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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Book Of Eli Movie Review By:Sandwichjohn


Book Of Eli Movie Review
By:Sandwichjohn

I had high hopes for Book of Eli, as I do for any Denzel Washington film, and while it didn’t quite live up to my high hopes it was still a good film. Denzel Washington stars as Eli, the protector of the last known copy of a certain book. It has been 31 years since “the flash” and subsequent war destroyed the world as we know it. The world now is a desolate waste land where water is scarce and books are scarcer. Gary Oldman stars as Carnegie, a corrupted mayor in a makeshift town that Eli wanders into. Carnegie has become obsessed with finding a copy of the book, he believes the words of the book have great power and that he could become a great leader with it. Mila Kunis stars as Solara, the daughter of Carnegie’s companion, who follows Eli after he escapes from the town.

The action sequences were really well done. Towards the beginning of the film there was a great action sequence when Eli encounters some scavengers trying to rob him. Another great action scene comes when Eli enters the bar to search out some water and also when he meets up with the older couple.

The films depiction of a post apocalyptic world seemed pretty realistic to me. Survivors have to wear sunglasses/goggles to protect their eyes from the super strong rays of the sun. Water is “the good stuff” at the bar. There are no plants and even animals are scarce. Everyone is a scavenger; there is a use for just about anything they find. At one point in the movie Solara asks Eli what the world was like before and he says that "everyone lived in excess" and that "people threw away things that we would kill for today". Something to think about.

The movie had some great moments. I won’t give away any spoilers but I will tell you some things to look out for when you watch the film. Look for the Kmart badge in Eli’s backpack. Watch out for people with shaky hands. Beware of a friendly older couple. And lastly, watch Eli as he reads the book, notice anything different?

6 sandwiches out of 10

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Karate Kid Remake Scores Huge On Test Screening


Karate Kid Remake Scores Huge On Test Screening

I don't care how high the movie scores it will never compare to the original film.

Generation Xers may have bemoaned the redo of their 1984 childhood favorite The Karate Kid (I know I did) with none other than silver spooner Jaden Smith taking on the Ralph Macchio role. But, perhaps the results from Sony’s early test screening of the movie from director Harold Zwart (The Pink Panther) will win converts to rejiggering Mr. Miyagi’s karate-lessons-hidden-in-manual labor. (Jackie Chan takes on the Wax on, Wax off mentor role.)

The studio tells EW that the film scored just below Sony’s highest research screening ever, 2005’s Hitch, which ironically starred Jaden Smith’s dad Will, the last reigning movie star. With positive scores in the 97th percentile, the movie, which doesn’t open until June 11, might be one of those films that outdoes everyone’s expectations. Not that it’s likely to match Hitch’s gross, but that film did earn close to $370 million worldwide. The movie’s biggest challenge now will be going up with another ’80s classic: The A-Team, starring Bradley Cooper and Liam Neeson, which makes June 11 one fat nostalgia fest.

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Adidas Star Wars Collection Commercial


Adidas Star Wars Collection Commercial

The Adidas Star Wars Collection Is hitting stores tomorrow through out the United States and The United Kingdom.


Keep your eyes open to see who makes a special appearance in the commercial.



These shoes and apparel are for sure going to sell out with in a couple of hours.

To find a location near you click on the event page.


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Tekken Movie Trailer


Tekken Movie Trailer

The first trailer for the upcoming Movie Tekken. The movie is based on the early 90's video game that everyone was crazy for and has now been made into a film.

I have never been much of a video game made into a movie fan. I know you all remember Street Fighter." But the movie doesn't look half bad from the trailer. Not a film I am going to go rush out to see but maybe something when there is absolutely nothing to do.

Also the person who put the the trailer is not a fan of /Films. It pops up threw out the trailer.



In the year of 2039, after World Wars destroy much of civilization as we know it, territories are no longer run by governments, but by corporations; the mightiest of which is the Mishima Zaibatsu. In order to keep the masses down, Mishima sponsors the King of Iron Fist Tournament, or Tekken, in which fighters battle until one is left standing, who in turn will receive a lifetime of stardom and wealth. We are introduced to this violent world through the eyes of Jin Kazama, a teenage street fighter who enters the tournament in order to avenge the death of his mother that he blames upon the Mishima Zaibatsu's most powerful and controlling chairman – Heihachi Mishima. He knows that the only way to get close enough to Mishima to kill him is to win the tournament, but in doing so, he begins to uncover his own past and inner demons as well as exposing a dark underbelly to Tekken that threatens the very existence of humanity.

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New A-Team Movie Images From The Film

New A-Team Movie Images From The Film

Fox has released six great looking new images from the upcoming film adaptation of the 1980's classic The A-Team. Watch the trailer for the film Here.

I was sold when I saw the trailer and with these pictures coming out, It's like getting a Cupcake with a cherry on top.











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Bill Murray Added To The Cast Of Passion Play


Bill Murray Added To The Cast Of Passion Play

Even as Mitch Glazer continues shooting his new drama Passion Play, there are changes afoot as Bill Murray has been added to the cast.

According to
Production Weekly, Murray is taking over the role of dangerous gangster Happy Shannon in the film, which already boasts the likes of Megan Fox, Mickey Rourke and Kelly Lynch.

Fox plays an angel - no, really - who Rourke's down-on-his-luck trumpet player saves from Murray's mobster. And he, in return, finds redemption in her.

The cameras are cranking even now in New Mexico and the movie should arrive later in the year, assuming it nabs a distribution deal over here. But with Rourke, Fox and now Murray in the cast, surely someone will pick it up…

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Jenna Fischer Get A "Hall Pass" From Farrelly Brothers


Jenna Fischer Get A "Hall Pass" From Farrelly Brothers

Jenna Fischer is in negotiations to star as Owen Wilson's wife in "Hall Pass," a New Line comedy being directed by the Farrelly brothers.

The story centers on a married couple in which the wife gives her husband a "hall pass," a free ticket to engage in extramarital encounters.

Jason Sudeikis is on board as the guy's best friend, who also gets a free pass from his wife (still to be cast). Things get complicated when the wives also begin exercising their "hall pass" power.

Pete Jones wrote the spec, which was rewritten by Kevin Barnett and Peter and Bobby Farrelly. The Farrellys also are producing with their Conundrum Entertainment partner Bradley Thomas.

The movie begins production Feb. 23 in Atlanta, which will substitute for New England.

Fischer, best known as Pam Beesly on NBC's "The Office," has feature comedies "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" and "Blades of Glory" under her belt.

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Can Mel Gibson Still Carry A Film?


Can Mel Gibson Still Carry A Film?

I sure think so, from what I have seen of the film it looks great.

There was that name -- Mel Gibson -- and then the man himself, grim-set face and trenchcoated torso coming toward you in an advertisement for a major studio release. The pitch and the persona were familiar, but it still felt odd, like a good friend you had a falling-out with awhile back who suddenly reappears on your Facebook wall. How do you respond?

Warner Bros. is betting that audiences will respond with a cheery "Welcome back!" and solid opening-weekend attendance when "Darkness" opens Jan. 29. Gibson is returning to the big screen after a seven-year absence -- a century in movie-star years -- and studio marketing is aimed squarely at his old fan base. In TV and print ads, it's Gibson alone -- purposeful, vengeful, unstoppable -- a good guy who will bloody the guilty with the righteous weapons of justice.

But how likely is renewed success for the embattled action star? Other than a brief appearance in September on NBC's "The Jay Leno Show," Gibson's only public exposure during the past few years has been in the tabloids.

Take away the self-destructive cocktail of Moonshadows, sugar tits and anti-Semitic taunts he publicly lobbed in July 2006, and you're still looking at a 54-year-old actor who hasn't been onscreen for the better part of a decade. (He most recently appeared in October 2003 in a heavily disguised supporting role when "The Singing Detective" opened.) That would be a challenge for anyone. To paraphrase a line from one of Gibson's most famous movies: Is he getting too old for this shit?

It's easy to forget that for 15 years, Gibson had one of the most consistently successful careers of any modern movie star. From 1987-2002, he starred in 10 movies that grossed more than $100 million apiece domestically, putting him in the league of Will, Jim, Julia, Harrison, Eddie and the two Toms. Along the way, his peers gave him best director and best picture Oscars for "Braveheart" -- distinctions none of the others has.

When Gibson walked away to focus on his directing career, he sparked controversy and collected hundreds of millions of dollars with his self-financed foreign-language epic "The Passion of the Christ." Whatever people thought of his beliefs, he was an artistic force to be reckoned with.

But by the end of summer 2006, Gibson suddenly was toxic after that drunken, vocal run-in with Malibu police. Despite immediate apologies and the beginning of a self-proclaimed "journey through recovery," things unraveled. ABC quickly dropped plans for a Gibson-produced Holocaust-themed miniseries; his wife and mother of their seven children separated from him (they divorced last year); and several prominent industry figures, most notably Sony chief Amy Pascal and Endeavor partner Ari Emanuel, publicly encouraged an industry boycott.

A few months later, Gibson appeared on a few talk shows to promote his latest super-violent writing-directing effort, "Apocalypto," which opened that December to middling boxoffice, raking in $51 million domestically.

Despite the disapprobation of certain Hollywood types, the effect of Gibson's Jew-baiting tirade and other shenanigans on average moviegoers is likely much less significant. Middle America, which helped push "Christ" to a $370 million domestic cume, likely has shrugged off lingering concerns about his bad behavior or the end of his marriage -- if they noted it at all. After all, isn't that what Hollywood celebrities do?

Which means those in the industry who might find Gibson's beliefs and/or behavior repugnant recognize he likely still can make them money with a loyal, if older, fan base.

One industry player noted that his middle-aged, born-again-Christian mother-in-law saw a TV trailer for "Darkness" and said: "I can't wait. I love Mel, and all my friends at the church love Mel."

Still, even with a coterie of committed followers, the real marketing challenge might be more Gibson's age than his antics.

"He's got as good a chance to be as successful as any older actor," one studio producer says. "With the same disadvantages. You look at the Pacinos and Hoffmans and Stallones and Willises -- not a lot of them are movie stars right now. But the guy has as good a chance as anyone, if the movie works, to still be a star."

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Where's Conan The Barbarian Hiding?


Where's Conan The Barbarian Hiding?


Looks like they may have found their guys, well at least narrowing them down.

Dimbort's departure would come as Millennium gets close to a production start on its biggest bet yet. That’s Conan, the rebirth of the Robert E. Howard-created barbarian famously played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Director Marcus Nispel is on track to start production March 15 in Bulgaria — if they can find the right barbarian. Last weekend, it seemed like things came down to two buff finalists: Kellan Lutz (Emmett Cullen in the Twilight Saga sequels New Moon and Eclipse), and Jason Momoa (Ronon Dex in the TV series Stargate: Atlantis). Suddenly, Millennium and partner Lionsgate decided today to look at another unnamed but better established actor before deciding.



On the executive front, Dimbort would be tough to replace. While Lerner and his shaggy white head of hair is the front man, it's Dimbort’s presale skills that get the films funded. And while the Millennium mantle isn’t cluttered with Oscars, geez, do those guys makes a lot of pictures! They've averaged 15 or more in recent years, titles ranging from Rambo to Righteous Kill, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans and The Expendables, the action film that Sly Stallone just directed and starred in with a testosterone-heavy cast of Jet Li, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren and Eric Roberts.

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Teddy Pendergrass Dies At Age Of 59


Teddy Pendergrass Dies At Age Of 59

Singer Teddy Pendergrass, the R&B love man whose chart-topping career was slowed but not stopped by a devastating car accident, died Wednesday. He was 59.

His son, Teddy Pendergrass II, said his father died in a hospital in suburban Philadelphia. The singer underwent colon cancer surgery eight months ago
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Philly native Pendergrass, like many of the great soul singers of his generation, began singing in church. Trained as a drummer, he began supporting vocalist Harold Melvin in 1969. Melvin reconstituted his vocal group the Blue Notes the following year with Pendergrass as lead singer.

In 1971, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes were signed to Philadelphia International, the hometown label run by producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff and distributed by CBS. The association spawned a run of sleek, opulently orchestrated R&B hits featuring Pendergrass' virile vocals; these included the No. 1 hits "If You Don't Know Me By Now," "The Love I Lost," "Hope That We Can Be Together Soon" and "Wake Up Everybody."

Unhappy with Melvin's authoritarian control of the group and the leader's unwillingness to share its profits, Pendergrass exited the Blue Notes in 1975 for a slow-jamming solo career under the Philadelphia International banner. He collected his first No. 1 single in 1978 with the bluntly come-hither "Close the Door."

His five consecutive top 10 hits in 1980-81 included "Can't We Try," "Love T.K.O." and "I Can't Live Without Your Love." At his peak he was a major R&B sex symbol; female audience members frequently hurled their panties onstage at live gigs.

He scored four platinum albums during his peak years of 1977-81: "Teddy Pendergrass," "Life is a Song Worth Singing," "Teddy" (which reached No. 5 on the pop charts) and "TP."

On March 18, 1982, Pendergrass was involved in a single-car accident in Philadelphia. He suffered a spinal cord injury that left him permanently paralyzed from the waist down. However, after six months of hospitalization and subsequent convalescence, the singer returned to the studio. He issued his first post-accident album in 1984, and dramatically returned to live performing, in a wheelchair, at the Live Aid concert in Philadelphia the following year.

Moving first to Asylum and then Elektra Records, Pendergrass continued to tally hits. He ascended to No. 1 on the R&B charts again with the 1988 single "Joy," and collected Grammy nominations for both the single and its like-titled album. His last single to reach the apex was "It Should've Been You" in 1991.

In 1997, Pendergrass took a role in a touring company of the gospel musical "Your Arms Too Short to Box With God." He published his autobiography "Truly Blessed" in 1998. He returned to concert performing in 2001, finally retiring from the music business in 2006.

The indomitable performer founded the Teddy Pendergrass Alliance, a non-profit organization devoted to aiding victims of spinal cord injuries.

Pendergrass is survived by his son, two daughters, his wife, his mother and nine grandchildren

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Four Brothers Movie Sequel Is Planned Titled Five Brothers.


Four Brothers Movie Sequel Is Planned Titled Five Brothers.

You have got to be kidding me right. How creative is Hollywood? The film will be title "Five Brothers".

In the first film one brother died.So where are they going to find more brothers to make it 5?

Are they going to find out they have more brothers in Mexico?

Was not a huge fan of Four Brothers, But do enjoy it when it is on TNT in the middle of the night and I need something to put me to sleep. I think this is just a bad idea.

Paramount is developing a sequel to its 2005 thriller "Four Brothers," bringing back many of the creative team for "Five Brothers."

Mark Wahlberg eyeing a return to star and hatched the sequel idea with original writers David Elliot and Paul Lovett, who are writing "Five." Lorenzo Di Bonaventura is back to produce.

The 2005 movie, directed by John Singleton, revolved around four adopted brothers (Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, Andre Benjamin and Garrett Hedlund) who come together to avenge their mother's death in what at first appears to be a random robbery. Although not a massive hit, it still grossed a tidy $74 million in domestic boxoffice.

Plot details are being kept under wraps, and it is not clear which of the other actors, if any, would return. Hedlund would appear to be out, as his character was killed in the first movie.

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The Crazies New Trailer and Posters


The Crazies New Trailer and Posters

The Crazies is an upcoming 2010 American horror film that is a remake of George A. Romero's 1973 film of the same name.From what I have seen from the trailers this movie looks pretty intense, and the trailer gets right to the point.

Also an added bonus the film stars Timothy Olyphant. I have been a huge fan of his since the first time I saw "Go"


A husband and wife in a small Midwestern town find themselves battling for survival as their friends and family descend into madness in The Crazies. A mysterious toxin in the water supply turns everyone exposed to it into mindless killers and the authorities leave the uninfected to their certain doom in this terrifying reinvention of the George Romero horror classic. Directed by Breck Eisner (Sahara), The Crazies is written by Ray Wright (Pulse, Case 39) and Scott Kosar (The Amityville Horror, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre). The American Dream goes horribly wrong when the residents of this picture-perfect town begin to succumb to an uncontrollable urge for violence and the horrific bloodshed escalates into anarchy. In an attempt to contain the epidemic, the military uses deadly force to close off access into or out of town, abandoning the few healthy citizens to the growing mayhem as depraved killers lurk in the shadows. Sheriff David Dutton (Timothy Olyphant); his pregnant wife, Judy (Radha Mitchell); Becca (Danielle Panabaker), an assistant at the medical center; and Russell (Joe Anderson), Duttons deputy and right-hand man, find themselves trapped in a once idyllic town they can no longer recognize. Unable to trust former neighbors and friends, deserted by the authorities and terrified of contracting the illness themselves, they are forced to band together in a nightmarish struggle for survival.



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Jurassic Park 4 Joe Johnston Leaks A little Info On The Movie


Jurassic Park 4 Joe Johnston Leaks A little Info On The Movie

Director Joe Johnston,Talks about upcoming Jurassic Park 4 Film

"Well, there is going to be a Jurassic Park IV. And it's going to be unlike anything you've seen. It breaks away from the first three—it's essentially the beginning of the second Jurassic Park trilogy. It's going to be done in a completely different way."That's big. So not to lock you in, but there's a possibility there might be a total of six films?"Well, you never know. If they keep working—and if audiences keep going to them—there's no reason why there wouldn't be. We just want to make them justified in their own right. We don't want to make sequel after sequel just because there's a market for it. We want to tell different, interesting stories. You don't want to just sell hamburger."

He wouldn't discuss story with them, but he said, "We don't want to make sequel after sequel just because there's a market for it. We want to tell different, interesting stories."

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21 Jump Street Movie Update


21 Jump Street Movie Update

Here is an u;update on the upcoming 21 Jump Street movie. comingsoon got their hand on Jonah Hill and he let them in on a few things.

"We're going to shoot it this year I think." says Hill, "We hired directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller who directed 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs' and are friends of mine. They are incredible. Their take on the movie is incredible... It's about cops who go back to high school. Young rookie cops who go back to high school. I think that's a real interesting idea as opposed to saying, that's not what happened in the show so it can't happen in the movie'.

Working from a script by Michael Bacall and Joe Gazzam with an original idea by Hill (who is also executive producing), the film will keep the same basic premise as the series but will have a tone that Hill believes will surprise fans.

"[Audiences are] not expecting what it's going to be. It's not a parody of the show. I'm not playing Johnny Depp's character... I'm not saying I'm Johnny Depp. I'm not playing his character. It's a group of people that go back to high school to deal with a drug problem. To deal with crime in high school. I really love the "Back to the Future" moment of that where it's getting to relive a certain period of your life... It's a comedy with really cool action. We're not doing something serious like 'Miami Vice.' But it's not a parody. It's a funny movie with a lot of great action and a real story. I've been saying that it's like a John Hughes movie with 'Bad Boys' style action."

Outside of Hill (who plays one of the police officers), there is no cast currently lined up. When asked if the characters would be the same characters as on the series, Hill responded, "There might be a couple of surprises in there... The Chapel's there. There will be stuff from the show."

Right now the focus is on tailoring the script to Lord and Miller's vision, but Hill is certain that the production is headed in a great direction, adding, "I wouldn't make it if it wouldn't be awesome."

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Sinestro To Appear In Green Lantern Film?


Sinestro To Appear In Green Lantern Film?

Everyone's up in arms about "Spider-Man" this week, and I can understand why. It's huge news. But it's certainly not the only superhero film that's gearing up to shoot, and "Green Lantern" is actually closer to a start date, with major casting news breaking in the last week. Obviously, Ryan Reynolds was tapped last year after a very close horse race to play Hal Jordan, whose attempt to help a dying alien at a crash site ends up turning him into an intergalactic superhero.

Then last week, there was an announcement about Blake Lively, who signed on to play Carol Ferris, and then Peter Saarsgard signed on to play Hector Hammond, a dangerous telepath whose contact with an alien force turns him into a major threat against the security of Earth.

I've been making some calls yesterday and today, and what I'm hearing actually confirms some earlier rumors online from October of 2009, when Harry Knowles first ran the word that Jackie Earle Haley was the man who had been tapped to play . That rumor was debunked by Frosty at Collider in a face-to-face encounter with Haley, who said he had not screen-tested for the part.

Here's the thing, though... the "Green Lantern" project is overstuffed with characters from the history of the series, with a script that almost reads like a Wikipedia page. One gets the feeling that they're worried about setting up the entire series in this first film. Yes... Hector Hammond is one of the two main villains in the movie. And Sarsgaard is a good choice for the part, in my opinion. There's something disdainful and removed about him, and I think it will serve him perfectly in this part. And Legion plays a significant role in the film as well as another major villain, although I'm not sure how they're going to handle him onscreen.

With Sinestro, don't expect him to stroll in and suddenly be pure evil in this film. And don't expect him to be onscreen for the entire movie. But unless something drastically changes, he is in the film. And I'm hearing that based on the relationship they have with him from "Watchmen" and "A Nightmare On Elm Street," Jackie Earle Haley is the only choice for Sinestro by the studio.

So I'm not going to play a semantics game here... there is a very real difference in meaning between terms like "in talks" and "in negotiations" and "on a list," and I'm not sure where they are in that process right now. But I am willing to say that Haley is the guy. He just wrapped up some additional shooting on "Nightmare" for the studio, and they're said to be extremely happy with his work in the film. The groundwork is being laid in the first "Lantern" for a much larger role for Sinestro later on if this first movie does well, and they like the idea of continuing their relationship with Haley.

I mean, at this point, they've even figured out a way to wedge Alan Scott into the film. This is damn near continuity porn for comic fans, and my once concern is how they'll balance all this fan service with the demands of telling a clear, easy-to-swallow story to the uninitiated. Not everyone walking into the theater is going to have a Sheldon Cooper-esque knowledge of the character and his supporting cast.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Thing Prequel Character Breakdown


The Thing Prequel Character Breakdown

Director Matthijs Van Heijningen is gearing up for a March shoot of Strike Entertainment and Universal Pictures' The Thing in Toronto, Canada, and Bloody Disgusting has got a small new piece of information for ya. Apparently, the studio is using Eric Heisserer's (A Nightmare on Elm Street) version of the screenplay that begins when an alien spaceship is discovered far beneath the ice near a remote Antarctica outpost. We're told that a group of scientists decide to thaw out a creature from inside that kicks off the mayhem at the camp. It is said to be a prequel, check out our exclusive interview with Heisserer for more info. John Carpenter's 1982 film of the same name was a remake of the 1951 The Thing from Another World.

[KATE LLOYD] In her late 20s to early 30s, pretty, bright-eyed, intelligent, she's a graduate of Columbia and a Ph.D. candidate in paleontology (the study of prehistoric life). On the recommendation of her friend Adam Goodman, Kate is tapped for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by Dr. Sander Halvorson to join his research team in Antarctica, where an extraordinary discovery has been made. Upon arrival, Kate soon finds herself at odds with Halvorson about how best to proceed with the discovery -- an alien spaceship with a mysterious and sinister frozen THING found nearby -- specifically whether to transfer the specimen undisturbed to a more appropriate facility for analysis, or, per Halvorson's wishes, to drill into the specimen's ice encasement for a definitive tissue sample. Kate's misgivings about her involvement grow when Halvorson ignores her advice and collects his tissue sample -- a critical error in judgment that ultimately frees the trapped organism and triggers a series of horrific incidents and attacks. Furthering her sense of isolation, most of the scientists at the site speak Norwegian, a language she doesn't understand. Kate looks to her friend, Adam, for help stopping Sander's obsession from getting them all killed, but eventually must take matters of life and death into her own hands. In the end, her only hope of survival is to join forces with Sam Carter, the chopper pilot who flew her team to the remote Norwegian base...LEAD (2)

[DR. SANDER HALVORSON] In his late 30s to early 50s, austere, scholarly and imperious, he's a microbiologist from NYU who leads a science research team to Antarctica to help his old friend Edvard interpret and analyze an extraordinary discovery made beneath the ice. Sander, a brilliant scientist and a master of self-promotion, knows that his involvement in such an historic discovery will bring him fame and fortune. Blinded by ambition, he refuses to abandon the "project" even as the bodies pile up around him. He is annoyed when Kate, whom he considers more of an apprentice than an equal, disagrees with him and openly questions his decisions in front of the others...LEAD. Actor must be able to speak some Norwegian. (2)

[SAM CARTER] In his early 30s, rugged, handsome, blue-collar, he's a helicopter pilot with a private charter service that transports personnel and supplies from McMurdo Station to remote research sites across Antarctica. Carter is a mercenary. He flies when he wants, where he wants, and he flies for one reason: money. But his resourcefulness, experience and get-it-done mentality make him indispensable. Arriving at Thule Station, he is the first to suspect something strange and dangerous is going on. Trapped there by faulty equipment, he becomes an unlikely ally of Kate's -- he reminds her (in temperament) of her father, now deceased, also a pilot. He and his co-pilot Jameson are nearly killed in a helicopter crash as they attempt to leave under less than ideal conditions. Carter must ultimately join forces with Kate to stop the THING's rampage...LEAD (3)

[EDVARD WOLNER] In his mid 40s, gentle, erudite, loyal to a fault, this Norwegian geoscientist and his crew discovered an alien spaceship and a mysterious frozen THING buried in a deep crevasse in Antarctica. Edvard requested the assistance of his colleague Dr. Sander Halvorson and he's pleased to see his old friend arrive at the site. Both men have stars in their eyes, knowing that their combined findings will bring them fame in the scientific community, but after Edvard loses two of his men to the terrifying THING, he's ready to call it quits rather than risk more lives.sptv050769..SUPPORTING. Actor must speak Norwegian. (16)

[ADAM GOODMAN] In his early 30s, clever, brash, unapologetically ambitious, Adam comes to Antarctica as Halvorson's research assistant. A friend of Kate's since they were undergrads at Columbia, it is Adam who recommended her to Dr. Halvorson. Though his respect for Kate is genuine, ultimately, he is a likeable opportunist who believes his professional association with the esteemed Dr. Halvorson will advance his career. The trip to Antarctica appears, at first, to prove this theory correct. Unlike Kate, an idealist who makes decisions based on intuition and conscience, Adam is more of a pragmatist and a capitalist -- in scientist's clothing. As the circumstances turn more and more dire, Adam is forced to choose between ambition (Halvorson) or friendship (Kate). His survival hangs in the balance...SUPPORTING (2)

[DEREK JAMESON] In his early 30s, African American, well-built, he is Carter's friend and co-pilot. This is Jameson's last season in Antarctica. He's moving to Florida and starting a jetboat business with his brother, a former big league prospect. The trip to Thule Station is just another flight for him, another day in the countdown before he leaves the South Pole. Trapped at the site with Carter when the helicopter malfunctions, Jameson eventually falls prey to the THING...SUPPORTING (3)

[JONAS] This Norwegian man in his early 40s, who speaks with a thick accent is part of Edvard's crew. He's the team documentarian who takes flash photographs of the alien spaceship and plays poker with Colin to blow off steam. When the Thing begins wreaking havoc, Jonas decides to get the hell out of there, but the rest of the group stymies that plan...SUPPORTING (18) Submit Scandinavian actors only.

[JULIETTE] In her early 30s, French, fluent in Norwegian, she was educated at the Oslo Geosciences Academy, and is one of the geologists who discovered the alien site in Antarctica. Sensing Kate's frustration with the language barrier, Juliette befriends her, providing helpful translations and a kind smile among strangers. As the story escalates toward crisis, Juliette convinces Kate that her colleague Lars has succumbed to the THING -- as a trick to conceal her own identity as the alien shape-shifter...SUPPORTING (17)

[COLIN] Around 40 years old, quirky and a bit cynical, he sews some seeds of doubt and suspicion among his new colleagues, Kate and Adam, and he plays poker with Jonas to blow off steam. Colin would rather commit suicide than be consumed by the THING...SUPPORTING (27) Submit British, East Indian, Spanish, Asian, etc, scientist types"

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Marc Webb To Spin A Web On Spider-Man Reboot?


Marc Webb To Spin A Web On Spider-Man Reboot?

Marc Webb, the (500) Days Of Summer director, has climbed to the top of the Sony Pictures' list to rebirth the Spider-Man franchise. While the studio has a wish list of star directors like James Cameron, David Fincher, and Wes Anderson, the emergence of Webb as director comes as a huge surprise. But Mike Fleming's sources tell him Webb met about the Spidey reboot with the pic's producers and executives looking to get the picture into production later this year for a Summer 2012 release. Why will the pic take so long? Because it's likely to be shot in 3-D, and Sony Pictures plans to make an announcement about that "at the appropriate time".

Though he has the perfect name for the job, Webb has no prior superhero experience. (Hey, I saw Darkman and that was more of a science experiment that a superhero.) Then again, neither did Sam Raimi. And Chris Nolan was the director of Memento when he signed on for Batman Begins. Webb is also a newbie if Sony greenlights 3-D. But among directors, almost all would be.

What has Sony execs excited is the fact that (500) Days of Summer introduced a director with a grasp of how to depict the way young people think and feel. This is critical because the Jamie Vanderbilt script covers the formative years of a high school-aged Peter Parker, and that POV is as important as the action sequences. Especially after Sony and Sam Raimi retired the original Spidey franchise because they realized the film would have been same old/same old at a huge budget. Injecting new blood with an up-and-coming director is a bold stroke. Too bad Webb’s (500) Days star Joseph Gordon-Levitt is too old to play the high school-aged wall crawler. He’d be perfect.

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Daniel Craig In Negotiation To Star In "Cowboys and Aliens"


Daniel Craig In Negotiation To Star In "Cowboys and Aliens"

DreamWorks and Jon Favreau are in talks with Daniel Craig to play the lead role in "Cowboys and Aliens" after Robert Downey Jr. ankled the project.
Craig has been offered the role of Jake Johnson in the pic, based on the 2006 graphic novel about a group of Apache Indians and Western settlers who resolve to patch up their differences when an alien spaceship crash-lands in their city.

Reps for Craig said it was too early to comment on whether the actor would board "Cowboys and Aliens," which Favreau is directing. Project is written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof.

While it is still early days and Craig has not officially accepted the role, the thesp does have a long-standing relationship with DreamWorks, having appeared in "Munich" and "Road to Perdition."

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Moon Bloodgood Added To Cast Of "Faster" Starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson


Moon Bloodgood Added To Cast Of "Faster" Starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

Oliver Jackson-Cohen has bagged a role opposite Dwayne Johnson in the CBS Films/Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group revenge drama "Faster." "Terminator Salvation" actress Moon Bloodgood has joined the cast as well.

Maggie Grace and Billy Bob Thornton are already aboard, and Salma Hayek is negotiating to come on.

George Tillman Jr. ("Notorious") is directing the screenplay by Joe and Tony Gayton about an ex-con pursued by cops and killers as he sets out to avenge his brother's death.

Jackson-Cohen will play a self-made millionaire who kills for fun; Bloodgood will play the ex-con's girlfriend.

Filming begins next month.

Castle Rock's Martin Shafer and Liz Glotzer are producing with Tony Gayton and Robert Teitel. Joe Gayton is an executive producer.

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"Dexter's" Star Diagnosed With Cancer


"Dexter's" Star Diagnosed With Cancer

"Dexter" star Michael C. Hall says he was diagnosed with cancer and is on the road to the successful completion of treatment.

In a statement Wednesday, Hall said he was fortunate to be diagnosed with a "treatable and curable condition," Hodgkin's lymphoma, and thanked his doctors and nurses for their expertise. The name of the Los Angeles area health facility where he has undergone treatment was not released.

Craig Bankey, a spokesman for the actor, said the disease is in complete remission and Hall's treatment will continue as planned.

The 38-year-old Hall plans to attend Sunday's Golden Globe awards with his wife, actress Jennifer Carpenter, and the upcoming Screen Actors Guild ceremony. He's a nominee at both awards shows for his role as a serial killer in Showtime's "Dexter."

Bankey said Hall will return to production on the drama's fifth season later this year.

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LionsGate Leads The Bid For The Terminator Franchise


Lionsgate Leads The Bid For The Terminator Franchise

So what's a stalking horse bid? An initial bid on a bankrupt company's assets from an interested buyer chosen by the bankrupt company. This allows the distressed firm to avoid receiving lowball bids on its assets. That said, I hear Lionsgate will be named the stalking horse bidder in the bankruptcy sale of the Terminator franchise. Sources tell me it wasn't a competitive auction. (Sorry, Joss Whedon, your $10,000 offer for the rights didn't cut it.)

When last we left the tug of war over the future of The Terminator franchise, Halcyon Holding Group announced it was contemplating a sale of the rights after filing for Chapter 11 protection last August as a result of a dispute with Pacificor, a Santa Barbara-based hedge fund that lent Halcyon the sum to buy the Terminator rights in the first place. All the big studios, with Sony leading the way as well as Summit Entertainment and Media Rights Capital, were interested in bidding at a franchise auction for new Terminator films, TV program and other spin-offs. (Because we all know The Sarah Connor Chronicles on Fox did so well, right?)

The sale was being conducted by FTI Capital Advisors for Halcyon which bought the Terminator rights 2 years ago for $25M from Mario Kassar. I think this character/concept is played out. But given the regularity with which Hollywood is now rebooting franchises (Spider-Man is the latest), it pays to remember that even the fanboy dud Terminator 4: Salvation still made $380M worldwide.

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Ivan Reitman To Direct Ghostbuster 3


Ivan Reitman To Direct Ghostbuster 3

A few weeks ago, "Ghostbusters" writer and star Harold Ramis revealed that the long-awaited third movie in the series is planned for a 2011 release. This news broke only a short time after "Avatar" star Sigourney Weaver speculated that Bill Murray's character Pete Venkman might appear in the movie as a slimer ghost, and that Oscar, her character's son from the second movie, would be a full-fledged Ghostbuster.

Ivan Reitman, director and producer of the first two movies, stopped to chat,he shied away from addressing Weaver's spoiler-y speculation, but he did have some things to say about the general state of development for "Ghostbusters III."

Ivan Reitman Reitman said:

That the script from "Year One" writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky is in and that a second draft is currently in the works. He also confirmed that he will indeed be returning to direct the coming sequel, as had been previously speculated.

"They have delivered a draft," Reitman said of the script's progress. "We are working our way through another draft... good work is being done and all of us have our fingers crossed."

What he wouldn't do was address exactly what that "good work" entailed. Asked about Weaver's recent comments, Reitman laughed and kept things light.

"I'm not going to comment on what's in the script and on what Sigourney may or may not have said," he told us. "She's been so busy on 'Avatar,' I've not been able to find her. There's some very cool things in the new draft, let's just put it that way."

"I hope to start shooting in this next year,"

Asked if he would be returning to direct "Ghostbusters III,"

"Yes." It's good to see the old gang all getting back together, isn't it?


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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Zach Galifianakis and Paul Rudd Teaming Up Again For The Schmucks


Zach Galifianakis and Paul Rudd Teaming Up Again For The Schmucks

Zach Galifianakis and Paul Rudd, who appear together in Paramount's upcoming comedy "Dinner for Schmucks," are teaming up again to star in the Paramount comedy "Will."

Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton are directing, with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez on board to produce.

The story follows an ordinary guy (Rudd) who lives in a world where people's lives and destinies are being written by scribes in Heaven. The man wakes up one day to find that his heavenly writer (Galifianakis) has decided to no longer draft his life, and he must go about his day unscripted, ending up on a journey to fulfill his hidden potential.

The script, by Demetri Martin, used to be a DreamWorks project but moved over to Paramount.

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FlashForward and V-ABC Not Throwing In The Towel Yet


FlashForward and V-ABC Not Throwing In The Towel Yet

Fans of ABC's sci-fi series FlashForward and V have been concerned both with the network's decision to delay both shows' spring returns until March and with whether the network continues to have confidence in them, but ABC Entertainment Group President Stephen McPherson assured reporters on Tuesday that he has a clear plan for building both shows' audiences, with two different strategies.

In a press conference at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif., McPherson said he decided it was important to air FlashForward with no repeats, following the network's strategy for Lost's later seasons.

For V, he clarified that the plan was always to tell the story in chapters, but that the first chapter got shortened to only four episodes because of production issues.

"The original [1984-'85] V was two minis and then a series," McPherson said in a group interview later. "The two minis did incredibly well, and the series did not do as well. Now there was a huge creative change between those two, but I think as long as you market them appropriately, I do think the audience is willing to come in for chapters."

McPherson brought in producer Scott Rosenbaum to join the V creative team. "Scott has really got a vision for what that needs to be," McPherson said. "Those shows are always about 'How do you balance character with concept?' Obviously, it's a huge concept, but I think we were getting away early on, and the reason we put a stop to things is we were getting away from having a real character drive throughout. It was just literally burning through concept story, and I think he has a real sense of how this can have chapters, what each of those chapters will be, much the way Lost has been, certainly, in the past few years. They look at a season and they say, 'Here's the beginning, middle and end of the season.' Maybe they'll learn something from that and bring their own thing to it."

FlashForward

Last week, FlashForward co-creator and executive producer David Goyer told reporters that he had already pitched the network a second-season storyline for the show, and on Tuesday McPherson confirmed that he has high hopes for the show to persevere and return next season.

"[Its prospects are] really good," McPherson said. "We love the show. David's been fantastic. He was talking about season two when he pitched the show. He's had such a kind of long-term vision for it. That was one of the things that made us comfortable about it. So we're excited to be able to air consecutive episodes. I think as much as taking the break has its downside, I think the ability to really take a beat after this fall launch, adjust some things, make some changes and move forward is great."

FlashForward returns March 18. McPherson said he is still figuring out whether V will return on March 16 or March 23.

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Legion Director Plans 2 Sequels


Legion Director Plans 2 Sequels

Scott Stewart, the writer and co-director of Legion, said he has plans for two more films that could be done in very different genres—if the apocalyptic film about a battle among angels does well when it opens on Jan. 22.

Stewart not only directed and co-wrote (with Peter Schink) the movie, but he also co-wrote the four-issue comic book Legion: Prophets with Tom Waltz for IDW Publishing. Characters mentioned or referred to in the movie are fleshed out in the comic book, which came out last November and is considered a prequel to the film.

"I have two other films in mind after Legion," Stewart told SCI FI Wire on Sunday at the Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention. "Yeah, we talked about it, and I have mapped out two other very different kinds of movies." Stewart and cast members screened footage of the film and answered questions at the convention.

"Of course, it's too early to say how if it will happen, but I want to do something different and change the genre quite a bit, like James Cameron does with his sequels," Stewart said, referring to the Terminator movies and Aliens.

Legion is an apocalyptic comic-book action horror movie dealing with the final battle between the archangels Michael and Gabriel. The movie features an ensemble cast that includes Paul Bettany, Lucas Black, Dennis Quaid, Charles S. Dutton, Kevin Durand, Adrianne Palicki, Tyrese Gibson and Doug Jones.

"I can see this as a three-part story, and the next part would be a very broad kind of movie," Stewart said. "I would open up the next movie [with the Legion] characters, and make it more accessible to a bigger audience," Stewart said. "That is my goal."

The comic book expands the themes of the film, and other characters can be introduced beyond the five seemingly ordinary people who are brought together in an isolated diner in the desert of New Mexico. "I like taking very familiar suburban characters or situations and putting them in horrifying situations, like Tyrese's character, who is a dad who got lost on his way to a child-custody hearing to keep his daughter and has to make a phone call," Stewart said.

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Nathan Fillion Added To James Gunn's "Super"


Nathan Fillion Added To James Gunn's "Super"

Regular readers will know that we loves us some Nathan Fillion. So imagine our squealing, nerdy excitement when we learn that he's teaming up again with Slither creator James Gunn for the director's latest, superhero adventure" Super".

And that's not all. If there's one thing Gunn is good at, it's playing to the crowd, and his latest casting announcement is one heaping load of geek bait after another. Not only is Fillion signing on to play the pop icon who inspires an ordinary bloke (Rainn Wilson) to try his hand at heroism), but the likes of Scooby Doo's Linda Cardellini, Slither's Michael Rooker, and The Wire's Andre Royo have also been aded to the line up.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Nathan Fillion will indeed be in the same cast as Bubbles.

Super, as mentioned, follows a regular joe named Frank who sets out on a mission to become a superhero named Crimson Bolt, albeit one armed not with powers, but with a pipe wrench. His life, naturally, takes a turn for the worst, and his wife (Liv Tyler) ditches him for her charming drug dealer, Jacques (Kevin Bacon).

Oh, and there's also the young female sociopath (Ellen Page) who decides to become Frank's sidekick.

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Jay-Z and Beyonce Top Couple Earners Of 2009


Jay-Z and Beyonce Top Couple Earners Of 2009

Newlyweds Jay-Z and Beyonce earned $122 million together between June 2008 and June 2009, more than any other couple -- married or unmarried -- in entertainment.

The listmakers at Forbes are at it again, this time determining Hollywood's top-earning couple.

Beyonce and Jay-Z beat out the competition not only by churning out hit songs but also by attaching their names to Budweiser, American Express and a host of other brands. In this relationship, the wife out-earned the husband, $87 million-$35 million.

In a distant second place, with a combined $69 million, was Harrison Ford and girlfriend Calista Flockhart, most of that coming courtesy of Ford's $65 million paycheck for "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."

Partners Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are third with a combined $55 million, thanks to "Wanted," starring Jolie, and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," starring Pitt.

Rounding out the top five are married couples Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith ($48 million) and David and Victoria Beckham ($46 million).

Soon-to-be "American Idol" judge Ellen DeGeneres and her partner Portia de Rossi of the ABC show "Better Off Ted" are next with $36 million. They're followed by Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson at $35.5 million.

Other couples on the top 15 list at Forbes.com include Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban.

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Rashida Jones To Star In "Celeste and Jesse Forever"


Rashida Jones To Star In "Celeste and Jesse Forever"

You may remember this cutie from the film I Love You, Man and TV shows Boston Public and Parks and Recreation.

Rashida Jones is attached to star and co-wrote the script with Will McCormack, which tracks a couple in the midst of a divorce attempting to maintain their friendship while pursuing new relationships.

Seth Gordon is in negotiations to develop and direct "Celeste and Jesse Forever," a divorce comedy set up at Overture.

The project was first set up at Fox Atomic, but moved to Overture when that shingle was shuttered.

Gordon made a splash with his documentary "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters," then jumped into the studio world with New Line's "Four Christmases."

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Spider-Man Going To Get A Make Over For Next Film


Spider-Man Going To Get A Make Over

The next Spider-Man film will be a reboot of the franchise, not a continuation of series Sam Raimi created back in 2002 — in a move similar to Batman Begins restarting the Batman franchise seven years after Batman and Robin underwhelmed fans and critics.

This time around, the series will place Peter Parker in a more contemporary setting, as a teenager battling today’s issues. The decision to go with an origin story stemmed from Sony developing two Spidey projects simultaneously. According to studio insiders, Sony was working on both Raimi’s Spider-Man 4 and the new origin story from James Vanderbilt, who wrote Zodiac. The original plan was to keep the Spider-Man gang together for one last film in 2011 before rebooting the series in 2012. When it became clear that Raimi would not be able to make the summer 2011 release date planned for Spider-Man 4, the studio opted to scrap Spider-Man 4 altogether, and focus solely on the series reboot.

Who will helm the new film is anyone’s guess but with the studio interested in a more gritty, contemporary redo of the series, they are certainly focused on younger directors making waves in Hollywood. One name that has popped up is Marc Webb, the man behind (500) Day of Summer. He was previously in discussions with the studio to take over Moneyball, but that job went to Bennett Miller. Michael Bay has also previously expressed interest in taking over the Spider-Man franchise and Seabiscuit director Gary Ross worked on one of the drafts of Spider-Man 4 and is said to be a huge fan of the comic book series.

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Green Lantern Has Found It's Villain


Green Lantern Has Found It's Villain

Peter Sarsgaard is in negotiations to play the villain in "Green Lantern," Warner Bros.' big-budget, Martin Campbell-directed tentpole based on the DC Comics superhero.

Ryan Reynolds is starring as Hal Jordan, the test pilot who finds a downed spacecraft with a dying alien who passes him a powerful ring, introducing Jordan to an interstellar police force known as the Green Lanterns.

Sarsgaard will play Dr. Hector Hammond, the pathologist son of a senator who is seen as a disappointment in his father's eyes. He becomes infused with psychic powers when he discovers a meteor.

The character was created by John Broome and Gil Kane in the early 1960s.

Blake Lively has already been cast as Reynolds' love interest, Carol Ferris.

The movie is prepping for a March start in New Orleans. Donald De Line and Greg Berlanti are producing.

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Thor Has Gone Into Production


Thor Has Gone Into Production

Thor has gone into principal photography and will be in theaters May 6th, 2011. Can not wait to hear more about this film.

This is a start to a exciting few year with this movie coming out in May 2011 and The First Avenger: Captain America on July 22, 2011, and The First Avenger :on May 4, 2012.

Here is the press release from marvel:

Marvel Studios has commenced principal photography on the highly anticipated feature film THOR directed by Kenneth Branagh. In THOR, Chris Hemsworth portrays the title character with Tom Hiddleston in the role of Thor’s brother Loki, and Natalie Portman as Jane Foster. Additionally, the studio has cast Academy Award® winning actor Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Renee Russo as Frigga, Ray Stevenson as Volstagg, Tadanobu Asano as Hogun, Josh Dallas as Fandral, Jaimie Alexander as Sif, Idris Elba as Heimdall, as well as Colm Feore, Kat Dennings and award-winning actor Stellan SkarsgĂ„rd. The film is slated for release in theatres domestically on May 6, 2011 via Paramount Pictures which will also release the film on a worldwide basis.

The epic adventure THOR spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.

The screenplay for THOR was penned by Mark Protosevich as well as Ashley Miller & Zack Stentz, and Don Payne. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige will produce the film. Alan Fine, Stan Lee, David Maisel, and Marvel Studio’s Co-President, Louis D’Esposito, will executive produce.


In addition to THOR, Marvel Studios is also scheduled to release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including IRON MAN 2 on May 7, 2010, THE FIRST AVENGER: CAPTAIN AMERICA on July 22, 2011, and THE FIRST AVENGER:on May 4, 2012.

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Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts Together Again For "Larry Crowne"


Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts Together Again For "Larry Crowne"

Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts are teaming up in "Larry Crowne" with Hanks set to direct from his own script.

"Crowne" will be produced by Gary Goetzman, Hanks's producing partner at their Playtone shingle.

Story centers on a middle-aged man being forced to find a new career.

Hanks and Roberts co-starred in 2007's "Charlie Wilson's War" for Universal.

Hanks last directed "That Thing You Do" in 1996.

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Antoine Fuqua To Direct "Consent to Kill"


Antoine Fuqua To Direct "Consent to Kill"

Antoine Fuqua will direct spy thriller "Consent to Kill" for CBS Films with Lorenzo DiBonaventura and Nick Wechsler producing.
Script, penned by Jonathan Lemkin, is adapted from the 2005 novel of the same name by Vince Flynn and centered on counterterrorism agent Mitch Rapp.

Studio's keeping the logline under wraps. In Flynn's story, Rapp battled a vengeful Saudi billionaire, an ex - East German Stasi spy and a husband-and-wife team of assassins -- all while dealing with a knee injury.

Fuqua's credits include "Training Day," "Tears of the Sun" and "Shooter." He most recently directed "Brooklyn's Finest," starring Ethan Hawke, Don Cheadle and Richard Gere with Overture due to release March 5.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Twilight's Breaking DawnTo Begin Filming In 2010



Twilight's Breaking DawnTo Begin Filming In 2010

It's been one of the biggest questions surrounding Summit Entertainment's uber-successful "Twilight" franchise(apart, of course, from whether stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson really are a couple off-screen) -- just how the producers are going to manage to pull off a big-screen adaptation of "Breaking Dawn." The fourth book in Stephenie Meyer's juggernaut of a young adult fiction series about the epic love affair between high school student Bella Swan and her good-guy vampire beau Edward Cullen has plenty of heft, clocking in at upward of 750 pages, but it also has the distinction of being the most controversial entry in the saga.

When it was released in August 2008, fan reaction was intense and divided with some "Twi-hards" expressing confusion and dismay over a plot that involved *SPOILER ALERT* a recently graduated 19-year-old Bella giving birth to a half-human/half-vamp daughter named Renesmee, who grows much faster than the average mortal child and who possesses a unique way of communicating with those around her, clearly inherited from Dad's side of the family.

Wyck Godfrey, the producer of all the films in the "Twilight" saga, admits that the creative team still doesn't know how they'll handle the character in the "Breaking Dawn" movie, but said that the plan is absolutely for the production to go forward -- as either one or two installments -- with an eye toward beginning to shoot in Vancouver this fall. All three stars are signed for "Breaking Dawn," he said, meaning that Stewart and Pattinson will be dealing with the joys and woes of interspecies parenting and newly minted heartthrob Taylor Lautner will return as often-shirtless shape-shifter Jacob Black.

At the moment, screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, who's penned all the "Twilight" movies, is working on the "Breaking Dawn" script(s). "It's a work in process," Godfrey said in an interview Friday. "The issue [of whether there will be one or two movies] is not going to be resolved until we get the full treatment and see whether it's organic. If it's not organic, I don't think it will be done, and if it is, it will be. It really has to do with how much level of detail from the books there is, with all of these new vampires that appear in 'Breaking Dawn,' the whole section about Jacob... It's a very long single movie if it does become a single movie."

Although there's been a great deal of online chatter about whether Chris Weitz, director of the second and most recent movie, "New Moon," would return to helm "Breaking Dawn," Godfrey downplayed that possibility, saying, "I think everyone would be happy and excited if he came back, but I don't think it's going to happen."

He and the other principals are formulating a list of potential directors, "but right now," Godfrey said, "we're just focused on the treatment and getting that right. At that point, we're going to see who's available and who's appropriate. It's such a complicated book because you have the emotions and the intensity of the love story -- so you need somebody who's just a wonderful director of actors -- and yet it's really complicated from an action and visual effects standpoint. They've got to have both tools in their kit."

A visual effects background might be particularly helpful when it comes to dealing with the character of Renesmee.

"I keep having visions of '[The Curious Case of] Benjamin Button' in my head," Godfrey said, referring to David Fincher's Oscar-nominated 2008 fantasy about a man who becomes physically younger as he ages. "It's certainly going to be visual effects in some capacity along with an actor. I wouldn't be surprised if it ends up being a full CG creation, but it also may be a human shot on a soundstage that then is used to shrink down. I don't know. We need a director. When we get a director, that director will need to come with a point of view of how they want to tackle it."

The third movie in the series, "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," is due in theaters June 30.

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