By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood August 9, 2010 at 5:30AM
- Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake, Kick-Ass) tells Hero Complex that the quality control of super hero movies (which have been "mined to death") is "not what it's supposed to be." Vaughn jumped on the chance to do X-Men: First Class, because people are getting bored of the super-hero frenzy, which can't last forever. After producing, directing and co-writing Kick-Ass, a big budget superhero film is something Vaughn has always wanted to do - and an opportunity that may not be on offer again. He withdrew from the opportunity to direct the third X-Men installment (he didn't feel ready at the time), and it went to Brett Ratner. Now Vaughn says that he would have done a better job (100 times better to be exact). When X-Men: First Class comes out next summer, the box office will be crowded with protagonists in tights, like Captain America, Thor and Green Lantern - what Vaughn calls a too-crowded room.
- James Cameron told MTV that he's working on Avatar 2; "still working on deals…making notes…not sitting idle," but his current focus is on finishing the Avatar novel, which he wants to be legitimate and "inside the characters' heads and [not] have the wrong culture stuff, the wrong language stuff, all that." Before writers get to work on what may end of being one mega film instead of two sequels, Cameron wants more "meat on the bones" of the story. Between Cameron's schedule and the lack of a clear storyline for this follow-up, we shouldn't hold our breath. Besides, if it's going to be anywhere close to the quality of the first Avatar, Cameron can take his sweet time.
- Meanwhile, Cameron admits that he is irked that his oil spill disaster advice, which he told MTV was "promptly ignored," after his 25-page report was submitted to the Department of Energy, ended up being exactly what BP did. "I'm not saying they did it because we recommended it. I think they did it because it was the right thing to do. But they basically did exactly what we said should be done." Cameron wanted to help, but believes his opinion was ignored because of who he is. If his advice had been heeded two months ago, Cameron believes the oil gushing into the gulf could have been stopped sooner. His point has always been: "If you're relying on BP for imagery, you're basically relying on the criminal's video of the crime scene." One thing we in Hollywood have learned about Cameron: He knows what he's talking about.
- And in case some of you have been waiting for the oil spill to become fashionable, check out this attempt from Vogue Italia. It is beyond disturbing:
- The NYT profiles Eat Pray Love director Ryan Murphy, who they call "self-assured to the point of cockiness, [with] a wicked sense of humor, scary-ambitious yet charmingly eager to please, fashion-forward: it’s an intoxicating brew." That brew has catapulted him from being the creator of Nip/Tuck and Glee to Julia Roberts' BFF and in-demand studio director. Murphy seems confident that Eat Pray Love will be a box office hit, telling the NYT: “I’m really proud of the result. I think a lot of people are going to identify with this movie for multiple reasons.” He connected to the story, which he read following the "worst breakup" of his life.