News from all over, for a rainy weekend:
— Former local gal Anna Faris (anyone else remember when she starred in a local musical version of “Heidi,” about two decades ago?) will star in an upcoming remake of “Private Benjamin,” the 1980 Goldie Hawn comedy. This is not the worst remake idea I’ve heard, as Faris definitely has Hawn’s brand of bubbly, dimbulb-yet-knowing comedy. She’s always been the only reason to watch the “Scary Movie” franchise — just watch her reactions to this brief conversation in “Scary Movie 3.”
— Apparently one 3D version of “The Three Musketeers” isn’t enough — two of them are on the way. Doug Liman (“The Bourne Identity”) has signed to direct Warner Bros.’ big-budget version, written by Peter Straughan (“The Men Who Stare at Goats”) and produced by Lionel Wigram (“Sherlock Holmes”). Meanwhile, Paul W. S. Anderson (“Resident Evil”) is busy casting his version, which he co-wrote with Andrew Davies (“The Tailor of Panama”). Which one will get to the finish line first? And are there any big movies in the pipeline that aren’t in 3D?
— As if in answer to my question: “American Pie 4” is on the way, directed by the “Harold and Kumar” creators Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg. It is, from what I can tell, not in 3D. But don’t give them any ideas.
— And finally: though Clint Eastwood turns 80 next month, he’s still busier than most of us (except, perhaps, Doug Liman and Paul W.S. Anderson). Now in post production for his thriller “Hereafter,” Eastwood is planning his next project: a biopic of J. Edgar Hoover. Dustin Lance Black (“Milk”) wrote the screenplay, and Leonardo DiCaprio is said to be eyeing the lead role. Well, we know he looks good in a hat.