February 13, 2009
Newsbites: The all-female edition!
Blanchett in 'Nottingham,' 'Vicky' tops Woody's list, 'Eastwick,' and more
1. Cate Blanchett is reportedly set to play Maid Marian in Ridley Scott's Nottingham. Blanchett's fellow Aussie Russell Crowe will play Robin Hood and/or the titular Sheriff. -- Daily Telegraph, Variety
2. Vicky Cristina Barcelona, which earned Penelope Cruz an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress (she plays neither Vicky nor Cristina, but a third woman named Maria Elena), has nudged past Match Point (2005) to become Woody Allen's top-grossing film since Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), at least before inflation is taken into account. -- Box Office Mojo
3. David Nutter has signed on to direct the pilot for Eastwick, a proposed TV series based on John Updike's The Witches of Eastwick. The novel has been dramatized a few times before, most famously as a 1987 film starring Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer, Susan Sarandon and Jack Nicholson as the Devil; it was also made into a TV-movie in 2002 and an unsold TV pilot in 1992. The new pilot may have better luck getting picked up; Nutter has directed 14 pilots before, and all of them led to ongoing series. -- Variety
4. French director Rene Feret will direct Nannerl (Mozart's Sister), a movie about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's elder sister, later this year. The film takes place between 1763 and 1766 and will depict Mara Anna Mozart -- or Nannerl, as she was nicknamed -- as "a gifted composer and violinist" who is "forced to abandon music by her father." She also forms a "tentative friendship with the young prince who became Louis XVI." -- Variety
5. Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black is thinking of writing a script about recent Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin. The Visitor writer-director Tom McCarthy has also expressed interest in the subject, and says his script would focus on the teenaged boy who got Palin's 17-year-old daughter pregnant: "This young man gets his girlfriend pregnant and ends up on the Republican platform at the National Convention. There's a dark comedy there somewhere. He was like a deer in the headlights." -- WENN