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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Pixar Memorabilia For Haiti Earthquake Victims


Toy Story 3 Director Lee Unkrich Auctioning Pixar Memorabilia For Haiti Earthquake Victims

This is a once in a life time chance to get your hands on these one of a kind items and also to help a Great cause.

Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich is personally auctioning a bunch of rare/exclusive Pixar memorabilia to benefit Haiti earthquake victims. There are a ton of items to many to list. Please visit his store for all of the items Ebay Store

Here are the links:

Tom Hanks signed Toy Story 3 Woody poster.
Toy Story Mrs. Potato Head Figurine Signed by Estelle Harris
Lee Unkrich’s personal Toy Story 2 Original Crew Jacket from 1999
Monsters, Inc. Director Crew Gift Jones Soda Signed
Tom Hanks Signed Vintage 1995 Toy Story Woody Doll

Ebay Store

Be sure to check his ebay store often, I am sure he will be updating threw out the week. Also check out his Twitter to check for updates

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Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace Biopic Gets Director


Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace Biopic Gets Director

Lovelace, born Linda Boreman in 1949, was a rather sad figure who led a rather sheltered childhood before falling in with Chuck Traynor, who became her husband and got her started in porn - by her account, at gunpoint. She went on to star in the massively famous Deep Throat, gaining notoriety as a result, but never saw much of the proceeds and went on to become a campaigner against the porn industry. She died following a car crash in 2002.

This film has been in development for a while: W. Merritt Johnson, who's writing the script based on Eric Danville's biography, was working on it as far back as 2007, when Courtney Love was mooted as the star. It's not to be confused with Inferno, the other Lovelace biopic that briefly had Anna Faris lined up as its star. As far as we know, however, this won't be based on the Broadway musical about her.

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Josh Duhamel And Sam Jackson Sympathy for the Devil


Josh Duhamel And Sam Jackson Sympathy for the Devil

Lation Review found out that Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Duhamel have a new project in early pre-production.

The film, Sympathy for the Devil, has all the makings of an occult, pulpy hit with Duhamel and Jackson playing humans who have to navigate a battle between heaven and hell. Boaz Yakin of is set to direct.

Here's the official synopsis for Sympathy for the Devil:

Caught in the no-man’s land between Saturday night sin and Sunday morning redemption, Louisiana lawman Harlan Stark (Josh Duhamel) finds that his intervention into a spectacular crime –the bold attempt to assassinate a charismatic preacher --soon escalates into a cosmic confrontation between Heaven and Hell, where angels are warriorsas dangerous as demons. Harlan and his loyal partner Jesse (Samuel L. Jackson)stand at the fulcrum between vengeful good and devious evil, with neither side showing anything like mercy. Harlan must find the courage to break the cycle, and reject fanatical revenge –yet he too finds himself transformed. Outrageous, violent and subversive, this new adventure in horrorfrom the director of Remember the Titans is sure to be controversial. SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL blends the seductive sensuality of Angel Heart, the genre-bending audacity of Pulp Fiction and the relentless intensity of The Omen when all hell breaks loose in New Orleans and the sacred becomes as deadly as the profane.

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"Remember Me" Starring Robert Pattinson Trailer And Pictures


"Remember Me" Starring Robert Pattinson Trailer And Pictures

Definitely a change from his roles in the Twilight Sage films and I think that this is a good thing for him not to be stereo typed into the Edward role that made him into a world know Icon at the moment.

For him to show that he can act will only be a good thing for his career, this Twilight hype will only last so long.

Remember Me in HD


Tyler Roth (Robert Pattinson), a "rebellious young man" in New York City has a strained relationship with his father (Pierce Brosnan) since his brother's suicide. Tyler finds happiness after meeting Ally Craig (Emilie de Ravin) through "an unusual twist of fate". Their bond helps them mend their lives and relationships with their families.




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"Hobbit" Delayed Until Late 2012


"Hobbit" Delayed Until Late 2012

Looks like the film is being delayed yet again, studio said 2012 then Peter Jackson came out and said that those rumblings weren't true, that it would get the 2011 release date as planned. But here is the news from the studio and we are now back till 2012

Once the script for the second film is in -- Jackson and his longtime collaborators Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens are working on it with Del Toro -- New Line will work up a budget for both films and start casting. New Line exec Michael Disco, who was once Emmerich's assistant, will oversee for the studio.

Horn won't predict when the first of the two "Hobbit" films will be out, but says the most probable scenario would be a release in the fourth quarter of 2012.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Boondock Saints Fan Party in Los Angeles


Boondock Saints Fan Party in Los Angeles

That's right you heard me correct. A party for the fans in LA on Wednesday January 27th.

Party is being thrown to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the original Boondock Saints release 10 years ago.

This will be a star stud party with Stars of the film Being there. I mean the main stars not that guy behind the guy!!

Here's the line up-
Sean Patrick Flanery
Norman Reedus
David Della Rocco
Clifton Collins Jr.
Bob Marley
Brian Mahoney
Bob Rubin
Daniel DeSanto
...with
Writer/Director
Troy Duffy
...and Special Surprise Guests!

Watch the video that Troy Murphy(Writer/Director) Made to get you pumped for the event.


FREE Posters to all attendees!

Music by The Dirges, Ty Stone and Taylor Duffy and comedy by Bob Marley and Bob Rubin!

WEDNESDAY
JANUARY 27, 2010
7-12 midnight

At
BUSBY'S EAST
5364 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323)525-2615

2 Drink Minimum - No Host Bar
No One Under 21 Allowed
Tickets are complimentary but you must RSVP

FREE Posters to all attendees.
Door prizes and signed DVD giveaways!
Cast will be signing posters and hanging out with the fans!
We will be filming, so you may end up in a music video or on a DVD in the
future!

HOW TO RSVP:
EMAIL US AT RSVPBOONDOCK@GMAIL.COM
With your name, phone# and guest's name.

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Hollywood's Biggest Flops in The Last 5 Years


Hollywood's Biggest Flops in The Last 5 Years

Sean Penn delivered "one of his greatest screen performances" as Willie Stark in "All the King's Men,"

Nevertheless, the Sony Pictures film earned just $9 million at the worldwide boxoffice. Factor in its $55 million production budget and it amounts to Hollywood's biggest flop of the past five years, according to the prolific listmakers at Forbes magazine.

After eliminating movies without star power, Forbes divided each movie's boxoffice take by its production budget to figure out the shortfall. "All the King's Men" failed to earn back 84% of its production budget, bad enough to earn it first place among flops.

In second place is "The Express," Universal's movie starring Dennis Quaid about late college football star Ernie Davis. The 2008 movie failed to earn back 75% of its production budget.

Fox's 2005 film "Stay" was third, a movie that failed to earn back 73% of its budget despite the efforts of Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts. The film's pedigree included director Marc Foster ("Monster's Ball") and writer David Benioff ("Troy").

Even Quentin Tarantino shows up on the list, courtesy of his co-direction of "Grindhouse" for the Weinstein Co. The 2007 movie that featured Josh Brolin and Bruce Willis failed to earn back 65% of its budget.

Other movies on the list of the 15 biggest flops of the past five years include "The Fountain" with Hugh Jackman, "The Invasion" starring Nicole Kidman and two movies with Eddie Murphy: "Imagine That" and "Meet Dave."

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Jacob's Arch-Rival Returns To "Lost"


Jacob's Arch-Rival Returns To "Lost"

With "Lost" fans eager for answers in the final season of the ABC drama, at least one of the show's mystery may get resolved: Who is Jacob's nemesis?

Titus Welliver, who played a mysterious character in Season 5, is set to reprise his role in the second part of "Lost's" sixth season, which premieres Feb. 2.

Jacob's nemesis (aka Man in Black), who last appeared in Season 5's finale, is an inhabitant of the Island who had spent a century looking for ways to kill Jacob (Mark Pellegrino) until finally succeeding in 2007 by assuming the appearance of the dead John Locke (Terry O'Quinn) and persuading Benjamin Linus (Michael Emerson) to stab Jacob.

The Man is Black's name, identity, motives, backstory and bone of contention with Jacob were never revealed, leading to a flurry of speculation among "Lost" fans about who he really is.

A number of castaways will be returning to the island for "Lost's" final season.

The show's showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse recently said Harold Perrineau and Cynthia Watros are coming back to reprise their roles.

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Roman Polanski Must Face The Judge


Roman Polanski Must Face The Judge

A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge has denied Roman Polanski's effort to be sentenced in absentia, which his lawyers saw as a possible avenue for him to resolve his 1977 sex case.

Judge Peter Espinoza said on Friday that Polanski "needs to surrender" is he is to be sentenced in the case, and if there is to be a hearing on the directors' contention that now deceased Judge Laurence Rittenband engaged in judicial misconduct back then.

Bart Dalton, one of Polanski's attorneys, said that they would seek a remedy from a state appeals court.

Polanski is in Switzerland under house arrest, awaiting a decision from authorities there on whether he will be extradited.

In a contentious and caustic hearing, the director's lead attorney, Chad Hummel, argued that Polanski already had served the time that Rittenband had promised --- some 42 days in a California prison where he underwent a psychiatric assessment. The length of his sentence would weigh on the decision of Swiss authorities, as the extradition treaty between the United States and Switzerland applies to fugitives who face at least six months in prison, Polanski's lawyers contend.

After pleading guilty to having unlawful sex with a girl, Polanski fled the country in February 1978 before he could be formally sentenced. Hummel said that his client left the country when he got wind that the judge would renege on the deal, and also that Rittenhand was engaging in "corrupt" practices and was seeking the media spotlight. Since then, Polanski has made numerous attempts to resolve the case from afar, before he was arrested in September while he was on his way to a film festival in Switzerland.

Hummel said that a reason that Polanski has not surrendered is because "he does not trust this system."

"What protects the dignity of the court is to honor a judicial promise," Hummel said.

But Deputy District Attorney David Walgren, in an equally vigorous tone, said that "all he has to do is surrender, and every hearing he requests can be held in due time." At one point referred to Polanski as "this child rapist," triggering an admonishment from Espinoza to "not inflame" the hearing by choosing such words.

In denying Polanski's request, Espinoza cited a legal doctrine of fugitive disentitlement, which holds that a defendant who flees authorities cannot then call upon the court for help. Last month, a state appeals court cited that doctrine in denying Polanski's effort to dismiss the case, but they also suggested sentencing in absentia as one of his remedies in resolving the 33-year-old case.

Espinoza also denied the request of Samantha Geimer, the victim in the case, in support of Polanski's effort. Through her attorney, Lawrence Silver, she has argued that she wants to resolve the case and putting it behind her. Silver charged that Walgren failed to honor Proposition 9, an initiative commonly called "Marcy's Law" that prosecutors consult with victims in the disposition of cases. But they never did. Walgren, however, said that Silver never followed up on messages agreeing to a meeting.

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Conan the Barbarian Has Been Cast With An Unknown


Conan the Barbarian Has Been Cast With An Unknown

Conan Has Been Cast And His Name Is Jason Momoa. Your thinking to yourself who is Jason Momoa,unless ur a fan of "Baywatch Hawaii" or "Stargate: Atlantis."

Latino Review brought us this news that Momoa was chosen from a list of three considered actors; Jared Padalecki (TV's "Supernatural") and Kellan Lutz (Twilight) were the other contenders.

Marcus Nispel,The man behind movies as Pathfinder and the Friday the 13th remake, which is set for a 2011 release.

There will be one Conan for me and he is running the state of California right now, will he make an appearance?

I haven't seen anything that Momoa has done so I will give him the benefit of the doubt.



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Night At The Museum 3 In The Works


Night At The Museum 3 In The Works.

This is strange Aurora and me just got back from the video store and rented Night At The Museum 2 and she said me if they were going to make a third film, and I get this news.

No surprise to anyone with the first two movies being such a hug box office success,bring in more then $1billion worldwide.

Thomas Lennon(Lieutenant Jim Dangle from Reno 911), who co-wrote the first two films with Ben Garant,suggested the third script is being written.

“How could you not? I think it’s a really outstanding idea to do ‘Night at the Museum 3,’

“I wonder if someone’s not even already working on a script for that,” he added with a raised eyebrow. “I cannot confirm that for a fact, but I cannot deny it for a fact either… It might be in the works.”

And with a smile on his face-

“Here’s a little bit, [a] real quick spoiler alert – ‘Night at the Museum 3’ is set in the Liberace Museum,”

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Gentle Giant Slave Leia Animated Maquette

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Gentle Giant Slave Leia Animated Maquette

Gentle Giant has out done it's self again. I just love the attention to detail and the time it take to make these awesome collectibles.

But with a daughter named Leia, you know I have this one my wish list.

The highly anticipated Slave Leia Animated Maquette is due out sometime in the summer 2010.

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Cast in High quality poly-stone, no detail was spared and I would expect nothing less from the guys over at Gentle Giant.
Leia with come number and with a certificate of authenticity. The told piece being made are not yet set.

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Tron:Legacy Director Talks Film and Imax

Tron:Legacy Director Talks Film and Imax

Joseph Kosinski Talks about Tron:Legacy and The film being in 3d and heading to Imax

With principal photography on the film wrapped, the director is hard at work on the visual-effects work Disney is hoping will be unlike anything audiences have ever seen.

Much of the work was done last year, but looking at 2010, does it feel like this is an important professional year for you?

I'm about two and a half years in on this, with about another year still to go. We still have a tremendous amount of work still to do, because there are a lot of visual effects on a movie like this, and we're also doing it in 3-D, which doubles up everything. Then sound design and tweaking the music. It's not the home stretch by any means.

Will the finished film look pretty much like what we've seen in that test footage from Comic-Con?

I would say it's not far removed. The teaser, at least tonally, represented the direction I wanted to take it. That sequence actually doesn't appear in our film at all. It represents a period of time before our film begins. We were able to refine the design of the light cycles, the characters, the world and kind of flesh it out to a much higher level of detail than we were able to do for the test. What we're going to see in the film will feel a lot more photorealistic. They did that test with eight or 10 people in a matter of months. We have thousands of people working on the film. It's a whole different scale.

So the takeaway is that Jeff Bridges is playing at least two representations of himself, one that is a contemporary of the original character and one that is a younger version. How much of Jeff are we going to see?

Jeff is playing two characters. He's playing Kevin Flynn, the character from the original film, and he's playing Clu, the avatar that Kevin Flynn created in the 1980s. I'd say he's Clu 2. There was a Clu in the first film who looked like Jeff but was very simple in terms of his abilities. He's very stiff. Clu 2 is a second incarnation of Kevin's avatar. He doesn't only look like Jeff, but he can think like him too. So it's a whole new level of artificial intelligence.

It's going to be released in IMAX, presumably. Did you shoot anything specifically for that format?

We did not shoot anything with an IMAX camera, because it uses film, and since we were shooting in 3-D, we used two digital cameras. That being said, we are doing an IMAX version. What I am considering doing now is finishing four or five sections of the film in a tall format — not letterbox — and in an IMAX theater, the black bars at the top and bottom of the frame will disappear and it will become a full-screen sequence, which should be really cool. I think IMAX will be the way to see this movie.

What were the hallmarks that you felt you needed to retain to satisfy the core audience who loved the original?

The focus was always to serve the story we are telling. To include Bruce Boxleitner is not at all a cameo or stunt casting. He is integral to the story we're trying to tell, which is why he's in it. We've taken the events of the first movie as historical facts. In our story, Kevin Flynn emerged from his first experience as CEO of ENCOM and actually released the Tron video game based on his experiences in the first movie. ENCOM has become the most innovative, most successful, most forward-thinking digital company in the world as of 1989. There are fun references to parts of the first film. Sam Flynn [Garrett Hedlund], in searching for his father, has to retrace his steps and comes upon clues and places that we visited in the first film, like Flynn's Arcade. Even in the world of Tron itself, a lot of vehicles and sequences have evolved. We'll get to see how the disc game has changed, how the light cycle battle has changed. We get to see the new version of these iconic sequences. Things have gotten bigger and a bit out of control.

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Ryan Reynolds Stars In "Buried" To Premiere At Sundance


Ryan Reynolds Stars In "Buried" To Premiere At Sundance

Ryan Reynolds has a new Film called "Buried" opening at The Sundance Film Festival this year.The movie looks very powerful. From the two previews below.

A civil contractor working in Iraq, Paul Conroy, awakens buried alive in the desert with nothing but a candle, a knife and a cell phone.. Although he suffers from amnesia as to how he got there, he soon starts to remember what has happened to him.

The film is directed by Rodrigo Cortes and stars Ryan Reynolds and Anne Lockhart.








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Steven Spielberg Alien Invasion Drama Picked Up By TNT


Steven Spielberg Alien Invasion Drama Picked Up By TNT

TNT has picked up the pilot for the new Steven Spielberg alien invasion drama starring Noah Wyle from E.R.

The alien invasion project, written by Robert Rodat from an idea he conceived with Spielberg, is set shortly after aliens have wiped out most of the human population. Wyle plays the leader of a ragtag group of soldiers and civilians who struggle against the occupying alien force, with Moon Bloodgood, Jessy Schram, Seychelle Gabriel and Maxim Knight co-starring.

DreamWorks TV is producing the project, with Spielberg, Rodat, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank executive producing.

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"Torchwood” U.S. Version Coming To Fox


“Torchwood” U.S. Version Coming To Fox

The project is from BBC Worldwide Prods., with original series creator Russell Davies writing the script.

A more straight-faced spinoff of “Doctor Who,” “Torchwood” is about a covert group that investigates and fights alien activity. Two series aired domestically on BBC America as well as last year’s well reviewed stand-alone miniseries, “Children of Earth,” which broke all ratings records for the network. (If you're a fan of serious sci fi such as "Battlestar Galatica" and haven't seen "Children of Earth," rent it. You don't need to know anything about the series. And I know the previews for "Torchwood" can look silly. Trust me, it's terrific. Like "24" with aliens).

Unlike U.S. adaptations that have gone awry, “Torchwood” fans can take comfort that the original producing team is on board. In addition to Davies, exec producers include Davies’ producing partner Julie Gardner (former head of drama at BBC Wales for the show’s first season) and Jane Tranter (another BBC vet, now exec VP programming and production at BBC Worldwide Prods. in the U.S.).

Also, some of the current cast — most likely John Barrowman, who plays the immortal Capt. Jack Harkness — might star if Fox orders “Torchwood” to pilot.

As for the new show’s plot, the U.S. version will contain a global story line compared to the more localized sensibility of the first two BBC seasons.

Tranter might try to reboot “Doctor Who” for U.S. audiences while departing “Doctor Who” star David Tennant stars in NBC’s pilot “Rex Is Not Your Lawyer.” “Torchwood” (which is an anagram of “Doctor Who”) debuted in 2006 on BBC 3 and set ratings records, then was moved to BBC 1. Russell also reinvented “Doctor Who” in 2003 and was writer-creator of the series “Queer as Folk.”

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" We Are The World" Part Two To Benefit Haiti


" We Are The World" Part Two To Benefit Haiti

With the aftermath of the effects on Haiti looks like they will be re-recording the song " We Are The World" and recruiting the music industry's heavy hitters, to benefit the relief efforts.

The duo is summoning lots and lots of talent from Grammy weekend to stay an extra night — Monday Feb. 1 — and come to the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. There, they will celebrate a quarter century since Ken Kragen, Richie and Michael Jackson organized the original “We Are the World” with Quincy.

This time the artists invited include Usher, Natalie Cole, and John Legend. But you can bet that more names will be added shortly and that all the Grammy nominees and participants will be asked to come as well. Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich will produce the event, which will then be turned into a video and single just like it was in 1985. Don’t be surprised if Wyclef Jean joins in, along with Sting, Fergie, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake and other distinctive voices.

It’s hoped that as in 1985, everyone will “leave their egos at the door.”

Originally, this anniversary celebration was to be held on Jan. 28. But when the Haiti earthquake happened, sources tell me, the whole deal changed. Now proceeds will go to Haiti relief. In 1985, “We Are the World,” which begat Live Aid, raised money for Africa relief.

Plans are still sketchy, but one thing’s for sure: In some way, the song’s co-author Michael Jackson will be invoked. AEG is co-producing this event. They’re also putting together a 3D tribute to Michael for the Grammy show from elements Jackson was going to use for his tour. Jackson recorded “We Are the World” for what became “This Is It.” Surely he’ll be included here as well, which will make the whole project even more poignant.

Stay tuned. PS: Quincy Jones is about to release what has been described to me as a landmark new album that he’s made with contemporary R&B and hip hop artists. He was responsible for the original “We Are the World” and will guide the new one. He is not a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in case you were wondering.

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Clash of the Titans To Be In 3D


Clash of the Titans To Be In 3D

Warner Bros. will decide in the next 10 days whether to release Louis Leterrier’s remake of action fantasy “Clash of the Titans” in 3D.

Warners has ordered a 3D test of the film — set for release on March 26 -- and will screen the converted scenes next week before deciding whether to make the move. Studios across Hollywood are looking into possible 3D conversions in the aftermath of the big boxoffice bonanza called “Avatar.”

With conversions, 2D films -- whether newly produced movies or classic titles slotted for release, such as the first two “Toy Story” pics -- are run through a process that turns 2D images into 3D. Most 3D movies, including “Avatar,” are shot in 3D from the start.

Co-produced by Legendary Pictures, “Titans” is a re-imagining of a 1981 film that starred Laurence Olivier in the character of Zeus. The role is played by Liam Neeson in the remake, appearing opposing Sam Worthington’s Perseus in the mythology-based actioner.

Releasing “Titans” in 3D would be a dramatic statement about the growth of 3D exhibition, as it would be a second big 3D title set for release the final weekend of March.

Warners would need to find an ample number of extra-dimensional venues for the same weekend that Paramount unspools DreamWorks Animation’s big animated feature “How to Train Your Dragon,” which also is slotted for the March 26 frame.

The word from a studio insider on the prospect of securing thousands of 3D screens for “Titans”: “No problem.”

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D.J. Caruso To Direct “I Am Number Four”


D.J. Caruso To Direct “I Am Number Four”

"D.J. Caruso is on board to direct “I Am Number Four,” DreamWorks’ adaptation of the upcoming young-adult science fiction book by James Frey and Jobie Hughes.

“Four” revolves around a group of nine aliens who escaped their home planet just before it was annihilated by a rival species. Hiding out on Earth, the title character disguises himself as a human high schooler, only to discover he is being hunted still by his planet’s enemy.

HarperCollins Children’s Books is publishing the book, which would be the first in a series of six, this fall.

DreamWorks picked up film rights in June, with Michael Bay attached to produce and possibly direct. Bay remains on board as a producer along with Benderspink.

“Smallville” creators Al Gough and Miles Millar wrote the screenplay.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Brock Lesnar Healed And Ready To Return To UFC


Brock Lesnar Healed And Ready To Return To UFC

As recently as early January, Brock Lesnar was convinced he needed surgery to deal with a case of diverticulitis – a condition that essentially left a hole in his intestine and put his career as Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight title holder in jeopardy. He might be out a year. Or it might be two. Or it might be forever.

Instead, a series of doctor’s visits and tests have revealed what both Lesnar and UFC president Dana White described as a “miracle.” The big guy is healed and ready to return to the Octagon this summer, probably against the winner of the fight between Frank Mir and Shane Carwin in March.

“Let’s be clear, I’m still the heavyweight champion,” Lesnar growled, in trademark fashion, on ESPN on Wednesday morning.

There couldn’t be better news for the UFC and fans of mixed martial arts. Lesnar isn’t just apparently well again (although really, who knows if there could be a setback or another episode), but his return to fighting brings back the sports’ biggest box office star.

Lesnar, 32, is a polarizing figure – or was until he got sick. You either loved his in-your-face ways or wanted someone to punch him in his face because of it. You were either one of the new fans that Lesnar drew in, perhaps from his days as a professional wrestler, or you resented them.

Either way, Lesnar was difficult to shift your eyes away from. A huge man who needs to cut weight to make the 265-pound limit, he was growing as a fighter and an intimidator during his brief career. His fights were thrilling and he headlined the hugely successful UFC 100, which did a reported 1.6 million pay per view buys.


The truth was, he just wanted to hang out in the woods with his family and emerge a couple times a year to beat the heck out of someone. And now, it seems, he can again.

“The doctors were dumbfounded,” Lesnar said. “They couldn’t find any signs of trouble.”

In an effort to fight depression, he went hunting in Canada where he had a painful diverticulitis attack.

“I felt like I got shot in the gut,” he said.

He wasn’t excited about his Canadian medical care, comparing it to “a third world country” where he couldn’t get any treatment. Finally Lesnar’s wife, Rena (better known as former pro wrestling star Sable), sprung him from the hospital, loaded him into a car and while Lesnar writhed in pain, drove “100 miles an hour” across the border and into North Dakota. He wound up MedCenter One, a hospital in Bismarck, N.D. There doctors were patient, didn’t immediately perform surgery and slowly nursed him back to some form of health.

“My wife saved my life,” he said.

Still, when he returned to the farm he owns outside Alexandria, Minn. he was down 40 pounds and facing an uncertain future. He got a second opinion at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. and heard the same thing – surgery. He changed his diet. He said he put his mind to healing. Dana White claimed Lesnar tried some holistic healing procedures. He began light workouts and focused on regaining some of his weight.

By the time Lesnar visited a doctor on January 5, he not only felt better, medical tests couldn’t find a problem. He kept returning for more and more tests. “Four of five different opinions,” Lesnar said, including one on Tuesday.

And now he’s focused on the future – returning to a sport where he found the peace of mind and quality of life that he’d been seeking since bailing on a multi-million dollar contract with the WWE.

“The doctor said, ‘You’ve got a lottery ticket,’ ” White said on ESPN.

Lesnar appeared fully aware of his good fortune. There is simply no way to know how long it will last or whether he is truly “healed.” A man built on bullying others inside the Octagon wore a look of fear as he described his recent medical journey and humility at his prognosis.

“I’ve got a different take on life,” Lesnar said. “When you have everything taken away, when you lay helplessly on a hospital bed … I’ve always been in control. For me to sit there for 30 days and not have control of anything … “

He went on to thank his wife, with whom he recently had a son. And his doctors. And the UFC. And anyone who thought of him while he was sick.

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Iron Man's Secret Revealed, It's Not Such A Secret


Iron Man's Secret Revealed, It's Not Such A Secret

There are so many superheroes in Hollywood these days that they're tripping over each other's capes, but director John Favreu has a secret weapon that will set the "Iron Man" franchise apart from the masked masses. Or perhaps it's better to think of it a not-so-secret weapon.

"The fact that our hero has no secret identity -- that opens up a lot of things for us creatively," says Favreau, whose Marvel Comics character returns to the big screen on May 7. The high-flying franchise from Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures picks up right where the 2008 hit film left off: with billionaire Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) revealing his secret identity to the world in open defiance of every municipal code in Gotham City and Metropolis. It was a bit jolting but Iron Man is the first major Hollywood superhero to soar over Los Angeles and, well, the laws of publicity are different here.

Favreau knows about the old conventions of cape movies (he had a small role in "Batman Forever" in 1995, after all), but the $585-million success of "Iron Man" was wired to avoid most of them and keyed instead on Downey's wit and decadent smirk.

"The superhero genre has been picked over pretty thoroughly with all the different titles, sequels, reboots. It's tough to keep it fresh and not do something that is derivative of something someone else has done. By taking a left turn at the end of the first film and making him a public figure, it opened it up to a whole lot of new possibilities. It goes beyond your standard secret identity/caped crusader model."

Robert Downey Jr in Iron Man 2

The script by Justin Theroux ("Tropic Thunder") takes the franchise on a trajectory that heroes rarely follow in popcorn films, Favreau said. "The rise of Ceaser -- there are mythic proportions to that. Other genres tackle that type of story on a regular basis but the superhero genre has not, up to this point. We were able to deal with the ramifications of fame and notoriety and high expectations."

If anyone knows the riptides of celebrity, it's Downey Jr., and Favreau said the star brought that into the mix for "Iron Man 2."

"It allowed us to draw upon our experiences and certainly Robert's experiences," the filmmaker said. "Robert had strong points of view on these things. He was propelled quite publicly to a much more successful station and we were able to draw upon that. We were able to comment on the phenomena of celebrity as we know it today."

Favreau said only "Fantastic Four" has really flirted with this type of story but those two films were more playful in tone. "Iron Man 2" will show Stark grinding the gears in his life as fame drags him down to earth. That's exciting for Favreau, who said he saw a dangerous sameness in the big-screen tales of Peter Parker, Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent.

"Usually the hero is forced to live an even more bifurcated existence between the esteemed persona of the superhero version of himself and the humble or disguised existences of his secret-identity self," Favreau said. "Those twin stories deviate more and more as the hero becomes more established. The hero starts to leave behind the secret identity. All of these franchises struggle to find their different angle on all of that as they move forward but the thing is it's all fairly limited and limiting. There are only so many stories there. We're flying in a different direction."

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Heroes Should It Return For Season 5?


Heroes Should It Return For Season 5?

This year the show has lost me and it has lost it core viewers. Never like the whole carnival theme of the show, and Peter being such a baby and Sylar not knowing who is he,Dam Your a cold blooded killer. Who really cares about Claire? We all have issues my dear.

Oh, Heroes, it's been nice to know you!

Despite talk that NBC is considering bringing Heroes back for a fifth season, it's not looking good! Apparently few people wanted to see Hiro battle his brain tumor, Sylar kiss Claire or Samuel try to woo the woman of his past in Monday's episode, "Pass/Fail," which hit a series low in the ratings.

The show's ratings had been dropping gradually since the season premiered last September with about 6 million viewers, and there was a noticeable drop when new episodes began airing this year: under 5 million. But Monday's episode completely tanked and drew in fewer than 4 million viewers. That's a drop of about 2 million viewers since the season began, and 2 million more viewers than Heroes can afford to lose.

Just over a week ago we reported that NBC executive Angela Bromstad said that NBC was considering keeping Heroes for another season and was expecting a pitch from creator Tim Kring about a fifth season before making any decisions. But the falling ratings call into question the show's chances for getting a pickup.

Why exactly have a third of viewers abandoned Heroes this season? (Loss of interest? Sylar not being himself, literally? Killing off Nathan for real? Claire kissing a girl? Hiro's brain tumor? Or maybe the viewers were kidnapped by aliens?)

And consider this: Heroes was a hit in its first season, averaging 14 million viewers. Now the series has an average viewership of 3.93 million.

With just three episodes to go before Heroes' season finale, "Brave New Year," on Feb. 8, fans had better start rallying if they hope to see another season.

Meanwhile, NBC's delightful Chuck is doing fairly well, averaging about 7 million viewers so far, and there's reason to be hopeful for the show's future. (Heroes airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT.)

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Tyrese Gibson Talks Legion and Luke Cage


Tyrese Gibson Talks Legion and Luke Cage

Tyrese Gibson, talks about his latest movie “Legion.” The film, opening in theaters nationwide on Friday, is about an “out-of-the-way diner” where battle ensues for the survival of the entire race. Interested yet? God sends a “legion” of angels to bring on the Apocalypse. Tyrese plays Kyle Williams, an innocent bystander that stops for directions at the wrong time, at the wrong place. He ends up getting sucked into the madness, and ends up fighting for survival.

Tyrese credits having great agents to get him the role in LEGION.
“I give my team love all the time,” he said. “They keep their radars out there for projects like this. Once Paul Bettany signed on to a Sony Screen Gems project, it was like, okay, this is like the heavyweight actor that’s classically trained in all of this stuff and coming off of the Da Vinci Code, it’s like, what’s this project that Paul Bettany has signed on to. Everybody was buzzing about it and then Charles Dutton and then Dennis Quaid. And then that’s when they came at me and I was like, man, that’s just a heck of a cast just in general. Let me see this script because if they signed on, more than likely I’m going to want to sign on. I read the script and it was done.”

In the movie, Tyrese acts alongside Charles Dutton and Dennis Quaid. On his experience with the actors, he said
“I worked with Dennis Quaid before on Flight of the Phoenix, so that felt like a family reunion. I said, ‘Dennis, what is it about me and you and deserts? What the heck is going on there? How do we keep ending up working together in the deserts? This is crazy.’ But Charles Dutton, a lot of people might not know this, but he’s like a historian, that guy. He has dates and times and he has information about all of this stuff. He’s a real historian. You could sit up and talk with him for hours. Honestly, when I end up doing a scene with him on the roof and it felt like a mentoring moment where he was teaching me and making me aware of stuff as a much older figure, that’s the way it felt on the set. I said to Scott, ‘This time you caught a mentoring session on camera.’ So it was a pleasure working with Charles. I definitely want to do another one with him because I learned a lot. I was a student.”

In the past, Tyrese has mentioned being interested in a role that Marvel was developing, named Luke Cage. He said that he is definitely still interested in playing the part.
“I will absolutely play the role of Luke Cage when that opportunity presents itself. I will take that in a heartbeat. It’s in development hell right now. It’s one of the most famous black superheroes out there. It’s a lot of pressure to get that script right in particular. Especially with all of the stuff going on with Disney buying Marvel and all of this, it’s in development hell. But I’m excited about the possibilities. I would love to help bring that to life in a heartbeat.”

Many people do not know that Tyrese has a comic book called “Mayhem.
” About the hero, he says that “he’s a very strong black superhero. I’m really proud of the momentum and the energy behind this comic book creation. I went to Comic-Con when I was out there promoting Death Race with Jason Statham. That energy out there was so infectious. I was like I have to figure out a way to be a part of this world and try my best to contribute to this world. So me and my partner got together, we went through some images of some really strong comic book characters and here we are, we sold at least 40-some thousand comic books with the combination of all three series.”

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New Tron Legacy Poster


New Tron Legacy Poster

We brought you the first images of the upcoming movie Tron:Legacy in December. Disney has had a banner upon display on the corner of Santa Monica and Glendora.

The poster is very hot expect for all the MTV advertisements on the poster. Sorry about that I could not find a High Resolution picture yet.

TRON: LEGACY is a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world that’s unlike anything ever captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn (GARRETT HEDLUND), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (JEFF BRIDGES), looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the digital world of Tron where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin’s loyal confidant Quorra (OLIVIA WILDE), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey of escape across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.

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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Film Coming Soon


The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Film Coming Soon

If you've read a book in the last year, chances are it was one of Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilogy, the insanely popular series of Swedish crime novels that has taken the world by storm. Well, the first of the books has been adapted for the screen, and now The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo has a new poster to premiere right here.

The story, for those of you who don't read, focuses on two characters. Investigative reporter Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) has been convicted of libel and, his career in ruins, accepts an offer from a wealthy recluse to write a family history. Researcher and computer hacker Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) agrees to help him - but her troubled past means that she has more serious problems than merely sorting through family records.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is out on March 12 here in the UK, followed by The Girl Who Played With Fire on September 10 and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest on November 5. None of these should be confused with The Girl With The Pearl Earring, which has much less computer hacking, or My Girl, which has considerably less crime.

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Martin Luther King, Jr Film To Be Made By Dreamworks


Martin Luther King, Jr Film To Be Made By Dreamworks

I feel that this film is way over due. With Hollywood coming out with so many bad movies and terrible remakes of older movies and Television shows. It's about time we get something with meaning.

DreamWorks Studios announced today it's hired playwright and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Ronald Harwood to write the Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic. Overseeing the film are Mark Sourian and Holly Bario, Co-Presidents of Production for the studio, while, as previously announced, Steven Spielberg, Suzanne de Passe and Madison Jones will produce the film about the renowned civil rights leader. It's the first theatrical motion picture to be authorized by The King Estate to utilize the intellectual property of Dr. King to create the definitive portrait of his life. (Dr. King copyrighted his speeches, books, and famous works during his lifetime.) A native of South Africa, Harwood has long pursued themes surrounding race, conscience and moral choices as for his recreations of history. Among his many films, he wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for The Pianist and received Oscar nominations for The Dresser and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Money Will Stay In California For Films And TV


Arnold Schwarzenegger Money Will Stay In California For Films And TV

About $710 million in movie and TV production spending will remain in California this fiscal year because of production incentives passed a year ago, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger boasted Tuesday.

The governor said 60 projects have thus far qualified, with room for more.

Perhaps not so coincidentally, Schwarzenegger's announcement came shortly after New York Gov. David Paterson earned kudos from film and TV execs for proposing that $420 million a year be set aside so that his state can continue doling out production tax credits through 2014.

Schwarzenegger even singled out "Important Things With Demetri Martin," a Comedy Central show that took advantage of incentives by relocating production from New York to California.

Of the 60 projects that have qualified thus far, 26 began or completed production, adding 673 filming days in California, Schwarzenegger said. The remaining 34 are slated to begin production within the next five months.

Of the $710 million in spending the 60 projects will generate in the state, $310 million will be in the form of direct wages.

"It's about the caterers, the make-up artists and countless small businesses that rely on film and television production to thrive and create jobs here in California," Schwarzenegger said.

Of the 60 approved projects, 38% are independent feature films, 27% are studio features, 20% are TV movies of the week, 8% are TV series and 7% are direct-to-DVD movies.

The rules-heavy incentive package was passed in February and is laid out in detail at www.film.ca.gov/incentives.

Some of the feature films Schwarzenegger lists as staying in California because of the incentives are "Faster" for CBS Films, "Burlesque" for Screen Gems and "Adventurers Handbook" for Universal.

Television projects include the Lifetime telefilm "Amish Grace," TNT's "Men of a Certain Age" and the FX dramedy "Terriers" from Fox 21.

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Chris Hemsworth and Sean Bean Looking For "Ca$h"


Chris Hemsworth and Sean Bean Looking For "Ca$h"
By:John Meneghetti



If you have watched the movie South Central then you know the work of Stephen Milburn Anderson. The film had to be one of the best movies that depicted the gang life in South Central LA. Still to this day I can remember O.G Bobby Johnson. Deuce Deuce (Hoover Street Deuces).


And now he is coming back to the scene with the movie "Cash" Starring Chris Hemsworth(soon to play Thor) and Sean Bean(Boromir in The Lord of the Rings and National Treasure)

I am very excited about this film, and I really hope it doesn't get lost in the mix. With no release date set just yet,let's hope it is not a straight to DVD film.



A stroke of good luck turns lethal for Sam Phelan (CHRIS HEMSWORTH) and his wife Leslie (VICTORIA PROFETA) when they are faced with a life-changing decision which brings strange and sinister Pyke Kubic (SEAN BEAN) to their doorstep. As Pyke leads Sam and Leslie on a tumultuous adventure through the streets of Chicago, each are pulled deeper and deeper into a desperate spiral of deception and violence... All in the name of cash.

CASH is a quirky psychological thriller that explores the mysterious power which money yields over humans, triggering despicable acts to possess it. At a time when foreclosures, debt and unemployment are so common, CASH takes a bold look at our human foibles of greed, materialism, cowardice and immorality amidst a backdrop ripe with satire, stereotypes, mind games and consequences.


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Stephen Milburn Anderson. Known for his examination of societal evils in SOUTH CENTRAL, Anderson continues his analysis of the human persona through CASH. Joining him on this endeavor are Producer Naveen Chathappuram and Executive Producer Prema Thekkek.

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Jim Sturgess To Play Spider-Man In Reboot?


Jim Sturgess To Play Spider-Man In Reboot?

Since Sony Pictures announced that they scrapped "Spider-Man 4" and has planned to make a reboot of the franchise without Tobey Maguire, several names have surfaced as the potential depicter of the titular character. Most recently, Jim Sturgess has been rumored to be among the line-up of contenders to star in the untitled Spider-Man reboot.

The news was first brought into attention by The Hollywood News which noticed a retweet by "Adulthood" director Noel Clarke to British actor Arnold Oceng in which he mentioned that Sturgess has been offered the part in upcoming "Spider-Man" film. "Got inside track. jim sturgess has bin offerd the new spiderMan in spiderMan reboot, U knw I always get da inside scoop," Clarke wrote on Wednesday, January 17. Later, when asked by the site if the rumor is true, Oceng replied, "Of course it is."

28-year-old Sturgess made his breakthrough after playing Jude in 2007 musical "Across the Universe" in which he shares screen with Evan Rachel Wood. He has also made an appearance in 2009 film "Crossing Over" which stars Harrison Ford.

Prior to Sturgess, Zac Efron was also mentioned to tackle the role that was previously played by Maguire. However, being met by Access Hollywood at the 15th Annual Critics' Choice Awards, he has debunked the rumor, saying "I really haven't gotten that phone call yet!" He then added, "I'm a huge fan of the franchise and a huge fan of 'Spider-Man'. I love all the movies at this point. It would be a dream come true for any guy my age."

Additionally, Taylor Lautner has been said having a possibility to appear in the "Spider-Man" reboot as he has had a meeting with the film's producers. However, IESB which first reported the news was not able to reveal the role that he might play.

"Spider-Man" reboot will follow Spider-Man's alter ego Peter Parker during his high school age. The film will be produced by Columbia Pictures, Marvel Studios, Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin. It is planned to be released in summer 2012.

*UPDATE: After this news was published, The Hollywood News has contacted us to stress that the Jim Sturgess' "Spider-Man" rumor did not come from director Noel Clarke as it was previously suggested. The site wrote, "Although Clarke has previously worked with Sturgess on the movie HEARTLESS, may we please make clear that this rumor did not come from Noel Clarke."

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," To Film In Hawaii


"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," To Film In Hawaii

The fourth installment of Disney's popular "Pirates of the Caribbean" series will be filmed in Hawaii.

Johnny Depp will return to his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," which will begin shooting in the summer on Oahu and Kauai and be released in 2011.

The film is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall.

The announcement was made by Gov. Linda Lingle, who recently met with Disney president and CEO Bob Iger.

Lingle's office estimates the production will generate $85 million in spending in Hawaii.

"Pirates" is the latest of three big-budget films being shot in the islands this year.

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Gerard Butler Wants To Be A Machine Gun Preacher


Gerard Butler Wants To Be A Machine Gun Preacher

Looks like Butler wants to show the world that he is more then a pretty face and muscle. We are told Butler wants the world to see him as a serious actor and not just eye candy

While some actors would capitalize on a box office hit like Law Abiding Citizen by seeking the biggest payday in the marketplace, Gerard Butler is going a different way. He has teamed with director Marc Forster to tell the story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing biker tough guy who found God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who've been kidnapped and pressed into duty as soldiers.

Butler wants to play Childers in Machine Gun Preacher, which Forster will direct from a script he developed with screenwriter Jason Keller. After watching an NBC Dateline news story on Childers' crusade, producer Robbie Brenner and Keller tracked him down to secure the rights to his memoir Another Man‘s War: The True Story of One Man‘s Battle to Save Children in the Sudan. Childers’ response, according to insiders, was something like, “Who the hell are you, and why the fuck should I trust you with my life story?” Raised by a tough ironworker father and taught to be a brawler with a hatred of bullies, Childers emerged from a dead-end future to become a preacher who found some real bullies to battle. Moved by the stories of the atrocities committed by rebels under the command of Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army, Childers established an orphanage to house 200 children, then formed a militia to protect them, recover other kidnapped kids, and dispense outlaw justice on their captors. The Keller script was developed independently with funding from Gary Safady's and Craig Chapman’s Kaushi Entertainment. (Safady is a real estate entrepreneur.) Forster and his Apparatus partner Brad Simpson are producing with Brenner, Deborah Girratana, and the Kaushi duo.

Working with Forster who's known for coaxing good performances out of actors (i.e. Monsters Ball), Keller turned in a script that hooked Butler who wants the chance to show some acting chops to go with his 300 brawn. If he has his way, Machine Gun Preacher will start production later this year.

Keller is an up and coming writer who recently turned in a draft on the Fox film about the 1960s rivalry for sportscar supremacy between Ferrari and Ford, Race to the Death. Forster is attached to several projects -- The Chancellor Manuscript, and the zombie saga World War Z with Brad Pitt at Paramount, and Angelology at Sony.

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"Push" Heading To The Small Screen


"Push" Heading To The Small Screen

Looks like Summit is developing a television version of the movie "Push."
I thought that the movie was horrible rip off of the NBC show Heroes, and with the rating for Heroes dipping the last few years, don't really know if this show will have room to grow.Time will tell.

Summit Entertainment released the moderately budgeted feature film Push on February 6, 2009. The film, directed by Paul McGuigan and starring Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle and Djimon Hounsou, went on to gross nearly $50 million worldwide. The film is currently available on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Here is the Press release:

SUMMIT ENTERTAINMENT AND E1 ENTERTAINMENT TEAM UP FOR TELEVISION VERSION OF HIT FILM “PUSH”

Television Series Development and Production Marks

Summit’s Evolution into Production for the Small Screen

X-Men and Watchmen Screenwriter David Hayter to Write Pilot Script

and Executive Produce with Dark Hero Studios Partner Benedict Carver

Los Angeles/Toronto - January 19, 2009 - Summit Entertainment, a worldwide theatrical motion picture development, financing, production and distribution studio, and leading independent studio E1 Entertainment announced today that they plan to jointly develop and produce a television series based on Summit’s 2009 feature film Push. The project marks a natural evolution for Summit of not only producing feature films but also developing and producing material for the global television marketplace. The television series will be an extension of the film, a science fiction thriller, centered on people with paranormal powers who band together to take down a corrupt government agency. The Push television series furthers the relationship established in 2007 between Summit and E1, with E1 licensing exclusive distribution rights to Summit produced feature films in the UK and Canada.

Screenwriter David Hayter, who penned the blockbuster films Watchmen, The Scorpion King, X2 and X-Men, will script the series pilot. E1 and Dark Hero Studios, co-owned by Hayter and producing partner Benedict Carver, will jointly produce the series based on the screenplay created by David Bourla for Summit Entertainment. Hayter and Carver will be executive producers, along with E1’s Noreen Halpern and John Morayniss. Summit, E1 and Dark Hero are currently in discussion with US broadcasters about the series. Hayter and Dark Hero Studios are repped by UTA.

“The concept behind the Push feature film offers a broad and rich canvas on which to extend the storyline and characters introduced in the feature film,” said Summit Co-Chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger. “The project is also the perfect vehicle to initiate Summit’s plans of producing programming for the global television marketplace. The opportunity to do this with our trusted partners at E1 re-enforces that this is the right opportunity to grow Summit’s platform.”

Patrice Theroux, E1’s President of Filmed Entertainment says, “It’s a pleasure to witness the next step forward of our theatrical relationship with Summit take place with the television series Push. The strengths that exist between E1, Summit and Dark Hero are going to result in a phenomenal TV series, which will resonate on a worldwide basis.”

John Morayniss, CEO of E1 Television, added “This is one of those ‘perfect fit’ moments: David Hayter’s work on Watchmen gives him super-hero status on the sci-fi front, and instantly ensures that Push gets the right kind of attention.”

“I’m looking forward to translating the fantastic concept behind Push to the small screen,” said Hayter. “I’m also thrilled for Dark Hero to be in business with two independent powerhouses like Summit and E1.”

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Marc Webb Officially Announced To Direct Spider-Man Reboot


Marc Webb Officially Announced To Direct Spider-Man Reboot

Now with Marc Webb announced that he got the gig for the Spider-Man reboot which way is he going to go with the film? And will our good friend Michael PapaJohn be coming back as Dennis Carradine,the man who kills Uncle Ben?

Marc Webb, the director of the Golden Globe-nominated Best Picture (500) Days of Summer, will direct the next chapter in the Spider-Man franchise, set to hit theaters summer 2012, it was jointly announced today by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios.

Written by James Vanderbilt, Webb will work closely with producers Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin in developing the project, which will begin production later this year.

Commenting on the announcement, Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures, said, "At its core, Spider-Man is a small, intimate human story about an everyday teenager that takes place in an epic super-human world. The key for us as we sought a new director was to identify filmmakers who could give sharp focus to Peter Parker's life. We wanted someone who could capture the awe of being in Peter's shoes so the audience could experience his sense of discovery while giving real heart to the emotion, anxiety, and recklessness of that age and coupling all of that with the adrenaline of Spider-Man's adventure. We believe Marc Webb is the perfect choice to bring us on that journey."

Arad and Ziskin added jointly, "Over the years, the Spider-Man comics have been told with bold and creative new writers and artists who have re-calibrated the way audiences see Peter Parker. Marc Webb will do for the new direction of the films what so many visionary storytellers have done with the comic books. He is an incredibly talented filmmaker and we look forward to working closely with him on this new adventure."

Webb said, "This is a dream come true and I couldn't be more aware of the challenge, responsibility, or opportunity. Sam Raimi's virtuoso rendering of Spider-Man is a humbling precedent to follow and build upon. The first three films are beloved for good reason. But I think the Spider-Man mythology transcends not only generations but directors as well. I am signing on not to 'take over' from Sam. That would be impossible. Not to mention arrogant. I'm here because there's an opportunity for ideas, stories, and histories that will add a new dimension, canvas, and creative voice to Spider-Man."

Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man, added, "I'm excited that Sony has chosen a director with a real penchant and understanding for the character. This is a brave, bold direction for the franchise, and I can't wait to see what Marc comes up with next."

Added Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, "The idea of re-imagining the on-screen story for one of the world's most iconic superheros is sure to deliver an exciting new dimension to Spider-Man fans everywhere. There are volumes of comics and material available to inspire fresh and compelling takes on Peter Parker and his journey as Spidey and we look forward to seeing this come alive onscreen."

Marc Webb has won acclaim with his film debut (500) Days of Summer. He has several MTV VMAs™ including 2009's Best Director award for Green Day's "21 Guns," 2006 Best Rock Video for AFI's "Miss Murder," and Best Group Video for The All-American Rejects' "Move Along." The Music Video Production Association honored him in 2006 as the Director of the Year for his work with Weezer, AAR, and My Chemical Romance.

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MacGruber Redband Trailer and Pictures


MacGruber Redband Trailer and Pictures

MacGruber is a recurring sketch on the NBC television series Saturday Night Live, first appearing on the show in January 2007. The sketch stars Will Forte as special operations agent MacGruber, who is tasked in each episode with deactivating a ticking bomb but becomes distracted by personal issues, resulting in the bomb's detonation and the deaths of his companions and himself. The sketch is a parody of the 1985-1992 adventure series MacGyver. And now a film will be coming out.



Only one American hero has earned the rank of Green Beret, Navy SEAL, and Army Ranger. Just one operative has been awarded 16 Purple Hearts, three Congressional Medals of Honor and seven Presidential Medal of Bravery. And only one guy is man enough to still sport a mullet... MacGruber.


In the 10 years since his fiancée was killed, special op MacGruber (Will Forte) has sworn off a life of fighting crime with his bare hands. But when he learns that his country needs him to find a nuclear warhead that's been stolen by his sworn enemy, Dieter Von Cunth (Val Kilmer), MacGruber figures he's the only one tough enough for the job.


Assembling an elite team of experts—Lt. Dixon Piper (Ryan Phillippe) and Vicki St. Elmo (Kristen Wiig)—MacGruber will navigate an army of assassins to hunt down Cunth and bring him to justice. His methods may be unorthodox; his crime scenes may get messy; but if you want the world saved right, you call in MacGruber.

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