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NC-17 overturned on appeal

By Kim Morgan Dec 9, 2010 11:43AM
A victory for movies against those pesky ratings boards. Remember when "Midnight Cowboy" was labeled with an "X"? And then won Best Picture at the Oscars?

I doubt "Blue Valentine" will nab Best Picture, but this is nice news. From EW:

"Good news for 'Blue Valentine!' Deadline is reporting that the MPAA has changed the gritty indie's dreaded NC-17 rating to a much-friendlier R after Harvey Weinstein himself appeared at today’s appeal hearing.

"When EW spoke to Weinstein last month, he said he had already assembled lawyers to appeal the rating, including Alan Friedman, who helped TWC win an R rating for 'Zack and Miri Make a Porno,' and David Boies, who represented Al Gore in the 2000 Supreme Court case Bush v. Gore and teamed with former Solicitor General Theodore Olson this year to challenge California's Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage."


Who will replace her in '21 Jump Street'?

By Kim Morgan Dec 8, 2010 6:03PM
It appears "it" girl Emma Stone will not be able to appear in the newest incarnation of "21 Jump Street" (as in, for the big screen). She's too busy romancing (or not) Peter Parker in the newest incarnation of "Spider-Man."

Movieline discusses, and thinks of some possible other candidates:

"Emma Stone recently announced that due to her involvement as a web-slinger’s love interest in the forthcoming 'Spider-Man' she would be unable to join the cast of Jonah Hill’s "21 Jump Street" remake. Now, it’s hard to be sure if the red-headed upstart is really jumping ship to play Peter Parker’s non-red-headed gal or if she just happened to catch 'The A-Team' OnDemand, but here are five other actors that would make the perfect Officer Judy Hoffs. It’s time to go back to school, kids."

Here's one of their picks:

"Kristen Stewart: This is a girl who would make a great undercover high school student any day of the week. She fidgets, she has ticks, her facial expressions are at times baffling and she never stops playing with her hair.


Five mean Christmas characters

By Kim Morgan Dec 8, 2010 5:49PM
The holidays already?

Seems strange (to me, anyway) but true.

So with the spirit of Christmas, or perhaps the dis-spirit of the season, Metro UK has ranked the top five Christmas movie villains.

Here's an obvious but great one. No matter what, he stands the test of time as one of the all-time Christmas ruiners:

"This guy makes Oogie Boogie and Stripe look like Elmo and Kermit. Mr Potter is one nasty piece of work. This is what Ebenezer Scrooge would have been like if he had just enjoyed a decent night's sleep on Christmas Eve. The only love he feels is for the dollar and he regards handing out loans to the poor as 'sentimental hogwash.' Mind you, there are a few banks that could have done with him at the helm during the credit crunch. But how can anyone find it in their cold heart to be mean to the always loveable Jimmy Stewart?"

Muppets moving on up

By Kim Morgan Dec 8, 2010 5:27PM
Walt Disney Studios just announced today that the new Muppet movie has been moved up it's from December 25, 2011 to November 23, 2011.

Eat turkey, and watch Kermit, Pigggy and Fozzie and Gonzo on a full stomach.

Here's more from ComingSoon via Disney:

"'Disney has had incredible success opening films over the Thanksgiving weekend, and thanks to 'Tangled,' we have the top three Thanksgiving openers of all time,' said Chuck Viane, president of global distribution for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

"'I have spoken with The Muppets, and we all agreed this comedy is a great fit for the holiday 2011 time frame.'


Will James Cameron go Vegas, Baby?

By Kim Morgan Dec 8, 2010 2:16PM
Oh dear. Well, actually this makes a lot of sense. I just can't keep track of what the heck James Cameron is doing these days.

But ... if you're going to do a 3D movie, the razzle-dazzle (did I just write "razzle dazzle'? Uh ... "Burlesque" on the brain, sorry) dare-doing of Cirque du Soleil makes sense.

Here's more from TheWrap:

"'Avatar' director James Cameron has come aboard to produce an untitled family film that will combine narrative storytelling with the dazzling visuals of Cirque du Soleil, reports Deadline.

Andrew Adamson ('Shrek') is directing the ambitious hybrid project, which is being financed primarily by Cirque du Soleil and is already one-third completed.

"Cirque du Soleil's various themed shows in Las Vegas are currently being captured in 3D, as the troupe's live performances will serve as the backdrop of a magical world where the film's lead character has been transported. The plan is for the movie to launch a series of family films that incorporate Cirque du Soleil's eye-popping performances into their storylines.


New teaser for the upcoming Jon Favreau picture

By Kim Morgan Dec 8, 2010 2:11PM
This is a nice one. The international teaser poster for John Favreau's "Cowboys & Aliens," a movie that will surely be a hit. Favreau is on a good streak these days.

There's some differences to the U.S. poster, however, which ComingSoon points out:

"It's got the same man (in this case, Daniel Craig). The same bad-ass alien hardware. But a different pose (sorry, ladies, no "cowboy butt" here). Universal releases the film in theaters domestically on July 29, 2011.


The actor is seeking a sequel to 'Master and Commander'

By Kim Morgan Dec 7, 2010 5:34PM
Since I've had rather distressing situations arise after tweets, I've been wary to even go near the stupid thing named after ... birds? Whatever. Would Lee Marvin tweet? No.

But apparently Russell Crowe does, and in this case, he's urging his followers to join him in his excitement for helping put together a sequel to Peter Weir's critically acclaimed nautical adventure, "Master and Commander."

Here's more from TheWrap:

"Russell Crowe's 'Master and Commander' was a critical hit but a box office underachiever.

Released in 2003 for $150 million, the action epic grossed $212 million worldwide. It did manage to rack up 10 Oscar nominations, but the so-so grosses doomed the prospect of Crowe returning to the high seas as Capt. Jack Aubrey.  

"However, Crowe is hoping that by calling on his 110,000 Twitter followers he can muster enough interest to force Fox to green light a second film adaptation of the Napoleonic wars novels.

"'If you want a Master and Commander sequel I suggest you e-mail Tom Rothman at Fox and let him know your thoughts,' Crowe tweeted.


Blanchett cast in 'The Hobbit'

By Kim Morgan Dec 7, 2010 5:23PM
She's perfect. She's so beautiful and ... she even looks elfin.

Cate Blanchett in "The Hobbit."

Here's more from EW:

"Cate Blanchett had better start brushing up on her Elvish. The Australian actress has signed on to the cast of director Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy epic 'The Hobbit,' reprising the role of the ethereal elf Galadriel that she played in Jackson’s 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy.

"The announcement of Blanchett’s casting comes as something of a surprise, since the character of Galadriel doesn’t actually appear in Tolkien’s novel.

Then again, there are virtually no female characters in the book whatsoever, so Jackson is clearly looking to balance out the two-part film somewhat in terms of gender.

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