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New Tarzan Poised To Wear Gap Khakis

4 December 2008 2:49 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Entertainment Weekly has the scoop on Stephen Sommers' proposed new take on the Tarzan tale and it is quite odd to say the least. The details read: The action-adventure icon will trash his loincloth and throw on a pair of khakis for the next big screen take on Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic character, who first appeared way back in the Stone Age -- er, 1912. Director Stephen Sommers (The Mummy) and screenwriter Stuart Beattie (Australia) are ditching the boy-raised-by-apes origin story for a 1930's-set romp with a hefty helping of romance: Think Pirates of the Caribbean with buffed-and-tanned actors flying through the jungle and sprinting up trees, parkour-style. EW is far too kind to the idea saying it seems like a safe bet considering Beattie's involvement in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, but I find it hard to believe the idea of the Lord of the Apes strolling »

- Brad Brevet

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Shazam! Peter Segal to Direct Captain Marvel Movie

24 November 2008 4:00 AM, PST | | See recent ReelzChannel news »

DC Comics' Captain Marvel project found a new home at Warner Bros. when they obtained the script by John August (Big Fish), and a commitment from director Peter Segal (Get Smart). Currently titled Billy Batson and the Legend of Shazam rather than Captain Marvel, due to legal issues with Marvel Comics -- who have their own Captain Marvel -- the movie will follow teenager Billy Batson, who can turn into a superhero just by saying the word "Shazam!"

Shazam! should be hitting theaters just as soon as Segal can finish Get Smart 2 (due 2010) and another comedy, Liam McBain: International Tennis Star and Proper English Geezer, about a fictional '80s tennis star.

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Link | Posted 11/24/2008 by reelz

Peter Segal | Billy Batson and the Legend of Shazam! | Get Smart 2 | Liam McBain: International Tennis Star and Proper English Geezer »

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Anne Hathaway books 'Alice'

6 October 2008 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Anne Hathaway, who is generating buzz for her performance in "Rachel Getting Married," has signed for a role in "Alice in Wonderland," which Tim Burton is directing for Disney.

Helena Bonham Carter also has joined the film.

The movie, which stars Mia Wasikowska as Alice and Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, will use a combination of live action and performance-capture technology to tell the Lewis Carroll story.

Hathaway is playing the White Queen, a benevolent monarch who is deposed and banished by her sister, the Red Queen (Carter), who has an affinity for crying out, "Off with their heads!" The White Queen needs Alice to slay a creature known as the Bandersnatch.

Richard Zanuck, Joe Roth and Jennifer and Suzanne Todd are producing.

Hathaway, repped by CAA and Management 360, next appears in the horror thriller "Passengers."

Bonham Carter, repped by Endeavor and Magnolia Entertainment, has frequently worked with Burton, »

- By Borys Kit

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SHOCKER: Depp Confirmed as Mad Hatter in Burton's 'Wonderland'

24 September 2008 6:35 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Anyone else NOT surprised? In an effort to try nothing new I think we can now assume Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland will be a dark and twisted tale with craggly trees and crooked characters. It will have a spooky soundtrack and be drenched in a blue filter with harsh reds and cuh-razy costumes. And, oh yeah, did I mention it will also inlcude the helmer's seventh film with Johnny Depp and potentially his fourth in a row depending on if Frankenweenie somehow hits theaters before Alice's March 5, 2010 release date. Depp joins Mia Wasikowska who plays the title character while Matt Lucas will play the dual roles of Tweedledum and Tweedledee. Just out of curiosity, anyone out there getting tired of the Depp/Burton team-up or does this continue to excite most folks? Personally I have enjoyed Burton's films such as Mars Attacks and Big Fish and wish he »

- Brad Brevet

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Aussie Actress Chosen As Burton's Alice

25 August 2008 12:19 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

An unknown Australian actress has won the title role in Tim Burton's eagerly awaited adaptation of Alice In Wonderland.

Teenager Mia Wasikowska is set to hit the big time after being picked to play the heroine in moviemaker Burton's take on Lewis Carroll's classic.

The director is reportedly lining up long-time muse Johnny Depp to play the Mad Hatter in the film, which is slated for release in 2010.

And newcomer Wasikowska, 18, will be treading on the toes of Lindsay Lohan, after the Mean Girls star begged Burton not to choose an unknown for the role, insisting she was "ideal" to play the part.

Wasikowska says, "I'm so so excited. The book's really intrigued me when I was little and I've always loved the story. I really love (Burton films) Edward Scissorhands and Big Fish."

Earlier this year, Wasikowska was chosen as one of only two Australian actresses to receive a Heath Ledger scholarship - a fund to help young up-and-coming Aussie performers in memory of the late actor. »

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Miley Cyrus Wants Racy Nudie Role?

23 July 2008 5:09 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I am sure there are some child actors that have made the transformation from child star to adult star with relative ease. However, none of them are coming to mind at the moment and I still have echoes of Christian Bale from The Dark Knight interviews telling me, "I would definitely try and convince anyone in my family and near to me not to do so at such a young age." He is referring to a role he played in Stephen Spielberg's Empire of the Sun at the age of 13. Well, at the age of 11 Miley Cyrus had a role in Tim Burton's Big Fish and by the age of 14 she was Hannah Montana. Since then she has posed in racy photos for Vanity Fair and been seen online in photos many consider unbecoming for a girl her age. She is now 15-years-old and it seems she may »

- Brad Brevet

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Stan Winston: 1946 - 2008

16 June 2008 11:18 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

We were hit with a barrage of phone calls last night and this morning informing us that special effects and make-up guru Stan Winston has passed away Sunday, June 15 in Los Angeles, Ca. He was 62. Winston is best known for working on such legendary films as Terminator, Jurassic Park, Predator, The Entity, The Thing, Edward Scissorhands, Constantine, Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines, Big Fish, Monster Squad, Congo, Darkness Falls, Jurassic Park: Lost World among many others. Winston won four Oscars in his career. The details of his passing have yet to be reported, we'll be updating you shortly. »

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Opening This Week

2 June 2008 7:35 AM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

By Neil Pedley

Among this week's offerings: The pregnancy comedy goes pre-natal, the fate of all the jungle rests in the hands of the world's most lethargic endangered species, and Dario Argento has a new film, rendering the rest of this list mostly unnecessary.

"Dreams With Sharp Teeth"

Author Harlan Ellison is widely regarded as one of the finest writers of the 20th century. He is also, as this documentary readily highlights, abrasive, petulant, egotistical and prone to fits of belligerent rage. Collecting together more than two decades worth of footage and interviews, "Grizzly Man" producer Erik Nelson lifts the dust jacket off one of literature's genuinely larger than life characters and a man who has filed more lawsuits than the Aclu, proving that sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction, even Ellison's sci-fi tales.

Opens in New York.

"The Go-Getter"

On paper, it sounds like the dictionary definition of »

- Neil Pedley

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