Movie News Wrap Up: September 8th, 2012

Keaton directs Buttercup

Michael Keaton builds up Buttercup; Jeffrey Wright has Beetee(n) the competition for a role in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire; Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan get prickly in A Many Splintered Thing and Paddy Considine travels to The World’s End.

The magnificent Michael Keaton looks set to step behind the camera for a second time  to direct a drama, titled Buttercup.

Keaton directs Buttercup

According to Variety:

"[The] story follows an adult woman who is forced to assume responsibility for her elderly father after he is arrested for drunk driving again. In doing so, she learns to not only accept his faults, but finally trust the other men in her life."

Whale Rider director Niki Caro was set to direct the film when it was going to star Jennifer Aniston and Alan Arkin, but this is no longer the case. I do know that Keaton was talking to his Batman co-star, Jack Nicholson about a film role, could this be it?

Keaton, who previously directed the little seen (but very good) The Merry Gentleman has just signed on to RoboCop and he will next be seen in the thriller, Penthouse North.

Source: Variety


Jeffrey Wright has been cast in the role of Beetee in the big screen adaptation of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Beetee is a Hunger Games survivor, hailing from District 3. He is nicknamed "Volts" because of his 'electronics expertise.' What a shocker.

Wright joins Catching Fire

Wright is probably best known for his role as Felix Leiter opposite Daniel Craig’s James Bond in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.

Is Wright good casting? You tell me.


With the Captain America and The Avengers under his belt and confirmed sequels to both on the way, Chris Evans is in a far better position when it comes to choosing projects and the actor is using this clout to bring A Many Splintered Thing to screen. The film is being pitched as an "anti-romantic comedy."

According to Deadline:

"In the vein of Amelie and (500) Days Of Summer, the film tells the story of a young man disillusioned by love who meets a breathtaking young woman at a charity dinner by pretending to be a philanthropist. Turns out that she’s engaged to a guy who doesn’t like her going on dates. Challenged by the chase, and egged on by his eclectic friends, he feigns a platonic relationship in order to keep seeing her as he tries to conquer her heart."

Michelle Monaghan will co-star in the film which will be directed by Justin Reardon, with Evans producing.

Source: Deadline


Paddy Considine will re-team with his Hot Fuzz buddies Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost for The World’s End.

Considine joins Worlds End

The official synopsis for The World's End:

20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their home town and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.

Considine will presumably play one of the five friends who's a musician and an architect. He's described as a ladies man who's currently divorced.

The World’s End starts shooting in the UK next month – expect laughs aplenty.

Source: Variety

That’s it for now. See you at the movies.


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