You may have heard about this guy named Robert Downey Jr., who is only, like, the hottest thing in Hollywood right now thanks to the runaway success of Iron Man. Apparently, it's been a busy seven weeks for Downey since Iron Man premiered. After all, every studio you've ever heard of has been courting the guy. It's the kind of troubled-dude-makes-good story that Hollywood eats up. Especially because he's doing such a good job playing the nice guy these days.
Guy Ritchie, director of Snatch and wife -- sorry, husband of Madonna, will be directing an adaptation of a new Sherlock Holmes comic, featuring a reimagined, "more adventuresome and less stuffy" version of the detective than has been previously seen on film. Which means it could very well be closer to the original original Sherlock Holmes stories -- he's kind of a badass in them. I wonder if anybody in Hollywood has read them...
According to no less than Mr. Darcy himself, Colin Firth, the sequel to Mamma Mia may not feature the music of ABBA. It may have something to do with ABBA co-founder Benny Andersson refusing to grant permission, but also, how many more great Abba songs are left besides "Fernando"? Both Firth and Andersson have floated the idea of a new musical artist's back catalog providing the film's soundtrack, so we looked at five artists who didn't already have their own musicals (sorry, Billy Joel and the Beatles) to see what sort of plot we could put together from their songs.
Although snippets of the song first debuted in Coke advertisements, people yesterday got their first full listen of the new Bond theme song by Alicia Keys and Jack White. There was a lot of anticipation for this ditty -- the first duet in the Bond franchise's history -- so it's unsurprising that for many it doesn't completely live up to the hope/hype. Radio 1 listeners heard "Another Way to Die" for the first time and, according to the BBC, reactions were "mixed." A Los Angeles Times blog dings the song for relying on elements of the "instantly recognizable Bond theme" for its hooks rather than rather than coming up with anything new of its own. Another complaint is that the singers' voices are "not meshing well". My main problem with it is that I keep wanting to type "Die Another Day", Madonna's similarly-titled Bond song from a few years back.
Everyone seems shocked that Madonna is turning 50 this year. Fifty! And she looks so good! Well, duh. She's a bazillionaire. Recording and touring are gruelling affairs, but it's not like she's been carrying 50-pound sacks of rice on her back in the blazing hot sun all of her life. During an interview last night, Cynthia McFadden even compared her to geezer rockers Mick Jagger and David Bowie. (She meant it in a good way, but still. Cynthia.) But it seems the focus is -- for the moment -- turning away from the relentless march of time and toward Madonna's Malawi documentary, I Am Because We Are.
The casting rumors are flying faster than the cars in front of 221b Baker Street about just who is going to be cast opposite Robert Downey Jr. in Guy Ritchie's upcoming Sherlock Holmes reinvention project. A couple of weeks ago Guy Ritchie denied rumors that Russell Crowe had been cast to play sidekick Dr. Watson, although it was quickly followed up with not-yet-denied rumors that Crowe would play Holmes' nemesis Moriarty. Now the casting rumor roulette wheel has spun again for the part of Dr. Watson and landed, rather curiously, on Colin Farrell.