Friday, August 18, 2006

OddddddddddddddddBOBBBBBBBBBBBBB, yay?

One of the most popular shows on the Discovery Channel is "Myth Busters," a show that takes myths and urban legends and proves or disproves them.

I wondered what the SF version would be like.

The Top 8 Shows For SF Myth Busters
8> Which girls does "Earth Girls Are Easy" refer to, and what are their phone numbers?
Editor's Note: I'm thinking OB didn't write this one? (Or are you changing teams? AGAIN? Do women get a vote?)
7> "Okay, here we have a line of Imperial Storm Troopers loaded for bear,and there we have the broad side of a barn...."
6> Rubber bands or duct-tape? What's *really* holding the Millennium Falcon together?
Editor's Note: Han Solo's snarky charm?
5> Does the color red attract an inordinate amount of weapon fire and falling rocks?
4> Does going back in time and preventing one's parents from meeting cause one to spontaneously disappear?
3> How *does* Londo's hair stay up?
Editor's Note: Anyone who knows B5 knows about his....umm.....well..... Did ya SEE "There's Something about Mary?"
2> Ship size vs penis size. And is the Death Star really a ship?
and the Number 1 Show For SF Myth Busters...
1> Are Orion slave girls green EVERYWHERE?
Editor's Note: Are you asking because you REALLY want to know, or just proving that you haven't gone there?

Huh???? OddsnEnds Dweebing

Editor's Note: Leftovers. Get your redhot leftovers.

William Shatner to voice Kirk in video game
According to Reuters, William Shatner will lend his voice to the upcoming video game STAR TREK: LEGACY, a new video game due to hit shelves this October.

The game will let players command more than 60 starships, spanning all five of the franchise's live-action TV series, into combat against foes such as the Klingons and the Borg.

"The interest in Star Trek has waned in the last couple years," Shatner said. "It's been around a long time. It's a staple of American life, and I think we need something new and different in Star Trek."

007 novel coming in 2008
According to Reuters, a brand new James Bond novel, by a mystery author, will hit shelves in May of 2008.

The book will be released exactly a century after James Bond's creator, Ian Fleming, was born. Fleming first wrote CASINO ROYALE in 1953.

The sequel to the big screen version of CASINO ROYALE is also set to be released in May, 2008.

Fox, 20th to Sell Movies, Shows Via Web
Fox Interactive Media and partner studio Twentieth Century Fox have announced a new joint initiative that will see the two companies sell both current movies and TV shows to consumers directly through Fox's network of Web properties, including MySpace and IGN.

While the scope of the deal is still to be determined, the companies say they will sell full length movies for $19.99 each and episodes of TV shows for $1.99. The TV shows will come from News Corp's stable of programming outlets, including Fox hits like 24 and Prison Break, along with yet to be named shows from FX, Fuel TV and Speed. Several shows will be available within 24 hours of broadcast.

The program will launch in October on IGN's, which currently sells video games, while eventually migrating to MySpace.

Back in May, Fox began peddling episodes of the Kiefer Sutherland-starring 24 on MySpace through a promotion with Burger King, and both Prison Break and 24 are available to purchase via iTunes.

But rather than relying soley on iTunes, Fox appears to be focusing on directly selling its own content going forward, while making it available on whatever devices consumers wish to consume it on. In what the companies say is an industry first, all shows and movies purchased through Fox Interacive Media sites will be transferable to any Windows Media-based portable device.

Our drive to deliver Twentieth Century Fox content via the most powerful online platforms is advanced substantially by this agreement,” said Peter Levinsohn, president, Digital Media, Fox Entertainment Group. “Offering Fox content in conjunction with FIM properties enables viewers to access the best movies and TV shows from multiple platforms in the Fox family.”Editor's Note: How noble of them. Always thinking of our convenience. Oh, and I'm guessing that this ALSO enables FOX to profit more directly from all of it? ( cynical)

Movies, we got movie dweebing!

Editor's Note: I mean, wouldn't you rather Dweeb than...say...WORK? I know I certainly would.

A couple of sad items, first up ---

Propmaster killed in accident on set of THE KINGDOM
An assistant propmaster was killed on the set of the upcoming film THE KINGDOM which stars Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Garner.

The accident occurred as 25-year-old Nick Papac of Los Angeles was driving an all-terrain vehicle on the freeway, which has been closed to the public. He crashed the golf-cart-like vehicle into a sport utility vehicle carrying the director of the film, Peter Berg, according to a press release from officials with the movie. After paramedics with Universal Pictures/Forward Pass attended to Papac, he was airlifted to a local hospital, where he died a few hours later from severe head injuries.

THE KINGDOM is a thriller set in the Middle East which will revolve around an FBI team located in the Middle East investigating a terrorist bombing.

Bruno Kirby dies at 57

Bruno Kirby died on Monday at the age of 57. His wife, Lynn Sellers, said in a statement that Kirby died due to complications related to leukemia.

"We are incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support we have received from Bruno's fans and colleagues who have admired and respected his work over the past 30 years," Sellers said. "Bruno's spirit will continue to live on not only in his rich body of film and television work but also through the lives of individuals he has touched throughout his life."

Kirby played in a multitude of films and shows over various years, including: Good Morning, Vietnam, When Harry met Sally and City Slickers. He was seen most recently in an episode of Entourage. Editor's Note: One of those sidekick/second tier character actors who always turned in really nice little bits. RIP, sir.

Depp and Burton board SWEENEY TODD

Editor's Note: Do we ever REALLY tire of seeing pics of Johnny Depp in pirate regalia? Naw......
DreamWorks Studios announced today that Johnny Depp has been set to star and Tim Burton to direct Sweeney Todd, the award-winning Stephen Sondheim musical thriller. Editor's Note: How very very cool is this!!???

The co-production with Warner Bros. will star Johnny Depp as the titular Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Depp is currently starring in the record-breaking blockbuster, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.

Sweeney Todd marks the 6th collaboration between the actor and director. The previous Burton-Depp films have been Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, Ed Wood, Edward Scissorhands and Sleepy Hollow.

Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald will partner with Richard Zanuck and John Logan to produce the screenplay adaptation which was written by Logan. Production is planned to begin early next year for a late 2007 release. Paramount will distribute for DreamWorks domestically and Warner Bros. internationally.

The story of Sweeney Todd is of a wrongfully imprisoned barber in Victorian England who sets out to seek revenge on the judge who imprisoned him. Editor's Note: All you thesp dweebs out there are now incessantly humming "Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd", aren't you?! And hearing piercing factory whistles?

Producer/Writer John Logan's most recent screenplays were The Aviator and The Last Samurai, and he was nominated for an Oscar for his work on DreamWorks' Gladiator.

Christopher Walken Now In Hairspray
Replacing Jim Broadbent as Wilbur

We know we promised no more Hairspray casting stories, but this one’s a little bit more interesting.

Jim Broadbent is no longer playing Wilbur Turnblad – father of the lead character Tracy. Nope, for unexplained reasons he’s out and Christopher Walken is in. Yes, that’s right – the legendary dance fanatic will be putting his skills to use opposite John Travolta in drag. We can picture it now. Pardon us while we take a shower…Much better.

While he didn’t reveal the reason for Broadbent being announced and then replaced, director Adam Shankman has been talking up the new Wilbur.

"Chris was the person Scott and I wanted in the first place, and this is a happy ending to this particular saga," Shaiman told Variety. "It seems like this part allows him to coalesce all his skills into one role. I am constantly pessimistic, but I look at this cast and feel like I've fallen into an old MGM musical."

Whatever makes you happy, Shankman. Hairspray arrives next year Editor's Note: Neither coupling is exactly PRETTY. But I was kind of enjoying the Broadbent casting idea. Walken will put a creepy spin on it, huh? Although, the show IS kinda creepy, now that I think about it. Funny, but definitely odd.

Will we see a sequel to SUPERMAN RETURNS?

According to Variety, Warner Bros. is seriously contemplating whether they should go ahead with a sequel to SUPERMAN RETURNS.

In their article Variety revealed that WB and Legendary Pictures might have a shot at breaking even on the film, but that it remains a long shot. Because the film is struggling not to lose money for it's studios, they are trying to decide if they want to gamble on a sequel.

Director Bryan Singer told fans at the Comic Con that he planned to have a sequel in theaters sometime in 2009, but the studio hasn't signed him for a sequel.

The good news is that a sequel will likely cost much less as test effects are done and many of the sets can be reused by the studio. Legendary and WB, who share production costs on the film, have dumped an awful lot over the years to develop this film (a rumored $350 million), and it would be hard to just walk away. Right?

Time will tell with this one. Editor's Note: I'm cool either way, frankly. The film didn't stink, but I can't feel very passionate about it either.

Dominic Purcell is the new HULK?

Rumors are flying and they have pegged Dominic Purcell as the man to play the title role in the next HULK movie.

Purcell was reportedly asked about the rumors during an interview with New York radio station WPLJ where he gave a stammering non-denial.

Purcell has been seen on the hit TV show PRISON BREAK as well as in BLADE: TRINITY where he played Dracula.

Louis Leterrier will direct the upcoming HULK film, which Marvel has promised to return to it's comic roots. Editor's Note: Or just roots with a plot?

Daniel Craig signs on to star in THE GOLDEN COMPASS

Daniel Craig has signed on to star in the upcoming film THE GOLDEN COMPASS for New Line. THE GOLDEN COMPASS will be the first installment of a potential trilogy based on the Philip Pullman series His Dark Materials.

The story follows 11-year-old Lyra Belacqua, a precocious orphan growing up within the precincts of Jordan College in Oxford, England. It quickly becomes clear that Lyra's Oxford is not precisely like our own - nor is her world. In Lyra's world, everyone has a personal dæmon, a lifelong animal familiar. This is a world in which science, theology and magic are closely intertwined.

Craig will play Lord Asriel, a ruthless and mysterious adventurer who is the uncle of Lyra, the young girl who will journey to a parallel universe in an attempt to save her best friend. Editor's Note: I'm not sure how Mr. Craig will have time to sleep or eat he has so many roles (and rumored roles) on the fire. But this is EXCELLENT casting. I can absolutely picture him in the part.

Paul Bettany was previously rumored for the role. Craig will join Adam Godley (Pantalaimon), Nicole Kidman (Marisa Coulter), Clare Higgins and Dakota Richards (Lyra) in the cast.

Chris Weitz wrote the script and will direct for the studio. Craig will shoot the film and then return for the 22nd installment of the James Bond series, which has already been scheduled for a May 2, 2008 release.

James McAvoy will star in WANTED

James McAvoy(he played Mr. Tumnus, the Faun, in “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”) has signed on to star in the upcoming Universal Pictures film WANTED. The film will be directed by Russian director Timur Bekmambetov.

The sci-fi action film will follow a put-upon young man who discovers that his long-lost father is an assassin. After his dad is murdered, the son is recruited into a covert organization of killers and trained to follow in his father's footsteps. Editor's Note: Good thing his dad wasn't something a politician or an ACTOR.

WANTED is based on a Top Cow comic book which is considered hard-core and thus you can expect the film to be rated R.

Bradley Cooper joins CASE 39

Editor's Note: I wonder if he knows that he has part of Jennifer Garner's face growing out of his head?
Bradley Cooper has signed on to star in the upcoming Paramount Pictures film CASE 39. Cooper will join Renee Zellweger, Ian McShane, Kirsten Storms and Alexis Thorpe in the film.

The script is by Ray Wright and centers around an idealistic social worker (Zellweger) who saves a 10-year-old girl from her abusive parents. She later discovers that the girl is not quite as innocent as she thought.

Cooper will play a detective who is the love interest of Zellweger's character. Editor's Note: Wow! What a coup for him! (Of course, since he isn't quite as big a star as Zellweger, this could mean his character is going to die about 3/4 of the way through the film. B-list paired with A-list often have to be sacrificed to the Hollywood Gods, eh?lest they...and we....forget their place.)

Ah well....still....GOOD for him!

German director Christian Alvart will direct the Paramount Pictures horror film which is due to start shooting later this summer in Vancouver.

David Paymer joins OCEAN's 13

According to Variety, David Paymer has been added to the all-star cast of OCEAN's 13. He will join George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Ellen Barkin and Don Cheadle to name a few.
The film will follow the continuing criminal exploits of Danny Ocean and his crew of crooks. It will be directed by Steven Soderbergh.

A fully operational casino was built on-set for the cast and crew of the sequel. The 'Ocean's Club lounge' will also double up as a cafeteria, where cast and crew will eat breakfast and lunch together - and there will be a 24-hour bar where the stars can hang out at the end of the day's filming.

You can expect the film to hit theaters on June 8, 2007.

Al Pacino confirmed for Ocean's 13
It’s been rumoured for weeks, but here’s the official stuff, thanks to our friends at Warner Bros:

Award-winning actor Al Pacino will join the all-star ensemble cast of “Ocean’s 13” for producer Jerry Weintraub and director Steven Soderbergh, playing Willie Banks, owner of a high-profile casino and hotel in Las Vegas.

Pacino, who earned an Oscar for his starring role in “Scent of a Woman” and was nominated eight times, also earned two Tony Awards, for his roles in “Does the Tiger Wear a Necktie?” and “The Education of Pavlo Hummel.” Among his iconic characters are the part of Michael Corleone in the Godfather trilogy, as well as unforgettable performances in such films as “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Donnie Brasco,” “Glengarry Glen Ross,” “Scarface” and “Serpico.” In 2005 Pacino was honored with the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

The cast of the first two “Ocean’s” movies, including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Eddie Jemison, Shaobo Qin, Carl Reiner and Elliott Gould, will return. Ellen Barkin will join the ensemble for its third outing.

The film will be co-financed by Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures. Warner Bros. will distribute worldwide in all territories except Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Greece, where Village Roadshow will distribute.

Principal photography is expected to begin July 21, 2006, in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, from a script by Brian Koppelman & David Levien. Weintraub will produce the Jerry Weintraub Productions – Section Eight production. Jessica Goodman will oversee the production for Warner Bros. Pictures Editor's Note: Ok. Now I'm beginning to feel hurt that I wasn't asked to be in this movie. I mean, everyone ELSE in the world is in it, huh?

Charles Rovin talks about THE DARK KNIGHT
Producer Charles Rovin recently talked with Black Film about the upcoming film THE DARK KNIGHT.

"The script is in the process of being written," Rovin said. "There isn't a screenplay that exists right now."

Talking about how the film got it's name Rovin said, "It was a title that Chris (Nolan) suggested and everybody really embraced. We thought it was a really good natural progression from "Batman Begins."

Regarding when the film will start production Rovin said, "We are supposed to start shooting what we call a pre-shoot, which we know what that is, in January and the main body of the film will start in March." Editor's Note: So I guess somebody had better get crackin on that script thingy, huh?

X-tra X-Men Movie?
When it comes to a money-spinning franchise, ‘the final chapter’ is never, ‘the final chapter’ - just ask the guy in the hockey mask.

Lauren Shuler Donner, executive producer of the “X-Men” movies, says they’re keen to do an “X-Men 4” but it’s going to a little harder to get all the cast back – because most of the big-name ensemble are no longer under their rule.

"The newer cast members are signed, and the older cast members are not”, Shuler Donner tells the LA Daily News.

What that means is that whilst “X-Men 3” stars Shawn Ashmore, Aaron Stanford, Ellen Page and Ben Foster are probably locked into doing the next one – should there be one – the original stars, including Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Romijn, Famke Janssen and Anna Paquin, are not.

One possible solution – and something that many are predicting will probably happen – is to do an “X-Men: The New Mutants” movie. Because that would primarily feature on a ‘next generation’ of sorts, those original ‘bigger’ stars won’t need to return (though with Jackman doing a “Wolverine” movie, and obviously still keen to swim in that river, he might agree to appear).

FANTASTIC FOUR sequel gets another title

According to Superhero Hype, the upcoming sequel to 20th Century Fox's FANTASTIC FOUR has received another title change.

The movie was previously known as Fantastic Four and The Silver Surfer, but will now be known as FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER. The second film, directed by Tim Story, is set to hit theaters on June 15, 2007.

In the sequel, the enigmatic, intergalactic herald, The Silver Surfer, comes to Earth to prepare it for destruction. As the Silver Surfer races around the globe wreaking havoc, Reed, Sue, Johnny and Ben must unravel the mystery of The Silver Surfer and confront the surprising return of their mortal enemy, Dr. Doom, before all hope is lost.

Michael Chiklis, Ioan Gruffudd, Chris Evans, Jessica Alba and Julian McMahon star. Editor's Note: Or, as rumored, PARTS of Julian McMahon.


Josh Brolin has signed on to join the cast of the upcoming film, AMERICAN GANGSTER.

The crime flick will star Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington and be directed by Ridley Scott.

The Universal Pictures film is based on the life of drug-kingpin-turned-informant Frank Lucas (Washington), who shipped heroin back to the U.S. in the coffins of soldiers killed in Vietnam. Lucas was brought to justice by lawman Richie Roberts (Crowe). The two then worked together to expose the crooked cops and foreign nationals.

Steve Zaillian wrote the screenplay and was recently rehired by Universal to rewrite the script, which was at one point rewritten by Terry George.

I AM LEGEND schedules six month shoot
According to Production Weekly, the upcoming Warner Bros. film, I AM LEGEND, will have a shoot lasting over six months. The sci-fi film stars Will Smith and will be directed by Francis Lawrence.

I AM LEGEND will begin filming on September 23 and continue until March 31.

Smith will play Robert Neville, the last living man on Earth. Every other man, woman, and child has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he is the hunter, stalking the sleeping undead through the abandoned ruins of civilization. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for dawn.

I AM LEGEND is scheduled for a November 21, 2007 release.

Fox joins Anderson on 'Darjeeling'
Fox Searchlight is getting into the Wes Anderson business. The Fox specialty division will be the home of the writer-director's latest project, "The Darjeeling Limited," which will star Anderson vets Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman and Adrien BrodyEditor's Note: I think I can put up with Owen Wilson in exchange for Adrien Brody. I think.. Principal photography is set to begin at year's end in India.

The three will play brothers on a spiritual journey through India after the death of their father.

"Darjeeling" is based on a screenplay from Anderson, Schwartzman and Roman Coppola. Anderson and Coppola will serve as producers on the film. Searchlight specializes in offbeat, quirky fare, which happens to be Anderson's trademark. Anderson's previous films, "Rushmore," "The Royal Tenenbaums" and "The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou," were all made for Touchstone Pictures under the guidance of Nina Jacobson, former president of the Walt Disney Motion Picture Group.

'Barley' grows U.S. output via IFC First Take
NEW YORK -- IFC Entertainment has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Ken Loach's "The Wind That Shakes the Barley," this year's Festival de Cannes winner, for its IFC First Take program. As part of that program, the film, which stars Cillian Murphy, will be released simultaneously in theaters and via video-on-demand on cable television in the spring. It marks the first time a winner of one of the most prestigious awards in the world, the Palme d'Or, will be distributed via the controversial new "day-and-date" model.

"This film could have gone either way" as either a traditional IFC Films theatrical release or as part of the innovative First Take slate, IFC vp marketing Ryan Werner said. "But it's a great symbol of the kind of prestigious film we want for the program. It shows people that we're not just putting any film in First Take. We also wanted it to reach the widest possible audience."

Warner Bros. Pictures has purchased a script by Craig Zahler entitled THE BRIGANDS OF RATTLEBORGE. Warner will produce the film with the help of Vertigo Entertainment's Roy Lee and Doug Davison.

The film is a dark Western which revolves around three ruthless men who rob, rape and maim the town's wealthiest residents during a torrential rainstorm; the local sheriff and a vengeful doctor seek retribution.

No other details are available. Editor's Note: I think they covered it pretty well. Really bad guys. Three of them. Lots of rain. 2 good guys out to fight the good fight. Got it.

Sony Pictures Animation acquires CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS

Sony Pictures Animation has snatched the film rights to the classic children's book CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS.

The film will be based on the book by Judi and Ron Barrett which is set in a fanciful world where it rains juice and snows mashed potatoes and spaghetti. The movie's plot will center around a scientist who tries to solve world hunger only to see things go awry as food falls from the sky in abundance.

"This is a project that we put into development right after we formed the company," said Yair Landau, president, Sony Pictures Digital. "It's one of my favorite books. It's something we chased right away."

Banks, Weisz consider yes on 'Maybe'

Elizabeth Banks and Rachel Weisz Editor's Note: Two VERY pretty, charismatic ladies! are in negotiations for "Definitely, Maybe," a romantic comedy from Working Title and Universal Pictures.

Separately, Banks has snagged a lead role in "Joe Claus," Warner Bros. Pictures' Vince Vaughn comedy.

Written and directed by Adam Brooks, "Maybe" centers on a soon-to-be-divorced political consultant who has to answer some hard questions from his 11-year-old daughter as he explains his promiscuous past. Ryan Reynolds, Derek Luke and Isla Fisher already have been cast.

Banks will play Reynolds' college sweetheart who dumps him for his brother, but the two reunite years later. Weisz will play a woman Reynolds dates after Banks. Editor's Note: Who is this Ryan Reynolds, and does he deserve these two women? (Probably not....)

Mary McCormack joins 1408

Mary McCormack has signed on to start in Dimension Films' upcoming horror film 1408. She will take over the role which was to be played by Kate Walsh (Grey's Anatomy) who was forced to exit due to scheduling conflicts with her ABC/Touchstone TV series.

McCormack will join John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson in the big screen adaptation of Stephen King's 1408.

Cusack will play a debunker of paranormal occurrences who encounters real terror when he checks into the notorious Room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel. McCormack plays Lilly, his ex-wife and the mother of his young daughter.

The film is set to be filmed this summer in the U.K. via director Mikael Hafstrom (Derailed).

Susan Sarandon In Eleanor And Colette
In a drama with Helena Bonham Carter

The idea of two famous actresses developing a “special friendship” on screen is likely enough to get some fans hot under the collar. But hold your lascivious pit ponies for a moment, because we’re talking serious drama with not a whiff of exploitation cinema about it (stop looking disappointed in the back, there).

And, after all, the two stars in question are Helena Bonham Carter and Susan Sarandon, so we’re expecting Eleanor And Colette to be the height of good taste. The plot has Eleanor (Sarandon) unhappily living in a psychiatric institute. But when she aims to file a legal complaint against her doctors for the psychological drugs they’ve been administering, she retains the services of attorney Colette (Bonham Carter) and the two bond as the legal battle drags on.

German-born director Rolf Schuebel is calling the shots on the film, based on Marc Bruce Rosin’s script. The cameras gear up next spring in San Francisco, Vancouver and Germany.

Four Thesps New To Be Kind Rewind
Def, Diaz, Glover & Farrow all starring

The cast of Jack Black and Michel Gondry’s new comedy Be Kind Rewind has grown by four.

Mos Def, Lords Of Dogtown’s Melonie Diaz, Danny Glover and no lesser thesp than Mia Farrow have all agreed to join the comedy about a weirdo (Black, naturally) who becomes magnetized while trying to sabotage a power station. A trip to the local video store to visit his pal (Def) leads to all the tapes being wiped. Desperate to help him keep his job, Black helps to recreate all the videos the store’s only loyal customer wants to rent with the help of Def’s co-worker (Diaz).

New Line is behind the film and shooting starts next month in New Jersey.

Black Flies Attracts Darren Aronofsky
Considers medical drama
Just how will Darren Aronofsky follow The Fountain?

One possible project is the freshly announced Black Flies, a medical drama at Paramount.

Aronofsky is attached to direct the adaptation of Shannon Burke’s novel, which sees a young ambulance tech in New York whose big dream is to attend medical school. But during his service with the wheeled treatment unit, he finds that life is full of problems and misadventures, as his mentor is so numbed by the job that he starts making crucial mistakes.

Sopranos writer/producer Todd Kessler will write the adaptation, but there’s no word on when – or if – it will go into production.

Christopher Plummer Recalls My Dog Tulip
Voicing an animated movie

If your idea of cinematic heaven is Christopher Plummer and Isabella Rossellini adding their voices to the animated tale of a boy and his dog, then be prepared to get happy.

Because the two thesps, along with Lynn Redgrave, Brian Murray, Paul Hecht, Peter Gerety and Euan Morton have agreed to lend their tonsil talents to My Dog Tulip. It’s based on novelist JR Ackerley’s book about his 14-year friendship with the German Shepherd he rescued. Editor's Note: I can tell. This is one where I'm going to cry at the trailer and then have to run home and hug my doggie.

The film should arrive some time in 2008.

Delpy marks '2 Days' on her calendar
Oscar-nominated screenwriter Julie Delpy is returning to foreign affairs. The indie filmmaker, who starred in and co-wrote Richard Linklater's "Before Sunset," has penned and is directing "2 Days in Paris." She stars opposite Adam Goldberg Editor's Note: Adam of THE most annoying actos on the planet. Talented...but very annoying. in the European romantic comedy set over a 48-hour period in the City of Lights. Delpy's original screenplay portrays two days in the relationship of an extremely neurotic New York-based couple. She stars as French photographer Marion, while Goldberg plays American interior designer Jack.

Dan Futterman Playing Daniel Pearl
Capote writer in A Mighty Heart

When it was announced that Angelina Jolie would play Marianne Pearl, widow of kidnapped and killed reporter Daniel in A Mighty Heart, there was nothing about who would play the man himself.

Now the information is out – Dan Futterman, an actor who enjoyed much more success as a screenwriter with this year’s Capote – was signed at the same time as Jolie, but director Michael Winterbottom chose to keep his casting a secret. Why? In true Winterbottom style, the actor was spirited to Pakistan for a strictly guarded 10-day location shoot.

"It was important to shoot in the actual places where things happened," Futterman told the Washington Post on his return. "There are lots of little things that were important to Michael, not least of all the people and the sound of the language spoken."

And Futterman – who was selected after a two-hour meeting with Winterbottom – revealed that the focus of the film will be more on the search for Pearl than his life story. "We talked a lot about the balance, showing enough to make an impact. By all accounts, he and Mariane had a really blessed relationship."

A Mighty Heart should arrive in cinemas next year.

Editor's Note: Because I am a full-service QOTD and think only of YOU, my lovely dweebpals, I now present you with a couple of items I give not a whit about.

It's just the kind of devoted QOTD I am....

Guillermo del Toro talks HELLBOY 2
Guillermo del Toro recently talked to the Latino Review about his recently green lit project, HELLBOY 2.

Talking about the story, Del Toro said it would be "sort of the magical world declaring war on the human world. The first one was dealing with a much more urban environment, and the second one is more in a mythical type of environment, more magical. So hopefully it's closer to some of the aspects of the comic book that we couldn't portray in the first one."

Del Toro went on to say that shooting wouldn't begin until late April or early May, "We have a long prep ahead of us. We're going to shoot this one in Budapest, in Hungary and we're going to shoot a little bit in London, and we're going to do pre-production and post-production in London. ... We definitely have all the regulars: Hellboy, Abe Sapien and Liz Sherman are back. We have two characters from the fantasy world, which are a prince and a princess that we will be casting very soon."

Universal picked up the film after it was left in limbo with Revolution Studios out of business. Revolution Studios made the original film via it's distribution deal with Columbia Pictures.

HELLBOY 2 is aiming for a summer 2008 release.

Kevin Smith planning Horror film
Comedy director Kevin Smith (Clerks 2) told AintitCoolNews that he was planning a horror film as his next project.

"I feel after seven comedies it's time to take a left turn and do a straight up different movie, in this case horror," said Smith.

"Its gonna have all of the horror you'd expect, blood and guts... and tits. No, no, no, not that, I'm talking about man tits. What? What's so bad about man tits? I have tits! They're sexy! And hairy. Editor's Note: Gosh. I hope the movie is every bit as clever and high-brow as that! Gosh, do I ever.

"But, yeah, I'm doing a horror movie," Smith continued. "(It won't be made) for a year or two. I just got done making a movie, I'm not rushing into another. Probably two years." Editor's Note: long? Well darn and shucks. And drat it all.

Oh...look...ANOTHER one I don't care about!

Morgan Creek tracking down third 'Ventura'
Morgan Creek has begun the detective work on a kooky cold case. The production company has hired Jeff Sank and brothers Jason and Justin Heimberg to write a third installment of the hit franchise "Ace Ventura."

The two previous "Ventura" comedies -- 1994's "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" and the following year's "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls" -- grossed more than $180 million domestically and helped establish Jim Carrey as one of the highest-paid comedy actors in Hollywood. The latest pet project is expected to center on the eccentric detective's son, who steps into his father's shoes to take over the family business. Editor's Note: So....all of the stupidty but none of the star power. Goodie gumdrops. (giggle).

Disney doings

"High School Musical" becomes a High School Musical
There surely has never been a more natural story to make the transition from screen to stage than "High School Musical."

The movie tells a heartfelt tale of a bookish girl, an athletic boy, and the musical production that takes them out of their separate worlds to bring them together on stage. It practically cries out to be performed by real high-school students as a real high-school musical, a case of life imitating art imitating the life that's the subject of the art ... well, we feel a little dizzy now, Editor's Note: Me too. Although that might just be the sugar rush I get from reading these insulin-required PR missives from the MouseHappyPlace machine. but suffice to say that it's a smashing idea.

And it struck the folks at Disney Theatrical Productions and Music Theatre International the same way - which is why, starting this fall, schools and other young people's theatrical groups can perform "High School Musical" onstage.

All the songs (and two new ones! Editor's Note: Wow! Let's use lots of exclamation points like a pre-teen diary!!!! ), all the fun, and all the sweet lightheartedness are there.

We spoke to vice president of theatrical licensing Steve Fickinger and he gave us the scoop on the stage version of this hit. It hardly needs to be said that "High School Musical" is nothing short of a phenomenon - this Disney Channel original movie, which aired for the first time in January 2006, has sparked a huge response among kids and adults alike. And the soundtrack CD has dominated the charts ever since it was released. Steve believes he knows the reason the music of "High School Musical" strikes such a chord.

"A lot of people have speculated about the popularity of the soundtrack, and I think it comes down to the fact that it's just good music! It's melodic, it's hooky, it's infectious. The lyrics and melodies stick with you. It's rhythmic, it's just pop music at its most completely appealing." Editor's Note: Please note that that is 'hooky' NOT hookERy. Just so's ya know.....

And all that glorious music is present in the adaptation - in fact, Steve says the songs play an even stronger role in advancing the story.

"Bryan Louiselle, who did the music adaptation, did a wonderful job theatricalizing the music, so that these wonderful pop confections from the phenomenally successful record, have been expanded or adapted. That's not an easy thing to do!" Editor's Note: NO. He had to use all his fingers and toes and even his BRAIN!

The two new songs are "Cell Phone Fusion," in which phone calls race around the school as students let each other know that Gabby and Troy have made the callbacks, and "We're Counting on You," which Steve calls "a classic musicalization of a scripted moment."

In addition to the new songs, the stage version of "High School Musical" features other changes to make the story work well as live theater. Theater groups can choose from two versions of the play. One runs about an hour long, around the same length as the film -- the other is a 120-minute expanded version. Both versions are available with a CD containing all the musical accompaniment for the songs, so no live orchestra is required. Editor's Note: Full-Service proselytizing. Bless the little mouse....

"I believe the adaptation really sets theater groups up for success," says Steve. The longer version gave book adaptor David Simpatico a chance to expand the story and spend more time with the characters. "We wanted the people who fell in love with the film to come to the theater and see the characters, the songs, the situations, that they loved in the movie onstage," Steve tells us. "But we didn't want to just take the script from the film and find ways to make it work on the stage. I told the writers that we wanted the new lines and new scenes to feel like a part of the film that you just didn't see."

On October 1, theater groups and schools everywhere will be able to license the scripts and music to bring their own "High School Musical" to life. Editor's Note: I wonder how many versions of this those of us doing High School Musical Tommy Tune Awards judging are going to see next year? Sigh..... At least it's not "Cats"?

The Boob Tube...TV Dweebing

Editor's Note: Just oodles of stuff to catch up on (since I've actually been WORKING this week....just to keep my hand in).

So let's get down to it, eh!?

CBS Signs Development Deal With Jackman
CBS has signed actor Hugh Jackman to a development deal, putting the screen and stage star behind the camera for the network. Editor's Note: Behind? Ah well, better than not at all I suppose. Still....such a waste of all that loveliness.....

Under terms of the agreement, Jackman will exec produce projects for the network through his production company, Seeds Prods. John Palermo, Jackman's partner at Seed, is also attached.

Deal is a three-for-one, whereby Seed will develop at least three projects, from which CBS will pick the best one for a pilot. Jackman is not expected to star, however. Editor's Note: Sniffle...

CBS to develop exorcism themed drama
CBS has given a pilot commitment to an exorcism themed drama from Barbara Hall (Joan of Arcadia) and Joe Roth (The Exorcist III).

The show is believed to revolve around exorcists and others who investigate supernatural phenomena. Hall will write the script as well as executive produce the project alongside Roth.
The network has hired Bob Larson, an expert on cults, the occult and supernatural phenomena, to consult on the project. Editor's Note: At the risk of being smited by an occultist or demon or something, is it really necessary to have an expert consultant on a project about make-believe stuff? (SEE....sometimes I DO know the difference between reality and the better places)!

Krakowski Joins NBC's '30 Rock'
Former "Ally McBeal" series regular Jane Krakowski is joining the cast of NBC's new fall comedy "30 Rock."

She has been hired to play the star of "The Girlie Show," a network variety show that serves as the backdrop for the workplace comedy.

Ms. Krakowski replaces Rachel Dratch, who played the role in the "30 Rock" pilot. Ms. Dratch, a fellow cast mate on "Saturday Night Live" with "30 Rock" creator Tina Fey, will have a smaller role on the series by playing a variety of characters in multiple episodes. Editor's Note: Ouch. That's going to be a fun gig for her, huh? Watching the diva come in and steal her role every week? Owie.

"30 Rock" debuts on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 8:30 p.m. (ET).

The series is produced by Broadway Video and NBC Universal Television Studio. "SNL" executive producer Lorne Michaels, JoAnn Alfano, Marci Klein, David Miner and Ms. Fey are executive producing "30 Rock."

ABC Commits to Crime Prevention Unit
ABC has given the crime drama CRIME PREVENTION UNIT a pilot commitment. The show is from Daniel Cerone, the creator of CLUBHOUSE, and David Heyman, a producer on HARRY POTTER and THRESHOLD.

The show is based on the British series Murder Prevention, and chronicles the workings of a police division that tracks and apprehends criminals before they are able to commit a crime.
Cerone is writing the script and executive producing with Heyman

Lanter inks ABC, Touchstone pact
On the heels of his co-starring role on "Commander in Chief," Matt Lanter has signed a talent holding deal with the network and the studio behind the drama series, ABC and Touchstone TV.

Under the pact, Lanter will be cast in a drama or comedy project for ABC and Touchstone TV. Additionally, the actor has landed a recurring role on NBC's new drama "Heroes" and a potentially recurring role on CBS' new drama "Shark." Editor's Note: Who IS this suddenly very popular person, and does his skill warrant all this or is he just this week's flavor?

La Salle one for NBC's 'Four'
Eriq La Salle is reuniting with NBC for "The Four Next Door," an apocalyptic comedy project, which the former "ER" star is executive producing. Editor's Note: Pause for a moment and think about the phrase 'apocalyptic comedy project'.


Ok. Moving on....

Written by Mark Legan, "The Four" chronicles the exploits of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse who are forced to blend in and live among humans after arriving 10 years too early for the end of the world. Editor's Note: Giggle. Funny premise.

The project has been given a script commitment from the network. CBS Paramount Network TV, where La Salle has an overall deal, is producing with the actor's Humble Journey Films shingle. Legan and La Salle are executive producing.

AMC to Run Mad Men, Net's First Drama Series
Rainbow Media's AMC has greenlit its first dramatic series, committing to 13 episodes of Mad Men, a one-hour period piece about a 1960s-era Madison Avenue advertising agency.

Created, written and executive produced by writer Matthew Weiner (The Sopranos, Becker), Mad Men is set to debut in June 2007.

Filmed on location in New York City, the show’s cast includes Jon Hamm (We Were Soldiers), Elisabeth Moss (West Wing)Editor's Note: Ooooo....I LOVE her! and January Jones (American Wedding). AMC execs Vlad Wolynetz, vp of production, series and movies, and Christina Wayne, vp of scripted series and movies, will oversee development and production.

The network is banking that the series will be met with the same success as its first venture into original programming, the two-part miniseries Broken Trail. The June 25 premiere of the Robert Duvall Western delivered the largest audience in AMC’s history as some 9.8 million viewers tuned in. Editor's Note: I don't think advertising is as popular as Robert Duvall. (or westerns). And I'm not saying that cause I'm still quite bitter about the ad industry. (Well....not JUST cuz of that....)

Busy Berlanti lends a hand for 'Brothers'
The writers on ABC/Touchstone TV's upcoming drama "Brothers & Sisters" are getting help from within the Touchstone family.

Studio-based "Everwood" creator Greg Berlanti has been spending a lot of time in the "Brothers & Sisters' " writers room, lending a hand on the show after the departure of executive producer/showrunner Marti Noxon last week.

There is no formal deal in place for Berlanti's services on the series, a soap about adult siblings, but he is said to be getting along great with the writers-producers on the show.

"Everybody is thrilled about this collaboration," a Touchstone TV spokeswoman said. Editor's Note: With the possible exception of Marti Noxon?

ABC in line with 'Miss/Guided'
ABC has greenlighted "Miss/Guided," a single-camera comedy pilot from 20th Century Fox TV and Ashton Kutcher's studio-based Katalyst Films.

Written on spec by Caroline Williams, the project, to be directed by Emmy winner Todd Holland, attracted bids from ABC and NBC.

Gabrielle Allan has come on board to run "Miss/Guided," which centers on a woman who returns to her alma mater high school to become a guidance counselor.

Allan, Holland and Katalyst's Kutcher and Karey Burke are executive producing with Williams co-executive producing.

New TV scheduling is a sign of the times
By Nellie Andreeva
On March 28, Fox gave an early second-season pickup to its drama "Prison Break." Instead of celebrating that day, creator/executive producer Paul Scheuring was busy scouting locations for the show's second season. By mid-June, a mere three weeks after the end of the 2005-06 broadcast season, "Prison" already was in production on its sophomore season, slated to premiere Aug. 21.

In the past few years, the broadcast networks made a major shift in the way they schedule scripted series -- going for longer runs of original episodes, especially on serialized dramas, and adopting new launching patterns. Fox now premieres series in August, ahead of its postseason baseball coverage; in January, in conjunction with the return of its biggest hit, "American Idol"; and in March.

That, combined with an increased demand for additional footage for the series' DVD releases and for original short episodes to run on portable devices and the Internet, has put TV studios' production teams to the test.

"All this is changing what we do," 20th Century Fox TV executive vp production Jim Sharp says. "It's changing our thinking."

In the past, the networks' series premiered in late September with a couple of episodes, took a breather by going into repeats in October before returning with originals for the November sweep. Now, driven by increased competition, most networks want to air consecutive fresh episodes from the opening of the season through the end of November.

In response, Touchstone TV switched to a new production schedule two years ago, moving up its drama production start dates by about a month. Preproduction, which normally didn't start until after July 4, now begins right after Memorial Day, with the shows going into production shortly after Independence Day.

"We refer to it as 'turning back the clock,' " the studio's executive vp production Barry Jossen says. Editor's Note: Or, you could call it doing the obvious to compete in today's entertainment environment?

The schedule shift shortens the time window for the shows' creative teams to shape up a seasonlong story line and begin to deliver finished scripts from eight to 10 weeks to four to five weeks.

Hardest hit are new series, whose creators often don't know if their pilots are picked up to series until the networks' upfront presentations in mid-May. Within a month, they have to scramble to assemble a group of writers and start churning out scripts while working with directors on locations and casting and dealing with the inevitable glitches in a start-up production.

In the past two weeks, two new ABC/Touchstone shows, "Ugly Betty" and "Six Degrees," halted production for a week. Other freshman series that have done it include Touchstone's "Grey's Anatomy" and "Commander in Chief" and 20th TV's "The Inside."

At Touchstone, they plan for such hiatuses and even welcome them.

"We get time to look at the show, go through the list of what is working and what is not and build on the things that are working," Jossen said.

The boom in DVD releases and digital downloads of TV series has created new challenges for production executives. In addition to the need to carve out time for shooting DVD extras in what already are very tight filming schedules, the distribution of shows on other platforms is complicated by the music rights issues as studios have to clear the songs for every use.

To avoid having to replace expensive songs from the broadcast version with less expensive music on other platforms or to limit series creators in their music choices, studios have begun working with music companies on all-media deals that would allow series to be distributed everywhere -- on broadcast TV, the Internet, iPods -- for a flat fee.

Despite the production headaches TV's digital expansion brings, "I think it's fantastic," Sharp says. "Those things are going to continue to change, and they're impacting all of us." Editor's Note: Given the degree to which everyone is apparently playing 'catch-up' with new technology and its demands, and given the frantic production schedules, it's all the more amazing that so much good work....and there IS a lot, hush you cynics...comes out of the TV production maelstrom.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Harry Potter........ potter potter potter

Editor's Note: This first item is excitement beyond what is bearable. (Well....almost). A) It is our first glimpse of Tonks....and I LOVE LOVE LOVE Tonks! and B) It is a haircolor I really really want for my own!

Life is good with these new meds, huh?

First picture of Tonks on OOTP set

The first ever photograph of Natalia Tena sporting purple hair and in full Nymphadora Tonks costume has surfaced online. The picture, which was taken on the set of the fifth movie, can be seen here.

Matthew Lewis on OOTP
TLC's PotterCast recently conducted an interview with the Matt Lewis, who portrays Neville Longbottom in the HP films.

In the interview, Matt discussed Neville's character development that occurs in Movie 5:

"It almost comes off as a different character this year.... He's not the Neville that we all know. He starts off that way then rapidly changes throughout the film. It's been a lot of fun. Definitely a change, but definitely a welcome one."

Matt also speaks of several new faces around the set, including Imelda Staunton, who is playing Dolores Umbridge:

"She [as Umbridge] is the nastiest person you'll ever meet, on the film. She's just cruel and twisted and slightly mental.... You can see she's plotting something. She's plotting how she's going to kill you, later on, when your back is turned." Editor's Note: Yep. That sounds like our 'beloved' High Inquisitor Umbridge!

Dan Radcliffe to undress for 'Equus' role

Editor's Note: Ok.......pausing for a few moments while OddBob, GamemasterDave, and all the other pervs (ok, ME included) deal with this bit of information.

And now we need to wait while they come back from planning their trips to London......

The Herald Sun recently conducted an interview with Dan Radcliffe, in which he discusses Movie 7, "Equus," December Boys, and more. He mentioned that, although he talks to Jo about the Harry Potter books, he is never given any inside information on Book 7.

"I think it will be quite exciting really. It may be the only way (the arch villain) Voldemort could be killed is if Harry dies as well because there is that very strong connection between them."Editor's Note: no no no no! (Just my personal vote....)

We told you recently that Dan would play the starring role, Alan Strang, in London's West End play Equus. At the time, there was some confusion over whether or not Daniel would perform the part nude, as is usual.

"All the other actors who have played the part have done that, so for me not to do it wouldn't really be playing the part. It would be a watered down version. It wouldn't be the same. I'll be incredibly nervous, but I think, 'It's in the script; it's got to be done'. I'm terrified, but excited." Editor's Note: Go bathe, then come back and we'll move on without further comment.

Release date for GOF HD-DVD
DVD Town is reporting that the HD-DVD for the Goblet of Fire movie will be released on August 29th. We're currently working on verifying this date with Warner Bros.

Tom Felton discusses Harry Potter and life

MOST people are faced with a career changing decision at some point in life but imagine how it feels if you’re just seven years old. The choice was between going to America to film a TV commercial or playing Tiny Tim at the Thorndyke Theatre, Leatherhead. The decision – to go to the US – kick-started Tom Felton’s career and put him on the cinema screens as Draco Malfoy, the bad boy of the Harry Potter series.

Tom was born at Epsom Hospital on 22 September 1987 the youngest of four brothers and is a Surrey boy through and through. He was educated until 13 at the Cranmore School in West Horsley and went on to Howard of Effingham school.

Tom, now 18, reflects: “It was great, not only were there stacks of girls but they were all made to wear skirts. Having been at an all boys school for ten years, it was just the best.” Making up for lost time, he was quick to mix with them. “I love female company and have loads of girl ‘friends’ but currently I am single and available.” Editor's Note: Only 18. Ah well...... Maybe the LEFT half of my body can date him, while the OTHER half does laundry, ...........or applies for social security. (early, mind you...)

This will be welcome news for his army of female admirers. He has a huge fan base and receives letters and photos as well as all sorts of gifts. Some are good luck tokens – the strangest, he says, are spoons from Japan. But he has also been sent Bibles from the US in reaction to his role as Malfoy.

In a Deep South accent Tom describes how one accompanying letter said ‘Redeem Thyself Brother Tom, for the devil is within’. “Don’t these people know that I’m acting a role? It’s crazy.” Editor's Note: In the deep south? No, they probably don't.

He gets so much mail that his mum Sharon, who is his manager, has to employ a team of helpers – Sally, Sarah and Miriam – to deal with it.

Tom was persuaded to get an agent by a friend who ran a drama summer school in Bookham. Within two weeks he was shooting the advert in the US for Commercial Union. He went on to do other TV ads including a series for Barclaycard.

“Then my agent heard about an audition for the 1997 film The Borrowers and I got the part.” He played the Peagreen Clock alongside Jim Broadbent, John Goodman and Celia Imrie in a role which demanded he had his hair dyed red and permed!

His next role was as Louis Leonowens in Anna and The King. He was 13 years old and played the son of Jodie Foster’s character. It meant filming for four months in Malaysia, and Tom’s mum recalls going behind the scenes to find him being taught how to use a Samurai sword by fellow actor Yun-Fat Chow who played King Mongkut in the movie.

Then came his biggest role with the first of J K Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Tom was auditioned by director Chris Columbus and producer David Heyman for various roles, including Harry. But it was Draco Malfoy, the bad guy, that Chris and David decided was right for Tom and so with a slicked back, white-blond look he made the character his own.

Tom is currently filming the fifth movie, Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix, due for release next year.

He says filming is always fun but it’s weird to watch the finished product: “Obviously the scenes aren’t shot in sequence and filming lasts so long that when I see it my first thought is ‘where’s the rest of it?’ And sometimes I’m thinking ‘oh yes, the next bit is really good’ but then it doesn’t happen or is somewhere else in the action.”

At 18 Tom may be an international film star, but he is happiest at home. “I love spending time at home with my friends. On a Friday night you’ll find nine or ten of us sitting having a game of cards. I love cards: poker is favourite at the moment,” he admits. “But I’m a country boy. Surrey is the real garden of England for me. I’m well into fishing – have been since I was 11 – and regularly go to Bury Hill in Dorking and sling a rod out.” Editor's Note: Bad place, OddBob, bad bad bad!

His first real (or should this be reel) job at the age of 11 was at the fishery in Dorking. “For 20 quid a day I’d pick up litter and tidy fishing gear. Actually, I only recently started to see my future in acting. My dream job has always been to own my own fishery.”

He is a committed fisherman. “On New Year’s Eve I went out to celebrate with my friends until the bells struck midnight. Then by quarter past I was off fishing. I was still in my best clothes and it was minus 4!”

Tom is the youngest of four brothers and says he benefitted from that. “By the time I did anything wrong, Mum had seen it all before and was used to it. I’ve had no special treatment at home where my acting was concerned, either. While filming The Borrowers I’d come home full of it all, and my brothers would tell me to sit down on the floor and shut up whilst EastEnders was on.”

He is very close to 24-year-old brother Chris, who also acts as his PA. Eldest brother Jonathan, 26, is a chiropractor while Ashley, 22, is currently having a great time travelling in Australia. “Lately he’s been picking bananas! I hope to go out and spend some quality time with him soon.”
He’s bought his family cars to thank them for their support – cars being another of his passions.

“I bought my first car before I even learned to drive. It was a great motivator: I wanted something for the hours I put in at the studios and just seeing it on the drive made me appreciate everything. I passed my test within a month of my 17th birthday. It was my second attempt but everyone says second time drivers are better drivers!’Editor's Note: I think it's only second timers that say that, but that's fine. Whatever makes your blondevil heart happy.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Planning our Autumn Movie-Going

Editor's Note: Here's a little movie-going planning chart I purloined from the EW website. Handy, eh?

Coming Soon
Get advance word on upcoming movies

Aug. 18 2006
The Illusionist with Edward Norton, Jessica Biel

Snakes on a Plane with Samuel L. Jackson

Trust the Man with David Duchovny, Julianne Moore, Billy Crudup

Aug. 25 2006
Idlewild with Big Boi, Andre Benjamin

Invincible with Greg Kinnear, Mark Wahlberg

Sep. 01 2006
Crank with Amy Smart, Jason Statham

Idiocracy with Luke Wilson

The Wicker Man with Leelee Sobieski, Nicolas Cage

Sep. 08 2006
Lucky You with Drew Barrymore, Eric Bana

Sherrybaby with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ryan Simpkins

Sep. 09 2006
Hollywoodland with Diane Lane, Adrien Brody, Ben Affleck

Sep. 15 2006
The Black Dahlia with Josh Hartnett, Hilary Swank, Scarlett Johansson

Confetti with Martin Freeman, Jessica Stevenson

Everyone's Hero with Jake T. Austin

Gridiron Gang with Dwayne ''The Rock'' Johnson

The Guardian with Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher

The Last Kiss with Jacinda Barrett, Zach Braff

Sep. 22 2006
All the King's Men with Jude Law, Sean Penn

Feast with Balthazar Getty, Krista Allen, Navi Rawat

Jackass: Number Two with Johnny Knoxville

Jet Li's Fearless with Jet Li, Nakamura Shidon

Sep. 27 2006
The Last King of Scotland with Forest Whitaker, James McAvoy

Sep. 29 2006
Children of Men with Julianne Moore, Clive Owen

Flyboys with Jean Reno, James Franco

A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints with Robert Downey Jr., Rosario Dawson, Shia LaBeouf

Open Season with Martin Lawrence, Ashton Kutcher

School for Scoundrels with Billy Bob Thornton, Jon Heder

Sep. 30 2006
The Queen with Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen

Oct. 04 2006
Shortbus with Sook-Yin Lee, Paul Dawson, PJ DeBoy

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning with Jordana Brewster, Matthew Bomer

Oct. 06 2006
49 Up

The Departed with Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio

Employee of the Month with Jessica Simpson, Dane Cook, Dax Shepard

Little Children with Kate Winslet, Jennifer Connelly, Patrick Wilson

Stormbreaker with Ewan McGregor, Alex Pettyfer

Oct. 11 2006
Running with Scissors with Annette Bening, Joseph Cross

Oct. 13 2006
The Grudge 2 with Sarah Michelle Gellar, Amber Tamblyn

Infamous with Daniel Craig, Toby Jones

Man of the Year with Robin Williams, Laura Linney

The Marine with John Cena

Oct. 20 2006
Fast Food Nation with Ethan Hawke, Greg Kinnear, Catalina Sandino Moreno

Flags of Our Fathers with Ryan Phillippe, Barry Pepper, Adam Beach, Jesse Bradford, Joseph Cross, Benjamin Walker

Flicka with Tim McGraw, Alison Lohman

Marie Antoinette with Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman

The Prestige with Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Scarlett Johansson

Oct. 27 2006
Babel with Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael Garcia Bernal

Saw III with Angus MacFadyen, Tobin Bell

We Are Marshall with Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox

Nov. 03 2006
Borat with Sacha Baron Cohen

The Flock with Richard Gere

Flushed Away with Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause with Tim Allen, Martin Short

Volver with Penelope Cruz, Carmen Maura

Nov. 08 2006
The Reaping with Hilary Swank, David Morrissey

Fur with Robert Downey Jr., Nicole Kidman

A Good Year with Albert Finney, Russell Crowe, Abbie Cornish

Stranger Than Fiction with Will Ferrell, Dustin Hoffman, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Nov. 17 2006
Candy with Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish

Casino Royale with Daniel Craig

Come Early Morning with Ashley Judd, Jeffrey Donovan

For Your Consideration with Eugene Levy, Harry Shearer, Parker Posey, Christopher Guest

Happy Feet with Elijah Wood, Brittany Murphy

The Hoax with Richard Gere, Alfred Molina, Marcia Gay Harden

The Return with Sarah Michelle Gellar, Adam Scott

Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny with Jack Black, Kyle Gass

Nov. 22 2006
Bobby with Demi Moore, Anthony Hopkins

Deck the Halls with Danny DeVito, Matthew Broderick

Deja Vu with Denzel Washington

The Fountain with Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz

The History Boys with Richard Griffiths, Frances de la Tour

Let's Go To Prison with Will Arnett, Dax Shepard

Dec. 08 2006
Apocalypto with Rudy Youngblood

The Good German with George Clooney, Cate Blanchett

The Holiday with Jude Law, Jack Black, Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz

Dec. 15 2006
Eragon with Edward Speleers

The Painted Veil with Liev Schreiber, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts

Dec. 20 2006
Charlotte's Web with Julia Roberts, Dakota Fanning

Dec. 21 2006
Dreamgirls with Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Hudson

Dec. 22 2006
The Good Shepherd with Matt Damon

Night at the Museum with Ben Stiller

Notes on a Scandal with Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett

Rocky Balboa with Sylvester Stallone

Dec. 29 2006
Miss Potter with Renee Zellweger

Pan's Labyrinth with Sergi Lopez, Maribel Verdu, Ivana Baquero

I Could Never Be Your Woman with Michelle Pfeiffer, Saiorse Ronan

Jan. 12 2007
Alpha Dog with Justin Timberlake, Emile Hirsch

Pathfinder with Karl Urban, Moon Bloodgood, Jay Tavare

Editor's Note: Random thoughts on this list ----

1. I have obviously sloughed off on my movie-going because I don't recognize a lot of these titles. And how do we know the titles? Because of the trailers you see if you go to movies a lot. So, I guess I've been slipping.

2. Movie-going is a muscle, and I had better get MINE back in shape (let's not even TALK about any OTHER of my bodies non-muscles), if I have any HOPE of seeing everything that's of import this fall.

3. This list should be viewed like a marathon. Weeks with a Luke Wilson film, or a film with a list of one-named Rap people you are too old and too softpop to recognize can be your hiatus/rest weeks. Pace yourselves. It would be awful to go out of the way to push through a Josh Hartnett movie, only to miss the next week's Helen Mirren flic from viewing fatigue.

4. Who is Abbie Cornish and why is she in movies two weeks in a row?

5. The week of November 17 it will be necessary to all quit our jobs and just go to the movies. Just too darned many things opening that week.

6. Towards the end of December Rocky goes up against a Judi Dench/Cate Blanchett movie. What to do, what to do?????