Monday's odds and ends:
- The Weinstein Company has acquired the rights to Miss Potter, the Renée Zellweger-starrer about Peter Rabbit creator Beatrix Potter. Due out some time next year, the movie "follows Potter's struggles to overcome a domineering, unsupportive mother and the chauvinism of Victorian England."
- In addition to
people who think he's
ripping off their work, Dan Brown's The
Da Vinci Code has also offended
The National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentationare. Yeah, sure Dan. You never write about an albino
until you throw in one that's "hulking." They know how it is with you fully-pigmented people. According to
Brown, however, Silas (the albino) is "a far more sympathetic character than anyone else in the novel."
Having not read the book, I am unable to confirm or deny Brown's assertion but, since Silas is played by Paul Bettany in the movie, I can confidentially assert that at the very
least, the albino is far better looking than any of the other characters.
- Susan Sarandon is in talks to star in a planned biopic about human-thorn-in-W's-side Cindy Sheehan. Sweet - I can't wait for wave two of the rabid articles about how out of touch Hollywood is with Mainstream America.
- New Line has bought the rights to a spec script
entitled Disappearance of Trout and, even without knowing what it's about, it's hard to blame them. I mean,
the whole field of movies with the names of fish in the title is WIDE open, and we all know how rare originality is in
Hollywood these days. Disappointingly, the movie doesn't actually seem be about fish. Instead, it's a fantasy
story about a young amusement park heir who disappears only to return 20 years later, "unaged, to help repair the
lives of those once close to him and the heart of the town." Um, cool. Hell, I'd see that even if it didn't have
"Trout" in the title.