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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Kevin Spacey Has A "House of Cards"

Kevin Spacey has come on board to star in and executive produce David Fincher's drama series project for indie producer Media Rights Capital, House of Cards, marking a reunion of The Social Network director Fincher and executive producer Spacey. In his TV directorial debut, Fincher will direct the pilot for the project, based on the book and British miniseries of the same name. He will executive produce with Eric Roth, writer of Fincher's previous movie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Joshua Donen as well as Spacey and his producing partner at Trigger Street Prods. Dana Brunetti.

The political-thriller novel House of Cards, written by Michael Dobbs, former Conservative Party chief of staff, is set at the end of Margaret Thatcher's tenure as prime minister and follows a British politician with his eye on the top job. In 1990, it was adapted by the BBC as a miniseries written by Andrew Davies and starring Ian Richardson. It went on to win a BAFTA award for Richardson and an Emmy for Davies.

Fincher's adaptation, set in the U.S., was written by playwright/screenwriter Beau Willimon (The Ides of March). The project is yet to be taken out to TV networks. Spacey was most recently attached to The Crux, a drama project for HBO written by Rod Lurie.

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Water for Elephants Trailer Robert Pattinson

Today we have the new Water for Elephants trailer. The film is based on Sara Gruen's novel of the same name, directed by Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) and starring Robert Pattinson as Jacob Jankowski, Reese Witherspoon as Marlena and Christoph Waltz as August. Hal Holbrook will play the older Jacob Jankowski. The film is due out on April 15, 2011.

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As a young man, Jacob Jankowski (Robert Pattinson) was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. It was the early part of the great Depression, and for Jacob, now ninety, the circus world he remembers was both his salvation and a living hell. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie.

It was there that he met Marlena (Reese Witherspoon), the beautiful equestrian star married to August (Christoph Waltz), the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an un-trainable elephant who was the great gray hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and, ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.

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Star Wars Saga 3D Gets A Release Date

Lucasfilm Ltd. announced today that the live-action Star Wars Saga will be converted to 3D! There are few movies that lend themselves more perfectly to 3D; from the Death Star trench run to the Tatooine Podrace, the Star Wars Saga has always delivered an entertainment experience that is completely immersive. Presented by Twentieth Century Fox and Lucasfilm Ltd., the cutting edge conversion will take that immersion to the next thrilling level, with Industrial Light & Magic supervising the project. Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace is expected to be released theatrically in 2012. A release date has not yet been determined.

"Getting good results on a stereo conversion is a matter of taking the time and getting it right," said John Knoll, Visual Effects Supervisor for Industrial Light & Magic. "It takes a critical and artistic eye along with an incredible attention to detail to be successful. It is not something that you can rush if you want to expect good results. For Star Wars we will take our time, applying everything we know both aesthetically and technically to bring audiences a fantastic new Star Wars experience."

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Friday, March 4, 2011

Ryan Reynolds Wants A Deadpool Film

Though DC diehards will no doubt be eagerly anticipating the big screen arrival of Green Lantern come June 17, there are still millions of us just as excited about the potential of Marvel’s “Merc With The Mouth” getting his chance to shine in his own lead role.

Empire was on set to speak with Mr. Reynolds himself for our feature on the willpower-wielding cosmic cop (see the current issue), we took a bit of time out with him to talk about Deadpool, beginning with the obvious question… what’s the deal there then?

“Deadpool’s still in the works,” he insists. “I’m not sure how logistically it works in terms of scheduling, but yeah, I want it to happen.”

And what about the clash of two potential superhero brands, Green Lantern vs. Deadpool?

“Those two universes are completely different,” contends Reynolds. “Superhero movies are so pervasive in pop culture, I don’t look at the as superhero roles as much as just roles. They’re such different people. Deadpool is about a guy in a highly militarised shame spiral, Green Lantern is more universally themed.”

So these are quotes on top of previous details that yes, Deadpool will indeed “break the fourth wall”, previous reports that Robert Rodriquez might direct a script by the Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, then the noises about newcomer Adam Berg might helm the project.

But with a Green Lantern 2 script commissioned already, it’s all a bit up in the air – but with Ryan Reynolds still game, there’s still hope people, there’s still hope.

For exclusive quotes from Reynolds, as well as “much, much more”, simply pick up the new issue of Empire, which is on sale now.

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Disney XD's Tron: Uprising Preview

Tron: Uprising is an upcoming animated science fiction TV series, part of the Tron franchise, which will air on Disney's television channel Disney XD. The show is set to air in summer 2012. It will be directed by Charlie Bean, Joseph Kosinski and Sean Bailey, who will also act as executive producer. Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, Sean Bailey will produce the series. The series is set between Tron and Tron: Legacy. Tron: Uprising has been announced to be a 10 part series. The show is also set to be previewed on the DVD and Blu-Ray release of Tron: Legacy.

The show stars Elijah Wood, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Mandy Moore, Paul Reubens, Lance Henriksen, Nate Corddry and Bruce Boxleitner as TRON

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Beck, a young program who becomes the unlikely leader of a revolution inside the computer world of The Grid. His mission is to free his home and friends from the reign of the villainous Clu 2 and his henchman General Tesler. Beck will be trained by Tron - the greatest warrior the Grid has ever known. Tron will not only teach Beck the fighting skills he needs to challenge this brutal military occupation, but will be a guide and mentor to him as he grows beyond his youthful, impulsive nature into a courageous, powerful leader. Destined to become the new protector of the system, Beck adopts Tron's persona and becomes the archenemy of Tesler and his oppressive forces

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Diane Lane Cast As Martha Kent In Superman Reboot

Diane Lane is an actress who has seemed perpetually 37 for about 20 years. There's a weary, sexy worldly wisdom to her that has allowed her to appeal to both men and women, either in erotic "thrillers" like "Unfaithful" or big crowd-pleasers like "Secretariat." Thirty-seven is a good age for an actress to seem; old enough to be respected, but young enough to still be attractive to all age groups.

Yet the 46-year-old, onetime Oscar-nominee Lane will play Martha Kent, Superman's "mom," in the upcoming Superman reboot. She has played moms before, of course, but not mothers that have typically been portrayed as matronly rocking-chair dwellers. To be fair, with Annette O'Toole on "Smallville," Superman's adoptive parents have gotten younger in recent years; it's still rumored that Kevin Costner will play Pa Kent, after all. (Actually, that's totally not fair: Costner is 56, almost a decade older than Lane.)

Lane is considerably younger than those who have played cinematic Supermoms in the past. Phyllis Thaxter played Ma Kent in Christopher Reeve's 1978 version at the age of 57, which was nothing compared to Eva Marie Saint, who was over 80 in Bryan Singer's recent "Superman Returns" reboot.

Lane is only 19 years older than Henry Cavill, who plays Kal-El, but that shouldn't make any difference: She's not his actual mother, and in celestial time, he's probably a lot older than her anyway. Heck, the trip from Krypton itself must have taken 20 years.

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Hugo Weaving As Red Skull

EW bring us the first look of Hugo Weaving as the villain Red Skull in the upcoming live action movie Captain America: The First Avenger.

The Red Skull, Johann Schmidt (sometimes spelled Shmidt), was a former Nazi general officer and confidant of Adolf Hitler. He has been closely affiliated with HYDRA and is an enemy of S.H.I.E.L.D., the Avengers, and the interests of the United States and the free world in general. He was physically augmented by having his mind placed into the body of a clone of Captain America, the pinnacle of human perfection.

What do you think?

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Captain America: The First Avenger will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America.

Born during the Great Depression, Steve Rogers grew up a frail youth in a poor family. Horrified by the newsreel footage of the Nazis in Europe, Rogers was inspired to enlist in the army. However, because of his frailty and sickness, he was rejected. Overhearing the boy’s earnest plea, General Chester Phillips offered Rogers the opportunity to take part in a special experiment… Operation: Rebirth. After weeks of tests, Rogers was at last administered the Super-Solider Serum and bombarded by “vita-rays.” Steve Rogers emerged from the treatment with a body as perfect as a body can be and still be human. Rogers was then put through an intensive physical and tactical training program. Three months later, he was given his first assignment as Captain America. Armed with his indestructible shield and battle savvy, Captain America has continued his war against evil both as a sentinel of liberty and as leader of the Avengers.

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Resident Evil 5 On It's Way

Let's start milking the cow. If it ain't broke then don't fix it. That must be the thought going through Screen Gems minds. The studio behind the films.

The fifth installment, again starring Milla Jovovich, will hit theaters on September 14, 2012. The last three were released in the franchise were all released in September as well.

The fourth film, Resident Evil: Afterlife was released in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on September 10, 2010 and earned $296.2 million at the worldwide box office.

Paul W.S. Anderson is expected to be involved with this film again, although it is unknown if he will return to his duties as a director.

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Trailer For ThunderCats Cartoon On Cartoon Network

We've seen still images, we've seen the toys, we've seen the test footage, but here's the first official trailer showing Lion-O and his merry band of Thunderans in action. And a couple of characters we weren't sure were going to make an appearance raise their snarfy heads.

Yeah, that looks like Snarf, Prince Lion-O's annoying sidekick, as well as the Thunderkittens, WilyKit and WilyKat. But despite the potential for the same syrupy cloyingness they brought to the original animated series, it looks like the 2011 show has some other tricks up its sleeve. Namely, some pretty terrific animation.

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Maybe it's the apparent scope of the world, but ThunderCats feels like it has something of an Avatar: The Last Airbender vibe. Which is a very, very good thing. See for yourself.

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Will Tom Welling Suit Up As Superman? Or Should He

We have another great article by our guest writer Jonathan Cyfer. Make sure to check out his blog and follow him on twitter.

No, I'm not asking if Tom Welling should portray Clark Kent/Superman in the upcoming Superman: Man of Steel (2012) film. Henry Cavill already won that role. Let it go, rabid Tom Welling/Smallville fans. Let it go.

I mean, should Tom Welling actually portray the Man of Steel in full Superman costume in the last reel of the two-hour Smallville series finale scheduled to air on May 13th? In other words, should Tom Welling actually be Superman on the small screen for any length of time at the end of the series?

My answer is "no".

OK, here's my take. The entire series is based on the audience watching Clark develop his abilities and his personality, from a 15 year old kid who, at the start of the series, is just beginning to become aware of his powers, who he is, and (gasp) where he really comes from ("You mean you're not my real Mommy and Daddy?") to a 25 year old (plus) young man who is just a heartbeat away from donning the red cape.

For ten years, it's been "no tights and no flights". The "no flights" part has become tiresome lately, but once you etch it in stone, that's that.

The show is called "Smallville" because this is the time in Clark's life before he's Superman. This is where we see what happened to him in all of his "pre-flight" experiences that eventually turns him into earth's greatest hero.

It's not about him actually being Superman. That's what the movies are for. Making Clark Superman (and the Smallville writers have come dangerously close on more than a few occasions) completely trashes the premise of the series (not that season 10 hasn't been sufficiently trashed already).

The best...the very best I think should happen in the last 30 seconds of the series, is that some emergency should occur, Clark ducks into a storage room or something, we get a close up of his chest as he opens the shirt (iconic moment, please), and reveals the Superman shield.

Fade to black. End of series. Run the closing credits and play the show's theme.


Probably...but that's where the show demands to end. Anything more hopelessly blurs the line between Clark's journey of self-discovery and the realization of being Superman. Clark's adventures in Smallville lead him to become Superman but they're not about actually existing as Superman, even for a few minutes.

Tom Welling is Clark Kent; a sort of "diamond-in-the-rough". He's "Superman-in-the-making", but he was never meant to really be Superman. It's time for Welling to pass the torch. We've already learned that it will be Henry Cavill who receives that torch and who carries it as the fully realized Man of Steel. Smallville is dead. Long live Superman: Man of Steel.

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters Film Is In The Works

Fans waiting for a sequel to "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" may not have to wait that much longer.

LA Times is reporting that Fox 2000, the 20th Century Fox label behind the adventure franchise, is putting a follow-up project to the 2010 young-adult film in active development and could shoot it as early as this summer, according to a person who has been briefed on the project's status but was not authorized to speak publicly about it. The movie would be subtitled "The Sea of Monsters" and derive from the second book in Rick Riordan's five-book series.

The studio has hired Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski -- who wrote "Ed Wood" and "Agent Cody Banks" -- to write a script for the new film, which they are currently doing. But the person cautioned that the project is still very much at the development phase; the movie, for instance, does not yet have a director.

Chris Columbus, who helmed the first installment, is not expected to return, although he will produce the picture, as will "Breaking Dawn" producer Karen Rosenfelt, who also produced "Lightning Thief."

The lead cast members, headed by Logan Lerman as Percy Jackson, will come back, according to the person who was briefed.

A Fox spokeswoman declined to comment.

The first film introduced the world to an ordinary boy who discovers that he is the son of the Greek god Poseidon, and that many elements from ancient Greek mythology still exist today. (The film aged up the character from 12, which he was in the novel, to 17.) Riordan's second book follows Percy and his group of friends as they head to the titular sea to find the mythical Golden Fleece and to free a friend who has been captured there.

A "Percy Jackson" sequel had been a question mark since the original came out a little over a year ago. Riordan's books are hugely popular, with the series spending more than three years on the New York Times bestseller list. The original film was a modest hit, fueled by its performance overseas: It grossed a decent $89 million in the U.S. but pulled in an additional $137 million around the world.

Young-adult movies tend to spawn sequels relatively quickly, as studios worry that both a cast and an audience can grow out of a franchise. But one person familiar with the project said that Fox believes that the ongoing popularity of the books is more than sufficient to overcome a potential two-year lag between films.

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NBC's The Cape Is Over

It looks like The Cape is done. After struggling in the ratings since it premiered, and NBC cutting the show's episode order from 13 to 10 episodes, the network has decided to run The Cape's final original episode only online sometime later this month.

NBC had planned to air the last two episodes, nine and 10, of the comic-book-inspired series last Monday, after postponing the relaunch of The Event to March 7. However, the network decided instead to air an original Chuck in its normal timeslot and finish off The Cape's on-air run with episode nine, "Razor."

This decision certainly comes about due to the falling ratings The Cape has suffered since the series premiered. On Monday, the show could only manage 4.09 million viewers with 1.2 ratings for adults 18-40. That made it one of the lowest-rated network shows still on the air.

Regarding the move to show the final episode online only, NBC announced on its website, "Flash: The creators of The Cape are prepping an exclusive episode just for online fans! Keep watching this site in the days ahead to see a full-length special episode."

Makes it almost sound like "the creators" planned that all along.

In "Razor," we were left with a major Orwell cliffhanger, and several continuing storylines. However, with one episode to go, it seems unlikely there is any real shot shot at creating any kind of satisfying ending for The Cape.

In an exclusive interview with creator and executive producer Tom Wheeler earlier this season, he gave me a hint at what he planned for the series before he knew NBC would cut The Cape's run short.

"The second half of the season, things definitely take off in a slightly more serialized way," said Wheeler. "A lot of storylines are going to unfold over time. I mean, I love serialized storytelling."

And it's likely we'll never get the real scoop on Summer Glau's character, Orwell. "There will be a huge developments for Orwell's character nearing the end of the first 13," he said.

As far as the Cape himself, "in Fugitive-like fashion, Vince is going to be trying to get back to his family. He'll be learning much more about this criminal underworld of Palm City and how difficult it is going to get back. ... Vince is, in a strange way, becoming a ghost in his own life, and there's a lot of different ways to go there and explore that," said Wheeler.

"There's a lot of big stories that we'll start to plant that would play out in subsequent seasons, and I'm definitely building a mythology around the Cape itself and a sense of destiny that we might not realize at first. But there will be greater connectiveness to things than we initially realize.

"For those who really want to pop on for the long ride, I approach this thing as a novel, and so I think a lot about the end and a lot about where The Cape ends up. I'm imagining a pretty sweeping, epic storyline that still sticks emotionally to its starting point," said Wheeler.

While The Cape hasn't been officially canceled, my crystal ball tells me that we'll never get to see the way Wheeler's vision plays out.

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Blade Runner Prequels & Sequels On It's Way

Alcon Entertainment, the company behind The Blind Side, is looking to bring the world of Blade Runner back to the big-screen.

The 1982 cult classic, which was directed by Ridley Scott and starred Harrison Ford, was based on a Philip K. Dick novel titled Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.

The company is in final negotiations to acquire the secure film, television and ancillary franchise rights to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic 1982 science-fiction thriller.

Alcon is getting the film rights from Bud Yorkin, who was an exec producer on the original 1982 movie.

The story is set in a future where man has created clones called replicants who are used for dangerous work. When they rebel on a space colony, replicants are banned and hunted down.

The movie centered on Rick Dekkard, a retired member of a police officer corps called blade runners who them hunt down on Earth. Dekkard is called back to duty one more time to track six clones who escape a colony and come to Los Angeles.

Alcon seems to know it has a beloved movie property on its hands and promised to be mindful of that fact.
"This is a major acquisition for our company, and a personal favorite film for both of us," the company said in a statement. "We recognize the responsibility we have to do justice to the memory of the original with any prequel or sequel we produce. We have long-term goals for the franchise, and are exploring multi-platform concepts, not just limiting ourselves to one medium only.”

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New Your Highness Clip Starring Portman,McBride & Franco

Here is a new clip from Your Highness. The film Stars Natalie Portman, Danny McBride, James Franco,  Zooey Deschanel, Justin Theroux, and Toby Jones.

Throughout history, tales of chivalry have burnished the legends of brave, handsome knights who rescue fair damsels, slay dragons and conquer evil. But behind many a hero is a good-for-nothing younger brother trying just to stay out of the way of those dragons, evil and trouble in general. Danny McBride and James Franco team up for an epic comedy adventure set in a fantastical world—Your Highness. As two princes on a daring mission to save their land, they must rescue the heir apparent’s fiancĂ©e before their kingdom is destroyed.

If you missed the trailer for the film watch it HERE...

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Thadeous (McBride) has spent his life watching his perfect older brother Fabious (Franco) embark upon valiant journeys and win the hearts of his people. Tired of being passed over for adventure, adoration and the throne, he’s settled for a life of wizard’s weed, hard booze and easy maidens. But when Fabious’ bride-to-be, Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel), gets kidnapped by the evil wizard Leezar (Justin Theroux), the king gives his deadbeat son an ultimatum: Man up and help rescue her or get cut off.

Half-assedly embarking upon his first quest, Thadeous joins Fabious to trek across the perilous outlands and free the princess. Joined by Isabel (Natalie Portman)—an elusive warrior with a dangerous agenda of her own—the brothers must vanquish horrific creatures and traitorous knights before they can reach Belladonna. If Thadeous can find his inner hero, he can help his brother prevent the destruction of his land. Stay a slacker, and not only does he die a coward, he gets front row seats to the dawn of an all-new Dark Ages.

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Tom Hanks & Tim Allen On A Jungle Cruise Together

Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, who voice-starred together in Disney’s Toy Story movies, are teaming up for another Disney project, Jungle Cruise.
Tom Hanks & Tim Allen To Go On A Jungle Cruise Together
The two are attached to star in the live-action adaptation of the Disney theme park ride, being produced by Mandeville’s David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman, riding high as part of the producing team behind The Fighter.

Roger S. H. Schulman has been hired to write a new draft of the script for the long-in-development project.

The story’s details are being kept under wraps, but Disney is planning Cruise as a big action-adventure movie with unique aspects that will make it more than just a straight-up adventure.

Hanks is attached to play a family guy while Allen would play a tour boat captain.
The moviemakers plan on having a script completed before going out to directors.

Schulman, worked on Shrek and many of Disney’s straight-to-DVD slate including Mulan 2, Jungle Book 2 and The Fox and the Hound 2.

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Elizabeth Hurley Cast As The Villain In Upcoming Wonder Woman TV Show

Elizabeth Hurley Tweeted today that she will be joining the cast of the upcoming NBC show Wonder Woman. Hurley is set to guest star in the pilot as villain Veronica Cale, the beautiful, highly educated head of one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the country who is afflicted with serious deep-seated Wonder Woman envy.

Thrilled to be doing the NBC pilot Wonder Woman. I'll be playing the evil villain. Can't wait.

But she wasn't the only one cast in the show today.

Deadline is reporting that Cold Case alumna Tracie Thoms will play the regular role of Etta, Diana Themyscira (Palicki)'s always cheerful personal assistant.

The show is starting to round out with Adrianne Palicki cast as the new Wonder Woman last month.

What do you guys think? Will the show last more then a season?

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Adrianne Palicki Is Wonder Woman

Former Friday Night Lights star Adrianne Palicki has been cast as the new Wonder Woman.

The actress, 27, will play the title character in Wonder Woman, David E. Kelley's pilot for NBC.
The project, from David E. Kelley Prods. and Warner Bros. TV, is a retelling of the DC Comics title in which Wonder Woman (Palicki), a.k.a. Diana Prince, tries to balance her life as a vigilante crime fighter, a successful corporate executive and a modern woman.

Palicki, who appeared as Tyra Collete in the NBC/DirecTV series Friday Night Lights, stars in the upcoming Red Dawn. Her most recent series regular role was Fox's short-lived Texas-set drama Lone Star, which aired only two episodes last fall. She also starred in the movie Legion.

Kelley, who penned the pilot, and Bill D'Elia (Boston Legal, The Practice) are executive producing. Jeffrey Reiner (The Event) is set to direct.

Kelley, also behind freshman legal drama Harry's Law, had brought the project to the network once before, but NBC reportedly passed due to executive reshuffling.

At this year's winter Television Critics Assn. press tour, the veteran showrunner hinted to The Hollywood Reporter that the network, headed by new entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt, would be a "good home" for the project.

THR reported last October that WBTV was developing a modern-day TV reboot of the classic iconic heroine with Kelley attached.

The news had come after nearly a decade of Warner Bros. and producer Joel Silver attempting to launch the property for the big screen. Several actresses had come into the fray during that time, including A-lister Angelina Jolie, and at one point, Joss Whedon was set to write and direct the film adaptation in 2005. (He has The Avengers on tap.)

Though the 1975-79 TV series starring Lynda Carter is the most memorable in pop culture, broadcast has had trouble developing a successful female-centric action series, with NBC's modernized Bionic Woman failing to grab viewers.

This pilot season, networks are looking again to popular franchises and formats. ABC is betting on a contemporary reboot of Charlie's Angels, while NBC is adapting British series Prime Suspect with Maria Bello finalizing a deal to play the lead role.

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Sentinel Prime Exposed-Transformers: Dark Of The Moon Image

The April issue of Empire hits the shelves this week with an uncharacteristic clank. That's right, Michael Bay is putting the polish on Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, the third instalment of his box-office-hoovering franchise, and this month's cover is adorned with a double-dose of metallic panic. Optimus Prime and his mentor Sentinel Prime front up, the former looking battle scarred, the latter boasting what looks like Cybertron's equivalent of a hattori hanzo.

Empire tracked Bay down to his LA post-production studio to quiz him about what he's calling the least "dorky" Transformers adventure yet. What followed is an interview well worth hunting for like your neighbour's AllSpark. "We made some mistakes," the director admits of Transformers 2. Part 3, though, will be a different matter. Bay is promising gravitas and 3D worthy of the gajillion dollar FX. Not to mention all those 'splodey bits that will again blow us to the back of our chairs.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Dark Knight Rises, Who Is The Villain?

Let's start with the news about whom Batman will be facing as a villain in The Dark Knight Rises is a Rumor nothing has been confirmed. Rumor.

Truth as she herself confirmed, Anne Hathaway will be playing Selina Kyle/Catwoman in the movie. I can’t tell you what role she has in the beginning, but by the end of the story Catwoman isn’t a villain but rather an ally of Batman. And who are they teaming up to take out?

Now onto the Rumors:

badassdigest talked to a good source near the Batcamp and have come away with information about The Dark Knight Rises that confirms lots of speculation from recent months. This is, technically, all spoilers. I feel pretty confident that this info is good, but know that Christopher Nolan has gotten very, very skilled at manipulating us nerds and isn’t above throwing out some misinformation from time to time.

Here goes nothing:

The League of Shadows.

Headed by Talia Al’Ghul. With Bane (Tom Hardy), who is her muscle/possible love interest. And with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in tow. Is he playing Black Mask? I think he may be playing Ebeneezer Darrk.  Darrk is the first known individual assigned to head the League of Assassins by Ra's al Ghul.

I trust this source quite a bit, but again remember that there are rumors being fed out by the Batcamp that are purposefully untrue. And that there are people within the camp who have partial information – including my source here, who only knows some things and can only guess at others.

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Capcom's Devil May Cry Heading To The Big Screen

Screen Gems has purchased feature film rights to Capcom's hit vidgame series "Devil May Cry," with the aim of kickstarting a new genre franchise.

Kyle Ward has been hired to pen the script, which revolves around the character of Dante, who avenges his mother's murder by killing off demons.

Franchise was originally developed as the third installment of the "Resident Evil" games -- another Capcom property. But once the game's design started to deviate significantly from "Resident Evil's" style, Capcom decided to launch the title as an original property. "Devil" has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.

Screen Gems' "Resident Evil" franchise became a global B.O. hit for the genre label, with more than $580 million in worldwide grosses collectively. "Devil" represents the next potential vidgame franchise adaptation for Screen Gems. There have been five games in the series since, with the latest, produced by Ninja Theory as a reboot, featuring a younger version of the Dante character.

Capcom has been eager to exploit "Devil May Cry" across other platforms including comicbooks, novels, an anime series and collectible statues and action figures. Digital Development Management brokered the deal on behalf of Capcom.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: RODRICK RULES Movie Clip

On behalf of 20th Century Fox, we are pleased to announce that a new clip from DIARY OF A WIMPY KID 2: RODRICK RULES has arrived. Moviefone got their hands on this exclusvie video from the upcoming film.

The film is based on the best-selling follow-up novel by Jeff Kinney. As he begins seventh grade, Greg and his older brother - and chief tormentor - Rodrick must deal with their parents' misguided attempts to have them bond. Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Rachael Harris, Devon Bostick and Steve Zahn star.

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID 2: RODRICK RULES releases in theaters March 25th, 2011

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In this sequel to 2010’s surprise hit, Greg Heffley, the kid who made “wimpy” cool is back in an all-new family comedy based on the best-selling follow-up novel by Jeff Kinney. (Kinney’s Wimpy Kid” series has thus far sold 42 million books.) As he begins seventh grade, Greg and his older brother – and chief tormentor – Rodrick must deal with their parents’ misguided attempts to have them bond.


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Green Lantern Posters Show More Green Lantern Corps.Members

Merchandise manufacturer NECA, who produce licensed collectibles based on movies, television shows and video games, are leading the charge with Green Lantern products. Two new posters are giving us a good look at some of those non-Terran guardians.

The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Tim Robbins and Angela Bassett in the Martin Campbell film. The movie is due out on June 17,2011.

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In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan.

Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. But Hal is clearly the missing piece to the puzzle, and along with his determination and willpower, he has one thing no member of the Corps has ever had: humanity. With the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), if Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax…he will become the greatest Green Lantern of all.

Campbell directs “Green Lantern” from a screenplay by Greg Berlanti & Michael Green & Marc Guggenheim and Michael Goldenberg, story by Greg Berlanti & Michael Green & Marc Guggenheim, based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics.

The film also stars Blake Lively (upcoming “The Town,” TV’s “Gossip Girl”) as the spirited Carol Ferris, a test pilot and the heir apparent to her father’s aviation company; Peter Sarsgaard (“An Education,” “Flightplan”) as scientist Dr. Hector Hammond; Mark Strong (“Sherlock Holmes”) as Sinestro, Jordan’s powerful mentor in the Green Lantern Corps; Jay O. Sanders (“Revolutionary Road”) as Carl Ferris, Carol’s aircraft designer dad; Temuera Morrison (“Star Wars” Episodes II and III) as Abin Sur, Jordan’s alien predecessor; Taika Waititi (TV’s “The Flight of the Conchords”) as flight navigator Tom Kalmaku, Hal’s good friend and confidante; Academy Award® nominee Angela Bassett (“What’s Love Got to Do with It”) as enigmatic government scientist Amanda Waller; and Academy Award® winner Tim Robbins (“Mystic River”) as Hector’s influential father, Senator Robert Hammond.

The film is being produced by Donald De Line (“The Italian Job”) and Greg Berlanti (upcoming “Life As We Know It”). Herbert W. Gains and Andrew Haas serve as executive producers. Geoff Johns and Lucienne Papon are co-producing.

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Jonah Hill To Get Dirty With The Kitchen Sink

Jonah Hill is in talks to make his feature directorial debut on The Kitchen Sink, the Oren Uziel script for Sony Pictures about the unlikely alliance between a high school-aged vampire, zombie and human as they try to save their town from invading aliens. The script was a top choice on the recently released 2010 Black List.

Matt Tolmach is producing, and it was one of the first projects his company acquired after he left his executive job and jumped right in to produce the Spider-Man reboot with Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad.

Hill is hot stuff at Sony, co-writing 21 Jump Street, and co-starring in the transfer of the Fox TV drama alongside Channing Tatum and Ice Cube, with Phil Lord and Chris Miller directing. Hill also co-starred with Brad Pitt in Moneyball, the Bennett Miller-directed adaptation of the Michael Lewis book about Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane. That script was written by Steve Zaillian and gets released September 23 by Sony.

The title The Kitchen Sink is a self-aware reference to the fact that the scribe has thrown every known and currently popular movie menace into a story that is at its core a coming of age tale. When I first revealed that Tolmach had bought the script, the former Sony co-president of production told me: "I love high school movies, and sparked to the authenticity of these characters. It's more in the spirit of The Breakfast Club than anything, but you get an idea of the title in an early scene where two kids are running from zombies. Those zombies suddenly are attacked by vampires. Just when they are all facing off, there's a bright light overhead. You realize the aliens have landed and these groups have to band together, suppress the urge to kill each other, and it becomes thematically the enemy of my enemy is my friend. That makes it different than your usual zombie, vampire, or alien movie. I know from experience how quickly scripts either get bought or not, and it often has no bearing on whether they're good or not. This one is like the talented kid passed over in the first round of the draft.

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Meek's Cutoff Trailer Starring Michelle Williams

Here is the trailer Meek's Cutoff, the film was directed by Kelly Reichardt. And stars Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Zoe Kazan and Will Patton. The film was nominated for the Golden Lion at the 67th Venice International Film Festival.

Meek’s Cutoff will be released to theaters on 8 April 2011 (limited)

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The year is 1845, the earliest days of the Oregon Trail, and a wagon team of three families has hired the mountain man Stephen Meek to guide them over the Cascade Mountains. Claiming to know a short cut, Meek leads the group on an unmarked path across the high plain desert, only to become lost in the dry rock and sage. Over the coming days, the emigrants must face the scourges of hunger, thirst, and their own lack of faith in each other's instincts for survival. When a Native American wanderer crosses their path, the emigrants are torn between their trust in a guide who has proven himself unreliable and a man who has always been seen as the natural enemy.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Kiefer Sutherland To Return To TV In "Touch"

The former "24" star closes a deal to star in and executive produce the Fox drama pilot "Touch," from "Heroes" creator Tim Kring.

Kiefer Sutherland, who starred for eight seasons on Fox's 24, is officially reuniting with the network.
He has closed a deal to star in and executive produce the Fox drama pilot Touch, from Heroes creator Tim Kring.

Touch centers on a father (Sutherland) who discovers that his autistic, mute son can predict events before they happen.

Because of Sutherland's duties on Broadway where he currently stars in a revival of the Jason Miller's That Championship Season, Touch is expected start production in late May-early June after Sutherland fulfills his commitment to the play, now in previews. That would make Touch a contender for midseason where 24 was a long-time staple. Kring wrote Touch, his first pilot script since Heroes.

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X-MEN: FIRST CLASS "X-PERTS" Get Your Questions Ready

On behalf of 20th Century Fox we are excited to announce X-PERTS. Starting March 1st, fans can submit their questions to the cast and filmmakers of X-MEN: FIRST CLASS via Twitter and Facebook, and each week a new cast member or filmmaker will answer them on the X-PERTs page.

Fans can submit questions two ways:
- Tweet @XMenMovies
- Post on the wall of Facebook.com/XMenMovies

Get your questions ready!

Check out the official Facebook page for more info:

To view more images from the upcoming film visit HERE.

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SYNOPSIS: X-MEN: FIRST CLASS charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events. Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Not archenemies, they were instead at first the closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to prevent nuclear Armageddon. In the process, a grave rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.

The film stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Oliver Platt, and Kevin Bacon. Matthew Vaughn (“Kick-Ass”) directs, and the producers are Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg and Bryan Singer. Singer, who helmed the acclaimed blockbusters “X-Men” and “X2,” wrote the story for X-MEN: FIRST CLASS.

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