Archive for December 4, 2011
Julia Roberts is in the Second Act of her career; Bridget Jones does The Full Monty; The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was The Bitter Pill that Steven Soderbergh needed to swallow; Adam Shankman controls The Nutcracker and Marion Cotillard is magical in Arthur & Lancelot.
1. Julia Roberts is set to produce and star in Second Act, a workplace comedy which “centers on a woman who has never worked and is forced to take a job.”
There’s no writer or director attached to the project, which will also be produced by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas. Trudie Styler (Mrs. Sting) and Celine Rattray.
Roberts will next be seen as the Evil Queen in the forthcoming Snow White movie, Mirror Mirror.
2. Universal Pictures and Working Title were left looking for a new director ...
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Twilight‘s Breaking Dawn tops the box office-again; The Muppets score the runner-up spot and Hugo fails to light up the chart on its second week of release.
No major releases were unleashed by studios over the weekend, meaning that movie-goers had to make do with Thanksgiving leftovers. This meant that Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 1 ruled the roost for the third week in a row. The vampire romance banked $16.9 million over the weekend and upped its cume to a powerful $247.3 million. The Bill Condon directed film has now brought in over $500 globally – a great number, especially after only three weeks on release, and one that will continue to climb.
It's a back and forth that engaged many of the film blogosphere's biggest writers on Friday night in Twitter conversation.
It started with Latino Review reporting that Benicio Del Toro will be playing Khan Noonien Singh in J.J. Abrams' upcoming sequel to "Star Trek." LR's has a very strong track record with this sort of thing so this is more than a blog's idle speculation.
There's been a lot of speculation of Khan's involvement in this alternate universe Trek, though many aren't sure how Khan would now fit into this universe - how would the events in the original series episode "Space Seed" be taken into account for example.
With word the other day that del Toro is playing a pre-existing character from Trek lore, naturally the speculation linked del Toro and Khan.
A few hours later though came a follow up report in which Abrams was asked about the scoop directly by HitFix. His response was short and unequivocal - "Not true."
So if del Toro isn't playing Khan, the question becomes what other bad guy will he be.
Jane Goldman ("X-Men: First Class," "The Woman in Black") is set to adapt Ransom Riggs' novel "Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children" which Tim Burton is circling to direct at Chernin Entertainment says Deadline.
The book follows a 16-year-old whose childhood was filled with stories his grandfather told him about an orphanage for unusual children.
The teen heads off to his grandfather’s home on an isolated island off Wales and discovers the abandoned remains of the orphanage where he learns the children weren't just peculiar but dangerous and may still be lurking around.
Meanwhile, Paramount has set "Orphan" and "Wrath of the Titans" scribe David Leslie Johnson to adapt Daniel LuVisi's sci-fi graphic novel "Last Man Standing" reports Variety.
Set 600 years in the future, the story follows an invincible soldier created to help Earth win a war against Mars.
After becoming a celebrity hero, he's framed for a heinous crime by a terrorist organization. After a nine-year prison sentence, he escapes and sets out to even the score.
SRG Films have announced plans to adapt a biopic based on Matthew Randazzo's book "Ring of Hell: The Story of Chris Benoit and the Fall of the Pro Wrestling Industry".
Entitled "Crossface", the thriller explores the pressures WWE superstar Chris Benoit faced throughout his wrestling career. A combination of drug-use, depression, and head trauma made him increasingly impossible to handle and ultimately lead to Benoit killing his wife and young son before taking his own life.
Sarah Coulter turned in a first draft in mid-October. Dale Alexander Carnegie is producing and shooting will begin next Fall.