November 12, 2010
Those on the A list are moving into the choppy waters of relationship movies.
Sam Worthington, in a rare non-CGI-surrounded role, plays the husband of Keira Knightley in Last Night.
They are the professional couple who, during some time apart, are severely tempted to stray by Eva Mendes and Guillaume Canet.
It sounds heavy-going, but this will be the first serious opportunity to see if Worthington can act outside of an action blockbuster.
On the lighter side are Friends With Benefits and No Strings Attached.
Both films centre on the idea of best friends (Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman in No Strings Attached, and Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis in Friends With Benefits) who get tired of dating and end up sleeping together because it’s less complicated.
But as you’d expect, that’s where the complications start.
For the rom-com conspiracy theorists among you, Friends With Benefits was the original title of No Strings Attached.
This kind of synchronicity can happen in Hollywood, as it did with Antz and A Bug’s Life in 1998.
This is the same case, but with hotter stars.
Another week, another Marvel Studios film.
Rumours are flying that Iron Man’s bestmate in metal, War Machine, will get a spin-off film.
The character, a pseudonym for Colonel James Rhodes, was played by Don Cheadle in Iron Man 2.
Channing Tatum is in talks to star in the big-screen version of 21 Jump Street.
Jonah Hill, who has been attached to the project for an eternity, will be co-lead – a casting that caused a collective ‘Huh?’, considering the TV show starred Johnny Depp.
The script will see Tatum and Hill as cops so youthful-looking, they are sent undercover to a high-school to bust a drug ring.
Expect a goofier take, but Hill claims it isn’t a parody like the Starsky And Hutch movie. He described it as ‘a John Hughes film with Bad Boys-style action’.
Tatum could do with a genuine hit. He’s recently most famous for paparazzi shots of his expanding waistline. Time to hit the gym, dude.