Film News: The Lance Armstrong Biopic / Faris, Applegate, and Pohler as Chpmunks / Runaways Begins Filming / Teaser Trailer for the Michael Moore Bailout Documentary (Well Sort of)
Matt Damon is currently in talks to star in the long awaited Lance Armstrong bio pic from director Frank Marshall. The project had been in had been in the works for years with Jake Gyllenhaal attached to star at one time. And as far back as the summer of 2005 the film crew captured Armstrong’s seventh Tour de France victory, hoping to include the footage in the final film. The director promises the film “won’t be a puff piece.” Its adapted Armstrong’s best selling autobiography “It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life.” Frank Marshall is more known for being a highly successful producer for such films as Raiders of the Lost Ark and more recently the Oscar winning The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. This will be his fifth film as a director in a filmography that includes other true life stories such as 2006’s Eight Below and 1993’s Alive. Damon has been on and off the project since 2006 but now it looks like real negotiations are taking place.
Three of today’s most beloved comedians have signed up for Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. Anna Faris, Christina Applegate, and Amy Pohler will be voicing love interests and rival band The Chipettes. The sequel to the 2006 surprise hit is set for a Christmas day release this year. And don’t fret David Cross fans, he will be returning for the squeakquel in all his glory.
The highly anticipated Runaways film has begun filming and Kristin Stewart can be seen sporting the legendary Joan Jett do. Dakota Fanning has been cast as keyboardist Cherie Curry. The film has finally got its Lita Ford in Alessandra Torresani, a new comer whose only credits include TV guest spots on ER and Malcolm in the Middle. Another relative unknown, Stella Maeve will be stepping into the shoes of Sandy West. The film marks the feature length film debut of veteran music video director Floria Sigismondi (who worked with the likes of Marilyn Manson and David Bowie). She also penned the screenplay.
Ok it’s not much of a traditional teaser trailer at all. It is simply Michael Moore speaking to the audience and telling his humble opinion. He has an axe to grind with these trillion dollar sized bailouts. But this time I don’t think very many people will be offended by what he says. Most Americans are not at all happy with the onslaught of government bailouts for “too big to fail” corporations. He’s definitely got my attention.