Saturday, February 28, 2009

Spiderman on Broadway

I forgot to post this earlier in the week because, well frankly, it frightened me. But here is a poster (that I think is new) for the Spiderman musical, which is opening in less than a year kiddies! Start lining up now!!!

And can someone please explain what the subtitle means? Turn off the dark? Really, it's called a light. That alone makes things look dreary for the Julie Taymor (The Lion King) production.

OMG, ND to play GG SF

Despite what some of you might think, I am not obsessed with Gossip Girl. Nor am I a 15-year-old girl.

With that out of the way, the latest news coming out of the GG camp is that recently reunited band No Doubt will be appearing in the season finale. This is probably to help support their upcoming summer tour with Paramore.

How great would a Gwen Stefani and Leighton Meester catfight be to see? Ah...a boy can dream right?

Another Seemingly Crazy Twilight Rumor

Okay, is it just me or are these getting stranger and stranger? Madonna contributing to the soundtrack? Dakota Fanning and a 90210 starlet together?

Well, now Drew Barrymore is getting tossed into the ring. Talk is saying that because of the quick turnaround the actress, who recently finished shooting her first film as a director -- Whip It! -- could be helming the the series' third entry, Eclipse.

Entertainment Weekly is reporting, and subsequently everyone is picking the news up, that Summit Entertainment is talking to a group of director's that includes the film veteran about directorial duties. At this rate Robert Pattinson will be directing the finale.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Rob Zombie posts H2 pictures

Above are pictures that Rob Zombie has just posted of Scout Taylor-Compton as Laurie Strode. As you can tell it seems that the film is going to be following in the footsteps of the original sequel and will take place, at least partially in the hospital. It will be interesting to see what happens with Danielle Harris, as her character died in the original Halloween but lived in the remake.

Damn Gyllenhaal

Okay, so the interwebs have been abuzz today about a story from Variety that makes me think we are all getting punk'd. Ashton, is that you?!?!

So Jim Carrey and Jake Gyllenhaal are going to appear in a new updated version of the classic musical Damn Yankees. Carrey will play the devil while Jake (his last name is too long to keep typing) will play Joe.

Does the world really need this?? I know the Yanks are doing well but the new season is about to begin -- to add insult to injury. I beg of you. Derek Jeter is a good man.

First Look: Dear John

Today's USA Today has posted a picture from the upcoming film Dear John starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried.

The film, which will be released next year, is based a on Nicholas Sparks book about a soldier who falls for a college student.

This will complete a trio of films for the actor where he plays military types, which started last year with Stop-Loss and continues this summer with the G.I. Joe film. Compared to G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra Commander I think this one might have a little different feel -- just sayin.

Brittany Snow joins Gossip Girl prequel

Brittany Snow, who came to fame starring on NBC's American Dreams, has just landed the role of young Lily in the Gossip Girl spin-off prequel.
Snow will join Krysten Ritter for the show that is expected to be picked up by The CW for a Fall debut. The actress will play the younger version of Kelly Rutherford's character on the popular show.
Fans will get their first look at the sisters in an episode later this season, which will serve as a springboard for the new show.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Beat the Blogger...

There's really only one new film that anyone is going to care about this weekend: Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience will take over the number one spot. The Jo Bros. should do a similar opening to their female counterpart, Hannah Montana last year. Expect around $30 million for them.

Everyone's favorite gun-toting granny, Madea, will slide to number two with just under $20 million. Expect to see a jump for Slumdog Millionaire after winning all of the Academy Awards last weekend with about $12 to $14 million.

Rounding out the top five with be those strong hold overs, Taken and Coraline, each making $6 to $8 million dollars.

The only other new opener this weekend will be the kiddie aimed Street Fighter reboot starring Chris Klien, Smallville's Kristin Kreuk, and Desperate Housewives' Neal McDonough. It'll make around $5 million.

So post your predictions in the comments section and we will crown a winner on Sunday.

Samuel L. Jackson is in the mother---king money

Rumors that Samuel L. Jackson wouldn't be back as Nick Fury in any additional Marvel comic book films seems a little weird, you know considering that the actor has never met a script bad enough to turn down. It was probably just a negotiation tactic.

One that seems to have worked since talk is now saying that he is negotiating a nine picture deal to include all upcoming films made by the studio -- starting with Iron Man 2, which begins filming this summer.

Don't expect anything official though until the ink is dry, Marvel has released a simple no comment due to the open activity of the negotiations.

Unnecessary Remakes Alert

Dark Horizons is reporting today about two remakes that might be even more inane than many of the other remake ideas that have come down the pike recently.

Sony has gotten the idea that the world needs a newer version of the Arnold Schwarzenegger film Total Recall. The film is based on a Philip K. Dick story about implanted memories and Mars -- oh and the that triple-breasted woman. If she's not back there is no reason to make the film. For real.

Warner Bros. is teaming with Leonardo Dicaprio to produce a new version of The Neverending Story. The new film is going to be more nuanced then the original from 1984. I think in this case, nuanced means more psychodelic as I think stoned college kids are probably the biggest audience for the original films (yes, there were 3).

Doherty looks for a Plan B

If the return to television doesn't work out for Shannen Doherty, it looks like the actress might have already found a plan b.

The details are sketchy, but US Weekly confirmed that the 90210 star has joined Pasadena magazine as art director. She will be in charge of choosing cover designs and photo shoots.

Her rep confirmed to the magazine that Doherty is jumping right into her new job. "She's already booking covers and working on photo shoots."

Simpsons are the longest running show in history

The Simpsons may have hit their peak awhile ago, but they aren't going anywhere. Fox has just ordered two more seasons worth of episodes to bring the show's grand total to 493. The show, which began airing in 1990, will unseat Gunsmoke as the longest running show in television history.

While The Simpsons will be on the air longer, Gunsmoke still will have more episodes with over 600.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The CW continues trend of renewing show WELL past expiration

The CW, a network that renewed an already concluded 7th Heaven for an 11th season, just won't let some shows die.

The net announced six early renewals for next year. Among the shows were the no-brainers like and Gossip Girl and America's Next Top Model. The rabid fanbase kept Supernatural around for another season.

Even shows that were question marks were given a renewal. 90210 was generally thought to be coming back but with the hyping having faded quickly it wasn't guaranteed. Also, over at One Tree Hill all of the actor's contracts were up and there was talk about some possibly not returning. Word is Chad Michael Murray still hasn't signed on the dotted line yet.

But really, did they have to renew Smallville for another season? Many considered this to be it's last year when the season started but this is the show that will not die. The upcoming season will be it's ninth and many of the cast members have defected for sake of trying to have a career afterwards. Needless to say Tom Welling, who is returning, doesn't care about a career after the show.

Not included in the announcement were four shows, many of which probably won't come back. The Game, Privileged, and Reaper have no decisions made as of yet. Everyone Hates Chris is most likely not coming back as it has enough episodes for syndication and, well quite frankly, at this point the buzz is gone from the show and no one cares about it anymore.

Shows that The CW is working on is a reboot of Melrose Place and a television series version of book series Vampire Diaries (which we first reported on here) and a spin-off of Gossip Girl (which we reported on here).

Now if that slate doesn't reek of originality I don't know what does.

CSI gets some Charisma

According to TV Guide sexy actress Charisma Carpenter will be showing up for an episode of CSI. The former Buffy and Angel actress will be playing a skydiver named Mink. The role is being described to the mag as "fun and memorable."

In other Carpenter news, check her out later this year in the sci-fi tv movie House of Bones and the indie, Vivid.


Actor Gerard Butler, who is in Philadelphia shooting Law Abiding Citizen with Jamie Foxx, was working out last night at the Bally Total Fitness on 15th Street. He walked into the gym around 730 and happened to start doing cardio next to having seen 300, I thought it would be a good challenge to keep up. Considering I was already 30 minutes into my work out this was a bad idea -- despite that he started off at a brisk walk on the treadmill.

Giving up I went to the weight room and shortly thereafter the actor came in and round 2 started. Working out with a trainer (or friend or something) he started doing a weight training circuit and I easily faded. :(

I am not Sparta...

Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Week in Review

Movies: I didn't see anything in theaters -- though I have already added Fired Up! to my Netflix. Sorry I have some kind of crush on AnnaLynne McCord. I did catch Quarantine, which just came out on DVD and sadly it was disappointing. No real scares --though seeing the zombie guy walking on a broken leg bothered me being that I am dealing with a broke foot recovery.

Music: I'm looking for some new stuff. Kelly Clarkson and U2 leaked -- are they any good? Hit me up with some suggestions.

TV: Despite being in the midst of February sweeps it appears that everything is in repeats currently. Finally am caught up to date on Fringe, and now that I'm finally into it the show won't be back until April. And am I the only person who thinks Nip/Tuck has finally become too bizarre between the self pleasuring yoga teacher and the wart monster I don't know how much more I can take.

Wes Craven talks about returning to Scream franchise

Rumors are swirls about all what exactly is happening with Scream 4. Since the beginning of the year talk has said run the gamut from rumors who might return (see the original post here for more info).

Now director Wes Craven has spoken out to website Bloody Disgusting, while promoting the remake of The Last House on the Left. About returning to the series he said, "It would take it being really as a good a script as the first one was and the pay day reflects what I've done for that company and what I've gone through on Cursed."

Craven does confirm that writer Kevin Williamson is working on a script currently.

Has Shrek 4's Plot Leaked Online?

Alex Litel's Lackluster Emporium has gotten ahold of a document from Dreamworks that reveals the basic storyline for the next installment in the Shrek series. According to the document:

After challenging an evil dragon, rescuing a beautiful princess and saving your in-laws' kingdom, what's an ogre to do? Well, if you're Shrek, you suddenly wind up a domesticated family man. Instead of scaring villagers away like he used to, a reluctant Shrek now agrees to autograph pitch forks. What's happened to this ogre's roar? Longing for the days when he felt like a "real ogre," Shrek is duped into signing a pact with the smooth-talking dealmaker, Rumplestiltskin.

Shrek suddenly finds himself in a in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumplestiltskin is king and Shrek and Fiona have never met. Now, it's up to Shrek to undo all he's done in the hopes of saving his friends, restoring his world and reclaiming his one True Love.

The film is scheduled to be released in IMAX and traditional theaters in May 2010. All of the core voice talents will be back next year.

New Moon Title

Isn't it snazzy?

Summit Entertainment has release the new title art for New Moon, the next in The Twilight Saga. (Apparently it's a saga now)

The other big news is that the third part of the saga, Eclipse, will be released on June 30, 2010. That's right, only seven months between the two.

Caine thinks The Joker should retire

Actor Michael Caine, who plays Alfred in Christopher Nolan's Batman series, believes that with Heath Ledger's passing the character of The Joker should be retired from any future caped crusader films.

"I asked him, 'What’s it about?' and he said, 'The Joker.' I said, 'Oh, shoot. Jack Nicholson was so great. How will you top that?' He said, 'I’m going to try.' But when he told me it was going to be Heath Ledger, for some reason I just said, 'That will be fine, then.' Besides, you wouldn’t want to be the guy to try to outdo Jack and Heath," the actor told USA Today.

As for who he thinks should be the next villian? Caine's suggestion is The Riddler.

Beat the Blogger Results

Tyler Perry's curvaceous Madea went to town with audiences this weekend. Giving the writer/director his biggest opening ever with just over $41 million dollars for Madea Goes to Jail.

Next were a trio of films that just keep chugging along. Taken, Coraline, and He's Just Not That Into You. Best Picture nominee (possibly winner?) Slumdog Millionaire rounds out the top five with a 10% increase to make $8 million this weekend.

Last weekend's big opener, Friday the 13th, was expected to have a decent drop off as is usual with any movie with a huge opening. But with 80% the future is looking about as bright for the film as those of the kids in the film.

Another interesting weekend in Hollywood. I guess everyone is going to the movie theaters to escape the depressing news.

Paris is the Queen of the Razzies; no one surpised

In celebration of tonight's Academy Awards, the Razzies were handed out earlier this weekend. The awards, which highlight the worst in film for the previous year, have been handed out for 29 years. So far, only Halle Berry has gone in person to receive her award a few years ago for Catwoman.

Cleaning up at this year's awards was Paris Hilton. Winning three awards, the actress won all that she was nominated for -- including Worst Actress, Worst Supporting Actress and Worst Screen Couple. Reviled director Uwe Boll received a career achievement award. But Boll might actually be in on the joke. When Fangoria magazine asked if anyone else should win the achievement award his response was, "No one, only me."

This year's winners are:
  • Worst Picture: The Love Guru
  • Worst Actor: Mike Myers, The Love Guru
  • Worst Actress: Paris Hilton, The Hottie and the Nottie
  • Worst Supporting Actor: Pierce Brosnan, Mamma Mia!
  • Worst Supporting Actress: Paris Hilton, Repo: The Genetic Opera
  • Worst Screen Couple: Paris Hilton and either Christin Lakin or Joel David Moore, The Hottie and the Nottie
  • Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  • Worst Director: Uwe Boll, 1968: Tunnel Rats, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale and Uwe Boll's Postal
  • Worst Screenplay: The Love Guru
  • Worst Career Achievement: Uwe Boll