FROM MOVIES BLOG: One of my weirdest obsessions as a wee lass was Don Bluth's 1982 animated film "The Secret of NIMH." I must have watched it dozens of times on television and was impressed enough by its humble rodent cast to read the book it was based on. If you've never seen it -- or read Robert C. O'Brien's book, "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH" -- you should.
"NIMH" is the story of a widowed field mouse named Mrs. Frisby (renamed Mrs. Brisby in the film) who is faced with an enormous problem for such a fragile little animal. She has a sick child who she must evacuate from their home in a farmer's field before its plowed. To do so, she needs the help of a group of highly evolved field rats who live nearby. When she enlists their assistance, she discovers that they need her just as much as she needs them.
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Seth Rogen's "The Green Hornet" has seen its share of setbacks, almost all involving Stephen Chow. Now, it appears that "Hornet" has hit yet another delay, and will be in need of a new Kato, the role Chow was set to play.
SpoilerTV has discovered an open casting call for the part of Kato. However, they are looking for a non-specific Asian, and no longer require any martial arts experience -- a description that could shed some light on Rogen's take on the classic character. Read More...
Last week, the new "Conan" found its director in the gore-happy Marcus Nispel ("Friday the 13th"). The hunt was on for the man to wield the broadsword, and Lionsgate was said to be on the lookout for an unknown to play the iconic part. The Hollywood Reporter is claiming that they may have found him .... and he's a dead ringer for cinema's first Conan, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Austrian actor Roland Kickinger is currently in talks to star in the remake, and is not only a physical match for the original "Conan the Barbarian" actor, but he shares a similar biography. He's a body-builder turned actor, and he had a role as a T-800 in this summer's "Terminator: Salvation." He also played Ah-nuld in "See Arnold Run," an A&E biopic about the Schwarzenegger's run for the California governor's office. Read More...
FROM MOVIES BLOG: With vampire boyfriends on everyone's wish list, it's not surprising that Hollywood looks to reviving one of its legendary slayers. Not that we would mind of course, as who doesn'twant Buffy to return and save us from the undead? The real question is: does anyone want Buffy without her creator, Joss Whedon?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, there are plans to bring Buffy back to the big screen without Whedon's participation. Instead, it will be a relaunch handled by the director of the 1992 film, Fran Rubel Kuzui, and her husband Kaz Kuzui, along with Roy Lee and Doug Davison of Vertigo Entertainment. It would have no connection to Whedon's legendary television series, or to its comic book continuation, but would instead "reboot" the story from the very beginning in order to not upset the series' diehard fans.
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Sometimes, you get the impression that Hollywood executives aren't quite sure what comic books really are, or what is spurring the whole comic adaptation craze. But they know they want in on it, so they adapt anything with a brightly colored panel... and maybe that's why we're getting a movie based on "Bazooka Joe."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Eisner and his Tornante Company have hired newcomer Mark Hammer (who is actually graduating college this very week) to pen a big-screen adaptation of "Bazooka Joe," the simple little strip created in the 1950s solely to sell gum. Read More...
FROM MTV.COM: Audiences happily beamed aboard the USS Enterprise this weekend, as Paramount's "Star Trek" took the #1 spot with a stunning debut of $72.5 million. The movie also did an estimated $4 million during Thursday-night preview screenings, bringing its total four-day gross to $76.5 million.
It was also another weekend for breaking records: "Star Trek" had the biggest opening ever for a "Trek" installment, beat "The Dark Knight" record for an IMAX haul (it earned $8 million on the giant screens alone) and is the largest earner yet for the second weekend in May. Paramount and J.J. Abrams are undoubtedly breathing a sigh of relief, as many considered a "reboot" of the beloved sci-fi series a very risky prospect. It was feared that the film would misfire with longtime Trek fans and general audiences, but good buzz and positive reviews helped the film win over even the most skeptical moviegoers.
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FROM MOVIES BLOG: Christopher Nolan has recruited another familiar face from Gotham City. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Batman Begins" actor Ken Watanabe will reunite with Christopher Nolan (and fellow "Begins" actor Cillian Murphy) for "Inception," Nolan's mysterious follow-up to "The Dark Knight."
He's not the only new castmember. Tom Hardy ("RocknRolla") has also signed on, joining Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Cillian Murphy, Ellen Page and Marion Cotillard. Not surprisingly, the plot still remains under wraps, but THR reveals that Watanabe will be playing the film's villain, a man who is attempting to blackmail DiCaprio. Hardy will be playing a member of DiCaprio's "team," which should put him together with grad student Page and Gordon-Levitt. Murphy's role is still unspecified.
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FROM MTV.COM: Online piracy, swine flu fears and mixed reviews might daunt other new releases, but not ones packing adamantium claws, an impressive set of biceps and an army of mutants. The indestructible combination helped "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" claw its way to the top of the box office with a superpowered haul of $87 million ($160 million worldwide). Whether the film's box-office success will share the longevity of its mutant hero remains to be seen, but the origin film has kicked the summer season off with a bang.
Matthew McConaughey's romantic comedy "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" landed the #2 spot with $15.3 million. Exit polling indicates that the audience was 70-percent female, suggesting that "Ghosts" may have drawn in some of the wives and girlfriends of the predominantly male "Wolverine" crowd.
For the rest of our report on "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and this weekend's box office tally, head over to MTV.com.
Hugh Jackman is obviously fond of comic books, even those that don't star his alter-ego, Wolverine. Fresh off his solo smash, Jackman is now set to star in "Ghostopolis," a big-screen adaptation of Doug TenNapel's graphic novel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project is being set up at Disney, with Jackman producing through his company, Seed Productions.
"Ghostopolis" centers on a man who works for the Supernatural Immigration Task Force, responsible for sending ghosts back to their rightful resting place of Ghostopolis. Things get tricky when a living boy is accidentally sent to The Other Side, forcing the agent to team up with a female ghost (who also used to be his girlfriend) in order to bring him back to the living. Read More...
FROM MOVIES BLOG: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is already a successful young actor by any measure, but he's quickly on his way to becoming a household name. A role in a Christopher Nolan film can only help, and that's what the "G.I. Joe" star has landed. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gordon-Levitt has signed onto Nolan's top secret thriller, "Inception." The young up-and-comer has replaced James Franco, who dropped out of the running due to schedule conflicts.
The cast now includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Cillian Murphy, and Gordon-Levitt. The plot still remains under lock and key, but it's been previously reported that DiCaprio plays "a CEO-type" and that Gordon-Levitt will play his associate. Page plays a grad student who is somehow the CEO's sidekick, and Cotillard plays DiCaprio's wife.
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