Lionsgate pulls string on dark Henson puppet project 'Happytime Murders' (exclusive)

Tue Oct 12, 2010 @ 05:12PM PST

“Happytime Murders,” a comedy-thriller written by Todd Berger and to be directed by Brian Henson, son of Jim Henson, has landed at Lionsgate.

The project has been in development at the Jim Henson Co. since October 2008, when it picked up Berger’s script as a spec. Lionsgate’s acquisition gives the risky project — a dark and adult story featuring puppets — a real shot at getting made, with insiders talking of a possible January start, depending on how soon a star can be found for the lead.

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'The Fighter' director signs on for 'Uncharted: Drake's Fortune'

Fri Oct 08, 2010 @ 07:12PM PST

David O. Russell has closed a deal to write and direct "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune," an adaptation of the 2007 PlayStation 3 video game, for Columbia Pictures.

Back in May, Russell first flirted with the project, but then moved on to develop a big-screen adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies."

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Warner Bros. expects to release at least one DC superhero movie each year

Fri Oct 08, 2010 @ 01:36PM PST

NEW YORK -- Warner Bros. is likely to release one or two DC Entertainment superhero movies a year to help pick up the slack after the Harry Potter franchise comes to an end, DC chief creative officer Geoff Johns said Friday.

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Red band trailer for 'Faster' hits

Thu Oct 07, 2010 @ 10:47AM PST

This new Dwayne Johnson action movie looks violent.

Not only that, he acts merciless. Check out that hospital scene. "Tooth Fairy" will soon be a distant memory. In fact, I don't remember that movie at all anymore.

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Sandra Bullock in negotiations to star in 'Gravity'

Wed Oct 06, 2010 @ 06:45PM PST

Bullock_sandra_250x350 Sandra Bullock (pictured) is in negotiations to star in “Gravity,” the outer space thriller that has become a game of musical chairs for the hot actress set.

Alfonso Cuaron, who is directing and co-wrote the script with his son Jonas, is readying the feature, which will co-star Robert Downey Jr.

The studio went to Bullock after Natalie Portman’s on-and-off-again negotiations went into off mode for good.

“Gravity” has a dizzying history when it comes to attracting female stars.

The project originally was set up at Universal as a vehicle for Angelina Jolie, but it moved to Warners, where it hit several bumps: Jolie left the project, partially because of the studio's balking at paying her $20 million fee. Although Downey brings star power to the project, his role is overshadowed by the female lead, an astronaut whose struggle to survive an avalanche of space junk becomes the movie's focus.

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Sam Raimi to produce adaptation of R.L. Stine's 'The Sitter'

Wed Oct 06, 2010 @ 04:14PM PST

Sitter_book_175 Ghost House Pictures, the joint venture between Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Mandate’s Nathan Kahane, has picked up rights to “The Sitter,” a novel from horror writer R.L. Stine, for an adaptation to be titled “The Au Pair.”

Ghost House has tapped Dana Stevens, who worked with Raimi on 1999’s “For Love of the Game,” to pen the adaptation.

“Au Pair,” which is a working title, follows a young woman who runs from a troubled relationship by spending a fun-filled, romantic summer as a nanny in a posh Hamptons beach house. This dream job takes a frightening turn when she uncovers a dark secret that haunts her and the kids she's sworn to protect. 

The book was published in July 2003.

The project was first tagged for development by Sean and Bryan Furst at their Furst Films shingle.

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'Let the Right One In' director to helm 'Larklight' (exclusive)

Tue Oct 05, 2010 @ 08:00PM PST

Larklight Tomas Alfredson, who helmed the Swedish art house vampire story “Let the Right One In,” has come aboard to direct “Larklight,” a Di Novi Pictures period fantasy for Warner Bros.

The adaptation of a 2006 book by Philip Reeve is set in a Victorian-era alternate universe in which mankind has been exploring the solar system since the time of Isaac Newton and revolves around a brother and sister who team with a band of renegade space pirates to save the world from destruction at the hands of a madman.Steve Knight (“Eastern Promises”) is rewriting the script to the project, to which Shekhar Kapur was previously attached as director.

Di Novi Pictures’ Denise Di Novi is producing, and Alison Greenspan is exec producing. The company is in preproduction on Zac Efron starrer “The Lucky One,” Warners’ upcoming adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel.

TomasAlfredson Courtenay Valenti and Matthew Milam are overseeing for the studio

Alfredson had been working in film and TV in his homeland of Sweden since the early 1990s but hit the world stage with 2008’s “Let the Right One In”; Overture and Hammer Films remade the film as “Let Me In,” which is in theaters.

Alfredson recently began production on his English-language debut, Working Title’s “Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy,” an espionage thriller with an all-star British cast including Colin Firth, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Jared Harris and Ciaran Hinds.

- Borys Kit

Idris Elba, Johnny Whitworth gear up for 'Ghost Rider 2' (exclusive)

Tue Oct 05, 2010 @ 08:00PM PST

Elba_idris_whitworth_johnny_341 Idris Elba (left) and Johnny Whitworth are in negotiations to join the cast of “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance,” Columbia’s sequel to the 2007 hit.

The movie, with Nicolas Cage back as the demonic biker anti-hero, has Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor behind the cameras. Based on the Marvel comic, the pic is set to begin shooting in late November in Romania and Turkey.

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Tom Hanks circling 'Sleeping Dogs' (exclusive)

Tue Oct 05, 2010 @ 05:58PM PST

Hanks_tom_200x300 Tom Hanks may be the first actor to board Paramount’s “Sleeping Dogs,” Kathryn Bigelow’s follow-up to “The Hurt Locker.”

The project was previously known as “Triple Frontier” and reunites Bigelow with her “Hurt Locker” scribe Mark Boal.

The story is set in the border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, which is a haven for organized crime, and centers on five men of various ages working in the zone. 

The project became a hot property in the wake of “Hurt Locker’s” Oscar wins, and since the winter months of the awards season many names have popped up in association with “Dogs,” whose title may change yet again, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Sean Penn and Jeremy Renner.

No attachments had been made as the script was being worked on and the project had no start date. But as it firms up, so does the acting component.

- By Borys Kit

Emma Stone in Spider-Man ... as Gwen Stacy

Tue Oct 05, 2010 @ 03:21PM PST

Stone_emma_341 Columbia just sent out a press release announcing Emma Stone joining the Spider-Man movie.

The move was expected since the Internet was abuzz with Stone on the list of female finalists, then about to get an offer, then receiving an actual offer.

But despite speculation that the red-headed star of "Easy A" and "Zombieland" would be playing Spider-Man's love interest Mary Jane Watson, she will be playing Gwen Stacy, a blonde.

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Horror titles spurting out on Blu-ray and DVD today

Tue Oct 05, 2010 @ 01:29PM PST

30-Days-of-Night-Dark-Days One of the reasons October is one of the best months is Halloween. And Halloween means scary movies in theaters. And scary movie in theaters mean scary movies on Blu-ray and DVD.

The blood-letting begins today with a slew of titles hitting stores: “A Nightmare on Elm Street" (the remake), “Splice,” “The Human Centipede,” “The Exorcist” (director’s cut) and “30 Days of Night: Dark Days.”

Some are freaky, some are ill-conceived. You can decide on your own, with the lights out in an empty house with creaky stairs. 

Me, I’m looking forward to next week when “Lost Boys: The Thirst,” which reunites Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander as vampire hunters the Frog Brothers, comes out.

- Borys Kit

'Beauty and the Beast' waltzes and roars on Blu-ray

Mon Oct 04, 2010 @ 11:07PM PST

Beauty_and_the_beast_341 It's been almost 20 years since Disney first released "Beauty and the Beast," and the world of animation,  as well as the studio, have changed drastically.

But "Beauty" remains a classic, was the first animated movie to be nominated for an Oscar (and this was before there was even an animated category) and is the company's most requested family title on home entertainment. Today, it hits Blu-ray for the first time, loaded with juicy extras.

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Zack Snyder directing Superman: "It's his time." (Updated)

Mon Oct 04, 2010 @ 02:58PM PST

Superman-overlooking-metropolis Zack Snyder has been chosen to direct the new Superman movie, which Christopher Nolan is producing for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. Negotiations began earlier today.

Snyder, who directed "300" and "Watchmen," had been on the list of helmers ensconced in meetings with Nolan and Warners execs, who in recent weeks have talked to Darren Aronofsky, Ben Affleck, Matt Reeves and Tony Scott.

The job was so coveted that even Robert Zemeckis, retired to the world of performance capture, considered returning to live-action filmmaking in order to nab the gig.

A new Superman movie is one of the studio’s top priorities, not only since it serves as linchpin for their line of DC superhero-based films, also because Warners wants to be in production on a Man of Steel pic before it potentially loses copyrights to the heirs of creators Joe Shuster and Jerry Seigel. (That litigation is still pending.)

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Pixar 'Presto' director making feature debut with 'Familiars'

Mon Oct 04, 2010 @ 11:38AM PST

Doug Sweetland, the animator behind last year's Oscar-nominated Pixar short “Presto,” will make his feature debut with Sony Pictures Animation’s “The Familiars.”

Sam Raimi and Josh Donen are exec producing the project, which is based on the just-published children’s book by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson.

The story centers on three young wizard apprentices who, after being whisked away by an evil queen, must rely on their animal companions, or familiars -- an alley cat, a blue jay and a tree frog -- to escape.

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More shake-up at DC Entertainment

Mon Oct 04, 2010 @ 11:19AM PST
DClogoold Three other names have surfaced among those leaving DC Entertainment as the company undergoes its transition to the West coast.

Both Bleeding Cool and Comicsbeat are reporting that creative director Richard Bruning, senior vp marketing and sales Steve Rotterdam and senior vp brand management Cheryl Rubin are heading out the door.

The biggest name here is Bruning, who has worked at DC since 1985. He designed the company logo and worked on designs of the seminal works of “Watchmen” and “Dark Knight Returns.” He is also married to DC Vertigo imprint editor Karen Berger.

DC had no comment.

Superheroes assemble (and break record)

Mon Oct 04, 2010 @ 08:47AM PST

Around 1,580 anything-but-mild-mannered men and women assembled in downtown L.A. on Saturday, dressed up in superhero garb to invincibly set the Guinness World Record for "largest gathering of superheroes."

The previous record was nailed in August, with 1,501 people in costume.

The event was thrown by DreamWorks Animation, which is promoting its anti-superhero animated movie "Megamind," and also featured an appearance by the film's voice star Will Ferrell.

"We'd love it if you guys could break another world record and stay in your costumes for the entire month. No showers, commit," Ferrell said, according to published reports.


(photo via Getty)

 - Borys Kit

Wonder Woman is a TV series!

Fri Oct 01, 2010 @ 03:00PM PST
Wonder_woman_by_alex_ross By James Hibberd and Borys Kit

Wonder Woman is heading back to the screen but instead of flying to movie theatres, the Amazon princess is returning to television. 

Warner Bros. Television is developing a modern-day reboot of the classic DC comic book heroine and is lassoing an unlikely talent to potentially write and produce the superhero project: David E. Kelley, the showrunner behind legal dramas such as “Ally McBeal,” "Boston Legal" and "The Practice."

The development comes after nearly a decade of attempts by Warner Bros. and producer Joel Silver to launch a big-screen version. Actresses ranging from Angelina Jolie to Beyonce Knowles to Megan Fox have thrown their hat in the ring for the starring role at one time or another.

In 2005, Warner Bros. announced Joss Whedon would write and direct the film adaptation. But Whedon said he never ended up being able to finish the draft, and two years later left the project (he's back in the superhero world, though, prepping "The Avengers" for a winter shoot).

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Stephen J. Cannell passes away

Fri Oct 01, 2010 @ 12:46PM PST

The guy was one of the powerhouse in the TV world and responsible for many 1980s pop culture milestones. He died due to complications associated with melanoma.

Cannell created or co-created "Baretta" and "The Rockford Files" in the 1970s then jumped into the Me Dacade with "The Greatest American Hero," "Hardcastle and McCormick," "Riptide," "The A-Team," "Stingray," "Wiseguy," "21 Jump Street" among others.

In the 1990s, as the police-private dick adventure shows subsided, he had "The Commish," known as the Michael Chiklis show before "The Shield," and "Silk Stalkings."

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Emily Blunt signs on for 'Looper'

Fri Oct 01, 2010 @ 12:38PM PST

16323 Emily Blunt will star alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis in “Looper,” a time-travel action movie from writer-director Rian Johnson.

The complicated plot involves a  killer (Gordon-Levitt) who works for the mob of the future. He, along with other so-called Loopers, dispose of people that are sent from the future. When he recognizes one victim as his future self (Willis), he hesitates, letting the man escape.

Now, in order to save his immediate future, the man needs to track down and kill his future self, while his future self is trying to find and kill a young boy who is the key to his survival in the future.

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'Ghost Rider 2' goes to Hell to find its villain (exclusive)

Thu Sep 30, 2010 @ 08:00PM PST
Hinds_170 Ciaran Hinds is in negotiations to rev up Columbia’s “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.” Italian actress-singer Violante Placido also in talks to join the cast.

The movie, featuring Nicolas Cage as the demonic biker anti-hero based on the Marvel comic, is a sequel to the 2007 movie and has Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor behind the cameras.

The story sees Johnny Blaze, aka Ghost Rider (Cage), hiding out in remote Eastern Europe and struggling to repress his curse. Blaze is recruited by a sect to take on the devil (Hinds), who wants to take over his mortal son’s body on the boy’s birthday.

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Q&A: Matt Reeves talks 'Let Me In'

Thu Sep 30, 2010 @ 07:04PM PST
Reeves_matt_200 Fans of the Swedish art-house horror thriller “Let the Right One In,” an adaptation of a novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist, initially howled at the prospect of an Americanized version by the director of the shaky-cam monster movie “Cloverfield.” But Matt Reeves converted many critics at the premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and this weekend audiences will deliver their verdict.

THR: Were you sweating the Toronto screening?

Reeves: Sure, of course! I mean, I really didn't know what people would think. I knew that the kids (actors Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloe Moretz) were wonderful, and that we had made it in this really kind of passionate way as a labor of love, but I didn't know whether or not it would be received well. I didn’t know whether or not people would say, well, "How dare you." And some people still do say, "How dare you." So I know that they'll always be some people who the movie is not for, but I just wanted people to at least see it.

There will always be people who love the original, and hopefully people will see that there's room for our film as well, because really I always thought, as we're making it, as it being another version of this story. And what I was hoping for was a sense that we wouldn't be obliterated, that we could sort of coexist.

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Comic-Con staying in San Diego!

Thu Sep 30, 2010 @ 04:58PM PST

Comic-Con International: San Diego will be staying in San Diego for the foreseeable future.

After months of hand-wringing and poring over the proposals from the cities of San Diego, Anaheim and Los Angeles, Comic-Con decided to stick to the place where it all began.

Comic-Con struck a three-year deal with San Diego, which will keep the pop culture event in the coastal city through 2015. A press conference is expected to take place tomorrow, with the mayor making an official announcement.

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Denali clan cast for 'Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn' (exclusive)

Thu Sep 30, 2010 @ 03:25PM PST

Buring_myanna_maestro_mia_341 Twihards, take note: The vampire coven known as the Denali clan has been cast for Summit’s “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn,” which is being adapted into two movies to be directed by Bill Condon.

MyAnna Buring -- the star of “The Descent” who had her own coven in “Lesbian Vampire Killers” -- Mia Maestro and Casey LaBow are the female members of the undead family. Christian Camargo is the patriarch.

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'I Spit On Your Grave's' Sarah Butler saw role as empowering to women

Thu Sep 30, 2010 @ 03:05PM PST

Butler_dir When Sarah Butler, star of the remake of “I Spit On Your Grave,” first read the script, she didn't want the part. “I was shocked and full of objections,” she said Wednesday night after the low-budget horror movie's premiere in Hollywood.

Then her manager at the time, who usually was very protective and against any role with nudity and violence, said she should do this movie. “He said you really need to strip down the layers, like all this violence, and look at what this really is,” said Butler. “This is a huge, brave meaty role that you can really flex your muscles in. You're going to be so bad ass, you've got to do this.”

So instead of viewing the part as exploitive, disgusting and promoting violence against women, she saw it as a female empowerment role in which the woman wins out in the end. “The more I thought about it,” she said, “the more pumped up I got.”

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Emma Thompson joins the 'Men in Black' team

Thu Sep 30, 2010 @ 02:45PM PST
Thompson Emma Thompson is in negotiations to join Will Smith in “Men In Black III.”

Barry Sonnenfeld is directing the project, which reunites Smith’s Agent Jay with Tommy Lee Jones’ Agent Kay. Most of the action, however, takes place in the 1969 with Josh Brolin playing a young Jones.

Jemaine Clement is playing the villain in the script, which is being kept under wraps.

Thompson will play take-charge MIB operative Agent Oh, who is monitoring a prison breakout. Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing. David Koepp wrote the most recent draft.

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Michael Caine reveals 'Inception' ending

Thu Sep 30, 2010 @ 11:21AM PST

Caine, who plays Leonardo DiCaprio's father, spoke to BBC Radio a few days ago, promoting his autobiography, and let slip the ending and what really happens with the spinning top.

So Spoiler Alert:

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Fanboys' surprising reactions to 'Star Wars' 3D

Wed Sep 29, 2010 @ 11:20PM PST

153437-star_wars_fanboys_341By Jay A. Fernandez and Borys Kit

Like a lightsaber to the midsection, reactions to news that George Lucas is planning to rerelease 3D versions of the "Star Wars" sextet have been swift and, more often than not, deadly.

But when the Force actually is with them, will fans be able to stay away?

For every "I'll be first in line," there are another 20-30 Web comments along the lines of "SW is just a machine now," "I'll stay away in droves," "Lucas is beating a dead horse" or "Never have I seen something so amazing be systematically destroyed." The outcry has been visceral and widespread.

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'Star Wars' 3D release targeted for Feb. 2012 (exclusive)

Wed Sep 29, 2010 @ 10:23PM PST
Star_wars_341 By Gregg Kilday and Kim Masters

20th Century Fox and Lucasfilm are zeroing in on a February 2012 release date to launch the first of the "Star Wars" movies to be converted to 3D, "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace."

George Lucas hopes that releasing the film early in the year, outside of summer blockbuster season, will give it an open run at the box office and also set up the opportunity to sell merchandise through the balance of the year. The plan under discussion would make the release of the subsequent films in the series an annual event on the film calendar.

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Christopher Plummer cast in 'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' (exclusive)

Wed Sep 29, 2010 @ 08:00PM PST

Plummer_christopher_175 Christopher Plummer will play the patriarch of the family with dark secrets in Columbia's adaptation of worldwide book sensation "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."

The movie, which is shooting in Sweden with David Fincher behind the camera, stars Daniel Craig as a disgraced journalist who teams up with a pierced and tattooed hacker, played by Rooney Mara.

The two are hired by a wealthy industrialist (Plummer) to solve a 40-year unsolved murder, but the case uncovers a web of familial corruption.

Scott Rudin is producing.

A veteran of stage and screen, Plummer voiced the part of the villain in Disney/Pixar's "Up" and earned his only Oscar nomination for playing Leo Tolstoy opposite Helen Mirren in the drama "The Last Station."

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Uni emerging as winner of new 'Snow White' revamp

Wed Sep 29, 2010 @ 03:12PM PST
Snow_white_500x200 In a deal valued in the seven figures, Universal is emerging as the winner in the heated bidding war for a retelling of "Snow White."

The new take comes from scribe Evan Daugherty, director Rupert Sanders and producer Joe Roth, who have been making presentations at the studios since Monday.

As evidenced by the title, the new take sees an expanded role for the Huntsman -- in the fairy tale, he is ordered to take Snow White into the woods and kill her, but instead lets her go -- and according to sources the two are chained together for part of the movie as they make their escape.

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'Skyline' trailer #2 hits

Wed Sep 29, 2010 @ 12:39PM PST

This flick, part of the alien invasion movie wave that will soon be hitting us, looks way bigger than the $10 million price tag I heard it cost. And it's a better trailer than the first, where you could see filmmakers Colin and Greg Strause trying to hide the fact they basically made this in Greg's condo building in Marina del Rey.

The movie opens Nov. 12.

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'I Am Number Four' teaser trailer hits

Wed Sep 29, 2010 @ 10:02AM PST

DreamWorks just released a teaser for its upcoming teen sci-fi thriller "I Am Number Four."

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New take on Snow White hits the town (exclusive)

Tue Sep 28, 2010 @ 11:57PM PST

Is Hollywood ready to take a new bite out of the Snow White apple?

Since yesterday, “Snow White and the Huntsman,” a new take on the classic fairy tale from scribe Evan Daugherty, director Rupert Sanders and producer Joe Roth has been making the rounds at the studios.

The only studio sitting out of the visual presentation roadshow by Sanders and company is Disney, which already has its own Snow White project, “Snow and the Seven.”

The project already has a couple of offers but no one is being invited into the castle until the process is done, which should be by Wednesday.

As evidenced by the title, the new take sees an expanded role for the Huntsman  - in the fairy tale, he is ordered to take Snow White into the woods and kill her, but instead lets her go - and according to sources the two are chained together for part of the movie as they make their escape.

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Warners going on a thrillride with 'Gravity' co-writer (exclusive)

Tue Sep 28, 2010 @ 08:00PM PST

Cuaron_jonas_170 His “Gravity” script might be having trouble achieving orbit, but Jonas Cuaron’s relationship with Warner Bros. is soaring.

The studio has picked up an untitled pitch from the scribe, with Hollywood Gang attached to produce. Logline details are being sequestered, but the project is a gritty thriller set in Mexico City.

Gianni Nunnari is producing; Craig Flores will executive produce.

Warners senior vp production Jon Berg originated the idea and is overseeing.

Cuaron co-wrote “Gravity” with his father, director Alfonso Cuaron. It initially was set up at Universal as an Angelina Jolie vehicle but then migrated to Warners, where it eventually lost Jolie. A round of testing new actresses began, as well as a re-engagement with Jolie, which was for naught.

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'Possession' spellbinds two (exclusive)

Tue Sep 28, 2010 @ 08:00PM PST

Holden_lewis By Jay. A. Fernandez

Johnny Lewis and Alexandra Holden have been cast in the indie thriller “Possession.”

Eduardo Sanchez, who co-wrote and co-directed “The Blair Witch Project,” has written the screenplay and will direct. Robin Cowie is producing with Haxan Films. Additional producers are being worked out.

The film centers on a young newlywed couple that falls prey to a demonic spirit. Lewis will play the groom, and Holden will play the bride’s sister and maid of honor.

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3D 'Star Wars' movies coming in 2012!

Tue Sep 28, 2010 @ 05:56PM PST

Starwars By Jay A. Fernandez and Kim Masters

Big news on the 3D front.

Sources indicate that George Lucas is set on re-releasing the entire “Star Wars” franchise in new 3D conversions beginning in 2012. Though the 3D versions have been rumored for some time, Lucas was purportedly waiting until there were enough 3D screens available to make the release a sizable enough event.

Fox, which released all six of the original “Star Wars” films, would also release the 3D versions.

Part One, “The Phantom Menace,” would be first out of star-dock in the early months of 2012. After that, each of the films would be released in order at the same time each consecutive year, depending on how well the first re-release does.

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Iron Man dancing in a New York City park

Tue Sep 28, 2010 @ 05:20PM PST

In a surprisingly well-edited video.

Why is he dancing? Maybe he's happy that "Iron Man 2" came out on Blu-ray and DVD today.  

Iron Man Dance from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

- Borys Kit

'Mad Men' actor playing villain in 'Sherlock 2'

Tue Sep 28, 2010 @ 03:29PM PST

Harris_jared_250x300 Jared Harris, who is perhaps best known for his current work on AMC’s “Mad Men,” will portray classic literary villain Moriarty in Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow's “Sherlock Holmes 2.”

Latino Review unearthed the exclusive on Moriarty, whose character in the books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a criminal mastermind and surreptitiously oversees a criminal empire.

Harris is almost on the opposite spectrum of who the studio had initially been eying as Moriarty, with Brad Pitt, Daniel Day Lewis and Sean Penn on the short list.

“Holmes 2” is now in full blown casting mode, with Harris boarding days after fellow Brit actor Stephen Fry came on as Holmes’ brother Mycroft Holmes, and a couple of weeks after Noomi Rapace, the Swedish star of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,”  signed on as the female lead.

Robert Downey Jr. is returning as Holmes and Jude Law is reprising Dr. Watson in the pic, which is scheduled to be released December 16, 2011. Guy Ritchie is back as director while Joel Silver, Lionel Wigram, Susan Downey and Dan Lin return as producers.

In addition to “Mad Men,” Harris appeared in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “Extraordinary Measure,” and had a run on TV’s Fringe.

He is repped by Paradigm, Gateway Management, and UK’s Independent Talent Group.

- Borys Kit

Universal adapting crime novel 'Little Girl Lost'

Tue Sep 28, 2010 @ 03:03PM PST

04-LittleGirlLost Universal Pictures has found "Little Girl Lost," acquiring a hard-boiled crime novel by Richard Aleas. "The Wackness" director Jonathan Levine is attached to helm, while Michael Bacall is on board to adapt.

Marc Platt and Adam Siegel will produce for Marc Platt Prods., with Mason Novick also producing.

Published by Hard Case Crime and hearkening back to the days of pulp and dime novels, the book tells the story of a private dick who discovers his high school girlfriend has became a stripper ... and is now dead. He then journeys to the seedy side to find the man responsible.

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'Pufnstuf,' Chucky puppeteer Van Snowden dies

Tue Sep 28, 2010 @ 01:50PM PST
Snowden_van_341x182 Van Snowden, one of Hollywood's premier puppeteers, died Sept. 22 of cancer at St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank. He was 71.

Snowden began with Sid and Marty Krofft, played H.R. Pufnstuf and appeared in almost every TV show the brothers produced. He did puppetry as Chucky in the "Child's Play" films and as the Crypt Keeper in the horror anthology "Tales From the Crypt" and served as the lead puppeteer on "Pee-wee's Playhouse."

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Josh Holloway in final negotiations to join 'Mission' Impossible 4' (exclusive)

Tue Sep 28, 2010 @ 12:53PM PST

“Lost” star Josh Holloway is joining the “Mission: Impossible” team.

In his first major screen role since wrapping the ABC TV show, Holloway is in final negotiations to act as a member of the Impossible Mission Force, the secret agent task force headed by Tom Cruise in Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible 4.”

For more deets, jump to Risky Biz.

Paul Haggis in negotiations to pen 'The Equalizer' (exclusive)

Tue Sep 28, 2010 @ 11:41AM PST

By Jay A. Fernandez and Borys Kit

Fresh off their collaboration on “The Next Three Days,” Paul Haggis and Russell Crowe may be working together on a new project: “The Equalizer.”

Crowe has long been attached as a star and producer of the feature adaptation of the late-’80s TV series, and Haggis, who just directed Crowe in the upcoming Lionsgate thriller “Days,” is negotiating to take on the script. While the direction of the feature version is still being plotted, the original CBS series concerned the exploits of a former secret agent turned vigilante who could be hired to right wrongs.

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Bob Harras named editor-in-chief of DC Comics

Mon Sep 27, 2010 @ 08:03PM PST

DC Comics today anointed Bob Harras as its editor-in-chief. Harras actually ran Marvel Comics as editor-in-chief from 1995-2000 and was there to see Jim Lee rise to artistic prominence.

According to the Source, DC's company blog, which made the announcement: Harras will oversee editorial for DC Comics, DC Universe, MAD Magazine and Vertigo and will be based in New York City, reporting directly to the Co-Publishers. Harras becomes the company’s first Editor-in-Chief in nearly 10 years since the position was held by Jenette Kahn from 1981 to 2002.

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'Changing Lanes' scribe to adapt 'Gideon's Sword' for Michael Bay (exclusive)

Mon Sep 27, 2010 @ 08:00PM PST

Chap Taylor, who wrote the character-driven Ben Affleck vehicle "Changing Lanes," is going the action route. He has been tapped to pen the "Gideon's Sword," Paramount and Michael Bay's adaptation of a upcoming book series by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.

The 12-book series, the first of which is due to hit stores in February, centers on a hero imbued with ability to convince people of almost anything. The story involves the man trying to clear the name of his father, falsely imprisoned by the NSA, and possibly save the world at the same time.

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Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg gets comic book treatment

Mon Sep 27, 2010 @ 07:36PM PST
ZuckerCoverLogo “The Social Network” isn’t the only unauthorized portrait of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on the horizon.

While Sony Pictures will release the David Fincher-directed film -- which is expected to be an awards season favorite -- this Friday, the comic book world is also calling.

Zuckerberg will be getting the unauthorized biography treatment via Bluewater Productions, a Portland, Ore.-based company that has been making a name for itself in the nascent bio comic sphere. Its 48-page comic about Zuckerberg, priced at $6.99, will hit stores December.

Bluewater publishes fantasy and sci-fi comics but has found customers for its line of life stories about personalities ranging from Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga to Margaret Thatcher, Michelle Obama and Sarah Palin. Palin's comic sold approximately 15,000 copies, plus another 5,000 in a collection centered on female politicians biographies. Those are big numbers in independent comic publishing, where 5,000 copies can be considered a best-seller. 

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Aronofsky in, Affleck out ... of the running to direct new Superman

Mon Sep 27, 2010 @ 06:56PM PST
Aronofsky_affleck_341 Darren Aronofsky is in -- and Ben Affleck is out of -- the running to direct the new Superman movie at Warner Bros.

The derby to helm the Christopher Nolan-produced Man of Steel pic has become the talk of the town. Nolan is knee-deep in the selection process, and he and producer/wife Emma Thomas will be heavily involved in the movie, so he's looking for a director who is able to handle the elaborate production and willing to collaborate.

Word began to leak last week of directors who were meeting or will meet with Nolan and Warner brass for the relaunch of one of Hollywood's biggest franchises. Duncan Jones (“Moon”), Jonathan Liebesman ("Battle: Los Angeles"), Matt Reeves (“Cloverfield,” this Friday’s “Let Me In”), Tony Scott and Zack Snyder are on the list.

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Guillermo del Toro goes trollhunting for DWA (exclusive)

Sun Sep 26, 2010 @ 10:01PM PST

Del_toro_guillermo_341x182 Guillermo del Toro has fallen under the spell of animation and is setting up "Trollhunters," a feature project he will write and direct at DreamWorks Animation.

After visiting DWA's campus in Glendale, Calif., on a weekly basis for most of the summer, del Toro also has decided to make DWA his animation home: He will serve as a consultant and exec producer on several projects already in development, including "Kung Fu Panda 2," "Puss in Boots" and one yet-to-be-revealed project. His fingerprints will even be on DWA's next feature, "Megamind," which hits theaters Nov. 5.

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Stephen Fry to play Mycroft Holmes in 'Sherlock 2'

Sun Sep 26, 2010 @ 10:51AM PST

Frey_stephen Stephen Fry is the latest to jump aboard "Sherlock Holmes 2," joining the Warner Bros. sequel as Holmes' brother, Mycroft Holmes.

The British actor-comedian, perhaps best known in America for his recurring role on TV's "Bones" and for his BBC miniseries "Stephen Fry in America," revealed the casting news on a BBC radio show.

Fry's boarding follows the casting of Noomi Rapace, the Swedish star of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," who two weeks ago signed on as the female lead in the movie, which reunites most of the team from the original: Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law as Dr. Watson. Guy Ritchie is back as director while Joel Silver, Susan Downey, Lionel Wigram and Dan Lin return as producers.

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'Legend of the Fist' and 'Ip Man 2' get North American release

Fri Sep 24, 2010 @ 02:52PM PST
Well Go USA and Variance Films will distribute “Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen,” the martial arts film by “Infernal Affairs” co-director Andrew Lau, opening the film in the U.S. and Canada April 15, 2011.

The companies are also bringing the popular Asian action pic “Ip Man” to select theaters starting Oct. 1, with an exclusive run at New York City’s Cinema Village theater, to be followed by a combination of traditional one-week runs and special one-off screenings for fans. 

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'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' actor now 'Mission: Impossible 4' bad guy

Fri Sep 24, 2010 @ 12:40PM PST

By Jay A. Fernandez

Michael Nyqvist, who played journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the Swedish thriller “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and its sequels, will play one of the lead villains in Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible 4.”

The movie, being directed by Brad Bird, has slowly been pulling together its cast, with new faces Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Vladimir Mashkov joining Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg in the action movie.

J.J. Abrams, who is producing with Cruise and Paula Wagner, worked on the story with scribes Andre Nemec and Josh Appelbaum, who have written the screenplay.

The production is scouting locations in Vancouver, Prague and Dubai for a December 2011 release.


  • Heat Vision sets its sights on what’s hot in the world of fanboy entertainment, from blockbuster films to the comic books that inspire them. Its author is Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter.



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