The news, it just keeps on coming.
1. Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson are scrambling to find a studio that will finance their adaptation of Tintin, now that Universal has balked at the budget and the huge chunk of the revenues that Spielberg and Jackson would claim. The filmmakers have reportedly spoken to Paramount and Walden Media about picking up the tab, and they hope to be able to start shooting next month. — Nikki Finke, Los Angeles Times
2. Jack White has posted ‘Another Way to Die’ — the Quantum of Solace theme song that he sings with Alicia Keys — at his record label’s website. To my ears, this is one of the less impressive James Bond themes ever, but who knows, future listens could change my mind. — Third Man Records
4. Eric David has written a handy article on the films of Robert Bresson, and along the way, he reveals that Bresson was attached, at one point, to direct The Bible: In the Beginning (1966), but he was replaced by John Huston after he told producer Dino de Laurentiis that “he planned to film it in Hebrew and Aramaic, and wouldn’t show any animals on Noah’s Ark, only their footprints in the sand . . . Bresson yearned to film Genesis the rest of his life, but it never came to pass.” — CT Movies
5. Oliver Stone says he originally wanted Christian Bale to play George W. Bush in his upcoming biopic W., and he spent “thousands and thousands of dollars” on make-up tests before Bale bowed out. The part is now being played by Josh Brolin, who is “more rural Americana,” says Stone. — New York Post
6. How have I never heard of this before? Yesterday, Fred Clark completed his five-year mission of going through Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins’ original Left Behind novel page-by-page and posting some excellent critiques of those pages at his Slacktivist blog every Friday. — Kenneth R. Morefield