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January 1st

January 1, 2011 Movie News

News January 1

CASPER the FRIENDLY GHOST to Haunt Theaters with Reboot
Casper The Friendly Ghost might be making a return to the silver screen for a new live-action project from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment. It would be the first theatrical endeavor featuring the amicable specter since Casper debuted in the summer of 1995.

Classic Media owns the rights to the Harvey Comics character, and they will team up with Universal and Amblin for this new comedic adventure. The reboot will feature a mixture of live-action and CGI elements, much like the original feature length CASPER starring Bill Pullman and Christina Ricci. Shooting in 3D has also been discussed, although it's not a certainty at this point.

No story details were given, although a comic book entitled CASPER and the Spectrals was published last year, which could serve as a basis for this new on-screen endeavor. The updated series follows Casper and his ghost friends Wendy the Witch and Hot Stuff as they team up to fight the evil ghosts of Spooky Town, a city within New York City that is unseen by the human eye.

No writer or director is attached at this time.

20,000 LEAGUES Will be David Fincher's First 3D Film
Fincher is already planning to shoot his version of Jules Verne's 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER the SEA for Disney using 3D technology.

The director wouldn't commit to that being his next project as he'll still be working on his adaptation of Stieg Larsson's bestseller The GIRL with the DRAGON TATOO for the next year. He also doubts he'll be jumping right into an English version of the second book The GIRLwho PLAYED with FIRE, because they still need to write a script and it will depend on how well the first movie does and whether Daniel Craig is pulled away to play James Bond in the 23rd installment of that franchise.

In the interview, Fincher also briefly mentions the long-in-development adaptation of "Rendezvous with Rama" that he hopes to do with his SE7EN star Morgan Freeman:

"It's a question of things lining up, I mean, you know 'Rendezvous With Rama' is a great story that has an amazing role for Morgan Freeman who is an amazing actor and would be amazing in this thing. The question was can we get a script that's worthy of Morgan and can we get a script that is worthy of Arthur Clark and can we do all of that in an envelope that will allow the movie to take the kinds of chances that it wants to take. 'Cuz we want to make a movie where kids go out of the theatre and instead of buying an action figure they buy a telescope.

First TV Spot for KUNG FU PANDA 2
DreamWorks Animation has started airing this first TV spot for KUNG FU PANDA 2, opening in theaters on May 27.

Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, the sequel features the voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, Gary Oldman, Michelle Yeoh, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Victor Garber.

In KUNG FU PANDA 2, Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five - Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey. But Po's new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. It is up to Po and The Furious Five to journey across China to face this threat and vanquish it. But how can Po stop a weapon that can stop kung fu? He must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will he be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed.


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January 2nd

January 2, 2011 Movie News

News January 2
What's the Most Popular Movie Title in History?
Once upon a time, there was an addictive little game called "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" (or "The Oracle of Bacon"). Surely you've heard of it? The '90s game was simple, but brilliant -- just about any and every actor (alive or dead) in Hollywood could be linked to the FOOTLOOSE star by only six degrees. It sounded impossible -- yet everyone seemed to be linked. Even Charlie Chaplin! See, he starred in LIMELIGHT in 1952, which had Norman Lloyd, who appeared in The AGE of INNOCENCE in 1993. That film also featured Pasquale Cajano, who was in the 1996 film SLEEPERS with -- you guessed it -- Kevin Bacon.

But now there's a new challenge out there proving to be just as difficult -- find the most commonly used movie title.

Guardian writer Adam Dawtrey noticed that an IMDb search for the upcoming Rebecca Hall flick The AWAKENING brought up a whopping 34 film and television titles that date back to a short film from 1909. As he points out: "It's not a word much used in everyday speech, yet film-makers across the decades have found it exceptionally useful and vivid in expressing their intentions. Emerging from slumber, or coming alive, is clearly an essential cinematic trope."

From there, he tried The HOLE which brought up 16 matches and films like ROBIN HOOD, which offered 22. And then he turned to Shakespearian "cheating" with 'The TEMPEST at 19 and The MERCHANT of VENICE at 17 -- though he surprisingly makes no mention of ROMEO and JULIET, which actually beats The AWAKENING with 36 hits. Sneaky.

Dawtrey was able to finally beat AWAKENING with romance, finding LOVE' to have 67, though we found 70 hits -- oh, that wiley, ever-changing IMDb -- with another quick search. (The KISS was also popular at 39 -- or 40, as of this morning.)

Regardless of the slightly differing results coming off the search page, it's fun to see just how popular "awakening" is as a cinematic word and trope, and just how much Hollywood (as well as audiences) want (and can relate to) love and kisses. So then, at 70 different hits, is LOVE the most popular movie title in cinema history (keep in mind this includes foreign translations and alternate titles)?

Try to beat it and share your results on the Message Forum.

2-minute montage of Chewie and Other Sci-Fi Characters Laughing
We could all use a good horse laugh!

It's been a rough year. And from the looks of things, it'll be an even rougher winter. Wouldn't a couple of minutes of sci-fi characters laughing their heads off be a welcome pick-me-up?

And no, not every character in this montage came from a sci-fi or fantasy film. But there's enough of them—including clips from Star Wars, Batman Returns, Conan the Barbarian and more—that we thought it would put you in a good mood going into the long holiday weekend.

We at Matchflick thought that the New Year should start on a happy note, so just relax and let the stars of Hollywood do the laughing for you.  Enjoy the clip.

The Forces of Geek Proudly Present The Sweet Nostalgia 2nd Annual New Year Prediction Extravaganza!
(Or, a whole lot of guessing by an inebriated editor)
Predictions are basically crap  made by people with 70s-style hair, who charge a lot of money and deliver almost nothing.

I believe I can handle this task.

So, without further ado, here are my top five Geek predictions for the coming year (and if any of them turn out to be true, well, I'm a freaking genius).

1. The THOR movie does not suck balls, although it feels like it should. In fact, the storyline and performances are so incredibly well done that movie critics predict some Academy Award nominations for director Kenneth Branagh, Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman (who will be screwed out of an award for BLACK SWAN this year). The craftsmanship of this comic-based movie ups the bar so much that X-MEN:  FIRST CLASS is pulled and re-tooled only to end up ruining the origins of most of the characters and sucking so much ass that comic movies are once again looked at as silly entertainment...thank you so much Matthew Vaughn.

2. President Obama will make Free Comic Book Day a national holiday, thus inspiring millions of American citizens to visit their cramped and barely organized local comic store for the first time. There they will rediscover the comics that they used to have as kids and grow misty-eyed at the memories. They will also discover that there is a back room dedicated to comic pornography, bongs, and a gaming space for Magic: The Gathering aficionados. Life will change for these people and soon, America will be filled with less douchebags and more Geeks.

3. The second season of "The Walking Dead" will blow when AMC decides to veer off the beloved storyline and instead, introduce "Sexy" characters who walk around naked and never get killed by zombies. The "Jump the Shark" episode will revolve around a musical episode whereby Rick dreams he is a Rock Star (a'la Glee) and the zombies are his back-up dancers before ripping his face off and eating it. I will cry upon watching this episode.

4. "Little Big Planet 2" won't be released and will instead become the next "Duke Nukem Forever" in terms of pushed back release dates. "Duke Nukem Forever" will be released however, but the hype and anticipation is so great that, upon playing the game, critics and gamers will be sorely disappointed and the game will replace ET as the worse game ever made and the vast amounts of games left over will be buried in a trench somewhere near Roswell, NM.

5. Alan Moore's PROMETHEA will begin pre-production (directed by Richard Rodriguez) and Mr. Moore (who is notorious for hating everything having to do with his work being made into a movie) will not only give his blessing, but will start making the promotional rounds to support the movie. Moore will also shave off his beard, smile a lot, and become a nice person. (Prediction dependent upon living in an alternate universe).


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January 4th

January 3, 2011 Movie News

Previews January 7
Previews of Coming Attractions
For week of January 7, 2010

 Movies May Not be Available in All Areas  

Country Strong
Season of the Witch
The Absent

Vanishing on 7th Street
Violent Blue

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic)

Fri, Dec. 31 - Sun, Jan. 2 Weekend Total
Little Fockers $26,300,000 $103,190,905
True Grit (2010) $24,500,000 $86,765,010
TRON: Legacy $18,306,000 $130,853,871
Yogi Bear $13,000,000 $66,130,000
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader $10,500,000 $87,141,297
Tangled $10,008,000 $168,026,895
The Fighter $10,000,000 $46,388,707
Gulliver's Travels (2010) $9,100,000 $27,228,794
Black Swan $8,450,000 $47,370,093
The King's Speech $7,649,164 $22,806,942

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January 4th

January 4, 2011 Movie News

News January 4
New Facebook Page Dedicated to Zombie Movies
Matchflick.com has created the first Facebook page dedicated solely to the Zombie genre.

Movie Reviews, Discussion Boards, Photos, Interviews, and the only group of Facebook zombies enthusiasts on Facebook.

Stop (or lumber) on by.  The address is http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Zombie-Movies/166219563423136

Bring your machete - it never runs out of bullets.

MONSTERS, Inc. Sequel is Actually a Prequel
Pixar has been talking about a MONSTERS, Inc. sequel for a while, even setting a November 16, 2012 release date. Now comes word that the new film won't be a sequel, but a prequel.

According to the French website Disney Plaza Central, MONSTERS, Inc. 2 will feature Mike and Sulley enrolled at the University of Fear, telling the story of how they started off as enemies but soon became friends.

It's unclear exactly where the synopsis came from, which makes this all wild rumor. Pixar's unlikely to confirm this any time soon since they usually take their time when it comes to discussing the plot of upcoming movies. For now, take this with a grain of salt and we'll update you with something more concrete as soon as we find it.

Anne Francis, 1930 - 2011
"Anne Francis, who costarred in the 1950s science-fiction classic FORBIDDEN PLANET and later played the title role in "Honey West," the mid-1960s TV series about a sexy female private detective with a pet ocelot, died Sunday. She was 80." Dennis McLellan in the Los Angeles Times: "A shapely blond with a signature beauty mark next to her lower lip, Francis was a former child model and radio actress when she first came to notice on the big screen in the early 1950s. She had leading or supporting roles in more than 30 movies, including BAD DAY at BLACK ROCK, BATTLE CRY, BLACKBOARD JUNGLE, The HIRED GUN, DON'T GO NEAR The WATER, BRAINSTORM, FUNNY GIRL and HOOK, LINE and SINKER."

She "was active until just a few years ago, still doing TV guest shots into her 70s," notes the Orlando Sentinel's Roger Moore.

The Guardian's Ronald Bergan calls her performance in BLACKBOARD JUNGLE "strong," but finds that Francis "was even more impressive as Paul Newman's war-widow sister-in-law in The RACK (1956), and in The HIRED GUN (1957), she is sentenced to hang — unusually, for a woman in a western — for the murder of her husband. It was not long, however, before she 'disappeared' for many years into television, only to emerge spasmodically on to the big screen to remind audiences that she was still around. 'I had reached the end of my rope as a contract player at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. They were always looking for a new face, so I thought, forget it, I want to go back and do television. In those days, that was the death knell for an actor. You worked television, you didn't do film. Of course, they cross over all the time today.'"

NASA Picks 2012 As the Silliest Sci-Fi Movie Ever Made
We talked about bad science in movies not too long ago, but now the experts weigh in: Apparently, Roland Emmerich's Mayan-calendar end-of-the-world melodrama is the biggest science-fictional crime ever committed on a paying audience.

NASA and the Science & Entertainment Exchange have compiled a list naming the most scientifically realistic films, as well as the worst. The best include GATTACA and JURASSIC PARK, both about the power of genetics, as well as CONTACT, 1927's METROPOLIS and the original The DAY the EARTH STOOD STILL.

As for the worst, BRUCE WILLIS' ARMAGEDDON, Arnold Schwarzenegger's The 6th DAY and Keanu Reeves' CHAIN REACTION earned slots on that list, with a special scorn reserved for 2012, which found John Cusack on the run from all manner of environmental calamities.

Director Roland Emmerich's film is an "exceptional and extraordinary case," said Donald Yeomans, head of NASA's Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous mission. "The film makers took advantage of public worries about the so-called end of the world as apparently predicted by the Mayans of Central America, whose calendar ends on December 21, 2012."

"The agency [got] so many questions from people terrified that the world is going to end in 2012 that we have had to put up a special website to challenge the myths," said Yeomans. "We have never had to do this before."

Still, I question any list that doesn't single out ZARDOZ as the silliest sci-fi movie ever made. I mean, it boasts Sean Connery in a bondage diaper. C'mon, NASA.

Official Caprica™ Prop and Costume Auctions
Propworx, in association with NBC Universal Television Consumer Products Group, announces The Official Caprica™ Prop and Costume Auction. The auction will commence on January 2, 2011 with six weekly auctions hosted on eBay (see www.propworx.com for auction participation details). Hundreds of props, costumes, production artwork, concept drawings, and set pieces will be up for bid, starting with the first week of auctions January 2 – 9, 2011 and coinciding with the airing of the remaining five episodes of Caprica on Syfy on January 4, 2011 from 6pm to 11pm ET/PT.

Most notable among the lots is the spectacular purple dress worn by actress Alessandra Torresani as Zoe Graystone. Worn by Zoe throughout the entire series, this custom dress was made by production and features a spandex construction with silver braiding and faux jewels around the neckline.

Also up for sale is Lacy Rand's Hero motorcycle helmet, worn by actress Magda Apanowicz. This screen-used helmet was worn by Lacy while riding Nestor's motorcycle and includes vintage-looking goggles.

"'Caprica' holds a special place in the heart of Propworx. We got our start with the history-making 'Battlestar Galactica' Auctions and are honored to be a part of another history-making auction from the series. 'Caprica's' reputation as both a visually exciting and challenging series is reflected in the amazing items up for auction. As fans, we are excited to bring these props and costumes to the loyal followers of the show," said Alec Peters, CEO and founder of Propworx, the leading Hollywood studio auction company.

"We're very happy to be working with Propworx again, as we bring this tremendous collection of 'Caprica' props and wardrobe to our loyal fans," said Christopher Lucero, Global Director, NBC Universal Television Consumer Products Group.   "We are pleased to give our audience the chance to own a part of 'Caprica' and directly participate in the ever-expanding universe of 'Battlestar Galactica.'"

Set 58 years before "Battlestar Galactica," "Caprica" follows two rival families – the Graystones and the Adamas – as they grow, compete, and thrive in the vibrant world of the peaceful 12 Colonies, living in a society close to our own. Entangled in the burgeoning technology of artificial intelligence and robotics that will eventually lead to the creation of the Cylons, the two houses go toe-to-toe, blending action with corporate conspiracy and sexual politics. "Caprica" is produced by Universal Cable Productions.


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January 5th

January 5, 2011 Movie News

News January 5
CAPTAIN AMERICA: The FIRST AVENGER production designer Rick Heinrichs recently spilled some juicy plot details about the highly-anticipated superhero adventure Captain America: The First Avenger, which arrives in theaters July 22. You can take a look at some of this new information below, but beware that there are SPOILERS within, so read on at your own risk:

    * CAPTAIN AMERICA: The FIRST AVENGER takes place between the years 1939 and 1945, although the beginning and ending of the movie are both set in present day.
    * The first scene shows a team discovering a fighter plane buried underneath the Arctic. We then flash back to an attack of a Norwegian village with The Red Skull searching for an object.
    * Chris Evans' Steve Rogers is said to be a "puny" man in Brooklyn who is constantly tormented by street thugs.
    * Tony Stark's father, Howard Stark, appears at an exhibit in New York that Steve Rogers and his friend Bucky Barnes visit. Howard Stark will also create the shield for Captain America.
    * A sequel to CAPTAIN AMERICA: The FIRST AVENGER may feature more of an equal mixture to the past and present story lines.

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GODZILLA Being Made By MONSTERS Director Gareth Edwards
Gareth Edwards is the latest indie-filmmaker to make it big and go Hollywood. Early last year he captured everyone's attention with his shoestring budgeted monster movie, MONSTERS, and now Hollywood has hired him to direct a big budget, romantic musical. No, I'm kidding. He's directing GODZILLA.

Edwards is close to signing a deal with Legendary Pictures which would put him in the director's chair for their new take on the classic mega-monster. Legendary snagged the rights to the Japan-destroying giant lizard last year from Toho and they've been eager to do something with it ever since. They even leaked some pretty cool concept art over the summer. Well why not?

The world can't have too much Godzilla and sure, the last time Hollywood really tried it in 1998 the film was Ferris Bueller-powered disaster, but that's no reason to stop trying. Edwards' indie-film convincingly pulled off massively scaled creatures on a shoestring budget, the guy proved he can handle the genre, it makes sense to let him try his hand at making monster movies with enough money to blow up a few cities.

Even as someone who didn't like MONSTERS, I'm excited to see what Gareth can do here. For me MONSTERS failed largely because of it's slight political bent and, in part because it simply didn't have the money to do everything it wanted to and was thus forced to spend most of its time teasing. But when MONSTERS does get around to big, monster special effects, even if it's only for three or four minutes, it's pretty spectacular. Take out the politics, stretch the five minutes of monsters over ninety minutes, and you'd have a pretty kick-ass GODZILLA movie. Besides, it's been too long since someone stomped Tokyo. Go get em Gojira.

Jason Statham's Restricted The MECHANIC Trailer
A restricted trailer for the upcoming remake of Charles Bronson's classic action film The MECHANIC, starring Jason Statham, Ben Foster (3:10 to YUMA) and Donald Sutherland (The ITALIAN JOB), has appeared online. Check it out here.

Plot: Arthur Bishop (Statham) is a "mechanic" - an elite assassin with a strict code and unique talent for cleanly eliminating targets. It's a job that requires professional perfection and total detachment, and Bishop is the best in the business. But when his mentor and close friend Harry (Sutherland) is murdered, Bishop is anything but detached. His next assignment is self-imposed - he wants those responsible dead.

His mission grows complicated when Harry's son Steve (Foster) approaches him with the same vengeful goal and a determination to learn Bishop's trade. Bishop has always acted alone but he can't turn his back on Harry's son. A methodical hit man takes an impulsive student deep into his world and a deadly partnership is born. But while in pursuit of their ultimate mark, deceptions threaten to surface and those hired to fix problems become problems themselves.

The MECHANIC is directed by Simon West (LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER, CON AIR) and is scheduled to hit theaters on January 28th.

Comic Book legend Stan Lee Gets Hollywood Star

Comic book legend Stan Lee, creator or co-creator of such Marvel Comics characters as Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, The Fantastic Four and Iron Man, has now been enshrined in concrete.

The 88-year-old Lee unveiled his Walk of Fame sidewalk star on Tuesday in front of the Live Nation Building on Hollywood Boulevard. It's the 2,428th star dedicated on the famous avenue of dreams.

Lee is founder, chairman and chief creative officer of POW! Entertainment.

More than 2 million of Lee's comic books have been published in 75 nations and in 25 languages. His characters have been featured in 24 animated television series and several live-action movies.

Gemma Arterton joins HANSEL and GRETEL Makeover
British James Bond babe Gemma Arterton is attached to join Jeremy Renner in a HANSEL and GRETEL movie that depicts the fairy-tale pair as bounty hunters.

Paramount is on the cusp of triggering production on HANSEL and GRETELl: WITCH HUNTERS, a dark action movie to be directed by Tommy Wirkola (DEAD SNOW). Shooting is set to begin in Berlin March 7. The project comes from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Prods. label.

Arterton (QUANTUM of SOLACE) snagged the role over an international lineup including Diane Kruger (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS), Eva Green (CASINO ROYALE) and Noomi Rapace (The GIRL with the DRAGON TATTOO).

Scheduling, as always, has been in an issue, since Renner is committed to shoot The AVENGERS just eight weeks after he does MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL. WITCH HUNTERS will thread the needle between them.

Paramount is also hustling HANSEL and GRETEL forward to try and get ahead of Fox's adaptation of ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, which director Timur Bekmambetov (WANTED) will begin shooting in 3D this year for a June 2012 release. The literary adaptation concerns Lincoln's (fictional) efforts to keep the bloodsuckers from preying on slaves.


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January 6th

January 6, 2011 Movie News

News December 6
JACKASS 3D Hoping to Win Best Picture Oscar
It's probably a bit later, but Paramount Pictures decided to throw their JACKASS 3D movie into Oscar consideration for such categories as Best Picture, Directing, Visual Effects and Original Score.

The studio has released a For Your Consideration ad that shows several quotes from critics, including one from the Boston Globe, which states: "The only live-action movie to expand the bounds of the format since 'Avatar'." And notice how "3D" was dropped from the title.

This is all likely to help promote the upcoming DVD/Blu-ray release of JACKASS 3D, which hits stores on March 8th.

Barbra Streisand Eyeing Mama Rose Role in New GYPSY Adaptation
Barbra Streisand is in talks to star in GYPSY, a new film adaptation of the 1959 Broadway play.

The project is set up at Warner Bros., which made the 1962 adaptation that starred Rosalind Russell and Natalie Wood, and is in the early stages of being set up at the studio.

Joel Silver is producing. No writer or director is attached.

Talks with Streisand are far from the deal-making stage. The icon has met with the play's lyrics writer, Stephen Sondheim, and book writer, Arthur Laurents, to discuss her role in the new movie, sources inside the actress' camp confirmed.

The play and movie is based on the memoir by Gypsy Rose Lee, a burlesque dancer, and the relationship with her mother, Rose, who has since become the prototype of a "stage mom" in pop culture.

If a deal is made, Streisand would play Rose. (Russell played the role in the movie, while Ethel Merman originated the stage persona.)

Streisand hasn't starred in a movie since 1996's The MIRROR HAS TWO FACES, although she has appeared in supporting roles in 2004's MEET The FOCKERS and 2010's LITTLE FOCKERS.

1st sexy, dark and brutal "Camelot" teaser trailer
We just had our first peek at Starz's highly anticipated series "Camelot", and from what we've seen (and heard), it seems it will be more like The Tudors, and a bit less like that other Arthurian series, "Merlin."

As it's on Starz, we knew that "Camelot" would be more adult than "Merlin" could ever be (after all, the BBC series IS a kid's show): Just take a look at all the sex in "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (and its upcoming prequel "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena," coming up on Jan. 21) and you'll know what we're talking about. And Starz DID tell us that sex would be integral to the new series.

Still, from what we can read from the Starz synopsis below, magic will still play an integral part in the series:

    In the wake of King Uther's sudden death, chaos threatens to engulf Britain. When the sorcerer Merlin has visions of a dark future, he installs the young and impetuous Arthur, Uther's unknown son and heir, who has been raised from birth as a commoner. But Arthur's cold and ambitious half sister Morgan will fight him to the bitter end, summoning unnatural forces to claim the crown in this epic battle for control. These are dark times indeed for the new King, with Guinevere being the only shining light in Arthur's harsh world. Faced with profound moral decisions, and the challenge of uniting a kingdom broken by war and steeped in deception, Arthur will be tested beyond imagination.

And even if "Camelot" is being touted as more of a modern take on the old Arthurian myth, we'll also get our "Sword in the Stone" and our "Lady of the Lake," though not, apparently, as we've seen them before. But one thing's for sure, we're probably in for the kind of drama that King Henry VIII would be proud of.

Dimension Films To Distribute Original Horror Project The HOME
The news that Dimension Films has picked up a developing horror project called The HOME may not sound that thrilling-- Dimension has a track record with horror, after all, and The HOME is an original pitch that nobody knows much about yet. But if you follow the world of online movie blogs like this one, you may recognize the name of co-writer Eric Vespe, or know him better as Quint from "Ain't It Cool News." That's right, one of our own-- along with his collaborator and the project's director, Aaron Morgan-- has made it to the big time. Next time you want to accuse us all of being failed filmmakers who just criticize other peoples' movies instead, well, in your face!

If you look at Aaron's Twitter feed you can see he's at least confirming the exciting news, and also that they're into day 3 of "official" pre-production. The HOME, which is described as an H.P. Lovecraft-esque thriller, is about a firefighter who winds up recuperating from his on-the-job injuries in a nursing home that's far more sinister than it at first appears. What you see above is some of the concept art that Eric and Aaron have been working with and presenting to investors, and it's not just any fancy drawings you're looking at-- they've been working with the team at WETA, who, yes, are the visual masterminds who brought you the LORD of the RINGS movies. Not only that, but Peter Jackson recorded a video promoting the film to possible investors-- you have to imagine that helped sway Dimension toward picking up the project, especially since the studio has seemed content for years now just to wring money out of the Scream franchise.

Shooting starts in February, with a cast that includes Brian Cox, Cloris Leachman, Louis Gossett Jr., Ed Asner, Finnoula Flanagan and even Louise Fletcher, famous as the relentless Nurse Ratched in ONE FLEW OVER The CUCKOO'S NEST. I couldn't be more excited for these guys, not only because I've seen how devoted they are to the project and count them as friends, but because they're bringing original, truly creepy horror out into a world that for a while seemed to have given up on it. Best of luck Eric and Aaron!


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January 8th

January 8, 2011 Movie News

News January 8
Eliah Wood Confirmed for Frodo Baggins in The HOBBIT
Yesterday, Elijah Wood was rumored to be returning as Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson's two-part LORD of the RINGS prequel The HOBBIT, despite the character not appearing in the book. Today, Wood's return was confirmed, and it has been revealed exactly what part Frodo will play in the story.

The adventurous tale of Bilbo Baggins, as it exists in J.R.R. Tolkien's mythical universe, is contained in the fictional Hobbit tome 'Red Book of Westmarch', which is seen in the LOTR films as being written in by both Bilbo and Frodo, and then later handed off to Samwise Sam Gamgee. In The Hobbit, Elijah Wood will appear as Frodo at the beginning and end of the two films, reading from the 'Red Book', experiencing Bilbo's journey as we watch it unfold on the screen.

These scenes were always in the screenplay that Peter Jackson and his team have been working on for the past year, and it is speculated that Elijah Wood has known for a long time that he would be appearing in the prequels. The book-end sequences that find Frodo reading from the 'Red Book' could also conceivably include appearances from Sam, Merry, and Pippin as well, so don't be surprised if you hear more casting rumors in the upcoming few days that Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, and Dominic Monaghan are all coming back.

The HOBBIT comes to theaters November 2012 and stars Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Ron Perlman, Hugo Weaving, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Doug Jones, and Ken Stott.

Summer Glau wants YOU to Design a Villain for The CAPE
When The CAPE premieres this Sunday, it'll already have its share of evildoers, including Chess (James Frain, a chess-playing villainous mastermind) and Scales (Vinny Jones, a criminal with a skin condition). However, Summer Glau, who plays the Cape's partner-in-crimesolving, Orwell, says the show is still looking for a few BAD men.

Glau tells us that NBC wants YOU to create The Cape's next nemesis. One lucky entrant will get to see his or her creation on-air. Here's what she had to say:

You have until Jan. 28, 2011, to submit your entry, and you only get one shot at impressing the producers.

Alas, there's no word on whether the winner gets to meet Summer Glau.

GOLIATH Gets Scott Derrickson
The EXORCISM of EMILY ROSE director Scott Derrickson has been hired by Relativity Media to retell the classic bible story David vs. Goliath in a new big screen adaptation simply called GOLIATH.

The family adventure will be a period piece with contemporary sensibilities. The screenplay was written by John D. Payne and Patrick McKay, with a story that follows a young Shepard named David who is set on an epic chase to save his own life and the lives of his people when the fierce warrior Goliath begins tracking down a foretold king of the Israelites. David and Goliath will battle in the climax as foretold by the original tale.

The look of the project is said to be in the same vein as 300, with an action feel reminiscent of The BOURNE IDENTITY. No start date was given at this time.

GOLIATH is in development . The film is directed by Scott Derrickson.

Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in KNOCKED UP Spin-Off
Judd Apatow is getting ready to shoot his next film, which will be a KNOCKED UP spin-off and will bring back Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd as Pete and Debbie.

Apatow will write and direct the new movie, which will head into production this summer for a June 1, 2012 release. It's still unclear whether Seth Rogen and Katherin Hiegl will reprise their roles as well.

KNOCKED UP was released back in 2007 and went on to gross $220 million on a $30 million budget. It was Apatow's second successful comedy after The 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN.

New Poster For Liam Neeson's UNKNOWN
A new poster for UNKNOWN has been released and despite their best efforts to the contrary with this poster, it still looks a lot like TAKEN. Most of the posters for TAKEN involved Liam Neeson in profile or Liam Nesson holding a gun, and that's pretty much what we've gotten with UNKNOWN too.

Technically the plots are entirely different. TAKEN has Neeson playing a father out to save his daughter from sex slavery by destroying everyone in his path, while UNKNOWN has Neeson playing a man whose life has been erased and sets out to take it back by destroying everyone in his path. It's the destroying everyone in his path part that's really critical though, since when it comes to pulling that off, few do it better on screen than Liam. Have you seen ROB ROY? You should really see it.

Here's the new poster for UNKNOWN: Just click on the picture above for a larger image.


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January 9th

January 9, 2011 Movie News

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ALMIGHTY THOR Set Photos Featuring Cody Deal as Thor
The Asylum is one step ahead of Marvel Studios, as they will be releasing their own version of the Greek mythology tale THOR ahead of Kenneth Branagh's take on the character. Titled ALMIGHTY THOR, this homage of sorts stars Cody Deal, whom you may remember as Roman Soldier at Caesar's Palace in The HANGOVER or Strip Club Patron in GET HIM to the GREEK, as the Norse thunder god who must defeat the villainous Loki (are you ready for this...Richard Grieco! I can tell by the look on your face that you weren't ready for that) before he can destroy the world of Gods and the world of men. Former WWE superstar Kevin Nash will play Odin, the King of Valhalla. And Patricia Velasquez (The MUMMY RETURNS) is set to play Jamsaxa, the demigoddess who trains Thor for his ultimate confrontation with Loki. You can take a look at Cody Deal as Thor and Richard Grieco as Loki in the set photos at the link:

THOR comes to theaters May 6, 2011 and stars Natalie Portman, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Hopkins, Kat Dennings, Stellan Skarsgård, Ray Stevenson, and Jaimie Alexander. The film is directed by Kenneth Branagh.

ALMIGHTY THOR comes to theaters April 12, 2011 and stars Gerald Webb, Patricia Velasquez, Richard Grieco, Kevin Nash, Cody Deal, Nicole Fox, Leslea Fisher, and Jess Allen. The film is directed by Christopher Ray.

Peter Farrelly Reveals The THREE STOOGES Story Details
 (DUMB and DUMBER),  revealed that The THREE STOOGES movie will be set in the preset day, except for the first act, which begin 40 years ago.

"A car whips by an orphanage, throws a duffel bag out its window and keeps going," he said. "A nun sees the duffel and opens it up, and a little baby hand comes out and — Boink! — hits her in the eye. So that first episode is them growing up in the orphanage."

The second act picks up with them as adults, in their early 40s, leaving the orphanage and heading out on the road together. After various misadventures, the trio splits up and the third act starts with them alone — and finding that all the slapping, eye-gouging, and head-bonking isn't a useful way of dealing with the outside world.

"Suddenly, when Moe hits somebody he doesn't know that's assault and battery," Farrelly said laughing.

The director added that the film will aim for a PG rating by keeping the violence "cartoony." As for casting, he promised that actors will not be asked to come up with their own versions of the characters. "They're going to look the same, dress the same, sound the same, act the same, with the same sound effects."

Why everything you've heard about GHOSTBUSTERS 3 is WRONG
You know all those rumors about what's going on with GHOSTBUSTERS 3? Forget them. They're all wrong. Who says so? The director.

Director/Producer Ivan Reitman, the man behind the first two GHOSTBUSTERS films, said, "Virtually everything you've read on the Internet (about GHOSTBUSTERS 3) is not accurate." Addressing reports that the movie was slated to begin production in May, Reitman revealed that a cast still had yet to be locked down, although he added that the production has "some actors who seem to be interested in doing it, a ton of interest in the film."

Who are those actors? Reitman didn't say. Apparently a complete first-draft script by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky was only just finished a month ago, and Reitman did acknowledge that a copy of the script had been sent to Bill Murray for his opinion. A lot, perhaps the film itself, hinges on whether Murray gets involved.

If you believe the rumors, Murray has been the one holding up the works, with Reitman, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson all raring to go on the project. Newer comedy names like Anna Faris and Bill Hader have also been mentioned in connection with the project. But while there is some movement on GHOSTBUSTERS 3, take everything you hear from this point on with a grain of salt, unless it comes out of Ivan Reitman's mouth.

GHOST RIDER 2 Will Provide New Origin Sequence
Everyone knows that GHOST RIDER was at the very least a flashy trainwreck, and that includes the sequel's directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. But being two of the most innovative directors in the business, they've found a way to fix the mess by simply creating an entire new origin story for the flaming headed vigilante.

Ghost Rider himself Nicolas Cage spoke with UKPA during a press junket for his next box office smash SEASON of the WITCH and had a few interesting things to say about the upcoming GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT of VENGENCE. After mentioning the new origin sequence, he goes on to point out the "wild" ways in which the directors shoot their movies.

    The director's on rollerblades and hanging from wires with the camera, holding on to the motorcycle...

Maybe Cage hasn't seen these guys work before, but they do most of their own camera work and they're well known for their off-the-wall techniques, as evidenced by the CRANK films and GAMER. There's some great special features on the GAMER disk that show these two at work and it's just as entertaining as the film itself.

While the dynamic directing duo haven't made anything to date that is amazing or groundbreaking, they've never made anything that wasn't a pant load of fun. Expect to at least be entertained by GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT of VENGENCE when it comes out next February.

All Networks Pass on "Wonder Woman" TV Series
Back in October it as announced that David Kelley ("The Practice") was hired to write and produce a new "Wonder Woman" TV series. But now comes word that all major networks have passed on the new show.

Late Friday, NBC was the final broadcaster that declined to bring back the superhero. Warner Bros Television is not planning to give up on the project, even though it's "not moving forward at this time."

It's very unlikely that a cable network may step in to take on the series, because WB is requiring a very expensive license fee, something most broadcasters simply cannot afford.


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January 11th

January 10, 2011 Movie News

Previews January 14
Previews of Coming Attractions
For week of January 14, 2010

 Movies May Not be Available in All Areas  
Barney's Version

Burning Palms

Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff
Every Day

I'm Dangerous with Love
Le Herisson (or The Hedgehog)
Les Amours Imaginaires (or Heartbeats)
Love, Lust and Lies
Mama, I Want to Sing!
Ong Bak 3
Plastic Planet

Repo Chick
Sinking Sands
The Dilemma
The Green Hornet
The Hunter
The Idiotmaker's Gravity Tour
The Heart Specialist
The Japanese Wife
Twelve Thirty

A Somewhat Gentle Man

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic)

Fri, Jan. 7 - Sun, Jan. 9 Weekend Total
True Grit (2010) $15,000,000 $110,430,022
Little Fockers $13,800,000 $124,000,515
Season of the Witch $10,726,000 $10,726,000
TRON: Legacy $9,803,000 $147,925,418
Black Swan $8,350,000 $61,455,493
Country Strong $7,300,000 $7,437,289
The Fighter $7,000,000 $57,844,442
The King's Speech $6,811,400 $33,293,658
Yogi Bear $6,810,000 $75,605,521
Tangled $5,200,000 $175,868,398


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January 11th

January 11, 2011 Movie News

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Disney Brings PHINEAS and FERB to the Big Screen
Disney executives announced today that the hit Disney Channel series "Phineas and Ferb" is being developed for a new theatrical movie. Disney's head of production and TRON: LEGACY producer Sean Bailey is developing the project.

The project is still in early stages of development, although it was said to be a combination of live-action and animated elements. No story details were given.

"Phineas and Ferb" premiered on the Disney Channel in 2007 and has already spawned a spin-off series, "Take Two" with Phineas and Ferb, where the animated characters interview celebrities. The series launched in December and guests have included Seth Rogen, Taylor Swift, Jack Black, Neil Patrick Harris, and Emma Roberts.

A feature-length TV movie, PHINEAS and FERB ACROSS the 2nd DIMENSION will air on the Disney Channel next summer. No production schedule for the theatrical PHINEAS and FERB adventure was announced.

Chan-wook Park Shoots PARANMANJANG on the iPhone 4
South Korean director Chan-wook Park revealed today that his new thirty minute short, PARANMANJANG, was shot entirely on an Apple iPhone 4. Here's what he had to say about the process:

"The new technology creates strange effects because it is new and because it is a medium the audience is used to. There are some good points of making a movie with the iPhone as there are many people around the world who like to play and have fun with them."

PARANMANJANG, which translates in English to "Life full of ups and downs," centers on a man who catches a woman in the river while he is fishing at night. When they both become tangled up in the line, he believes she is dead, although she wakes up and strangles him before passing out. When the woman wakes up, though, she is wearing the man's clothes and he is wearing hers.

Chan-wook Park made the horror-thriller with his brother, Chan-kyong Park, on a small budget of $133,000. The directors simply attached different lenses to their iPhones to shoot the movie.

PARANMANJANG will be shown in South Korean theaters on January 27. It isn't known when the short will be shown in America.

Tina Fey Seeks ADMISSION
Tina Fey is in final negotiations to star in Paul Weitz's upcoming campus comedy ADMISSION. The project is being set up at Universal Studios.

Fey will play a college campus admissions officer who falls in love with one of her students. The screenplay was written by Karen Croner, who worked on 1998's ONE TRUE THING starring Meryl Streep and Renée Zellweger.

No start date was given for the project, but it will likely debut in the spring of 2012.

ADMISSION comes to theaters in 2012 and stars Tina Fey. The film is directed by Paul Weitz.

Overpriced Tickets Could Kill 3D Box Office
AVATAR and standardization of the technology represented "tipping points" for the acceptance of 3D movies, but Hollywood risks killing the golden goose if it overprices tickets and overly saturates the market.

According to the study from PricewaterhouseCoopers, there are more than 40 3D movies already scheduled for release this year and -- in what might be news to film producers -- there's no shortage of money to make them.

"So many people are keen -- sometimes too eager -- to finance 3D films," according to the report.

"This supply of funds in a globally difficult film financing environment has led to a push for the conversion of some films originally envisioned as 2D into the 3D format. This often proves ill-advised."

Nevertheless, 50%-70% of box office revenue is generated by 3D, which "has helped the entire industry to increase its revenues despite a declining number of tickets sold."

The report lists some of the movies with the most impressive percentage of opening-weekend box office revenue attributed to 3D. STEP UP for example, earned 84% of its first-weekend box office coin from 3D showings, whereas AVATAR was at 80% and FINAL DESTINATION: DEATH TRIP was at 73%.

Citing a poll from BTIG Research, PWC concludes that a $5 premium per ticket is too much to expect audiences to pay for 3D. That survey indicated that 77% of Americans will not pay a premium of more than $4.

Many Americans don't want to pay any premium, and PWC suggests that exhibitors might have to do away with it entirely, some day.

"Generally speaking, the sustainability of the 3D ticket premium is questioned by some players whom we interviewed," the report says.

The report sums up the 3D phenomenon like this: "Many people are over-excited by it. The danger is that industry players risk killing a golden goose by overselling and, in some cases, overpricing the 3D experience -- and by providing too much mediocre content that doesn't do justice to the technology."

Video: Jeff Bridges' TRUE GRIT Scenes Get Much-Needed Subtitles
Jeff Bridges plays the drunken US Marshall Rooster Cogburn in the Coen brothers' TRUE GRIT, which already broke $100 million at the domestic box office and will likely be recognized during the Academy Awards.

The one big complaint about the movie is that it was difficult to understand anything Bridges was saying. College Humor decided to put together a video with some of the most confusing scenes and provided subtitles to help decipher the dialogue.

Check out the hilarious video below.


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January 12th

January 12, 2011 Movie News

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JAMES BOND 23 Confirms Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes
007 is officially back.  JAMES BOND 23 has been set with an official release date of November 9, 2012. Read the official, yet brief press release below:

Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions, together with Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, Co-Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., today announced that the 23rd James Bond film will commence production in late 2011 for a worldwide release on November 9, 2012.

Daniel Craig will be returning as the legendary British secret agent, with Sam Mendes directing a screenplay written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and John Logan."

The producers are reportedly casting other roles at this time, with speculation that Simon Russell Beale is being eyed for a villain role. Producer Barbara Broccoli was attracted to the actor after seeing his current London play, "Deathtrap." He will also star as King Lear in a 2012 stage production which Sam Mendes is directing at the National Theatre. Simon Russell Beale also told a U.K. newspaper last year that he wanted to play a "baddie" in JAMES BOND 23.

JAMES BOND 23 comes to theaters November 9, 2012 and stars Daniel Craig, Judi Dench. The film is directed by Sam Mendes.

New BATTLE:  LOS ANGELES Trailer Finally Shows Off Its Cast
As of today, LOS ANGELES is 50/50 on trailers. The first teaser trailer was absolutely brilliant, setting up the mood, showing off action and was fueled by an awesome soundtrack choice. The second trailer was clunky and weighed down by unnecessary voice-over that erased all of the subtly of the first. Today the Jonathan Liebesman alien invasion flick tries to raise its average.

The third trailer for LOS ANGELES has popped online, courtesy of Yahoo! In the film, Los Angeles is under attack by an aggressive group of extraterrestrials a small marine platoon is charged with fighting them off. The film stars Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Michael Pena, Ne-Yo, and Bridget Moynahan and is set to be released on March 11.

Check out the trailer below.

While the newest look at the film shows off it's cast much more than it has previously, the tension is palpable and the movie simply looks too intense for words. The helicopter getting hit and Eckhart's reaction are perfect, not to mention the fact that they brought back the song from the first trailer. Count this one in the win column, ladies and gentlemen, and start looking forward to March 11.

Colorful BROKEN KINGDOM Poster Appears Online
While BROKEN KINGDOM, formerly known as "The Disposables," continues its long and muddy trek to the big screen from the far reaches of 2008, we've gotten their hands on the first official poster for the film. The one-sheet doesn't offer up much explanation about what to expect from the film, but it does actively remind us that Rachel Leigh Cook is still alive, or at least she was two years ago.

Much in the vein of crash, BROKEN KINGDOM looks to blend four seemingly unassociated stories together into one "OMG THEY'RE RELATED!" moment. Here's the official synopsis:

    Four narratives weave their way through the tragic slums of Bogota to the lofty hills of Hollywood. A 14-year-old prostitute girl and an ill-fated, eccentric American writer forge a strange companionship. A Colombian university student invites a terrible danger into her world in the name of financial solace, while a day-care teacher in Los Angeles does everything she can to fight the weight of a tragic secret

Huh? Well I'm sure actor/director Daniel Gillies has found some way to make all those stories intertwine. There's still no official release date for the film, but expect a trailer soon as it had already appeared on YouTube but was since taken down at the request of the studio. For now, scope out this intensely blue and orange poster.

Lena Headey Cast as Main Villain in JUDGE DREDD Remake
Lena Headey (300, "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) has been cast as the main villain in the upcoming JUDGE DREDD remake. She is joining a cast comprised of Karl Urban as the title character and Olivia Thirlby (JUNO) as psychic rookie Judge Cassandra Anderson.

Headey will play gang-leader Madeline Madrigal (aka Ma-Ma). In the script she is described as being "in her late fifties or early sixties with a big scar through her cheek and lip." The filmmakers have apparently decided to make the role a bit younger and sexier.

in the movie Ma-Ma and her gang have taken over the Peach Tree City Block and most of the film will take place in this location.

DREDD is directed by Pete Travis (VANTAGE POINT) and is currently shooting in South Africa.

JONAH HEX May Win an Oscar
First JACKASS 3D, now JONAH HEX??????

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the seven films that are still competing for nominations in the Makeup category for the 83rd Academy Awards. JONAH HEX, one of the worst reviewed films of 2010, is on the list.

On Tuesday, January 25th at 8:30am EST, the Academy will reduce the list down to three nominees that will be competing for the Oscar. The Academy Awards will then air on Sunday, February 27th.

The seven remaining films in the Makeup category:


Chilling New PRIEST Trailer Saves Us from All Those Sparkly Vamps
The new trailer for PRIEST promises a movie that will deliver exactly what we need right now—an antidote for all those sparkly, pouty vampires that've been filling our movie and TV screens lately.

Paul Bettany stars as a warrior priest who defies the church to track down a band of renegade vampires who have kidnapped his niece with plans to turn her into one of them. Joining him on his mission are a young sheriff (Cam Gigandet) and a beautiful priestess (Maggie Q).

And based on this trailer ... us, too.

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January 13th

January 13, 2011 Movie News

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Movies based on true stories about amputees must be in vogue this season....

The first trailer for the true-life drama SOUL SURFER has just been released online. Click on the video below for your first glimpse at AnnaSophia Robb as Bethany Hamilton, a young surfer who lost her arm during a shark attack. You can also take a look at the first poster for Soul Surfer, which arrives in theaters April 15.  Just click on the poster to the right for a larger image.

SOUL SURFER comes to theaters April 15, 2011 and stars Dennis Quaid, AnnaSophia Robb, Helen Hunt, Craig T. Nelson, Jeremy Sumpter, Kevin Sorbo, Carrie Underwood, and Ross Thomas. The film is directed by Sean McNamara.

"Dynasty" May Make The Jump From 80's Soap Opera To Blockbuster Movie
You'd think if any 80's prime-time soap opera was going to make the transition to feature films, it'd be "Dallas." That project, though long sought after, has never really turned into anything concrete. Instead it looks like it may be "Dynasty" which makes the jump from 80's soap to feature film.

The show's creators Richard and Esther Shapiro have spoken out about their plans to make the silver screen move. In an announcement sent out today they say, "We're taking the "Dynasty" family to places they've never been before." To that end a script is reportedly in development, and though no studio is currently attached the Shapiros seem to think it could go into production next year.

Fans of the show, however, will be happy to know that if the feature film does happen they'll stick with the established storylines. Instead of changing how it all ends, they plan to go back and add more to the path the show took to get there. The Shapiros explain, "It's fun, because the fans of the show will know from the series where each of the characters end up, eventually, but what they won't know is how they get there. There will be some very unlikely twists and situations, and people will not be expecting a lot of what we're planning. We're going to do a lot of coloring outside the lines...[t]he movie will be the old "Dynasty," of course, but with horns."

The original Aaron Spelling produced prime time soap opera debuted in 1981 and ran through 1989 in ABC prime time. The series revolved around a scheming, wealthy oil family named the Carringtons and it's probably the only reason you still remember the name of Joan Collins.

The first TV spot for Summit Entertainment's DRIVE ANGRY 3D has been released. This one-minute clip offers new footage of Nicolas Cage and Amber Heard as they desperately fight to save the fate of a baby in Patrick Lussier's action-packed GRINDHOUSE-like romp. You can check out the spot in the clip below:

DRIVE ANGRY comes to theaters February 11, 2011 and stars Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, David Morse, Billy Burke, Katy Mixon, William Fichtner, Christa Campbell, and Charlotte Ross. The film is directed by Patrick Lussier.

Brand New RED RIDING HOOD Poster
Warner Bros has unveiled a brand new poster for RED RIDING HOOD which is directed by Catherine Hardwicke (TWILIGHT) and stars Amanda Seyfried. Check it on the left.  Just click the poster for a larger image.

Plot: Valerie (Seyfried) is a beautiful young woman torn between two men. She is in love with a brooding outsider, Peter (Shiloh Fernandez), but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry (Max Irons). Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie and Peter are planning to run away together when they learn that Valerie's older sister has been killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village. For years, the people have maintained an uneasy truce with the beast, offering the creature a monthly animal sacrifice. But under a blood red moon, the wolf has upped the stakes by taking a human life.

Hungry for revenge, the people call on famed werewolf hunter, Father Solomon (Gary Oldman), to help them kill the wolf. But Solomon's arrival brings unintended consequences as he warns that the wolf, who takes human form by day, could be any one of them. As the death toll rises with each moon, Valerie begins to suspect that the werewolf could be someone she loves. As panic grips the town, Valerie discovers that she has a unique connection to the beast -- one that inexorably draws them together, making her both suspect and bait.

New Matchflick Pages on Facebook
Expanding their Internet presence, Matchflick.com is creating three new 'genre" pages:

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Each page will focus on a specific genre, complete with a movie database (pending) and movie reviews by the Matchflick.com Movie Review Staff (that's all you guys!)

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Finding these other pages has been made easier, as all the Matchflick genre pages will contain the word "Matchflick."

So visit us, "Like" us, "Friend" us - if we put that on the page.  Most of all, get those status reports, movie reviews, and commentaries and make these pages the genre page of choice on Facebook.
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January 14th

January 14, 2011 Movie News

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First Look: Andrew Garfield Wearing Spider-Man Suit
We've already seen plenty of pictures of Andrew Garfield (The SOCIAL NETWORK) on the set of the new SPIDER-MAN reboot. Now that director Marc Webb is planning to shoot scenes of Garfield wearing his Spidey outfit, Columbia Pictures is afraid low-quality shots of the suit will begin appearing online.

As a result, the studio has decided to unveil the first official look at Garfield as Spider-Man. He's got scratches on his face, holding a book-bag and is wearing a new version of the suit.

If you look closer at Garfield's wrists, you can see small metal discs, which means that Spidey will be using mechanical web-shooters (like in the comics). So expect for the shooters to run out at some crucial times. In Sam Raimi's films, Spider-Man's webs were a product of the radioactive bite.

Question: What do you think of the new Spider-Man suit?  Let's her your opinion on the Matchflick Message Board.

Photo: Chris Evans as Captain America, with Wings
The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly contains a new photo of Chris Evans as the title character from CAPTAIN AMERICA: The FIRST AVENGER. He is seen wearing the full outfit, including a helmet with wings. Check out the photo to the left.  Just click on the photo for a larger image.

The story 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.

The new movie is directed by Joe Johnston (The WOLFMAN) and in addition to Evans, the new movie stars Stanley Tucci, Hugo Weaving, Sebastian Stan, (Bucky), and Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter). It is scheduled to hit theaters on July 22. 2011.

Herzog Brings Us Trailer For CAVE of FORGOTTEN DREAMS
There's a hilarious quote in this trailer that says, "The last thing I ever expected to hear was 'Let's go see the 3D Werner Herzog' movie..." but this certainly isn't going to be 3D like you're used to seeing it. In CAVE of FORGOTTEN DREAMS, the veteran German director and a team of cave explorers take us inside an art-filled cavern unseen by the human eye for 20,000 years. It's pretty incredible stuff.

One of the crew exclaims, "It's as if it was drawn yesterday," as they view the perfectly preserved artwork wallpapering the rock. If you have no interest in art or the history of it, simply click away and leave the rest of us to enjoy an undiscovered wonder. Take a peek below, but beware, the sound is a little janky.

Mel Gibson's Next Film to Debut at Texas Festival
Mel Gibson's return to the big screen will begin in March at the South by Southwest festival.

Organizers of the Austin, Texas, multimedia entertainment festival announced Thursday that The BEAVER will be one of five films that will have their international premieres at the event, commonly known as SXSW.

Jodie Foster directed and co-stars in The BEAVER, which features Gibson as a troubled family man trying to cope with help from an unusual friend — a beaver puppet he wears on his hand.

The film will be shown a week before a limited public release on March 23, with an expansion to more theaters planned on April 8.

Its release had been delayed as Gibson dealt with bad publicity from a public breakup with his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. Their split has spawned a bitter custody fight over their infant daughter, as well as investigations into claims of physical abuse by the actor-director and extortion by the Russian musician.

Los Angeles prosecutors are still mulling whether to press charges against either Gibson or Grigorieva.

It remains unclear whether the Gibson, who last appeared in 2010's EDGE of DARKNESS, will attend South by Southwest.

SXSW film spokeswoman Rebecca Feferman said Foster will attend the premiere when it is shown in the festival's "centerpiece" slot.

Gibson's publicist, Alan Nierob, said in an e-mail that he did not yet know whether the 55-year-old Academy-Award winner would make an appearance.

The BEAVER also features Anton Yelchin and Jennifer Lawrence.

Yet Another Amazing SUCKER PUNCH Poster Hits The Web
You'd think that after releasing maybe the largest promotional poster ever the other day that Warner Bros. would cool it with the marketing of SUCKER PUNCH at least on the poster side of things for a little while. Well, apparently there's a reason we're not paid to market films because they've gone ahead and released yet another visually stimulating poster for Zack Snyder's next romp.

With heavy shades of greens and browns, video game fans will likely confuse this for a poster for the long talked about Bioshock film until their double take confirms that that's not a big daddy in the background. The poster still reminds us of what we're going to get once the movie drop in March: high flying action, dragons, and five hot girls ready to make the burliest of dudes feel like little girly men.  Click on the mage on the left for a larger image.

ABC Confirms New "Charlie's Angels" TV Show
Back in 2009, it was reported that ABC was considering rebooting the classic 1970s TV show "Charlie's Angels." Producer Leonard Goldberg, who launched the series with Aaron Spelling in 1976, is involved with the modern version.

Now comes word that ABC has officially greenlit the pilot episode. Goldberg is still on board to produce, along with Nancy Juvonen and Drew Barrymore, who starred in the CHARLIE' ANGELS films.

There's currently an offer out to Mark Piznarski ("Gossip Girl") to direct the pilot, which will be geared toward a new generation and will be set in Miami.


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January 15th

January 15, 2011 Movie News

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News January 15 "Pac-Man" TV Series in the Works

Despite the fact that many of you believe Hollywood will eventually make a Pac-Man movie, game-maker Namco is not ready for that yet. Instead, the company has teamed with Merv Griffin Entertainment to develop an unscripted TV series based on the popular video game.

The show is described as a "big, crazy wipeout-type event with a lot of energy." Merv Griffin president said: "The idea we have is to take what Pac-Man is and bring it to life, to bring what is essentially the world's biggest game of tag to television."

This isn't the first time that Pac-Man has made it to the small screen. In the early 1980s, there was a short-lived animated series based on pop culture icon.

Boy, is THIS a slow news night if we're leading with this!

20th Century Fox has announced that the Untitled ALIEN Prequel will now be known as PROMETHEUS, with a release date set for March 9, 2012. We reported in October that Noomi Rapace was in contention for a role. Now, her role is confirmed, with the actress portraying Elizabeth Shaw. Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron are now circling the other lead role of Vickers.

Jon Spaihts wrote the original draft of the script, which is now being rewritten by director Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof. Here's what Ridley Scott had to say about the storyline for the project:

While ALIEN was indeed the jumping off point for this project, out of the creative process evolved a new, grand mythology and universe in which this original story takes place. The keen fan will recognize strands of Alien's DNA, so to speak, but the ideas tackled in this film are unique, large and provocative. I couldn't be more pleased to have found the singular tale I'd been searching for, and finally return to this genre that's so close to my heart."

Damon Lindelof also chimed in on PROMETHEUS, discussing Ridley Scott's vision for the material:

In a world flooded with prequels, sequels and reboots, I was incredibly struck by just how original Ridley's vision was for this movie. It's daring, visceral and hopefully, the last thing anyone expects. When I sat in a movie theater as a kid, feet raised off the floor for fear that something might grab my ankles, I never dreamed in my wildest imagination I would one day get to collaborate with the man responsible for it. Working alongside him has been nothing short of a dream come true."

Aside from Noomi Rapace's part, there are four other roles to be cast. Fox representatives would only say that the other parts, "would be cast soon."

PROMETHEUS comes to theaters March 9th, 2012 and stars Noomi Rapace. The film is directed by Ridley Scott.

Hollywood Plays Musical Release Dates
Just a few short hours after the big announcement that Ridley Scott's ALIEN-themed sci-fi flick PROMETHEUS will be released on March 9, 2012, 20th Century Fox has decided to move a number of their 2011 releases around, the most significant one being CAESAR: RISE of the APES, the prequel to PLANET of the APES which they've moved back to November 23, Thanksgiving week, from its original summer release date of June 24.

Fox also pushed back the Chris Evans-Anna Faris comedy WHAT'S YOUR NUMBER? from its upcoming April 29 release date to September 30, which in turn pushed the Justin Timberlake-Amanda Seyfried sci-fi thriller Now off that date to October 28.

In turn the Jim Carrey comedy Mr. POPPER'S PENQUINS has moved forward in the summer from August 12 to June 17, and David Gordon Green's The SITTER starring Jonah Hill has been moved back to August 5 from its original July 15 release date. Selena Gomez's romantic comedy MONTE CARLO was pushed back from July 1 to August 12, just one week later.

Lastly, they have placed the Owen Wilson-Jack Black comedy The BIG YEAR onto the date of October 14.

Ben Stiller Says ZOOLANDER 2 Script is Written
Ben Stiller  revealed that the ZOOLANDER sequel has yet to be greenlit, but the script has been written and everyone is waiting for an approval from the studio.

"We've completed the script, Justin Theroux and I, and handed it into the studio," he explained. "Now the studio has the script and we're at that point where we're waiting to see what they want to do."

Stiller continued: "It's ten years later and most of it is set in Europe. I don't want to give away too much, but it's basically Derek and Hansel ten years later – though the last movie ended on a happy note a lot of things have happened in the meantime. Their lives have changed and they're not really relevant anymore. It's a new world for them. Will Ferrell is written into the script and he has expressed interest in doing it. I think Mugatu is an integral part of the ZOOLANDER story, so yes, he features in a big way."

Disney Already Writing PIRATES of the CARIBBEAN 5
We just reported that Johnny Depp would be interested in returning for the fifth PIRATES of the CARIBBEAN installment, and now comes word that Disney has already signed on a writer.

Terry Rossio, who has written all four previous films, will be returning for the fifth. His PIRATES writing partner Ted Elliott will not be brought back.

While no deal is in place, the studio is already having talks with both Depp and director Rob Marshall to return as well. Everyone is currently in post-production on PIRATES of the CARIBBEAN: on STRANGER TIDES, so no contracts will be signed for a few more months. Rossio, however, has already been locked in.

Terry Rossio has signed a deal with Disney to write PIRATES of the CARIBBEAN 5.

Ted Elliott, who co-wrote the first four pictures, will not return for the fifth installment. The studio is also making moves to bring back director Rob Marshall for his second voyage on the franchise.

No production date has been set.

PIRATES of the CARIBBEAN 5 is in development and stars Johnny Depp.


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January 16th

January 16, 2011 Movie News

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Awesome New HOBO with a SHOTGUN Poster
Today we have a brand new poster for the upcoming HOBO wiha SHOTGUN movie, which is based on the faux trailer that appeared with Canadian releases of GRINDHOUSE. Check it out on the left.  Click on the image on the left for a larger image.

In the film, Rutger Hauer (BLADE RUNNER) plays the Hobo, a homeless vigilante who blows away crooked cops, pedophile Santas, and other scumbags with his trusty pump-action shotgun. Dave Brunt, the man who played the hobo in the original trailer will appear as a cop in the movie.

HOBO wiha SHOTGUN is directed by Jason Eisener, who created the trailer for a GRINDHOUSE competition. He then went on to make a great short film called TREEVENGE.   HOBO will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

New SCREAM 4 Trailer!
A new Canadian trailer for SCREAM 4 has come online and can be watched using the player below!

In the April 15 release, directed by Wes Craven and written by Kevin Williamson, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey (David Arquette) and Gale (Courteney Cox Arquette), who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill (Emma Roberts) and her Aunt Kate (Mary McDonnell). Unfortunately, Sidney's appearance also brings about the return of Ghostface, putting Sidney, Gale, and Dewey, along with Jill, her friends, and the whole town of Woodsboro in danger.  

Susannah York Superman's Mom, 1939 - 2011

Susannah York passed away, just a week after her 72nd birthday, the BBC is reporting.

received an Oscar nomination for her part in Sydney Pollack's THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON'T THEY? and also appeared in TUNES of GLORY, TOM JONES, A MAN for ALL SEASONS and Robert Altman's IMAGES, among dozens of other films. She also played Superman's Kryptonian mother, Lara, in Richard Donner's original SUPERMAN: The MOVIE and two of the subsequent sequels.

In addition to her work on film,
York appeared on television, the stage and was a published children's book author in the 1970's.

York is survived by two children and two grandchildren.


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January 18th

January 17, 2011 Movie News

Previews January 21
Previews of Coming Attractions
For week of January 21, 2010

 Movies May Not be Available in All Areas  
Dhobi Ghat
The Company Men
The Way Back
The Housemaid

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic)

Fri, Jan. 14 - Sun, Jan. 16 Weekend Total
The Green Hornet $34,000,000 $34,000,000
The Dilemma $17,400,000 $17,400,000
True Grit (2010) $11,200,000 $126,411,895
The King's Speech $9,070,000 $44,593,859
Black Swan $8,125,000 $72,993,358
Little Fockers $7,100,000 $134,186,025
TRON: Legacy $5,674,000 $156,912,596
Yogi Bear $5,345,000 $82,095,072
The Fighter $5,125,000 $65,769,664
Season of the Witch $4,500,000 $17,997,739


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January 18th

January 18, 2011 Movie News

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Matchflick Presents the Golden Globe Awards Winners
For those of you living under a rock for the past week, Sunday marked the 68th Annual Hollywood Foreign Press Association Golden Globe Awards.  In a night of  glitz, glamor, and controversy, actual awards were given for excellence in film.  In an effort to not reinvent the Wheel, we will be providing the link to the HFPA website listing all the nominees and winners.

On a related note, visit us on Facebook to nominate your favorite movies for the First Annual Matchflick Flicker Awards.  It's our answer to the Oscars, Golden Globe and the People's Choice Awards, and it's a lot of fun!  Visit us, go to the Discussion Board for the Rules and Categories and give us your nomination for our ...unique caegories.

Stop by, and we will appreciate your two cents.

Robert Downey Jr. to Voice Mr. PEABODY and SHERMAN
Robert Downey Jr. will lend his voice to the new DreamWorks Animation 3D adventure Mr. PEABODY and SHERMAN, portraying the genius talking dog, Mr. Peabody.

The movie is based on characters from "Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends," with Mr. Peabody and his pet boy Sherman using The WABAC Machine to travel through time and discover new things about historical figures. Rob Minkoff will direct from a script by Jeffrey Ventimilia and Joshua Sternin. Here's what Rob Minkoff had to say about Mr. Peabody:

Mr. Peabody is this genetic anomaly. He does have brothers and sisters, all of them non-speaking, no super-smart dogs. He's an outcast, but has overcome it by being so great at so many things.

The role of Sherman, who is described as being more naive than dim-witted, has not been cast yet. Mr. PEABODY and SHERMAN is being planned for a 2014 release.

Mr. PEABODY and SHERMAN comes to theaters in 2014 and stars Robert Downey Jr.. The film is directed by Rob Minkoff.

Original Cast Returns for GI JOE Sequel
Earlier this month, we reported that Paramount Pictures will replace director Stephen Sommers for the upcoming GI JOE sequel. Filmmakers are already being approached, but the goal is not to reboot the film franchise.

Lee Byung-hun, who is promoting his new I SAW the DEVIL film, just confirmed that he will be reprising his role of Storm Shadow in the second GI JOE  installment.

ZOMBIELAND writing team of Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are currently working on the "GI JOE 2" script. The plan is to begin shooting in June and then release the film in the summer of 2012.

Ah-nuld's Back!
Director Ivan Reitman (TWINS, KINDERGARTEN COP) recently spoke to Arnold Schwarzenegger, who told him that he is not planning to return to acting. Instead, he would rather focus on something more serious, like leading the charge to reduce global warming.

WRONG!  (bzzzzt!)

But in an interview with Krone website on Sunday, Schwarzenegger confirmed that he is looking at three scripts. "Currently I'm reading three scripts," he said. "One of them I was considering a long time ago before becoming governor. In it I would play an older [German] soldier, who is ordered to kill a bunch of kids at the end of the war. But he doesn't do it and gets them to safety, risking his own life. The script is based on a true story."

The movie he is describing is called WITH WINGS as EAGLES, which is written by Randall Wallace (BRAVEHEART, WE WERE SOLDIERS). It's based on the true life story of a German officer who doesn't agree with his Nazi party and instead helps American POWs escape.

No word on which other two films Schwarzenegger is considering.

TRAILER: Gregg Araki's KABOOM Coming to Sundance
The film will screen at the fest and on VOD, then IFC/Sundance Selects will release it theatrically on January 28.

Check out the trailer for KABOOM, the latest from Gregg Araki. It will screen at the Sundance Film Festival and simultaneously on VOD, then IFC/Sundance Selects will release it theatrically on January 28

Listen To Angels and Airways! Oh, And Watch This New Trailer For LOVE
Fans of Angels and Airwaves! will be pleased by this trailer, and those who are not might just be turned once they've finished this clip. Love promises to be a visual stunner the likes of which we rarely see while following in the footsteps of giants like 2001, Moon or Solaris.

Rookie director William Eubank has really put together a beautiful piece here complete with some aural stimulation courtesy of scorer Tom DeLonge and his band Angels and Airwaves. Marketed in much the same way that The SOCIAL NETWORK was with Trent Reznor, AVA are a big part of the trailer. It's a little jarring to see their logo floating through space, but you can't help but forgive the marketing after you see the rest of the trailer.

Apple has this in HD, but you can check it out below as well. Love hits theaters February 2nd


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January 19th

January 19, 2011 Movie News

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SPIDER-MAN Drops J. Jonah Jameson
Marc Webb's UNTITLED SPIDER-MAN REBOOT is currently filming in Los Angeles, and it seems the production will not include a colorful character from previous movies. J. Jonah Jameson, the editor of The Daily Bugle newspaper and Peter Parker's boss, does not appear in the UNTITLED SPIDER-MAN REBOOT.

J.K. Simmons portrayed Jameson in SPIDER-MAN, SPIDER-MAN 2 and SPIDER-MAN 3. We reported in October that actors such as Mad Men's John Slattery and Sam Elliott were in contention for taking over the role.

It isn't clear why the character was omitted from the reboot. However, we do know The Daily Bugle will have a presence in the UNTITLED SPIDER-MAN REBOOT with these set photos that debuted online earlier today, one of which features a Daily Bugle delivery truck.

UNTITLED SPIDER-MAN REBOOT comes to theaters July 3, 2012 and stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Denis Leary, Chris Zylka, Irrfan Khan, and C. Thomas Howell. The film is directed by Marc Webb.

Editor's Note:  In light of the disasterous 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, perhaps we should have gone with a more tactful headline.

HARRY POTTER and the DEATHLY HALLOWS - Part 2 Death Scene Details
HARRY POTTER and the DEATHLY HALLOWS - Part 2 will bring the Hogwarts franchise to a close on July 15, and it seems one of the key death scenes was changed from the original novel by J.K. Rowling. Be warned there are major spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.

Art director Andrew Ackland-Snow revealed that the production changed the location of Severus Snape's (Alan Rickman) death in HARRY POTTER and the DEATHLY HALLOWS - Part 2, a change which was approved by J.K. Rowling. Here's what he had to say below:

We wanted to change a bit where Snape dies. In the book, he dies on the Shrieking Shack, and we wanted to get him out from, not a conventional interior, but from that kind of box, to do it in a more dramatic atmosphere. We asked J.K. if she agreed for that to happen in there, because we hadn't really seen it before. We made a crystal house, and you can see what happens in the boat house from there - Are you listening Harry? - but also the school is in flames...and she loved it. Besides, it's a very romantic place to die. Snape dies in a extremely good way, I gotta say."

It isn't clear if any other major plot points were altered from the novel. We'll have to wait until July 15 to find out for sure.

HARRY POTTER and the DEATHLY HALLOWS - Part 2 comes to theaters July 15, 2011 and stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Alan Rickman, Gary Oldman, Ralph Fiennes, Bonnie Wright, and Michael Gambon. The film is directed by David Yates.

First Look: The Cast of X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
Today we have a photo from X-MEN: FIRST CLASS that first appeared on MSN. But MSN later took it down after 20th Century Fox told them that the photo is unauthorized, which likely means that it's not a final version. Check out the pic above.  Click on the photo for a larger image.  Get it quickly before it's taken down.

From left to right: Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert, January Jones as Emma Frost (aka the White Queen), Jason Flemyng as Azazel (aka Nightcrawler's father), Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Lucas Till as Havoc, Zoe Kravitz as Angel, Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkholme (aka Mystique), and James McAvoy as Charles Xavier.

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS is directed by Matthew Vaughn (KICK-ASS) and is scheduled to hit theaters on June 3rd. Word is that a TV spot will air during the Super Bowl.

RUBBER Trailer, About a Killer Tire
We've previously seen teasers for the bizarre RUBBER film, but we now have a full-length trailer. Check it out below and watch the entire movie On Demand on February 25th. RUBBER will also get a limited theatrical run on April 1st.

Plot: The story of Robert, an inanimate tire that has been abandoned in the desert, and suddenly and inexplicably comes to life. As Robert roams the bleak landscape, he discovers that he possesses terrifying telepathic powers that give him the ability to destroy anything he wishes without having to move.

At first content to prey on small desert creatures and various discarded objects, his attention soon turns to humans, especially a beautiful and mysterious woman who crosses his path. Leaving a swath of destruction across the desert landscape, Robert becomes a chaotic force to be reckoned with, and truly a movie villain for the ages.

George Lucas Convinced World Will End in 2012

In an interview with the Toronto Sun, Seth Rogen spoke about his recent meeting with George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. During that meeting Lucas spent 25 minutes lecturing the actor about how the world will end in 2012.

"George Lucas sits down and seriously proceeds to talk for around 25 minutes about how he thinks the world is gonna end in the year 2012, like, for real. He thinks it," said Rogen. "He's going on about the tectonic plates and all the time Spielberg is rolling his eyes, like: 'My nerdy friend won't shut up, I'm sorry.'"

He continued: "I first thought [Lucas] was joking, and then I totally realized he was serious and then I started thinking: 'If you're George Lucas and you actually think the world is gonna end in a year, there's no way you haven't built a spaceship for yourself.' So I asked him: 'Can I have a seat on it?' He claimed he didn't have a spaceship, but there's no doubt there's a Millennium Falcon in a garage somewhere with a pilot just waiting to go. It's gonna be him and Steven Spielberg and I'll be blown up like the rest of us."

In a related story, The STAR WARS SAGA in 3D, starting with STAR WARS:  The PHANTOM MENACE is scheduled to be released in 2012.  Even Mother Nature herself doesn't want to see these movies re-released again!

BATMAN RETURNS Batmobile Is Up For Auction On eBay
Got a half a mil burning in your pocket?

When I was a kid, there was no toy that I loved playing with more than my Batmobile. Sure, the Batman action figure that I had didn't fit in the driver's seat, but I would push that damn thing around and work on capturing The Joker from the moment I woke up to the time I had to go to bed. Sadly I turn 57 tomorrow and it's uncouth for a dude in his mid-50s to be pushing around a plastic car. I need grown-up toys. That said, anyone want to loan me $500,000?

The original Batmobile from Tim Burton's BATMAN RETURNS is now on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $499,000. Promised to not be a replica, this is only the second Batmobile from the film to be put on sale and is apparently the one in the best condition. The bidding currently stands at $310,800, but the reserve has not yet been met. The bidding is scheduled to end tomorrow at 6:00 PST. If the car isn't purchased by then, it will be auctioned off on live television a few days from now.

How about it, people? Anyone want to make a young movie blogger happy? I'll be your best friend! Check out image of the BATMAN RETURNS Batmobile to the left.  Click on the photo for a larger image.


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January 20th

January 20, 2011 Movie News

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Anne Hathaway is Catwoman in The DARK KNIGHT RISES
Warner Bros has announced that Anne Hathaway has joined the cast of Christopher Nolan's The DARK KNIGHT RISES, joining Christian Bale and Tom Hardy (INCEPTION).

The studio went on to reveal that Hardy will play Bane, a man who spent his whole life in prison and was a test subject for a drug that gave him increased strength, although he also became addicted to that drug. The character is a more recent creation (1993) and is best known for a story where he broke Batman's back, leaving the hero a paraplegic.

Hathaway will play Selina Kyle, who is better known as Catwoman. The actress tested for the role in recent weeks, along with Jessica Biel and Keira Knightley.

The DARK KNIGHT RISES will begin filming in May, around London and Los Angeles. It is set to hit theaters on July 20, 2012.

Will Smith Remaking ANNIE With His Daughter And Jay-Z?
Back in the '90s and early '00s, there were few actors more entertaining to watch than Will Smith. Movies like INDEPENDENCE DAY and MEN in BLACK were so great that they even make us forget how bad WILD WILD WEST and MEN in BLACK II were. Now he hasn't made a film since 2008 and seems more focused on making his kids rich and famous like mommy and daddy. First it was Jaden's turn, having him star in the remake of The KARATE KID, and now Willow Smith is getting her own movie.

Will Smith, in conjunction with Sony, is now planning to make a remake of the musical ANNIE with his daughter in the titular role. While the story comes from unnamed sources, the plan is for the Fresh Prince to produce through his Overbrook label. Jay-Z, who collaborated with Willow on her song "Whip My Hair," is in talks to do the music for the film.

Whenever I hear about stories like this, I always wonder if the kid actually wants to do it or if they are being forced into it by their parents. It's quite possible that Will Smith is no better than the mother of a child beauty pageant contestant. Think about that for a minute.

Warner Bros. Planning Reboots/Remakes Of LETHAL WEAPON And The WILD BUNCH
There are some really good reasons to reboot a franchise or do a remake. Some films just don't age well over time. Others have an interesting concept that simply wasn't executed well. Sadly, none of that really matters in Hollywood. For executives, the reason to remake or reboot is to capitalize on an existing brand, regardless of how amazing or classic the original was. Perfect example? This story.

With the departure of Warner Bros. executive Jessica Goodman, the studio is now planning a reboot of the LETHAL WEAPON franchise and has started planing remakes of The WILD BUNCH, WESTWORLD, The DIRTY DOZEN, OH, GOD!, and TARZAN. All of the remakes have been in development for years under Goodman, but with her leaving the projects are being re-distributed among other executives trying to make a splash. According to the article, agents have already begun considering casting opportunities and shortlisting possible players.

I know that I've been cheering on the return of the western in recent months, but I'd rather Hollywood abandon the entire genre then see them remake The WILD BUNCH. And LETHAL WEAPON? Why the hell would you want to soil something as wonderful as the chemistry between Mel Gibson and Danny Glover? This is an all-around travesty and needs to be stopped. Find some original material and leave the classics alone.

Robert Downey Jr. Bails On OZ:  GREAT and POWERFUL, Johnny Depp Stepping In?
Though he was never actually confirmed to be part of the film, Robert Downey Jr. has now backed away from OZ:  GREAT and POWERFUL, the new spin on The WIZARD of OZ tale to be directed by Sam Raimi for Disney. Now, the studio's house talent Johnny Depp is in early talks to take his place. They've been hoping to start production on the project in the second half of this year, and the real question is if Depp can make room for it with Tim Burton's DARK SHADOWS, Disney's Jerry Bruckheimer-produced LONE RANGER and possibly more PIRATES sequels all shooting within the foreseeable future.

OZ:  GREAT and POWERFUL is just one of many revisionist takes on Dorothy's adventures in production at the various studios right now, but it was one of the most high-profile, with RABBIT HOLE writer David Lindsay-Abaire putting together a rewrite and Disney leaning hard to get the whole thing into production. Even though Downey Jr. seems perfect to play the part of a young, charismatic and maybe a little messy Wizard of Oz, it's not entirely surprising to see him back away-- he played the same game with Alfonso Cuaron's GRAVITY, eventually getting replaced by George Clooney, and given his commitments to the SHERLOCK HOLMES and IRON MAN sequels he seems wary of getting involved in even more giant movies. He's likely been in the industry long enough to know what happens when a star gets overexposed, and is rightly anticipating the inevitable day when the name Robert Downey Jr. elicits not excitement, but an exhausted shrug.

RED Sequel In The Works
Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren's action comedy RED is set to take aim at the box office once more - studio executives have begun work on a sequel.

The big screen adaption of the DC comics starred Willis and Mirren alongside John Malkovich and Morgan Freeman as retired spies.

It has grossed $164 million to date worldwide since its release in October and even landed a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture - Musical or Comedy at this year's ceremony.

And now bosses at Summit Entertainment have invited writers Erich and Jon Hoeber back to write a follow-up.

It is not yet known whether any of the original all-star cast will return for the planned sequel.


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January 21st

January 21, 2011 Movie News

News January 21

SINBAD: ROGUE of MARS Coming from Morningside Entertainment

Morningside Entertainment has optioned Bluewater Productions SINBAD: ROGUE of MARS to adapt into an epic action adventure fantasy feature for 2012. A continuation of the Sinbad films that started in 1958 with The 7th VOYAGE of SINBAD, and followed in the 1970'swith The GOLDEN VOYAGE of SINBAD and SINBAD and the EYE of the TIGER, Rogue of Mars is an updated sequel rather than a reboot.

Executive Producer Barry Schneer revealed  ROGUE of MARS is the first of a planned new trilogy that will bring this beloved character to a whole new generation while still showing respect to the original fans, "I am thrilled to continue the amazing legacy my uncle, Charles H. Schneer began with 7th VOYAGE and bring to the screen the Sinbad movie that he and Ray Harryhausen never got to make."

In his 4th film adventure, Sinbad and his crew find a magical urn and are soon transported to another planet by a ruthless and vengeful Jinn bent on freeing his race who have been imprisoned for millennia and then laying waste to the ones responsible.

"Sinbad has always been one of more popular titles in our library that also includes WRATH of the TITANS and JASON and the ARGONAUTS," says Darren G. Davis, Publisher of Bluewater Productions. "It certainly lends itself to a big-budget tentpole movie."

Bluewater Production's SINBAD: ROGUE of MARS new Graphic Novel will be available in April 2011. Primarily distributed through traditional retail outlets, the graphic novel will also be available through several online venues including Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

SINBAD: ROGUE of MARS comes to theaters in 2012.

Sacha Baron Cohen's Next Comedy THE DICTATOR'to Open Worldwide on May 11, 2012
 Paramount Pictures announced today that Sacha Baron Cohen's new comedy THE DICTATOR will be released worldwide on May 11, 2012. The studio also announced that Larry Charles (BORAT, BRUNO) has come aboard to direct.

The film tells the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed. It is inspired by the best selling novel "Zabibah and The King" by Saddam Hussein.

Producing alongside Baron Cohen are Scott Rudin, Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer, and David Mandel. The project marks the first collaboration for Rudin (The SOCIAL NETWORK, TRUE GRIT) and Baron Cohen, while Berg, Schaffer and Mandel ("Seinfeld," "Curb Your Enthusiasm") join him as screenwriters on the movie. The movie is the latest collaboration between Baron Cohen and Charles, who previously worked together on BORAT as well as BRUNO.  Dan Mazer (BORAT, BRUNO), Ant Hines (BORAT, BRUNO) and Peter Baynham (BORAT) will serve as executive producers, reuniting the rest of the Academy Award®-nominated and Golden Globe winning BORAT team. Todd Schulman (BORAT, BRUNO) is co-producing under Baron Cohen's Four By Two Films banner.

You Can Book a Spaceflight on Virgin Galactic Using Kayak.Com
Sorry, not this spaceship...

Ever visited Expedia or Travelocity in order to snag a discount flight? London, the Bahamas, whatever your choice for an exotic destination, aggregator travel sites have what you're looking for. Now one of the newer sites, Kayak, lists an even more exotic destination: space.

Here's a fun little Easter Egg: By entering the airport code for Spaceport America into the "From" field on Kayak.com, and 50m (the number of miles at which the thermosphere starts) into the "To" field, you can uncover flights into space.

Let me explain this to you clearly, since I know you're dying to fork over $200,000 and get anti-gravitational: 1). Enter "90n" (the Spaceport America airport code) into "From," 2). Enter "50m" into "To," 3). Make your departure and arrival days the same, 4). Choose "first" class (naturally), 5). Hit "Search." Viola! You're ready tobook! (Granted, you are just booking for now -- space trips have yet to begin.)

Note: Make sure the "m" and "n" are lowercase when you're filling in the "To" and "From" fields.

Unlike Zero Gravity Corporation's modified Boeing 727-200 (also known as the "vomit comet"), which lets passengers experience weightlessness through parabolic flights, Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo will take up to six passengers beyond the edge of space: Space, technically, is a mere 62 miles above us, while the Scaled Composites-built spacecraft goes 68 miles straight up. In order to reach space, SpaceShipTwo will be lifted by a first vehicle, WhiteKnightTwo, in a process known as "two stages to suborbit."

Booking a flight to space via a website like Kayak or Virgin Galactic is darned convenient. But for the potential spaceflight participant who wants more information, you might want to consider using Accredited Space Agents, who maintain constant contact with both you and Virgin Galactic. They also undergo specialized training and can answer any questions, from the technical to the logistical, you have about your space vacation.

But no matter which method you choose to book your flight, you'll be guaranteed a vacation that's out of this world.

BATTLE: LOS ANGELES Viral Website Launched
A viral website for the upcoming Sony Pictures adventure BATTLE: LOS ANGELES has been released online at UnidentifiedEnemy.com. The site reveals an enormous amount of information about the attacking aliens in the movie.

You can also click on the Alien Bilogy tab to learn about the aliens' Language and Bio-Mechanics and the Transportation section offers information on how they travel on both the ground and the water. The Weapons area gives us more details on their mines and other weaponry. All of these sections feature a computerized voice guiding you through this information. You can also click on small white boxes featured over a specific area to learn even more about that object.

Click Here! to visit this new viral site and learn more than you ever thought you'd know about the aliens of Battle: Los Angeles.

BATTLE: LOS ANGELES comes to theaters March 11, 2011 and stars Michelle Rodriguez, Aaron Eckhart, Bridget Moynahan, Lucas Till, Michael Peña, Noel Fisher, Joey King, and Taylor Handley. The film is directed by Jonathan Liebesman.

Diana Terranova Signs on to PIRANHACONDA
And finally,  Matchflick Resident Celebrity, Diana Terranova, (8213: GACY HOUSE, MILF) has been cast as Jaime in the Roger Corman monsterfest, PIRANHACONDA.  It's being directed by Jim Wynorski and is written by SHARKTOPUS scribe Michael MacLean.

The movie revolves around the battle with a creature "with razor sharp teeth and 100 feet of constricting power."  Filming begins in February - in Hawaii.  We will follow up with PIRANHACONDA after filming has commenced.

Catch her interview tomorrow, in the Matchflick Saturday Science Fiction column, Twenty Questions with Diana Terranova - Part I."  Part II will continue on Wednesday.


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January 22nd

January 22, 2011 Movie News

News January 22
The first trailer for the indie drama BROTHERHOOD  has arrived. Click on the video below to go inside this collegiate thriller, which centers on a fraternity prank that turns tragic. BROTHERHOOD  arrives in theaters on February 25:

College freshman Adam Buckley finds himself blindfolded in the back of a van dealing with the fact that he has to rob a convenience store as the final step of his initiation into the Sigma Zeta Chi fraternity. Minutes later he finds himself dealing with the fact that a fellow-pledge just got shot while doing it.

Frank, the senior fraternity brother in charge of the night's events, is able to get the injured pledge out of the store alive, but the fraternity's troubles are just beginning. Thinking they can get out of the situation without taking the pledge to a hospital, Frank decides the group will handle things themselves. But when every move is met with disaster, Adam must find it within himself to go against Frank and his new brothers in order to save his friend's life.

Brotherhood comes to theaters February 25, 2011 and stars Trevor Morgan, Jon Foster, Lou Taylor Pucci, Arlen Escarpeta, Jesse Steccato, Jennifer Sipes, Luke Sexton, and Chad Halbrook. The film is directed by Will Canon.

Anthony Hopkins Set To Play Hitchcock In Making Of Psycho
Here's a pretty obvious casting choice: Anthony Hopkins is in talks to play Alfred Hitchcock. Not only does he look almost exactly like him, he's a brilliant actor. It'd be a nearly criminal sin to cast anyone but Hopkins to play the character, so check this off as one of the things Hollywood got right this week.

The film is likely to be directed by Sacha Gervasi, who's probably best known as the documentarian behind the splashy ANVIL! The STORY of ANVIL. The movie's called ALFRED HITCHCOCK and the MAKING of PSYCHO, based on a 1998 non-fiction book of the same name. As the title suggests, the movie will focus on Hitch during the specific period of his life when he made his most famous movie, which at the time, no studio wanted to finance. Also deeply involved in the story will be the relationship between Hitch and his wife Alma Reville. I guess that's a good idea though I'd love to know what was going through his mind when he made The BIRDS.

This is actually the second time Anthony Hopkins has been slated to play the pot-bellied suspense master. Back in 2007 he was rumored to be attached to an Alfred Hitchcock project called ALFRED HITCHCOCK [RESENTS, being directed by Ryan Murphy. That went nowhere, and here we are again predicting Anthony Hopkins as the man behind Alfred's famous silhouette.

Trailer: Channing Tatum's The SON of NO ONE Thriller
Back in December, we showed you a Russian trailer for The SON of NO ONE crime thriller, starring Channing Tatum, Al Pacino, Juliette Binoche, Tracy Morgan, Ray Liotta, and Katie Holmes. Today we have the US version and you can check it out below.

Plot: The story follows two friends (Tatum, Morgan) forced to face the consequences of a murder they committed — and got away with — 16 years earlier. Jonathan Milk White (Tatum) has gone on to a successful career with the police force and has a happy home life with his wife (Holmes) and child. Vinnie (Morgan) has kind of gone the other way. When Milk is assigned to the precinct where he grew up, his decade-and-a-half-old secret threatens to tear apart his life and his family.

The new movie is written and directed by Dito Montiel, who has worked with Tatum on all his film, which include FIGHTING and  A GUIDE to RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS. The SON of NO ONE is playing at the Sundance Film Festival this month.

WikiLeaks Founder Biopic in the Works
This just leaked in (sorry, coldn't resist...)

A movie about the life of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is in the works and is described as a suspenseful drama/thriller.

The film will be based on an upcoming biography "The Most Dangerous Man in the World" by Australian reporter Andrew Fowler. The book is an in-depth look at Assange from his childhood to the current day that focuses on his anti-secrecy "revolution."

Assange founded the Wiki-Leaks website in 2006 and has published secret US diplomatic material about American involvement in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as toxic waste dumping in Africa, Guantanamo Bay procedures, and Church of Scientology manuals.

"As soon as I met Andrew and read a few chapters of his profound book, I knew that -- with his incredibly extensive depth of knowledge -- it would enable us to bring a thought-provoking thriller to the screen," said producer Michelle Krumm.

Mike O'Dea to Direct GHOSTMAN
Last night, we reported Matchflick Resident Celebrity Diana Terranova's interview is to be published today.

As a bonus, Matchflick caught up with their Resident Superhero Director, Mike O'Dea, a self-avowed free-lance criminal-turned-film-director.  O'Dea has a short film, TOWNIES, a gangster thriller to his credit listed on IMDB.  He's currently in the middle of his latest project, a self-described anti-superhero film, GHOSTMAN.  He also agreed to an interview.
But, with a big publicity push and a new trailer scheduled for release early Februrary, we're bending the rules a bit by giving our Matchflickers a sneak preview of the upcoming interview, scheduled for the next "Science Fiction, Double Feature" column two weeks from today.

You can read this special interview at https://sites.google.com/site/matchflickinterviews/mikeodea


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January 23rd

January 23, 2011 Movie News

News January 23 Trailer: James Wan's INSIDIOUS Horror Film
Back in September, we got to see a short clip from the upcoming INSIDIOUS horror film, starring Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne. Today, we have an official teaser trailer. Check it out below.

Plot: When proud parents take possession of an old house, an accident results in one of their sons falling into a coma. The tragedy doesn't stop there when they are beset by vengeful spirits from another realm.

The new movie is directed by SAW creator James Wan, who re-united with SAW writer Leigh Whannell. On top of that, it is produced by Oren Peli, the man behind PARANORMAL ACTIVITY. It has already appeared at the Toronto Film Festival and is now scheduled to hit theaters on April 1st.

"Wonder Woman" TV Series Picked Up by NBC
Back in October, David Kelly ("The Practice") revealed that he was hired to write and produce a new "Wonder Woman" TV series. Then earlier this month Warner Bros TV tried to give the project a home, but all networks passed on it.

The studio promised to not give up and their persistence paid off. NBC has officially picked up the series and has ordered a pilot. But why would NBC pass on "Wonder Woman" only to pick it up a week later? It turns out that the network had a massive regime change recently and the new executives like the idea of seeing the character on the small screen.

These new execs don't even mind WB's very expensive license fee that most broadcasters simply cannot afford. Since Robert Greenblatt is now the new chairman, NBC believes he can do for "Wonder Woman" what he did for "Dexter" and "Weeds."

Buddy Ebsen Could Understand
WINTER'S BONE star Jennifer Lawrence suffered for her art on the set of the new X-MEN prequel FIRST CLASS - she had an allergic reaction to the body paint that turned her into mutant Mystique.

A skin doctor was called to the set when the pretty star broke out in rashes and boils when the blue paint was applied to her skin.  "I got a couple of things from the paint, like weird boils, rashes and blisters... and a doctor had to pop them."

But once that scare was taken care of, Lawrence really began to realise what she had signed up for - months of daily make-up misery.

She explains she spent up to eight hours in the make-up chair every day.

She adds, "Nothing's sacred anymore. Those girls (make-up assistants) and I got so close. They were painting me naked every day for months. It was kind of like going to a really bizarre sleepover."

Watch Mr. Spock say Fascinating! 46 times in 91 seconds
Now in the "People With WAY Too Much Time on Their Hands" Department...

Mr. Spock's use of the word "fascinating" has always been ... fascinating. So fascinating that someone has cobbled together a 91-second clip collecting 46 such interpretations.

Check it out below, and maybe you'll say "fascinating" too.

Don Cheadle Thinks A Writer Has Been Hired For The WAR MACHINE Spin-Off
Back in November there was a report that Marvel was planning a spin-off for the Iron Man character War Machine. According to the story, the studio was putting out a pitch to writers the script the film, but we haven't heard anything about it since...until now.

IRON MAN 2 star Don Cheadle at the Sundance Film Festival, where he's promoting his newest film, The Guard, revealed that forward progress has been made with the project. According the Cheadle, Marvel is currently working on the project and he "thinks" they hired a writer, though he doesn't seem to know who. When asked about the possibility of the character showing up in Joss Whedon's AVENGERS, however, he seemed much more confident, saying, "I don't think [James Rhodes/War Machine] shows up in that."

Frankly, the biggest thing to take away from this story is that Cheadle seems to be totally out of the loop when it comes to upcoming Marvel projects, though the lack of War Machine in The AVENGERS would explain why he wasn't on stage at last year's Comic Con. This concept seemingly goes all the way back to last February, when the actor said flat out that there wouldn't be a spin-off. Perhaps somebody should clue him in - I really don't want to see a third person play

On a personal note, this reporter has a sort of kinship with james Rhodes.  We're both from South Philadelphia, and possibly from the same neighborhood.  I remember one flashback he had were he was standing under the 25th Street Bridge.


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January 25th

January 24, 2011 Movie News

Previews January 28
Previews of Coming Attractions
For week of January 28, 2010

 Movies May Not be Available in All Areas  
Blackmail Boy
From Prada to Nada
A Latina spin on Jane Austen's
Splatter: Love, Honor and Paintball
The Mechanic
The Natural State of America
The Rite
Seconds Apart
too perfect

Yip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic)

Fri, Jan. 21 - Sun, Jan. 23 Weekend Total
No Strings Attached $20,300,000 $20,300,000
The Green Hornet $18,100,000 $63,441,243
The Dilemma $9,700,000 $33,337,335
The King's Speech $9,164,299 $58,623,270
True Grit (2010) $8,000,000 $138,633,427
Black Swan $6,200,000 $83,580,631
The Fighter $4,515,000 $73,031,236
Little Fockers $4,400,000 $141,191,615
Yogi Bear $4,060,000 $88,890,203
TRON: Legacy $3,708,000 $163,267,490


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January 25th

January 25, 2011 Movie News

News January 25

They're Here!  They're Here The 31st Annual Razzies
Following a Banner Year for Bad Movies, voting members of The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation have sifted through the cinematic rubble and selected what they consider to be last year's Berry Worst "Achievements" in Film. In addition to 2009's top under-achievers, The Gala 31th Annual RAZZIE® Awards will dis-honor The Worst of the "Uh-Ohs," with special awards for the Worst Picture, Actor and Actress of the Decade in ceremonies scheduled for Hollywood's Barnsdall Gallery Theatre at 7:30pm/PST on Saturday, February 26 — the now traditional Night Before the Oscars®.

YOU can be a part of the most democratic awards show in Hollywood.  YOU can walk the Red Carpet (or maybe the backdoor of theater).  Become  member of the Razzies voting body and be GUARANTEED an invitation for two to attend the 2011 RAZZIE Ceremonies in Hollywood.

So, without further ado, here are the nominees:

The Bounty Hunter
The Last Airbender
Sex & the City 2
Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Vampires Suck!

Jack Black, Gulliver's Travels
Gerard Butler, The Bounty Hunter
Ashton Kutcher, Killers and Valentine's Day
Taylor Lautner, Twilight Saga: Eclipse and Valentine's Day
Robert Pattinson, Remember Me and Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Jennifer Aniston, The Bounty Hunter and The Switch
Miley Cyrus, The Last Song
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis & Cynthia Nixon, Sex & the City 2
Megan Fox, Jonah Hex
Kristen Stewart, Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Jessica Alba, The Killer Inside Me, Little Fockers, Machete and Valentine's Day
Cher, Burlesque
Liza Minnelli, Sex & the City 2
Nicola Peltz, The Last Airbender
Barbra Streisand, Little Fockers

Billy Ray Cyrus, The Spy Next Door
George Lopez, Marmaduke, The Spy Next Door and Valentine's Day
Dev Patel, The Last Airbender
Jackson Rathbone, The Last Airbender and Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Rob Schneider, Grown Ups

WORST EYE-GOUGING MISUSE OF 3D (Special category for 2010!)
Cats and Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore
Clash of the Titans
The Last Airbender
Nutcracker 3-D
Saw 3-D (aka Saw VII)


Jennifer Aniston & Gerard Butler, The Bounty Hunter
Josh Brolin's face & Megan Fox's accent, Jonah Hex
The entire cast of The Last Airbender
The entire cast of Sex & the City 2
The entire cast of Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer, Vampires Suck!
Michael Patrick King, Sex & the City 2
M. Night Shyamalan, The Last Airbender
David Slade, Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Sylvester Stallone, The Expendables

The Last Airbender, written by M. Night Shyamalan, based on the TV series by Michael Dante DiMartino and Brian Konietzko
Little Fockers, written by John Hamburg and Larry Stuckey, based on characters created by Greg Glenna & Mary Roth Clarke
Sex & the City 2, written by Michael Patrick King, based on the TV Series created by Darren Star
Twilight Saga: Eclipse, screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer
Vampires Suck! written by Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer

WORST PREQUEL, REMAKE, RIP-OFF OR SEQUEL (Combined category for 2010)
Clash of the Titans
The Last Airbender
Sex & the City 2
Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Vampires Suck!

Set your calendars for February 26th.
....not that it matters - the show is not televised, although Comedy Central has been approached in the past.

...Now for some regular news....

AVATAR 2 Arriving For Christmas 2014
Every few months James Cameron pokes his head out of the ground and promises an AVATAR sequel. Here's his latest foray out into the bright, yellow sunlight and we're happy to report that he did not, in fact, see his shadow.

During their interview he reaffirms what we already knew: That AVATAR 2 & 3 will be shot back to back. Right now he's "in the process of writing the next two AVATAR films." That means they're a long, long way off from being in theaters. Cameron predicts the first one will show up in theaters for Christmas of 2014 with AVATAR 3 in theaters a year later on Christmas of 2015.

Don't hold him to those dates. One thing that's been pretty clear about the whole AVATAR sequel process all along is James Cameron's absolute lack of hurry. He's in no rush and he'll get around to it when he gets around to it, if he gets around to it at all. At least we know he's writing something and he's far enough along to start predicting which characters from the first movie will return. Cameron says, "Basically, if you survived the first film, you get to be in the second film, at least in some form."

A Scientific Explanation Of Why 3D Gives People Headaches
When you hear an artist talk about his work, it's hard to not also fall in love with that work. The artist's love and enthusiasm is contagious and even the ugliest piece of art explained meaningfully and non-pretentiously can seem beautiful. One art form we never hear about is the brutal art of editing a film, which can easily turn into cleaning up someone else's mess. Walter Murch, Academy Award winning editor and sound designer, is one such artist who makes beautiful work that you only love more when listening to him talk about it, and he has a few things to say about 3D and how it just does not work with our brains.

The APOCALYPSE NOW editor wrote a letter to Roger Ebert after reading his review of the latest 3D exploit The GREEN HORNET and means to scientifically explain why it is most people will get headaches after about 20 minutes.

    The biggest problem with 3D, though, is the "convergence/focus" issue. A couple of the other issues -- darkness and "smallness" -- are at least theoretically solvable. But the deeper problem is that the audience must focus their eyes at the plane of the screen -- say it is 80 feet away. This is constant no matter what.

    But their eyes must converge at perhaps 10 feet away, then 60 feet, then 120 feet, and so on, depending on what the illusion is. So 3D films require us to focus at one distance and converge at another. And 600 million years of evolution has never presented this problem before. All living things with eyes have always focused and converged at the same point.

This may not convince those of you who haven't had headache problems, I have not either, but should you find yourself in a less than optimal seat in the theater for a 3D film, rest assured you will be rubbing your temples just like everyone else.

Regardless of Murch's theory, which is probably right, I still believe that 3D has a place in our world. Is it being criminally overused at the expense of story? Absolutely. But films like TOY STORY 3 and HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, and hell, even the non-animated TRON: LEGACY were made more fun despite the simple darkening and discomfort of the glasses.

To read the whole letter, head on over to Ebert's article at the Chicago Sun Times and scope it out. It's an interesting read and you can get an idea of just how amazing Murch is by watching the brief videos they've posted.

Keanu Reeves Says MATRIX 4 and 5 are Coming
Keanu Reeves spoke about his career while promoting his new movie HENRY'S CRIME.

He spoke briefly about 47 RONIN and BILL and TED 3 but the big news came when Reeves revealed that he met with the Wachowskis around Christmas. They told him that they completed script treatments for two more MATRIX installments. They are planning to make the films in 3D and have already met with James Cameron to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the technology.

Reeves added that he's excited to return as Neo and promised that the treatments will truly revolutionize the action genre like the first MATRIX film did.

...Isn't Neo dead?  Isn't Trinity dead?  We may have the very first actual re-boot:  The MATRIX REBOOTED?


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January 26th

January 26, 2011 Movie News

The Oscar Nominations Are In!

Last night, we gave you the Razzie nominations.  Tonight we give you the nominations for that ...other awards ceremony.

The 83rd Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - The Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 27th, 8pm/5pm Pacific Time at the Kodak Theater at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

The list of categories and nominees would take up the entire news feed for today, leaving out all the other pertinent news.  Instead, here is the link to the Oscars site. Aside from the viewing all the categories and nominations, the Oscars site gives you the opportunity to review your favorites and make your own selection to compare.   You can see if the Academy agrees with your selections.

The HUNGER GAMES Gets A March 2012 Release Date
Thanks to a ravenous readership of the book series by Suzanne Collins, The HUNGER GAMES is one of the most hotly anticipated projects currently in development. Set to be directed by Gary Ross, there has been much conversation about which young actress should play the film's protagonist, Katniss Everdeen. Sadly, I can't deliver that news at this time, but I can tell you when the movie is set to come out.

Lionsgate has officially given The HUNGER GAMES a release date of March 23, 2012. The date puts the movie right in between the Jonah Hill-scripted adaptation of the television show "21 Jump Street" and the Jonathan Liebesman-directed sequel to CLASH of the TITANS, WRATH of the TITANS. The studio helps to be boosted by both spring break and the Easter holiday, as the fanbase of the books is primarily teenagers. In the books, an annual, televised event is held in the future where young children are forced to battle to the death.

Which Member of the Fantastic Four Just Got Killed?  No Spoilers!
One of the Fantastic Four just journeyed to Marvel Heaven, where characters go to their not-so-very-final resting place. But which one of them died to turn the Fantastic Four into the Three?

No, I'm not telling!  Sorry, Alpha Craig,  You'll have to buy that issue (As if I thought you wouldn't)

It turns out Marvel has been planning this for two years—and that's just the first step in a grander scheme. Comic Book Resource writes:

    "Jonathan Hickman [writer of Fantastic Four] came to us two years ago with a vision for evolving the characters and concepts introduced to fans 50 years ago in Fantastic Four #1—and quite frankly his vision blew us away," said Tom Brevoort, Marvel Entertainment SVP of Publishing. "This death is the first major move in this incredibly exciting evolution of the legendary Fantastic Four franchise and a necessary part of the larger story we will be telling featuring the beloved characters moving forward."

In fact, this isn't the only death: the Fantastic Four will be ending as of issue #588.

There is no news as to what will become of the surviving characters, but we're guessing they'll form a new group (and a new comic), the Fantastic Three.

As we know, comic-book death isn't the same as real death; even Superman has died and returned. Will there ever be a fantastic Four again? Marvel editor Tom Brevoort isn't saying. But he did tell CNN:

"It's very easy to develop cynicism about the stories we tell," Brevoort added. "The only way to combat and conquer it is to have a story that touches on the humanness of people that has emotional resonance and truth to it. The fact of death is something every human being can relate to. I would argue that a well-told story of a character's demise is not necessarily undone by them coming back later."

The New Poster for HANNA
Focus Features has debuted the new poster for director Joe Wright's HANNA, the suspense thriller opening in theaters on April 8.

Raised by her father (Eric Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland, Hanna's (Saoirse Ronan) upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own (Cate Blanchett). As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity.

Click the poster for a bigger version!

The Geekiest, Nerdiest, Awesomest Imaginary Battle Ever Filmed
Who needs XBox Kinect?

What happens when two videogame-loving dudes desperately want to beat each other to a pulp but can't find a weapon to do the deed? In this steeped-in-sweetness, occasionally profane, mildly NSFW short film, they make them out of thin air. Literally.

It's kind of amazing what you can accomplish with a pair of particularly limber actors, some decent image-processing software, and a sound-effects library. Who needs props when you've got pretend?

Near as I can tell, Ode to Action's director, James Chen, dropped references to "Halo," "Gears of War," STAR WARS, TERMINATOR 2, and DESPERADO ... but I may be missing a few. What did you hear that I didn't?

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January 27th

January 27, 2011 Movie News

News January 27

We Did the Razzies, We Did the Oscars; it SAG's Turn Tonight
Screen Actors Guild is the nation's largest labor union representing working actors. Established in 1933, SAG has a rich history in the American labor movement, from standing up to studios to break long-term engagement contracts in the 1940s to fighting for artists' rights amid the digital revolution sweeping the entertainment industry in the 21st century. With 20 branches nationwide, SAG represents over 125,000 actors who work in film and digital motion pictures and television programs, commercials, video games, industrials, Internet and all new media formats. The Guild exists to enhance actors' working conditions, compensation and benefits and to be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of artists' rights. SAG is a proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO. Headquartered in Los Angeles, you can visit SAG online at SAG.org.

The 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® ceremony will be simulcast live coast-to-coast on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011 at 8 p.m. (ET), 7 p.m. (CT), 6 p.m. (MT) and 5 p.m. (PT) from the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles.

The list of nominees are on the SAG web page.

Feel Like a Drunken Porn Star
Introducing the Ron Jeremy Limited Edition Rum. It is Smooth, Tasty and With Just a Hint of an Incurable STD.

I swear I do not make this stuff up!

As a fully-formed booze hound that enjoys tossing back the golden elixir of life, I must admit that I am both horrified, yet slightly aroused, by the possibility of drinking rum inspired by the hairy, unappealing visage of Mr. Ron Jeremy.

That said, the description of this limited edition rum ($TBA) seems a bit pretentious considering we are talking about a man who sticks his wee-wee in the gaping maw of various plastic women for cash:

Ron de Jeremy Rum is an exceptionally well-balanced 7-year old premium rum from Panama. It has an inviting light amber color with very attractive copper hues. The aroma is that of a carefully aged rum, with a harmoniously balanced orchestra of oak, fruit and spices. It opens up smoothly, showcasing a high level of craftsmanship. The oak comes through robustly and satisfyingly, yet gentle enough to allow hints of vanilla and raw sugar cane to reveal themselves. The finish is elegant and long.

If they really want to represent the appeal of Mr. Jeremy's rum might I suggest:

Ron de Jeremy Rum is packed with a GHB-like punch that will surely turn any semi-willing participant into a whore. It has an inviting chest hair color and the aroma is that of old ass.  Enjoy responsibly.

Of course, It doesn't have the same poetry as the original write-up but at least it would get the younger set interested in it.

For more info (and to pre-order the rum) click here.

Tom Kenny, Voice of SpongeBob SquarePants, to Host 38th Annual Annie Awards

Tom Kenny, the voice of the wildly successful film and television character 'SpongeBob SquarePants,' is set to host this year's 38th Annual Annie Awards on Saturday, February 5, 2011, at UCLA's Royce Hall. The black-tie evening begins with a pre-reception at 5 p.m. followed by the 'Annie' Awards ceremony at 7 p.m. and post-award party immediately following the ceremony. All events will be held at Royce Hall.

In honor of the year's best in animation, Kenny will be joined on stage by a lively mix of animation luminaries, celebrity presenters and comedic talent including animation legend June Foray (ROCKY and BULLWINKLE),James Hong, (KUNG FU PANDA),Danica McKellar (The Wonder Years), Kevin Michael Richardson (TEENAGE MUTANT TEENAGE TURTLES), Mike Henry (King of the Hill), Nika Futterman (STAR WARS: The CLONE WARS), Brian Regan (102 DALMATIONS), Corey Burton (STAR WARS: The CLONE WARS), Jim Cummings (The PRINCESS and the FROG)and John DeMaggio (Futurama). This year's Winsor McCay recipients are Brad Bird (The INCREDIBLES), Eric Goldberg, (POCAHANTAS) and Matt Groening (The Simpsons). The Winsor McCay Award stands as one of the highest honors given to an individual in the animation industry in recognition for career contributions to the art of animation.

A limited number of VIP tickets are still available. Tickets are $200 for ASIFA-Hollywood members and $250 for non-members. General admission tickets are $25 and can be purchased only through the UCLA box office. For additional ticket information and up-to-the minute details on the 38th Annual Annie Awards, please visit www.annieawards.org. Media inquiries and credentials, please contact Gretchen Houser, Houser PR at 562.235.0991 or Gretchen@houserpr.com.

The CONSPIRATOR Trailer Online

The trailer for The CONSPIRATOR is now online, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies.

The film, from Director Robert Redford, is a period drama about the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth. The cast incluces James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Justin Long, Tom Wilkinson, Evan Rachel Wood, Kevin Kline, Alexis Bledel, Toby Kebbell, Danny Huston, Johnny Simmons, and Stephen Root.

Watch the trailer below and catch the film in theaters on April 15th.

Donald Sutherland gets Hollywood Walk of Fame star
Versatile actor Donald Sutherland, who has played everything from a Nazi spy to an aging astronaut, was honored Wednesday with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

His star was unveiled outside the Roosevelt Hotel next to son Kiefer Sutherland's star.  The elder Sutherland joked that getting a star was better than a headstone at a cemetery.

"This marker I can actually come and visit," Sutherland, 75, said. "I could get a chair and sit here, or a bucket and a mop and clean it, and make sure that people don't step on it."

Kiefer Sutherland wasn't able to attend the ceremony because of work obligations in New York. He wrote a message that was read by Colin Farrell, his father's co-star in the comedy HORRIBLE BOSSES due out later this year.

"I selfishly wanted to be there to simply tell you how proud I am to have you as my father and how even more proud I am to be your son," Kiefer Sutherland wrote.

The career of Canadian-born Donald Sutherland has spanned nearly five decades and included appearances in the movies The DIRTY DOZEN, The DAY of The LOCUST, ORDINARY PEOPLE and SPACE COWBOYS.

He won Emmy and Golden Globe awards for his role in the 1995 television crime drama CITIZEN X and another Golden Globe award for his portrayal of presidential adviser Clark Clifford in the 2002 television movie "Path to War."

He said he loves working and has no plans to retire.


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January 28th

January 28, 2011 Movie News

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Viggo Mortensen and Kristen Stewart in SNOW WHITE and the HUNTSMAN

Michael Fassbender (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS) seemed like a lock for Universal Pictures' upcoming SNOW WHITE and the HUNTSMAN, but he instead decided to join Ridley Scott's ALIEN prequel. Viggo Mortensen (The ROAD) has stepped in to replace him. 

In this new version of the Grimm fairy tale, the Huntsman (who, in the original story, is supposed to kill Snow White but ends up letting her go) becomes her protector and a mentor as they try to escape from the evil queen who ordered her death. Charlize Theron is in talks to play the queen.

The studio has fast-tracked the project since it's competing with several other SNOW WHITE films that are currently in development. And now that Mortensen is on board, it's time to cast Snow White. Universal has been searching for an unknown actress to take the role, but has now offered it to TWILIGHT star Kristen Stewart.

The film is set to shoot sometime this summer for a December 21, 2012 release.

Ice Cube And Ryan Seacrest Joining  New Year's Eve Party
Last month the movie HOW DO YOU KNOW made headlines when it was revealed that the film had a $100 million budget with half of it going to pay the star's salaries (Reese Witherspoon alone took $15 million). I sure hope that the studio behind New Year's Eve isn't dealing out that kind of dough or there will be bankruptcy news coming soon.

Following this morning's announcement that Josh Duhamel was joining the cast, Ice Cube and Ryan Seacrest are also in negotiations to join the ensemble film. In the film, Cube will play an NYPD officer who works with the "director of the Times Square festivities", played by Hilary Swank; and Seacrest will cameo as himself. Bridging from this morning's news, Duhamel will play a romantic trying to get to a party so that he can reconnect with a mystery woman he met the previous year.

For those keeping track, the full cast list for the film includes Robert De Niro, Hilary Swank, Halle Berry, Sienna Miller, Abigail Breslin, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sofia Vergara, Jessica Biel, Zac Efron, Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jon Bon Jovi, Til Schweiger, Seth Meyers, Duhamel, Cube and Seacrest. Something tells me that they're going for a strategy that sounds something like quantity of actors over quality of story.

P.S. How do you think N.W.A.-era Ice Cube would have reacted to news of being cast in the same film film at the same time as a guy like Ryan Seacrest?

Cattrall Wants Wore 'Sex,' Happy with Razzie Nod
Despite a barrage of bad reviews and pair of Razzie nominations, SEX and the CITY star Kim Cattrall is hopeful for another installment in the TV and film franchise.

The 54-year-old actress says she's glad the Razzies exist because "it keeps you honest." She hasn't been approached for a third film yet, but she says she believes the fan following is still strong.

Cattrall and her co-stars — Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon — share a Razzie nod for worst actress for SEX and the CITY 2." The film is also up for worst picture.

The TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE and The LAST AIRBENDER lead the nominations with nine each.

William Shatner sings ... Black Sabbath????
Just in case your ears don't bleed enough....

At this point in human civilization, "Shatner" needs to become a verb. What does it mean to "Shatner" a thing?

Until the brainiacs at the OED can come up with something better, how about: "The process by which one can transform a pre-existing cultural artifact and thus make it at once retro yet infused with a hipster sensibility that is trendy to the unique picosecond in which it is transformed."

Priceline comercials, lounge-lizard takes on Elton John's "Rocket Man," cop dramas in the form of T.J. Hooker, lawyer dramas, even Twitter feeds have been Shatnered into the sitcom "Sh*t My Dad Says." Now Shatner is working with shredmeister/guitar god Zakk Wylde, former axe-man for Ozzy and Black Label Society, on a new album to come out later this year called "Seeking Major Tom," a collection of rock covers for which the former Captain Kirk will be doing vocals.

Which rock standards? Well, according to the guys at FEARnet, one of the songs will be Black Sabbath's "Iron Man." Another will be Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." We can only assume that, given the album's title and the outer-space-defined career of Shatner, David Bowie's "Space Oddity" and "Ashes to Ashes" might be candidates for Shatnering, too.

Check out the video below, for footage of the laying down of tracks for Shatner's version of "Iron Man."

Not since Quebec's greatest son gave voice to the absinthe-soaked spleen of Charles Baudelaire on the 1968 album "The Transformed Man" have the frail organs of human hearing been faced with such an awesome prospect of Shatner-esque magnificence.

So what do you think? Will this album eclipse forever the legacies of Leonard Nimoy's "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins," or his cover of "Proud Mary"? Or will this just be a curiosity, like Paul Anka's Rock Swings album, which featured, among other things, a cover of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit"? Or will it be destined for bargain bins along with Pat Boone's In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy, which featured covers of Ozzy's "Crazy Train" and Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water"?


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January 29th

January 29, 2011 Movie News

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Capt. Kirk goes from stud to spud as new Mr. Potato Head toy
Attention "Star Trek" fans and collectors—to your wallets! PPW Toys is about to release Mr. Potato Head versions of beloved "Star Trek" TOS characters, starting with the great Shat himself, Captain James T. Kirk, and his good ol' pal (OK, make that enemy), the Klingon Kor.

According to Toyexplosion, the Star Trek line of Mr. Potato Head figures (which will also include lines for The WIZARD of OZ and The THREE STOOGES) will be released at Toy Fair 2011.

But what about the rest of the original starship Enterprise crew? Don't worry! Not only will we get to play with Captain Kirk and Kor, but we'll also get the chance to play with other characters as well, allowing for a full-blast Star Trek experience.

This is what StarTrek.com says about the line:

 PPW Toys will release Star Trek Mr. Potato Head collectible figures in a series of TOS-centric sets, and they'll kick it off with Captain Kirk—going from stud to spud—and his old Klingon foe, Kor. Subsequent sets will include Mr. Spock and Lt. Uhura, for example, and they may also feature familiar TOS equipment and Enterprise components.

So can you see any resemblance to the great Shat? (Just really squint a lot—it helps.) And will you be getting these toys? Or will you hold off for a "Star Trek: The Next Generation" edition with Captain Jean-Luc Picard?

First HALLOWEEN, now Mr. Potato Head - the horror - the horror

Comedian Charlie Callas Dies at 83
Charlie Callas, a versatile comedian whose zany faces and antics made him a regular for more than four decades on television, in films and on casino stages, has died in Las Vegas. He was 83.

Callas died Thursday at a hospice, according to his sons Mark Callas and Larry Callas.  Callas was a rubber-faced, wiry framed comic whose rapid-fire delivery drew laughs and made him a frequent guest on variety and comedy shows.

"Everybody that met him, he left them with a smile," Mark Callas said.

For years, Charlie Callas made Johnny Carson laugh on the "Tonight Show." But Carson banned him from returning after Callas shoved Carson off his chair in a bid for laughs in 1982.

Mark Callas said his father knew every member of the Rat Pack, a group of actors that included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford.

He also played restaurant owner Malcolm Argos in the 1970s TV series "Switch" with Robert Wagner and Eddie Albert, and had roles in Mel Brooks' films "High Anxiety" and "History of the World: Part I."

Callas grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and served in the U.S. Army in Germany during World War II before beginning a career as a drummer with big bands starring Tommy Dorsey and Buddy Rich.

Mark Callas, who produces the "American Superstars" celebrity impersonators show in Las Vegas, said he encouraged his parents to move to Las Vegas from New York in 2002.  Larry Callas said the death of his mother, Evelyn Callas in July at age 80, broke his father's heart.

Funeral arrangments were being made at Palm Mortuary in Las Vegas.

Robin Williams is Hugo Strange in The DARK KNIGHT RISES?
Robin Williams played the bad guy in Christopher Nolan's INSOMNIA, which is why many expect him to play a villain in The DARK KNIGHT RISES.

The actor is on record stating that he would love to join Nolan's BATMAN franchise. "I would do BATMAN in a second, playing anyone," he said, adding: "The BATMAN films have screwed me twice before: years ago they offered me The Joker and then gave it to Jack Nicholson, then they offered me The Riddler and gave it to Jim Carrey."

Now comes word from BatmanOnFilm website that Williams is in talks to play Hugo Strange. It was assumed that Tom Hardy would be playing Strange, but it was later confirmed that he will be playing Bane instead.

Question: Is Williams a good fit to play Hugo Strange?  Sound off in our Forum!

Movie Ticket Prices Rose Five-Percent In 2010
2010 saw one of the biggest increases in movie ticket prices of all time. Yet despite confirmed reports of theaters charging $50 for IMAX 3D showings, the actual, overall price hike only averages out to around a 39-cent increase. Average ticket prices rose more than 5% from $7.50 in 2009 to $7.89 in 2010 according to The Wrap. It's worth noting that last year annual inflation only rose 2.3%. Movie ticket prices outpaced inflation by almost 3%.

So maybe that's one of the biggest annual increases in recent history, but with $50 movie tickets becoming the norm in some areas I'd say it could have been a lot worse. The thing really keeping that number from being closer to the $10 plus per ticket most of us are familiar with, are 2D showings which haven't really increased in price at all, while 3D prices have skyrocketed to ridiculous levels. It'll be interesting to see what effect this has in 2011 as theaters convert even more screens to 3D, phasing out those unchanged 2D ticket prices which kept that average within the realm of the reasonable. Expect to see me here at this same time next year talking about even bigger percentage increases.

Here's a complete breakdown of ticket prices over the years as detailed by the National Association of Theater Owners:

Year Price

1948 0.36 1982 2.94 1996 4.42
1954 0.49 1983 3.15 1997 4.59
1958 0.68 1984 3.36 1998 4.69
1963 0.86 1985 3.55 1999 5.06
1967 1.22 1986 3.71 2000 5.39
1971 1.65 1987 3.91 2001 5.65
1974 1.89 1989* 3.99 2002 5.8
1975 2.03 1994 4.08 2003 6.03
1976 2.13 1988 4.11 2004 6.21
1977 2.23 1993 4.14 2005 6.41
1978 2.34 1992 4.15 2006 6.55
1979 2.47 1991 4.21 2007 6.88
1980 2.69 1990 4.22 2008 7.18
1981 2.78 1995 4.35 2009 $7.50

2010 $7.89

First Trailer For BEGINNERS With Ewan McGregor
I'll admit it: I like quirky movies. All too often I find myself sitting and watching movies with familiar tones and humor, but the occasional quirky title can change things just enough to put a smile on my face. If the trailer is any indication, I'll be showing teeth while watching BEGINNERS.

We have the first Mike Mills film, starring Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, and Melanie Laurent. Set all the way back in the year 2003, the protagonist, Oliver (McGregor) who, in the span of a few months, learns that his father (Plummer) has a) come out of the closet at age 75, and b) has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Reflecting back on his relationship with his father, he tries to come to terms with the news.

Check out the trailer below

While the film is a drama, and certainly has the potential to go really dark, my favorite parts of this trailer were the lighter moments, particularly the intro with the dog (a nice new spin on an old idea) and the father's introduction to house music. I really like the cast they assembled here and I'm really hoping that Christopher Plummer gets to stick around for a while in the story. Color me intrigued.

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January 30th

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Elton John Biopic in the Works
While co-hosting a show on BBC Radio, Elton John revealed that Lee Hall (WAR HORSE, BILLY ELLIOT) is writing a script for a biopic about the singer and promised that it will be as "crazy" as his life.

"I'd just like to make a really great film about my life story. We have a great script already by Lee Hall who wrote BILLY ELLIOT," said John. "Obviously it's not going to be your normal, run-of-the-mill film because my life has kind of been crazy. And I think it's important to do a kind of surrealistic take on my life, from buying a football club to God knows what."

The film, which the singer will produce with his partner David Furnish (GNOMEO and JULIET), will apparently not focus on his struggles with drugs, alcohol, weight and relationships.

Streisand, Rogen Road Trip Comedy Finally Gets Greenlight
During the summer, news initially broke that Barbara Streisand and Seth Rogen were bizarrely set to star in an upcoming road trip comedy called MY MOTHER'S CURSE. Even with the crazy name recognition though, the project simmered for months as Paramount was for whatever reason reluctant to move forward. Not anymore. This is officially a go with both of the actors still set to play the leads.

The PROPOSAL helmer Anne Fletcher is on board to direct and CARS writer Dan Fogelman has completed the script. The basic premise is a loose adaptation of Fogelman's real life relationship with his mother, and it follows an inventor who sets off on a road trip with his mother to simultaneously sell his new idea and hook her back up with a lost love. Longtime Rogen partner Evan Goldberg along with John Goldwyn and SNL headman Lorne Michaels will produce. Production is slated to begin this Spring, but no official release date has been announced.

I have no more information than you do, but if I had to wager a guess, I would say this greenlight took forever largely based on demographics. Who is this movie targeted to? Is Streisand signing up for a raunchy comedy, or is Rogen down for a heartwarming faux-RomCom? We'll let you know once we figure out what the hell this vehicle actually is.

Do I smell a 2012 Razzie for Worst Couple?

What's Happening With A NIGHTMARE on ELM STREET and FRIDAY the 13th Sequels?
Producer Brad Fuller updated his Twitter account with update about the sequels to A NIGHTMARE on ELM STREET and FRIDAY the 13th.

A NIGHTMARE on ELM STREET hit theaters last year and grossed $115 million at the worldwide box office on a $15 million budget. The studio, however, considers it a failure and is not moving forward with a second installment. "As for Freddy, as far as I know, there isn't even talk of writing another script," said Fuller.

This is very similar to what happened to FRIDAY the 13th reboot two years ago. The film $91 million on a $19 million budget, but New Line immediately announced that it won't be pursuing a sequel

But the studio couldn't resist returning to such a well known franchise. And now Fuller says that a script already exists. "[Damian] Shannon and [Mark] Swift wrote a great script," he wrote. "We are ready to go, when New Line is ready. But as of yet, they are not ready."

He added that lately studios have been avoiding R-rated horror films. As a result, Fuller is now focused on a new TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES installment and an OUIJA movie, which will be more action-adventure than horror.

FOUND: Gene Roddenberry's Original 1964 Pitch for "Star Trek!"
Worthless Information of the Week:

A pop culture blog called "Between the Pages" has a link up to an online copy of Roddenberry's initial outline for the series, dated March 11, 1964. The show itself premiered on Sept. 8, 1966, and in the intervening two years, a whole lot changed. For instance:

Roddenberry's original captain was not James Kirk or Christopher Pike, but Robert April;
♦ The ship was first called the U.S.S. Yorktown;
♦ The navigator was not a young Russian hotshot named Pavel Chekov, but a young South American hotshot named Jose Ortegas;
Spock was the "first lieutenant" and described as having a reddish complexion and, of course, pointed ears, and was probably "half Martian."

Roddenberry's 16-page outline also contains his now-famous description of the show as a sort of sci-fi Wagon Train, and does not mention anything like a transporter beam; the crew would land on planets via small recon vehicles. Early ideas for communicators, universal translators and phaser weapons can also be found within.

Most fascinating, however, are the story ideas that Roddenberry includes—many of which formed the basis for or at least planted the seed for classic episodes like "Charlie X," "Shore Leave," "A Piece of the Action," "The Return of the Archons," "The Savage Curtain," "Mirror, Mirror" and what eventually became the show's first pilot, "The Cage." Some of his dicier ideas—like a planet where slavery is the norm, except that whites are the slaves—never made it to the show at all (probably just as well).

So if you thought you knew everything about Star Trek, this document might hold some surprises for you. Either way, it's an essential read—after all, these 16 pages are where a legendary science fiction franchise began!

The First Two Minutes of RIO
Earlier today, it was announced that 20th Century Fox and Rovio were teaming to develop a RIO tie-in app called "Angry Birds Rio," and now the studio has debuted the first two minutes from the film as well. The April 15 release features the voices of Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, George Lopez, Tracy Morgan, Jemaine Clement, Leslie Mann, will.i.am and Jamie Foxx.

RIO is a 3D animation feature from the makers of the ICE AGE  films. Set in the magnificent city of Rio de Janeiro and the lush rainforest of Brazil, the comedy-adventure centers on Blu, a rare macaw who thinks he is the last of his kind. When Blu discovers there's another — and that she's a she — he leaves the comforts of his cage in small town Minnesota and heads to Rio. But it's far from love at first sight between the domesticated and flight-challenged Blu and the fiercely independent, high-flying female, Jewel. Unexpectedly thrown together, they embark on an adventure of a lifetime, where they learn about friendship, love, courage, and being open to life's many wonders. RIO brings together a menagerie of vivid characters, a heart-warming story, colorful backdrops, energizing Latin and contemporary music, and family-friendly song and dance.


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