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Friday, December 4, 2009

Leonardo DiCaprio To Voice Jack Frost


Leonardo DiCaprio To Voice Jack Frost

Leonardo DiCaprio is getting animated for the first time in his career. He'll make his toon debut in DreamWorks Animation's "The Guardians," voicing a twist on the Jack Frost character.

Just as DWA's "Shrek" offered a revisionist view of the fairy-tale universe, "The Guardians" reimagines five popular childhood heroes -- Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman and Jack Frost -- as members of an elite superhero squad who join forces to fight an evil spirit named Pitch (which suggests there are at least five more juicy voice parts yet to be filled).

The high-concept variation hails a forthcoming series of books by William Joyce to be called "The Guardians of Childhood." Produced by Christina Steinberg and Nancy Bernstein, toon is targeted for release on Nov. 2, 2012, and marks the feature debut of director Peter Ramsey, who helmed the DWA Halloween special "Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins From Outer Space."

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Brooklyn's Finest Movie Trailer


Brooklyn's Finest Movie Trailer. What A Cast


Brooklyn's Finest is an American crime film starring Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke and Don Cheadle. It is directed by Antoine Fuqua, and written by Michael C. Martin, a one-time subway flagger from East New York.

Three unconnected Brooklyn cops wind up at the same deadly location after enduring vastly different career paths.

The cast for this movie is a who's who in Hollywood. Richard Gere,Ethan Hawke, Don Cheadle, Vincent D'Onofrio,Jesse Williams,Ellen Barkin And The Man Wesley Snipes, finally in an another major motion picture, and it's not straight to DVD.



This is going to be a hot movie when the film comes out. Again what a cast.

Look for the Movie to come out March 5,2010

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Red Mist From Kick-Ass In A New Poster


Red Mist From Kick-Ass In A New Poster

Our good chums over at AICN have bagged a looksee at the magnificent teaser poster for one of the major characters from Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass, Christopher Mintz-Plasse’s Red Mist, and we readily recommend you start drooling now.

Frankly, we love everything about this: the ballsy tagline (“I can’t read your mind, but I can kick your ass”), the graffiti on the road, the stonking Mistmobile, a car so sexy it would turn Jeremy Clarkson’s pants to smoke, and then Mintz-Plasse himself as Red Mist, a character who teams up with Aaron Johnson’s Kick-Ass for… reasons best left unspoiled for now.

The only thing we might have slight pause with is that the badass photography and Red Mist’s heroic stance means that we don’t get a sense that Red Mist is, in essence, just playing at being a hero and couldn’t punch his way out of a wet paper bag. But all in good time…

Having said that, virtually everything we’ve seen from Vaughn’s superhero actioner has made our mouths water, and this is no different.

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"Moneyball" Has Found It's Man Bennett Miller and Brad Pitt on Board


"Moneyball" Has Found It's Man Bennett Miller and Brad Pitt on Board

Columbia Pictures is handing the ball to helmer Bennett Miller for its pic "Moneyball."

The "Capote" director is in negotiations to take the helm of the Brad Pitt starrer.

Real-life story is based on Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, who defied conventional wisdom and even his own scouts by fielding a baseball team of castoffs to create the ultimate underdogs en route to one of the most unlikely winning streaks in the history of professional sports.

Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin penned the script, which is based on Michael Lewis' best-selling tome. Stan Chervin wrote an earlier draft.

Steven Soderbergh had been attached to direct the pic, which is considered a tricky sell overseas given baseball's limited appeal outside of the U.S. Columbia has been working to get the project back on track after studio topper Amy Pascal pulled the plug on the film just days before lensing was going to begin after reading Soderbergh's rewrite.

With indie-weaned Miller in the director's chair, project's budget will likely be downsized, though no decision has been made yet.

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Terminator Franchise's Judgment Day Coming Soon


Terminator Franchise's Judgment Day Coming Soon

When last we left the tug of war over the future of The Terminator franchise, it was out for bid, and at least one potential buyer was Joss Whedon (prepared to ante all of $10,000). Today Halcyon Holding Group, which announced it was contemplating a sale of its rights to Terminator after filing for Chapter 11 protection last August as a result of a dispute with a lender, released the following statement:

“When Halcyon announced the bidding process for the Terminator franchise last month, we indicated that in addition to an outright sale of the property, we would also consider other strategic options, including a recapitalization ofthe company. Over the past few weeks Halcyon and its professionals have engaged in in-depth discussions and negotiations with numerous serious potential buyers, including several major movie studios. In addition, a number of attractive refinancing alternatives have also been presented. In order to maximize the value of a transaction for all of the company’s creditors and stakeholders, we are fully analyzing all these options. As a result, we will not be committing to a 'stalking horse' bid at this time. Nonetheless, given the significant positive interest in the Terminator franchise, we expect to be in a position to announce a successful sale or recapitalization no later than February 1, 2010.”

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Chris Pine Confirmed To Star As Jack Ryan


Chris Pine Confirmed To Star As Jack Ryan

Producer Mace Neufeld spoke this morning at the Invictus press conference where he also updated the status of the next Jack Ryan film, set to star Chris Pine.

Neufeld confirmed that the new as-of-yet-untitled project will not be based on a Tom Clancy novel but will, instead, be an original screenplay.

The character of Jack Ryan has previously appeared in the Clancy adaptations The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears, the latter of which represented a previous attempt to reboot the franchise with a younger actor in the lead. Neufeld says that, while the plan is still to skew young with the casting of Pine, the story will not be an "origin story."

"We pick him up when he's on Wall Street," says Neufeld, "...[but] the Jack Ryan movies have never been action films. They're kind of 'thinking man's thrillers.' Jack is referred to as a 'water-walker' because of his ability to jump ahead to conclusions. That's very big in all the Jack Ryan films and that's how we want to portray him. He's a teacher. He's a historian. He's a linguist. And he's really smart."

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"Entourage" Heading To The Big Screen


"Entourage" Heading To The Big Screen

Two more seasons of HBO's "Entourage" and then a movie?

That seems to be the plan, according to the show's executive producer Mark Wahlberg.

Asked about the future of the comedy series, which recently was picked up for a seventh cycle coming off one of its strongest seasons, Wahlberg indicated that he believes there are two more seasons left in the show.

"We'll see; there could be more," he said at the premiere of his latest film, "The Lovely Bones." "But then, a movie."

HBO seems on board with the idea.

"It is not out of the realm of possibility," an HBO spokeswoman said about the prospect of an "Entourage" movie. "Right now, the creators are concentrating on the new season."

In following a successful series run with a movie, the Doug Ellin-created "Entourage" would mirror another long-running HBO comedy, "Sex and the City."

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Taylor Lautner To Star as "Max Steel"


Taylor Lautner To Star as "Max Steel"

As Taylor Lautner's Hollywood profile surges, his handlers are looking for a project for the teen wolf to sink his teeth into next. One strong possibility: “Max Steel,” a Paramount movie about a teenage superhero.

The actor's representatives at WME and Management 360 are brainstorming about the next move for the 17-year-old Michigan native who plays Jacob in the "Twilight" franchise. Lautner emerged as the big winner after the blockbuster success of "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" but, at the moment, his only other big-screen appearance on deck is a character role in Garry Marshall’s ensemble romantic comedy “Valentine’s Day.” That movie has wrapped, so Lautner has a relatively open calendar.

Paramount, meanwhile, is eager to develop more toy properties along the lines of its “Transformers” and “G.I. Joe” franchises. Like those films, “Steel” traces back to the toy shelf -- the Mattel line that hit stores in 2001, pulled in $100 million in worldwide business in its first year and spawned an animated series that lasted three seasons.

Lautner would play Josh McGrath, a 19-year-old extreme-sports athlete who is accidentally exposed to the unleashed power of nanotechological machines, which become part of him and (in the old show, at least) give him increased strength, near-invulnerability and the ability to change his appearance.

It's worth noting that Paramount and other studios are eager to cast Lautner because he can bring young women into theaters -- always a positive for any action picture.

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Johnny Depp To Star As Pancho Villa


Johnny Depp To Star As Pancho Villa

Serbian helmer Emir Kusturica is in advanced negotiations for Johnny Depp to star as Mexican revolutionary hero Pancho Villa in his upcoming biopic titled "Seven Friends of Pancho Villa and the Woman With Six Fingers."

Kusturica said the script, written with regular collaborator Gordan Mihic ("Time of the Gypsies," "Black Cat, White Cat"), is completed, although lensing is not set to start until 2011 due to Depp's prior commitments. The Spanish-language biopic will be shot partly in Mexico.

Salma Hayek is in advanced talks to co-star in the pic.

Depp and Kusturica collaborated previously on "Arizona Dream" in 1993.

Script is based on biographical novel "The Friends of Pancho Villa," in which author James Carlos Blake recounts how Villa and his compadres had a great time fighting and robbing the rich, but also dancing, partying and making love.

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Tron:Legacy Jeff Bridges Talks About The Film


Tron:Legacy Jeff Bridges Talks About The Film

Jeff Bridges likened playing Kevin Flynn in the original 1982 Tron to being a kid again, playing pretend, so it's appropriate that he literally becomes a kid again in the upcoming 3-D sequel film, Tron Legacy, in which he plays dual roles.



Though the movie's storyline is closely held, we know that Bridges will play an older version of his original character, Kevin Flynn, as well as a second character whose appearance is that of Bridges 27 years ago.



The film will use of the same computer technology employed to age and de-age Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

"It was challenging, in that I got a little taste of this new technology of acting what they call 'in the volume' and making movies without cameras," Bridges said in a group interview Wednesday in Beverly Hills, Calif., where he was promoting the drama Crazy Heart. "It's a completely different deal. That was kind of a challenge. It was great getting back with my old buddy, [original Tron director] Steven Lisberger, and Bruce Boxleitner." Boxleitner, who played the dual roles of Alan Bradley and Tron in the original film, will appear in the sequel as an age-appropriate Bradley.

Fans got a taste of Bridges' mysterious dual role in the original teaser for Tron Legacy, which screened two Comic-Cons ago (embedded below). The teaser gives a sense of how they've updated familiar Tron effects, such as the light cycles and flying discs, but Bridges said that's only the beginning of what's in store for Tron Legacy.

"All that technology that we were going to use in the movie itself is used in the trailer," Bridges continued. "It wasn't as highly polished as the movie is going to be, but it gives you a little peek into what you might find. That teaser was something they do kind of often with movies, and I think it's a good idea. The Coen brothers told me they did it with making Blood Simple. Before they even shoot the movie at all, they shoot the trailer of the movie, as if it was already made, and then they use that to entice the financiers. So, even though it was a Disney property, Disney wanted them to shoot this pretty expensive trailer. I don't know how much it cost, but it was pretty expensive." The teaser footage was actually test footage that won't likely appear in the finished movie.

In Tron Legacy, Kevin Flynn's son, Sam (Garrett Hedlund), goes back into the digital world to find his lost father. Olivia Wilde and Michael Sheen co-star as programs living in the world of computer programs. Boxleitner also reprises his role from the original Tron. Lisberger collaborates as a producer. Joseph Kosinski directs the new vision of Tron.

"I used to love to pretend when I was a kid," Bridges said. "Here's a movie that they say, 'You get to play a guy who gets sucked inside a computer.' Ooh, yeah. Use all the modern technology that's available today, [and] the same goes with the sequel, except all the technology that we're using in that makes the old one look like an old black-and-white TV show or something. Gosh, it's amazing what they've got going on this. I can't wait to see it all pasted together."

Tron Legacy has completed principal photography but will not be finished with post-production effects until its release, currently slated for December 2010.

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Chronicle of Riddick Film Moving Forward


Chronicle of Riddick Film Moving Forward

It's only a nugget, but it feels pretty solid. Vin Diesel, gravelly voiced cheerleader for multiple ailing movie franchises, has announced on his Facebook page that at least some sort of pre-production is underway on a third Chronicle of Riddick.

"The Riddick team is in New Zealand location scouting already... that's exciting." is the full status update. But it's significant in that it's the first we've heard of something solid actually happening on the project. The last we knew, back at the beginning of August, came from Pitch Black and Chronicles director David Twohy. He said some ideas were being thrown around, and that the expense and studio concessions of Chronicles were a mistake, leading part three back to much smaller-scale territory.

But he also suggested that a smaller budget might be a problem for Diesel, who apparently doesn't get out of bed for less than his usual fee. Has Vin relented for his favourite character, or has someone stumped up more cash than was previously envisioned? More news as we get it.

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George Lucas- Talks Star Wars And Red Tails


Exclusive George Lucas- Talks Star Wars And Red Tails
By:John Meneghetti

I had the pleasure of attending the 4th annual California Hall of Fame, on December 1st, in my hometown of Sacramento, CA

This year the California Museum was honoring 13 legendary Californians who have displayed a spirit of innovation and inspiration to the world.

The person that I wanted to talk to the most was "The Maker" George Lucas. I had the opportunity to visit ILM and Lucas Ranch in April of this year and this would be the icing on the cake. To have the opportunity meet and interview "The Great One " George Lucas.

I knew I didn't have alot of time to ask many questions, as always in Hollywood the main stars show up late and fly by little bloggers like me. But I would not let this chance pass me by!!

I wished I could have asked more interesting questions. What do u ask when u have 1 minute with the maker?

First, I introduced myself to Mr. Lucas when he came by and then I asked him the following:



Sandwichjohnfilms: Mr. Lucas, can you tell me how thing are going with your upcoming film "Red Tails"?

Lucas: Things are going really well. We are in post production and the film looks great and I am very excited for this film. It is near and dear to my heart.

Sandwichjohnfilms: How was it like working with Terrance Howard on the film?

Lucas: He was a pleasure to work with from start to finish. He was very professional in every sense of the word

Sandwichjohnfilms: Also can I ask you about the upcoming Star Wars TV series? When will that be coming out?

Lucas: You mean the live action TV show right? As of right now there is no date for the TV, but we are meeting with writer's and trying to get the show going.



Sandwichjohnfilms- Will Boba Fett Being making an appearance in the show and will Daniel Logan be playing him in the Television Show?

Lucas- (With a smile) It is too early to say, but you never know.



I take this to mean that Boba will be making at least an appearance in the show. Daniel did you hear this?

As I thanked Mr. Lucas, I had to pull out that piece of paper. It was a once in a life time opportunity for a guy like me who has dreamed of starting a web site about movies.

He was very short with his answer and in a hurry to get inside. Let's hope I can get another chance to spend quality time with Mr. Lucas. And ask him some real questions...

Yes, that's right, I got his autograph.



Would like to Thank Randy from TheArnoldFans for taking these pictures for me. And make sure to read his Red Carpet Adventures.


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"Green Lantern" Offered To Quentin Tarantino First


"Green Lantern"Offered To Quentin Tarantino First

Quentin Tarantino recently revealed to MTV News that he had the opportunity to direct "Green Lantern."

"I was offered the 'Green Lantern,' " Tarantino told MTV News. "Not since it's been a script, but just like, 'Hey we own the 'Green Lantern.' Would you like it?'"

Tarantino declined the opportunity and "Lantern" joined the list of other franchises, like "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," that he was offered but never ended up taking on. "Green Lantern," of course, is now being helmed by Martin Campbell ("Casino Royale") and will star Ryan Reynolds.

"It wouldn't be an existing comic book character," he said. "I'm a writer. I'd want to use my imagination and not have to fight with geeks' memories of how this character should be and, 'Oh, I cast an actor as opposed to a bodybuilder' or it's not as good as the way [DC Comics artist] Neal Adams drew him.' If I were to do something like that, I would want the fun of coming up with the superhero myself."

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Iron Man 2 International Poster


Iron Man 2 International Poster

The Iron Man 2 marketing machine is in effect. Earlier this we I brought you the First Official poster of Iron Man 2 featuring War Machine. Today I have a new international teaser poster for Iron Man 2. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in his Iron Man suit Looking bad ass.



Iron Man 2 is set to come out on May 7th 2010.


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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Will "Blood Oath" Be The Male Version of Twilight?


Will "Blood Oath" be the male version of Twilight?

From what I have heard about "Blood Oath" it is going to be nothing less than a hit. You know for sure Hollywood will be calling. Christopher Farnsworth is that your phone ringing?

With the success Of the Twilight franchise and True Blood, just to name a few, anything with Vampires in it is the new flavor of the week.

But only a great story and writer can make it a success. I am hoping that Mr. Farnsworth will indeed succeed.

If this book does get turned into a film it will be a refreshing look at vampires, no more vampire love stories or who's team are you on. Just a bad ass movie.

We need to get back to being Ballsy!!

Now here's a political-thriller concept with bite: Next May, Putnam will release "Blood Oath," which tells the tale of Nathaniel Cade, a vampire who has secretly served and protected every U.S. president for the past 140 years.

"It's got a bit of a '24' concept to it so some people are describing it as Jack Bauer meets Dracula, or '24' meets 'True Blood,' " said Farnsworth, a former Orange County Register reporter who walked away from journalism in 2002 to reinvent himself as a screenwriter. The writers strike undermined his plan to make "Blood Oath" a pure film project but vampire Cade may end up in a darkened theater anyway; there's already Hollywood interest in the property even though the publication date is months away.

Putnam is planning a series devoted to the adventures of Cade. In the first book, the duty-bound bloodsucker is paired with a new Oval Office liaison, the cocky and calculating Zach Barrows. The two uneasy partners then uncover a grisly plot to use the battlefield corpses of American soldiers as biological weapons. The mastermind behind the plot? An ageless scientist who inspired Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein."

The idea for the character of Cade was plucked from the work of Charles Fort, the American writer who died in 1932 after years of investigations into the fantastic and the unknown that led to quite the following. Fort wrote of a man accused of vampirism who was pardoned by Andrew Jackson, and Farnsworth took that long-ago oddity and ran with it.

"I asked myself, 'What could the president of the United States offer a vampire?' and 'What could a vampire offer the president?' The answer to both is, well, quite a lot.... It was an idea that just wouldn't let go of me, I had to exorcise it, to phrase it as dramatically as possible."

Farnsworth knows that cold-skinned vampires are red-hot in pop culture these days, which he considers a good news-bad news proposition. "I'm definitely worried about vampire fatigue," Farnsworth says. "But then another way to look at it is the way a friend of mine put it: Saying the vampire thing is over is like saying the cop movie or the cop television show is over. There seems to be ongoing interest in it, so..."

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw Go Country in "Love Don't Let Me Down"


Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw Go Country in "Love Don't Let Me Down"

Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester are set to star in Screen Gems' country singing drama "Love Don't Let Me Down," which Shana Feste wrote and is directing.

Tobey Maguire and Jenno Topping are producing via their Maguire Entertainment banner.

In "Love," Hedlund plays a young rising singer-songwriter who becomes involved with a fallen country singer played by Paltrow. They embark on a career resurrection tour with her husband-manager (McGraw) and a beauty queen-turned-singer (Meester). Romantic entanglements and old demons threaten to derail them all.

Production is set to begin in January 2010 in Nashville.

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Marvel and Disney Merger Set For December 31, 2009

Marvel and Disney Merger Set For December 31, 2009

Assuming that the shareholders approve the deal with the Walt Disney Company, Marvel Entertainment said today it anticipates that the merger will be completed on December 31st as well. The company announced today it has set the special meeting of stockholders for 9 AM on December 31st. "At the special meeting, stockholders will consider and vote on the adoption of the Agreement and Plan of Merger entered into by Marvel and The Walt Disney Company (“Disney”), which provides for a merger in which Marvel will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Disney." Stockholders who owned Marvel common stock at the close of business on November 23, 2009 are entitled to vote at the special meeting. The special meeting will be held at the offices of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP in NYC.

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Top Cow's Comic "Alibi" Picked up By Summit Entertainment

Top Cow's Comic "Alibi" Picked up By Summit Entertainment

Summit Entertainment, fresh off the success of "New Moon," has come onboard a feature version of Top Cow's comicbook "Alibi," with Mandeville toppers David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman producing.

Comicbook, published last year, centers on a well-known socialite whose public presence establishes a perfect alibi for the covert activity of his secret twin brother, a government assassin. Mandeville snapped up rights to the project shortly after Comic-Con (Daily Variety, Aug. 4).

Summit's attached John Hlavin to pen the script. He was recently hired to write the fourth installment of "Underworld" for Screen Gems and is developing his Western screenplay "Gunslinger" at Warner Bros.

Hlavin's also writing "Boston P.D.," a cop procedural produced by Don Cheadle under his Crescendo banner, for NBC. He was previously was a writer and story editor on "The Shield."

Top Cow CEO and founder Marc Silvestri is also exec producing along with Top Cow COO & President Matt Hawkins. The comic book "Alibi" was created by Hawkins and Michael Renegar, written by Joshua Hale Fialkov and illustrated by Jeremy Haun.

For Top Cow, the deal's aimed at replicating the success of "Wanted." That Angelina Jolie starrer, an adaptation of another Top Cow title, topped $340 million in worldwide grosses. Top Cow's "Witchblade" title was the basis for a TNT series.

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The Bourne Franchise Losses Paul Greengrass


The Bourne Franchise Losses Paul Greengrass

Universal Pictures has acknowledged that Paul Greengrass has departed a fourth installment of “The Bourne Identity.”

Studio has issued this statement from the director:

Said Greengrass: "You won't find a more devoted supporter of the Bourne franchise than me. I will always be grateful to have been the caretaker to Jason Bourne over the course of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. I'm very proud of those films and feel they express everything I most passionately believe about the possibility of making quality movies in the mainstream. My decision to not return a third time as director is simply about feeling the call for a different challenge. There's been no disagreement with Universal Pictures. The opportunity to work with the Bourne family again is a difficult thing to pass up, but we have discussed this together and they have been incredibly understanding and supportive. I've been lucky enough to have made four films for Universal, and our relationship continues. Jason Bourne existed before me and will continue, and I hope to remain involved in some capacity as the series moves on."

The exit of Greengrass is certainly a blow to Universal’s attempt to put together a fourth installment of one of the studio’s most important franchises, but it is not necessarily a fatal one.

Franchise-building is a difficult exercise, particularly here, when “Bourne 3” was intended to be the final installment. It did so much global business that the hit-hungry studio sparked to doing another. Universal's progress has been hamstrung by the fact that the creatives were otherwise engaged in directing other movies for the studio—each with Damon as the star.

For instance, Greengrass—who, like Damon, was never officially attached—has been consumed with “The Green Zone,” a big budget film that Universal releases in March.

The development process on “Bourne 4” began with a draft by George Nolfi—who did uncredited writing on the last scene of “Bourne 2” and who wrote “Bourne 3” with Tony Gilroy and Scott Z. Burns. But Nolfi left to make his directing debut on "The Adjustment Bureau,” a Nolfi scripted Damon vehicle which Universal acquired from MRC.
The studio then brought in Joshua Zetumer to write a parallel script, but the movie hasn’t yet taken shape, despite the best efforts of producer Frank Marshall, and Capitivate Entertainment’s Jeffrey Weiner and Ben Smith, who control the rights to the novels of the late Robert Ludlum.

Where does Universal go from here on “Bourne 4?” Two possible scenarios: if Damon is happy with the job that Nolfi did on “The Adjustment Bureau,” he might back Nolfi’s candidacy to return to “Bourne 4,” maybe as director.

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COD-Modern Warfare 2 Director Jumps Into Film


COD-Modern Warfare 2 Director Jumps Into Film

Activision Blizzard is generating critical raves and blockbuster sales for "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2," and the success of the videogame is rubbing off on its director Keith Arem.

Arem will make his feature directing bow on "Frost Road," an action thriller that Cary Brokaw ("Closer," "Angels in America") will produce along with Steven L'Heureux.

Project revolves around a young man who awakens from a car accident to discover he is one of few survivors in the aftermath of a mysterious outbreak that's struck a small coast town on the East Coast. Somehow immune to the contagion, he tries to save the remaining survivors as he struggles to prevent the deadly wave from spreading across the planet.

Arem penned the script for the pic, and is also developing the project as a graphic novel with co-creator Brandon Humphreys, with Christopher Shy illustrating.

"Modern Warfare 2" has earned more money than any other videogame during its first week of release, collecting $550 million in worldwide sales during its first five days and $3 billion in sales to date.

Arem said he was "thrilled to have the opportunity to bring the skills I've honed in the game industry to the big screen" on "Frost Road." "There's an incredible talent pool currently working in the game industry, and I hope that the success of 'Frost Road' will give other creators the chance to show what they can do on a wider canvas."

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Twilight's "Breaking Dawn To Be Made Into Two Films?


Twilight's "Breaking Dawn To Be Made Into Two Films?

"The two-week $481 million worldwide gross of "New Moon" has vaulted Summit Entertainment into the big leagues, but it also has created a high-class challenge for toppers Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger.

They will likely have to cut a few big checks if they decided, as rumored, to split Stephenie Meyer's final "Twilight" novel, "Breaking Dawn," into two pictures. Sources said Summit has set Melissa Rosenberg -- who wrote the first three films -- to finish the series, but Summit has to clear several hurdles before Rosenberg learns how many more scripts she'll write.

One of those hurdles is figuring out whether "New Moon" director Chris Weitz will respond favorably to overtures from the film company and the cast to shoot two more films, back to back.

Summit execs would not comment, but multiple sources said the company wants to go the two-film route, which means reopening negotiations and securing approval from the author. It also means making new deals with a principal cast that is only locked up for four films. If "Breaking Dawn" becomes two pictures, all of the key cast members will get fat raises, and the three principals -- Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner -- could land paydays in the eight-figure range.

That's what happened with key cast members when Warner Bros. extended its blockbuster "Harry Potter" franchise by turning J.K. Rowling's last book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," into two films that will be released in November 2010 and July 2011. The global success of the franchise made the paydays worthwhile.

While the solution to most of Summit's challenges will be determined by its willingness to open its wallet, the prospect of a Weitz return is more complicated.

After feeling violated by New Line's altering of his pic "The Golden Compass," Weitz said he felt redeemed and reinvigorated by the success of "New Moon." Yet, just before the film's release, Weitz was steadfast that he would next direct "The Gardener," a comparatively tiny film scripted by Eric Eason, with Paul Witt and Christian McLaughlin producing. At the time, he said Summit was in discussions to fund that film.

Summit hasn't closed a deal for "The Gardener," probably because the film company wants Weitz to postpone it and work on "Breaking Dawn" instead. Can Weitz resist the chance to finish a global franchise he helped build, even though it will mean more time away from his family for a long shoot? That's the question the helmer and his reps will weigh shortly. Though Summit hasn't officially made Weitz an offer, sources said the job is his if he wants it. After bringing in "New Moon" at around $50 million and keeping the cast happy, he's the logical choice.

David Slade directed the next installment in the "Twilight" series, "Eclipse," which bows June 20.

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“The Black Hole” Film To Be Made By The Team Behind “Tron: Legacy”


“The Black Hole” Film To Be Made By The Team Behind “Tron: Legacy”

Disney is preparing another expedition into “The Black Hole.”

Joseph Kosinski and Sean Bailey, the director and producer of Disney’s new “Tron: Legacy,” and scribe Travis Beacham are teaming up for what is being labeled a reinvention of the 1979 sci-fi film, which at the time was the most expensive movie Disney had ever produced.

“Hole” marks one of the first projects to be put into development by new studio chief Rich Ross.

The original followed a group of space explorers aboard the USS Palomino who come across a lost ship, the USS Cygnus, hovering outside a black hole. Inside the Cygnus, the explorers meet a scientist, commanding an army of faceless robots, who explains his crew deserted him as he planned to go through the black hole. The explorers soon discover that the robots are the remnants of the former crew and that the scientist has no intention of letting them leave.

The $26 million movie, which featured a menacing red robot named Maximilian and two smaller, friendlier robots, was Disney’s first PG-rated production and helped put the company on the special effects map.

The details of the update are being kept secret, though the take does involve grounding the story in the science of a black hole, much more so than in the original. Maximilian also would return.

Brigham Taylor and Casey Wolfe are overseeing for Disney. Matt Smith and Justin Springer are shepherding for Idealogy.

“Hole” puts Bailey, who is making “Hole” via his Idealogy cq’d banner, back on track after seeing his “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” project shelved by Ross shortly after the November reorganization at Disney.

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Peter Berg Talks Battleship Movie


Peter Berg Talks Battleship Movie

Berg recently invited a group of movie bloggers to a Naval ship in San Diego, the U.S.S. Sterett to give them a tour and talk about what exactly he has planned for the film. If you have never been on one of these ships you should definitely go when you have the chance! You might as well hit one up in San Diego when you are there for Comic-Con if you haven’t already, these ships are freakin incredible!

Peter talks a bit about using the bridge, and other parts of the ship, as sets for the movie. He also talked about what would happen if all of this technology suddenly became unavailable to the officers during battle with the aliens. Or with the Chinese. Whichever happens first.

Berg: Most of the things we're going to show you today, are sets we're going to build, or in theory, work out with the Navy so we can use them and make them as realistic as possible. One of the things the film inspires is it takes us into this incredibly complicated world of communications, of radar, of GPS locators, of weapons systems, to show all of this state of art as cool as we possibly can. Somebody asked about backups? (If the computer systems go down) That's another thing we're going to sort of explore. Taking away some of the technology we have. And if you come out here, for example, you'll see there's a light out here. This is an old fashioned Morse Code signal light. All of this state of the art technology in the world, if everything else goes, if you can't get a cell phone or walkie talkie signal, this can signal Morse code. And obviously in the game Battleship, being able to identity in the game where your enemy is, and locate and identify, is something, that is the core component of the game. Well, one of things we hope to do in this film successfully, is to take away some of this really incredible state of the art technology and have people communicating, and this is just one example, there's others, of using some sort of old school communication.

We also got to see the CIC (Combat Information Center) which was a larger room with seperate stations. Each station handling different weapons systems on the ship. Two giant screens on the wall acted as maps for the officers. We weren't allowed to take any photos of this room either. Peter talked a bit about the CIC:

Berg: This is a key set in the film. you put this screen on, it's very easy to imagine this as a much more sophisticated Battleship screen from the board game. What they're doing with this screen is identifying threats or identifying objects whether it be in the air, on the sea or underwater. Much the same way you would try to identify or locate your enemy in the game. You're trying to find an enemy over here (at one station) and over here you're killing an enemy. It's very simple. they've got a bunch of ways to find and a bunch of ways to kill. But basically, the fundamental core principles of the game, are very easy to expand in a very easy, badass, very intelligent way when you see how these guys do what they do.

Berg: We'll be able to take a component of the game, which is someone trying to guess where this thing is, and when they see a TRAC (name for something on radar or visually that the Navy doesn't like) they're going to get some coordinates where they think that TRAC is, they're going to then lock into those coordinates, they're gonna fire, they're gonna put a ping on those coordinates and hope it's a hit. It's another example of how we can...I believe in a very intelligent and cool and entertaining way have fun with the idea of trying to identify a target, trying to hit it and trying to sink it.

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Zombieland and Jackass Sequels To Get 3D Treatment


Zombieland and Jackass Sequels To Get 3D Treatment

Hollywood is moving forward with a pair of unlikely 3D sequels. Sony is in the process of inking deals to bring back the "Zombieland" team for a second installment, but this time the bloody comedy is poised to unspool in 3D. And Paramount has greenlit a third "Jackass," which will also be shot in 3D.

Get ready to watch testicles being stapled in all their gory detail.

In recent years, studios have given dozens of animated pics as well as tentpoles and horror films the 3D treatment, from "Avatar" to "My Bloody Valentine 3D" to "Monsters vs. Aliens." But until now, low- and medium-budget comedies have been off limits.

"Everyone had fun watching (the first) 'Zombieland'; making it a more visceral experience can only make it better," said the film's producer Gavin Polone. "I don't think you want to see 'Ordinary People' in 3-D. But 'Zombieland' is clearly one movie that will benefit from (the technique)."

Sony has closed deals with Polone and helmer Ruben Fleischer to return for a sequel to the original, which cost $24 million and has earned $85.2 million worldwide to date ("Zombieland" has only opened in a few territories overseas). The Culver City studio is currently in talks with stars Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg to reprise their roles as a pair of post-apocalyptic survivors. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are working on the sequel's screenplay.

Par and MTV Films are even further along with "Jackass 3," with filming scheduled to begin Jan. 25. The studio has carved out a spot on its 2010 slate for the latest "Jackass," which will star Johnny Knoxville.

Though Par confirmed the new "Jackass" will be shot in 3D, Dickhouse Prods. declined comment about the technology the film will employ. Insiders say Dickhouse's Jeff Tremaine, who will direct "Jackass 3," is conducting camera tests this week to ensure that the footage will look good.

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A Nightmare On Elm Street New Pictures and International Synopsis

A Nightmare On Elm Street New Pictures and International Synopsis

“Freddy Krueger (Jackie Earle Haley) returns in “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, a contemporary re-imagining of the horror classic. A group of suburban teenagers share one common bond: they are all being stalked by Freddy Krueger, a horribly disfigured killer who hunts them in their dreams. As long as they stay awake, they can protect one another…but when they sleep, there is no escape.”







Film Is Due Out April 30,2010

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New " The Book Of Eli " Poster

New The Book Of Eli Poster

In The Book of Eli, Washington stars as a lone warrior named Eli, who fights his way across the desolate wasteland of near-future America to realize his destiny and deliver the knowledge that can bring civilization back from the brink of destruction and save the future of humanity.

Film Opens Jan. 15, 2010

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"True Blood" Gets New Cast Member- Sam's Little Brother


"True Blood" Gets New Cast Member- Sam's Little Brother

Marshall Allman is joining the cast of HBO's "True Blood" as a regular for the upcoming third season.

On Alan Ball's vampire drama, Allman will play Tommy Mickens, Sam Merlotte's (Sam Trammell) long-lost younger brother who works at a Tire Depot in Arkansas.

Allman, who was a series regular on Fox's "Prison Break" playing LJ Burrows, recently guest-starred on AMC's "Mad Men" and FX's "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."

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Ice Cube's "Ride Along" Gets A Rewrite


Ice Cube's "Ride Along" Gets A Rewrite

Jason Mantzoukas has been hired to rewrite the action-comedy feature "Ride Along," starring Ice Cube.

The Fox project, from 20th TV and Chernin Entertainment, takes place in a hospital and centers on a female doctor who is unraveling at the seams.

"Ride Along," from New Line and Cube Vision, will star Cube as a rogue cop who tries to break off his sister's engagement to an upper-crust white psychiatrist by inviting his future brother-in-law on a ride-along.

The project, penned by Greg Coolidge, has gone through a couple of rewrites. Cube and his producing partner Matt Alvarez are producing, with Chris Bender and JC Spink executive producing.

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Oren Peli's "Area 51" Headed To The Big Screen


Oren Peli's "Area 51" Headed To The Big Screen

Paramount Pictures has landed U.S. distribution rights to "Area 51," the Oren Peli-directed follow-up to the sleeper hit "Paranormal Activity."

Deal puts the studio back in business with the creative and financing team behind "Paranormal Activity," the $11,000 film that's grossed more than $106 million since Par began rolling it out in September. Peli had a much larger budget to work with on this extraterrestrial tale than he did for his ghost story, as sources said he brought the film in at a shade under $5 million.

As many as four other bidders wanted the pic, but Par Film Group prexy Adam Goodman had an inside track. He was instrumental in acquiring "Paranormal Activity" while at DreamWorks and was the hands-on exec at Paramount, which effectively executed the rollout as the film built word of mouth and became a breakout hit.

Goodman closed the deal with David Molner, chairman of Incentive Filmed Entertainment, Stuart Ford, CEO of IM Global, and CAA. Just as they did on "Paranormal Activity," Peli wrote and directed "Area 51" and Jason Blum is producing through his Blumhouse Prods. banner. Room 101's Steven Schneider, IM Global's Ford and Amir Zbeda are exec producers.

Pic, which completed principal photography three weeks ago, was fully financed by Incentive and the Aramid Entertainment Fund. Latter is a co-financing partner of Par's slate on films that include the "Transformers" films.

The film employs the "found footage" narrative structure that Peli used in "Paranormal Activity" to tell the story of three teens whose curiosity leads them to the notorious Area 51 portion of Nellis Air Force Base in the Nevada desert.

Fueled by the strong grosses of "Paranormal Activity," "Area 51" was one of the brisk sellers at the American Film Market. It has sold internationally almost everywhere except Japan and certain Eastern European markets, for which talks are ongoing. Key buyers include Momentum in the U.K., Concorde in Germany, Equilatero/Warners in Spain, Village Roadshow in Australia, Alliance in Canada, Playarte in Brazil, Gussi in Latin America, RCV in Benelux and Svensk in Scandinavia.

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Matthew McConaughey "Rooster Tales"Coming To Fox


Matthew McConaughey "Rooster Tales"Coming To Fox

Fox has partnered with Matthew McConaughey to develop an animated TV comedy based on his brother's life.

"Rooster Tales" follows the world of a beer-swilling, redneck sheriff who marries a much younger woman from Mexico. The man soon realizes, however, that he's gained not only a wife but an entire clan -- 114 members and counting.

"My brother's life is so unbelievable, we had to animate it," McConaughey said.

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First Iron Man 2 Poster-War Machine First Look


First Iron Man 2 Poster

Yahoo! Movies has debuted this first poster for Marvel Studios' Iron Man 2, which Paramount Pictures will release in theaters on May 7. The poster gives you a first official look at War Machine!

Ah Can't wait

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Predator News From Nimród Antal


Predator News From Nimród Antal

Will Arnold himself might make an appearance?

Maybe because we prefaced it by mentioning McG's own dilemma with how to answer that incessant question while promoting Terminator Salvation. Wisely, Antal remained coy, only saying, "Time will tell. We'll see, but we are trying to stay with the original as far as the monster and the atmosphere and the tone of the film, but we are trying to do something new and contemporary and feels fresh."

Since the movie's title seemingly will include Robert Rodriguez's name even though the Austin-based filmmaker isn't directing, we were curious how involved Rodriguez was in the actual making of the movie.

"Robert hired me, so obviously I'm very grateful for him giving me a shot. He is involved in the screenplay and we've had a lot of conversations, and any big decisions I want to make, I always speak to him about, but he's been very gracious and he's been letting me do my thing. He's really let me perform and he's let me dance, so again, I'm grateful to him for that."

"I think 'Kontrol' was the reason that Robert gave me a shot," Antal answered when asked how he and Rodriguez first hooked up. "I think when the question came up regarding 'Predators,' I made it clear that I was excited about that and I could do something like that and I had met with Robert a few times. He had seen 'Kontroll' and he had watched 'Armored' and I think based on those two films, he gave me a chance."
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"Thor" Movie Joe Quesada Talks About The Film


"Thor" Movie Joe Quesada Talks About The Film

Jonah Weiland: While you and Bendis were both Tweeting from LA last week, a bunch of my friends who work in Hollywood were casting a skeptical eye on "Thor." They question how the movie will be a success. We see all this excitement from you guys, which has been ramped up by your business with Kenneth this week...how can you put all those naysayers in their place and say, "This is the next Iron Man?" Are you that confident in the property?

We are incredibly confident. And there isn't much I could say to convince people beyond, "Look at these designs! Look at this script! Look at the moments in this story and tell me it won't be a huge success." But, that's obviously something I can't do, so the one thing I can say – and I've said as much to Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige – is that people are going to go into this movie with a preconceived idea about what it will be. If you're a comics fan, you'll have a preconceived notion of what you're going to get. If you're a non-comics fan, you'll have another notion of what the movie is all about. And what's really amazing is that both groups will walk away going, "I've never seen anything like this before within the super hero genre." It's so cool, and I don't want to use the word unusual, but it is unusual in the sense that it redefines what a super hero movie can be. It's not the expected story or settings. That part of it is incredibly exciting to me.

We walked through sets and saw different designs for locations and designs for costumes, and I just thought to myself, "Oh my God." It's absolutely breathtaking, and the casting is terrific on the movie. And Branagh is a joy to listen to talk story. There was a point during the discussion of the most recent draft of the screenplay where a particular plot point was put up to the group for discussion, "How should we play this one moment within the context of the story?" and Branagh and some in the group had a particular idea of how it should play, while some others felt differently. I was in the opposite camp, but as we discussed the differences, I'm sitting there listening to Branagh act out his version of the scene with gusto and passion and I had to stop him and say, "If you said to me right now, 'Then Thor kills 100 puppies in an animal shelter' I'd say it was fantastic." [Laughter] It's just magnificent hearing him talking about the story with the great love he has for the material. You don't see it quite often, but when you see it you've got to go with it.

There's not much more I can say about it than that. I'm in the room with these guys and watching the stuff happen, and it just feels and looks right, and Kenneth's excitement is infectious, and his vision brilliant. You can never really predict 100% success, but at this juncture, "Thor" does seem to have all the ingredients in place to make it huge so its foundation feels very strong to me.

Jonah Weiland: You were checking out sets - any clue as to what those sets were?

No! [Laughter] Absolutely not! But they were pretty fantastical, and some of the locations are amazing. I will say this: I'm pretty sure this will redefine how we draw a Thor comic.

I will give you a funny aside. As we were looking at some of the models for the movie, there was one particular element that we were thinking would be a great prop to bring to next year's San Diego Comic-Con, ala this past year's Hall of Armor. However, the piece was so massive in size that it was actually too large for our usual given floor space at the con.


Thor has a release date of May 20, 2011

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The Hobbit Movie Gets Delayed


The Hobbit Movie Gets Delayed

Several reports are coming in that filming for The Hobbit will be delayed from the original estimate of March 2010 to mid-summer 2010, possibly July. The German site, moviereporter.net, reports that, as part of an interview regarding The Lovely Bones, PJ estimates filming will begin towards the middle of next year:

“We’re currently working on the second script which we hope to have completed by the end of this year or beginning of next. When the scripts are completed, we can begin with the exact calculation of the necessary budget. We hope to start filming in the middle of next year. However, we’ve received no green light from the studio yet.” (- translated from German – read the original quote here).

PJ didn’t elaborate on whether this will affect the proposed release dates of December 2011 and 2012. More than two years elapsed between the start of filming for The Lord of the Rings movies in October, 1999, and the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in December 2001. However, they are only tackling two films this time, plus the previous movies provide them a head-start on on a number of pre-production items such as some of the set and location designs

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