"Dirty Harry" The Musical?  


Singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock is planning to turn "Magnum Force" into a full-blown musical!

"Magnum Force" is, of course, the 1973 sequel of "Dirty Harry" and Hitchcock, an obsessive fan, wants to turn this shoot 'em up to a song and dance extravaganza!

According to the Guardian:

Plans are reportedly afoot for the 1973 sequel to Dirty Harry, in which Clint Eastwood hunts down a vigilante cop with a penchant for murdering gangsters, to be turned into an all-singing, all-dancing production. It would follow in the footsteps of rather more comprehensible conversions such as Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Dirty Dancing, Sunset Boulevard and the world-conquering Billy Elliot.


Hitchcock revealed:

"It's a film that seemed to be on all the time when I was on tour," he said. "By the fifth time [I saw it], I became addicted to it. It's taken a very strange hold on my life."


Now keep in mind, it's just a planned stage musical for now, but I would love to see Clint Eastwood's reactions!

But hey, Eastwood sang in "Gran Torino."

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Super Bowl XLIII Movie Trailers 


Yes folks, I watched the Super Bowl XLIII, not for the game mind you, but for the ads, more specifically, the movie trailers.

Did you see them all? If not, I compiled everything to the best of my knowledge, and I tried to do my list alphabetically for your own good :happy

Oh yeah, and thanks to our friends at IMDB, I've included a movie synopsis, and the planned opening date.

Here you go:

ANGELS & DEMONS


Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon works to solve a murder and prevent a terrorist act against the Vatican.

OPENING DATE: MAY 15



FAST AND FURIOUS


As he is released from prison, Brian O'Conner teams up with Dominic Toretto work with the feds to bring down a heroin importer by infiltrating his operation.

OPENING DATE: APRIL 3



G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA

An elite military unit comprised of special operatives known as G.I. Joe, operating out of The Pit, takes on an evil organization led by a notorious arms dealer.

OPENING DATE: AUGUST 7



LAND OF THE LOST


Three adults inadvertently stumble into a mysterious land populated by dinosaurs and other creatures, including the mysterious and dangerous race of Sleestak.

OPENING DATE: June 5



MONSTERS VS. ALIENS


When a meteorite from outer space hits a young girl and turns her into a giant monster, she is taken to a secret government compound where she meets a ragtag group of monsters also rounded up over the years.

OPENING DATE: March 27



RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN


A UFO expert enlists the help of a cabbie to protect two siblings with paranormal powers from the clutches of an organization that wants to use the kids for their nefarious plans.

OPENING DATE: March 13



STAR TREK


A chronicle of the early days of James T. Kirk and his fellow USS Enterprise crew members.

OPENING DATE: May 8



TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN


Decepticon forces return to Earth on a mission to take Sam Witwicky prisoner, after the young hero learns the truth about the ancient origins of the Transformers. Joining the mission to protect humankind is Optimus Prime, who forms an alliance with international armies for a second epic battle.

OPENING DATE: June 26



UP


By tying thousands of balloon to his home, 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Right after lifting off, however, he learns he isn’t alone on his journey, since Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years his junior, has inadvertently become a stowaway on the trip.

OPENING DATE: May 29



THE YEAR ONE


When a couple of lazy hunter-gatherers (Black and Cera) are banished from their primitive village, they set off on an epic journey through the ancient world.

OPENING DATE: June 19



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Jean-Claude Van Damme Wants to do "Bloodsport 2" 


First of, if you guys haven't seen "JCVD" yet, what are you waiting for? It's actually a good film, with Van Damme poking fun at his celebrity stature.

Now, JCVD has confirmed to our friends at totalfilm.com that he is working on "Bloodsport 2," and he is calling it a TRUE sequel, not the other wannabe sequels namely "Bloodsport 2," "Bloodsport 3," and "Bloodsport: The Dark Kumite."

It is of interest to note that Van Damme wasn't part of any of those sequels!

The actor further says:

“You know, like, we’re gonna do Bloodsport 2...which was my first movie. And I want to do it now in a very mature way, where the guy from Bloodsport is a complete bum, maybe abusing his son."


Hhhhmmmm...a darker take? A mature angle? Wow, I just may see this one IF studios agree, but...

“They told me, ‘No, no, no! You cannot make a movie in America where a father is abusing his son physically! It’s wrong."

“And you cannot be a guy on drugs doing karate and shit like that.’ I said, ’Why? Why? Tell me why.’

"It’s against the rules of success. But I believe the other rules of success. To show something real.”


Will Van Damme succeed in getting the sequel based on his vision? Stay tuned, oh yeah, I love that he's trying to keep it real!

Go JCVD!

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Julia Roberts Wants to "Eat, Pray, Love" 


Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir "Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia," may be picked up by Columbia from Paramount Pictures, and Julia Roberts is attached to star!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the story:

"focuses on a married woman who seemingly has it all but realizes that she's not living the life she wants. She divorces her husband and sets off on a journey around the world."


This sounds like a fun star-vehicle, but Columbia is making sure that they have clear rights to the title, to avoid "Watchmen" type of debacle with Paramount.

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"Taken" Takes Box-Office Crown! 


Who knew Liam Neeson can be a box-office sweetheart?

"Taken," the actor's CIA thriller pushed "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" to No. 2 at the weekend box office, selling $24.6 million in ticket sales, landing at No. 1!

The film helped Hollywood earned its first $1 billion January, yes billion, in history!

Like what most scholars say, when the economy is tough, the movie business soars. Folks want to be entertained, and honestly, the $10 ticket price is still a cheap form of entertainment.

Meanwhile, "Paul Blart: Mall Cop," the Kevin James comedy which had been No. 1 for two weeks earned $14 million lifting its 3-week total to $83 million. Not bad for a so-so flick that was made for $26 million bucks! Congrats Sony Pictures!

The two other new films which opened this weekend, "The Uninvited" and "New in Town" failed to reach the top spot. The horror flick "The Uninvited" earned $10.5 million at No. 3., while the Renee Zelwegger dramedy, "New in Town" took $6.7, placing it at No. 8.

"Slumdog Millionaire" continues to bask in its Oscar glory! The Oscar front-runner earned $7.7 million landing at No. 6.

And good, old Clint Eastwood. His "Gran Torino" has now earned more than $110 million, making it Eastwood's highest grossing film. Wow! Folks love Mister Clint, especially when he grunts and acts like an old curmudgeon with a very big heart :happy

Final figures will be released Monday, but here's the most current Hollywood estimates for the Top 10 films in box-office for weekend of January 30:

1. "Taken," $24.6 million.
2. "Paul Blart: Mall Cop," $14 million.
3. "The Uninvited," $10.5 million.
4. "Hotel for Dogs," $8.7 million.
5. "Gran Torino," $8.6 million.
6. "Slumdog Millionaire," $7.7 million.
7. "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans," $7.2 million.
8. "New in Town," $6.7 million.
9. "My Bloody Valentine 3-D," $4.3 million.
10. "Inkheart," $3.7 million.

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