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No surprise: Lots of sequels in the works

By Kim Morgan Nov 12, 2010 3:45PM
For Viacom COO Tom Dooley, sequels, to quote Rodgers and Hamerstein's "Carousel," are like  June -- they're busting out all over. Including a sequel to "Zoolander" 10 years after it first came out.

We'll assume that, with all those years on him, Derek Zoolander is a really, really ridiculously frustrated male model at this point. I'm just surprised it wasn't turned into a Broadway musical at this point.

Here's more from The Hollywood Reporter:

"'Star Trek 2' was already known. It has a release date of June 29, 2012, and Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof are hammering out the script as we speak. They're supposed to deliver it by the holidays. J.J. Abrams, who is producing, hasn't committed to climbing back into the director's chair, but the studio definitely wants him. (He's working hard on Super 8, which Paramount has slotted for June.)

"The other projects Dooley mentioned were a second 'G.I. Joe' movie that Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are writing and the Jack Ryan reboot that Jack Bender is directing.

"More surprising, he listed a new 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' movie (the company spent $60 million to acquire global and merchandising rights to the franchise a year ago for its Nickelodeon label). Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes banner have been developing a screenplay with writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway.

 

Angelina Jolie talks to Vogue magazine

By Kim Morgan Nov 12, 2010 1:14PM
Angelina Jolie talks to Vogue about life, work, her kids and the reasons she makes certain movies. It's not always for the character -- sometimes it's based on geography.

Here's more of the interview, including the interviewer inevitably being distracted by her beauty (which, if you have seen Ms. Jolie in person, is tough to not discuss. She is dazzling in person).

From Vogue:

"Angelina Jolie is explaining why she took the role of Elise Clifton-Ward, the woman of mystery who captivates Johnny Depp in The Tourist, which opens this month. It's because she plans things. 'I was looking for a very short thing to do before Brad started filming [Moneyball],' she says. "And I said I needed something that shoots not too long, in a nice location for my family. Somebody said there’s a script that’s been around, and it shoots in Venice and Paris. And I said, 'Is it a character I haven’t played before?' And they said, 'Yes, it’s a lady.'" She laughs: Uhhuhhuhhehhehheh.

"Sitting opposite one of the world's most notorious beauties is an experience that requires some processing. Impressions: (1) She has a seriously filthy laugh. (2) She is graceful, straight-backed, head held high. (3) Her photogenic beauty is mesmerizing in real life. Which is quite disturbing, because it makes you 'gaze and gaze' (to borrow Nancy Mitford’s phrase from Love in a Cold Climate)."

 

The actress says yes to nudity

By Kim Morgan Nov 12, 2010 1:04PM
I'm truly not saying this in an effort to unleash the horny teenage boy (or middle-aged man) in me. Those guys are in us all. And I'm a woman.

I'm saying this because nudity contracts are silly. So hooray for Anne Hathaway.

From WENN:

"Anne Hathaway turned down a nudity contract before filming sex scenes for new movie 'Love and Other Drugs' because she didn't want strict rules to interfere with her performance.

The actress's free-spirited and confident character strips off her clothes frequently while romping with co-star Jake Gyllenhaal in the film.


"And while Hathaway admits she was terrified about baring all on the big screen, she opted to waive the standard nudity agreement she was offered, which would have allowed her to dictate what can and can't be shown.


"She tells Britain's Elle magazine, 'I decided I didn't want to be doing these scenes and thinking, 'Oh, I can only turn my body 36 degrees, because we'll be breaking contract.'


"Hathaway says she is beginning to put aside her body insecurities and embrace her shape.


"She adds: 'I've hit the point in my life where I understand that being skinny is not sustainable, and nor is it advisable, and nor is it enjoyable.'"


 

Train, Tony, Denzel. I'm there.

By Kim Morgan Nov 12, 2010 12:56PM
I love Tony Scott. I love Denzel Washington. And I love ... trains. Add it all together and my day is entirely complete with the opening of "Unstoppable."

The runaway train movie (opening today) will be my "Avatar," my "Inception" and my "Toy Story 3." No joke.

And I'm not the only one who's nuts about the movie.

This may be one of the best-reviewed films of Tony Scott's career. I mean, come on ... The Wall Street Journal is getting into Hitchcock territory with this one: "Tony Scott's latest thriller turns out to be pure cinema in the classic sense of the term."

Hell yes! As Theresa Russell said in "Track 29": "Chugga-chugga-choo-choo!"

 

Jane Lynch, Danny Glover and Danny Trejo join the cast

By Kim Morgan Nov 12, 2010 10:46AM

More people added to "The Muppets," all of them great. I'm thinking this is just the second round of casting news for the Muppet reboot, and the cast, like the original "Muppet Movie," will be star-studded.


Here's more from TheWrap:


"Disney is looking to primetime for actors to join Jason Segel in 'The Muppets.'


"Emmy-winning 'Glee' star Jane Lynch has joined the impressive ensemble cast, while 'Community''s Donald Glover has also landed a small role in the highly-anticipated movie, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.


"'Machete' star Danny Trejo has also been cast, his representation has confirmed to TheWrap.


"James Bobin ('Flight of the Conchords') is directing from a script co-written by Nicolas Stoller ('Forgetting Sarah Marshall') and "Muppets" star Jason Segel.


"While Glover's role remains unspecified, Lynch will play a prison guard and Trejo will play her prisoner, according to Production Weekly."

 

'The Magic Kingdom' is about ...

By Kim Morgan Nov 11, 2010 4:52PM
Regardless of who makes this movie, it will be both a big hit and a massive ad for Disneyland.

Why? Well, it's called "The Magic Kingdom."

What's it about? Well ... the Magic Kingdom, as in, Disney (land or world, not sure which one will be featured in the movie). Right now, actor and "Iron Man" director Jon Favreau could be helming the picture.

Here's more via TheWrap.

"'Iron Man' maestro Jon Favreau is in talks to direct 'Magic Kingdom,' Disney's answer to 20th Century Fox's successful 'Night at the Museum' franchise, reports Deadline.


"The project has been in development for the past two years, and the premise of the family film finds the theme park's beloved attractions coming to life.


"'Battlestar Galactica''s Ron Moore wrote the most recent draft, although a new writer will soon be hired to rewrite the script under Favreau's supervision.


"Strike Entertainment partners Marc Abraham and Eric Newman are producing 'Magic Kingdom.'



 

Who will be the female lead in the newest Batman movie?

By Kim Morgan Nov 11, 2010 4:32PM
Here's a big question floating around the blogosphere: Who will be the lead actress for the next Batman movie, "The Dark Night Rises," directed by Christopher Nolan?

Thanks to Coming Soon via Deadline, a list has surfaced. Check it out:

"Actresses that Christopher Nolan has been rumored to have met with include Anne Hathaway, Keira Knightley, Blake Lively, Natalie Portman, Naomi Watts and Rachel Weisz. The original article suggests that Nolan is casting for two different female roles, both that of Bruce Wayne's romantic interest and that of a female villain."

"'The Dark Night Rises' will star returning actors Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Gary Oldman as well as the recently-announced Tom Hardy in an unspecified role. The film will go into production shortly with a release planned for July 20, 2012."

 

Check out ... 'Harry Potter and the Deadly Hollow Points'

By Kim Morgan Nov 11, 2010 4:08PM
Harry Potter and heavy artillery? Hermione Granger busting a cap in some fool's a--? Hasta la vista, Voldemort?

This is the general idea of the newest parody trailer from Rated Awesome called "Harry Potter and the Deadly Hollow Points."

Watch. And, you know? None of this is beyond the realm of possibility. The kids have grown up. They could use a piece, and no, not a wand. So, attention, Guy Ritchie. You gave Sherlock Holmes some kick-butt, high-octane adventures, why not Harry Potter?

 
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