Dax Shepard squeezed his adorable fiancée, Kristen Bell, while out to coffee with their friend Justin Long in Studio City, CA, yesterday. She has been on location with John Krasinski and Drew Barrymore filming Everybody Loves Whales in Alaska, which may account for Kristen’s afternoon of PDA with Dax. She’ll be commuting home more in the coming month to promote Burlesque alongside that star-studded cast ahead of its Thanksgiving release. Dax, meanwhile, is more and more endearing every week on Parenthood and is trying to find a distributor for his directorial debut, Brother’s Justice. Kristen fans would love to see her back on the small screen as well and are trying to land her a role in the upcoming reboot of The Munsters, though the first tongue-in-cheek scary role on her docket is her cameo in Scream 4.
Posted on Sunday, October 17th, 2010 by Germain Lussier
Lately, the man dead set on selling space to millionaire tourists, Virgin Atlantic billionaire Richard Branson, has been getting into the movie business and he currently has his sites set on Columbus, a script by T.S. Nowlin. The 300-esque retelling of the Christopher Columbus story has McG attached to produce and direct and Branson is reportedly close to acquiring the script for his Virgin Produced film company, a joint venture with Relativity Media. They’re also in the middle of producing a Kentucky Fried Movie type comedy featuring segments with Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Uma Thurman, Gerard Butler, Julianne Moore and many, many more. Hit the jump to read more about both projects.
Deadline reports that while Virgin Produced and Branson have yet to acquire Columbus, a deal is in the works. However, the last time Hollywood tried to dramatize Christopher Columbus’s story, the films were both massive financial failures. Ridley Scott’s 1992 film 1492: Conquest of Paradise made only $7 million against a $47 million budget while John Glen’s star studded 1992 Christopher Columbus: The Discovery fared a little better with $8 million against a $40 million budget, both according to Box Office Mojo. For the price Branson is sure to pay for the script and the budget McG will need to make it, Columbus will obviously need to do a tad better than those films to turn a profit.
A lot of what may or may not happen with Columbus could come down to the success of Virgin Produced’s inaugural flick, the aforementioned comedy clip film announced in March. Co-directed by Peter Farrelly, Brett Ratner and many more, the 18 segment raunchy comedy will only cost about $8 million, according to Deadline. With the list of stars in it, it could quite easily make that back in a day. Here’s the impressive list:
Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Jimmy Bennett, Halle Berry, Leslie Bibb, Kate Bosworth, Katrina Bowden, Gerard Butler, Bobby Cannavale, Kieran Culkin, Josh Duhamel, Anna Faris, Richard Gere, John Hodgman, Terrence Howard, Johnny Knoxville, Hugh Jackman, Justin Long, Aasif Mandvi, Jack McBrayer, Stephen Merchant, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Julianne Moore, Chloe Moretz, Chris Pratt, Liev Schreiber, Seann William Scott, Tony Shalhoub, JB Smoove, Emma Stone, Jason Sudeikis, Uma Thurman, Matt Walsh, Patrick Warburton, Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet and Anton Yelchin.