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Crowe Equalizes, Cage and Kidman Trespass, Tempest First Look

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood June 16, 2010 at 2:35AM

- Russell Crowe is set to play Robert McCall in The Equalizer, the mysterious vigilante agent made famous by Edward Woodward in the 1980s TV show, reports the LAT. Crowe is also attached to Paul Haggis's The Next Three Days, in which his character's wife is wrongly accused of murder. Clearly, Crowe is drawn to characters that have something to fight for, with a few rough edges. The Equalizer currently lacks both a shooting script and a studio, so Crowe has time to brood over this character.
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- Russell Crowe is set to play Robert McCall in The Equalizer, the mysterious vigilante agent made famous by Edward Woodward in the 1980s TV show, reports the LAT. Crowe is also attached to Paul Haggis's The Next Three Days, in which his character's wife is wrongly accused of murder. Clearly, Crowe is drawn to characters that have something to fight for, with a few rough edges. The Equalizer currently lacks both a shooting script and a studio, so Crowe has time to brood over this character.

- Nicole Kidman and Nicolas Cage will star as a married couple taken hostage in Louisiana in Joel Schumacher's brutally violent betrayal actioner Trespass, reports Variety. Making as much money as he can, financially-challenged Cage is also in negotiations to reprise his Johnny Blaze role in Ghostrider: Spirit of Vengenace, which is poised to be directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (who directed Crank and wrote Jonah Hex), according to Heat Vision. The original Ghostrider, despite poor reviews, grossed $220 million worldwide.

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- A still from Julie Taymor's The Tempest is circulating around the web in advance of the film's December release (through Disney, who took it on after shuttering Miramax). Taymor's aesthetic - from Broadway's The Lion King to Across The Universe - is never dull. Nor is her cast: Helen Mirren as Prospera, Alan Cumming, Ben Whishaw, Chris Cooper and Djimon Hounsou as Caliban.

This article is related to: Genres, Headliners, Hollywood, Studios, Daily Read, Sequel, Remake, Action, Russell Crowe, Nic Cage, Nicole Kidman, Disney


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.