At long last, 20th Century Fox has closed movie rights to Guys And Dolls, and the studio will soon start the process of developing a remake of the stage and movie classic for what Fox hopes will be a killer pairing of Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the roles made famous by Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando. There is no writer or director yet, but those guys are interested.
While we are all waiting for the eventual movie adaptation of stage hits like Wicked and The Book Of Mormon, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a musical adaptation get the kind of rise out of movie stars that Guys And Dolls has each time a movie deal was rumored. Years ago, it looked like Harvey Weinstein was getting the rights, with his Chicago exec producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron producing the film. Thesps from Russell Crowe to Vin Diesel, Hugh Jackman and others all tossed their hats into the ring to play the leads. Trouble was, Jo Loesser, the widow of songwriter Frank Loesser, never found a deal to her liking and declined to sign over the rights. Until just recently.
The musical was taken from Damon Runyon’s short stories that captured the rogue gangsters and gamblers of the 1920s and 1930s. Here, Nathan Detroit (Sinatra) has a town full of captive gamblers and wants to set up a floating crap game but needs money to do it. He bets his pal Sky Masterson (Brando) that Sky can’t get the wholesome Sarah Brown (Jean Simmons) — who runs a mission — to go with him to Havana. Frank Loesser wrote the music and lyrics, and Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows wrote the book. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical when it premiered in 1950, and won the 1951 Pulitzer for Drama, until the troubles Burrows was having with the House Un-American Activities Committee caused the Trustees of Columbia University to veto the selection. Guys And Dolls was then turned into the 1955 movie. The classic Loesser songs included Luck Be A Lady, and Sit Down, You’re Rocking The Boat.
Fox’s intention to go young is intriguing, and while there is no deal with either guy and there won’t be one until a script and filmmaker are in place, Tatum and Gordon-Levitt are about the two hottest young guys out there. And both of them are versatile with the singing and dancing, as they showed during Seth MacFarlane’s opening number at the Oscars (yeah, the one with Bill Shatner and the ill-advised “We Saw Your Boobs” thing). Tatum was elegant as he spun around the dance floor with Charlize Theron, and Gordon-Levitt sang with MacFarlane and Daniel Radcliffe. Here’s a look at the latter performance of the Sinatra tune High Hopes.
I have added pics of Joe attending CinemaCon Awards last week where he received an award.
April 17 2013: CinemaCon 2013 – Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation “2013 Pioneer of the Year Dinner”
April 18 2013: CinemaCon 2013 Awards
April 18 2013: CinemaCon 2013 – CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement AwardsTweet
I have finally added pics of Joe at 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival last month for the premiere of Don Jon.
March 10 2013: 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival – General Atmosphere
March 11 2013: 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival – “Don Jon’s Addiction” Photo Call
March 11 2013: 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival – “Don Jon’s Addiction” Premiere
March 11 2013: 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival – “Don Jon’s Addiction” Q&ATweet
Joe will be a guest on the new season of BBC America’s ‘Nerdist’ which premieres on March 30.
BBC America has announced the lineup for Chris Hardwick’s The Nerdist series.
The cable network will kick off the 10-episode season March 30 with Dominic Monaghan, Doctor Who’s Matt Smith and new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman, as part of its “Supernatural Saturday”-themed programming block. The second episode, airing April 6, will feature guests Robert Kirkman, Michael Rooker and Karen Gillan.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Zach Galifianakis, Elijah Wood, Buzz Aldrin, Evan Goldberg, Katee Sackhoff, Tatiana Maslany, Guillermo Del Toro, Gillian Jacobs and Bobak Ferdowsi are just some of the bold-faced names dropping by the show in the new season.
Comedians Ron Funches, Rob Huebel, Matt Kirshen, Natasha Leggero, Kyle Kinane and Paul Scheer also are slated to appear.
Nerdist began as a slew of one-hour pop culture specials, and films in Los Angeles. In December, BBC America gave a full-season order to Nerdist, ordering 10 episodes to complement its originals on Saturdays, which will include the debut of Orphan Black. Hardwick is no stranger to leading talk shows centered on well-regarded geek properties: He hosts AMC’s The Walking Dead talk show, The Talking Dead.
The Nerdist will continue to be produced by Nerdist Industries and Comcast Entertainment Studios. Hardwick, Alex Murray, Jay James, Gary Snegaroff and K.P. Anderson serve as executive producers.
Joe will be receiving Breakthrough Filmmaker Award at CinemaCon.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt will receive CinemaCon’s Breakthrough Filmmaker of the Year Award for his feature debut Don Jon’s Addiction.
CinemaCon, the annual convention of theater owners, runs April 15-18 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
“Having already been embraced by moviegoers and critics alike with his diverse list of acting credits, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is sure to establish himself as one of the most exciting new directors in movies today with the release of his directorial debut Don Jon’s Addiction,” CinemaCon managing director Mitch Neuhauser.
Don Jon’s Addiction made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Gordon-Levitt directed, wrote and stars in the film alongside Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore.
Gordon-Levitt most recently starred in Steven Spielberg’s critically acclaimed Lincoln and the sci-fi action-thriller Looper.
I have added pics of Joe and Zooey at 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday! There are no new pics of Joe and Zooey together but I am sure they met up while they were there.
I have added pics of Joe at 85th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday! He performed with host Seth MacFarlane and Daniel Radcliffe! More pics up shortly from Sunday at Vanity Fair Party which Zooey was at too!