David Cronenberg is ready to make his next movie, having last made the second best film of 2012 about white stretch limousines, Cosmopolis. Maps to the Stars, written by the longtime chronicler of oddball Los Angeles behaviour, author Bruce Wagner, is a critique of the celebrity-obsessed Hollywood culture that forms the background chatter of everyday life now. Cronenberg's cast includes John Cusack (The Paperboy), Julianne Moore (Safe, the forthcoming Carrie remake), Cosmopolis star and one-time teen vampire Robert Pattinson, and Sarah Gadon, who has recently worked with both Cronenberg (A Dangerous Method) and his son Brandon (Antiviral).
Laurent gets new look
Forget music, the hot new biopic is fashion. French filmmaker Bertrand Bonello (On War) will direct Yves Saint Laurent, a biopic of the French fashion designer considered by many to be the finest creator of women's clothes in the 20th century. Saint Laurent, who died in 2008 at the age of 71, will be played by Gaspard Ulliel (Hannibal Rising, The Princess of Montpensier), with Jeremie Renier (Summer Hours, The Kid with a Bike) as his long-time lover and business partner, Pierre Berge. The in-demand Lea Seydoux (Farewell, My Queen) will play Saint Laurent's friend, accessories designer Loulou de la Falaise, but who can possibly play the fashion icon's muse and companion Catherine Deneuve?
Hughes snipes Expendables gig
The first stop for dramatic actor turned inscrutable action star Wesley Snipes after his release from jail following a three year sentence for failing to file U.S. tax returns? The set of The Expendables 3, Sylvester Stallone's franchise for ageing action heroes. Snipes would be joining Stallone, Jason Statham and other regulars, although it's unclear if Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who featured in the second instalment, will return.
Stallone, who directed the first film before handing over to Simon West, had previously suggested that his dream director for the third Expendables would be Mel Gibson, but it was actually a far less well known Australian filmmaker who surprisingly got the gig after Stallone used Twitter to string out the announcement. “The director is an Aussie,” tweeted Stallone, adding soon after they had “directed a damn good film 2 years ago”. Stallone's next clue was that, “the last film he did was more RED than BLUE,” at which point Red Dog director Kriv Stenders might have put a call in to his agent. The filmmaker in question was Patrick Hughes (pictured), a former Tropfest winner whose debut feature was 2010's contemporary Australian western, Red Hill. Patrick, meet Jet Li. Jet Li, meet Patrick.
David Ayers' Fury
Brad Pitt will be returning to World War II, scene of Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, to star in the decidedly more realistic Fury, as an American commander whose Sherman tank has to survive the final days of fighting inside Nazi Germany. The film is written and directed by David Ayers, the former U.S. Navy sailor who wrote Training Day and The Fast and the Furious before getting behind the camera for Street Kings and last year's End of Watch. One possibility to join Pitt, who next stars in the zombie blockbuster World War Z, is Shia LaBeouf, who may need to go to war since he's just finished shooting Lars von Trier's next movie, Nymphomaniac.