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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

April 9, 2009 at 9:10 AM

A rom-com for David O. Russell, and more movie news

Filmmaker David O. Russell (“Three Kings,” “I Heart Huckabees,” “Flirting with Disaster”) is an unpredictable sort. I say this based both on his career and on the fact that once when I was interviewing him he demonstrated the Pee-Wee Herman “Tequila” dance. (I don’t remember why, but I do remember that he was a lot of fun and we ended the interview with an impromptu dance together. I also danced with Robert Duvall once. Some day I’ll write a big blog about my strangest interview experiences. But I digress.) Anyhow, today’s news in Variety is that Russell has signed to direct a rather conventional-sounding teenage romantic comedy: “Aaron & Sarah,” about a dweeby guy and a popular girl who, in the course of four years of high school, fall in love. Something tells me that this film just got a lot less conventional. We’ll see.
Elsewhere, Sylvester Stallone (whose “Rocky Balboa” was actually pretty good) is directing the action movie “The Expendables,” which begins production in Brazil this week with a cast that includes Stallone, Jason Statham, MIckey Rourke, Jet Li, and Brittany Murphy. And Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes have just signed to play Zeus and Hades, respectively, in the Greek-god epic “Clash of the Titans,” which begins shooting this months. So . . . . Voldemort as Hades? That sounds about right.

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