When the man behind Pan’s Labyrinth and The Orphanage decides to make a 3-D stop-motion Pinocchio remake, you just know it’s going to be a lot more odd and unsettling than the classic Disney kids movie. So why not add a dash of Daniel Radcliffe and make it downright bizarre? Director Guillermo Del Toro bragged to an audience at the Cannes Film Festival this week that the Harry Potter star expressed an interest in “getting involved” in the film, presumably as the voice of the wooden boy himself. Did we mention singer Tom Waits is probably going to be Geppetto? Sure, why wouldn’t he be? Makes those creepy, donkey-riddled Pleasure Island scenes in the Disney Pinocchio seem downright normal! Just kidding, of course! That island will haunt us forever. Why were those boys all smoking cigars? That ain’t right!
Del Toro is also hoping to snag Christopher Walken for the film’s malevolent fox villain. The director vowed that movie would be way more faithful to the original story, ”more surreal and slightly darker” and would be set in Italy between the World Wars. Because why wouldn’t he go all out with the desolate, terrifying aspect of a heartwarming fairytale? The Blue Fairy is going to be some sort of horrible mantis, isn’t she? Isn’t she, Del Toro?
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My, Scarlett Johansson‘s having a busy week doling out the threats here, there and everywhere. Firstly, she’s got her knickers in a twist over the current issue of UK Cosmopolitan, claiming they ran quotes about her marriage to Ryan Reynolds that she never said. (To be honest, they’re so anodyne, we wouldn’t give a crap either way. Who cares if you REALLY uttered, “Ryan and I are in love and we’re enjoying our relationship together,” and “We’re like any other couple — we feel so fortunate to be together” as we’ve fallen asleep regardless?) And now she reckons we should all expect a second album from her in the future, after the underwhelming meh- huge success of her Tom Waits cover album earlier this year.
“I would love to do another album. I don’t think I’d do covers, so it’d be a project that I have to dedicate myself to. I feel like that’s something for the future,” she told MTV News.
Apparently, if she did have to do another cover, it would be of Leonard Cohen tracks. But please, Scarlett, please, no “Hallelujah”. Over in the UK, we’re already suffering from Hallelujah-itis, as X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke‘s version is set for No. 1 as the fastest download ever. And some smart aleck has also decided to re-release Jeff Buckley‘s version too, which is set for the No. 2 slot. We can’t take anymore meaningful, mournful songs. Please! [Photo: Splash News Online]