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The writer and director re-team

By Kim Morgan Oct 7, 2010 5:55PM
After their huge success with "Juno" a few years back, it looks like screenwriter Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman are working together again.

Here is the news from The Hollywood Reporter:

"Paramount has acquired worldwide distribution rights to Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody's latest collaboration, 'Young Adult.'

"The Mandate Pictures production stars Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson and Patton Oswalt in the original story of a divorced, young-adult fiction writer who returns to her hometown in Minnesota to chase an ex-boyfriend who's now married and has a baby.


Depp tops EW's Most Powerful Entertainers list

By Kim Morgan Oct 7, 2010 5:07PM
Johnny Depp is at the top again.

In a poll at Entertainment Weekly, the "Pirates" and "Ed Wood" star (among many other memorable roles and movies) tops their Most Powerful Entertainers list. Lady Gaga is also at the top.

Here's more:

"'The Pirates of the Caribbean' star tops the Entertainment Weekly list with editors insisting the quirky actor is such a big star he can 'do anything he wants.'

"Excluding cameo and animated roles, the magazine estimates Depp's films have chalked up $5.9 billion globally.

"Lady Gaga is second on the new list, thanks in part to her 5.1 million album sales in the past two years.

"Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey comes in third, while Simon Cowell and Will Smith round out the top five.

"Robert Downey Jr., Sandra Bullock, Leonardo DiCaprio and Eminem also make the top 10.


The actress is in talks to headline Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity'

By Kim Morgan Oct 7, 2010 2:40PM
From fluffy romantic comedies to feel good football dramas, Oscar winning actress Sandra Bullock would be wise to seize this project -- Alfonso Cuaron's much anticipated "Gravity."

Here's the news from The Wrap:

"Sandra Bullock is in early talks to star in Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity' for Warner Bros., an individual familiar with the project has confirmed to TheWrap.

"The casting has been an ongoing saga ever since Angelina Jolie passed on the plum part (twice!) opposite Robert Downey Jr., whose role is much smaller.

"Should the deal come to fruition, Bullock would play an astronaut working on a remote space station that is destroyed by satellite debris, which winds up killing most of her fellow crew members. She is forced to put up the fight of her life in order to get back to her daughter on Earth.

"Like Tom Hanks in 'Cast Away,' the lead role calls for a high-caliber actress who is able to hold the screen by herself for most of the running time, and Bullock certainly fits that bill, not that she needed to win an Oscar last year in order to justify her acting chops.


Questioning a 'Social Network' cameo

By Kim Morgan Oct 7, 2010 2:22PM
While watching David Fincher's "The Social Network," I thought the very same thing.

Is that possibly, really Bill Gates?

EW went ahead and asked Fincher.

"During one scene of 'The Social Network,' Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) and his friend Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) attend a Harvard lecture by none other than Bill Gates. In the movie, the guy up on stage sure looks a lot like the Microsoft creator. And he sounds just like him, too. In fact, the resemblance is so close that we had to straight-up ask director David Fincher: Was that really Bill Gates in your movie?

"'It was. We asked him,' says Fincher.

"Wait, a minute. Really?

“'No, I’m bulls—ting you,' he laughs. 'It was actually this guy from Seattle, who I think on his website is known as the No. 1 Bill Gates impersonator in the world.'

[Wait...there's a "No. 1 Bill Gates impersonator in the world"? Anyway, moving on...]


Mike Meyers to star as the infamous WB Skunk

By Kim Morgan Oct 7, 2010 2:03PM
Pepé Le Pew -- the live action movie?  And with Mike Meyers? It could be good. Or really, really lame.

Since he's one of my favorite Warner Brothers characters, they better do him justice, and not get too P.C.. If you remember, the little black and white french lover/Skunk Pepé would become quite insistent with that poor black cat. No was not an option!

Here's more via Coming Soon via Vulture:

"Vulture  is reporting that Mike Myers will take on the voice of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies character Pepé Le Pew in a live-action/CGI feature at Warner Bros. Pictures.

"In the cartoons, which first premiered in 1945, Pepé Le Pew is a French skunk who is always in pursuit of a black cat that has a white stripe painted down her back by accident. He, of course, thinks it's a skunk and won't take "no" for an answer, even though she often physically assaults him.

"In the film, Pepé and the cat would be CGI characters while the rest of the film would be live action.


Narnia is coming soon

By Kim Morgan Oct 7, 2010 1:55PM
Though most fans (or "hards" as they seem to be called, as in "Twi"...), go over the moon for any mention of the newest "Harry Potter" or "Twiiight" movie, there are those who get super excited for some old school adult fiction adaptations.

No, not "The Hobbit" (that goes without saying), but the "Chronicles of Narnia" series by C.S. Lewis. 

The newest and third movie in the well made franchise is "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader," coming to theaters in 3D and 2D on December 10.

This one, directed by Michael Apted, stars Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Ben Barnes, Will Poulter, Gary Sweet, Bruce Spence, Arthur Angel, Shane Rangi and Liam Neeson.

And here's the just released international trailer. Enjoy, Narnia...hards? That doesn't work. So, just enjoy.


Nicolas Cage will be in another 'Ghost Rider' movie

By Kim Morgan Oct 6, 2010 3:32PM
"Ghost Rider" -- another movie? Really?

Well, it's apparently happening, and with Nicolas Cage returning (how could it get made without him, honestly?) to reprise his role as the biker from Hell, Johnny Blaze.

The movie will be called "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance."

Idris Elba and Johnny Whitworth are in talks to join the cast. Elba will hopefully play an alcoholic monk. Sure, why not?

Here's more of the scoop via TheWrap:

"Elba will play an alcoholic warrior monk tasked with finding Ghost Rider, while Whitworth will play a criminal who is recruited by the devil to find the young boy. The latter actor is eventually turned into a demonic creature ... because you can never have enough of those suckers when you're dealing with a supernatural sequel!


Coming Soon has on-set pictures

By Kim Morgan Oct 6, 2010 1:27PM
The fourth "Mission: Impossible" movie is currently filming in Prague, and Coming Soon has  exclusive on-set photos. If you're curious, take a look.

As they write:

"Cruise, 48, can be seen mounting the roof of a moving van on a zip wire from the third floor of a building. You can check out the photos here or by clicking on the pic below!

"The film, directed by Brad Bird, co-stars Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Vladimir Mashkov, Michael Nyqvist and Josh Holloway. It is scheduled to hit theaters on December 16, 2011."

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