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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

February 1, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Movie news: a new “Superman,” maybe no “Great Gatsby,” and more

(File this one under, I don’t know, Potentially Awesome Double Features: There’s a movie coming up, of which some of you may have heard and some of you may be agressively ignoring, called “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never 3D.” Surely I need not explain what it’s about. Anyway, a nice local publicist — hi, Ginger, if you’re reading this! — has been calling me with various bits of news about this movie, as it’s her job to do that, and she calls it “The Bieber.” Which I keep hearing as “The Beaver,” which is a new movie directed by Jodie Foster and starring Mel Gibson, and which is about, of course, a beaver hand puppet and not Justin Bieber. And yesterday we had a fairly extended conversation about “The Bieber” and I thought she was talking about “The Beaver” and, well, nothing made any sense for a while. Anyway, the Bieber will be in theaters next week, and “The Beaver” sometime in the spring, and no good will come of mixing them up.)
— This week’s big superhero news: British actor Henry Cavill, mostly known to those who watch the Showtime drama “The Tudors,” has been cast as Superman in Zack Snyder’s latest reboot of the franchise, tentatively set to open in theaters in December 2012. Let’s all have a moment of silence for Jon Hamm, who would have been the best Clark Kent ever, but who is not, alas, in his twenties.
— For all of you who were, like me, not so sure if a remake, possibly in 3D, of “The Great Gatsby” was such a good idea (despite the stellar cast — supposedly confirmed — of Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan), note that Baz Luhrman is now saying that he’s not sure if he’s going to make the movie after all. He’ll decide this week, apparently. Stay tuned, as you ponder whether Mulligan’s voice really is full of money.
— And, for those who thought the parenting team of Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci was to die for (they played Emma Stone’s mom and dad in “Easy A”), here’s another potentially delicious one: Catherine Keener and John Malkovich, last seen sharing a screen in the great “Being John Malkovich” back in 1999, are attached to star in “What’s This S%^@ Called Love,” to be written and directed by Jesse Peretz (whose “My Idiot Brother” was a Sundance hit last week). They would play the ultra-progressive parents of a young man who thinks he might be gay, but wishes his parents would stop celebrating it. Sounds promising!

And here is Henry “Superman” Cavill, who’s undeniably a looker. But he’s no Jon Hamm. (Photo courtesy the Associated Press.)

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