Tuesday late night movie news

It’s pretty clear that nothing going on in movieland tonight is going to be able to compete with the sheer entertainment value of the NBC late night TV quagmire, but there’s definitely stuff to talk about.

* Peter Saarsgard of the very good “An Education” is a highly intriguing actor who I’ve been following for some time, especially since catching his work in the underrated “The Dying Gaul” at Sundance a few years back. No matter what kind of character he’s playing, he seems to have a real gift for moral ambiguity. If he’s cast as a villain, we think he must have a good side, and if he’s cast as someone more upright, we wonder if there isn’t something underhanded going on. Anyhow, Borys Kit reports that it looks like he might be playing the villain side of the street in the Green Lantern movie. Could be good.

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* The longest named director in show business is back on “The Tourist,” a remake of a French thriller to star Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck is the very talented and personable multilingual director behind “The Lives of Others.”

* Simon Brew has some more on the upcoming “Spiderman” reboot announced yesterday. His list of possible new Spideys has two interesting entries that I can’t quite agree with. Daniel Radcliffe actually makes some sense, but we’ll have to see how his American accent is, though I’d personally advise the soon-to-be ex-Harry Potter to avoid overly franchisey roles for a while. Michael Cera would be interesting but, I fear, disastrous. He’d have to get muscular and we know what happens to funny young actors when they become too obviously physically fit. Just ask Anthony Michael Hall.

The trick with Peter Parker is that the actor has to be believable both as a vulnerable demi-nerd, and as the sinewy superhero. Tobey Maguire was actually a really outstanding choice.

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Lisa Lackey talks Season Four of “Heroes” — and more

She may not be a household name — not here in the States yet, anyway — but Lisa Lackey has a list of television and film credits as long as your arm, and with her recurring gig on NBC’s faded-but-still-popular “Heroes,” she’s a familiar face to the faithful who have continued tuning in to track the serialized adventures of TV’s most angst-ridden superpowered humans. If you only know her as the mutant-spawning wife of Greg Grunberg’s “Heroes” character, however, you need to acquaint yourself with the rest of Lackey’s work — and her recent chat with Bullz-Eye’s Will Harris is the perfect place to start, because she discusses her appearances on projects as varied as the syndicated “New Adventures of Flipper,” the late, lamented Showtime series “Rude Awakening,” and David Lynch’s “Mulholland Drive.” As well as, of course, Season Four of “Heroes” — as much as she can discuss, anyway:

“I’m just so excited about Season 4, because it looks like it’s going to be even more interesting than even Season 1, in terms of my character and what’s going to happen. Not that I know that much. Not that they tell you anything!”

Okay, so maybe that isn’t much. But there was still plenty to talk about, including what it was like to work with a young Jessica Alba on “Flipper,” the unique stress of showing up for your first day on a David Lynch set, and how it feels for an Australian actress to be asked if she can be more Australian:

“How do you be ‘more Australian’? I wasn’t born in the back of the Outback. I was born in Sydney, I grew up in a city, I moved to the farm when I was bit older, but I still don’t speak like…I mean, I don’t think I’ve ever said ‘mate’ in my entire life!”

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