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Mack Chico

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2008/08/05 at 12:00am

The Green Lantern in development

08.5.2008 | By |

The Green Lantern in development

Production Weekly’s current issue has updated Warner Bros’ adaptation of DC Comic’s The Green Lantern as being in active development.

As the story goes, each sector of space is protected by a Green Lantern, possessing a power ring that uses a powerful green energy to do anything within the limits of the user’s imagination and will power. When the Green Lantern assigned to this sector of space finds himself dying on planet Earth, he tells the ring to find a suitable successor. The chosen replacement, hot-shot test pilot Hal Jordan, finds himself with a new job he never expected.

No director is mentioned in the above update, although Greg Berlanti (Everwood, Eli Stone) was attached to the project last year.

Alex Florez

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2008/08/05 at 12:00am

Leonardo DiCaprio to be Vladimir Lenin?

08.5.2008 | By |

Leonardo DiCaprio to be Vladimir Lenin?

Leonardo DiCaprio is reportedly in talks to play Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin in a new movie.

The Titanic star is said to be in negotiations to take on the leading role in forthcoming film Lenin’s Brain, according to The Sun newspaper.

The picture will be directed by Russian moviemaker Alexander Der Borodyansky, who insists the actor is perfect for the part because of his striking physical resemblance to the communist politician, who died in 1924.

Mack Chico

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2008/08/04 at 12:00am

Justin Timberlake will host the Oscars?

08.4.2008 | By |

Justin Timberlake will host the Oscars?

Say those six words when you get to the gates of hell and you’ll immediately be ushered to the VIP section.

I think it’s pretty effin’ disgusting that the producers are even considering allowing this douche bag host the Oscars. How long are the Oscars? Like 15 hours? Imagine sitting through 15 hours of Justin Timberlake. There isn’t enough booze and drugs on the planet to get you through that.

A source told The National Enquirer (via CM) that the producers were impressed with Justin after watching him host the ESPY Awards. They thought he was “naturally funny.” And me thinks the producers are “naturally high.”

They also think Justin could bring in a younger audience. The source went on to say, “Justin is more than a singer, he’s a song-and-dance man – and turned in a performance (at the ESPY Awards) any comedian would envy. Our first question was, ‘Can we get him?’ Justin does it all, and knows how to work a star-studded audience.” Song-and-dance man? Since when is this douche Gene Kelly?

This may be the perfect time to end the Oscars awards show. It’s been a good run, but it’s time to call it a day the minute you start to consider Justin Timberfake as a host. Instead, they can hand out the awards in the parking lot of Bob’s Big Boy after Sunday buffet brunch.

 

Mack Chico

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2008/08/04 at 12:00am

Bardem says no to ‘Killing Pablo’

08.4.2008 | By |

Bardem says no to 'Killing Pablo'

An interesting development at today’s press junket for Woody Allen’s romantic comedy Vicky Christina Barcelona when ComingSoon.net spoke to the film’s star Javier Bardem and asked him about Joe Carnahan’s Killing Pablo, for which the Oscar-winning actor was attached to play the title role of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.

It was reported by Variety last October that the Yari Film Group was fast-tracking the film with Bardem playing the lead role and Christian Bale to co-star. When ComingSoon.net spoke to Carnahan earlier this summer, he was already talking about his trip down to Colombia to start preparing in order to shoot the movie in the fall. (At the time, he said nothing about the casting.)

In February, the National Ledger cast some doubt on whether Bardem would play the role, but it seemed more like Bardem hadn’t decided what he wanted to do yet, saying “Those credits are up in the air” even though Bardem was still listed to play the role on IMDb.com, having presumably been Carnahan’s first choice for Escobar.

With that in mind, ComingSoon.net asked Bardem today how he was preparing for the role, to which we were informed that it was “a mistake” and that it “wasn’t true” he was going to play the part in Carnahan’s movie. Since we presumed everything was in place for casting with the Variety report and Carnahan’s own progress on moving into production, we’ll have to wait and see who Carnahan gets to fill the role if Bardem is out. There’s been no word from Bale on his own part in the movie despite having spent the past few weeks doing press for The Dark Knight.

Alex Florez

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2008/08/04 at 12:00am

Morgan Freeman in serious condition after accident

08.4.2008 | By |

Morgan Freeman in serious condition after accident

Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman is in a hospital in Memphis, Tenn., on Monday after being seriously injured in a car accident near his home in Mississippi.

Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Kathy Stringer said Freeman, 71, is in serious condition. The hospital is about 90 miles north of the accident scene in rural Tallahatchie County in the Mississippi Delta.

Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Ben Williams said Freeman was driving a 1997 Nissan Maxima belonging to Demaris Meyer of Memphis when the car left a rural highway and flipped several times shortly before midnight Sunday.

“There’s no indication that either alcohol or drugs were involved,” Williams said. He said both Freeman and Meyer were wearing seat belts. The woman’s condition was not immediately available.

Freeman was airlifted to the hospital in Tennessee.

Clay McFerrin, editor of Sun Sentinel in Charleston, said he arrived at the accident scene on Mississippi Highway 32 soon after it happened about 5 miles west of Charleston, not far from where Freeman owns a home with his wife.

McFerrin said it appeared that Freeman’s car was airborne when it left the highway and landed in a ditch.

“They had to use the jaws of life to extract him from the vehicle,” McFerrin said. “He was lucid, conscious. He was talking, joking with some of the rescue workers at one point.”

McFerrin said bystanders converged on the scene trying to get a glimpse of the actor.

When one person tried to snap a photo with a cell phone camera, Freeman joked, “no freebies, no freebies,” McFerrin said.

Freeman won an Oscar for his role in “Million Dollar Baby.” His screen credits also include “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Driving Miss Daisy” and “The Dark Knight,” now in theaters.

He was born in Memphis, Tenn., but spent much of his childhood in the Mississippi Delta. He is a co-owner of the Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale.

The hospital where Freeman is being treated is commonly known as The Med, and is an acute-care teaching facility that serves patients within 150 miles of Memphis.

Mack Chico

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2008/08/04 at 12:00am

Mike Myers in new Jason vs. Freddy sequel?

08.4.2008 | By |

Mike Myers in new Jason vs. Freddy sequel?

Bloody-Disgusting spoke to Robert Englund, known for playing Freddy Kruger in the “Nightmare on Elm Street” movies, who revealed that the sequel to “Freddy vs Jason” is still being discussed. But the possible new film will not be adding Ash from “Evil Dead,” instead the filmmakers have someone else in mind.

There is no Ash,” said Englund. “That’s off the table because I think [Sam] Raimi is remaking Evil Dead.

Well, that’s too bad, but who else could match up with Kruger and Jason Voorhees? “They were talking to John Carpenter which leads me to believe they would bring Michael Myers into the mix somehow,” revealed Englund. “I had heard one great story about maybe making it a little bit period [and] still having Jamie Lee Curtis alive as an adult and having her move somehow with a young Christina Ricci niece or something into Springwood. Then of course we could all be there and go after her. I’d like to throw down with Jamie Lee.

Alex Florez

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2008/08/03 at 12:00am

‘The Dark Knight’ still dominates the box-office

08.3.2008 | By |

'The Dark Knight' still dominates the box-office

The Dark Knight” fended off a strong challenge from the new “Mummy” sequel to lead the North American box office for a third weekend, and is on track to become the second-biggest movie of all time.

The Batman blockbuster earned $43.8 million for the three days beginning Friday, distributor Warner Bros. Pictures said on Sunday. Universal’s “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” followed with $42.5 million.

The Walt Disney Co. political comedy “Swing Vote” came in at No. 6 with just $6.3 million, the latest disappointment for its star, Kevin Costner, who has not had a $100 million movie since 1992’s “The Bodyguard.”

The total for “The Dark Knight” rose to $394.9 million. Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner Inc, said it expects the film to add at least $100 million, surpassing the $461 million haul of 1977’s “Star Wars” and its two reissues, the current No. 2 movie of all time in the United States and Canada. The $601 million record, held by 1997’s “Titanic,” seems watertight. Adjusted for inflation, though, “Titanic” ranks at No. 6, far behind “Gone with the Wind” at $1.4 billion, according to tracking firm Box Office Mojo.

“The Dark Knight” will add yet another record to its impressive tally on Monday or Tuesday, when it breaks $400 million, which would be its 18th or 19th day of release. The old record of 43 days is held by 2004’s “Shrek 2.”

Internationally, “The Dark Knight” has earned $205 million, Warner Bros. said. Top markets include Britain with $50 million and Australia with $32 million.

MUMMY BIG OVERSEAS

Pundits had predicted that the “Mummy” movie could open to upwards of $50 million domestically, roughly in between its two predecessors, but the critically mauled Brendan Fraser film was a little bruised by the Batman juggernaut.

It marks the follow-up to 2001’s “The Mummy Returns,” which opened to $68 million. The franchise relaunched in 1999 with a $43.4 million bow for “The Mummy.”

Universal said “The Mummy” was big internationally. The film, co-starring Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh, opened to $59.5 million from 28 territories. Top markets included Russia and South Korea, each with about $13 million. Because the action is set in China, and the Olympic Games kick off in Beijing on Friday, Universal has been cross-promoting the movie with its General Electric Co corporate sibling NBC, which holds the U.S. broadcast rights to the games.

Fraser has had a low profile since appearing as part of the ensemble in the Oscar-winning 2004 movie “Crash.” But he now has two movies in the top 5, with Warner Bros.’ “Journey to the Center of the Earth” at No. 5 with a four-week total of $73.1 million.

“Swing Vote,” in which Costner plays a hard-drinking oaf whose vote will determine the outcome of a U.S. presidential election, was released as a counterprogramming attempt. Disney distribution president Chuck Viane billed it as “a thinking person’s movie,” but it ended up being one of the worst openings of Costner’s career. Reviews were mixed.

Disney’s only summer success, the Pixar-produced cartoon “WALL-E” has earned $204.2 million after six weeks, and will pass the $206 million haul of last year’s “Ratatouille.” But it will end up as only the sixth-biggest of Pixar’s nine productions.

Despite the strong performance of “The Dark Knight” and “The Mummy,” overall sales fell for the second consecutive weekend, according to tracking firm Media By Numbers. The top 12 films grossed $149 million, down 10 percent from the year-ago period. Year to date, revenues are flat at $5.9 billion, while the number of tickets sold is down almost 3 percent.

Mack Chico

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2008/08/02 at 12:00am

Will Ferrell defends ShowBizCafe’s ‘Step Brothers’ negative review

08.2.2008 | By |

Will Ferrell defends ShowBizCafe's 'Step Brothers' negative review

ShowBizCafe.com, the first Spanish language film website to have a radio movie segment on FM in the US on the ‘Luis Jimenez Radio Show’ (he’s like the Howard Stern of the Spanish world). Comedian Will Ferrell phoned in to promote his new film ‘Step Brothers’ (we had given it a bad review the week before) and we had the tough task of confronting him on our negative review to his face! Talk about a tense moment. Click on the video player to listen to the interview in English.

Listen to Showbizcafe.com on ‘The Luis Jimenez Radio Show’ on ‘105.9FM La Kalle’ in New York, Los Angeles 1020 Radio AM, San Francisco La Kalle 100.7-105.7 FM, Chicago La Kalle 93.5 – 103.1 FM, Dallas La Kalle 99.1 FM, Fort Myers

Alex Florez

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2008/08/01 at 12:00am

Johnny Depp to be in third Batman film?

08.1.2008 | By |

Johnny Depp to be in third Batman film?

With The Dark Knight bringing in over $400 million for Warner Brothers, it’s no surprise that everyone is trying to figure out the casting of the sequel. The latest casting rumors, courtesy of WENN have Johnny Depp and Philip Seymour Hoffman being eyed for the roles of the Riddler and the Penguin, respectively.

The role of the Riddler has previously been tackled by Frank Gorshin in the television version of Batman, with Jim Carrey wearing the question-mark covered tights in Batman Forever. Meanwhile, the Penguin was handled on television by the incomparable Burgess Meredith, and a distinctively disgusting Penguin was played by Danny DeVito in Batman Returns.

A source told the Enquirer that “(Producers) are convinced that the role of the Riddler is perfect for Depp. Johnny’s a pro. He’ll be able to take direction from director Chris Nolan and still make the character his own. And what better Penguin is there than Philip Seymour Hoffman.”

While it’s hard to argue against either Depp as the Riddler or Hoffman as the Penguin, when one considers the original source, it’s probably best to consider this one firmly in the ‘rumor’ category for now.

Alex Florez

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2008/07/31 at 12:00am

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

07.31.2008 | By |

Rated: PG-13 for adventure action and violence.
Release Date: 2008-08-01
Starring: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
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Official Website: http://robcohenthemummy.com/

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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR IS NO RELIC

 

Make no bones about it, The Mummy franchise is and always has been a blatant attempt to recreate the Indiana Jones lore.  In this third installment, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, the similarities are even more apparent.  Rick ‘Ricochet’ O’Connell (Brendan Fraser) is Indy of course; Maria Bello (who replaces Rachel Weisz as Evelyn) is their version of ‘Marion’; and their son Alex O’Connell (Luke Ford) matches up with Indiana’s heir apparent, Mutt Williams (as played by Shia LaBeouf).

 

Unfortunately, the similarities also extend to the campiness, predictability, and unintelligent plot lines of ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’.  Come to think of it, even their titles are both ridiculously long. 

This time around, the O’Connells travel to Asia to battle the resurrected Han Emperor (Jet Li), awoken from a 2,000-year-old curse that a chinese sorceress (Michelle Yeoh) cast on him.  The film, to its credit, moves along rather quickly with one battle scene following another, and its a good thing because the acting is often unbearable.  At times, I couldn’t shake the feeling that newcomer Luke Ford, was doing his best Matt Damon impression.  Just a terrible pick altogether to play Brendan Fraser’s son, since they look only a couple of years apart.   An army of mummies, yetis in the himalayas and witchery I can believe, but Luke Ford playing Rick’s son, not a chance.

Of the three films, this one seems like the most poorly thought out as it strives to become more of a family adventure, than the thrilling archeological escapades in ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ that most likely inspired the filmmakers in the first place.  I assure you that years from now, these films will be no relic.

 

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