This John Belushi Biopic is Brought to You in Part by "The Hangover" Director Todd Phillips 


John Belushi's life may be coming to theaters near you with help from "The Pursuit of Happyness" screenwriter Steven Conrad and "The Hangover" director-producer Todd Phillips according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Phillips is still unsure if he will direct the biopic but he will produce and Conrad will write the script.

Belushi's life is perfect for the big screen. He's a beloved "Saturday Night Live" cast member who died in 1982 at age 33 due to a drug overdose.

The big question: who should play Belushi? Zach Galifianakis, who previously worked with Phillips in "The Hangover" could play the part. Jack Black could also channel the famously maniacal comedian although he was quoted as saying "His life is not as funny as his work, and watching me do an imitation of him doing his 'Saturday Night Live' bits won't be as funny as watching him do his 'SNL' bits."

Um, Jack, it's called acting dude!

Other actors who could play Belushi, according to THR:

The next generation has fielded a roster of 21st century versions that could potentially pull off the role -- Jonah Hill (26), Seth Rogen (28), Ethan Suplee (34) and Tyler Labine (32), who actually appeared as Belushi in the 2005 NBC movie, "Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Mork & Mindy.'"


Hhhmmmm, maybe Phillips and Conrad should search high and wide for an unknown who can be funny and dramatic at the same time. It's better for a newbie to portray the iconic comedian so they don't bring their own baggage to the role.

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Director Timur Bekmambetov Talks about "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" and Much More! 


So I'm truly enjoying Seth Grahame-Smith's book "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." Now that I'm on vacation, I have more time poring through this engrossing novel (I love driving through Springfield, Illinois, where Lincoln started his law practice, while listening to the audiobook of "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter").

I knew that Tim Burton and "Wanted" director Timur Bekmambetov teamed up to purchase the rights to Grahame-Smith's book (check out my original article on that purchase right here) and that Bekmambetov is attached to direct.

Bekmambetov spoke to Empire Magazine and here's what he said about "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter":

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. "That one I’m prepping to direct myself. It is not a comedy at all – it is a very entertaining, epic history lesson for millions and millions of teenagers. If you remember Nightwatch, it is maybe in the vein of that kind of movie."

"We are keeping the traditional look of Lincoln – the big hat and the beard. He has to be historically correct, but with a few special weapons. There is only one book, but there will be many opportunities to develop and explore this world if we get to do sequels. I hope we will start this winter. We are shooting in America."


In the novel, Lincoln's mother was killed by a supernatural creature, so it became his lifelong passion to kill vampires and their slave-owning helpers. The beloved U.S. president metamorphosizes into an axe-throwing vampire hunter.

I can't wait for this film! No word yet on the cast so stay tuned. And it looks like "Lincoln" will be Bekmambetov's film before working on "Wanted 2." Why? Read on:

Wanted 2. "We are discussing Wanted 2 every month. We are working on it now, but I think it will be after Lincoln because James (McAvoy) is working on the X-Men: First Class… It’s why I decided to develop Lincoln without a studio, to keep control. It’s a big movie but independent too."


To read more on Bekmambetov's interview about "Mody Dick," "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" and much more, click here.

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Watch My "The Expendables" and "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" Movie Reviews 


For my written review of "The Expendables" click here, and for "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" click here

Here's more info on the movies from Yahoo:

"The Expendables"

A group of mercenaries is hired to infiltrate a South American country and overthrow its ruthless dictator. Once the mission begins, the men realize things aren't quite as they appear, finding themselves caught in a dangerous web of deceit and betrayal. With their mission thwarted and an innocent life in danger, the men struggle with an even tougher challenge -- one that threatens to destroy this band of brothers.

Genres: Action/Adventure and Crime/Gangster
Running Time: 1 hr. 43 min.
Release Date: August 13th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for strong action and bloody violence throughout, and for some language.
Distributors: Lionsgate

Cast and Credits
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts
Directed by: Sylvester Stallone
Produced by: Boaz Davidson, Trevor Short, Danny Dimbort

"Scott Pilgrim vs. The World"

Scott Pilgrim has never had a problem getting a girlfriend. It's getting rid of them that proves difficult. From the girl who kicked his heart's ass -- and now is back in town -- to the teenage distraction he's trying to shake when Ramona rollerblades into his world, love hasn't been easy. He soon discovers, however, his new crush has the most unusual baggage of all: a nefarious league of exes controls her love life and will do whatever it takes to eliminate him as a suitor.

Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Romance and Adaptation
Release Date: August 13th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for stylized violence, sexual content, language and drug references.
Distributors: Universal Pictures

Cast and Credits
Starring: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick
Directed by: Edgar Wright
Produced by: Ronaldo Vasconcellos, J. Miles Dale, Jared LeBoff

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Reese Witherspoon Has Fever to Play Peggy Lee 


Reese Witherspoon already won an Oscar for playing a real-life character, now, the actress wants to produce and star in the new untitled biopic of influential singer Peggy Lee.

Witherspoon, who took home the 2006 Best Actress Oscar for playing June Carter in "Walk the Line," is producing with Marc Platt for Fox 2000 according to Variety. Nora Ephron is writing and attached to direct.

Witherspoon met with Lee's granddaughter, Holly Foster-Wells, and secured the rights to the singer's story. She then approached Platt who turned her into a household name with the "Legally Blonde" franchise.

Fox 2000 was also the studio behind "Walk the Line." Much like that Johnny Cash biopic, this upcoming film will chronicle Lee's rise to fame as a singer, songwriter, composer, and actress whose career spanned nearly seven decades. Among Lee's most popular song is "Fever" and she's considered as one of the most influential jazz vocalists of all time.

The big question? Does Witherspoon have the jazz voice to give justice to Lee's songs? Or will she lip-sync?

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Big Surprise! "Twilight Saga" Rules 2010 Teen Choice Awards 


"The Twilight Saga" took home 11 trophies at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards including choice movie fantasy, choice movie actress in a fantasy for Kristen Stewart, and choice movie actor in a fantasy for Taylor Lautner.

But hold on Team Edward, Robert Pattinson won choice summer male movie star and also won choice movie actor in a drama for "Remember Me." (Check out my "Remember Me" interview with Pattinson right here )

The 2010 Teen Choice Awards was held Sunday at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA, and was broadcast Monday at 8pm on Fox.

Here's the complete list of the 2010 Teen Choice Award Nominees and Winners
Here's the complete list of the 2010 Teen Choice Award Nominees and Winners


TELEVISION

Choice TV Show: Drama
* Gossip Girl

90210
Grey's Anatomy
House
The Secret Life of the American Teenager

Choice TV Actor: Drama
* Chace Crawford, Gossip Girl

Penn Badgley, Gossip Girl
Ken Baumann, The Secret Life of the American Teenager
Daren Kagasoff, The Secret Life of the American Teenager
Tristan Wilds, 90210

Choice TV Actress: Drama
* Leighton Meester, Gossip Girl

Sophia Bush, One Tree Hill
Blake Lively, Gossip Girl
Olivia Wilde, House
Shailene Woodley, The Secret Life of the American Teenager

Choice TV Show: Fantasy/Sci-Fi
* The Vampire Diaries

Fringe
Lost
Smallville
Supernatural

Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi
* Paul Wesley, The Vampire Diaries

Josh Holloway, Lost
Joshua Jackson, Fringe
Ryan Kwanten, True Blood
Tom Welling, Smallville

Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi
* Nina Dobrev, The Vampire Diaries

Evangeline Lilly, Lost
Hayden Panettiere, Heroes
Anna Paquin, True Blood
Anna Torv, Fringe

Choice TV Show: Action
* NCIS: Los Angeles

24
Burn Notice
Chuck
Human Target

Choice TV Actor: Action
* Zachary Levi, Chuck

Jeffrey Donovan, Burn Notice
LL Cool J, NCIS: Los Angeles
Kiefer Sutherland, 24
Mark Valley, Human Target

Choice TV Actress: Action
* Yvonne Strahovski, Chuck

Gabrielle Anwar, Burn Notice
Mary Lynn Rajskub, 24
Daniela Ruah, NCIS: Los Angeles
Katee Sackhoff, 24

Choice TV Show: Comedy
* Glee

The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
Sonny with a Chance
Wizards of Waverly Place

Choice TV Actor: Comedy
* Jonas Brothers, JONAS

Steve Carell, The Office
Sterling Knight, Sonny with a Chance
Cory Monteith, Glee
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Choice TV Actress: Comedy
* Selena Gomez, Wizards of Waverly Place

Miranda Cosgrove, iCarly
Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory
Demi Lovato, Sonny with a Chance
Lea Michele, Glee

Choice TV: Animated Show
* Family Guy

American Dad
The Cleveland Show
South Park
Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Choice TV: Reality Show
* Keeping Up with the Kardashians

The Hills
Jersey Shore
The Price of Beauty
Taking The Stage

Choice TV: Reality Competition Show
* American Idol

America's Next Top Model
Dancing with the Stars
Project Runway
Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew

Choice TV: Male Reality/Variety Star
* Lee DeWyze, American Idol

Paul DJ Pauly D DelVecchio, Jersey Shore
Brody Jenner, The Hills
Bret Michaels, Celebrity Apprentice
Michael The Situation Sorrentino, Jersey Shore

Choice TV: Female Reality/Variety Star
* The Kardashians, Keeping Up with the Kardashians

Crystal Bowersox, American Idol
Kristin Cavallari, The Hills
Lauren Conrad, The Hills
Nicole Snooki Polizzi, Jersey Shore

Choice TV: Villain
* Ian Somerhalder, The Vampire Diaries

Russell Hantz, Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains
Jane Lynch, Glee
Terry O'Quinn, Lost
Ed Westwick, Gossip Girl

MOVIES

Choice Movie: Action Adventure
* Sherlock Holmes

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Kick-Ass
Robin Hood
The Losers

Choice Movie Actor: Action Adventure
* Channing Tatum, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Nicolas Cage, Kick-Ass
Russell Crowe, Robin Hood
Matt Damon, Green Zone
Robert Downey Jr., Sherlock Holmes

Choice Movie Actress: Action Adventure
* Rachel McAdams, Sherlock Holmes

Cate Blanchett, Robin Hood
Mila Kunis, The Book of Eli
Sienna Miller, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Zoe Saldana, The Losers

Choice Movie: Sci-Fi
* Avatar

2012
District 9
Iron Man 2
The Time Traveler's Wife

Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi
* Sam Worthington, Avatar

Sharlto Copley, District 9
John Cusack, 2012
Robert Downey Jr., Iron Man 2
Jude Law, Repo Men

Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi
* Zoe Saldana, Avatar

Scarlett Johansson, Iron Man 2
Rachel McAdams, The Time Traveler's Wife
Gwyneth Paltrow, Iron Man 2
Amanda Peet, 2012

Choice Movie: Fantasy
* The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Alice in Wonderland
Clash of the Titans
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Choice Movie Actor: Fantasy
* Taylor Lautner, The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Johnny Depp, Alice in Wonderland
Jake Gyllenhaal, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Robert Pattinson, The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Sam Worthington, Clash of the Titans

Choice Movie Actress: Fantasy
* Kristen Stewart, The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Gemma Arterton, Clash of the Titans / Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Rosario Dawson, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Mia Wasikowska, Alice in Wonderland
Emma Watson, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Choice Movie: Drama
* The Blind Side

Dear John
The Last Song
Remember Me
The Runaways

Choice Movie Actor: Drama
* Robert Pattinson, Remember Me

Jake Gyllenhaal, Brothers
Tobey Maguire, Brothers
Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker
Channing Tatum, Dear John

Choice Movie Actress: Drama
* Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side

Miley Cyrus, The Last Song
Dakota Fanning, The Runaways
Amanda Seyfried, Dear John
Kristen Stewart, The Runaways

Choice Movie: Romantic Comedy
* Valentine's Day

The Back-up Plan
Just Wright
Letters to Juliet
The Proposal

Choice Movie Actor: Romantic Comedy
* Ashton Kutcher, Valentine's Day

Gerard Butler, The Ugly Truth / The Bounty Hunter
Josh Duhamel, When in Rome
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, (500) Days of Summer
Ryan Reynolds, The Proposal

Choice Movie Actress: Romantic Comedy
* Sandra Bullock, The Proposal

Kristen Bell, When in Rome
Queen Latifah, Valentine's Day / Just Wright
Jennifer Lopez, The Back-up Plan
Amanda Seyfried, Letters to Juliet

Choice Movie: Comedy
* Date Night

Get Him to the Greek
Hot Tub Time Machine
Killers
She's Out of My League

Choice Movie Actor: Comedy
* Ashton Kutcher, Killers

Russell Brand, Get Him to the Greek
Steve Carell, Date Night
Jonah Hill, Get Him to the Greek
Chris Rock, Death at a Funeral

Choice Movie Actress: Comedy
* Tina Fey, Date Night

Kristen Bell, Couples Retreat
Lizzy Caplan, Hot Tub Time Machine
Zoë Saldana, Death at a Funeral
Emma Stone, Zombieland

Choice Movie: Horror/Thriller
* Paranormal Activity

A Nightmare on Elm Street
Shutter Island
Splice
The Stepfather

Choice Movie Actor: Horror/Thriller
* Leonardo DiCaprio, Shutter Island

Penn Badgley, The Stepfather
Adam Brody, Jennifer's Body
Jackie Earle Haley, A Nightmare on Elm Street
Micah Sloat, Paranormal Activity

Choice Movie Actress: Horror/Thriller
* Megan Fox, Jennifer's Body

Katie Cassidy, A Nightmare on Elm Street
Audrina Patridge, Sorority Row
Michelle Williams, Shutter Island
Rumer Willis, Sorority Row

Choice Movie: Animated
* Toy Story 3

How to Train Your Dragon
Marmaduke
The Princess and the Frog
Shrek Forever After

Choice Movie: Villain
* Rachelle Lefevre, The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Stephen Lang, Avatar
Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kick-Ass
Mickey Rourke, Iron Man 2

Choice Movie: Dance
* Sandra Bullock and Betty White, The Proposal

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth, The Last Song
Robert Downey Jr., Iron Man 2
Tina Fey and Steve Carell, Date Night
Michael Jackson, This Is It

Choice Movie: Liplock
* Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Choice Movie: Fight
* Mia Wasikowska vs. The Jabberwocky, Alice in Wonderland

Choice Movie: Hissy Fit
* Miley Cyrus, The Last Song

Choice Movie: Chemistry
* Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Choice Movie: Male Breakout
* Liam Hemsworth, The Last Song

Choice Movie: Female Breakout
* Taylor Swift, Valentine’s Day

Choice Movie: Male Scene Stealer
* Kellan Lutz, The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Choice Movie: Female Scene Stealer
* Ashley Greene, The Twilight Saga: New Moon


MUSIC

Choice Music: Male Artist
* Justin Bieber

Jason Derulo
Drake
Adam Lambert
Usher

Choice Music: Female Artist
* Lady Gaga

Miley Cyrus
Ke$ha
Shakira
Taylor Swift

Choice Music: Group
* Selena Gomez & The Scene

The Black Eyed Peas
Glee Cast
New Boyz
Young Money

Choice Music: Rap Artist
* Eminem

Drake
Jay-Z
Ludacris
Pit Bull

Choice Music: R&B Artist
* Beyonce

Alicia Keys
Rihanna
Trey Songz
Usher

Choice Music: Rock Group
* Paramore

Kings of Leon
MGMT
Muse
Train

Choice Music: Male Country Artist
* Keith Urban

Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
Darius Rucker

Choice Music: Female Country Artist
* Taylor Swift

Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Carrie Underwood
Gretchen Wilson

Choice Music: Country Group
* Lady Antebellum

Gloriana
Rascal Flatts
Sugarland
Zac Brown Band

SPORTS

Choice Athlete: Male
* David Beckham (Soccer)

Drew Brees (Football)
LeBron James (Basketball)
Apolo Anton Ohno (Speedskating)
Albert Pujols (Baseball)

Choice Athlete: Female
* Serena Williams (Tennis)

Candace Parker (Basketball)
Danica Patrick (Auto Racing)
Misty May Treanor (Volleyball)
Lindsey Vonn (Skiing)

Choice Action Sports Athlete: Male
* Ryan Sheckler (Skateboarding)

Travis Pastrana (Motocross)
Kevin Pearce (Snowboarding)
Kelly Slater (Surfing)
Shaun White (Snowboarding)

Choice Action Sports Athlete: Female
* Maya Gabeira (Surfing)

Torah Bright (Snowboarding)
Sarah Burke (Skiing)
Ashley Fiolek (Motocross)
Hannah Teter (Snowboarding)

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