April 18th, 2009
The cast for the cheekily titled Morning Glory (aka “that film where Harrison Ford is going to try and be funny!”) really is shaping up nicely. According to The Hollywood Reporter, they’ve nabbed themselves the second Nite Owl, Patrick Wilson.
“The film that Ford is going to try and by funny in” centers on an up-and-coming news producer played by Rachel McAdams. She has to save a struggling morning show, and get its antagonistic anchors (Ford and Diane Keaton) under control.
Trying to save McAdams from losing the will to live is Wilson, who will play her boyfriend. While Wilson is clearly trying to earn some comedy cred (Morning Glory is the third comedy he’s signed for, he’s also got The Baster and Barry Munday in the works),
I sincerely hope there’s a little more to his part than just “the boyfriend.” Wilson is quite talented, and playing a boyfriend, even to McAdams, seems like a waste of his charm. Then again, how many actresses have been stuck in such a thankless part? Maybe the tide is turning.
There really is a lot of talent here on both sides of the camera: Roger Michell is directing from a script by Aline Brosh McKenna, and J.J. Abrams is producing with his Bad Robot banner. Let’s hope they can bring us a film of the witty, fun Ford (yes, he does exist) and not another Hollywood Homicide.
March 31st, 2009
Miramax Films has acquired North American rights to Mandate Pictures’ romantic comedy “The Baster,” starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman.
Jeff Goldblum and Patrick Wilson (“Watchmen”) have also joined the cast.
Film, which is being helmed by “Blades of Glory” duo Will Speck and Josh Gordon, began lensing on Mondayin New York.
Based on a short story by Jeffrey Eugenides, the story revolves around friends Wally (Bateman) and Kassie (Aniston), whose plan to have a baby on her own is complicated when Wally secretly swaps Kassie’s chosen sperm donation with his own. Allan Loeb penned the screenplay.
Wilson will play the genetically superior sperm donor that Kassie originally selects. Goldblum will portray Wally’s boss.
Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa (“Little Miss Sunshine”) are producing, while Nathan Kahane, Aniston and Kristen Hahn are exec producing.
Mandate Intl. is handling international sales on the film.
March 21st, 2009
Patrick Wilson and his wife are expecting their second child.
Watchmen superhero, Nite Owl II, played by Patrick Wilson, is expecting a little Nite Owl IV, MSN Wonderwall reports.
According to Usmagazine.com, Watchmen star Patrick Wilson and his wife, actress Dagmara Dominczyk, are expecting their second child. The couple already has a two-year-old son named Kalin. Asked Monday if another baby is on the way, Wilson, 35, told Us Weekly, “Yes, we’re about halfway there.” The new baby is reportedly due in June.
March 21st, 2009
It was a bittersweet evening for Broadway at the opening of the revival of West Side Story at the Palace Theater in NYC last night. Earlier in the night, the lights of the Great White Way had dimmed to honor the passing of one of its brightest stars, Natasha Richardson.
Some of the celebrity guests took the moment to express their sadness and reflect upon the actress’s life on stage.
Patrick Wilson, a Broadway vet who starred on screen with Natasha in 2007’s Evening talked to OK! about his feelings of grief.
“It’s an unexplainable, tragic, senseless loss. It’s just a time for her family to reflect and our prayers go out to her whole family,” he shared.
Kathleen Turner, who like Natasha, has worked both on stage and on film was trying to make sense of the tragedy.
“It’s just so damn shocking!” she told OK!, “She’s so young and so good and so sweet. I liked her tremendously. And I know that they’ll [her family] handle as best they can, I feel sorry they have to at all.”
Cheyenne Jackson, who was last seen on stage in Xanadu, told OK! how he had worked with Natasha to help others.
“I worked with amfAR a lot and she was tireless in her work with amfAR for people living with HIV,” he remembered. “There’s really no words. We’re just walking to our play in the morning, it’s a sunny day and her life is gone. It’s very hard. It’s perspective. It’s unbelievably tragic.”
Reporting by Laura Lane
March 9th, 2009
Comic book movie adaptation WATCHMEN has scored the biggest opening of 2009 after taking in an estimated $55.7 million (£39.8 million) at the U.S. box office over the weekend.
The adaptation of Alan Moore’s celebrated graphic novel started strongly, taking in a whopping $25 million (£17.85 million) on its opening day (06Mar09).
The film, starring Patrick Wilson and Malin Akerman, opened in 3,611 cinemas across America on Friday – the widest theatre count ever for an R-rated film.
Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail came in second with an $8.8 million (£6.3 million) weekend take and Liam Neeson thriller Taken was third. Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire came in fourth – 17 weeks after the movie was released in America.
Outside the U.S., Watchmen also scored big – it took in $27.5 million (£19.6 million) at 5,097 in 45 territories to claim the top spot at the international market too.
Gran Torino, Marley & Me and Slumdog Millionaire are among the other movies doing very well at the box office outside the U.S.
March 5th, 2009
Patrick Wilson discussed his upcoming film Watchmen and role he plays in the motion picture, Nite Owl II. Wilson gives insight into his character and remarks on the amazing level of detail in the film.
Click here to view the video.