Today in showbiz news: Carey Mulligan might have a new project, Keanu Reeves is a samurai, New Zealand turns its back on Elijah Wood, and more.
Former Shiantologist Carey Mulligan might be re-teaming with the co-writer of sex addiction drama Shame to do something significantly less shameful. The actress is in talks to join The Fury, a drama about the British women's suffrage movement. Nice to see her recovering from Baz Luhrmann's tone-deaf, CGI-filled 3D boondoggle The Great Gatsby. [Deadline]
Speaking of shame and CGI-filled 3D boondoggles, here's a trailer for long-delayed $200 million Keanu Reeves samurai action film 47 Ronin, which was originally supposed to come out last holiday season. The trailer features Keanu Reeves, borderline unlistenable techno music and some magical twirling cloths. If you were wondering what it might look like if someone transposed the obnoxious comic book machismo of 300 to late Feudal Japan, here is an answer.
New Zealand apparently does not approve of Elijah Wood's current behavior. The famed filming location for Wood's breakout The Lord of the Rings franchise has banned the most famous Hobbit's latest film, a horror slasher movie called Maniac, from being released in theaters or on DVD. Maniac is "shot entirely from the [point of view] of Wood’s [serial killer] character," and the New Zealand governmental ratings board believes placing an entire film within that viewpoint is possibly "injurious to the public good." It seems being a hobbit in New Zealand is like being a police chief or politician in America, and Hobbits are held to a higher standard than the rest of us. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys movie adaptation is getting marginally weirder. Christopher Walken will play a mobster who guided the Four Seasons in their early days. Actually, Clint Eastwood directing a musical is already kind of weird. Maybe Warner Bros. can up the weirdness ante and somehow rope in Nicholas Cage, an empty chair, Tom Waits and David Lynch. Or maybe Clint Eastwood could make a musical adaptation of Jeffery Goldberg's wonderful Atlantic article "Jersey Boys" about Chris Christie and Bruce Springsteen. [Deadline]
CBS, which is often pejoratively referred to as television for old people, is trying to become cool and hip with today's teens. The network will launch a Saturday morning programming block targeted towards ages 13 to 16 in September with shows about cool kid things such as: training dogs, being a vet, preparing low-calorie food, Jamie Oliver preparing other food, and community-minded professional athletes. Maybe CBS wooing teens isn't that far-fetched of a hope: after Fox's ratings of adults 18-49 slipped, CBS wound up number one in the demo last season. Do teenagers even wake up that early on Saturday mornings? Do they even still watch television? Wouldn't it be more prudent for CBS to concentrate on some way of monetizing GIFs and members of One Direction? [The Hollywood Reporter]