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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Jon Hamm Has "Friends With Kids"

Jon Hamm Has "Friends With Kids"

Jon Hamm is starring in  “Friends with Kids," which was written by his long time girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt. “Friends with Kids” was already previewed on August 1st in a script reading at a theater festival. Now Jon and Jennifer say they’re ready to roll, and are starting to pull together what’s necessary to make “Friends” before “Mad Men” starts again.

Westfeldt is an accomplished writer and director, of course. Her “Kissing Jessica Stein” is still considered one of the great indie films of all time. Jon Hamm had a walk on in the 2001 production. Now he’ll be the star! The couple also said they’re hopeful Anne Hathaway and Kristen Wiig will be some of the other “Friends with Kids.”

Hamm is well on track to leave “Mad Men” and become a move star when the TV show’s run is up. His management and instincts keep pointing him in the right directions. Not only is he doing a lot of comedy– as in “Saturday Night Live” and on last night’s Emmy show with Betty White–but also on “30 Rock” where he’s been nominated for an Emmy. When “Mad Men” is over, Hamm will not be typecast as Don Draper. His next big digression is a big role in Ben Affleck’s “The Town,” which gets a release in a few weeks.

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Friday, September 3, 2010

Olivia Thirlby Cast In Judge Dredd

Olivia Thirlby Cast In Judge Dredd

Olivia Thirlby has been cast as Cassandra Anderson in DNA Films' 3D adaptation of "Judge Dredd." Yes a slow day in the movie world, but hey she is cute and maybe someone is a HUGE fan of Thirlby.

Thirlby, best known for playing the best friend of Ellen Page's preggo character in "Juno," will star opposite Karl Urban's Dredd ("Star Trek," "Doom") in the futuristic action pic. She will play the telepathic rookie who shadows Dredd.

Pic is helmed by "Vantage Point" and "Omagh" director Pete Travis and script is penned by "Sunshine" and "28 Days Later" scribe Alex Garland (both DNA-produced fare). It is skedded to shoot in South Africa this year.

The $45 million futuristic pic is backed by India-based Reliance Big Entertainment and Stuart Ford's aggressive sales outfit IM Global through a deal with Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich's DNA Films banner.

IM Global will sell the comicbook adaptation, announced during Cannes this year, at the Toronto Film Festival next week.

DNA will also have a major presence in Toronto this year -- the shingle is there with Brit pic "Never Let Me Go," starring Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield. The love story, based on Kazuo Ishiguro's bestselling tome and helmed by Mark Romanek ("One Hour Photo"), will screen at the fest Sept. 11 before its domestic release on Sept. 15. Pic unspools at Telluride this weekend.

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Terminator 2: The Opera

Terminator 2: The Opera

Jon and Al Kaplan have created a fun new video called Terminator 2: The Opera. In the video. The video itself is quite entertaining. Please enjoy.

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Unbreakable 2 To Be A Part Of The Night Chronicle Films

Unbreakable 2 Do You Really Care?
First off I am not a huge fan of M. Night Shyamalan's films. But I did enjoy the movie Unbreakable. If you have seen the film, I am sure you are just like me wanting a sequel to the film. Well we  finally got some news from the man himself.

As you know these Night Chronicle films are idea's the Shyamalan comes up with but has other writers and directors come in to develop it. The upcoming film Devil is the first Night Chronicle movie.

"Unbreakable 2" story will indeed hit the big screen, but as a completely different film.

"I cannibalized the idea for the sequel to 'Unbreakable' for one of the 'Night Chronicles,'" revealed Shyamalan.

"It was such a cool idea for a villain, and it was actually originally in the script for 'Unbreakable,' and it was too much," he said of his reasons for excising the element that was intended to become "Unbreakable 2." "There were too many villains, so I pulled this villain out and was like, 'I'll make this the second flick.'"

However, as the filmmaker got caught up in other projects and "Unbreakable 2" became less likely, the seed of that idea still managed to grow.

"I fleshed it out more and more, and thought, 'This could be a standalone movie,'" he said. "I'll just say it: the third 'Night Chronicles' movie is what would have been the sequel [to 'Unbreakable']. So now I need to come up with a new idea."

Shyamalan also semi-validated "Unbreakable" fans' appreciation for the 2000 film, admitting that it's also one of his own favorites.

"Literally, that's the question I get asked the most anywhere around the world — if I'm making the sequel to 'Unbreakable,'" he laughed. "I love that movie. 'Unbreakable' and 'The Village' are my favorite two movies of mine."

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SyFy Neverland PETER PAN

SyFy To Bring Us A PETER PAN Prequel Movie

SyFy has noticed that will go into production on an upcoming four-hour Peter Pan prequel called Neverland. It's being written and directed by Nick Willing, who worked on Syfy's Tin Man and Alice, which were reimaginings of The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland.

Here's the full press release:







NEW YORK, NY - September 1, 2010 - Syfy is re-teaming with writer/director Nick Willing to present Neverland, his original prequel to author J.M. Barrie's classic Peter Pan, it was announced today by Mark Stern, Executive Vice President of Original Programming, Syfy and Co-Head of Content for Universal Cable Productions. Production is set to begin on the 4-hour movie event next week in Genoa, Italy and Dublin, Ireland with a cast including Rhys Ifans (Pirate Radio, Notting Hill) as James Hook, Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies) as Captain Elizabeth Bonny, Oscar nominee Bob Hoskins as Smee (who previously played the character in Steven Spielberg's feature Hook), Raoul Trujillo (Tin Man) and Charlie Rowe (Pirate Radio) as Peter Pan. It is slated to air in 2011.

Neverland will be produced by Dublin-based Parallel Films on behalf of MNG Films in association with Syfy and Sky Movies HD and will be distributed by RHI Entertainment.

"Nick Willing is a master story-teller who has taken a literary Classic and cleverly updated it for a new generation," said Stern. "'Neverland' will captivate viewers with a gripping narrative, great characters, and unprecedented film-making techniques."

"RHI's creative partnership with Syfy continues to produce exciting appointment television for audiences worldwide," said Robert Halmi Sr., RHI Entertainment. "Viewers are in for a rare treat - and one they won't soon forget!"

Sweeping in time from the turbulent seas of the pirates of the Caribbean to the back alleys of Dickensian London to a world of pure imagination, Neverland is the inspired origin story of one of the most cherished characters of all time... Peter Pan.

Raised on the streets of turn-of-the century London, orphaned Peter (Rowe) and his pals survive by their fearless wits as cunning young pickpockets. Now, they've been rounded up by their mentor Jimmy Hook (Ifans) to snatch a priceless--some believe, magical--treasure which transports them to another world. Neverland is a realm of white jungles and legendary mysteries of eternal youth, where unknown friends and enemies snatched from time welcome the new travelers with both excitement and trepidation. These groups include a band of 18th century pirates led by the power-mad Elizabeth Bonny (Friel), and the Native American Kaw tribe led by a Holy Man (Trujillo), which has protected the secret of the tree spirits from Bonny and her gang for ages--and that has meant war. But as the fight to save this strange and beautiful world becomes vital, Hook, Peter, and the ragamuffin lost boys consider that growing old somewhere in time could be less important than growing up--right here in their new home called Neverland.

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Paula Patton Lands Lead Female Role In Mission: Impossible 4

Paula Patton Lands Lead Female Role In Upcoming Film

Paula Patton has landed that female lead role in the upcoming Mission: Impossible 4 film. She was testing alongside actresses Lauren German and Kristen Kreuk. I'm told that Patton will play a young operative who works with Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt character. She is mostly known for her appearances in the films Idlewild, Déjà Vu, Mirrors and Precious. Patton is married to songwriter/singer Robin Thicke.

The film will not be called Mission: Impossible 4. Cruise and JJ Abrams, who hatched the project together, always envisioned it as a franchise reboot. The film begins production in the fall with Brad Bird directing Cruise, who'll co-star with The Hurt Locker's Jeremy Renner in what was another hotly contested role. Paramount co-finances the $140 million film with David Ellison's Skydance banner. It marks the first film for Cruise and Paramount since he left the studio after generating over $3 billion in worldwide grosses for Paramount.

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ElecTRONica Coming To Disneyland

Tron Dance Party Coming To Disneyland

As they say in the digital world of TRON, “Greetings, Programs!” Today, we’re sharing concept art that gives you a first look at the new party we’re calling ElecTRONica. I’m told it’s the greatest nighttime dance party to ever rock Disney California Adventure park.

Beginning October 8, the interactive, digital world of “TRON: Legacy” will light up Hollywood Pictures Backlot as we gear up for the film’s release on December 17. This will be a cool opportunity to peek inside the world of this movie, and it’s available only to visitors of Disney California Adventure park.

ElecTRONica Concept Art

It’s an “electrifying” experience for the entire family, filled with music, lights and some of your favorite food and beverage, all set amidst the captivating world of “TRON: Legacy!” From a dazzling dance club under the stars to an authentic recreation of Flynn’s Arcade to some radical gaming, it’s like nowhere else on the grid! Each night, we’ll feature live entertainers, complete with lasers, glow accessories and the hottest music ever to rock the grid. ElecTRONica is “the” place to dance the night away in a fantastic world that only Disney can create. Highlights for the entire family will definitely be Flynn’s Video Arcade, face painting and the TRON: Evolution video game area.

ElecTRONica will transform Disney California Adventure park Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays this Fall. TRON fans and families can also enjoy the party seven days a week during Thanksgiving week and Christmas week.

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Sons Of Anarchy Season 3 Trailer

Sons Of Anarchy Season 3 Trailer

According to series creator Kurt Sutter, FX will be picking up season three of Sons of Anarchy, and season three will deal with SAMCRO's roots.The third season is slated to premiere in September 2010.  Additionally, Sutter wants to "take [the Sons] into a world that is outside their own, where they don't have control, where they are subject to other people's laws and beliefs and parameters, Where they aren't quite the big fish in the small pond."

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Third season will begin on September 7,2010

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Jonathan Liebesman “Clash of the Titans” Sequel

Jonathan Liebesman Confirmed For “Clash of the Titans” Sequel

Jonathan Liebesman has signed a deal to direct a sequel to “Clash of the Titans” for Warner Bros. and Legendary.

Liebesman had been in contention to nab the directing gig since early June, with negotiations stretching through the summer. Money was a factor, as was the hurdle of overcoming the negative perception of this year's initial installment.
The movie, a remake of the 1981 original, became a worldwide hit for Warners, grossing more than $491 million, although it garnered many negative reviews.

The studio is hoping to right the wrongs, shooting it in 3D (as opposed to have it added during postproduction, as with the first movie) and tapping some of its top scribes to work on it.
Greg Berlanti, one of the writers of “Green Lantern,” Dan Mazeau, who worked for Warners on “The Flash” and “Jonny Quest,” and David Leslie Johnson, writer of “Red Riding Hood,” the studio’s horror thriller starring Amanda Seyfried, worked together on the treatment, with Mazeau and Johnson now writing the script.

Stars Sam Worthington and Gemma Arterton are among the actors expected to return for the second installment.

Liebesman,  nabbed the gig from the strong footage execs saw of “Battle: Los Angeles,” the director’s upcoming “Black Hawk Down”-style alien invasion movie from Columbia, which showed he could handle large-scale action and intense visual effects.

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Ben Affleck's The Town Movie Clip

Ben Affleck's "The Town" Movie Clip

Warner Bros. Pictures has released a new film clip from director Ben Affleck's new film The Town. This intense looking crime drama has an amazing cast that includes Ben Affleck, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively and Chris Cooper. If you haven't seen the trailer for the film click Here..

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Here's the full synopsis.

Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) is an unrepentant criminal, the de facto leader of a group of ruthless bank robbers who pride themselves in stealing what they want and getting out clean. With no real attachments, Doug never has to fear losing anyone close to him. But that all changed on the gang's latest job, when they briefly took a hostage--bank manager, Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall). Though they let her go unharmed, Claire is nervously aware that the robbers know her name... and where she lives. But she lets her guard down when she meets an unassuming and rather charming man named Doug...not realizing that he is the same man who only days earlier had terrorized her. The instant attraction between them gradually turns into a passionate romance that threatens to take them both down a dangerous, and potentially deadly, path.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Black Swan & The Wrestler Were One In The Same

Black Swan & The Wrestler Were One In The Same

In some strange parallel universe, one in which filmmaker Darren Aronofsky made some of his choices a little bit differently, "The Wrestler" and his upcoming follow-up "Black Swan" exist as a single film, one about the coupling of a wrestler and a ballet dancer. Bizarre? Absolutely. Aronofsky nonetheless looks at the two films -- the older of which garnered two Oscar nominations while the newer will kick off the Venice Film Festival in a couple days -- as part of a single line of thought.

"I've always considered the two films companion pieces," They are really connected and people will see the connections. It's funny, because wrestling some consider the lowest art — if they would even call it art — and ballet some people consider the highest art. But what was amazing to me was how similar the performers in both of these worlds are. They both make incredible use of their bodies to express themselves."

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The tie between the two has roots that go back more than 10 years, to a time when Aronofsky had a vision for a film that would put these at-odds art forms into close contact with one another.

"At one point, way before I made 'The Wrestler,' I was actually developing a project that was about a love affair between a ballet dancer and a wrestler, and then it kind of split off into two movies," he said. "So I guess my dream is that some art theater will play the films as a double feature some day."

Ultimately, the ballet-meets-wrestling idea was just too much for one movie to support. "I realized pretty quickly that taking two worlds like wrestling and ballet was much too much for one movie." So the idea splintered. Aronofsky wouldn't say when, but he first started talking to star Natalie Portman about "Black Swan" a decade ago, and that was after the split had occurred.

"We were in Times Square and had a coffee at the old Howard Johnson," Aronofsky said. "I had this idea of setting something in the ballet world. It was very loose. I didn't have a script. And then I found out she was fascinated by ballet and wanted to play a dancer."

Ten years ago, Portman was still in her child actor days, and committed to the "Star Wars" franchise no less. She eventually got her wish though, thanks to that first meeting with the director. And, as Aronofsky says, she made the most of the experience.

"One of the best things about the film is the casting of Natalie," he explained. "She took the part and ran with it. I don't know if when I was working with the writers we were consciously channeling Natalie or Natalie somehow transformed herself to the part, but they grew together."

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Fall Movie Previews Part One With Trailers

Fall Movie Previews Part One

After an amazing summer of movies, with some low points in between Hollywood is gearing up for the fall season with some amazing looking films. Films that I am looking forward to seeing The Town, ,Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Buried, Waiting for Superman, The Social Network, Let Me In  and Red. What movies are heading to a theater near you? Here is our fall preview...

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I’m Still Here” (Sept. 10) – Finally, the mysteries surrounding the once-hot career of Joaquin Phoenix get resolved by director Casey Affleck in this documentary.

Never Let Me Go” (Sept. 15) – Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan fight over Andrew Garfield in this adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel from director Mark Romanek (“One Hour Photo”).

Devil” (Sept. 17) – M. Night Shyamalan came up with the story of this thriller about a group of people trapped in an elevator. And guess what? The devil is one of them!

The Town” (Sept. 17) – Based on the novel “Prince of Thieves” by Chuck Hogan, Ben Affleck returns to the director’s chair for this action drama about a longtime thief (Affleck) who develops feelings for one of his victims.

Easy A” (Sept. 17) – Emma Stone (“Zombieland”) stars as a clean-cut high school student who relies on rumors to make her popular.

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” (Sept. 22) – Woody Allen returns with a dramedy about love set in London. Josh Brolin, Naomi Watts, Antonio Banderas, and Anthony Hopkins star.

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” (Sept. 24) – The first “Wall Street” rocked, let’s see if director Olive Stone could make a worthy and timely follow-up. Michael Douglas returns as Gordon Gekko, and Josh Brolin, Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan, Frank Langella, and Susan Sarandon complete the cast.

You Again” (Sept. 24) – Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Sigourney Weaver star in this romantic comedy involving weddings, but everyone’s going to see this film because of Betty White who plays Bell’s grandmother.

Buried” (Sept. 24) – Spend two hours with Ryan Reynolds inside a coffin with only a cell phone and a lighter. Sounds like a great way to kill time!

Waiting for Superman” (Sept. 24) – Davis Guggenheim, who won an Oscar for “An Inconvenient Truth,” returns with this documentary about our embattled public education system.

Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole” (Sept. 24) – Zack Synder (“300,” “Watchmen”) makes a CGI animated film about…owls!

Howl” (Sept. 24) – James Franco channels Beat poet Allen Ginsberg.


The Social Network” (Oct. 1) – You really didn’t expect Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies right? Click “like” on this one because it comes from director David Fincher (“A Curious Case of Benjamin Button”).

Let Me In” (Oct. 1) – This is the American version of the Swedish film “Let the Right One In” based on the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist. I love the original movie about vampires and romance, and yes, this is far better than the “Twilight” films.

Life as We Know It” (Oct. 8) – Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel struggle to bring up baby in this romantic comedy.

Nowhere Boy” (Oct. 8) – This one chronicles John Lennon’s childhood!

Secretariat” (Oct. 8) – Diane Lane is Oscar-ready playing the real-life part of Penny Chenery, owner of the racehorse Secretariat who won the Triple Crown in 1973. “Seabiscuit” anyone?

Red” (Oct. 15) – Helen Mirren co-stars with Bruce Willis, Richard Dreyfuss, Morgan Freeman, and John Malkovich in this action comedy about high-tech assassins and retired black-ops agents.

Conviction” (Oct. 15) – Hilary Swank plays another real-life figure, this time it’s Betty Anne Waters who spent almost a decade trying to free her brother (Sam Rockwell) from a wrongful conviction.

Jackass 3D” (Oct. 15) – Johnny Knoxville and his buddies are up to their daredevil comic antics again. And this time they’re coming at ya’ in 3D.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” (Oct. 15) – I can’t wait for this third installment of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy.

Paranormal Activity 2” (Oct. 22) – I enjoyed the first film, and the filmmakers swear that the sequel will not be along the lines of the horrible “Blair Witch Project 2.” This one will stick to what made “Paranormal Activity” worked – ghosts, demons, and shaky camera!

Hereafter” (Oct. 22) – Clint Eastwood dabbles with the supernatural in his latest directorial effort starring Matt Damon. The script from Peter Morgan (“The Queen,” “Frost/Nixon”) is Oscar-ready.

Saw 3D” (Oct. 29) – You know exactly what you’re going to get with this film.

My Soul to Take” (Oct. 29) – Horror genre icon, Wes Craven, returns to a subject he knows too well – serial killers.

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Kick-Ass 2 Comic & Film News

Kick-Ass 2 Comic & Film On It's Way

If you’ve been eagerly anticipating the sequel to Mark Millar’s hit comic book series “Kick-Ass,” this is your lucky day... and week, for that matter. Why? Because we have an exclusive sneak peek at "Kick-Ass 2" (the comic), courtesy of Millar's new monthly magazine debuting this week, “CLiNT.”

Kick-Ass 2” follows immediately after ‘Kick-Ass,’”  “You see how Dave has inspired people to become amateur superheroes, Red Mist has inspired people in the sequel to become amateur supervillains. So what we have is two rival gangs of super characters getting together in New York.”

And what about the sequel to the mega-successful film adaptation of the comic starring Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Chloe Moretz? To paraphrase the Red Mist, wait 'til they get a load of this!

“We go straight into what’s happened with Dave and Hit-Girl as well, picking up from where they left off in the last story. Hit-Girl has now been adopted by someone who’s saying that she’s not allowed to kill people anymore, she can’t be Hit-Girl anymore,” said Millar.

Do you think that’s going to stop the little warrior pixie? Not from the look of these preview images...

Of course, Kick-Ass himself isn’t ready to give up the costume, either.

“Dave is getting deeper and deeper into this very dangerous hobby that he has which is going out every night and getting into fights, dressed in a superhero costume and he’s actually formed a superhero team,” said Millar.

Millar also confirmed  that “Kick-Ass-2: Balls the Wall,” the film sequel, was indeed on track.

“We’re probably about nine months away from production starting, at the earliest, because Matthew [Vaughn]’s got to do 'X-Men: First Class,'" he said, speaking of the "Kick-Ass" director's next project. “Matthew just wants to get ‘X-Men’ done next year then hopefully we’ll just go straight into ‘Kick-Ass 2,’ that’s the plan.”

And Millar certainly had no doubts a sequel would happen.

“You have to remember, ‘Kick-Ass’ made $100 million at the box office. Everyone was expecting it to make ‘Avatar’ money, I would say people said maybe twice ‘Iron Man’ money, that type of thing," he said. "But ‘Iron Man’ had a budget that was like eight times our budget. They were like $300 million and we were $28 million. So they made $100 million on a $28 million movie.”

Besides its financial success, Millar says “Kick-Ass 2” is happening because himself, Vaughn, writer Jane Goldman, and the actors “all desperately want to do a sequel.” The only caveat is its cast’s growth spurts.

“That’s something that could potentially be problematic for ‘Kick-Ass,’” he said. “That’s a massive pressure because Chloe in particular is going to change physically quite dramatically over the next few years, so we have to do the sequel while everyone still looks like they’re in high school.”

Once fans get their hands on the “Kick-Ass” sequel in “CLiNT” they’ll realize they’re in for another wild ride and Millar says the movie is going to be identical to the comic that he and artist John Romita Jr. hope to have finished by Easter next year.

“It’s got everything from the first movie just getting bigger,” said Millar. “The villains are out there doing horrible things and filming it all on their cell phones and putting it up on Twitter and on their Facebook pages. So we have a clash of superheroes and supervillains of ‘Kick-Ass’ with Hit-Girl in the middle of it.”

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Tupac Shakur Biopic One Step Closer

Tupac Shakur Has Found His Writers For Upcoming Biopic

Oscar-nominated screenwriters Stephen J. Rivele and Chris Wilkinson (Ali, Nixon) have just been hired to write the Tupac Shakur biopic, which means the Antoine Fuqua-directed film could begin shooting by mid-November. (No cast yet; Fuqua is looking for an unknown to play the late rapper.) While the writing partners are known for adapting true lives and stories — they also worked on the Moneyball script, and an upcoming Jackie Robinson story — Wilkinson tells Vulture that the key to this script is an approach that “is not in any way biopic-y.”

A previous version of the script was largely documentary in style, simply laying out the facts of the slain rapper-poet-actor's brief 25-year life. But Wilkinson says that their new version will instead center on the last day of Tupac's life, flashing back to show the final four years leading up to it.

Rivele admits that "I knew nothing about [Shakur]" before diving into research, but upon immersing himself in just about everything ever written about the rapper, "it became clear that he was essentially a 19th century Romantic poet who found himself in the 21st century." To the best of our knowledge, neither John Keats nor Samuel Coleridge did prison time for sex abuse or shot an off-duty cop in the buttocks, so we asked Rivele to clarify. "This is the story of an artist whose character is at odds with his medium," explains Rivele, "He was a really sensitive, very romantic, talented young poet who also could sing, dance, and act. But the realities [of the hip-hop record business] were that he had to create this persona of the gangster."

Having been killed in a 1996 Las Vegas drive-by shooting, Shakur's murder remains unsolved. But Rivele says their goal is not to show who killed Shakur, but rather why anyone would want to. "He was obviously very angry, and had been subjected to a great deal of violence at home, in the streets and in prison," says Rivele, "But he was just beginning to shed that anger and look for a purer voice...He was in the process of changing himself, and entering a new phase of his life — essentially a Romantic vision — and had set up a new label, and a new production company to create it. He saw the contradiction between the musical persona of 'Thug Life,' and his essential nature as a gentle, sensitive person. And that was partly responsible for his murder: He was not a gangster, but the people around him were. They saw he was going to leave, that they were going to lose him, and so I think they decided to kill him."

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Takers Lands A Step Ahead Of Exorcism At The Boxoffice

Takers Give A The Last Exorcism

Sony's crime thriller "Takers" has overtaken Lionsgate's horror pic "The Last Exorcism" for box office bragging rights from the past weekend.

Final official data released Monday show "Takers" took in $20.5 million, compared with $20.4 million conjured by "Exorcism." That gave the competing wide openers the Nos. 1 and 2 positions, respectively, among all films playing in domestic cinemas during the weekend.

The rankings were reversed from Sunday, when initial studio estimates showed "Exorcism" with $21.3 million and "Takers" posted a preliminary $21 million.

"Takers" staked its weekend win largely on business from urban constituencies. "Exorcism" support skewed 54% to Latino moviegoers, keying on genre and thematic appeal.

A hurricane watch in Puerto Rico delayed data collection Monday. Lionsgate execs waited with crossed fingers that "Exorcism" would turn in an outsized performance on the largely Latin island -- considered a domestic territory -- but their hopes were dashed by midday, when Rentrak posted final figures.

Lionsgate's "The Expendables" was third among all domestic grossers, with a $9.5 million session producing an $82 million cume for the ensemble actioner. The Sylvester Stallone-directed pic had finished No. 1 in the rankings in the previous two weekends.

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Shia LaBeouf #1 On Forbes List

Shia LaBeouf Is Money In The Bank

Shia LaBeouf is money in the bank for the second year in a row. Forbes has has put out this years list.

For every dollar Shia LaBeouf is paid, the movie he appears in earns an $81 in profit. I would buy his stock if they were for sale. Now I am sure it has to do with the movies that he has starred in the last two years, like "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," good for $787 million worldwide, and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," which brought in $836 million worldwide.

Anne Hathaway lcame is second, which might be a surprise to some, but with  "Alice in Wonderland" took in $1 billion  worldwide and, to an obviously lesser degree, "Bride Wars," which brought in $115 million. Hathaway's movies generate $64 in profit for each $1 she earns.

Rounding out the Top 5 were Daniel Radcliffe ($61 in profit for each $1 paid), Robert Downey Jr. ($33) and Cate Blanchett ($27).

Probably the most surprising actor cracking the Top 10 is Johnny Depp, given the massive salary he is usually paid. He was paid $1 for every $18 in profit his movies earned.

Still to come is Forbes' list of actors who offer the least bang for the buck. That dubious honor a year ago went to "Land of the Lost" star Will Ferrell, who was paid $1 for every $3.29 his movies made.

The complete list can be found Here.

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History Of The Hobbit

History Of The Hobbit And The Headache Of Trying To Get It Made

Although the film version of The Lord of the Rings was a massive worldwide success, getting J.R.R. Tolkien's prequel, The Hobbit, to the screen has proven much more difficult. With the rights finally sorted out after being tied up for years and a studio feud with Rings director Peter Jackson resolved, the project finally began moving forward in 2008—only to be stalled this year by the looming collapse of MGM, one of the two companies financing the production, should it fail to find a way out of its $4 billion debt.

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As the world waits to see whether The Hobbit actually gets made into a movie, we thought it would be helpful to put together a timeline of the book's long and complicated march to the screen ... a march that is still in progress and moving one painful inch at a time.

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Ryan Reynolds & Bradley Cooper Buddy Cop Movie

Pretty Boys To Team Up In A Buddy Cop Movie

Ryan Reynolds and Bradley Cooper are signing up for take-your-dads-to-work day.

The busy actors are attached to star in an untitled original action-comedy written by Sheldon Turner (“Up in the Air”), who snagged north of seven figures for the gig. The story follows two friends, who are also San Francisco cops, whose fathers were once partners on the police force. The older generation is forced out of retirement to help their sons crack a case, with typically antagonistic results.

The actioner is meant to have an updated “Lethal Weapon” flavor that plays into edgier R-rated territory.

Neal Moritz (“The Bounty Hunter”), Andrew Panay (“Wedding Crashers”) and Reynolds’ Dark Trick Films partner Jonathon Komack Martin (“Van Wilder”) are producing along with J.C. Spink and Chris Bender of Benderspink (“A History of Violence”).

Panay and Turner first developed the pitch, then called “Blowback,” five years ago with Dwayne Johnson, then known as The Rock, attached to one of the roles. The current iteration is not yet set up at a studio, but Moritz’s Original Film banner is housed at Sony, where he is also producing “The Green Hornet.”

Reynolds most recently starred in “Paper Man,” “The Proposal” and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” He next stars in the indie thriller “Buried,” which Lionsgate will release next month, and “Green Lantern,” which Warner Bros. will open next June.

Cooper will next star in the Rogue Pictures thriller “The Dark Fields,” which hits theaters in January, and a sequel to “The Hangover,” which Warner Bros. is lining up for a May release.

Turner wrote the screenplays for “The Longest Yard” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning,” and he is currently casting his directorial debut, “By Virtue Fall,” from his own original screenplay.

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Avatar: Special Edition DVD/Blu-Ray Update

Avatar: Special Edition DVD/Blu-Ray Extra 16 Minutes Of Footage

Avatar: Special Edition hit theaters yesterday and over 9 minutes of extra footage. Has anybody gone out to see it again or for the first time? I would recommend going to watch it in 3D if you haven't had this experience yet.

If you were like me I didn't pick up Avatar when it was released on DVD, knowing that down the road there would be a special edition re-release of the film, and now we have word on Avatar: Special Edition DVD & Blu-ray will have 16 minutes of extra footage.

“Well, if you buy the box set in November, you can sit down, and in a continuous screening of the film, watch it with the Earth opening… It works very well. It just takes a long time to get the movie started. You have to be sort of predisposed to like the movie like a fan, you know what I mean? And then you can sit and you can have a great ride — a different telling of Avatar. Not inconsistent — it’s just the stuff that happened off-camera.

We call it ‘the Earth opening.’ It’s about four-and-a-half minutes of stuff. And it was in for the longest time. It was very late in the day that we took it out. I walked in one day and said to my two editors, ‘Guys, I want each of you to cut a new version of the start of the film, reel one, that doesn’t have any Earth in it at all.’ And they looked at me like I was out of my mind. And I said, ‘No — it’s gonna work.’ They had to figure out the details. I said, ‘Just grab a couple of things to use as flashbacks, and start it in space when Jake opens his eyes.’ “

The re-release opening [today] starts the same way. But in November, you can buy a box set with all the bells and whistles. Plus it’s got like 45 minutes of unfinished deleted scenes that exist in a supplement where you can just play the scenes individually.
“But it’s all a big negotiation with the studios; how much money do they want to spend on these sort of revisionist versions of the movie? Because on the whole Earth opening, the visual effects weren’t done, and we had to go back and spend a million bucks or whatever to get those shots done. So there’s a price-tag dangling from anything that gets re-inserted.

Earth opening scene and 45 minutes of deleted scenes Forget about it!

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Karate Kid Sequel On It's Way

Karate Kid Sequel On It's Way

We all knew this was going to happen, a sequel to the remake of the "Karate Kid." With the film budgeted in the $40 million range, "Karate Kid" has grossed nearly $300 million worldwide. A sequel was put in motion immediately, with the writing gig becoming one of the hottest assignments in town.Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reiff are moving from kung fu to karate.

The duo, who have story by credit on 2008's "Kung Fu Panda," have been tapped to pen the sequel to "The Karate Kid," Sony's surprise summer hit that Will Smith produced and starred his son Jaden Smith.

Budgeted in the $40 million range, "Karate Kid" has grossed nearly $300 million worldwide. A sequel was put in motion immediately, with the writing gig becoming one of the hottest assignments in town.

The update deviated from the 1984 original in that the latest story was set in China; a 1986 sequel saw the action go from the U.S. to Japan. The new sequel could try to keep the reversal going and seek to bring its cast to the U.S. Columbia would not reveal the setting or the plot for the new movie.

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