News, buzz & rumours
HANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
If there’s one man that can truly capture the likeable warmth of children’s TV star Mr. Rogers, it’s Tom Hanks. He’s signed on to play Fred Rogers in You Are My Friend, a new biopic that explores Rogers’ friendship with journalist Tom Junod. The film is being directed by Marelle Heller, who made coming-of-age flick The Diary of a Teenage Girl.
WHAT’S THAT SMELL
Elisabeth Moss has been making all sorts of big moves in television, from The Handmaid’s Tale to Top of the Lake. Up next, however, she’ll return to the film world by working with frequent collaborator Alex Ross Perry. The indie director previously worked with Moss on Queen of Earth and Listen Up Philip, and they’ll join forces again for Her Smell. In the project, Moss plays Becky Something — an aging punk who struggles with addiction and her own irrelevance.
LEO KNOWS ALL
Endlessly interesting actor Tom Hardy made a bet with Leonardo DiCaprio, suggesting that Leo wouldn’t win an Oscar for braving the Alberta winter to shoot The Revenant. Leo won, and Hardy has been photographed with some new ink: on his right bicep, a tattoo reads, “Leo Knows All.”
JACK AND DIANE
Alec Baldwin is increasingly acting like his boorish 30 Rock character Jack Donaghy, sticking his opinions where few people have requested them. In a move that should have been avoided entirely, Baldwin tweeted that Dylan Farrow — who claims Woody Allen sexually molested her as a child — was a lot like Mayella Ewell, a character in To Kill a Mockingbird who lied about being raped. It was a shitty metaphor, especially since, as Farrow pointed out, Ewell was raped by her father in the book. Diane Keaton also opted to defend Allen on Twitter, urging people to watch an old 60 Minutes report on the director. Or, you know, we could just believe victims.
Deep-learning technology has gotten to the point where face-swap technology can easily replace likenesses in video. As a result, plenty of celebrities have had their images used without their consent. For a far less sinister use of the technology (or perhaps equally sinister), plenty of Nicolas Cage fans have brought it upon themselves to insert the actor into archival movie footage. As a result, you can now watch a recut version of Man of Steel where Nicolas Cage replaces Amy Adams as Lois Lane. Maybe the internet isn’t so bad after all.