Now that Oasis is over, Liam Gallagher finally has the time to dedicate his entire life to worshiping The Beatles without having to take breaks to imitate them on stage. Apparently Gallagher now sees himself as a film producer (hey, George Harrison did it) and perhaps unsurprisingly the first film that he plans to shepherd to the big screen is The Longest Cocktail Party, an adaptation of Richard DiLello’s book about the collapse of The Beatles. The film will be based on the final tense and drunken days in Apple headquarters or, as a VH1 special would put it, “the moment when the laughter turned to tears.”
Though the natural response to hearing about a Liam Gallagher-related Beatles movie is disgust and irritation, this project is actually quite promising. He’s only a moneyman after all and the creative talent on board is impressive. The screenplay has been written by Jesse Armstrong (a genius comedy writer who created Peep Show, co-wrote Four Lions, and was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on In The Loop) while directing duties have been passed along to the ridiculously productive Michael Winterbottom (who already made the great Manchester music bio-comedy 24 Hour Party People).
With Armstrong and Winterbottom in charge, this isn’t going to be dry Beatles bio for superfans. It should be a hilarious and insightful rendition of the Fab Four’s final days. The only roadblock now is Winterbottom, who tends to make one or two movies a year, so we’ll have to wait until 2012 for his schedule to clear up. Fortunately the notoriously temperamental Gallagher might help speed up the process a little bit. According to his producing partner Andrew Eaton, “Liam’s great to work with, because he wants everything to happen tomorrow. Because he’s not from the film business, he’s basically going ‘Why can’t we do it right now?’ It’s very inspiring.” Oh, Liam, you’re such an ass—I mean wild card.
Tom Savini Joins Django Unchained
Just when you thought there couldn’t be any more ridiculous casting announcements in store for Quentin Tarantino’s slavery Western Django Unchained, the fast talking director has gone and made another eccentric casting choice. It appears that horror icon Tom Savini, who created the pioneering gore makeup for horror films like Dawn Of The Dead and Friday The 13th, will now be playing a role in the film.
Savini moonlights as an actor when he isn’t tearing limbs apart, with his most famous role probably being the character Sex Machine in the Tarantino-penned From Dusk Till Dawn. It’s unclear who Savini will play in the movie just yet, but we can assume he’ll be responsible for some disgusting act of violence as a reference to his makeup effects career. I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but Tarantino does love to reference other movies. That’s kind of his thing.
The West Memphis Three’s Damien Echols Joins The Hobbit
Shockingly, Tom Savini joining Django isn’t even the weirdest piece of casting news today. It appears that the recently released from prison Damien Echols of the West Memphis Three will somehow being playing a role in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. In case you’re unfamiliar with Echols’ name or the Paradise Lost documentaries, in 1993 he was unlawfully convicted of murdering three young boys at 18 and was robbed of almost 20 years of his life while sitting on death row.
Fortunately as a result of incredible public support and three amazing documentaries, Echols was finally released this summer. Obviously, he doesn’t have any acting experience, but there is a connection with director Peter Jackson that landed him the gig. Jackson was so moved by Paradise Lost that he has been personally funding Echols’ defense for years. I can’t imagine that Echols will have much of a role in The Hobbit, but it will certainly be one of the most surreal cameos in the history of cinema. For those interested in the case, Echols also plans to write a memoir in the coming months. It’s going to be a big year for that guy now that he’s finally free.