- Women are at the helm of two major releases this weekend. Writer-director Darnell Martin (I Like It Like That) is the creative force behind Cadillac Records. Lexi Alexander (Green Street Hooligans), former World Karate and Kickboxing champion and Oscar nominee for live action short film, is behind the lens for Punisher: War Zone. Perhaps Alexander is going to be the new Kathryn Bigelow? I'm wondering if I can fit both films into my weekend.
- If you live in the New York area, you can also catch the release of the Australian film The Black Balloon, written and directed by Elissa Down. This film is getting a lot of great critical attention.
- Even more awesome news... writer-director Courtney Hunt's indie drama Frozen River, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance this year, won a lot of high profile attention this week: Frozen River won Best Picture and Best Actress for Melissa Leo at the Gotham Independent Spirit Awards; the film picked up a bucket full of Independent Spirit Award nominations, including Best Picture, Director, First Screenplay, and Best Female Lead; and yesterday the National Board of Review gave Courtney Hunt the Best Directorial Debut award and Melissa Leo a Spotlight award. With all this critical attention, the extremely talented Leo - too long an underrated indie actress - might actually nab an Oscar Best Actress nomination.
In acting news....
- Hilary Swank is set to star in The Resident, a thriller about a Brooklyn resident who discovers her landlord is a stalker. I don't care how scary this dude is, my money's on Swank. [Variety]
- Comic talent Anna Faris has snapped up a development deal and a starring role in the rom-com 20 Times a Lady. Unfortunately, both projects don't look that much better than The House Bunny. It sure would be nice to see Faris starring in something worth her time. [Hollywood Reporter]
- Amy Adams is slated to star in a film adaptation of Adrena Halpern's novel, The Ten Best Days of My Life. [Variety]
- Veronica Mars fans got a mixed bag of news this week... On Tuesday, EW's scoopmaster general Ausiello delivered the news that series creator Rob Thomas is working on a film adapatation - kind of. Turns out, he's too busy with his TV projects, including Cupid, to really take on the writing. But then yesterday our friends over at Vulture noted that ABC has cut back the network's order for Cupid. So will Thomas have time to write the treatment now? Stay tuned!
I think I might need a snappy title for this regular round of Friday updates. Got any suggestions?
Have a good weekend!