The actor’s WB dud The Incredible Burt Wonderstone landed with a thud earlier this month. Maybe a return to his In Living Color sketch comedy heyday is in order. Watch Jim Carrey skewer anti-gun control advocates and tackle multiple characters, including late NRA head Charlton Heston, in Funny Or Die‘s Cold Dead Hand With Jim Carrey. He next stars in Universal’s August sequel Kick-Ass 2.
While Hollywood’s preoccupation this week has been high winds, New Line Cinema is preparing for an earthquake. I’m told the studio is out to directors with San Andreas 3-D, a big-budget film hatched by scribes Jeremy Passmore & Andre Fabrizio as a pitch. They’ve written the script and Allan Loeb has done a polish for a north-of-$100 million film that’s ready to go. Beau Flynn is producing. It’s a full-scale disaster picture revolving around a massive earthquake and its devastating effect on California. This is something that hasn’t really been done since the 1974 film Earthquake, which starred Charlton Heston and Ava Gardner. That film boasted of the advantages of “Sensurround” to create a lifelike feel, but the prospect of a 3D rendering holds promise. Passmore & Fabrizio are repped by Paradigm and Aperture Entertainment and Loeb by CAA. Passmore & Fabrizio are rewriting Hellified and Passmore scripted the Red Dawn remake.
20th Century Fox’s resuscitation of the Planet of the Apes franchise has brought another trailer that better reveals the story behind Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The Rupert Wyatt-directed film stars James Franco and opens Aug. 5. There will be high expectations, considering that the 1968 Charlton Heston original was so unforgettable for moviegoers old enough to remember it. And the Tim Burton-directed remake in 2001 was so disappointing.
He succeeded Ronald Reagan as president of the Screen Actors Guild, which issued this statement Sunday night:
Los Angeles (April 6, 2008) — Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg released the following statement today:
“Screen Actors Guild mourns the loss of former SAG president Charlton Heston, who died Saturday. He was an actor of astonishing talent, a capable and visionary union leader and, above all, a man of dignity and grace.
“He will be missed by many people across the world, but by none more so than the members and staff of Screen Actors Guild who were honored to have served with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Lydia and his children and grandchildren.”
Among his richly deserved honors, Heston was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2003, the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in 1971 and the Academy Award for best actor in 1959 for his performance in “Ben Hur,” He was a prolific and accomplished actor having played characters as diverse as Moses, El Cid and Michelangelo.
Heston was the Guild’s 16th president, serving in the position from 1965-1971 and was a lifelong member since receiving his SAG card in 1950.