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Martin Scorsese will do “Sinatra” — what could be more fitting? The script’s not even written yet, but they’ve hired a writer. The man of the hour is Billy Ray, whose last writing gig had him at the helm of the “Hungers Game” script. Now that this is settled, we have plenty of time to argue over who’ll be playing Marilyn (assuming they don’t do this “Avengers” style and cast Michelle Williams), Mia Farrow, JFK, and the rest of Sinatra’s star-studded posse.
People complain about the preponderance of remakes, but once a character becomes deeply embedded in our imaginations, it’s hard to get them out — especially if they come with a killer costume. For instance: Queen Elizabeth I, the “Virgin Queen” of England. Here’s a collection of all her portrayals spanning an entire century, in which she’s played by everyone from Sarah Bernhardt to Cate Blanchett.
After last year’s failure to rehabilitate Mel Gibson’s image as a respectable leading man, Jodie Foster has set her eyes on a new prize: Next year she’ll direct a Showtime series about a female-headed mafia family, working title “Angie’s Body.” For those of us who prefer our Jodie onscreen, it looks like she’s set up to be the villain in 2013′s sci-fi drama “Elysium.”
News from the world of the “Robocop” remake, and it ain’t good. A film journalist got his hands on a copy of the script, and has declared it an official disaster zone: “Page 55, the ‘Robocop’ remake beat me. I’m done. I can’t hurt more than this.” Among the revelations: The script seems to be specifically written with an eye toward toning down the violence of the original (the scientists in the movie are warned to “keep him PG-13″).