Dwayne Johnson, formerly known as The Rock, has successfully rebranded himself from a menacing wrestler to a family film star. His new movie, “Tooth Fairy,” curiously imitates the winning formula used in previous family movies starring Johnson such as “The Game Plan” and “Race to Witch Mountain.”
That time-tested formula involves Johnson in a fish-out-of-water tale starring likeable child actors and the result is a triumphant box-office return. 20th Century Fox, the studio behind “Tooth Fairy,” is banking on Johnson’s likeability even if it means making the star wear a pink tutu. Read More...
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Marc Webb will spin his own web in the upcoming "Spider-Man" reboot! Sony has announced that the "500 Days of Summer" helmer will be the one to replace Sam Raimi in the director's chair.
Last week, Sony dumped both Raimi and star Tobey Maguire and scrapped "Spider-Man 4" completely. (See "Spider-Man 4" SCRAPPED! Tobey Maguire, Sam Raimi OUT!)
I enjoyed "500 Days of Summer," so having Webb to direct is a good sign! He will be working from a script by James Vanderbilt.
Webb tells Variety that he isn't taking over for Raimi for that would be pure arrogance, "I'm here because there's an opportunity for ideas, stories and histories that will add a new dimension, canvas and creative voice to 'Spider-Man.'"
The reboot will begin production later this year and is set to open summer 2012.
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So this morning, I was reading Ain't It Cool News, and Harry posted:
Hey folks, Harry here with the coolest whisper I've heard in a while. I was chatting to a fella I know tonight, and this person heard that Tim Burton is developing another classic Disney fairy tale in a quasi Live Actiony kinda way. It seems that Tim has a hankering for SLEEPING BEAUTY... but not really... You see, he's going to tell the story from Maleficent's point of view. In fact, it'll be called MALEFICENT.
But back in May of last year, we said Angelina Jolie was being mentioned for the Maleficent role by Disney/Pixar Brad Bird. Back then, it was still a Bird project, but apparently, with Dick Cook leaving Disney, it's now under Burton.
Either or, this is a really great movie idea, and I'm looking forward to hearing more news as the project advances.
Here's my exclusive report I broke about the story:
My super-reliable source, someone very, very close to Walt Disney Pictures, revealed to me that Brad Bird, the fantastic writer/director ("The Iron Giant," "The Incredibles," "Ratatouille") is planning to make a live-action adventure based on Disney's worst, most vicious villain yet, Maleficent from "Sleeping Beauty."
And Bird wants Angelina Jolie to play the sorceress, the self-proclaimed "mistress of all evil."
This got me excited in so many levels! First, it's Bird! He's a writing and directing god who puts characters first above all else! Second, I think Jolie is a perfect casting choice! And third, it's interesting to see "Sleeping Beauty" told from the perspective of the villain.
Much like "Wicked" where "The Wizard of Oz" is retold from the point of view of the Wicked witch, Bird's project will add layers and textures to a story we all know, loved, and grew up with.
Right now, this is still in its planning stages, but I'm just sharing this with y'all, 'cause I can't quite contain my excitement!
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The Hollywood Reporter told us that Paramount has hired screenwriter Michael R. Perry and director Kevin Greutert to create the sequel to 2009’s biggest surprise hit, “Paranormal Activity,” which scared up $151 million in worldwide grosses in the fall on a shoestring $15,000 budget and a shrewd, opt-in Web marketing campaign.
And Paramount revealed that the sequel will be released on Oct. 22 just in time for Halloween!
Sure, Jason Blum and Oren Peli, the team behind the original "Paranormal Activity," are producing the second, but...um...this is horrible news! Paramount is just cashing in on the popularity of the first film, but has the studio stopped and pondered about the fate of "The Blair Witch Project?"
Like "Paranormal," 1999's "Blair Witch" was considered a pop culture phenomenon. Shot on a shoe-string budget, the film made gazillion of dollars, just like "Paranormal."
And then, of course, the inevitable sequel followed, the horrendous "Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2." Like "Paranormal," the original creative team was attached to the sequel, but it didn't help.
The magic was gone.
So note to Paramount, if you're thinking of building a formidable franchise surrounding "Paranormal Activity," put time and effort behind it. Don't just release a sequel for the purpose of releasing a film on Halloween!
Stop, take a breath, and then see if the people you hired are qualified to create the sequel. If not, go back to the drawing board.
Or better yet? Stop thinking of making part 2!
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The sequel to one of the most popular franchises will arrive on DVD March 20th. "The Twilight Saga" New Moon" will have a Two-Disc Special Edition DVD and Special Edition Blu-Ray Featuring a Six-Part Behind the Scenes Documentary,
The Saturday DVD release day of the film was decided so fans across the nation can celebrate with midnight release parties before taking home the film at 12:01 a.m.
Here's more from Summit:
The Twilight Saga: New Moon Two-Disc Special Edition DVD has a suggested retail price of $32.99, while the Special Edition Blu-ray is set at $34.99. Both are packed with bonus features that are sure to please even the most-hard core fans, including a revealing Audio Commentary with Director Chris Weitz and editor Peter Lambert; a riveting 6-part documentary that takes you behind the scenes; exclusive band rehearsal footage with Muse; and music videos from Death Cab for Cutie, Anya Marina and Mute Math.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen and Anna Kendrick. Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone and Kellan Lutz return to their roles in the Cullen family.
Here's more info on the "Twilight: New Moon" DVD,Blu-Ray:
· Audio Commentary by director Chris Weitz and editor Peter Lambert
· Six-Part Documentary takes you behind the scenes of the film
· Rehearsal Footage with Muse, who is featured on the hit soundtrack
· Three Music Videos from Death Cab for Cutie, Anya Marina and Mute Math
· And more!
Street Date: March 20, 2010
Order Due Date: January 19, 2010
Pre-sell Date: January 26, 2010
Feature Run Time: 130 minutes
MPAA Rating (USA): PG-13
DVD SRP: $32.99
DVD Cat # / UPC: 66113353 / 025192058158
Blu-Ray SRP: $34.99
Blu-Ray Cat # / UPC: 66113354 / 025192058165
DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1; English Dolby Surround 2.0; Español Dolby Digital 5.1
Blu-Ray Audio: English DTS -HD Master Audio / English Dolby Surround 2.0 / Español Dolby Digital 5
DVD/BD Subtitles: English SDH & Español Subtitles
DVD/BD Aspect Ratio: 16x9 (2:40) Letterbox
About Summit Entertainment, LLC
Summit Entertainment, LLC is a worldwide theatrical motion picture development, financing, production and distribution studio. The studio handles all
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