Costner and Tarantino Part Ways
If you were an aging movie star settling into the low end of your career, you’d think that a call from Quentin Tarantino would be cause for excitement. After all, the guy has resurrected more careers than rehab and also tends to make pretty good movies as well.
But that doesn’t seem to be the case for Kevin Costner who was signed on to appear in Tarantino’s latest Django Unchained but recently dropped out for undisclosed scheduling (he’s also in The Man Of Steel) and personal (who the hell knows) reasons. It’s a real shame because the role would have been a big departure for the typically clean-cut American hero that could have shown audiences an all new side of Costner. The actor was supposed to play a sadistic slave trainer who forces male slaves to fight against each other to entertain the patrons of Candyland (a Southern hellhole that’s also a slave brothel). It would have been fascinating to see Costner in such a disgusting role, but that ain’t happening any more, people!
The film will start shooting in November, so expect a replacement to be announced soon. It’s unclear who that will be, but I think we can guarantee that Tarantino has a laundry list of underappreciated actors who he wants to work with and it’s only a matter of time before he signs someone else onboard for a comeback. Given Costner’s recent career choices, I find it hard to believe that the movie is so terrible that it needed to be abandoned to save face, but we shall see.
Justin Timberlake Plans a Music Movie (And Mercifully Plans No New Music Himself)
Hey, remember when Justin Timberlake was a pop star? I seem to recall him being in a boy band and then becoming a massively famous solo act. Yet, ever since the guy hosted Saturday Night Live, it’s like he’s suddenly decided that he was secretly an actor all along (certainly pretending the songs in N Sync were good would require some major acting chops).
I guess he’s just retired from the music game, but that doesn’t mean he won’t make a music-related movie. Timberlake has signed on to star in a biopic about Neil Bogart, the famous record producer behind KISS. You see, kids, there was a time when people actually used to pay for music on these big black discs called records. Musicians actually made money back then, so much so that even their producers got rich. Bogart was one of those producers. He lived a rags-to-riches life, creating bubblegum pop (I’m not sure if I’ll ever forgive him for that) before sadly succumbing to cancer.
Timberlake will no doubt be pushing for Oscar glory with the movie, hoping that his musical background and pained chemotherapy scenes will get him a little love from the Academy. Sadly, I think that unless the movie is a Glitter-level turd, his wish will probably come true. Just like all of that guy’s wishes, lucky bastard.
The Human Centipede 2 Trailer Is Here
It’s hard to think of a recent horror movie that made as much of an impact as Human Centipede. Oh sure, it didn’t exactly light up the box office, but the concept of a mad doctor linking together a chain of people through their digestive tracts (aka ass-to-mouth surgery) really burned its way into the psyche of everyone who heard about it.
Though it hasn’t even been released yet, Human Centipede 2 is already one of the most highly anticipated movies for horror fans, particularly after already being banned in Britain for being far too disgusting for public consumption. Today the first full trailer for the movie has been released, promising a sequel about an insane fan who loves the original Human Centipede so much that he feels an uncomfortable urge to reenact it himself on an even larger scale.
I’m sure the movie will be disgusting enough to have horror fans gagging with delight, but I doubt it could possibly top the impact of the original. It’s not every day a concept like that comes along that deeply unnerves people before they even see the movie. Based on the British banning alone, I’m sure the sequel will ramp up the violence to ludicrous degrees, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll be a better film. I’m just sick enough to want to see this thing, but I will be approaching Human Centipede 2 with caution.