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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Keanu Reeves To Star In Indie Film "Generation Um..."

Keanu Reeves Sex, Drugs And Indecision

Keanu Reeves, Bojana Novakovic and Adelaide Clemens will star in indie drama "Generation Um..." with shooting starting Thursday in New York City.

Pic follows a day in the life of Reeves' character and his two cohorts as they live life on the fringe, immersed in sex, drugs and indecision. As they navigate their daily routine of bars and crowds, they embark on a path of self-discovery.

Picture is by  Mark L. Mann ("Finishing Heaven") from his own script, with Alison Palmer producing for Company Films. Palmer developed the script with Mann and was recently co-exec producer on "Henry's Crime." Lemore Syvan ("Henry's Crime," "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee") and Caroline Kaplan ("Letters to Juliet") will also produce.

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"Hereafter" Trailer Clint Eastwood

"Hereafter" Trailer From Director Clint Eastwood

Hereafter is an upcoming American drama film directed by Clint Eastwood from a screenplay by Peter Morgan. The film tells three parallel stories about three people affected by death in different ways; Matt Damon plays American factory worker George, who is somehow able to communicate with the dead; Cécile de France plays French television journalist Marie, who survives a tsunami; and Frankie and George McLaren play Marcus and Jason, an English boy and his brother who is killed in a car accident. At the denouement, all three stories and characters converge. Bryce Dallas Howard, Lyndsey Marshal, Jay Mohr and Thierry Neuvic have supporting roles.

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“Hereafter” tells the story of three people who are haunted by mortality in different ways. Matt Damon stars as George, a blue–collar American who has a special connection to the afterlife. On the other side of the world, Marie (Cécile de France), a French journalist, has a near–death experience that shakes her reality. And when Marcus (Frankie/George McLaren), a London schoolboy, loses the person closest to him, he desperately needs answers. Each on a path in search of the truth, their lives will intersect, forever changed by what they believe might—or must—exist in the hereafter.

Film is scheduled to be released on October 22nd, 2011

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Disney Channel Tron: Legacy Sneak Peak

Sam Flynn Activates His Suit

Disney has released a new Tron: Legacy Sneak Peek for the Disney Channel. The clip has an introduction of the film from Olivia Wilde and Gerrett Hedlund, it is then followed by a new trailer showing new footage from the upcoming film.

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Malin Akerman The Numbers Station

Malin Akerman Stuck In A Desert

Malin Akerman has signed onto CIA thriller "The Numbers Station," and will star alongside previously announced with Ethan Hawke.

Pic, helmed by Kasper Barfoed ("The Candidate"), is produced by "The Cooler's" Sean and Bryan Furst through their shingle Furst Films.

The $10 million pic sees Ethan Hawke play a disgraced black ops agent tasked with a dead-end job of protecting a young woman in the middle of the Nevada desert. When the two come under attack, they have to fight to stay alive.

Pictured is scheduled to be released in early 2011.

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Priest Movie Trailer Paul Bettany

Priest Movie Trailer

Screen Gems has released the trailer for PRIEST, I am thinking the trailer will be attached to their upcoming release of RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE which opens this Friday. This trailer adds a few new moments that were not shown at Comic-Con this year during the movie panel. Enjoy the trailer

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From Crackle: Priest

To view some set photos click Here..

Priest (3D) -- A western-infused post-apocalyptic thriller, set in an alternate world -- one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest (Paul Bettany) from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities. When his niece (Lily Collins) is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on an obsessive quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his niece's boyfriend (Cam Gigandet), a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess (Maggie Q) who possesses otherworldly fighting skills. Stars Paul Bettany, Karl Urban, Maggie Q, Cam Gigandet, Stephen Moyer, and director Scott Stewart will be onstage to unveil the first 3D look at Priest.

Priest opens May 13th, 2011

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Thursday, September 9, 2010



Thanks to INF we get our first look from the set of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER. No it's not Chris Evans, it's his stunt double. And he doesn't look to be in the best shape of a super hero. 

At least we get our first look at the suit in action. Also check out the Hyra symbol on the car and motorcycles.

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Based on the Marvel Comics character from World War II. A patriotic American who due to his scrawny stature has been rejected by the United States Military named Steve Rogers, volunteers to undergo a series of experiments for a US army Super Soldier program. He is successfully transformed into the greatest weapon. During the transformation process the professor in charge of the Super Soldier Program is killed by a Nazi spy, taking part of the Super Soldier Formula with him to the grave, making it impossible to recreate the experiment. Then, when a Nazi plot reveals itself Rogers must rise up and and become the First Avenger, in order to save his country. Steve Rogers becomes Captain America and he earns his way into the hearts and souls of every American, bringing hope and justice to a war-weary nation. Later, during a mission to Germany to stop his archenemy - The Red Skull, from launching rockets at the allies, Captain America sacrifices himself and winds up frozen in ice for almost six decades! Revived, Steve Rogers now must join forces with new heroes and become an Avenger of the modern age.

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New Saw 3D Trailer

Saw 3D Trailer Puts You In The Movie

We got the new trailer for Saw 3D courtesy of yahoo. The film stars Tobin Bell, Cary Elwes, Costas Mandylor and Betsy Russell all return with the addition of Sean Patrick Flanery, Gina Holden, Chad Donella, Laurence Anthony, Dean Armstrong and Naomi Snieckus.

An eighth installment was planned, but the decrease in box office performance for Saw VI has led to Saw 3D being the final film in the series, and the plot concept for Saw VIII being incorporated into Saw 3D. Saw V director David Hackl was to direct the film, but two weeks before filming Lionsgate announced that Greutert, who directed the sixth film, would direct. But I would assume that if this film does well at the boxoffice I wouldn't count out another film.

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Here is the official plot synopsis:

This October, one of the biggest, most successful horror franchises in movie history arrives in theaters in vivid, chilling 3-D with the release of Lionsgate’s SAW VII 3-D.

As a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw’s brutal legacy, a group of Jigsaw survivors gathers to seek the support of self-help guru and fellow survivor Bobby Dagen, a man whose own dark secrets unleash a new wave of terror...

The first theatrical feature to be shot exclusively on the cutting-edge SI-3D digital camera system, SAW VII 3-D brings the horrifying games of Jigsaw to life like never before.

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New Let Me In Poster

Beware Of The Cute Snow Angles

Overture Films has let two new posters from the upcoming film "Let Me In." These poster were revealed from the viral site for the film. Watch out for snow angles they are not always as cute and sweet as they seem.

Based on the John Ajvide Lindqvist novel “Let the Right One In” and the Swedish film adaptation of the same name, Let Me In tells a terrifying tale about an alienated 12-year old boy named Owen (Smit-McPhee) who is viciously bullied by his classmates and neglected by his divorcing parents. Achingly lonely, Owen spends his days plotting revenge on his middle school tormentors and his evenings spying on the other inhabitants of his apartment complex. His only friend is his new neighbor Abby (Moretz), an eerily self-possessed young girl who lives next door with her silent father (Jenkins). A frail, troubled child about Owen’s age, Abby emerges from her heavily curtained apartment only at night and always barefoot, seemingly immune to the bitter winter elements. Recognizing a fellow outcast, Owen opens up to her and before long, the two have formed a unique bond.

To watch the newest clip click Here..

Let Me In opens October 1st, 2010

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New Megamind Trailer

Really Did The Studio's Need To Spoil It?

DreamWorks Animation has released a new trailer for their upcoming superhero vs. supervillain film Megamind. If you plan on seeing the movie then I think you might want to skip this trailer, it pretty much gives away the whole film. From what was shown at Comic-Con this year this movie looks very entertaining.

Again the trailer is Not Spoil Free!

The film stars the voices of Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, David Cross, Jonah Hill, and Brad Pitt.

Movie is scheduled to be released on November 5, 2010.

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Megamind is the most brilliant super–villain the world has ever known…and the least successful. Over the years, he has tried to conquer Metro City in every imaginable way – Each attempt, a colossal failure thanks to the caped superhero known as “Metro Man,” until the day Megamind actually defeats him in the throes of one of his botched evil plans. Suddenly, the fate of Metro City is threatened when a new villain arrives and chaos runs rampant, leaving everyone to wonder: Can the world’s biggest “mind” actually be the one to save the day?

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Zombieland 2 Update

What's Up With Zombieland 2?

Whats going on world, we got some news on the status of Zombieland 2. The long awaited sequel to Zomibeland was put into action soon after the movie was released.

Jesse Eisenberg that the first draft of the script in finished and has been turned in to Sony Pictures by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Eisenberg has yet to read the script. But  Ruben Fleischer (director of the first film) has had a chance to read the script and this is what he has to say:

Yeah, I read it. I mean, it's an early draft and we have plenty more to do to work on it, but I think it's going to be amazing, I'm really excited about it.

 Fleischer isn't sure if it will be his next project after 30 Minutes or Less as his name has been attached to a couple other previously-announced projects:

"I got a couple irons in the fire, so we'll see, but I'd be psyched to do it. I have this buddy cop movie that I sold to DreamWorks that's pretty cool that these guys Arnold and Poole are writing. There's a movie that Mike White wrote called 'Babe in the Woods,' that's a really cool script, so those kind of exist and I guess we'll see what happens."
I really enjoyed Zombieland and I hope that Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick can come back  with another home-run.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

"The American" Movie Review By Windy City Gal

Review by Windy City Gal (aka @rosenfie)

"The American", directed by Anton Corbijn and starring George Clooney, is the story of a skilled, yet aged assassin, Jack, who is physically and mentally tired of a lonely life on the run.

In the opening of this thriller, Jack's dedication to his job is made evident to the audience in a gasp-worthy moment.  After being nearly shot in Sweden, Jack heads back to Italy to determine how he was discovered.  Being in a line of trust-no one work, he disregards instructions from the head of his assassin squad and heads off to a little Italian village to finish his last job.  

During his stay in the village, Jack has various personal and professional encounters.  He comes to befriend a priest (as much as an assassin can befriend someone, let alone a priest), fraternizes with a prostitute and deals with his client while outrunning the Swedes who have followed him back to Italy.  All a day in the life for Jack.

Though this film has some action sequences, the overall mood is very subdued, as is Clooney's acting.  His character is so run down from living a lonely life that he possesses none of the charisma we've come to know from Clooney.  Jack is tired, lackluster and feels hopeless.  

While the film has some twists, the plot moves slowly with moments like Jack describing and building weaponry or spending many a moment sitting silently in a cafe waiting to meet a client.  Add the lifeless character to the slow plot, and you come away feeling this is not the role for Clooney and perhaps the movie needed to quicken its pace to keep the audience engaged.  The movie picks up at the end, but it's too late to salvage the doldrum of the previous hours.

5 1/2 sandwiches out of 10

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Liam Neeson Joins "Battleship"

Liam Neeson Hops On The "Battleship"

Liam Neeson is joining the cast of Universal's "Battleship" alongside Alexander Skarsgard, Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker and Rihanna.

Deal was announced Tuesday, the same day director Peter Berg began shooting the live-action tentpole based on Hasbro's naval combat board game.

Neeson will portray Admiral Shane alongside Kitsch, who portrays Shane's future son-in-law. Decker is playing Shane's daughter. Skarsgard will play the brother to Kitsch's character.

U has set a May 18, 2012, release date for "Battleship," which takes place across the seas, over the skies and land in a battle for planet survival against a superior force. Kitsch, who also works with Berg in the NBC series "Friday Night Lights," stars as a naval officer who leads the fight.

"Battleship" is being produced by Scott Stuber through his U-based Stuber Pictures; Sarah Aubrey and Berg for Film 44; Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir of Hasbro; and Duncan Henderson.

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January Jones As Emma Frost

January Jones As Emma Frost-First Set Photos

INF Daily spotted Mad Men actress January Jones on the set of X-Men: First Class in Buckinghamshire, England earlier today. January was clad in her sexy head-to-toe “White Queen” costume: a short white coat, knee-high white boots, and a fuzzy white Russian hat. In between takes she added an ankle-length puffy jacket and bright rain boots for a splash of color.

X-Men: First Class, following the classic Marvel mythology, charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga. Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. But then “a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.”

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Natalie Portman Offered "Gravity"

 "Gravity"  Pulls Natalie Portman To A Space Station

Natalie Portman has fielded an offer from Warner Bros. to star in the drama "Gravity." The lead in the epic survival story, co-written by Alfonso and Jonas Cuaron, has been a highly sought role for months, with Angelina Jolie pulling out of it recently.

The $80 million 3D survival story, which Alfonso Cuaron will direct, centers on a woman stranded on a space station after satellite debris slams into it and wipes out the rest of the crew. Robert Downey Jr. already has committed to a supporting role, but much of the picture is devoted to the female character, who must survive a solitary ordeal much in the way Tom Hanks did in "Cast Away" or James Franco does in "127 Hours," another Telluride sneak screening.

In the wake of "Swan" notices, Cuaron finally got the green light from the studio to relay the offer to Portman without requiring a screen test. Portman, who couldn't make it to Telluride's "Swan" screenings Sunday, is expected to read the latest version of the script this week and make her decision shortly.

Although Cuaron, Downey and the studio have juggled multiple potential stars, including Scarlett Johansson and Blake Lively, none has come up all cherries. But the role now is Portman's if she feels up for it. As an added benefit to the studio, even with a nice raise, her salary would only come in at about half of Jolie's.

"Gravity" is slated to shoot at the end of January, before Downey goes off to other engagements.

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

SPIKE TV SCREAM 2010 Cast Your Votes


I had the pleasure of  attending and covering the Red Carpet for the Scream Awards 2009 and let me tell you something it was a Blast. The show is off the wall and made for our generation.  It's an award show any kid, man or women would dream of.  I will be bringing you full coverage again from this years awards, so get off your asses and make your vote count! To check out my covarge from last years awards click Here.
You can cast your VOTE  Only At Scream.Spike.com

September 1, 2010 – Summer science fiction blockbuster “Inception” leads the way with nominations in 14 categories for Spike TV’s fifth annual “SCREAM.”  “SCREAM” is the first and only global event of its kind to honor the luminaries in the sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comic book genres, and the actors, creators, icons and pioneers who have influenced and shaped the industry over the past year.

This year’s show will also continue the tradition of featuring exclusive World Premieres from some of the most anticipated movies of 2011. The two-hour extravaganza will premiere on Spike TV on Tuesday, October 19 (9:00–11:00 PM, ET/PT).

“SCREAM nominees comprise the top four grossing films of 2010, totaling a US box office of over 1 billion dollars among them, and that doesn’t even include 2009’s Avatar, the most successful film in history,” said Casey Patterson, executive producer of “SCREAM 2010” and senior vice president of event production, talent development and studio relations for Spike TV. “This October, the fans, whose reverence for these genres makes them the commercial successes that they are, will once again have their night on Spike dedicated to honoring their heroes.”

Directed by Christopher Nolan, “Inception” nabbed 15 nominations in 14 categories, one for every year the critically hailed project was in development, including nods for “The Ultimate Scream,” “Best Ensemble,” and “Fight Scene of the Year.” “Kick-Ass” was nominated in 13 categories for a total of 17 nominations, while Tony Stark’s adventures in “Iron Man 2” garnered 13 nominations. HBO’s “True Blood” had the most nominations of any television series with 10.

Following are several of the categories and nominees for Spike TV’s “SCREAM 2010”. For the full list fans can go to scream.spike.com:

· Alice in Wonderland
· Avatar
· District 9
· Inception
· Iron Man 2
· Kick-Ass
· Lost
· True Blood
· The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
· Zombieland

· Avatar
· District 9
· Inception
· Iron Man 2
· Predators
· The Road

· Alice in Wonderland
· The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
· Kick-Ass
· Toy Story 3
· The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
· Where the Wild Things Are

· The Crazies
· A Nightmare on Elm Street
· Paranormal Activity
· Shutter Island
· Thirst
· Zombieland

· Dexter
· Doctor Who
· Lost
· True Blood
· V

· Neill Blomkamp, District 9
· Tim Burton, Alice in Wonderland
· James Cameron, Avatar
· Roland Emmerich, 2012
· Christopher Nolan, Inception
· Martin Scorsese, Shutter Island

· District 9, written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
· Inception, written by Christopher Nolan
· Kick-Ass, written by Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman
· Shutter Island, written by Laeta Kalogridis
· Toy Story 3, written by Michael Arndt
· Zombieland, written by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese

Some of the nominees’ reactions include:

“I'm thrilled to be included in this exceptional group of actors and so excited that “True Blood” has been recognized by the Scream Awards,” said Sam Trammell, who is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his work on HBO’s vampire hit.

Stephen Lang, nominated for Best Villain for his role in the highest grossing film of all time, “Avatar,” by saying, “"I am deeeeply honored to be included among such a vile, loathsome and scoundrelly set of blackguards."

Sharlto Copley, star of “District 9,” said "Thank you. I'm very grateful to the distinguished "SCREAM" advisory board for these nominations," for the nods he received for Breakout Performance and Best Science Fiction Actor.

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Robert Rodriguez Machete Sequel

Robert Rodriguez Pinky Promises A "Machete" Sequel

At the world premier of his new film Machete at the Venice Film Festival, director Robert Rodriguez has revealed that he has already got plans to make not one, but two sequels to his latest Grindhouse-inspired action flick.

Just as viewers got their first glimpse of Machete, when it played as a trailer in the middle of Grindhouse, Rodriguez ends his latest action extravaganza by telling audiences to watch out for Machete Kills and Machete Kills Again. Although this seems like a joke announcement in the tradition of the exploitation films Machete honours, the Spy Kids director admits that Danny Trejo is likely to reprise the role in the not too distant future.

"Machete don't joke", states Rodriguez. "It felt like it needed something when the music kicked in so I wrote those written trails into the ending just a few days before I finished editing the movie. We made the trailer to Machete not knowing that they'll be a movie afterwards and then people came after us and said where is the movie, so if people come after us and say where is Machete Kills Again then we'll know we'll need it."

When pushed Rodriguez admitted that planning for Machete Kills is already at an advanced stage. "I have a good trailer for that already," admits the director. "I already know the story of Machete Kills. I hope we get to do it, because I like the story a lot."

The director, who is working on Spy Kids 4, admits that he finds it difficult to let characters go once he's invented them and the chances are that if the box office returns for Machete are better than the disappointing Grindhouse opening weekend, Rodriguez will be straight on the phone asking Trejo, Jessica Alba and Michelle Rodriguez to ride again.

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New Let Me In Movie Clip

New Let Me In Movie Clip

Here is the newest TC spot for the upcoming Matt Reeves Film "Let Me In" Starring Chloe Moretz. After seeing the panel at Comic-Con this year I was sold on this film. I haven't dared to watch the original film, don't want to spoil anything about this upcoming film.

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Chloe Moretz (Hit Girl from Kick-Ass) stars as Abby, a mysterious 12-year old girl, who moves next door to Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Road). Owen is a social outcast who is viciously bullied at school and in his loneliness, forms a profound bond with his new neighbor. Owen can’t help noticing that Abby is like no one he has ever met before. As a string of grisly murders occupy the town, Owen has to confront the reality that this seemingly innocent girl is really a savage vampire.

Let Me In, a haunting and provocative thriller written and directed by filmmaker Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) and produced by legendary British horror brand Hammer Films, is based on the best-selling Swedish novel Lat den Ratte Komma (Let The Right One In) by John Ajvide Lindqvist, and the highly-acclaimed film of the same name.

To watch the trailer for the film click Here.

Movie is scheduled for release on October 1st, 2010

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Fall Movie Previews Part 2

Fall Movie Previews Part 2

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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127 Hours” (Nov. 5) – The “Slumdog Millionaire” team of scriptwriter Simon Beaufoy and director Danny Boyle returns for this true-life tale starring James Franco as Aron Ralston, the mountain climber who resorts to cutting his lower right arm after being trapped under a boulder.

Due Date” (Nov. 5) – “The Hangover’s” Todd Phillips directs this road trip comedy starring Robert Downey Jr. as a father-to-be who is forced to hitch a ride with Zach Galifianakis to make it to his child’s birth on time.

Fair Game” (Nov. 5) – Naomi Watts and Sean Penn stars in this political thriller about CIA agent Valerie Plame.

Megamind” (Nov. 5) – Brad Pitt and Will Ferrell duke it out in this animated adventure about superheroes and super-villains.

Morning Glory” (Nov. 12) – The world of morning show television programs is explored by Roger Michell (“Notting Hill”) with help from Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Jeff Goldblum, and Rachel McAdams.

Unstoppable” (Nov. 12) – Denzel Washington returns with longtime collaborator, director Tony Scott (“Déjà vu,” “Man on Fire,” “Taking of Pelham 1 2 3”), in this action drama about an unmanned freight train carrying combustible liquids.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” (Nov. 19) – I love this series and this final novel, so I’m looking forward to seeing our favorite boy wizard’s farewell. It’s a good thing Warner Bros. decided to divide this film into two, so we have until next summer to lament the last movie featuring the Boy Who Lived.

The Next Three Days” (Nov. 19) – Oscar-winner Paul Haggis (“Crash”) directs Liam Neeson and Russell Crowe in this crime drama.

“Burlesque” (Nov. 24) – Christina Aguilera, Cher, Stanely Tucci, and Kristen Bell sing the blues in this musical drama about a burlesque club. This could either be very smart, or super-cheesy.

Tangled” (Nov. 24) – Disney tries to update Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) for this generation.


Black Swan” (Dec. 1) – “The Wrestler” director, Darren Aronofsky, helms Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, and Winona Ryder in this supernatural drama set in the world of New York ballet.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” (Dec. 10) – Disney cut ties but 20th Century Fox wisely picked up this franchise about the return to the magical world known as Narnia.

The Fighter” (Dec. 10) – Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale duke it out in this boxing drama from director David O. Russell (“I Heart Huckabees”).

How Do You Know” (Dec. 17) – James L. Brooks directs Paul Rudd and Reese Witherspoon in this romantic dramedy. Brooks has a great Oscar track record having written and directed “As Good As It Gets,” “Broadcast News,” and “Terms of Endearment.”

Tron: Legacy” (Dec. 17) – The sight of Jeff Bridges in his “Tron” getup is enough for me to patiently wait for this movie.

Country Strong” (Dec. 22) – Gwyneth Paltrow stars as a fallen country star in this drama from director Shana Feste.

Gulliver’s Travels” (Dec. 22) – Another adaptation of the Jonathan Swift classic but this one comes with a comedic twist with Jack Black starring as Lemuel Gulliver.

Little Fockers” (Dec. 22) – This third installment of the “Meet the Parents” franchise brings back Robert DeNiro, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Dustin Hoffman, and Barbra Streisand.

Somewhere” (Dec. 22) – The Oscar-nominated Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation”) directs this drama about a hard-living Hollywood actor who is forced to re-examine his life by his 11-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning).

True Grit” (Dec. 25) – The Coen brothers reteam with their Dude, Jeff Bridges, in this adaptation of Charles Portis’ novel. The filmmakers are adamant to point out that this is not a sloppy remake of the 1969 John Wayne movie that won the actor his first Oscar.

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Monday, September 6, 2010

"The American" Tops The Holiday Weekend Box Office

"The American" Tops The Holiday Weekend Box Office

Exit popcorn-pic season, hello movies for grown-ups: Focus Features' George Clooney starrer "The American" topped the domestic box office with an estimated $16.4 million during the summer-ending Labor Day weekend.

The assassin-themed thriller rang up $19.5 million in its first six days, after unspooling midweek to get a jump on the four-day frame. Two other wide openers bore the same R rating as "American" but seemed more restricted in audience appeal.

Fox's crime actioner "Machete" topped daily rankings with $3.9 million in its first day of release on Friday, but the Robert Rodriguez-shepherded splatterfest quickly ceded its lead to the more broadly appealing Clooney pic and fetched $14 million in second place through Monday. Warners' romantic comedy "Going the Distance" -- starring Drew Barrymore and Justin Long -- proved the weakest of the weekend debutantes, wooing $8.6 million in fifth place during its first four days.

Elsewhere, Sony's heist actioner "Takers" took in $13.5 million in its sophomore session to finish third on the frame and pile cumulative coin to $40 million, while Lionsgate's horror pic "The Last Exorcism" conjured $8.8 million in fourth place for an 11-day cume of $33.6 million. Outside of the top rankings, Fox's special edition re-release of "Avatar" posted another $2.9 million in its second weekend to push record cume for the James Cameron epic to $758.2 million.

Labor Day is marked annually on the first Monday of September, both in the U.S. and Canada. Collectively, the top 10 pictures registered $93.2 million, or 3% less than top performers in last year's comparable holiday-stretched weekend, Rentrak said.

Domestic film distributors collected roughly $4.24 billion in summer box office since the season began on May 7, or almost 1% less than last year, while summer admissions were down almost 6% to an estimated 538 million. Hollywood marked a shorter box-office season this year, with 18 weekends compared to a year-earlier 19.

At first glance, the audience profiles of "American" and "Machete" weren't dramatically different, outside of an even older-skewing base for the former: "American" skewed 60% male with 88% of patrons aged 25 or older (and two-thirds of them over 35); "Machete" was 55% male, with 55% of its business coming from the 25 and up crowd. But Latino moviegoers represented a huge 60% of support for the Fox film, which would have struggled without an ethnic base notably similar to that for "Exorcism" a week earlier.

Helmed by onetime music-director Anton Corbijn, "American" co-stars Italian actress Violante Placido.

Older adult moviegoers made "American" their weekend "film of choice," said Jack Foley, distribution president at the Universal specialty-film unit.

"The strategic timing of the film's release at the holiday -- and beginning on Wednesday -- definitely generated more revenue for the film and now positions it well for a rich play out," Foley added.

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Andrew Garfield Spider-Man Reboot

Andrew Garfield Gives Very Little Information On The Upcoming Spider-Man Reboot

With the Spider-Man reboot to begin filming in December of this year. Andrew Garfield has been pretty silent so far about his biggest movie role to date. But now with two films to be released soon "Never Let Me Go" and "The Social Network" I am sure every question at these press junkets will have to do with the Spider-Man reboot. THR got their hands on him first and asked a few interesting questions.

Have you been prepping for Spider-Man?

I have been waiting for this phone call for 24 years, for someone to call me up and say, "Hey, we want you to pretend to be a character that you’ve always wanted to be all your life, and we’re going to do it with cool cameras and cool effects and you’re going to feel like you’re swinging through New York City. Do you want to do that?" [laughs] “Let me just consult with my seven-year old self and see what he thinks...” So my seven-year-old self started screaming in my soul and saying, This is what we’ve been waiting for. Like every young boy who feels stronger on the inside than they look on the outside, any skinny boy basically who wishes their muscles matched their sense of injustice, God, it’s just the stuff that dreams are made of, for sure. It’s a true fucking honor to be part of this symbol that I actually think is a very important symbol and it’s meant a great deal to me, and it continues to mean something to people. So yeah, I feel like I’ve been preparing for it for a while. Ever since Halloween when I was four years old and I wore my first Spider-Man costume.

What's your approach to wrapping your brain around the coming shift in terms of your increased visibility with Spider-Man?

Not to give it credence, not to give it any of my energy. Just approach it like any other job that I care about deeply. That may be naïve of me to think that I can just get away with that. But if you give focus to something, it will grow. I just want to be an actor, really. And of course all those things came into consideration when I was making the decision. But at the end of the day, I had faith that I would be able to not be defined by it. And I still have faith that I will be able to get lost in roles and just keep doing what I love to do.

Have you gotten any advice about how to balance it?

I’ve witnessed other friends go through it, so I’m aware of the pitfalls, for sure. So I already feel as prepared as I can be, and also no advice can really prepare you for something so visceral.

Is there any other prep work you’ll need to do? Will you need to change your physicality or do training?

I’m sure there will be a bunch of that, yeah. Flexibility is my main focus right now. Making sure that I can be as flexible as possible. It’s all kind of starting up so I haven’t really got much to say about it.

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Zhang Ziyi Cast As Mulan

Zhang Ziyi Cast As Mulan

Hollywood hitmaker Jan de Bont has signed up to direct Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi in an independently-produced, English-language co-production of the classic tale of Hua Mulan, the legendary young heroine soldier who joins an all-male army.

Mulan” is set to start shooting this fall outside Shanghai, where de Bont, the director of “Speed,” “Twister” and “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” will attempt to bring romance, action and drama to screenwriter John Blickstead’s re-creation of the Chinese Joan of Arc story that was first described in a 6th century poem.

The character was popularized around the world in the 1998 Walt Disney animated film of the same name. The heroine got her last cinematic run-out last year in "Hua Mulan," which starred Chinese actress Zhao Wei and received mixed reviews.

Zhang is one of China’s biggest actresses, and the new “Mulan” film comes at a time when the country’s movie business is growing by leaps and bounds at home but has scored relatively few hits overseas.

Zhang is a recognizable star in the West for her roles in more than a few of the Chinese films that have crossed over, such as the Academy Award-winning “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” the Palme d’Or-nominated “2046,” and the Oscar-nominated film “Hero,” the largest-grossing Chinese film export of all time.

“This is the first independent film directed by Jan de Bont, whose worldwide boxoffice track record is huge,” Easternlight managing director and "Mulan" producer Ying Ye told The Hollywood Reporter, saying that pairing de Bont, Zhang and the story of Hua Mulan was “a winning combination.”

A Disney spokeswoman discounted as false Chinese press reports that said in July that the Hollywood studio would be backing the new “Mulan” to the tune of $100 million.

Bona International’s Beijing-based parent company Polybona, which is run by Yu Dong, the company’s chairman, will distribute the film in China, where boxoffice receipts rose 86% from Jan.-June. Polybona also holds the exclusive rights for “Mulan” for Taiwan and Hong Kong.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be able to work with Jan and Ziyi to turn the Chinese legend of Mulan into a top-notch live-action movie for a worldwide audience,” Chan of Bona International said.

Zhang’s rise to fame, while drawing great admiration from some, has also subjected her in recent months to sometimes vitriolic public criticism over charitable contributions she allegedly failed to deliver to a fund she set up to aid the victims of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

Producers on de Bont’s “Mulan” would not disclose financial details, but Brough said in a statement sent to The Hollywood Reporter that the film was “the perfect opportunity to bring to the screen the ideal synthesis of western and Chinese movie making skills with both a top actress and director, each of whom is globally recognized for their commercial and artistic success in equal measure.”

De Bont will shoot the live-action theatrical feature at the gargantuan lots of the Hengdian World Studios, three hours drive from Shanghai in Zhejiang province. “Mulan” is expected to wrap in January.

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Ridley Scott Talks Alien Prequel

Ridley Scott Talks Alien Prequel

The anticipation for his next project is building to fever pitch: it will be a two-part prequel to Alien, shot in 3D. Scott was never asked to make a sequel to Alien; that honour went to James Cameron, before a further two sequels and two Alien vs Predator spin-offs milked the franchise dry. But with the Lost co-creator Damon Lindoff polishing the first prequel's script, you can sense the competitor in Scott, desperate to put his stamp back on the film series that launched him. "Jim's raised the bar and I've got to jump to it," he says, in a friendly jibe at Cameron. "He's not going to get away with it."

Set 30 years before the 1979 original, so with no room for Sigourney Weaver's Ripley, the prequels will explore the origins of the deadly aliens. "The film will be really tough, really nasty," he notes. "It's the dark side of the moon. We are talking about gods and engineers. Engineers of space. And were the aliens designed as a form of biological warfare? Or biology that would go in and clean up a planet?"

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"The Sandman" Comic On It's Way To The Small Screen

"The Sandman" Comic On It's Way To The Small Screen

“The Sandman,” the Neil Gaiman-penned comic book series considered a seminal work in the medium, is in the early stages of being developed into a TV series.

Warner Bros. TV is in the midst of acquiring television rights from sister company DC Entertainment and is in talks with several writer-producers about adapting the 1990s series. At the top of the list is Eric Kripke, creator of the CW’s horror-tinged “Supernatural.”

Sandman” told the tale of Morpheus, the Lord of the Dreaming, a deity who personifies dreams. The book began in the horror realm but quickly made its mark in fantasy and mythology as Gaiman introduced the Endless, a group of powerful brothers and sisters that includes Destiny, Death, Destruction, Despair, Desire and Delirium (as well as Dream).

The book helped establish DC’s Vertigo imprint and won several awards. It also was one of the few comics that segued from the comics crowd, entering the intellectual and art worlds and winning over a large non-comics-reading audience, particularly via a devoted female following.

A movie version of “Sandman” had been in development since the mid-’90s, with an early version involving Roger Avary. That cooled earlier in the decade, with the thinking that to the best way to tackle an adaptation is the TV route. At one point DC was in talks with HBO and James Mangold to develop a show without WBTV’s involvement, but that never coalesced.

Gaiman was not officially involved with the HBO attempt, though he and Mangold held several rounds of talks surrounding characters and story. The author is not involved in the latest development, though because it is early in the process, that could change.

Kripke has been described as interested in tackling an adaptation but cautious because the comic book has such a passionate following and is held in such high regard. It’s the kind of series where each production decision, from casting to script to design, would be scrutinized by devotees.

Still, Kripke managed to create and sustain “Supernatural,” which week in and week out deals with fantasy, mythological and horror elements. He also displayed a certain amount of creative integrity when he stuck to his guns by not returning as showrunner when the network renewed the series for a sixth season after he completed a planned five-season story line.

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Dwayne Johnson Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Dwayne Johnson Set To Take A Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Dwayne Johnson is strapping on a backpack for New Line's "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," the sequel to "Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D."

Brad Peyton is on board to direct the film, in which Josh Hutcherson will reprise his role as burgeoning explorer Sean Anderson. Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson of Contrafilm are producing.

Brendan Fraser was the top draw in the 2008 movie but is not returning after hitting an impasse over start dates. That put New Line on track to find a new star, with the studio and Johnson dancing for several weeks before getting into it. Johnson is in negotiations, with a deal expected to close this week.

Johnson will play the boyfriend of Hutcherson's mom, who Hutcherson is forced to bring on a trip to a mythical and monstrous island to find his missing grandfather. The script is loosely based on Jules Verne's "The Mysterious Island."

Three other characters will be introduced in the movie and cast during the next few weeks. Production is eyeing a late October start in North Carolina and Hawaii.

Like the first movie, which beat the 3D craze by more than a year and made more than $250 million worldwide in 2008, the sequel will be shot and released in 3D.

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