Ewan McGregor will star in The Great Pretender. Written and directed by Peter Capaldi (an Oscar winner for his 1995 short, Franz Kafka's It's a Wondeful Life), the film is set in 1930s Hollywood, and concerns the hiring of "Hollywood
legend Leslie Grangely
to play Bonnie Prince Charlie in a movie about Scotland's Jacobite
Rebellion in the 18th century." Grangely then disapears on a bender,
and a nobody is hired to pretend to be him, McGregor will play at least
four roles, including both the nobody and Granger. Hopefully at least
one of them will require the doffing of pants.
After acquiring the parent companies behind MySpace and Rotten Tomatoes, the only major internet genre Fox *doesn't* currently have a toe in is the search engine game; they might fix that by acquiring video search tool Blinkx.
Magnolia Pictures, a branch of Mark Cuban's 2929 Entertainment, hit Toronto yesterday and picked up the rights to The World's Fastest Indian, starring Diane Lane and Anthony Hopkins. They'll rush the pic into a brief Oscar-qualifying end-of-year release before opening wider in 2006.
Brian Lowry says that Just Like Heaven "will need to tap deeply into the Ghost audience, given the dearth of laughs for manly men." But *is* there still a Ghost audience to tap into? And does that mean Napoleon Dynamite is standing in for Whoopi? The mind reels.