As we speak, movie theater chains across the country are debating whether or not teenagers should be allowed to text during movies, and if that doesn’t make you weep for the future, nothing will. But before you start bawling into that handful of Kleenex, be aware that some hope remains: deep in the heart of Texas, Tim League’s Alamo Drafthouse continues to enforce a strict no talking/no texting policy…and now they’ve enlisted Reservoir Dogs’ Michael Madsen to help spread the good word. Wanna see the world premiere of Madsen’s new anti-texting PSA for the Alamo Drafthouse? It’s after the jump, folks.
Michael Madsen, Jennifer Taylor, Luke Eberl, Danielle Morrow, August Emerson, and Lauren Mayhew have signed on to join Nicole Fox in the teen drama Sprawl. According to Variety, the script by Domenic Migliore “provides a glimpse into the life of an outcast teenage girl who handles deep-seated issues by cutting on herself.” If IMDB is to be believed, Migliore is just 21 years old. His youth should help the authenticity—the approach has worked well in the very young writers’ room for Skins. Although, a 21-year-old woman might be preferable. In an ideal world, a teenage girl would write the voice of a teenage girl, as when a 14-year-old Nikki Reed co-wrote Thirteen. Within the constructs of the world of Hollywood screenwriting, the young man Migliore is a promising choice for such melodrama that is very tricky to pull off, and very easy to botch.
Dean Ronalds is directing the independent production, mostly filming in downtown Los Angeles. Tom Malloy and Brian Ronalds are producing.
We have three bits of casting news to bring you way this afternoon. First up, writer/director Sergio Castellitto (perhaps best-known to American audiences for his role as Miraz in Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian) added a pair of A-list names to his latest project. According to ScreenDaily, Penelope Cruz and Emile Hirsch have agreed to star in Venuto al Mondo aka Twice Born for our English-speaking readers. The film, a drama based on a novel, tells the story of a single mother (probably played by Cruz) who brings her son to Saravejo, where his father died fighting in the Bosnian war years ago. There’s no word yet on what role Hirsch will play, but expect it to be a major one.
Next, and on a more comedic note, Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Mary Lynn Rajskub, whose probably best-known for her role as Chloe on 24 have joined the growing cast of Safety Not Guaranteed, along with lesser-known actors Lynn Shelton, Karan Soni, and Jenica Bergere. Safety not Guaranteed is based on a true story… well, a true classified ad and tells the story of three reporters investigating an ad seeking a partner for a time traveling mission. According to the press release, one of the investigators(Aubrey Plaza) develops feelings for the “paranoid but compelling loner.” Big Beach, the company behind Little Miss Sunshine is producing along with the Duplass Bros.
For our final piece of casting news, hit the jump to learn about Pam Grier, Michael Madsen, and Brigitte Nelson joining Skinny Dip.
You may believe that, by the time we’re celebrating the career of David Hasselhoff, the celebrity roast is a dying art form. And you’d be right. But the Friars Club does its best to maintain the tradition of the gin-soaked roasts of the Dean Martin era. Case in point: the club has announced a roast centered on Quentin Tarantino, with Samuel L. Jackson serving as “Roastmaster.” Such former Tarantino collaborators as Uma Thurman, Pam Grier, Michael Madsen, Eli Roth, Rosario Dawso, and Harvey Weinstein(!) will be on hand to poke fun at the idiosyncratic director. Sounds like it’ll be loads of fun, and I can only hope that some internet-friendly videographer is on hand to capture it. Hit the jump for the official press release.