My Best Friend goes American, watch the original’s trailer

Acclaimed writer/director Wes Anderson (The Darjeeling Limited) is remaking the 2006 French film My Best Friend (original title Mon Meilleur Ami) it has been reported. I haven’t watched the original film, but I remember it looked pretty funny and stars two of France’s most popular actors, Dany Boon (this year’s French megahit Welcome To The Sticks) and Daniel Auteuil (whose movie The Closet is being ripped off by Lindsay Lohan, see here).

The story is that of an unpleasant art dealer who makes a bet and is given ten days to find himself a best friend, eventually settling on a simple, hearty cab driver. My advice would of course be to seek out the French film (it’s available internationally) and view that one first. The film was moderately well received by critics and moviegoers alike, but I don’t remember it being that big a success, which make this remake quite puzzling. Meanwhile, Anderson is finishing his first try at animation, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, adapted from Roald Dahl (Charlie And The Chocolate Factory), which will premiere in late 2009.


New Trailer: Labor Pains/Old Trailer: The Closet

Labor Pains is the new movie from troubled Razzie-winning actress Lindsay Lohan (I Know Who Killed Me) where she plays an unappreciated worker who gets fired but manages to keep her job by pretending she’s pregnant, changing people’s perceptions of her in the process.

Guess what? The movie’s a ripoff! In the 2001 French movie The Closet, an unappreciated worker gets fired but manages to keep his job by pretending he’s gay, changing people’s perceptions of him in the process. Who wants to bet Lohan’s movie isn’t nearly as good? Gaumont should sue Nu Image’s pants off!

Leighton Meester to sing her way into your wallet

Leighton Meester (The CW’s Gossip Girl) is about join Hilary Duff, Emmy Rossum, Jennifer Lopez, Lindsay Lohan and more among the ranks of the countless actresses alternating a pop music career. The difference here is that Leighton has apparently pursued music for a long time so this isn’t just an afterthought to get more cash out of young fans.

I’ve always done (music) – just now I am actually doing an album that I plan to release. It’s so cool because it’s a completely different creative process (to acting). From beginning to end it’s yours and you make it. You can see the finished product. It’s sometimes hard when you’re acting to be like, ‘Oh, I see the finished product right before my eyes.’ So it’s cool you’re there from start to finish when you are writing.

No word on when we can expect Leighton’s debut album or what style of music it will hold. All I know is that the fact the girl is pretty is usually enough for me to listen to her songs, so since I think she’s incredibly cute I’ll be there. But what about you? Are you excited at the prospect of a Leighton Meester album? Do you like the work of any actress turned singer?