Hailee Steinfeld Will Sleep for a Long Time in "Sleeping Beauty" 


Another day, another fairy tale-inspired Hollywood news. This time, "True Grit's" Hailee Steinfeld is set to star in the new re-imagining of "Sleeping Beauty."

But here's what's interesting with this project -- the film will be told from Princess Aurora's (Steinfeld) point of view. So how will the narrative move forward when the Princess is sleeping you ask? Well that's the intriguing part. While the Princess slumbers into a deep coma waiting for her true love's kiss, she will enter a dangerous dream world (shades of "Sucker Punch" anyone?) and will battle evil forces in order to escape.

The spec script by Lindsay Devlin is now being shopped around every major Hollywood studio. Takers anyone?

But be prepared to be bombarded with an onslaught of fairy tale adventures! There's Disney's "Maleficent" (inspired by "Sleeping Beauty") told from the witch's point of view (we broke this one yay!); "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" where Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton will play the titular roles; "Jack the Giant Killer" from Bryan Singer starring Nicholas Hoult; Channing Tatum as "Peter Pan" in...simply..."Pan"; Sam Raimi rearing to take us back to "Oz: The Great and Powerful" starring James Franco.

But wait, there's more!

Three, count that, three "Snow White" films with actresses such as Julia Roberts, Kristen Stewart, and Charlize Theron attached.

I love Steinfeld and I thought she gave a wonderful performance in "True Grit." And this 14-year old actress is choosing her parts well after the Western hit. She is also attached to the romantic thriller "Forgotten" about a teenage girl who can't remember anything! Why? Because her memory is erased every single night.

Plus, Steinfeld is a fellow Filipino peep of mine. Her maternal grandmother came from my homeland :wink Much love!

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"The Hangover Part II" Poster aka Three Men and a Monkey 


"The Wolfpack is Back" proclaims the new poster for the sequel "The Hangover Part II" from director Todd Phillips.

I enjoyed the first "Hangover" so I'm looking forward to the sequel. And the poster offers more mysteries such as what's the deal with the well-dressed monkey? Or what's the deal with Zach Galifianakis' nearly-shaved head? What's on Ed Helms' face? What's the matter with Bradley Cooper? And where the heck is Justin Bartha?

We'll have all those questions answered on May 26th when the sequel opens nationwide. All I can say is, I hope this is better than the first.

Here's more info on "The Hangover Part II" from Warner Bros.:

Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug travel to exotic Thailand for Stu's wedding. After the unforgettable bachelor party in Las Vegas, Stu is taking no chances and has opted for a safe, subdued pre-wedding brunch. However, things don't always go as planned. What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens in Bangkok can't even be imagined.

Genres: Comedy
Release Date: May 26th, 2011 (wide)
Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Cast and Credits
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha
Directed by: Todd Phillips
Produced by: Todd Phillips, David Siegel (II), Dan Goldberg

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So the New "Monsters Inc." Sequel is Actually a Prequel! 


We all remember Sully (voiced by John Goodman) and Mike (Billy Crystal) and their scream factory in the endearing 2001 monster hit "Monsters Inc." from Disney/Pixar.

But do you know how the two lovable characters meet?

Well now you will because Disney/Pixar announced that the sequel, known as "Monsters University" is actually a prequel and would move the story back to the days of Sully and Mike as college students according to EW.com.

Crystal and Goodman are set to return to voice their characters, and the prequel will debut late 2012. Dave Hollis, Disney's executive vice president of worldwide distribution, told CinemaCon attendees that, “Obviously everybody knows at this point Mike and Sully are amazing friends — the best of friends — but as it turns out, in this story, that wasn’t always the case. From the moment they met at university, they could not stand each other. This story takes you through the ups and downs, and how they overcame their own differences.”

So Sully and Mike will party hearty like any old college student, and then scare people! :happy

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Darren Aronofsky Leaves "Wolverine" BUT Hugh Jackman Says Show Will Go On 


Two weeks ago, Darren Aronofsky backed out of "The Wolverine" citing the production's planned extended overseas shoot as the reason. In a statement from Twentieth Century Fox, Aronofsky said, “It became clear that the production of The Wolverine would keep me out of the country for almost a year. I was not comfortable being away from my family for that length of time.”

It's a shame since Aronofsky could have contributed his independent cinema sensibilities in an overwrought, big-budget production like the "Wolverine" sequel. Now, we can just wonder.

But have no fear Wolverine fans, because Mr. Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman, who has been bulking up and buffing up for the role, says there's no turning back now.

Speaking exclusively to EW in Las Vegas for CinemaCon, the actor said he’s staying on board, and the script by Christopher McQuarrie ("The Usual Suspects") is still set.

Jackman said, "So now we’re out looking for a director. We were pretty much ready to go. The script is fantastic — the best we’ve ever had, which is why it attracted Darren in the first place. His personal situation precludes him from doing it now, and I feel for him. But now we need to find a director.”

And the production is in search of a great director like Aronofsky, "not just someone to yell 'action' and 'cut.'"

So, Michael Bay is out, right? :wink

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Why I Love the New "Jane Eyre" 


Director Cary Fukunaga, fresh from the success of “Sin Nombre,” changed course and decided to work on the 19th feature film adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s novel Jane Eyre. While both movies are different in tone, they are similar in spirit.


Much like “Sin Nombre,” “Jane Eyre” is ultimately about wanting to belong. Our heroine, Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska from “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Kids Are All Right”), is an orphan looking for her place in the sun.

(Check out my "Jane Eyre" interviews with director Cary Fukunaga, Michael Fassbender, and Mia Wasikowska)

The script by Moira Buffini (“Tamara Drewe”) played with the novel’s construction. Instead of a linear narrative structure from Jane’s childhood to her governess job at Thornfield, this new “Jane Eyre” starts with a mystery and then spends the next two hours unraveling the secrets. Read More...

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