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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Conan The Barbarian Broadway Musical

Could A Conan The Barbarian Broadway Musical Be On It's Way?

According to our good friend Randy over at TheArnoldFans we just might get our hand on a Conan the Barbarian Broadway show if John Milius has his way. Milius is best known for directing the film Conan and was also instrumental during the start-up of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) organization: it was his idea to use the octagon-shaped cage, and his association with UFC helped provide interest and investors to the start-up UFC.

Here is part of the interview that Randy had with the director.


While speaking with the great John Milius, director of Conan the Barbarian, for nearly an hour, I learned of many interesting developments for the director/screenwriter including some goods on his new Genghis Khan script, King Conan and other projects. However, one that came as the biggest surprise was that we may someday get a Conan the Barbarian broadway musical! Lookout Spiderman the musical, "Conan the Opera" is coming!

After filling me in on the latest on "King Conan: Crown of Iron" (another story), Milius dropped the bomb about another Conan project that he'd like to see materialize.

John Millius: Basil (Poledouris) and I always wanted to do Conan as either a ballet or an opera. Unfortunately Basil died but we always wanted to do that. We thought that was a great idea. I still think it would be a terrific idea. The story of Conan, of the first movie, is such a great story for a ballet or an opera.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Icons: The DC Comics And Wildstorm Art Of Jim Lee & Preview

Icons: The DC Comics And Wildstorm Art Of Jim Lee & Preview

One of the most successful and popular artists to work in comics, Jim Lee is revered by fans worldwide thanks to his hyper-dynamic artwork and innovative character and costume design.

Now, his work on Batman and Superman — not to mention his legion of WildStorm heroes including WildC.A.T.s, Divine Right and Deathblow — is celebrated in this beautiful hardback, which includes an exclusive interview with Jim Lee, a tour of his studio and hundreds of full-colour illustrations and pencils spanning his entire career!

Plus an all-new cover by Lee and an exclusive, all-new eight-page comic strip, written by Paul Levitz (Legion of Super-Heroes) with art by Lee!
Titan Books presents a spectacular hardback collection of work from a true master of comics art: ICONS: THE DC COMICS AND WILDSTORM ART OF JIM LEE.

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Gathering together art from across the range of Lee’s finest work, ICONS presents an impeccable collection of full-colour illustrations and pencil sketches, spanning his career to date. Taking in stunning and vivid renderings of superstar super heroes including Batman and Superman, WildC.A.T.s, Divine Right and Deathblow, this volume also features Lee’s guest art for series such as Ex Machina, plus a host of previously unseen pieces.



Structured around an all-new interview with Jim Lee by comics journalist Bill Baker, this deluxe volume also features brand new art from Lee, both on the specially-designed dustjacket, and in an exclusive, all-new Legion of Super-Heroes ten-page story, written by Paul Levitz and illustrated by Jim Lee.



Lee’s ascent through the ranks of comics’ stardom, both in art and in business, is charted in this definitive collection, as Titan Books lays out his rich, varied and astonishingly successful career through an array of beautiful work.



Acclaimed comic book illustrator JIM LEE was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1964. Today, Lee is the co-publisher of DC Comics and the artist for many of DC Comics’ bestselling comic books and graphic novels, including Dark Knight: Boy Wonder, Batman: Hush, and Superman: For Tomorrow. He also serves as the executive creative director for the upcoming DC Universe Online videogame from Sony Online Entertainment. He resides in La Jolla, California, with his wife Carla, their seven kids, three cats and a dog.

Structured around an all-new interview with Jim Lee by comics journalist Bill Baker, this deluxe volume features brand new cover art by Lee, and will be available in September for $39.95 / CAN $47.00 / £24.99.


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Fair Game Trailer Starring Naomi Watts & Sean Penn

"Fair Game" Trailer And Not The One Starring Cindy Crawford

Here is the trailer for the upcoming spy thriller Fair Game. The film directed by Doug Liman (Swingers & The Bourne Identity) and starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn. The film is based on the true story of Valerie Plame, and is based on Plame's memoir, Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House. Naomi Watts stars as Plame along with Sean Penn as Plame's husband, Joseph C. Wilson.

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Official Synopsis:

As a covert officer in the CIA's Counter-Proliferation Division, Valerie Plame leads an investigation into the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Valerie's husband, diplomat Joe Wilson, is drawn into the investigation to substantiate an alleged sale of enriched uranium from Niger. But when the administration ignores his findings and uses the issue to support the call to war, Joe writes a New York Times editorial outlining his conclusions and ignites a firestorm of controversy.

The movie is set to be released on November 5th 2010.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Bob Marley Biopic On It's Way

Bob Marley Biopic On It's Way

Jenny Ash, the UK director who has been nominated for an Emmy for America – The Story of Us, is developing a biopic of reggae legend Bob Marley. Ash’s feature will concentrate on the year Marley spent living in London in 1977. This was a crucial year for Marley. He’d fled Jamaica after an attempt was made on his life; the year ended with him sustaining a soccer injury which eventually triggered full-blown cancer. It was the year of punk rock; in London Marley hung out with the Sex Pistols. It was also the year of his legendary Rainbow Theatre gig. Crucially, he also started an affair with Jamaican beauty queen Cindy Breakspeare, who had just been crowned Miss World. Ash tells me she sees the biopic as a love triangle between Marley, his wife Rita and Breakspeare, whom Ash has spent time with in Jamaica. “There’s never been a fiction film about Marley,” Ash tells me. “We’ve never had a sense of him as a real man, as opposed to the legend."

One bump in the road ahead is that the filmmakers don't have rights to the songs yet. Given Rita Marley's antipathy to Cindy Breakspeare, that's a big if. Other planned biopics of Janis Joplin and Marvin Gaye have foundered because of rights issues. Rita Marley herself was executive producer on a planned Weinstein Company biopic based on her 2004 autobiography No Woman No Cry: My Life With Bob Marley. Lauryn Hill, who is Rita Marley's daughter in law, was eyed to play Rita. Hill was going to play Rita in a previous Warner Bros biopic, based on Timothy White's 1991 biography of Marley, Catch a Fire. That project fell through after director Ron Shelton, and his replacement George Armitage, both left the project.


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John Woo To Bring The Story Of "Flying Tigers" To Imax

John Woo To Bring The Story Of  "Flying Tigers" To Imax

Director John Woo will work with the Creative Artists Agency and IMAX in an effort to super-size his roughly $90 million, 1940s bilingual aerial battle epic movie “Flying Tigers,” due to go into pre-production in China in September.

Woo, who returned to China to work on the 3rd century war picture “Red Cliff” after a decade making Hollywood films such as “Face/Off,” told The Hollywood Reporter that CAA will package “Flying Tigers” by hunting down U.S. studio finance and casting on both sides of the Pacific.

Woo is  mulling who should play the lead role of U.S. Army Air Corp Lt. Gen. Claire Lee Chennault -- the contentious American officer whose volunteer Flying Tigers squadron trained the first generation of Chinese fighter pilots taking on Japan in WWII.

“It’s got to be a star but it’s hard to find the right one, because at that time Chennault was almost 50 years old. Ideally, I’ve been thinking of Liam Neeson as the title actor,” Woo said.

Playing opposite whoever is cast as Chennault will be a young Chinese actor in the role of a pilot in training. Woo mentioned the likes of actor Liu Ye, who last appeared in a lead role in Lu Chuan's Nanjing Massacre picture “City of Life and Death.”

Meanwhile, IMAX CEO Rich Gelfond, who lately has focused much of his NASDAQ-listed company’s expansion energies in China -- co-producing its first non-English film there and selling a raft of new digital screens -- said working with Woo was a dream come true.

“Woo's passion and the story lend themselves in scope to an IMAX film," Gelfond said by telephone from New York. "John is so visual and his great talent will help us from the start to make sure that the IMAX version of [Flying Tigers] realizes the technology’s potential.”

As China’s economy, now the world’s second-largest, encourages its swelling middle class to spend some of its savings, local boxoffice has ballooned 86% in the first half of 2010, up from the $909 million reached in 2009 when the year-end growth was a mere 46%.

Woo, 64, said he is co-writing the “Flying Tigers” script with a young Los Angeles-based writer called Chris Chow. Woo will co-produce the film, first announced in July 2009 with his long-time business partner Terence Chang of Lion Rock Productions of Los Angeles, the state-run China Film Group here and a new addition to the mix, Beijing Galloping Horse Film & TV Productions.

“Flying Tigers” is based on a story well known in China and the U.S. -- at least among WWII and U.S. Air Force history buffs.

Chennault -- whose 85-year-old widow is Beijing-born journalist- turned Washington, D.C.-based Sino-U.S. relations lobbyist Anna Chennault -- ran the Flying Tigers squadron from southwest China. His volunteer fighter pilots flew successful missions around the city of Kunming in Yunnan province against the raiding Japanese and flew supplies to both Nationalist and Communist Chinese forces.

“Chennault really did a great job for China,” Woo said in an interview in his new east Beijing office, where production will begin in a few weeks. “He really loved China. Older Chinese people really remember him, respect him and love him. No matter what kind of party was in power, they all liked him. Chennault worked with them all so well.”

“Flying Tigers” goes into production at a time when the State Administration of Radio Film and Television with the support of China’s cabinet is pushing the nation’s cultural industries to make movies that reflect the one-party government’s views on the big screen.


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International For Little Fockers Trailer

International For Little Fockers Trailer

Here is the international for Little Fockers I was not impressed with the first trailer that I saw for this film and this new one doesn't help it's case. You be the judge.

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The test of wills between Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) and Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) escalates to new heights of comedy in the third installment of the blockbuster series — “Little Fockers.” Laura Dern, Jessica Alba and Harvey Keitel join the returning all-star cast for a new chapter of the worldwide hit franchise.
It has taken 10 years, two little Fockers with wife Pam (Polo) and countless hurdles for Greg to finally get “in” with his tightly wound father-in-law, Jack. After the cash-strapped dad takes a job moonlighting for a drug company, however, Jack’s suspicions about his favorite male nurse come roaring back.
When Greg and Pam’s entire clan — including Pam’s lovelorn ex, Kevin (Owen Wilson) — descends for the twins’ birthday party, Greg must prove to the skeptical Jack that he’s fully capable as the man of the house. But with all the misunderstandings, spying and covert missions, will Greg pass Jack’s final test and become the family’s next patriarch… or will the circle of trust be broken for good?

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Black Swan Intense Trailer

Black Swan Intense Trailer Starring Natalie Portman

Fox Searchlight Pictures has finally released the first trailer for Darren Aronofsky's next film Black Swan, and the trailer looks amazing and intense from the start. The film stars Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, and Vincent Cassel.

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Black Swan is an upcoming American psychological thriller directed by Darren Aronofsky. The film stars Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis as ballet dancers in a New York City production of Swan Lake. The production requires a ballerina to play both the innocent White Swan and the sensual Black Swan. Nina (Portman) fits for the White Swan, Lily (Kunis) fits for the Black Swan, and the two compete for the parts. Aronofsky and Portman first discussed the project in 2000, and after a brief attachment to Universal Pictures, Black Swan was produced in New York City in 2009 under Fox Searchlight Pictures. Notable figures from the ballet world helped with film production to shape the ballet presentation. The film is set to premiere as the opening film for the 67th Venice International Film Festival in September 2010. The film will have a limited release on December 1, 2010.

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J.J. Abrams "7 Minutes in Heaven" Film

J.J. Abrams Developing "7 Minutes in Heaven" Film

J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot shingle are developing a thriller based on the teenage makeout game of snogging in the closet.

Called “7 Minutes in Heaven,” the original idea comes from Jack Bender, who most recently directed the final episode of ABC’s “Lost.” A longtime Bad Robot cohort, Bender signed a feature deal with the company in early June, and the “Heaven” project is his to helm. “Heaven” is being developed internally, but it likely will be set up at Paramount, the studio home of Bad Robot.

While plot details are being suppressed, it is known to focus on two teens who go into a closet as part of the titular game and find all their friends dead when they come back out.
Bad Robot is looking for a writer to tackle the idea.

The Abrams- and Bryan Burk-led Bad Robot factory is running strong for Paramount, with numerous projects in development. While the company keeps most of them in stealth mode, some are known, including the recently set up “Boilerplate,” a graphic novel-picture book hybrid by Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett about the development of the first robot.
Not all of Bad Robot’s material is genre-oriented. The company next has “Morning Glory,” starring Harrison Ford and Rachel McAdams, coming out in November from Paramount. The shingle and studio also are working on a remake of “Little Darlings.”

With so many projects in the works, the big question becomes which will come to fruition first. Abrams’ next directing project is his collaboration with Steven Spielberg, “Super 8,” which he will follow up with a “Star Trek” sequel. He is also producing “Mission: Impossible 4,” which is slated for a December 2011 release.

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Ca$h Starring Chris Hemsworth

Win A Copy Of Ca$h Starring Chris Hemsworth

Giveaway time my friends we have 2 copies of the Hit Film Ca$h and we are looking to give them away to you our loyal fans. There are a few simple steps to get entered into this giveaway. So good luck.

To get a chance to enter the Contest all you have to do is:

-Follow Sandwichjohnfilms On "Twitter"
-Follow Sandwichjohnfilms On "Facebook"
-Follow Ca$h on "Facebook"

Email me here and let me know that you did two out of three and why I should give you a copy of the film. That simple.
Winner will be notified on August 20, 2010

sandwichjohn@sandwichjohnfilms.com



Lionsgate is proud to announce the DVD, Digital Download and On Demand release of Ca$h out this week.

It's a twisted, exciting game of injustice and consequences when the power of greed takes over. Chris Hemsworth (lead actor in the upcoming Thor) stars alongside Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Victoria Profeta (Push) in the action-filled psychological thriller, Ca$h. Raising the question of how far someone will go for money, the film takes audiences through an exhilarating story filled with danger and suspense on the streets of Chicago. Ca$h makes its DVD, Digital Download and On Demand premiere on August 17, 2010. The DVD is filled with bonus features including deleted and extended scenes, audio commentary and "The Making of Ca$h" featurette.

A stroke of good luck turns lethal for Sam Phelan (Hemsworth) and his wife Leslie (Profeta) when they are faced with a life-changing decision that brings strange and sinister Pyke Kubic (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 Ca$h.
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Main Event Video George Lucas & Jon Stewart

Star Wars Celebration V Main Event Video George Lucas & Jon Stewart

Last weekend in Orland, Florida Star Wars Celebration V took place, and the Main event for the entire weekend was Jon Stewart interviewing director George Lucas. I was unable to attend this year but did come across the entire interview from the event. So please enjoy.

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New Images Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1

New Images From Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1

We have new images from the upcoming Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1.  You'll see for yourself below, but look forward to Harry with an owl, Harry and Ron peering out of doors and behind walls (respectively), Hermione with blood on her hands, Harry and Hermione holding a copy of The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore and, as they say, much, much more.



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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Disney's Epic Mickey Video Game Sneak Peek

Disney's Epic Mickey Video Game Sneak Peek

Mickey Mouse is back, back, back...! Not on the big screen, sure, but on your widescreen at home in the form of Disney's Epic Mickey, and we have the first half of the game's intro, exclusively, to pique your interest.

Mickey hasn't seen the light of day for around about 7 years (publication-wise, mind, he's always kicking about Disneyland, the little scamp), and so it's a pretty special occasion that he's been unleashed onto the Wii this year.

Disney Epic Mickey is an upcoming Mickey Mouse video game designed by Warren Spector, with 2d cinemas by Powerhouse Animation Studios, Inc. and developed by Junction Point Studios for the Wii console, using Emergent Game Technologies' Gamebryo Engine. Epic Mickey is part of an effort by The Walt Disney Company to re-brand the Mickey Mouse character by moving away from his current squeaky clean image and reintroducing the mischievous side of his personality. Spector has been collaborating with Walt Disney Feature Animation and Pixar in conjunction with the project

Keen-eyed Disney-holics will observe a certain Sorceror in the clip by the name of Yen Sid, who would later use Mickey as his apprentice, as well as a whole host of other allusions to the Mickey back catalog for you to pick up on at your leisure.

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It's a somewhat darker world than most will remember the squeaky-voiced charmer running about in, so look forward to a new look mouse below - and with it being brought to life by none other than Warren "Deus Ex" Spector, the world's biggest Disney geek, you know you're in safe, white-gloved hands.

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Underworld 4 Gets A Release Date And Will Be Shot In 3D

Underworld 4 Gets A Release Date And Will Be Shot In 3D. What A Surprise

Sony's Screen Gems is moving ahead with a fourth film in the "Underworld" franchise and is targeting a January 2012 release. The movie will be shot in 3-D.

We've received no word yet if Underworld: Rise of the Lycans stars Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy and Rhona Mitra, or former franchise stars Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman will return for the next film.  We are told Seline (Beckinsale) will "pass the torch" to one of her kindred (yes, she has not one, but two daughters at this point).

Back in February, we reported that the studio was pleased with the performance of the prequel that opened on January 23. The film was made for just $35 million and earned $91.1 million worldwide, not counting DVD and Blu-ray sales.

The film could star Either Kate Beckinsale or Rhona Mitra both are great eye candy to look at and the movies aren't half bad either.


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Dylan Dog: Dead of Night Trailer

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night Trailer Starring Brandon Routh

Here's the first full trailer for Dylan Dog: Dead of Night. Starring Superman Returns star Brandon Routh, Sam Huntington, Anita Briem and Taye Diggs, The film is being produced by independent film company Platinum Films and directed by Kevin Monroe the man who directed TMNT and I am not sure I would advertise that on the trailer but they do. The film is based on the Italian comic book Dylan Dog created by Tiziano Sclavi.

The trailer comes off like something you might see on a TV show. The action looks cheese and the make-up is straight from Buffy. But hey I am one guy you be the judge.

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Synopsis:

Meet Dylan Dog, a British detective [ed: though the film takes place in Louisiana] who is fascinated by fear, and has made it his profession. Those who turn to him for help are not the typical wronged husbands who want to have their wives shadowed-his clients are people who have had a brush with the supernatural, people desperate for someone to believe their stories. That someone is Dylan Dog, the world’s only Investigator of Nightmares. While paying tribute to time-honored monsters in literature and film like Frankenstein, the Werewolf and Dracula, Dylan Dog also offers a blend of horror, humor, and sophisticated storytelling.

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Oliver Platt Joins The Cast Of X-Men: First Class

Oliver Platt Joins The Cast Of X-Men: First Class

Add Oliver Platt to the cast of X-Men: First Class, the Matthew Vaughn-directed spinoff that 20th Century Fox puts into production next month in London. I'm told that Platt will play a role called The Man in Black, who is not a mutant. The film stars James McAvoy as Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Alice Eve as Emma Frost, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Caleb Landry Jones as Banshee, Lucas Till as Havoc, and Edi Gathegi as Darwin. Kevin Bacon is playing the villain and Rose Byrne will play McAvoy's love interest Moira MacTaggert.

Platt stars with Laura Linney in the new Showtime series The Big C, and next stars opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway in the Ed Zwick-directed Love and Other Drugs.


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Monday, August 16, 2010

Kristen Bell Dance Of the Mirlitons

Kristen Bell To Put On Her Dancing Shoes

Kristen Bell is putting on her ballet slippers for "Dance of the Mirlitons," giving the indie black comedy a second shot at the big screen.

With Bell on board, Evan Greenberg, who wrote the script and is directing, and producers Daniel Dubiecki and Joel Michaely are now focusing on their a nationwide casting search for a young actress to play a precocious 10- to 12-year old.

"We're looking to discover an unknown," said Greenberg, adding he hopes to go down the route of movies such as "Billy Elliot" and "Little Miss Sunshine," both of which uncovered talented youngsters ("Elliot" was the screen debut of 13-year-old Jamie Bell, while "Sunshine" made a movie star of 10-year-old Abigail Breslin, who had only worked in TV).

Greenberg's script centers on an ambitious, slightly overweight ballerina with an overbearing mother (Bell) who will stop at nothing to become a star. The girl enters a "Mean Girls"-type environment when she has to prove her worth in class.

The story's first iteration was as a short story Greenberg wrote in middle school, which he turned into 50 pages of a script while attending NYU film school. The script landed on the 2005 Blacklist, alongside "Juno," "Lars and the Real Girl" and "A Killing on Carnival Row."

"Mirlitons" generated enough heat to get picked up by Warner Independent, but when that division shuttered in 2008, the script plie-ed into limbo.

"It took me a few years to get the rights back," said Greenberg. "Once I got the rights back, it was about the right partner."

That's when he met Dubiecki and Michaely. Dubiecki is an Oscar-nominated producer for "Up in the Air," and is a producer on "Passion Play," the Mickey Rourke-Megan Fox pic that will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival next month. Michaely is a actor with numerous credits who is moving into the producing world.

Dubiecki and Michaely made casting the mom a priority, figuring that a name lead would get the ball rolling in terms of securing financing.

"Kristen's combination of comedic timing and authenticity will bring this character to the next level, and give this crossover appeal," said Dubiecki.

Greenberg attributes his dedication to staying with the script to his unique connection with it. "I've never felt about anything like I do about this. It's etched in my psyche.

"I hope that one day people will talk about how it was one of those movie that came together, fell apart, came together again. The best projects are the ones that take the most elbow grease to get made."


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The Expendables Rule The Box Office

The Expendables Rule The Box Office

At a time when pricey talent is thought to yield diminishing returns for film studios, Lionsgate's star-studded "The Expendables" easily topped the weekend boxoffice with an estimated $35 million in domestic coin. The testosterone-spiked actioner outpaced an impressive $23.7 million bow by Sony's female-targeted Julia Roberts starrer "Eat Pray Love" in second place, while Universal's geek-seeking "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" debuted with a dismal $10.5 million in fifth place.

Produced by Nu Image/Millennium for more than $85 million, Sylvester Stallone-helmed "Expendables" features marquee tough guys Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren and Mickey Rourke, as well as Stallone. Lionsgate paid $20 million for U.S. and U.K. distribution rights and funded pic marketing, with Nu Image further shaving its exposure via robust foreign presales.

The rollicking, R-rated fight-fest drew opening audiences skewing 61% male, with 60% of patrons aged 25 or older. In an interview Sunday, Stallone told THR on that a sequel already is being discussed.

"Hopefully, the next time we'll have even more technical expertise and raise the bar further," Stallone said. "I love sequels. Rarely can you push all the buttons in the first movie."

Unspooling 34 years after Stallone muscled his way into the pantheon of bigscreen tough guys with "Rocky," "Expendables" marked the biggest bow ever by a Stallone-directed film. The multiphyphenate's previous personal best as a director came with the $18.2 million debut of 2008's "Rambo."

Lionsgate distribution boss David Spitz said the "legendary cast" of the film was clearly the biggest draw for "Expendables."

"We're ecstatic over the opening," Spitz said. "It came in, in our opinion, above expectations."

The pic's additional muscle-bound co-stars include three jocks-turned-thespians with acronym-dotted resumes: Terry Crews (NFL), Randy Couture (UFC) and Steve Austin (WWE), with Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger contributing cameos and Eric Roberts portraying the film's chief bad guy. The lone female co-star was Mexican TV actress Giselle Itie.

Based on a best-selling memoir, "Eat Pray Love" was directed by Ryan Murphy -- best known as the creator of TV's "Glee" series -- and co-stars Billy Crudup, Viola Davis and James Franco. The bigscreen adaptation of writer Elizabeth Gilbert's literary memoir about a woman's post-divorce global sojourn, "Love" drew opening audiences skewing 72% female with 56% of patrons aged 35 or older.

"It was a really good opening, and films of this sort tend to have high multiples," Sony distribution president Rory Bruer said. "So this could be a film that plays well into the fall."

Produced for an estimated $60 million, the PG-13 pic opened among some of the better bows ever by a top female-targeting pic, though at least a couple gal-magnets registered significantly more in their first frames. Those include May 2008's "Sex and the City" ($57 million) and July '08's "Mamma Mia!" ($27.8 million).

Produced for an estimated $60 million, "Scott Pilgrim" stars Michael Cera as a teen who battles his girlfriend's seven former lovers. Mary Elizabeth Winstead ("Make It Happen") plays the girlfriend, with Edgar Wright ("Hot Fuzz") directing.

Based on a comic book, "Scott Pilgrim" is rated PG-13 and drew audiences comprised 64% of males, with 58% of patrons under age 25.

"We knew the challenges of broadening this film to a mainstream audience, but we're disappointed more people didn't see it," Universal distribution topper Nikki Rocco said.

Elsewhere this weekend, Sony's buddy-cop action comedy "The Other Guys," starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, fell a relatively modest 49% from its chart-topping bow of a week earlier to nab $18 million in third place with $70.5 million in cumulative coin. But Disney dance musical "Step Up 3D" dropped a big 58% in its sophomore session to $6.6 million in seventh place with a $29.6 million cume.

In a limited bow this session, crime drama "Animal Kingdom" from Sony Pictures Classics and E1 unspooled in two theaters in New York, two in L.A. and three in Canada to fetch $64,082, or a solid $9,155 per venue.

Collectively, the weekend's top 10 pics rang up $128.8 million, or 8% more than top performers in the comparable frame last year, Rentrak said.

Looking ahead, four pics open wide during the coming week. Those include Fox's horror spoof "Vampires Suck," set to unspool on Wednesday, and three pics set for Friday bows: Miramax romantic comedy "The Switch," Dimension's horror pic "Piranha 3D" and Uni/Working Title's family sequel "Nanny McPhee Returns."


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The Next Three Days Trailer

The Next Three Days Trailer

Lionsgate has released the trailer for the upcoming thriller The Next Three Days. The film stars Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, and Olivia Wilde. The Film is directed by Oscar winner Paul Haggis. The Next Three Days is a remake of the 2007 French film Pour Elle.

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Life seems perfect for John Brennan until his wife, Lara, is arrested for a gruesome murder she says she didn’t commit. Three years into her sentence, John is struggling to hold his family together, raising their son and teaching at college while he pursues every means available to prove her innocence. With the rejection of their final appeal, Lara becomes suicidal and John decides there is only one possible, bearable solution: to break his wife out of prison. Refusing to be deterred by impossible odds or his own inexperience, John devises an elaborate escape plot and plunges into a dangerous and unfamiliar world, ultimately risking everything for the woman he loves.

The Next Three Days opens November 19th, 2010

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Rooney Mara Lands The Lead Role In "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"

Rooney Mara Lands The Lead Role In
"The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"

Ending one of the most drawn out and closely watched casting searches for an actress in years, Sony Pictures Entertainment and director David Fincher have chosen Rooney Mara to play Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the film that begins shooting this fall in Sweden, with Daniel Craig starring. The film will be released December 21, 2011. Rooney was considered Fincher's first choice in the process: the director had just helmed her in The Social Network. Closing a deal will amount to a formality, because Mara essentially agreed to terms when she and other young actresses signed on to tests that Fincher and producer Scott Rudin have conducted over the past several weeks. Her deal includes an option for two sequels that will cover The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest, the second and third books in the Millennium Trilogy by the late author Stieg Larsson. The books continue the same murder conspiracy storyline.

Deadline revealed that Craig was signed a deal with two options weeks ago to play Mikael Blomkvist, the investigative journalist and part owner of the magazine Millennium, and Deadline also broke the story that Robin Wright was in talks to play Erika Berger, his occasional bed partner and the publisher of Millennium. Stellan Skarsgard was also reportedly in talks to play Martin Vanger, who joins the magazine's board.

The search for Salander has been the role that really captured the public fancy. Slight of frame and short, Salander is a brilliant but troubled computer hacker who helps Blomkvist unravel a decades-long murder mystery. The storyline is as dark as the subject matter that Fincher tackled in Seven, and subsequent books establish Salander as far more than Blomkvist's sidekick (and occasional lover). While established actresses have been named as being in contention for the role -- Natalie Portman (who tried to buy the books early on), Ellen Page (who filmed her own test), Carey Mulligan and most recently Scarlett Johansson -- Fincher has focused his testing process on discovering an actress who fits Salander physically and in age proximity, which is early 20s. Mara was among a group of young actresses that included Alice In Wonderland star Mia Wasikowska, Sucker Punch's Emily Browning (even though neither actress signed test deals), Fish Tank's Katie Jarvis. Mara tested along with Sophie Lowe, Sarah Snook and French actress Lea Seydoux.

Mara is a strong match: she is the right age and looks like Salander. She also had the advantage of working with Fincher and Rudin on The Social Network. The sister of Brokeback Mountain's Kate Mara and the great granddaughter of New York Giants football team founder Wellington Mara and Pittsburgh Steelers founder Art Rooney, Mara was most recently seen in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Sony Pictures Entertainment has issued a press release .

(Culver City, August 16, 2010) -- Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara have been cast in the lead roles of Columbia Pictures’ three-picture adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s literary blockbuster The Millennium Trilogy under the direction of David Fincher. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – the first film of the series, which also includes The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest – begins shooting next month in Sweden. The screenplay is written by Steve Zaillian and the film is being produced by Scott Rudin, Cean Chaffin, Ole Sondberg and Søren Stærmose. Mikael Wallen and Anni Fernandez are executive producers. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is set for worldwide release December 21, 2011.

The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson has been published in 44 countries and has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide thus far. In the U.S. alone, the series has sold over 10 million copies, and the sales were recently calculated at the remarkable rate of one book per second. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo has broken sales records in virtually every country in which it has been published. It has sold over 5 million copies in the U.S. and has out-sold any other e-book in that rapidly expanding market. A literary phenomenon, all three books currently sit atop the New York Times Best Seller lists. In describing the scale of Larsson’s achievement, The Economist said: “Stieg Larsson’s vivid characters, the depth of the detail across the three books, the powerfully imaginative plot, and the sheer verve of the writing make the trilogy a masterpiece of its genre.” Michiko Kakutani, of The New York Times, described the Lisbeth character: “Lisbeth Salander, Stieg Larsson’s fierce pixie of a heroine, is one of the most original characters in a thriller to come along in a while – a gamin, Audrey Hepburn look-alike but with tattoos and piercings, the take-no-prisoners attitude of Lara Croft and the cool, unsentimental intellect of Mr. Spock. She is the vulnerable victim turned vigilante; a willfully antisocial girl . . . who has proved herself to be as incandescently proficient as any video game warrior.” The three novels have all become #1 worldwide bestsellers, an achievement unrivaled in trade book publishing.

DAVID FINCHER most recently directed this fall’s much-anticipated The Social Network for Columbia Pictures, which opens in the U.S. on October 1st.

DANIEL CRAIG recently starred in the two highest-grossing films in the James Bond franchise, Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale. His earlier film roles include Munich, Enduring Love, Layer Cake, The Mother, Road to Perdition, and Some Voices. He has also recently completed filming on Jim Sheridan’s Dream House, Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, and Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens.

ROONEY MARA will appear this fall in David Fincher’s The Social Network.

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Jason Flemyng To Play Nightcrawler's Daddy In X-Men: First Class

 Jason Flemyng To Play Nightcrawler's Daddy In X-Men: First Class

We've known for some time that Jason Flemyng is director Matthew Vaughn's good luck charm, appearing in all his films to date - and sure enough, he has a role in X-Men: First Class, where he will play Nightcrawler's dad, Azazel.

Today at Movie-Con he told us, "Matthew showed me my costume just the other day. Now I swore I’d never be in heavy make-up again, but this role is going to involve it. But at least they said, “Don’t worry, we’ll add the tail in post”. I am Azazel, and I can teleport by waving my arms [gestures like a cross between a flamenco dancer anda Bollywood star].”

As really big X-Men fans will know, Azazel is a teleporting creature from another dimension who tried to impregnate human women in the hope that one of his children would provide him with a permanent link to this plane that he could use to come back here. And fear not: we confirmed after Flemyng left the stage that he will be red, and not Nightcrawler blue or anything like that (Vaughn is clearly trusting that people can figure it out from the tail and pointed ears),

Whether he will have a big part to play in this film remains to be seen, but we do know that Vaughn's hoping not to break his winning streak this time around. At least, unlike Kick-Ass, Flemyng actually gets a name this time around, other than Bell Hop.


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Love And Other Drugs Movie Trailer

Love And Other Drugs Movie Trailer

Love and Other Drugs is an upcoming 2010 drama film directed by Edward Zwick, based on the novel Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman written by Jamie Reidy. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway. A salesman competes in the cutthroat world of pharmaceuticals to hawk a male performance enhancement drug. Gyllenhaal's character will play the Pfizer-pusher who meets Anne Hathaway's character during one of his sales calls.

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$200 Million Budget For "Battleship" The Movie

$200 Million Budget For "Battleship" The Movie

As Universal's "Battleship" steams toward a start date this month, the pricey adaptation of the Hasbro board game is entering deep, treacherous waters. With a budget of $200 million or more and no major movie stars on board, the project is raising eyebrows among industry insiders who question whether this expensive gamble will pay off. The films star are Alexander Skarsgård, Rihanna, Taylor Kitsch and Lil Mirkk.

"It's a big bet like many, many big bets from many studios," Universal chairman Adam Fogelson acknowledged to THR. "We will be nowhere near the high point and nowhere near the low point of what people are spending."

But several huge questions hover over "Battleship," which begins filming in 15 days in Hawaii, that simply didn't apply to other big-ticket movies. In "Battleship," Universal has a director, Peter Berg, with some experience in action films, but he's not a brand name in the genre. And the concept is based on a board game that has sold more than 100 million units and raked in $1 billion-plus. This comes at a time when some studio execs are questioning whether the public is tiring of the presold concepts to which Hollywood has been clinging.

By far the most significant entry from the relatively new regime of Fogelson and co-chairman Donna Langley, "Battleship" is based on the Hasbro game about naval strategy that's been around since World War I. Berg has come up with a modern twist: making "Battleship" a movie about an alien invasion at sea. But the grief and financial woe brought about over the years by oceanic epics -- think "Waterworld" -- is a part of Hollywood history.

Adding to the pressure: new bosses at Comcast waiting to finalize the acquisition of NBC Universal. Aside from "Despicable Me," the film studio has been on a cold streak and at the same time is developing a reputation for bloated budgets.

Universal's "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," opening Friday, cost $80 million-$90 million (the studio puts the number at closer to $60 million) -- rather pricey for a genre movie. Last year, the studio spent $100 million on the Adam Sandler comedy "Funny People," compared with the more modest $60 million that Paramount, DreamWorks and Spyglass recently spent on a comparable film, "Dinner for Schmucks."

Execs even considered pulling the plug on "Battleship" in June, sources said. Such a move isn't unprecedented: Universal did that with "Cartel" five weeks before the Josh Brolin crime drama was to shoot this year in Mexico City, and with "American Gangster," the Russell Crowe-Denzel Washington crime drama that came back to life with a smaller budget.

Fogelson denied the project was ever in jeopardy and said the studio is firmly committed based on Berg's vision for the film. Berg, whose previous movie was 2008's "Hancock" for Sony, is the son of a naval historian, and he wrote a high school essay about how the Japanese could have won the Battle of Midway. He also directed the 2004 feature "Friday Night Lights" and 2007's "The Kingdom," both for Universal.

"He has a very strong passion and affinity for this material," Fogelson said. "He is a fan of the history and the current state of the military. He knows that world really, really well, and he is inspirational when he is talking about it."

Fogelson said he wasn't concerned about Berg's relative lack of experience on action films.

"He made 'Hancock,' so Will Smith thought he was a good choice for an effects-driven spectacle that cost a lot of money," he said. Hancock grossed $624 million worldwide on a $150 million budget. Unlike "Battleship," however, it featured a big movie star in Smith.


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Star Was Deleted Scene And Blu-Ray To Be Released In 2011

Star Was Deleted Scene And Blu-Ray To Be Released In 2011

Though nearly 35 years of “Star Wars” fandom have yielded all kinds of memorabilia inspired by George Lucas’s outer-space epic, including light saber lookalikes and wearable replicas of Princess Leia’s slave costume, one holy grail has lately eluded fans: a video version of the “Star Wars” films that takes the fullest advantage of their top-of-the-line home theater systems.

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That’s a Death Star-sized void that Lucasfilm plans to fill shortly. On Saturday, the studio is to announce that it will release all six live-action “Star Wars” features on Blu-ray DVD in fall 2011. A boxed set containing the Blu-ray versions of the movies, spanning from 1977’s “Star Wars” through the final 2005 prequel, “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith,” will mark the first time the films have been offered in a high-definition home format, and will include documentary features and previously unseen footage.



Given Mr. Lucas’s exacting standards for film presentations (he founded the THX company) and Lucasfilm’s embrace of digital movie technology (digital projection was used for the theatrical release of all three “Star Wars” prequels, and the last two prequels were shot digitally), many fans expected that high-definition versions of the “Star Wars” features would soon follow.

But in a telephone interview, Mr. Lucas said he had been waiting to see if the Blu-ray format would be widely accepted by home viewers.

“We’ve been wanting to do it as soon as we possibly could, but we just wanted to do it when enough people would be able to buy it and see it,” Mr. Lucas said on Friday from the Star Wars Celebration V convention in Orlando, Fla.

When the original “Star Wars” movies were released on VHS in the early 1980s (along with other short-lived home video formats), Mr. Lucas said sales were slow to take off at first.

“We came out with ‘Star Wars’ right at the beginning of VHS,” he said, “and we sold 300,000 copies.” Within a few years, he added, “They were selling 1 million, 2 million, 10 million. So we learned from that experience that if you’re too early in the marketplace, there’s just not enough demand for it.”

In the case of Blu-ray, at least the potential for galactic-scale sales exists: a recent report by the media firm DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group said that nearly 2 million Blu-ray players were sold in the first half of 2010, an increase of 103 percent over last year, for a total of 19.4 million such devices in the U.S.

Mr. Lucas said the versions of the first three “Star Wars” films – “Star Wars,” “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi” – included in the Blu-ray boxed set will be the special-edition releases that were shown theatrically in 1997 and digitally restored for a 2004 standard-definition DVD boxed set.

Perhaps bracing for the reactions of fans who decried some of the changes made to the special-edition films – like, say, an exchange of gunfire between Han Solo and a certain green-skinned bounty hunter – Mr. Lucas said that to release the original versions of these films on Blu-ray was “kind of an oxymoron because the quality of the original is not very good.”

“You have to go through and do a whole restoration on it, and you have to do that digitally,” he added. “It’s a very, very expensive process to do it. So when we did the transfer to digital, we only transferred really the upgraded version.”

And while some viewers might want the “Star Wars” Blu-ray release in time for this year’s Life Day – that is, the Wookiee holiday that roughly coincides with the start of the holiday shopping season – Mr. Lucas said a 2011 release was the earliest possible date. (The boxed set will be distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment; Lucasfilm did not give pricing information or indicate if the films will also be sold individually.)

That, he said, was partly due to continuing work on the additional Blu-ray features, and partly to factors beyond his control.

“We’ve been working on them for quite a while,” Mr. Lucas said, “but still, there are pipelines. Unfortunately, the recent releases get priority over what we call the classic versions of things.”


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