WEIRDLAND: March 2010

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Alanis Morisette wrote "I Remain" song for Prince of Persia

"Lending their musical talents to Disney films has scored hits and awards for artists like Randy Newman, Elton John, Christina Aguilera and Sting. Now Alanis Morissette has teamed with the entertainment giant, writing 'I Remain' for the upcoming film 'Prince of Persia: Sands of Time.'
The movie, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley and Gemma Arterton, was a natural vehicle for Morissette, who penned the song about Arterton's princess character. "It's an honor to write from the voice of an empowered princess about a love that empowers them both to new heights, healing and consciousness," Morissette said in a statement. "The song wrote itself and this story was the ultimate muse." Source:

Alanis Morissette - I Remain (Prince of Persia Soundtrack)

Robert Pattinson is picky about his roles

Scan of Robert Pattinson in Metro magazine.

Robert Pattinson and Emilie de Ravin in "Remember Me".

The 23-year-old actor has become a global superstar after playing brooding vampire Edward Cullen in Twilight, but his latest film is indie flick Remember Me, which he revealed stood out from the hundreds of roles he has been offered.
Robert said: "I never like anything, so it's quite easy to decide what to do - I've never felt any pressure to do anything, particularly. Even when we were shooting it [Remember Me] I never thought about the box office."

He added: "I had read tonnes and tonnes of scripts over the summer after I did Twilight, I mean hundreds, and everything seemed exactly the same.

"But this one, the way the dialogue was written, it just seemed much more naturalistic than most things.

"It's not really a feel-good movie. They don't make movies like it anymore, I think that's how I kind of choose stuff, that's the only criteria I have. There seems to be a gap in the market for something and I just try and do that."
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart shooting in Italy "New Moon" (2009).

Robert hopes his Twilight fans like the new film but revealed he would never appear in a film simply to please an audience.
Robert Pattinson with Kristen Scott-Thomas on the set of "Bel Ami" in Budapest.

He said: "Obviously you hope people like things but I think if you start doing stuff to please a certain audience then you're going in the wrong direction. I mean, you don't even know the people you're trying to please, especially if you're trying to please whole swathes of people. "I hope they like it."

"New Moon" Subtle Details and "The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner"

Twilight saga "Eclipse" cover artwork.

"When Stephenie Meyer published "Breaking Dawn," it brought to an end her wildly popular "Twilight" vampire saga. So any new book in the pantheon is both unexpected and welcome. On Tuesday, fans were thrilled to learn that "The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner" a new novella, will be available in June.
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson - The Subtle Details stills from The Making of "New Moon".

"Her story is a nice complement to 'Eclipse', the third book in the "Twilight" saga, Meyer writes on her website. "It explains a lot of the things that Bella never knew."

The movie "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" is scheduled to hit screens at the end of June. And in the weeks prior, readers can get their hands on the new book.
The existence of "The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner" was so closely guarded that actress Jodelle Ferland, who read it as help for playing Bree in the "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," burned the manuscript once she was finished (Meyer has a photo of her with the soggy ashes).
Now that it's out there, Meyer is making two charitable moves with the novella. From June 7 to July 5 it will be available for free download at Secondly, for each actual sale of the book -- which costs around $10 online -- $1 will be donated to the American Red Cross. On her website, Meyer specifies that the donation will be designated to provide relief to victims of the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, and others in need.

In addition to supplying emergency relief, one of the primary missions of the American Red Cross is "the collection, processing and distribution of lifesaving blood and blood products."

"According to, the adaptation of the author's first adult novel, "The Host," could go before cameras as early as next year.

Published in 2008, the book involves benevolent yet parasitic aliens who have taken over the minds of almost all the humans on Earth. Upon its release, Meyer described the plot to MTV News as " 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers,' if the aliens had won."
Although financing is not yet in place and no definite shooting schedule is planned for the sci-fi/horror hybrid, producer Steve Schwartz divulged that "Truman Show" Oscar-nominee Andrew Niccol is currently working on his third draft of the screenplay, with the author's close involvement. Niccol is also signed on to direct the film". Source:

"The Runaways" is a cinematic miracle

Kristen Stewart & Dakota Fanning at The Runaways New York After Party 3-17-2010.
Dakota Fanning & Kristen Stewart at 2010 SXSW Festival - "The Runaways" 3-18-2010.
New stills of Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett in "The Runaways".

"Sex and drugs and rock ’n’ roll. Angst and anger and alienation. Rags to riches to heartbreak. We’ve seen this all before... and we haven’t, either. Not like this. There hasn’t been a movie like The Runaways, one about women rockers that’s just as raw and earthy and tough and pitiless as the ones about the men are.
“This isn’t about women’s lib, it’s about women’s libido,” Fowley screams in one of the many wonderfully frenzied moments Michael Shannon (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Lucky You) imbues him with: he’s excited about the possibility of these chicks, and while he is ever obnoxious in how he pushes them -- like when he makes the band practice dealing with heckers by hiring guys to come throw crushed beer cans and feces at them during a rehearsal -- he’s never wrong. If he’s attempting to exploit them, Jett and Currie never acede and let themselves be exploited (or at least not any further than is beneficial to them). Perhaps the most truly amazing thing about The Runaways is how Sigismondi keeps all sense of the exploitive out of the film.Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie.

Teenaged girls getting shit thrown at them by teenaged boys could have been deeply creepy... and so could have, say, the underaged Fanning parading around in fuck-me lingerie, or Fowley’s glee at the prospect of Currie’s appeal to music fans: “Jail-fucking-bait!” he cries. “Jack-fucking-pot!” That The Runaways manages to be about sex without being self-consciously titillating and about rage without being overputtingly bitter itself is a cinematic miracle". Source:

Jake Gyllenhaal - Prince of Persia at WonderCon

This Saturday, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is part of Walt Disney Pictures' panel at noon at WonderCon in San Francisco. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Mike Newell, game creator Jordan Mechner and star Jake Gyllenhaal will take the stage in the Esplanade Ballroom to show an exclusive sneak peek at the May 28, 2010 release.
Jake Gyllenhaal at Sundance Film Festival 2001- HUGO Boss/The Dan Band Party playing a videogame. got a chance to sit down with Gyllenhaal about the adaptation recently leading up to the event and you can now watch our exclusive interview using the player below!

In this interview Jake talks about:

-video game vs. movie
-about the banter between the Princess and the Prince
-sword fighting
-doing the British accent
Jake told "I've no doubt there will be a whole mix of ideas about the movie because everybody plays the game. The great thing about video games is you get to do it yourself, and this is another person's version of it.

"I think we've done incredible action, we've really paid attention to the video game and elaborated on things that make this story fantastic.
"I mean, huge action, a lot of the same moves you use and can use in the video game but also based in reality and believably done in the film which I think creates more suspense. I think they're really going to like it."

Olivia Thirlby & Jesse Eisenberg in "Solitary Man"

Michael Douglas and Jesse Eisenberg play Ben and Cheston in "Solitary Man" (2010).
Imogen Poots, Michael Douglas and Jesse Eisenberg.

"Anchor Bay Films has released a movie trailer for Brian Koppelman/David Levien’s Solitary Man (not to be confused with Tom Ford’s A Single Man or The Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man). The film stars Academy Award winner Michael Douglas as a former car dealership mogul dealing with a string of business problems and issues in his personal life through a number of relationships with women - many women. Co-starring Jesse Eisenberg, Susan Sarandon, Danny DeVito, Jenna Fischer, and Mary-Louise Parker.
Susan Sarandon.Jenna Fischer.Mary Louise Parker.

Koppelman/Levien wrote the screenplays for Rounders, Runaway Jury and directed Knockaround Guys. The film premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival to mostly positive buzz".

Olivia Thirlby.
Olivia Thirlby with Kat Dennings.

Olivia Thirlby has had very good co-stars:
Olivia Thirlby and Ellen Page in "Juno" (2007).Michael Angarano & Olivia Thirlby in Snow Angels (2007).Josh Peck and Olivia Thirlby in The Wackness (2008).Jason Schwartzman and Olivia Thirlby in Bored to Death (2009).Anton Yelchin & Olivia Thirlby in New York, I Love You (2009).

Jesse Eisenberg in V Magazine (2009).
Eloise Mumford and Jesse Eisenberg in "Some Boys Don't Leave" directed by Maggie Kiley.
Jesse Eisenberg & Olivia Thirlby in "Solitary Man".