Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Booby Prize

The long planned Baywatch movie is back in the news...

Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka have signed on to write the screenplay says The Risky Biz Blog.

The trade says that the film version of the beach Life Gaurd tales looks to be "female-driven."
Jeremy Garelick is attached to direct the pic

The film should go into production for a Summer 2011 release

Hopping Glad

The Big Bang Theory hottie Kaley Cuoco has joined the cast of the live-action/CG-animated pic "I Hop" says Digital Spy.

James Marsden stars as an unemployed slacker who accidentally injures the Easter Bunny's son (a CG character voiced by Russell Brand) and must watch over his recovery.

Cuoco plays the sister of the slacker whom he is living with at the time after he's kicked out by his parents.

Tim Hill calls action on the film

Cuoco also joined the indie pic "The Last Ride"

Harry Thomason directs the story of the final days of country singer Hank Williams. (Henry Thomas), and the young driver (Jesse James) who takes him to Alabama for a New Year's Eve concert in Ohio.

Cuoco will play a gas-station owner who has a brief affair with the driver during the journey.

Lucky Winner

David R. Ellis ("The Final Destination") will direct the thriller Bad Luck says Variety.

David J. Schow (The Crow) wrote the story about some college friends and ardent skeptics who find themselves becoming believers when various superstitions start interfering in their lives.

Mark Ordesky will produce Luck with notions to be the first in a potential franchise....Um like The Final Destination film series

Filming on this one kicks off in the Fall.

LeBron Movie Star

Malcolm D. Lee will direct the sports comedy Fantasy Basketball Camp, says Reuters.

The story follows five guys who sign-up to the LeBron James Adult Basketball Camp in Las Vegas to live out their ultimate sports fantasy. They end up dragging superstar athlete James (who plays himself) into their own various life problems.

Peter Steinfeld writes a new draft of the original Babaloo Mandel and Lowell Ganz,'s script.

Brian Grazer will produce the pic

The plot may sound iffy but this could still be quite good with the right casting and solid script

Turning A Corner By Virtue

Sheldon Turner, the award-winning writer of the Jason Reitman's "Up in the Air," is now set to make his directorial debut on "By Virtue Fall." says Variety

The story follows a man betrayed and framed by his mentor and sent to prison. Once released he is determined to get revenge on his old partner - who has now gone clean and started a new life, now he's not so keen on the idea.

Turner told the trade that he's hoping to get "two great actors" for the key roles...

Nicolas Chartier (Best pic of '09 The Hurt Locker) and Jennifer Klein will produce with Turner

Shooting begins in September

Getting To The Greek In Time

Stephen Dorff has joined the cast of the Greek mythology pic "War of Gods," says Variety

The action adventure,written by Christian Gudegast, Charley and Vlas Parlapanides, and directed by Tarsem Singh will see Dorff play 'Stavros', a master thief who joins 'Theseus' (Henry Cavill) on his quest to help free Greece from the 'Titans'.

Kellan Lutz, Mickey Rourke and Freida Pinto also star.

Production begins in early April for a Nov. 11, 2011 release date.

Private Life

Another 80's remake is on the way...

Anna Faris is set to star in a remake of the 1980 millirary comedy 'Private Benjamin' says the Risky Business Blog,

Goldie Hawn starred in the original as a spoiled snooty rich woman who joins the US Army following the death of her husband on their wedding night.

Amy Talkington is in negotiations to script the update from the work of Nancy Meyers, Charles Shyer and Harvey Miller's Oscar nomed screenplay

Following Hawn will be tough as her performance is top notch but following Best Supporting Actress Eileen Brennan as the tough CO will be much harder

Mark Gordon is set to produce the pic

Who To Believe?

Is director Matthew Vaughn helming a film version the Bloodshot comic?
Latino Review says he is....
The two-volume comic revolves around a reanimated government assassin.

The site maintains Vaughn and his regular writing partner Jane Goldman would adapt the script and fully finance the film himself to begin shooting in the late Summer. It also states Bloodshot creator Mark Millar will have nothing to do with the film version
Millar (pictured) quickly responded and denied the report on the forums of his official site
Millar also revealed over the weekend on his official site that he was offered the opportunity to pen X-4 but turned it down as he wants to "create the NEXT generation of superheroes over the next few years and going back would, I think, be a mistake".

Or was he?
Mark Millar Not Offered X-Men 4' Says Fox
MM talking out of turn?....Nah....

Aware Wolves

More Werewolves are on the way courtesy of the big screen...

"X-Men," "Watchmen writer DavidHayter is set to make his directorial debut on the $18 million thriller "Wolves" says Deadline.

Seen as a less chaste Twilight-Hayter's script de-constructs past werewolf films of their mythology and make it a more blunt metaphor for teenage sexual awakening.

At one time Thomas Dekker and Ray Stevenson were on board, but the credit crunch got in the way.

Meantime Steve Pink is attached to direct the R-rated horror comedy "Werewolves of Reseda" reports Production Weekly.

Brian Frank's script follows a group of guys who live in San Fernando Valley suburbia and gradually turn into werewolves. The changes actually end up being a benefit to their family lives.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Reaching For The SEAL-ing

Dean Parisot ("Galaxy Quest," "Fun with Dick and Jane") may direct the underwater action/fantasy thriller "SEAL Team Seven" for Walden Media reports The Los Angeles Times.

Based on M. Zachary Sherman's 2006 graphic novel "S.E.A.L Team 7", the story follows CIA tactician Douglas Griffin who joins his former SEAL team to investigate the reason behind a submarine's downing in the Persian Gulf.

Their investigation leads to a battle that pits the U.S. Navy against the underwater Kingdom of Atlantis in a full-blown war against humanity's extinction.

Parisot was scheduled to shoot "Central Intelligence" this Summer but that project has been pushed back so that star Ed Helms can appear in The Hangover 2

ID Check

Will Smith is rumored to have signed a deal to star in two "Independence Day sequels says IESB.Net.

Roland Emmerich director of the original pic said in the past Fox wasn't willing to move forward with any ID4 sequel due to Smith's costly $20 million plus first dollar gross salary. Now the site claims that Smith is locked for two sequels to be shot back-to-back with filming to kick off as early as late next year.

Emmerich is currently set to direct the thriller thriller "Anonymous" while Smith is currently choosing between "The City That Sailed" or "Men in Black 3" as his next project.

Any 'Independence' sequel would not happen until after both of those flicks are in the can

There is no confirmation from Fox as yet.

When Victor Meets Mary

More Frankenstein on thr way....

Timur Bekmambetov is attached to direct The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein says Production Weekly.

David Auburn ("Proof," "The Lake House") is adapting the screenplay from Peter Ackroyd 's novel which takes Mary Shelley's horror classic and tells it from a different POV

Ackroyd's novel moves the action to London where medical student Victor Frankenstein reanimates the corpse of an acquaintance. So horrified he abandons his creation, the outraged monster bringing misery and death to those dearest to him.

Ackroyd weaves in more true-life historical elements, makes famed romantic poets of the era and incorporates Mary Shelley herself and the famed 1816 meeting that inspired the story.

Bonding With Daniel?

A wild rumor

A seemingly very reliable source told Cinema Blend, that Rachel Weisz could be involved in Sam Mendes' Bond 23..

The role though would be the head of Quantum, the secret organization behind the various activities in the last two films. This would essentially make Weisz the rebooted Bond's equivalent of SPECTRE head Ernst Stavro Blofeld

Weisz is working with current Bond Craig on the upcoming Dream House and does know director Mendes.

It's confirmed that the first draft of the script by Peter Morgan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade is complete.

Yet casting rumors surrounding Bond are wel established and seem to get wilder with each passing film.

There are also quotes from Wiesz saying that she wants to be a Bond girl

Number Crunch

Andy Samberg is attached and Zachary Quinto has been offered to join the comedy What's Your Number? says EW.

Based on Karyn Bosnak's book "20 Times a Lady the story follows a woman (Anna Faris) who thought she'd find her perfect guy by the time she'd slept with a maximum of twenty men.

Waking up after a drunken night in her boss's bed, she realises she's reached that limit but hasn't achieved it. Rather than increasing the number or staying celibate, she tracks down all her ex-partners in an attempt to make things work with one of them.

The pair join a cast that includes Chris Evan as her womanizing next door neighbor, Matt Bomer as her dream guy, and Ari Graynor as her soon to be wed sister.

Mark Mylod (HBO's Entourage) directs from a script by Jennifer Crittenden and Gabrielle Allan

Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson are producing the comedy.

Monday, March 29, 2010

"What'd You Do, Buy Out Google Earth!?"

ItsJustSomeRandomGuy has finally posted a new Marvel/DC Comics video...and as usual it's an enjoyable romp filled with great bits including a Star Trek: The Next Generation reference...

Zilla Thriller?

Legendary Pictures has officially announced they will develop and produce a new film based on Toho Company’s Godzilla monster via a press release

Legendary "intends to approach the film and its characters in the most authentic manner possible". In the near future they expect to announce a filmmaker to direct the film for an intended 2012 release .

Toho will distribute the film in Japan.

Dan Lin, Roy Lee and Brian Rogers will produce the pic.

The news comes after word first broke via Bloody Disgusting of the deal back in August of last year.

Fingers crossed that it's a better reboot than Roland Emmerich’s Godzilla from 1998

Back In The Game

Brian Presley will star in the sports drama "Touchback" says Variety.

The flick follows a high school football star (Presley) looking back on regrets over an injury that ended his career fifteen years before.

Don Handfield directs the pic as part of a three picture deal that Emmett/Furla Films and Freedom Films will produce that Presley will star in.

Presley, Lisa Kearns, Shannon Gardner, Derek Beumer, Carissa Buffel, George Furla and Randall Emmett will produce.

Sofia Gets Tooned Up Twice

Modern Family co-star SofiaVergara has joined not one but two of next year's biggest family pics says Heat Vision Blog.

First up in The Smurfs" Vergara plays Odile, a powerful executive at a high-end French make-up company who is married to Neil Patrick Harris' character.

What? It was previously reported that Jayma Mays (TV's Glee) would play Harris' pregnant wife in the film...

Shooting begins next week in New York City with Raja Gosnell calling action on the pic for release on August 3rd 2011.

Vergara will also be heard in George Miller's Happy Feet 2 in 3D out on November 18th 2011.

Joint Venture

Popular Lost and Supernatural guest star Mark Pellegrino will headline Brian Jun's indie drama "Joint Body" reports Variety.

In Body Pellegrino plays a parolee whose wife left him and barred him from seeing his daughter.

When he saves a lonely stripper from an attack, he soon develops a relationship with her and is forced to re-evaluate his freedom.

Jim Parrack and Alicia Witt co- star.

James Choi and Max Velez are producing the pic.

Pellegrino is an unsung actor who has certainly gained popularity through his TV gigs--Glad he's got the chance to star in a film.

Filming begins next month in Illinois.

Marketing Toys

Disney and Pixar have announced via their Facebook page unique screenings of Toy Story 3 for college students...

The film companies will present a 'Special Cliffhanger Edition' of Toy Story 3" shown around U.S. colleges throughout April. leaving off the film's last act....

The presentations will screen the first 65 minutes of the newest pic , leaving out the final 20-30 minutes of the film which you'll have to wait and see with the theatrical release on June 23rd.

The screenings are only open to actual students and you’ll have to bring a valid student ID in order to get in.

And a new film trend is born--This is a bold move though because 2/3rds of the film will be "spoiled"

Find out which colleges will be playing the film here.


Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly's untitled action-comedy pitch has been picked up says The Hollywood Reporter.

Going for a "Tropic Thunder" vibe--The story of the film has three such actors helping bust a DVD-bootlegging operation. When it turns out to be a front for much more nefarious activities, the comedy trio ends up on the run from crooks and cops alike.

Trevorrow has done research into the practice of various police departments who recruit improv actors to help out on low-level stings

Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald will produce the pic

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Leterrier-A New Man?

The film version of "Y: The Last Man" seemed to just be collecting dust--Not any longer as Clash of the Titans director Louis Leterrier is circling the pic according to Latino Review.

Brian K. Vaughan created the original acclaimed graphic novel series which follows young amateur escape artist Yorick Brown and his pet monkey Ampersand, the last two men on Earth. Something simultaneously kills every mammal on Earth possessing a Y chromosome - including embryos, fertilized eggs, and even sperm.

Society is plunged into chaos as infrastructures collapse and the surviving women everywhere try to cope with the loss of the men. Yorick goes on a mission to find his girlfriend Beth, who was on vacation in Australia.

Actor Shia Labeouf and director D.J. Caruso were at one time keen on doing the flick but last summer LaBeouf dropped out.

Leterrier, out doing press for Friday's "Clash" said he wants to direct The Avengers if asked...

The Promise Of Reunion

Deadline reports that Viggo Mortensen and director David Cronenberg could be ready to reteam for a fourth time

It seems that Eastern Promises scripter Steve Knight has penned a sequel with Mortensen set to reprise his role as Russian mafia hitman Nikkolai and Cronenberg ready and set to direct.

It's hoped the film would go into production by the end of the year, but that would have to be after Cronenberg's "The Talking Cure" which Mortensen signed onto earlier this month-which begins shooting May 17th.

Witch's Brew

Angelina Jolie is said to be "very interested" in playing the villainous lead role in Maleficent says The Los Angeles Times.

Linda Woolverton ("Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King") will write the script which is described as a "post-modern family adventure" that centers around the evil Queen who served as the main antagonist in the 1959 animated classic "Sleeping Beauty"..

Tim Burton has been rumored to direct the pic for a few months now, but no deals are in place as yet

Dragon's Lair

CGI animated 3-D flick How To Train Your Dragon slays Alice 3-week hold as the top film in the US...

Gregg Kilday of THR

3D's rising star got another boost at the North American boxoffice this weekend as Paramount's release of DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon" flew to the top spot, and Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" held on to enough screens to emerge a solid number two.

Co-existing on the available 3D screens, "Dragon" bowed to an estimated $43.3 million, while "Alice," in its fourth weekend, lost 50% of its audience as it took in another $17.3 million.

MGM's "Hot Tub Time Machine," which relied on R-rated comedy instead of flashy effects, debuted more modestly as it collected $13.7 million.

Close behind was the second weekend of Sony's battling rom-com "The Bounty Hunter." The Jennifer Aniston-Gerard Butler teaming fell by just 40% as it brought in $12.4 million, bringing its domestic total to $38.8 million.

In fifth place, Fox's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," also in its second weekend, declining by 55%, brought home $10 million as its cume rose to $35.8 million.

The "Dragon" launch provided further evidence of the appeal of 3D. The movie bowed in 4,055 locations, but ticket sales from its 2,178 3D theaters, a number that raised prices this weekend, accounted for 68% of the movie's weekend gross. Imax alone -- "Dragon" is playing in 185 Imax theaters -- contributed 11.5% of the gross, up from the 10.5% of gross that Imax theaters contributed to "Alice's" opening weekend. "That shows we're accumulating more fans as we go along with who chose Imax as a venue," said Greg Foster, president of filmed entertainment at Imax, which will be hosting "Dragon" for six weeks until "Iron Man 2" comes along.

"Dragon" didn't explode out of the gate like DreamWorks Animation's "Monsters vs. Aliens," which bowed to $59.3 million last March. But with a Cinemascore of A, and 97% positive reviews on the RottenTomatoes Web site, it should play well over the spring holidays.

Its opening weekend audience bridged the age gap: 49% of moviegoers were under 25, and 51% older. And it skewed slightly more female by 55%....

Read Full Story...

EW has the complete weekend top 10 chart...And Nicole Sperling's analysis

Coming On Wednesday Miley Cyrus hears The Last Song and then falls in love with Liam Hemsworth: On Friday Sam Worthington takes sides in the mythological Clash of the Titans remake; Tyler Perry asks Why Did I Get Married Too?

Huff & Puffery?

Oliver Stone's documentary "South of the Border" has found a distributor in the US reports Reuters.

The docu explore the rise to power of current Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez,

Stone travelled to Venezuela in January last year to get a close-up look at the controversial leader.

The documentary however soon became a more ambitious project about the region as a whole and how leaders of Latin America have been "intentionally villainized by the U.S. mass media".

The film will be released in ten cities starting with New York on June 25th followed by Los Angeles on July 2nd.

I'm sure right--wingers are happy.....

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Ahead Of The Class

Deadline reports that Bryan Singer WILL NOT direct "X-Men: First Class" --but instead will produce the comic book prequel pic with Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg.

Singer's work on Jack the Giant Killer and Fox's seeming rush to get X:FC off the ground forced the move.

Fox is quite pleased with the script written by Jamie Moss from Singer's treatment that the studio wants the film sooner than it was expected-- they are now planning to have it ready for a 2011 release instead of 2012.

Let the helmer rumors begin...

Xerxes du Soleil

"Watchmen" director Zack Snyder thinks that "there's a really good chance that it will be the thing [I direct next]" regarding whether he will helm "Xerxes", an adaptation of Frank Miller's upcoming graphic novel which serves as a follow-up to his 300.

Snyder, spoke with Coming Soon "I didn't tell Frank what to write the first time, and I'm not telling him what to write this time. I'll take it and I'll adapt it and make it into a movie and I'll write a screenplay, but I want him to do whatever he thinks... [Miller is] supposed to show me something really soon, actually in the next few months."

Snyder added that Warner Bros.converted a section of the original "300" into 3-D to demonstrate the technology and that "they're talking about doing the whole movie", signaling a re-release could be happening down the road--translation the entire film will be converted.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Ballsy Move

Jenna Dewan and Joe Hursley have joined the Penelope Spheeris indie laffer "Balls to the Wall" says Reuters

Wall is written by Jason Nutt, and follows a young man (Hursley) who wants to give his girlfriend (Dewan) the wedding of her dreams, and at the urging of his future father-in-law, secretly takes on a second job moonlighting as an exotic dancer. At the club, called "The Male Room," he discovers a talent he never expected.

No production date has been set.

Over The PA

Paranormal Activity 2 has a director and it's not Brian De Palma or Akiva Goldsman...We find out who has the job via Paranormal Movie and Oren Peli

The Door in the Floor's Tod "Kip" Williams

Original Paranormal Activity helmer Peli explains in his note:

I have some awesome news for the fans of Paranormal Activity – director Kip Williams will join us for the next chapter of the story. We are thrilled to have Kip working with us. He is the guy we want at the helm, because he knows exactly what we want to deliver to the fans…and I can’t wait to be a part of what he’s putting together. I don’t want to spoil the story, but I promise it’ll surprise you. Stay tuned.”

I'm actually glad that the deciders chose to go with a more unknown commodity here I think it will serve the sequel better than a bigger name would. I just hope it tuts out better than Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 out to be...

2 More For Son

Tracy Morgan and Juliette Binoche are in final negotiations for the police thriller "Son of No One " says The Hollywood Reporter

The story follows a young cop (Channing Tatum) assigned to the working class neighborhood where he grew up. He soon finds an old secret has begun to resurface and threatens to destroy his family.

Binoche plays a reporter while Morgan is replacing Terrence Howard in the role of Vinnie, Tatum's pal.

Ray Liotta Al Pacino and Katie Holmes co-star.

Dito Montiel ("A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints," "Fighting") directs from his own script.

Filming begins next week in New York.

Daldry On Dawn?

The latest name added to the list of potential directors for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn is Oscar-nominated Stephen Daldry ("The Hours," "The Reader") says The Los Angeles Times.

While there's no indication Daldry will end up with the job, he joins fellow Oscar nominees Gus Van Sant, Sofia Coppola and Bill Condon on the list of folks that Summit Entertainment has apparently made offers to.

Formal offers will be made once scribe Melissa Rosenberg's outline is turned in. It's expected the decision to split the film into two parts will be formally made at the same time.

Production on 'Dawn' will kick off in the Fall.

Thumbs Down Then Up

The long-running film review show At the Movies which has been through a few newsworthy host changes in recent years, has officially been cancelled.

The show will air its last original broadcast the weekend of August 14th 2010.

The statement from distributor Disney/ABC Domestic TV:

"After 24 seasons with us in national syndication, the highly regarded movie review show "At the Movies" (formerly known as "Siskel & Ebert" and "Ebert & Roeper") will air its last original broadcast the weekend of. This was a very difficult decision, especially considering the program's rich history and iconic status within the entertainment industry, but from a business perspective it became clear this weekly, half-hour, broadcast syndication series was no longer sustainable. We gratefully acknowledge the outstanding work of the program's current co-hosts A. O. Scott and Michael Phillips and top-notch production staff, and it is with heartfelt appreciation that we extend very special thanks to the two brilliant, visionary and incomparable critics that started it all, Roger Ebert and the late Gene Siskel"

As Roger Ebert Seeks Thumbs-Up for New At the Movies..

"No, Wednesday's cancellation of At the Movies hasn't discouraged us," Ebert wrote in his Chicago Sun-Times blog on Thursday. "We believe a market still exists for a weekly show where a couple of critics review new movies."

Wave Of The WondLa

Tony DiTerlizzi's upcoming young adult novel "The Search for WondLa" is being adapted for the big screen says Deadline.

The first book in a proposed series, follows Eva Nine an orphaned girl who has grown up in a hi-tech subterranean home run by a robotic matriarch. Eva ends up on the run when her home comes under attack and she tries to find other humans like her, inspired by a drawing with the word 'WondLa' attached.

Ellen Goldsmith-Vein will produce the film adaptation.

DiTerlizzi also wrote the popular "The Spiderwick Chronicles" book series

Singled Out

John Singleton will direct the Taylor Lautner -led action thriller Abduction reports Variety

Lautner is a teen who comes upon a baby picture of himself on a missing persons website. The discovery that his parents aren't really his parents soon leads to a chain of violent events that have him running for his life

Shawn Christensen wrote the popular script.

Lautner will shoot the film before he starts working on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn

Jeremy Bell produces the pic with filming set to kick off this July in Pittsburgh.

New Age Heroes

Sean Bean, Danny Dyer and Rosie Fellner are set to join the action drama Age of Heroes says The Hollywood Reporter.

Adrian Vitoria and Ed Scates' script will follow the true story of the formation of the 30 Assault Unit (aka. 30 Commando) in 1942, a special intelligence gathering unit first proposed by Ian Fleming who would later write the James Bond novels

The 30AU were teams who specialised in various skills from safe cracking to unarmed combat which they used to undertake covert infiltrations into enemy territory to capture intelligence. They served as a precursor to many of the elite forces now operating in the field.

This pic is the first of a proposed trilogy."Age Of Honor" and "Age Of Glory" are already in early planning should 'Heroes' go well.

Vitoria calls action early next month in Norway.

Something Similar

Kate Hudson is in negotiations to join the romantic comedy "Something Borrowed" says Variety.

Based on Emily Giffin's 2005 debut novel of the same name, the story centers on a single Manhattan attorney (Ginnifer Goodwin). This good-girl gets drunk on her 30th birthday and ends up sleeping with Dexter (the just cast Colin Egglesfield), the fiancé of her selfish best friend Darcy (Hudson).

As the mistake blossoms into a full-blown affair, she must decide between her life-long friend and the man of her dreams.

Most likely Hudson signed for the potential sequel should the film do well. "Something Blue", the second book in the series switches the focus to the Darcy character and how she tries to get her life back into balance after the betrayal.

John Krasinski has signed to play the girl's grade-school confidant Ethan, a supporting character in 'Borrowed' who becomes the male lead in 'Blue'.

Luke Greenfield ("The Girl Next Door") is directing from a script by Jennie Urman.

Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Hilary Swank, Molly Smith, Aaron Lubin and Pamela Schein Murphy will be producing the pic.

Yet another rom-com for Kate?? While she does well in them for the most part--Is it really necessary to do another one at this point? I suppose after doing the thriller The Killer Inside Me and the musical pic Nine

Shooting kicks off next month.

We All Have Baggage

The very cool looking teaser trailer for Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is here!

Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Chris Evans, Brandon Routh, Aubrey Plaza, Kieran Culkin, Brie Larson, Mae Whitman, Ellen Wong, Anna Kendrick, Mark Webber, Alison Pill, Satya Bhabha star for director Edgar Wright.

The film centers on Scott Pilgrim (Cera), a 22-year-old bass guitarist for garage band Sex Bob-omb who just met the girl of this dreams Ramona (Winstead) and now her seven evil exes are coming to kill him.

The comics based pic will be released in theaters nationwide on August 13.

Dragon Dictate

This weekend John Cusack, Craig Robinson Rob Corddry, and Clark Duke take a trip in the Hot Tub Time Machine (reviews) and go back to the 80' while Jay Baruchel learns How to Train Your Dragon (reviews) CGI-style

Gregg Kilday of THR

Moviegoers who just took off their 3D glasses after seeing "Alice in Wonderland" will put them back on again this weekend as Paramount unleashes DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon."

At the same time, MGM is hoping that other moviegoers will focus on its time-travel comedy "Hot Tub Time Machine," shifting attention from the embattled studio's current financial duress.

Based on a popular children's book, the first in a series by British author Cressida Cowell, "Dragon" recounts the PG adventures of a Viking teen who befriends a young dragon.

Directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders -- the team behind the 2D "Lilo & Stitch" -- the movie makes full use of its 3D vistas as it flies on the backs of airborne dragons high above the Scandinavian fjords.

Back on earth, "Dragon" already has had to find its footing within the universe of existing digital 3D theaters.

Right now, there are 2,300-2,400 North American locations that can host the new wave of 3D movies; the number is increasing week by week as new sites come online. Some urban locations like New York even have 3D theaters that sit across the street from each other, which means no one film is likely to command all available 3D sites at any one time.

The flip side of the question is whether there is enough room for two or even three near-simultaneous 3D releases to co-exist successfully.

During the past three weekends, Disney's "Alice" has reigned atop the boxoffice, grossing more than $270 million domestically. Opening in 2,063 3D sites, it commanded the bulk of the available 3D locations as the run of Fox's "Avatar" began to wind down.

This weekend, "Dragon," positioned to take over the boxoffice's top spot, will elbow "Alice" off many of the 3D screens. The Paramount release is bowing in 4,055 theaters, and more than half of them -- 2,178 locations -- will offer 3D, including 185 Imax houses.

With 3D locations steadily expanding, though, "Alice" will continue to hold forth in 3,384 locations, including about 1,450 3D sites...

Nicole Sperling
of EW

Jeffrey Katzenberg should be thrilled with Paramount's distribution team right about now. ...

Reviews for Dragon are very very good and Tub is getting better than expected notice Alice bids bye to the top spot for sure...

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Bird's Eye View

Brad Bird who directed such recent animated classics like The Iron Giant, Ratatouille and The Incredibles may be going live-action on Mission: Impossible IV reports Heat Vision.

Producers Tom Cruise and J.J. Abrams met with not only Bird, but Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) and Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz) as well about the film which is scheduled to begin shooting this Summer for a release May 27th next year.

Bird isn't the obvious pick yes but he knows how to make a good pic

Story details are being kept mum on André Nemec and Josh Appelbaum's script with input from Abrams .

Wright commented on the news saying via his Twitter account that he probably can't accept it due to the fact that he is still working on the upcoming Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World in post production.

Meanwhile-Cruise and Reese Witherspoon are in talks to join the long-gestating Paper Wings reports The Press Association.

Buck Stops Here

Paul W.S. Anderson ("Resident Evil") has signed on to direct a new 3-D (of course) film adaptation of sci-fi hero "Buck Rogers" according to Deadline New York.

'Rogers' started out as a radio program in the 1920s about a pilot who becomes trapped in the 25th Century and must use his skills to ward off enemies.Then really gained fame with a new generation of followers when it was turned into a famous cult TV series in 1979

Art Marcum and Matt Holloway ("Iron Man") will pen the script.

Jeremy Bolt, Fredrik Malmberg, Larry Abramson and George Furla will produce the pic.

Lady Be Loverly

Speaking with the BBC, Emma Thompson confirmed that Carey Mulligan is set to play Eliza Doolittle in a remake of the 1964 film version of the Broadway musical My Fair Lady--being written by Thomson herself.

"I think Carey is set to play it, yes. But we still don’t know about [Henry] Higgins. I love Hugh [Grant] so I’d love him to do it, he might want to, he might not want to, so we don’t know yet. But hopefully we’ll make it later this year."

John Madden will direct the pic that at one time had Keira Knightley play Eliza, but this actress dropped out because the project was “taking too long to come together.”

Thompson and Mulligan’s co-starred together in An Education,