Movie News: First Look at Ben Stiller As 'Walter Mitty;' Vampires Rule in 'Byzantium' Trailer; 'Great Gatsby' TV Spot

Movie News: First Look at Ben Stiller As 'Walter Mitty;' Vampires Rule in 'Byzantium' Trailer; 'Great Gatsby' TV Spot

Apr 17, 2013

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: Ben Stiller is taking on the daunting challenge of starring in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty as a beloved character created by James Thurber, a character who was unforgettably brought to life on the big screen by Danny Kaye. The first look from the movie indicates that Stiller will be playing Mitty as a regular guy, still befuddled, and somehow stranded in a desolate landscape. Or perhaps digital visual effects are yet to be added? [Los Angeles Times]

Pippin: The musical Pippin enjoyed a good run on Broadway (nearly five years) and has been revived for a new production, which is currently in previews. The Weinsteins have held the film rights since 2003, but it looks like a big-screen version is finally underway, with James Ponsoldt (last year's Smashed and this year's upcoming The Spectacular Now) set to write the screenplay. Ponsoldt has also been hired by the Weinsteins to write and direct Forgive Me, Mr. Peacock, based on an upcoming novel targeted toward teen readers by Matthew Quick, who previously wrote Silver Linings Playbook. [Deadline]

Byzantium Trailer: A mother, a daughter, dangerous secrets and waterfalls of blood are spotlighted in the international trailer for Byzantium, directed by Neil Jordan (Interview with the Vampire). Gemma Ahterton and Saoirse Ronan star in this vampire-filled drama that is heading to theaters on June 28.  [Yahoo! UK]

The Great Gatsby TV Spot: You are invited to the year’s most elegant, lavish party, and Leonardo DiCaprio is your host. That’s the tone in a new, extended TV spot for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, which is due out on May 10. The spot features Fergie, Q-Tip and GoonRock, and sounds more like 2013 than the 1920, which is when the movie is set. [The Film Stage]

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