May 31, 2006
Baz + Nicole - Russell + HEATH LEDGER?!
The New York Post is reporting that Russell is out and Heath is in on Baz Luhrmann's epic Australian-set romance film. Russell apparently did the exact same thing that he did for Jocelyn Moorehouse' Eucalyptus which was to star Nicole and Russell. He apparently demanded script changes which ultimately destroyed the project (just like that - it doesn't even have an IMDb page anymore). And since Russ and Nic were so desperate to work together they teamed with Baz to make a film set in Darwin during WWII. So now Russell is out (despite apparently wanting to come back on board) and Baz has subsequently hired Ennis Del Mar himself, Heath Ledger.
Heath is most definitely having one of the greatest career reneisances I can think of and he's not even 30! First Brokeback Mountain for which he, as we all know, was robbed of the Oscar for. He currently has Candy in Australian cinemas which is going great (debuted at #6 on 38 screens - more on that tomorrow with the box-office roundup) and for which he has gotten (after Brokeback of course) career-best reviews. And now he's portraying Bob Dylan in Todd Haynes' I'm Not There and after that will most likely move onto Baz' latest magnum opus. Way to go Heath!
And in news that will surely dampen Nathaniel's April Fools' numbers word has it that The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford will be moved to, ahem, first quarter of 2007. So it appears it won't be getting any Oscar nominations this year, next year or any other year. Shame, really. I don't exactly know where this information has come from but various people are mentioning it on Dave Poland's blog with a matter-of-factly voice. ??? Hmmm.
Posted by Glenn Dunks at 6:50 PM