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How Do You Follow Up ‘Avatar’? James Cameron Announces Plans For Two Sequels

October 28th, 2010 No comments

How do you follow up the highest grossing movie of all time? A movie that broke box office records and, for better or for worse, can be attributed with starting the 3D trend that has yet to produce a movie that has captivated audiences as much as its forebear. James Cameron has answered that question with the recent announcement that he is working on a second and third sequel to Avatar, with the plan to film both concurrently. Filming will begin in 2011 but 20th Century Fox announced the second film won’t be released until December 2014 and the third a year later. Cameron said in a statement:

In the second and third films, which will be self-contained stories that also fulfill a greater story arc, we will not back off the throttle of Avatar‘s visual and emotional horsepower, and will continue to explore its themes and characters, which touched the hearts of audiences in all cultures around the world. Read more…

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John Cameron Mitchell’s Latest Film Takes Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart Down The ‘Rabbit Hole’

October 28th, 2010 Comments off

John Cameron Mitchell rose to fame in 2001 when he directed and starred in Hedwig and the Angry Inch and followed that critically acclaimed debut with the less well received Shortbus in 2006. His latest film, an attempt to expand that repertoire, is Rabbit Hole, which stars Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as a couple dealing with the loss of their son. There’s less kinky sex and drag queens (unless you can count Kidman as one at this point) and more serious soul searching of the Sundance variety. In the trailer, Kidman looks a little less otherworldly than she did in Australia, Read more…

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Casting Coup D’état: Mel Gibson Axed From ‘Hangover 2′ After Zach Galifianakis Protests Casting Decision

October 22nd, 2010 No comments

Earlier this week an inside source connected to the filming of The Hangover 2 told the New York Post that Mel Gibson was on board to make a cameo appearance in the film. The oddball casting decision followed in the footsteps of the filmmaker’s casting of Mike Tyson, who appeared in the original. The source said:

It’s a done deal. Mel will make a cameo as a tattoo artist. Filming is taking place on the Warner Bros. lot, where a Bangkok set has been built, and Mel is expected to film his role in two weeks. Then the production moves to Thailand at the end of October.

Although the casting seemed to be a bright spot for Gibson, who dominated headlines over the summer when his ex wife Oksana Grigorieva released audio tapes of the actor displaying a horrifically out of control temper, the deal is now officially off. Read more…

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The Teaser For ‘Scream 4′ Finally Surfaces

October 21st, 2010 No comments
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Thai Version of ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Just Like Disney Version…Only Worse

October 21st, 2010 No comments

I wonder what audience this shoddily constructed, primitively animated ripoff-of-a-classic was made for. Couldn’t they have just dubbed the Disney version? It would’ve saved the animators minutes of graphics work.

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‘Glee’ Photo Shoot Controversy

October 21st, 2010 No comments

Glee is kind of like Lady Gaga. Every last pull for publicity works like a charm. The show’s stars Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Diana Agron recently posed for a racy photo shoot for men’s magazine GQ, which involved lots of bare skin, tight get-ups and an abundance of overall sluttiness. Basically, nothing new for a Glee-inspired magazine spread. This time, however, the Glee kids were met with protest. A  group known as the Parents Television Council thinks that the photo shoot went too far, even calling it pedophilic.  They released this statement: Read more…

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Chilean Miners’ Story Goes Hollywood In YouTube Trailer: Will Eventual Movie Be Another ‘Alive’?

October 21st, 2010 No comments

If a movie based on the story of the Chilean miners gets the green light by a major Hollywood studio, it will undoubtedly go through a similar transformation that another harrowing South American true story went through. When the real events of the Uruguayan soccer team that crash landed into the Andes mountains in 1973 became the big budget star vehicle Alive in 1993, out were authenticity and in were a cast of  hot young Hollywood actors headed by Ethan Hawke. The liberties that the filmmakers took with the story, included details like the fact that Hawke’s character was named Nando Parado, despite the fact that he played the part without a hint of a Spanish accent. In his review of the film, Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert wrote:

The location photography is impressive, the scenery is awesome, the re-enactment of the air crash is terrifying and uses convincing special effects. We care about the characters while we watch the movie. But at the end it all seems elusive. Read more…

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Gwyneth Paltrow Takes A Walk On ‘The Blind Side’ In Her New Music Video ‘Country Strong’

October 14th, 2010 No comments

Does Gwyneth Paltrow‘s new music video for her upcoming movie Country Strong live up to the heights of her rendition of Smokey Robinson‘s Cruisin‘ with Huey Lewis for the 2001 comedy Duets? Not even close, but it does have a certain je ne sais quoi. Paltrow took time off from her travels and multimedia GOOP empire to film the movie in which she plays a country singer who makes a comeback after a bout with alcoholism. It looks like Crazy Heart meets The Blind Side meets a crazy actress. Playing a character with a laughable Southern accent worked for Sandra Bullock, Read more…

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Universal Caught In A ‘Dilemma’ With Trailer For Vince Vaughn Comedy; GLAAD Responds To Accusations Of Being “Inconsistent”

October 13th, 2010 No comments

Universal has posted a new trailer for the Vince Vaughn comedy The Dilemma after the movie was thrown into the middle of a national debate over gay teen suicide and bullying. The studio was caught off guard by the negative reaction to the trailer, which began with a scene in which Vaughn addresses a board room by saying, “Electric cars are gay. I mean not homosexual gay, but, ‘My parents are chaperoning the dance, gay.” CNN correspondent Anderson Cooper, who viewed the trailer during the previews for The Social Network, voiced his strong objection on The Ellen Degeneres Show. He said:

I was sitting in a movie theater over the weekend and there was a preview of a movie, and in it, the actor said, ‘That’s so gay,’ and I was shocked that not only that they put it in the movie, but that they thought that it was okay to put that in a preview Read more…

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Great Scott! Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg Reveal That Eric Stoltz Was The Original Marty McFly

October 12th, 2010 No comments


In the 25th anniversary edition of Back to the Future which is being released on DVD and Blu Ray October 26th, director Robert Zemeckis and producer Steven Spielberg reveal that Eric Stoltz, who, at the time, had just completed his first major acting role in Mask opposite Cher, was the original choice to play the role of Marty McFly. Although Zemeckis says the decision was heartbreaking, Stoltz was replaced with Michael J. Fox five weeks after filming began, because the director thought his acting style was “too intense” for the role. Stoltz would go on to star in the John Hughes-produced teen comedy Some Kind of Wonderful in 1987.  The little seen footage featuring Stoltz in the role will be available in the new edition.

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