If you’re a fan of McG, perpetrator of Charlie’s Angels, Terminator Salvation, and the upcoming This Means War, here’s good news: the director is in talk to make a cop drama called Puzzle Palace. We’re sure it will be just as tasteful, restrained, and awards-worthy as his previous pictures. (Deadline)

That's What They All Say: Director Alexander Payne looks like he has the black-and-white Nebraska lined up as his next picture after the highly-touted The Descendants, with George Clooney, hits theaters, but what about post-Nebraska? He’ll be talking to writer and artist Daniel Clowes about filming Wilson, an adaptation of Clowes’ graphic novel; Clowes says “everybody seems very happy” about his script. (Vulture)

The Naked Asian Sidekick is Now a Star: Ken Jeong, who rose to fame on the basis of his comically naked appearance in The Hangover, will produce and star in The Chung Factor. Jeong, currently co-starring in the the great TV show Community, will play “an offbeat relationship coach.” Is there any other kind? (The Wrap)

Not All Child Stars Go Bad: The young actress who starred opposite a frightening T-rex in Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park sounds like a happy, well-adjusted adult. Ariana Richards, who was 13 when she appeared as Lex Murphy, graduated from college with a degree and now works as a portrait artist; she has her own gallery in Portland, Oregon. (Wall Street Journal)

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