By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood September 14, 2010 at 3:46AM
- It sounds too good to be true; Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese all working on a hitman drama entitled The Irishman? It's one of a handful of projects Scorsese is considering for his next film (he's currently shooting 3-D Hugo Cabret with Chloe Moretz, Jude Law, Emily Mortimer, Ben Kingsley and Sacha Baron Cohen). De Niro has been developing the picture at Paramount through his Tribeca Productions. The script is written by Steve Zaillian (Schindler's List, Gangs of New York, David Fincher's Dragon Tattoo series), based on the 2004 book I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran & The Inside Story of The Mafia, The Teamsters, & The Last Ride of Jimmy Hoffa by Charles Brandt. The title comes from the first words ever spoken from Jimmy Hoffa to Frank Sheeran (presumably Pacino and Pesci), the subtext approximating: "I heard you kill people and paint the walls and floors with their blood." With a title like that, what better cause to reunite this Goodfellas/Heat/Casino crowd?
- Back in March we pondered Carey Mulligan vs. Keira Knightley for the role of Eliza Doolittle. And now Mulligan has finally confirmed her involvement, stating "It's not happening this year…I've definitely spoken about it, and I would love to do it if it happens…the script is incredible. Emma Thompson wrote it. It's telling the story again, in another way and not trying to sort of copy anything and not trying to take away anything from that version of it. It's just telling it in a new era to a new generation of people." She also said that Joe Wright will not be directing, but rather Shakespeare In Love's John Madden. As for her singing abilities, she admits only to being able to "hold a tune." Both Mulligan and Knightley, co-stars in Never Let Me Go (opening Wednesday), have plenty to keep them busy, including Drive and On Chisel Beach for Mulligan and A Dangerous Method and the role of Zelda Fitzgerald in The Beautiful and The Damned for Knightley.
- Speaking of fair ladies, while 67-year-old De Niro, Scorsese and Pesci and Pacino (now 70) continue with thriving careers, their female counterparts are getting dirty looks. Salon takes a look at the criticism flying the way of Cher (64) and Jane Fonda (72) for Sunday's VMA "Turn Back Time" performance (and requisite attire) and a new series of workout DVDs. Salon says the problem is "ladies who push the boundaries of how women their age are supposed to behave have a way of making people very uncomfortable." Here's why:
"Beauty is something bestowed indiscriminately on rich and poor youth alike. Dewy skin and a fine booty are not the exclusive territory of trust fund kids. But by the time you've long cashed in your V-card for an AARP one, it's all about the maintenance. And the privilege that women like Fonda wear on their faces could set off more envy at the senior center than a fleet of Megan Foxes could inspire at a junior high. Their good health and smooth skin aren't merely the result of the average movie star's hard work and lucky DNA. They're the product of wealth. Cue resentful class rage!"
[Pictured in their Oscar winning roles: Fonda in 1971's Klute, Cher in 1987's Moonstruck]