A couple weeks ago, director Nick Cassavetes dropped out of the crime drama Gotti: Three Generations. Variety reports that Barry Levinson will now climb into the director’s chair. The movie will center on the relationship between John Gotti Sr. (John Travolta) and his son, John Gotti Jr., who turned his back on mob life. Joe Pesci will play Gotti’s deputy Angelo Ruggiero while Lindsay Lohan will play John Gotti Jr.’s wife, Kim Gotti. And in a nice little bit of nepotism, Travolta’s 11-year-old daughter Ella Bleu also has a role in the film.
Gotti will mark a return to the gangster genre for Levinson. He previously helmed 1991′s biopic Bugsy. Hopefully, Gotti will also mark a return to Levinson making good movies, which he hasn’t done since 1999′s Liberty Heights. His latest film, The Bay, will be released by Lionsgate, and Levinson is also attached to direct O.K.C., which is about the trial of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. Filming on Gotti is expected to begin this fall for a late 2012 release date.
We have some assorted casting news for you this afternoon. First up, Lindsay Lohan has dropped out of the role of Victoria Gotti in Gotti: Three Generations. According to TMZ “money was an issue, but the various demands of her management team just got out of control.” Apparently no one told Lohan’s management team that their client’s work was going straight-to-DVD and that a supporting role alongside John Travolta and Joe Pesci might be a worthwhile career boost. The news of Lohan’s departure comes on the heels of director Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook) leaving the project earlier this week.
Hit the jump for casting news regarding Nicholas Stoller’s Five Year Engagement and an adaptation of the off-Broadway production Between Us.
[Update: THR now reports that Lohan will be appearing in Gotti, but not as Victoria. She'll now take on the role of John Gotti Jr.'s wife.]
Nick Cassavetes (Alpha Dog) has vacated the director’s chair for the biopic Gotti: Three Generations. TheWrap reports that the director has been released from his contract due to scheduling conflicts with Yellow, a drama he is acting as writer/director for starring Sienna Miller, Ben Foster, Hank Azaria, and Luke Wilson. Gotti producer Marc Fiore is apparently still set on beginning production this fall and will be on the lookout for a new director in the interim.
Written by Leo Rossi, Gotti: Three Generations focuses on the father/son relationship of John Gotti, Sr. and Jr. John Travolta is currently signed on to play the famed New York mafia boss with Joe Pesci set to make a turn as Gotti’s deputy, Angelo Ruggiero. Lindsay Lohan is currently in negotiations to play Gotti’s daughter, Victoria.
Joe Pesci will join John Travolta in the biopic Gotti: Three Generations. Travolta will play the famed New York mafia boss; Pesci has agreed to play Angelo Ruggiero, deputy to infamous New York mafia boss John Gotti (Travolta). Lindsay Lohan is in talks for an unspecified role to add a bizarre level of eclecticism to the proceedings.
Nick Cassavetes (My Sister’s Keeper) is on board to direct from a script by Leo Rossi. Fiore Films made the announcement today at a press conference which featured Travolta, Cassavetes, and John Gotti Jr. Hit the jump for more information revealed at the event.
As he does every year following the Oscars, Jimmy Kimmel had some star-studded sketches for his post-Oscar episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live. While this year wasn’t quite as good as the Handsome Men’s Club, it’s tough to argue with watching gorgeous actresses like Scarlett Johansson and Sofia Vergara engage in a new work-out regimen called “Humpilates”. Basically, Kimmel and his writers found an excuse to have some of Hollywood’s most beautiful actresses hump exercise balls bearing the word “hobo”. I have no problem with that.
Kimmel also ran a fake trailer for an American adaptation of The King’s Speech called The President’s Speech, where Sir Mike Tyson helps George W. Bush overcome his constant verbal gaffes. Hit the jump to check out both sketches.
The film Grindhouse included a number of fake trailers for (mostly) awesome looking movies. At that time, Robert Rodriguez’s trailer for the then imaginary film “Machete” offered a lot of awesome images of asskickery, but what made it great was that it had Danny Trejo in a leading role. Trejo has been kicking around Hollywood for over twenty five years, starting as an extra and moving up to “that guy” status after turns in films like Desperado and Heat. 2010’s Machete then is Trejo’s first starring role as an ex-federale turned day-laborer hired by Michael Booth (Jeff Fahey) to kill Senator John McLaughlin (Robert De Niro). It turns out the shooting is a double cross, and Machete must then get revenge.
Joined by an all star and random cast of actors that range from Steven Seagal, Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan, the aforementioned De Niro and Fahey, Cheech Martin, Michelle Rodriguez, Don Johnson and Tom Savini, it’s a weird collision of actors all making a film that was born of a fake trailer. The results are mixed, but it’s hard to hate a film like this. My review of Machete on Blu-ray follows after the jump.
Due to her ongoing legal troubles, Lindsay Lohan has been replaced by Malin Akerman (Watchmen) in Matthew Wilder’s Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story. The director broke the news on his Facebook page [via TheWrap]. Deadline adds that the problem with Lohan was that “she’s impossible to insure and the producers loved Malin.” Lohan may have cost herself the role in mid-September when she failed a post-jail drug test. For those who don’t know, Inferno centers on porn star Linda Lovelace. Lovelace achieved notoriety for her performance in the successful hardcore porn film Deep Throat. Per Wikipedia, Lovelace (real name Linda Susan Boreman) “later denounced her pornography career, claimed that she had been forced into it by her sadistic first husband, and for a while became a spokeswoman for the anti-pornography movement.”
TheWrap notes that “Akerman may not sell as many tickets as Lohan”, as if Lohan still got people to come to the theater. The box office receipts for I Know Who Killed Me would beg to differ. Hit the jump for more on Akerman’s busy schedule.
One of the highlights of 2007′s Grindhouse was the fake trailer for Machete. Shortly after the film got released, Robert Rodriguez’ started talking about turning the trailer into a feature film with Danny Trejo reprising the role of Machete - a Mexican ex-Federale with a gift for wielding a blade. With fandom excited, production moved ahead.
Since filming wrapped over a year ago on the feature, we’ve gotten a few trailers and a lot of images. But with the film getting released on September 3, we’ve finally been given our first real look at the movie as Fox has provided us with four clips and you can check them out after the jump – along with the synopsis. With a cast that includes Danny Trejo, Steven Seagal, Robert De Niro, Cheech Marin, Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan, Don Johnson, and Jeff Fahey, I can’t wait to finally see the finished film next month:
20th Century Fox has unveiled a new red band trailer for Robert Rodriguez’s Machete, and it depicts just as much debauchery as you’ve come to expect the revenge flick. Danny Trejo stars, with a crazy supporting cast of Steven Seagal, Jeff Fahey, Robert De Niro, Michelle Rodriguez, Cheech Marin, Jessica Alba, and Lindsay Lohan. You can check out the trailer after the jump, but be warned that it’s immensely NSFW.
20th Century Fox has released a new trailer for Machete and you can check it out after the jump. The reason the trailer is hitting the net today is it’s attached to prints of Predators (which I really enjoyed). If you remember, for Cinco de Mayo, a special “Illegal” trailer for Machete hit the net. While the new trailer is decent, I thought the first one was much better as it sold what the movie is really about. Either way, I’m super excited for the movie and can’t wait to check it out in early September. Judge the trailer for yourself after the jump:
Robert Rodriguez has released a special “Illegal” trailer for Machete just in time for Cinco de Mayo. Based on the fake trailer that was attached in front of Grindhouse, Machete stars Danny Trejo as” a Mexican ex-Federale out to hunt down the corrupt politician (Robert De Niro) who betrayed him.” Written by Rodriguez and co-directed by Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis, Machete also features one of the most eclectic casts out there which includes Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Cheech Marin, Lindsay Lohan, Don Johnson, Jeff Fahey, and Steven Segal. More Machete after the jump:
20th Century Fox has set a September 3rd release date for Robert Rodriguez’s Machete, Variety reports. Machete stars the always badass Danny Trejo as a Mexican ex-Federale out to hunt down the corrupt politician who betrayed him. Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, and Lindsay Lohan also star in the film, which was written by Rodriguez and directed by Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis. The film was produced by Robert Rodriguez, Elizabeth Avellan, Rick Schwartz, Aaron Kaufman and Iliana Nikolic. The Labor Day weekend release date puts Machete up against Born to Be a Star and The American, starring George Clooney. Rodriguez’s next film after Machete is Predators, which looks just about as awesome as watching Danny Trejo kick serious ass. Hit the jump if you never saw the Machete poster.
Developed out of a rather unusual circumstance, the action-thriller Machete, from directors Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis, started off as a trailer in the Rodriguez/Tarantino double-feature Grindhouse and, due to demand from fans, has now become a full-length film.
About a renegade former Mexican Federale (Danny Trejo) who roams the cities, towns and streets of Texas looking for work after a shakedown from a drug lord (Steven Seagal), Machete promises a high body count with a cast that includes Robert DeNiro, Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan, Jeff Fahey, Don Johnson and Cheech Marin, as Padre Benito del Toro.
While at the press day for Cheech & Chong’s Hey Watch This, due out on DVD on April 20th and for which we’ll have more on later, Cheech Marin talked a bit about his involvement with Machete.
The other day I got to talk with Danny Trejo on the set of Predators along with a number of other online journalists. While we are embargoed from talking about Predators, we’re allowed to cover other projects.
As most of you know, Danny recently shot Machete with director Robert Rodriguez. The film is based on the trailer that was featured in Grindhouse and it’s loaded with an all star cast like Robert De Niro, Steven Seagal, Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan, Don Johnson, and Rose McGowan.
So when we talked to him about Machete, he talked about what it was like to work with such an all star cast and he confirmed the rumors that it might be getting released this April. Also, when we asked him if Machete was a one off or did he think there could be sequels, Trejo replied, “we want Machete, Machete Kills, and Machete Kills Again. Every time I text him, he’ll text me back, Machete 2, coming up.” While those titles might be jokes between Trejo and Rodriguez, I kind of like them and hope they’re real.
Hit the jump for everything he said on Machete.