"It takes Bell less than three seconds to come to the conclusion that he has no regrets and slightly longer to decide if he has yet to experience professional disappointment.
"I don't go up for a huge amount of stuff because most of it is bad. But Walter Salles is making a movie of Jack Kerouac's On the Road and I went to meet him and do a reading. And straight away the part was offered to Jake Gyllenhaal. He's a great actor, older, more experienced but I was bummed. It would've been amazing to work with Salles."
Later that evening, Bell swaps his tweed trousers, T-shirt and battered trainers for a shiny suit and expensive shoes.
Introducing the film, he is slick and sure of himself but when he apologises sweetly to his mother for the sex scenes, there's a glimpse of the boy. At the party, Scots Franz Ferdinand perform an acoustic version of Hallam Foe Dandelion Blow, the song they wrote for the film after Bell found himself next to the guitarist on a plane". Source: Telegraph.co.uk/arts
"They were the rock stars of their day, a moment in which Levi's were the hot American import, neon lights were beginning their gaudy transformation of Parisian boulevards. Tattoos and piercing were omnipresent. Coke -still laced with cocaine- was imbibed.
Those five artists were Picasso, Chagall, Rivera, Soutine and Modigliani! This true story has never been told. But it will be now, if producer/director/writer Linda Yellen has her way. Yellen, of "Playing for Time," "Chantilly Lace," "Parallel Lives," "Sweet Bird of Youth" fame, has a fascinating script ready to go, titled "The Hive." James Franco
and Gena Rowlands are attached, and almost every hot young actor in the business has been approached, and many have expressed interest, in playing one of the legendary painters. Yellen's dream cast? The already onboard Franco, followed by Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix and -but of course- Leonardo DiCaprio.
Linda says, "No film has really been able to capture the energy and vitality of what it was like to live on the Left Bank then, to be young and ambitious and wildly sexual. The film won't look like anything seen previously. I'm working with Hybride, the SFX house that Robert Rodriguez uses to create the look for the movie." (Apparently, MAC Cosmetics liked the script concept so much they agreed to create special face and body makeup for "The Hive.")
Linda recently attended a screening of Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette" and was impressed by the writer-director's modern twists on the tragic tale of France's doomed Queen. "I don't know that I'd use rock music, though that was a daring, brilliant gimmick, but like 'Marie Antoinette,' I certainly see 'The Hive' as a movie a young, modern audience could relate to. Those creative men and women of 1912 were the MTV generation of the early 20th century!"
Ms. Yellen hopes to have full cast and crew ready to go by the spring or summer of 2007". Source: Nypost.com