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Friday, January 29, 2010

Ge You and Huang Xiaoming signed on for "Zhao's Orphan"

By Siewaun

Award-winning veteran Chinese actor Ge You ("To Live," "The Founding of a Republic") and rising Chinese actor Huang Xiaoming "The Founding of a Republic" have signed on to star in Director Chen Kaige's upcoming historical feature "Zhao's Orphan," according to CRI.

Ge You will star as a rural doctor by the name of Cheng Ying, who sacrificed his own son to save the newborn baby of Zhao Dun, the chancellor of the Jin Kingdom (679 B.C. -403 B.C.) whose family of 300 members are executed because of political slander.

Huang Xiaoming will star as Zhao's adult orphan who seeks revenge and successfully avenges his family.

South Korean stars Jang Dong-gun and Song Hye-kyo is in talks to join the cast. Sun Honglei "A Simple Noodle Story" is also likely to join the cast.

Shooting is expected to begin in March.


Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore are "L.O.L.: Laughing Out Loud"

By Siewaun
Reference: Variety

Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore are in talks to play mother and daughter roles in the English-language remake of the French 2008 original "L.O.L.: Laughing Out Loud." Sophie Marceau and Christa Theret starred as mother and daughter in the original movie.

Director/Writer Lisa Azuelos, who wrote and directed the original, will write and direct the remake.

The French version which earned $20 million, is about a 15-year-old girl who was dumped by her more sexually experienced boyfriend, and decides to pursue his best friend. Meanwhile, her 40-year-old mother is struggling to move on after her divorce. The stormy mother and daughter relationship reveals a typical relationship between mother and teenage daughter.

Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher of Double Feature Films will produce the movie, while Romain Le Grand and Nathan Kahane will executive produce.


Thursday, January 28, 2010

4th annual Asian Film Awards Nomination List

By Siewaun
Reference: HKIFF Society

The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) announced last week the nominees in the 14 categories of the 4th annual Asian Film Awards (AFA) Presentation Ceremony, which will take place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on 22nd March, 2010.


Best Film:

Bodyguards and Assassins (Hong Kong / China)
City of Life and Death (China- mainland)
Lola (Philippines)
Mother (South Korea)
No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti (Taiwan)
Parade (Japan)

Best Director:

BONG Joon-ho (Mother - South Korea)
Asghar FARHADI (About Elly - Iran)
LU Chuan (City of Life and Death - China)
Brillante MENDOZA (Lola - Philippines)
SONO Sion (Love Exposure - Japan)
YONG Fan (Prince of Tears - Hong Kong / Taiwan)

Best Actor:

Tadanobu ASANO (Villon's Wife - Japan)
HUANG Bo (Cow - China)
Hitoshi MATSUMOTO (Symbol - Japan)
SONG Kang-ho (Thirst - South Korea)
WANG Xueqi (Bodyguards and Assassins - Hong Kong / China)

Best Actress:

BAE Du-na (Air Doll - Japan)
HUANG Bo (Cow - China)
KIM Hye-ja (Mother - South Korea)
LI Bingbing (The Message - China)
Takako MATSU (Villon's Wife -Japan)
CHANG Yung-yung (Yang Yang - Taiwan)

Best Supporting Actor:

Eita (Dear Doctor - Japan)
HUANG Xiaoming (The Message - China)
TOU Chung-hua (The Warrior and the Wolf)
Nicholas TSE (Bodyguards and Assassins - Hong Kong / China)
WONG Bin (Mother - South Korea)

Best Supporting Actress:

Sakura ANDÔ (A Crowd of Three - Japan)
Ryoko HIROSUE (Villon's Wife - Japan)
Gobi KIM (Breathless - South Korea)
Kara HUI (At the End of Daybreak - Malaysia / Hong Kong / South Korea)
YAN Ni (Cow - China)

Best New Performer:

Sonam KAPOOR (Delhi 6 - India)
KIM Sae-ron (A Brand New Life - South Korea)
LI Yuchun (Bodyguards and Assassins)
NG Menghui (At the End of Daybreak - Malaysia / Hong Kong / South Korea)
Oceane ZHU (Prince of Tears - Hong Kong / Taiwan)

Best Screenplay:

Asghar FARHADI (About Elly - Iran)
HONG Sang-soo (Like You Know It All - South Korea)
PARK Eun-kyo, BONG Joon-ho (Mother - South Korea)
PHAN Dang Di (Adrift - Vietnam)
WAI Ka-Fai, AU Kin-Yee (Written By - Hong Kong)

Best Cinematography:

CAO Yu (City of Life and Death - China)
CHENG Siu-keung (Vengeance - Hong Kong)
JEONG Jeong-hun (Thirst - South Korea)
LY Tah Dzung (Adrift - Vietnam)
Jake POLLOCK (Yang Yang - Taiwan)

Best Art Direction:

Yuji HAYASHIDA (Yatterman - Japan)
Alain-Pascal HOUSIAUX, Patrick DECHESNE,
LEE Tian-Jue (Face - Taiwan / Netherlands / Belgium / France)
Kenneth MAK (Bodyguards and Assassins - Hong Kong / China)
RYU Seong-hie (Thirst - South Korea)
XIAO Haihang, YANG Haoyu (The Message - China)

Best Original Score:

HOANG Ngoc-Dai (Adrift - Vietnam)
JANG Yeong-guy, LEE Byeong-hun (Running Turtle - South Korea)
LIU Tong (City of Life and Death - China)
LO Ta-yu (Vengeance - Hong Kong)
Kazuyoshi SAITO (Fish Story Punk - Japan)

Best Editing:

Lee Chatametikool (Karaoke - Malaysia)
KWONG Chi-Leung, CHAN Chi-Wai (Overheard - Hong Kong)
MOON Sae-kyoung (Mother - South Korea)
Kats SERRAON (Lola - Philippines)
TANG Hua, ZHANG Yifan, DU Yuan (Silver Medalist - China)

Best Visual Effect:

Takuya FUJITA, Koji NOZAKI (Goemon - Japan)
LEI Zhenyu, GUO Jianquan, ZHANG Fuzhi (Silver Medalist - China)
NG Yuen-fai (The Storm Warriors - Hong Kong)
Hiroyuki SESHITA (Symbol - Japan)
YI Zeon-hyung (Thirst - South Korea)

Best Costume and Make-Up Design:

Tina KALIVAS, Vaughan ALEXANDER (Goemon - Japan)
Christian LACROIX, Anne DUNSFORD, WANG Chia-Hui (Face - Taiwan / Netherlands / Belgium / France)
Dora NG (Bodyguards and Assassins - Hong Kong / China)
SHIM Hyun-sub (The Sward with no Name - South Korea)
Emi WADA (The Warrior and the Wolf - China)


Mel Gibson in talks to star in "Cold Warrior"

By Siewaun
Reference: Variety

Mel Gibson is in negotiations with Universal Pictures to star in spy thriller "Cold Warrior," which Shane Black who directed Robert Downey, Jr. starrer "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," will direct.

The movie which was written by newcomer screenwriter Chuck Mondry is about a spy from the Cold War era who comes out of retirement to team with a younger agent from the new school to confront a domestic terrorism threat orchestrated by Russia.

Michelle Manning "The Eye" will co-produce with David Greenblatt and Anthony Bagarozzi.

Gibson reportly told Daily Variety that he is hoping to segue to "Cold Warrior" in June.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Gabriele Muccino in talks to direct "Passengers"

By Siewaun
Reference: Variety

Italian director Gabriele Muccino who gained success directing Monica Bellucci's starrer "Ricordati di me," and Will Smith starrer "The Pursuit of Happyness," is in advanced talks with Morgan Creek Production to direct a sci-fi romance movie "Passengers," starring Keanu Reeves.

Script written by Jon Spaihts, the movie is set in the future on a spacecraft making a centuries-long interstellar voyage to a new planet. Due to a computer glitch, a single passenger (Reeves) awakens from cryogenic sleep 90 years before anyone else. Realized that he'll grow old and dying alone, he decides to awaken a beautiful woman.

Reeves developed the movie with producer Stephen Hamel via their Company Films banner. Morgan Creek's chairman and CEO James G. Robinson will be producing with Hamel. Shooting is planned for this summer.


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Idol Yumi Sugimoto to star in gore flick


"Gravure idol Yumi Sugimoto (20) is playing the lead in a new film project called "Sento Shojo." The movie, being produced by Nikkatsu, features directors Noboru Iguchi ("Machine Girl"), Yoshihiro Nishimura ("Tokyo Gore Police"), and Tak Sakaguchi ("Sakigake! Otokojuku").

"Sento Shojo" will be one continuous story in three parts, each handled by a different director. Plot details have not been revealed, but it is said that there will be plenty of gore.

Filming begins on February 1. No release date has been scheduled yet. The official English title is reportedly "The Mutant Girls Squad.""

"Avatar" overtakes "The Dark Knight" at domestic box office

By Siewaun
Reference: Variety

With domestic earnings of $552.8 million, 20th Century Fox and James Cameron's "Avatar" now overtakes Warner Bros.' "The Dark Knight's" $533.3 million to become the second highest grossing film ever at the domestic box office, still behind "Titanic."

At foreign box office, "Avatar" made history by overtaking Cameron's "Titanic's" $1.24 billion with it's $1.28 billion earnings to become the highest grossing film of all time. "Avatar's" international earnings stands at $1.84 billion.

"Having been a part of the 'Titanic' phenomenon, we never thought this day would come in our careers," said Fox International co-presidents Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus. "But James Cameron created in 'Avatar' a film with such humanity and magic that it resonates with people of every culture."

Domestically, the film slipped a mere 16% in its sixth week with $9.1 million on Friday, $16.5 million on Saturday (down just 5% from the same day last weekend), and an estimated $10.4 million on Sunday.

Cameron's 3D movie grossed $6.6 million from IMAX screens, representing approximately 19% of the film's overall domestic take.

"It's one thing to have this technological marvel, but beyond that, I think it connects with people on so many different levels," said Fox senior VP of domestic distribution Chris Aronson. Along with "Avatar," Fox managed to claim three of the frame's top 10 slots with Dwayne Johnson starrer "Tooth Fairy" and "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel."


Box Office Jan. 22-24 Results

1 Avatar - $36,000,000
2 Legion - $18,200,000
3 The Book of Eli - $17,000,000
4 The Tooth Fairy - $14,500,000
5 The Lovely Bones - $8,800,000
6 Sherlock Holmes - $7,115,000
7 Extraordinary Measures - $7,000,000
8 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel - $6,500,000
9 It's Complicated - $6,189,690
10 The Spy Next Door - $4,750,000


Box Office Jan. 23-24 Results (Japan)

6 Yugio 10th Anniversary Movie (JPN.Animation) - NAS
7 Nodame Cantabile The Movie I (JPN.) - Toho
9 Bandage (JPN.) - Toho
10 UP - Disney


Monday, January 25, 2010

Click on these links for upcoming movie trailers!

Little Big Soldier (2010) - China RD: February 14, 2010; Hong Kong RD: February 25, 2010
14 blades (2010) - China RD: February 4, 2010; Hong Kong RD: February 11, 2010
Valentine's Day (2010) - USA RD: February 12, 2010
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) - USA, Canada RD: February 12, 2010

Friday, January 22, 2010

Martin Scorsese in talks to direct "Hugo Cabret"

By Siewaun
Reference: Variety

Martin Scorsese is in negotiations with Graham King's GK Films to direct the adaptation of Brian Selznick's long-running Times best-selling children's book "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" by screenwriter John Logan "The Aviator."

"Ice Age" director Chris Wedge was previously attached to direct "Hugo Cabret," but later dropped out for unknown reason.

Movie is about a 12-year-old orphan named Hugo, who lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, and maintains the station’s clocks. A whole new adventure begins when he discovers a broken robot left by his late father, one of the wind-up, mechanical figures created by film-maker Georges Méliès, and works to bring it to life.

GK Films will produce the live-action movie alongside Scorsese, Tim Headington and Johnny Depp's production company Infinitum Nihil.

Production is currently on the fast track for 1st of June start in London.


Robert Pattinson and Sean Penn in talks for "Water for Elephants"

By Siewaun
Reference: Variety

Robert Pattinson and Sean Penn are in negotiations to star alongside Reese Witherspoon in Fox 2000's Depression-era drama "Water for Elephants."

Francis Lawrence ("Constantine," "I Am Legend") will direct the movie from screenwriter Richard LaGravenese's adaptation of Sara Gruen's best-selling historical book of the same name.

The movie is about a 23 year old Cornell veterinary school student named Jacob Jankowski (presumably Pattinson) who drops out of his school after his parents were killed in a car accident and finds himself a veterinary job working for the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth, a traveling circus. Witherspoon will star as Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August (Penn), the charismatic but twisted animal trainer.

Gil Netter, Erwin Stoff and Andrew Tennenbaum are producing the movie, which Fox 2000 is eyeing to start shooting in June.


Epstein and Friedman to direct Linda Lovelace's biopic

By Siewaun
Reference: Variety

Just as the James Franco, David Strathairn, Jon Hamm and Mary-Louise Parker starrer movie "Howl," which they wrote and directed is premiering at Sundance, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman are set to direct "Deep Throat" porn icon Linda Lovelace biopic.

W. Merritt Johnson ("Temple Grandin," "In Treatment") will be adapting from Eric Danville's book "The Complete Linda Lovelace," which is about Linda Boreman's rise to fame as the infamous porn star Linda Lovelace of 1972's "Deep Throat," and her sudden transformation into feminist, anti-porn activist Linda Marchiano, and her tragic death following a car crash in 2002.

Epstein was quoted as saying, "Linda is this fascinating character who continually reinvented herself and her story based on changing circumstances. It's a story with great dramatic and psychological dimensions."

Untitled Entertainment's Laura Rister will co-produce the movie with Animus Films' Jim Young and Eclectic Pictures' Heidi Jo Markel, while Johnson will be executive producing.

Negotiations is still ongoing with Nu Image to finance "Lovelace," which shooting planned for later this year.


64th Mainichi Film Awards: "Shizumanu Taiyo" wins grand prize

Sources: &

The presentation ceremony for the 64th Mainichi Film Awards has been scheduled for February 8. The winners were already announced on Tuesday, revealing that the Grand Prize is being given to Setsuro Wakamatsu's "Shizumanu Taiyo." The movie, starring Ken Watanabe (50), is based on the struggles of a real-life JAL employee in the aftermath of the Flight 123 disaster.

The complete list of awards is as follows:
Grand Prize: Shizumanu Taiyo (directed by Setsuro Wakamatsu)
Best Film: Tsurugidake: Ten no Ki (directed by Daisaku Kimura)
Best Foreign Film: Gran Torino (directed by Clint Eastwood)
Best Actor: Kenichi Matsuyama (Ultra Miracle Love Story)
Best Actress: Manami Konishi (Nonchan Noriben)
Best Supporting Actor: Ittoku Kishibe (Osaka Hamlet)
Best Supporting Actress: Kaoru Yachigusa (Dear Doctor)
Sponichi Grand Prix Newcomer Award: Takahiro Nishijima, Hikari Mitsushima (both for Ai no Mukidashi)
Kinuyo Tanaka Award: Keiko Takahashi
Best Director: Sion Sono (Ai no Mukidashi)
Best Screenplay: Yozo Tanaka (Viyon no Tsuma)
Best Cinematography: Daisaku Kimura (Tsurugidake: Ten no Ki)
Best Art Direction: Yohei Taneda, Kyoko Yauchi (Viyon no Tsuma)
Best Music: Shigeomi Hasumi (Watashi wa Neko Stalker)
Best Sound: Kenichi Ishidera (Tsurugidake: Ten no Ki)
Best Animated Film: Summer Wars (Mamoru Hosoda)
Noburo Ofuji Award: Denshin-Bashira Elemi no Koi (Hideto Nakata)
Best Documentary: Annyeong Yumika (Tetsuaki Matsue)
Tsutaya Fan Award (Domestic Film): ROOKIES -Sotsugyo- (Yuichiro Hirakawa)
Tsutaya Fan Award (Foreign Film): Michael Jackson's This Is It (Kenny Ortega)
Special Awards: actor Hisaya Morishige, actress/producer Takiko Mizunoe


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Marc Webb to direct "Spider-Man" franchise reboot

By Siewaun
Reference: splashpage.mtv

Columbia Pictures and Marvel Entertainment have signed on Marc Webb "(500) Days of Summer" to direct their "Spider-Man" franchise reboot.

The new "Spider-Man," written by James Vanderbilt, centers on a high school-aged Peter Parker coming into his powers. It will be different from Tobey Maguire's high schooler Peter was in 2002's Spider-Man, which means Peter will be portrayed by a different actor.

Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures, jointly stated that the studio described the factors that went into the decision: "At its core, Spider-Man is a small, intimate human story about an everyday teenager that takes place in an epic super-human world. The key for us as we sought a new director was to identify filmmakers who could give sharp focus to Peter Parker's life."

"We wanted someone who could capture the awe of being in Peter's shoes so the audience could experience his sense of discovery while giving real heart to the emotion, anxiety, and recklessness of that age and coupling all of that with the adrenaline of Spider-Man's adventure," continued the statement. "We believe Marc Webb is the perfect choice to bring us on that journey."

Webb pointed out that he isn't taking over for Raimi. "That would be impossible, not to mention arrogant. I'm here because there's an opportunity for ideas, stories and histories that will add a new dimension, canvas and creative voice to "Spider-Man," he was quote as saying.

Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin will produce the movie, which will begin shooting later this year, and scheduled for Summer 2012 theatrically release.


Jonathan Levine to embrace "Warm Bodies"

By Siewaun
Reference: Variety

Director Jonathan Levine, last won an award at the Sundance Film Festival for "The Wackness," the 2008 movie which he wrote and directed. And now, according to Variety, he is gearing up to write and direct a zombie romance feature titled "Warm Bodies" for Summit Entertainment.

The movie which was based on a novel written by Isaac Marion is about an existentially tormented zombie named R, who starts an unlikely romantic relationship with the girlfriend of one of his victims and starts a chain reaction that will transform him and his fellow zombies.

Bruna Papandrea will produce the movie through her Make Movies banner, while Laurie Webb and Cori Shepherd Stern will executive produce.


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Hideo Nakata to direct Horipro's "The Incite Mill"

By Siewaun
Reference: Tokyograph

Director Hideo Nakata ("Ring," "Ring 2," "Death Note: L, change the WorLd") is set to direct Horipro's psychological suspense movie "Inshite Miru," or "The Incite Mill" based on Honobu Yonezawa's 2007 bestselling novel of the same name.

The movie is Horipro's major project to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year.

The story revolves around ten people who respond to a job ads paying 112,000 yen ($1,200) per hour, only to find themselves trapped inside the building behind closed doors and forced to play a "murder game," and one person after another were killed.

So far out of the ten cast members, eight, which are Horipro's top stars, already been announced, and they are Nagisa Katahira, Tatsuya Fujiwara "Death Note", Haruka Ayase "Oppai Volleyball", Aya Hirayama "Backdancers!", Shinji Takeda "Tokyo Rhapsody", Kinya Kitaoji "Peking Man", Tsuyoshi Abe "Hana Yori Dango Final", and Satomi Ishihara "No Longer Human".

The remaining two will be announced soon, one from the Horipro, and another through a nationwide audition.

Nakata is scheduled to begin shooting in March, with theatrical release skedded in the fall.


Box Office Jan. 15-18 Results

1 Avatar - $54,600,000
2 The Book of Eli - $38,020,000
3 The Lovely Bones - $20,538,000
4 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel - $15,000,000
5 The Spy Next Door - $13,000,000
6 Sherlock Holmes - $11,725,000
7 It's Complicated - $9,128,000
8 Leap Year - $6,933,000
9 Up in the Air - $6,658,000
10 The Blind Side - $6,530,000


Box Office Jan. 16-17 Results (Japan)

2 Nodame Cantabile The Movie I (JPN.) - Toho
4 Bandage (JPN.) - Toho
5 UP - Disney
6 One Piece Film Strong World (JPN.Animation) - Toei
7 A Good Husband (JPN.) - Toei
8 Free And Easy 20 Final (JPN.) - Shochiku
10 Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider W & Decade Movie Taisen 2010 (JPN.) - Toei


Monday, January 18, 2010

67th Annual Golden Globes Nominations and Winners

By Siewaun
Reference: Golden Globes

Cecil B. DeMille Award
Martin Scorsese


"The Hurt Locker"
"Inglourious Basterds"
"Up in the Air"

"(500) Days of Summer"
"The Hangover"
"It's Complicated"
"Julie & Julia"

Jeff Bridges - "Crazy Heart"
George Clooney - "Up in the Air"
Colin Firth - "A Single Man"
Morgan Freeman - "Invictus"
Tobey Maguire - "Brothers"

Emily Blunt - "The Young Victoria"
Sandra Bullock - "The Blind Side"
Helen Mirren - "The Last Station"
Carey Mulligan - "An Education"
Gabourey Sidibe - "Precious"

Matt Damon - "The Informant!"
Daniel Day-Lewis - "Nine"
Robert Downey Jr. - "Sherlock Holmes"
Joseph Gordon-Levitt - "500 Days of Summer"
Michael Stuhlbarg - "A Serious Man"

Sandra Bullock - "The Proposal"
Marion Cotillard - "Nine"
Julia Roberts - "Duplicity"
Meryl Streep - "It's Complicated"
Meryl Streep - "Julie & Julia"

Kathryn Bigelow - "The Hurt Locker"
James Cameron - "Avatar"
Clint Eastwood - "Invictus"
Jason Reitman - "Up in the Air"
Quentin Tarantino - "Inglourious Basterds"

Matt Damon - "Invictus"
Woody Harrelson - "The Messenger"
Christopher Plummer - "The Last Station"
Stanley Tucci - "The Lovely Bones"
Christoph Waltz - "Inglourious Basterds"

Penelope Cruz - "Nine"
Vera Farmiga - "Up in the Air"
Anna Kendrick - "Up in the Air"
Mo'Nique - "Precious"
Julianne Moore - "A Single Man"

Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell - "District 9"
Mark Boal - "The Hurt Locker"
Nancy Meyers - "It's Complicated"
Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner - "Up in the Air"
Quentin Tarantino - "Inglourious Basterds"

"Baaria" (Italy) - Medusa Film; Summit Entertainment
"Broken Embraces" (Spain) - El Deseo SA; Sony Pictures Classics
"The Maid" (Chile) - Forastero; Elephant Eye Films
"A Prophet" (France) - Chic Films; Sony Pictures Classics
"The White Ribbon" (Germany) - Wega Films; Sony Pictures Classics

"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs"
"Fantastic Mr. Fox"
"The Princess and the Frog"

Michael Giacchino - "Up"
Marvin Hamlisch - "The Informant!"
James Horner - "Avatar"
Abel Korzeniowski - "A Single Man"
Karen O, Carter Burwell - "Where The Wild Things Are"

"Cinema Italiano" from "Nine" - Music & Lyrics by: Maury Yeston
"I Want to Come Home" from "Everybody's Fine" - Music & Lyrics by: Paul McCartney
"I Will See You" from "Avatar" - Music by: James Horner, Simon Franglen; Lyrics by: James Horner, Simon Franglen, Kuk Harrell
"The Weary Kind" from "Crazy Heart" - Music & Lyrics by: Ryan Bingham, T Bone Burnett
"Winter" from "Brothers" - Music by: U2; Lyrics by: Bono


"Big Love"
"Mad Men"
"True Blood"

"30 Rock"
"Modern Family"
"The Office"

Simon Baker - "The Mentalist"
Michael C. Hall - "Dexter"
Jon Hamm - "Mad Men"
Hugh Laurie - "House"
Bill Paxton - "Big Love"

Glenn Close - "Damages"
January Jones - "Mad Men"
Julianna Margulies - "The Good Wife"
Anna Paquin - "True Blood"
Kyra Sedgwick - "The Closer"

Toni Collette - "United States of Tara"
Courteney Cox - "Cougar Town"
Edie Falco - "Nurse Jackie"
Tina Fey - "30 Rock"
Lea Michele - "Glee"

Alec Baldwin - "30 Rock"
Steve Carell - "The Office"
David Duchovny - "Californication"
Thomas Jane - "Hung"
Matthew Morrison - "Glee"

"Georgia O'Keeffe"
"Grey Gardens"
"Into the Storm"
"Little Dorrit"
"Taking Chance"

Kevin Bacon - "Taking Chance"
Kenneth Branagh - "Wallander: One Step Behind"
Chiwetel Ejiofor - "Endgame"
Brendan Gleeson - "Into The Storm"
Jeremy Irons - "Georgia O'Keeffe"

Joan Allen - "Georgia O'Keeffe"
Drew Barrymore - "Grey Gardens"
Jessica Lange - "Grey Gardens"
Anna Paquin - "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler"
Sigourney Weaver - "Prayers for Bobby"

Jane Adams - "Hung"
Rose Byrne - "Damages"
Jane Lynch - "Glee"
Janet McTeer - "Into The Storm"
Chloe Sevigny - "Big Love"

Michael Emerson - "Lost"
Neil Patrick Harris - "How I Met Your Mother"
William Hurt - "Damages"
John Lithgow - "Dexter" - WINNER
Jeremy Piven - "Entourage"


James Cameron's "Avatar" earned $1.6 billion worldwide

By Siewaun
Reference: Variety

Variety reports that 20th Century Fox's James Cameron's "Avatar" remained king of the box office, posting a worldwide earnings of $1.6 billion through Sunday, which means it will surpass Cameron's "Titanic" earnings of $1.8 billion in two weeks time to become the highest grossing film of all time.

Meanwhile Warner Bros.' "The Book of Eli" and Paramount's "The Lovely Bones" also did strong business as they debuted nationwide over the holiday weekend.

"Avatar" declined a slim 18 percent domestically to an estimated $41.3 million for a earnings of $491.8 million in its fifth frame. Overseas, "Avatar" also dropped just 18 percent to an estimated $125 million for the season, putting the foreign total at $1.11 billion.

Denzel Washington starrer "Book of Eli," financed and produced by Alcon Entertainment and distributed by Warners, opened to an estimated $31.6 million from 3,111 theaters to place No. 2. It's the second straight victory for Alcon after "The Blind Side," which remains on the top 10 chart after nine weeks.

Paramount's Peter Jackson's "The Lovely Bones" grossed an estimated $17.1 million from 2,563 runs through Sunday. Lionsgate's family movie starring Jackie Chan "The Spy Next Door" opened below expectations,which grossed an estimated $9.7 million from 2,924 to place No. 6.

Fox's "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel," declined 31% to an estimated $11.5 million for a earnings of $192.6 million in its fourth frame. Overseas, "Squeakquel" grossed $14.3 million for a earnings of $158.5 million and worldwide total of $351.1 million.

"Avatar" will reach the $500 million in 32 days, faster than either "Titanic" or "The Dark Knight," the only films that have jumped $500 million. "Dark Knight" reached it in 45 days; "Titanic," in 98. Overseas, "Avatar" debuted in Italy, its last territory opening, where it grossed $14.5 million, the industry's top opening of all time. It also is doing record business in Japan and China.

"Book of Eli" earned Warners its best January opening ever. The apocalyptic actioner was directed by twins Albert and Allen Hughes, while Joel Silver's Silver Pictures co-produced. "Blind Side" catapulted Alcon into the limelight. That movie posted a earnings of $226.8 million through Sunday.

Paramount is now focusing its awards ambition on Jason Reitman's "Up in Air," which declined just 24% over the weekend to an estimated $5.5 million from 2,107 for an earnings of $62.8 million.

"Up in the Air" began its international debuts over the weekend, grossing a strong $5.7 million from 926 locations in a handful of territories, led by the U.K. with $2.1 million from 325 locations. It opened to $1.6 million from 145 locations in Australia and an impressive $975,000 in Russia. Movie's worldwide total through Sunday was $68.5 million.

Fox debuted family movie "Tooth Fairy" in six territories, where it grossed $5.3 million, led by Russia with $2 million from 352. Film opens at the domestic B.O. Friday.


Saturday, January 16, 2010

Click on these links for upcoming movie trailers!

True Legend: Su Qi-Er (2010) - China, Hong Kong RD: February 11, 2010
All's Well, Ends Well 2010 - Hong Kong RD: February 11, 2010
The Wolfman (2010) - UK, USA RD: February 5, 2010
Dear John (2010) - USA RD: February 5, 2010
From Paris With Love (2009) - France RD: February 5, 2010
Edge of Darkness (2010) - UK, USA RD: January 29, 2010
When in Rome (2010) - USA RD: January 29, 2010

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Daniel Craig is in talks for lead role in "Cowboys and Aliens"

By Siewaun
Reference: Variety

James Bond star Daniel Craig is in negotiations with DreamWorks and director Jon Favreau to star as Jake Johnson, the leading role in "Cowboys and Aliens," replacing Robert Downey Jr. who had earlier exited the project.

While they are still in early talks, chances are high that Craig will finally accept the role, as he has appeared in DreamWorks movies twice before, in Steven Spielberg's "Munich" and "Road to Perdition."

The movie is based on the 2006 graphic novel series created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, which is about the Apache Indians and Western settlers who lay their differences aside and teamed up against an alien species that lands in their city with bad intentions.

Jon Favreau will direct the movie from the script written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof. The movie is scheduled to be released in June 24, 2011.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Chris Rock to remake France's comedy "La premiere etoile"

By Siewaun
Reference: Variety

Chris Rock has acquired the English-language remake rights to France's "La premiere etoile," which he will write the script and also produce.

The 2009's "La premiere etoile" centers a husband with three children who throws responsibility out the window by drifting aimlessly from job to job and frittering most of his money away on gambling. In an effort to please his disgruntled daughter, he spontaneously agrees to take the family on vacation, little realizing the difficulties that this will wreak.

In March last year, Mars Distribution released "Etoile" which was directed by Lucien Jean-Baptiste, who also took a starring role.

Produced by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar and Pierre Kubel at the Paris'Vendredi Films, "Etoile" is grossed at 9.7 million euros($13.8 million)in France. It is the 10th highest grossing French film of 2009.


Peter Sarsgaard is Hector Hammond in "Green Lantern"

By Siewaun
Reference: Variety

Peter Sarsgaard ("Boys Don't Cry," "Shattered Glass") is in negotiations to star opposite Ryan Reynolds as the villain Dr. Hector Hammond in Warner Bros.' superhero live-action movie "Green Lantern."

Sarsgaard plays Hector Hammond, the pathologist son of a senator who discovers fragments of a meteor and becomes infused supernatural powers such as psychic powers and telepathy.

Reynolds plays Hal Jordan, a second-generation test pilot, an ordinary man who was given the power ring and battery (lantern) by a dying alien named Abin Sur, whose spaceship crashed on Earth.

Blake Lively "Gossip Girl" plays Hal Jordan's love interest, Carol Ferris.

Martin Campbell will direct from the script written by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Michael Green and Michael Goldenberg. Greg Berlanti will also be co-producing with Donald DeLine.

Production is scheduled to begin in March with a release date of June 17, 2011.


Donnersmarck is back to direct "The Tourist"

By Siewaun
Reference: Variety

After stepping away from "The Tourist" last fall over creative differences, director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck stepped back into the director's shoes to direct the spy thriller.

Jolie will play a female Interpol agent who draws an unwitting American tourist (Depp) into her attempt to locate a criminal who was once her lover.

The movie, a remake of the 2005 French spy thriller Anthony Zimmer, was originally developed for Tom Cruise and Charlize Theron, with director Bharat Nalluri planning to direct. But the three have stepped away and are replaced by Sam Worthington, Angelina Jolie. Then Sam Worthington too left the project last fall, and finally replaced by Johnny Depp.

Graham King's GK Films which is financing and will be distributing the movie will also produce with Tim Headington, Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum and Jonathan Glickman. Christopher McQuarrie and Jeffrey Nachmanoff rewrote the script originally written by Julian Fellowes.

The movie is scheduled to start production in spring.


Stephen Norrington to write and direct "The Lost Patrol"

By Siewaun
Reference: Variety

Director Stephen Norrington ("Blade," "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen") is set to write and direct supernatural action thriller "The Lost Patrol" for Legendary Pictures.

The movie is described as a supernatural action thriller set against the backdrop of World War II, which was acquired as a spec written by Andrew Hilton last year, and has already been rewritten once by Matt Cirulnick "South Beach".

"The Lost Patrol" hits all of my geek-buttons: hardware, heroes, grime, insane monsters," Norrington said.

Rick Porras "The Lord of the Rings" and Steven Boyd "A Christmas Carol" are producing the project along with Legendary.


Box Office Jan. 9-10 Results (Japan)

Since didn't post their results yesterday until today.

2 Nodame Cantabile The Movie I (JPN.) - Toho
3 UP - Disney
4 One Piece Film Strong World (JPN.Animation) - Toei
5 Free And Easy 20 Final (JPN.) - Shochiku
6 Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider W & Decade Movie Taisen 2010 (JPN.) - Toei
8 2012 - SPE
9 Higanjima (JPN.) - WB
10 A Tale Of Ululu's Wonderful Forest (JPN.) - Toho


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Channing Tatum, Michael Angarano is in talks to join "Knockout"

By Siewaun
Reference: thehollywoodreporter

Channing Tatum "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" and Michael Angarano "The Forbidden Kingdom" are in talks to join Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender and Dennis Quaid in Steven Soderbergh's spy movie "Knockout," which will be martial artist Gina Carano's debut movie.

Tatum will play one of the agents in Carano's spy cell, while Angarano plays a teen who sees Carano in trouble and decides to help, unwittingly ending up as her partner.

Lem Dobbs ("Romancing the Stone," "Dark City") wrote the screenplay, which centers on a female spy (Carano) working for a Blackwater-style security contractor who is betrayed by her one-time confidant and owner of the company.

Shooting is scheduled to begin in February in several locations around the world which includes Spain and Ireland.


"Avatar" hits worldwide tally of $1.34 billion

By Siewaun
Reference: Variety

Variety reports that 20th Century Fox's James Cameron blockbuster "Avatar" have a huge potential to pass "Titanic" as the top-grossing movie of all time, as it grossed $143 million in its fourth season overseas (up 4.5% from the previous weekend for a foreign total of $906.2 million.)

Domestically, the film dipped just 29% to $48.5 million for earnings of $429 million and worldwide tally of $1.34 billion, $460 million shy of Cameron's "Titanic" ($1.8 billion).

Fox co-president of international distribution Paul Hanneman was quoted as saying, "We thought we would do $100 million overseas, but we really didn't know, because we're outside of holidays and kids are back in school."

In the mean time among the new showing movies, Lionsgate's horror-action movie "Daybreakers" was the only one that turned in a strong performance, grossing an estimated $15 million from 2,523 runs.

Universal's broad romantic comedy "Leap Year" starring Amy Adams and Matthew Goode and Dimension Films' Michael Cera's "Youth in Revolt" weren't doing that well.

"Leap Year" grossed an estimated $9.2 million from 2,511 runs to come in No. 6 behind U's other femme-driven comedy, "It's Complicated." At No. 9, "Youth in Revolt" grossed an estimated $7 million from 1,873 locations.

Warner Bros.' "Sherlock Holmes" is at No. 2 and Fox's "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" at No. 3 at the domestic B.O.

"Sherlock" declined 55% in its third frame to an estimated $16.6 million from 3,626 for a domestic total of $165.2 million.

Overseas, the Robert Downey Jr. starrer grossed another $25.7 million from 5,300 playdates in 44 territories, beating "Squeakquel," and notching up a foreign earnings of $130 million. Global earnings is $295.2 million.

"Squeakquel" declined 54% domestically to an estimated $16.3 million for a domestic total of $178.2 million in its third outing. Kidpic grossed $22 million at the foreign B.O. from 6,226 screens in 57 markets for a earnings of $136.3 million. Worldwide tally is $314.5 million.

"It's Complicated" fell 41% domestically to an estimated $11 million from 2,955 for a earnings of $76.4 million.

The domestic B.O. continued its winning streak, scoring the best showing ever for the first weekend of the new year (New Year's weekend is historically lumped in with the previous year).

Paramount's "Up in the Air" continued its solid expansion, grossing an estimated $7.1 million from 2,218 for a earnings of $54.7 million in its sixth frame. Paramont and the distributors of other prestige titles will look to parlay wins at the Golden Globe ceremony next weekend into a box office bump.

That pack of movies includes a number of titles still playing in limited runs. Fox Searchlight's Jeff Bridges starrer "Crazy Heart" picked up over the weekend, grossing an estimated $435,000 from 33 theaters for a per-location average of $13,182 and earnings of $1.2 million in its fourth week.

But it was "Avatar" that posted the best per-theater average of the frame at $14,173 and not a limited release ("Avatar" played on 3,422 screens). And just like a prestige title, "Avatar" will benefit both at the domestic and foreign box offices if it wins a Golden Globe.

For the frame, "Avatar's" performance at the foreign B.O., where it played on 14,839 screens in 111 territories, was led by China, where it didn't open until Jan. 4. Film grossed $40.2 million in its first seven days, the biggest opening week ever for a Hollywood title at the Chinese B.O. Saturday's $8.3 million haul was the biggest single-day number ever.

France became the first territory to jump the $100 million mark. "Avatar" grossed an estimated $11.7 million for the session in Gaul, putting the earnings at $100.5 million.

Other leading territories include Germany ($73.5 million), Russia ($69.5 million), U.K. ($66.8 million) and Spain ($60.2 million).

"Avatar" stayed at No. 1 in most territories, and drops were mild, even with the end of the holidays and cold weather across Europe.

Fox international execs expect "Avatar" to jump the $1 billion mark internationally later this week and say "Titanic's" $1.24 billion earnings is now within reach. Domestically, "Titanic" earnings $600.7 million.

"Sherlock's" strong foreign run was led by the U.K., where it grossed an estimated $3.2 million for a earnings of $25 million. Movie opened in Brazil to $2.4 million from 316 showings.

"Squeakquel's" foreign total of $136.6 million is only $7 million behind the original "Alvin and the Chipmunks," which earnings $143.3 million overseas. Domestically, first pic earnings $217.3 million, while the sequel has already earned $178.2 million.

The January B.O. is a longtime favorite for genre movies such as Michael and Peter Spierig's "Daybreakers," starring Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe.

Universal said it was pleased with the opening for "Leap Year," which drew an audience that was nearly 80% female, while 54% were over age 30. Spyglass financed and produced "Leap Year," while Relativity Media shared the marketing costs with Universal.

The Weinstein Co. also is struggling at the box office with Rob Marshall's "Nine," which fell off the top 10 chart this weekend. The musical started off strong in a limited run before Christmas but dipped when it expanded nationwide.

Among new specialty openers, Cinema Guild's pastoral docu "Sweetgrass" grossed an estimated $10,403 as it played in one theater in New York.

"Bitch Slap," distributed by Freestyle, grossed an estimated $15,000 in its debut at three theaters for a location average of $5,000.

Also from Freestyle, Tim Allen-directed "Crazy on the Outside" fell flat in its debut, grossing an estimated $75,450 from 74 runs for a location average of $1,020.

The Metropolitan Opera's live, high-def theatrical program continued Saturday with the broadcast of Richard Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier." Show, hosted by Placido Domingo and starring Renee Fleming, grossed $2 million from 650 screens. Opera also was carried live on 300 screens in 24 countries in Europe and seven territories in Latin America.


Box Office Jan. 8-10 Results

1 Avatar - $48,500,000
2 Sherlock Holmes - $16,610,000
3 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel - $16,300,000
4 Daybreakers - $15,000,000
5 It's Complicated - $11,007,375
6 Leap Year - $9,165,150
7 The Blind Side - $7,750,000
8 Up in the Air - $7,100,000
9 Youth in Revolt - $7,000,000
10 The Princess and the Frog - $4,743,000


Friday, January 8, 2010

Douglas, McGregor, Fassbender, Quaid in for a "Knockout"

By Siewaun
Reference: heatvisionblog

Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender and Dennis Quaid are in talks to join Steven Soderbergh's spy movie "Knockout," which will be martial artist Gina Carano's debut movie.

Lem Dobbs ("Romancing the Stone," "Dark City") wrote the screenplay which centers on a female spy (Carano) working for a Blackwater-style security contractor who is betrayed by her one-time confidant and owner of the company (McGregor). She then teams up with a British agent (Fassbender) and an American executive (Douglas) of McGregor’s company who works with her to take down the company.

Shooting is scheduled to begin in February in several locations around the world.


"Avatar" is now No. 2 at worldwide Box Office

Source: Variety

Only three weeks into its release, 20th Century Fox's "Avatar" has become the No. 2 grossing film of all time at the worldwide box office, cuming $1.14 billion through Wednesday.

James Cameron has only himself to beat now, since "Titanic" is No. 1 at $1.8 billion.

"Avatar's" domestic cume was $374.4 million through Wednesday; foreign haul, $760.9 million. That bests the $1.1 billion scored by "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King."

Box office observers expect "Avatar" to remain a potent force as it heads into its fourth weekend, likely grossing north of $100 million globally. Film could help lead another record-breaking frame.

Male-driven "Daybreakers" opens in 2,523 runs; "Leap Year," 2,511; and "Youth in Revolt," 1,873.

"Avatar" isn't the only strong holdover posing trouble for the competish: Warner Bros.' "Sherlock Holmes" and Fox's "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" continue to play strongly, even as kids head back to school.

Among prestige pictures, Weinstein's Rob Marshall musical "Nine" will be cutting back on its theater count, from 1,412 to 1,060. Film has been struggling since expanding nationwide on Christmas Day, with a cume of $14.9 million through Wednesday.

Conversely, Paramount's Jason Reitman-directed "Up in the Air" has fared better since going wide on Dec. 25, cuming $46.9 million through Wednesday. "Up in the Air" is adding 305 theaters.

The first crop of 2010 specialty titles debuts with comedy "Crazy on the Outside," starring Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Kelsey Grammer and Ray Liotta. Allen directed the pic, which Freestyle opens in 74 theaters.

Freestyle also opens exploitation actioner "Bitch Slap" in three theaters in N.Y., L.A. and San Francisco. And Matthew Broderick stars in Magnolia's limited release "Wonderful World."

Several docus debut, including "Waiting for Armageddon," distributed by First Run, and "In Search of Memory," from Icarus Films. Both films open in one theater in New York.

Tracking is solid for "Daybreakers," a futuristic tale about a researcher in the future who tries to find the cure for an unknown plague that turns people into vampires.

Historically, January has been a favorite time for genre fare, although studios have begun using the corridor for comedy as well.

Dimension's "Youth in Revolt," directed by Miguel Arteta and also starring Portia Doubleday, is about a young man trying to lose his virginity. It's based on the cult novel by C.D. Payne.

Both "Daybreakers" and "Youth in Revolt" are rated R.

"Leap Year" could have a tougher time than the other new entries, according to tracking, although carrying the more lenient PG rating could help. Comedy, also starring Kaitlin Olson, was fully financed and produced by Spyglass. U is distributing, while the studio and Relativity Media shared marketing costs. Relativity's portion was $19 million.


To be released 1st quarter of 2010 films

Source: Variety

A list of films to be released in 1st quarter of 2010


"Extraordinary Measures" - Release: Jan. 22
Director: Tom Vaughan
Composer: Andrea Guerra


"When in Rome" - Release: Jan. 29
Director: Mark Steven Johnson
Composer: Christopher Young
Supervisor: Dave Jordan

"Alice in Wonderland" - Release: March 5
Director: Tim Burton
Composer: Danny Elfman


"How to Train Your Dragon" - Release: March 26
Director: Dean DeBlois
Composer: John Powell


"Crazy on the Outside"
- Release: Jan. 8
Director: Tim Allen
Composer: David Newman

"I Love You Phillip Morris" - Release: Feb. 5
Directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Composer: Nick Urata
Supervisors: Gary Calamar, Alexandre Mahout


"Daybreakers" - Release: Jan. 8
Directors: Peter and Michael Spierig
Composer: Christopher Gordon

"From Paris With Love" - Release: Feb. 5
Director: Pierre Morel
Composer: David Buckley
Supervisor: Alexandre Mahout

"Season of the Witch" - Release: March 19
Director: Dominic Sena
Composer: Atli Orvarsson
Supervisor: Happy Walters


"Last Night" - Release: March 19
Director: Massy Tadjedin
Composer: Clint Mansell


"Hot Tub Time Machine" - Release: March 19
Director: Steve Pink
Supervisor: Dana Sano


"Wonderful World" - Release: Jan. 8
Director: Josh Goldin
Composer: Craig Richey
Supervisor: Michael Becker


"Valentine's Day" - Release: Feb. 12
Director: Garry Marshall
Composer: John Debney
Supervisor: Julianne Jordan


"Creation" - Release: Jan. 22
Director: Jon Arniel
Composer: Christopher Young


"Brooklyn's Finest" - Release: March 5
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Composer: Marcelo Zarvos
Supervisors: John Houlihan, Ashley Miller


"Shutter Island" - Release: Feb. 19
Director: Martin Scorsese
Supervisor: Robbie Robertson

"She's Out of My League" - Release: March 12
Director: Jim Field Smith
Composer: Michael Andrews
Supervisor: Deva Anderson


"Legion" - Release: Jan 22
Director: Scott Stewart
Composer: John Frizzell
Supervisor: Chris Douridas

"Dear John" - Release: Feb 5
Director: Lasse Hallstrom
Composer: Deborah Lurie
Supervisors: Season Kent, Happy Walters

"Takers" - Release: Feb 26
Director: John Luessenhop
Composer: Paul Haslinger
Supervisors: Pilar McCurry, Kier Lehman


"A Prophet" - Release: Feb 26
Director: Jacques Audiard
Composer: Alexandre Desplat
Supervisor: Frederic Junqua

"Chloe" - Release: March 19
Director: Atom Egoyan
Composer: Mychael Danna


"Remember Me" - Release: March 12
Director: Allen Coulter
Composer: Marcelo Zarvos
Supervisor: Alexandra Patsavas


"The Tooth Fairy" - Release: Jan. 22
Director: Michael Lembeck
Composer: George S. Clinton
Supervisor: Frankie Pine

"Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" - Release: Feb. 12
Director: Chris Columbus
Composer: Christophe Beck


"Leap Year" - Release: Jan 8
Director: Anand Tucker
Composer: Randy Edelman
Supervisor: Ian Neil

"Green Zone" - Release: March 12
Director: Paul Greengrass
Composer: John Powell

"The Wolfman" - Release: Feb 12
Director: Joe Johnston
Composer: Paul Haslinger


"Book of Eli" - Release: Jan 15
Director: Albert and Alan Hughes
Composer: Atticus Ross
Supervisor: Deva Anderson

"Edge of Darkness" - Release: Jan. 29
Director: Martin Campbell
Composer: Howard Shore

"Clash of the Titans" - Release: March 26
Director: Louis Leterrier
Composer: Craig Armstrong


"Youth in Revolt" - Release: Jan. 8
Director: Miguel Arteta
Composer: John Swihart

"Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil" - Release: Jan. 15
Director: Michael D'Lsa-Hogan
Composer: Murray Gold


Thursday, January 7, 2010

James Franco becomes Aron Ralston for "127 Hours"

By Siewaun
Reference: Variety

James Franco ("Spider-Man trilogy," "Pineapple Express") will be starring in Danny Boyle's directed "127 Hours," based on the true story of mountaineer Aron Ralston.

The movie tells the true story of mountaineer Aron Ralston who was forced to amputate his lower right arm with a dull knife to free himself after it got pinned under a boulder for nearly five days during a climb in Utah in May 2003. He then scaled a 65-foot sheer wall and hiked out before running into a family that gave him water and food, and alerted the authorities. He was finally rescued by a helicopter search team.

Simon Beaufoy is writing the script, and Christian Colson will produce. Searchlight is financing and will distribute the movie in partnership with Pathe.

Shooting is set to begin in March in Utah, and scheduled for release late 2010.


"Thor" jumps ahead of "Spider-Man 4"

By Siewaun
Reference: Variety

According to Variety, Paramount and Marvel Entertainment have pushed up "Thor" original release date of May 20, 2011 by two weeks to May 6, 2011, after Sony confirmed that shooting of "Spider-Man 4" has been delayed because of script issues and may not make the May 6 deadline.

Though, Sony said it will still hold on to it's May 6 release date, hoping to complete the movie in time. Which means that if "Spider-Man 4" should finish shooting for May 6 release, "Thor" would likely be rescheduled again.

And as soon as Paramount gave up the May 20 slot, Disney grabbed it for the release of the fourth installment of the Pirates franchise, "Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides."

Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis got themselves "Hall Pass"

By Siewaun
Reference: Variety

Owen Wilson ("Marley & Me," "Little Fockers") will be starring in New Line Cinema's R-rated comedy "Hall Pass," which will be directed by the Farrelly brothers. Meanwhile, Jason Sudeikis ("What Happens in Vegas," "Going the Distance") is in still negotiations to join Wilson due to his "Saturday Night Live" commitments.

Movie is the second collaboration between the Farrelly brothers and New Line, after "Dumb and Dumber."

Story revolves around two married guys (Wilson and Sudeikis) who get a week of liberty from the obligations of marriage after been given a "hall pass" by their wives. Things become complicated when their wives also go on vacation together, equipped with the same "hall pass."

The brothers will also produce the movie with Conundrum partner Bradley Thomas, and with Charlie Wessler. "Hall Pass" will start production on 22nd February in Georgia, but the setting will be New England.


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

'Spider-Man 4' delayed over script clashes


"The latest Spidey sequel is proving villainously difficult to plot out.

Sony and director Sam Raimi are at loggerheads over which direction to go with the villains for the latest installment -- an impasse which has prompted the studio to delay its scheduled spring production start and potentially to bump the pic from its May 11, 2011 release slot.

Raimi wants to have a criminal known as the Vulture act as the primary antagonist in the film while the studio, which dislikes the idea of the winged wrongdoer, is pushing for a romantic sub-plot involving a burglar named the Black Cat in addition to another villain.

A succession of writers has tried to marry the two parties' differing visions to no effect.

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire ("Rabbit Hole") was hired in October 2008 to pen a key version of the screenplay, on top of the earlier version penned by James Vanderbilt ("Zodiac"). Last year, Sony brought in Gary Ross -- Oscar-nominated for his adapted script on 2003's "Seabiscuit" -- which he also helmed.

Alvin Sargent is penning the latest iteration.

Word of the Sony-Raimi conflict first surfaced mid-December on genre Web site IESB, but at the time Sony denied the report, saying tweaking of the script was "nothing unusual."

The differing views about the villain have their origins in the making of "Spider-Man 3."

Raimi, a fan of the wall-crawling super-hero since the character's 1960s debut, wanted to use classic villain Vulture in addition to Sandman, another classic creation, for that movie. The studio pushed him to use Venom, a character that was introduced in the late 1980s, because it thought that character, with its slick alien-symbiote origin, would lend itself to more effective marketing material and a way to attract "the kids."

"Spider-Man 3," while ensnaring $890 million in its worldwide web, turned out to be reviled by both the fanboy community and by many critics. In addition to a hefty paycheck, Raimi purportedly returned to helm the fourth installment in order to leave the series on a high note.

Production still could begin by this summer. While Sony insiders maintain the pic still could remain in its current release date, a shift to a date later in summer 2011 may be more likely considering the lack of a final script for the visual effects-driven project."


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Sebastian Stan joins Greene in "The Apparition"

By Siewaun
Reference: Variety

Sebastian Stan "Gossip Girl" is set to star opposite Ashley Greene "Twilight" in supernatural horror movie "The Apparition" for Joel Silver's Dark Castle Entertainment.

Todd Lincoln wrote the script, and will be directing the movie, which is inspired by true happenings.

Movie is about a young couple (Stan and Greene) who are haunted by a supernatural presence unleashed during a college experiment.

Joel Silver, Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman are producing, while Steve Richards, Sue Baden Powell and Daniel Alter exec producing.

Shooting will begin in Berlin on 1st of February, followed by Los Angeles in March.


Pierre Morel is set to direct "Dune"

By Siewaun
Reference: Variety

Director Pierre Morel "Taken" has been hired by Paramount to direct "Dune," the latest adaptation of Frank Herbert's 1965 sci-fi novel, taking over from Peter Berg who left to commit himself to Universal's "Battleship."

Morel will re-work the script originally written by Josh Zetumer "Quantum of Solace" with a new yet to be hired screenwriter.

Frank Herbert's novel "Dune," which was first turned into a movie by David Lynch in 1984, is set in the far future and tells of galactic struggle to control the supply of a valuable "spice" melange, the most important and valuable substance in the universe, found only on the desert planet Arrakis.

Misher Films' Kevin Misher will produce the movie alongside New Amsterdam's Richard Rubenstein, who previously produced T.V movies "Dune" and "Children of Dune."


Box Office Jan. 1-3 Results

1 Avatar - $68,300,000
2 Sherlock Holmes - $38,385,000
3 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel - $36,600,000
4 It's Complicated - $18,700,135
5 The Blind Side - $12,650,000
6 Up in the Air - $11,350,000
7 The Princess and the Frog - $10,013,000
8 Did You Hear About the Morgans? - $5,200,000
9 Nine - $4,250,000
10 Invictus - $4,130,000


Box Office Jan. 2-3 Results (Japan)

2 Nodame Cantabile The Movie I (JPN.) - Toho
3 UP - Disney
4 One Piece Film Strong World (JPN.Animation) - Toei
5 Free And Easy 20 Final (JPN.) - Shochiku
6 Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider W & Decade Movie Taisen 2010 (JPN.) - Toei
7 2012 - SPE
8 A Tale Of Ululu's Wonderful Forest (JPN.) - Toho
9 Professor Layton And The Eternal Diva (JPN.Animation) - Toho


Monday, January 4, 2010

Mark Pellington to remake "The Orphanage"

By Siewaun
Reference: Variety

Director Mark Pellington ("The Mothman Prophecies," "Arlington Road") has been hired by New Line to direct "The Orphanage," a remake of the Spanish-language Juan Antonio Bayona's 2007 ghost tale "El Orfanato."

Guillermo del Toro who was the creative supervisor on the original movie, will be producing alongside ContraFilm's Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson. Del Toro also co-wrote the screenplay with Larry Fessenden.

In "El Orfanato," a woman by the name of Laura, returns to her childhood home, an orphanage and plans to turn the house into a home for disabled children, but soon she and her husband Carlos realize that their adopted son Simón starts to communicate with an imaginary masked friend named Tomás.