Jim Carrey Wants Wonder, Javier Bardem Bond Villain, DiCaprio Decodes Imitation Game, HBO Gets Liberace
Jim Carrey and Steve Carell Conjure Up Wonder. Jim Carrey is planning a return to grown-up comedies. The actor is in talks to re-team with his ‘Bruce Almighty’ co-star Steve Carell for Burt Wonderstone. Carell is attached to play the title character. After breaking up with his longtime stage partner, a famous but jaded Vegas magician fights for relevance when a new, “hip” street magician appears on the scene. Jim Carrey was most recently seen in the family comedy Mr. Popper’s Penguins and a guest appearance on ‘The Office’ season 7 finale.
No, Friendo, I Expect You to Die. Oscar-winning Spanish actor Javier Bardem confirmed the rumors that he will be the villain in Bond 23, Sony’s yet to be officially titled 23rd 007 film. Bardem confirmed the casting in an interview on the ABC News program Nightline. The last time Bardem portrayed a villain was in the Coen Brothers drama ‘No Country for Old Men’. In the movie, Daniel Craig returns as Bond with Sam Mendes directing. ‘Bond 23’ will be released in the U.K. and Ireland on Oct. 26 of next year, with the U.S. launch set for Nov. 9.
DiCaprio Decodes Warner’s Imitation Game. Warner Bros. has purchased Graham Moore’s spec script Imitation Game, about mathematician Alan Turing, which could star Leonardo DiCaprio. The screenplay is an adaptation of Andrew Hodges’ biography Alan Turing: The Enigma. Turing (1912-54) was a British mathematician who made history by breaking of the German U-boat Enigma cipher in World War II which ensured Allied-American control of the Atlantic. DiCaprio recently wrapped the Clint Eastwood-directed biopic J. Edgar, with Naomi Watts, Armie Hammer and Judi Dench for Warner.
HBO Enters Liberace’s Closet. HBO will produce and air director Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra, the long-planned Liberace biopic starring Michael Douglas as the flamboyant pianist and Matt Damon as his live-in lover. Even after his records stopped selling, Liberace continued to remain a huge concert attraction in Las Vegas until his AIDS-related death in February 1987. Richard LaGravenese (Water for Elephants) wrote the script. ‘Behind the Candelabra’ begins production next summer and will shoot in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Palm Springs.