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Tru3D: 2 good 2 b 2?

18 December 2008 9:50 PM, PST | blogs.suntimes.com/ebert | See recent Roger Ebert's Blog news »

I have seen the future of 3-D, and I know this much for certain: It is better than the present. I also know that Jeffrey Katzenberg, high priest of the new wave of 3-D, believes the technology will command a $5 ticket premium, that most movies may someday be made in 3-D, and people will buy prescription sunglasses that will double as 3-D glasses.

Katzenberg: "These are my father's 3-D glasses" (Roger Ebert)

When it comes to such matters, I am a conservative, even a reactionary. I wish silent films were still occasionally made. I wish a lot more films were made in black and white. Early surround sound sometimes made me wonder why the characters didn't react to the explosions taking place back there where I was seated. Sure, I like widescreen, but I'm reminded that Fritz Lang said CinemaScope wasn't meant for human beings, only for filming snakes and funerals. »

- Roger Ebert

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Pulp Fiction Writer Charged Over Death Crash

14 December 2008 6:21 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Pulp Fiction screenwriter Roger Avary has been charged with vehicular manslaughter in connection with a fatal car crash earlier this year.

Avary, 42, faced prosecutors at a Ventura County, California courthouse on Friday to face charges of gross vehicular manslaughter for his part in the horrific car smash in January, which left his passenger Andreas Zini dead. Avary's wife, was also injured in the accident, but made a full recovery.

Avary pleaded not guilty to manslaughter.

As well as the manslaughter charge, the writer faces two felony counts of causing bodily injury while intoxicated. If found guilty he could face up to 11 years behind bars.

A pre-trial conference is set for 20 February in Ventura.

Avary won an Oscar, along with Quentin Tarantino, for his work on 1994 cult movie Pulp Fiction. He was also a co-writer on last year's animated epic Beowulf. »

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Pulp Fiction Writer Charged With Vehicular Manslaughter

13 December 2008 8:30 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The Oscar-winning screenwriter of Pulp Fiction is getting a heavy dose of reality. Roger Avary, who co-wrote the 1994 neonoir classic with Quentin Tarantino, was charged with gross vehicular manslaughter on Friday for a deadly car accident in Ojai, Calif., in January. Prosecutors claim Avary, 43, was driving drunk the night of Jan. 13 when he lost control of his car and slammed into a telephone pole. A passenger, Andreas Zini, 34, was killed in the crash. Avary's wife, Gretchen, suffered serious injuries when she was ejected from the vehicle. Avary, who co-wrote 2007's Beowulf starring Angelina Jolie, also faces two felony counts of causing bodily injury while intoxicated. A pretrial hearing is set »

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What Just Happened? (2008)

21 November 2008 5:51 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Starring: Robert De Niro, Bruce Willis, Stanley Tucci, Michael Wincott, Robin Wright Penn

Release Date: November 28th, 2008 (UK)

Studio: Pathe

Director: Barry Levinson

Official Website: whatjusthappenedthemovie.co.uk/

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Trailer: Quicktime

Poster: See below

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Plot:

What Just Happened? is a satirical comedy about two nail-biting, back-stabbing, roller-coaster weeks in the life of Ben (Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro; Meet The Parents, Heat) a middle aged Hollywood producer trying to juggle his work and private life in tinsel town. The film also stars

Ben is already in over his head trying to balance the tug-of-war of having two ex-wives and two different families with his latest business venture . the boldly .visionary. movie Fiercely starring Sean Penn (played by himself; 21 Grams, Mystic River) when everything that can go wrong, does go wrong.

Fiercely looks like it is going to be an audience-offending »

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Hotel For Dogs Director Gets The Measle

14 November 2008 12:37 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Hotel For Dogs director Thor Freudenthal is in talks to develop a screenplay based on Ian Ogilvy's oddly-named Measle and the Wrathmonk.  Measle Stubbs is a little boy who, following his parents' disappearance, is sent to live with his crazy uncle Basil - who just happens to be a wizard, or more precisely, a wrathmonk. To add insult to injury, he is caught by his eccentric guardian playing with a train set in the house, and is punished by being shrunk to the size of the tiny toy villagers he was playing with. He must then learn to live in his new - and surprisingly hostile - surroundings, learning that all is not as it seems with the other "toy" inhabitants. The adaptation is being produced at Warner Bros. by Robert Zemeckis, who's planning to use the sort of performance-capture technology he's been tinkering with on The Polar Express and Beowulf, »

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AMC Seeks Best Monster Hunters

31 October 2008 7:53 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

While we disapprove of AMC’s decision to air their movies with ad breaks, we do admire their original series, Mad Men, and their various online features.  Today, in honor of the holiday, they have launched the Master Monster Hunter Tournament. Readers are being asked to nominate their favorite hunters and the top 16 will be facing off in a voting death match between November 10 and December 12.  Finalists are being named on November 6 so you have a week to give this some deep thought as you munch your Halloween treats.

Nominations to date:

Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) Riddick Seth Gecko, From Dusk Till Dawn Blade (Wesley Snipes), Blade, Blade II, and Blade: Trinity Jay & Slient Bob (Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith), Dogma Ashley (Bruce Campbell), Evil Dead Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), Alien, Aliens and Alien 3 Jack Crow (James Woods), Vampire$ Hellboy (Ron Perlman) Alice, Resident Evil Dr. Alan Grant from Jurassic »

- Robert Greenberger

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Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: October 26, 2008

26 October 2008 9:47 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

This week:

The A-Team doesn’t come together; Ripley’s Believe it or Not gets a director; Steven Soderbergh has Cleopatra coming at ya; Crispin Glover teams with Tim Burton and McG gets into the spy business with Dead Spy Running .

 

Box Office

The world economy may be in crisis, but the box office is still going strong. Claiming the number one spot with ease is High School Musical 3. It’s no surprise really considering the built in audience and the amazing number of tickets that were booked in advance by Effronettes. The tween musical should bank about $50 million by Monday morning.

Saw V claimed the runner-up position with a $30 million gross. It’s amazing that people still come back to this franchise. I have to say that I haven’t watched any of the films past the original. With Halloween on the way, this should hold up next weekend, »

- Niall Browne

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Whole Lot of Hollywood

24 October 2008 4:09 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

There's nothing like reading a butt ton of Hollywood news in the morning. Nothing, that is, save for the smell of napalm. Variety and The Hollywood Reporter had their workshop elves up late last night as a whole slew of news pours in today. Because we love you, we've summed up the bigger points to make it easier on you fine folks. Feel free to send us baked goods in return.

Steven Soderbergh will direct Cleo, a rock 'n' roll musical about the life of Cleopatra. Catherine Zeta Jones and Hugh Jackman are being courted to star as Cleopatra and Marc Antony respectively. Soderbergh and Zeta Jones have teamed up previously on Traffic, but this will be the director's first pairing with Jackman who will appear in Baz Luhrmann's upcoming musical epic Australia. An adaptation of Electronic Arts' videogame Army of Two is setting up at Universal Pictures with »

- Josh Wigler

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News Bites: Singleton Ditches 'A-Team', Glover in 'Wonderland', and 'Perrier's Bounty'

24 October 2008 8:32 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

You might have noticed that The A-Team news front has been pretty quiet lately. Back in March, the film got a June 12, 2009 release date, but that was it -- no cast, no news, no nothing. Now Variety reports that the film's release has been pushed back to June 2010 and that director John Singleton has left the project due to the studio wanting more rewrites on the script. I guess this gives them more time to figure out who, exactly, will make up this cast. Mr. T's pretty handy with computers, hacking into Wow and the like. Maybe he could save the day and get this beast moving forward!

When it comes to finding the right actors for a project Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, one should look no further than Mr. Crispin Glover. And yup, The Hollywood Reporter tells us Glover has indeed signed on to play the freaky Knave of Hearts. »

- Monika Bartyzel

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Glover joins Burton's 'Alice' cast

24 October 2008 6:10 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Crispin Glover has joined the cast of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, taking on the role of The Knave Of Hearts. The Beowulf actor will appear along with stars such as Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter in the Disney adaptation of the Lewis Carroll tale. British actors Michael Sheen and Matt Lucas have already signed up for the movie, part of which is (more) »

- By Sarah Rollo

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Crispin Glover Goes To Wonderland

24 October 2008 5:36 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Whether Crispin Glover has seemingly fallen off the face of the earth because he's chosen to, or he's just too bizarre to work with, he's been missed these last few years. Before his turn in Beowulf as Grendel (so perfect!), Glover's roles in mainstream Hollywood movies have been few and far between. And no, the remake of Willard does not count. But now a role to remind us of his greatness may have come to Glover through a director who's probably about as strange as he is. Latino Review is reporting that Glover will join the cast of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, playing consort to the Queen, the Knave of Hearts. In the movie the Knave will be put on trial by the Queen, and Alice will defend him. The notion of Glover and Helena Bonham Carter, who plays the Queen of Hearts, acting together is almost too »

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Crispin Glover joins 'Alice in Wonderland'

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

Crispin Glover has signed on to play the Knave of Hearts in Tim Burton's adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland" for Disney.

Glover joins Mia Wasikowska as Alice and a cast that includes Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter. Burton is using a combination of live action and performance-capture technology to tell the Lewis Carroll story.

The Apa-repped Glover is no stranger to performance-capture technology: He worked in the medium for "Beowulf."

In "Alice," the Knave of Hearts is put on trial for stealing the Queen of Hearts' tarts and is defended by Alice. »

- By Borys Kit

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Gaiman off Black Hole

22 October 2008 4:53 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary (Beowulf), who were originally signed to write the adaptation of acclaimed comic book Black Hole, have evidently left the project. The story follows a sexually transmitted 'teen plague' with real extreme side-effects like tails and webbing and whatnot. Alexandre Aja was originally onboard to direct, but David Fincher came onboard recently, and asked for several re-writes: "David explained his process consisted of having over ten drafts, done over and over, »

- James Thoo

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Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary Leave Fincher's Black Hole Behind

22 October 2008 4:24 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Last year acclaimed writers Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary (the duo who wrote Beowulf) announced that they were hard at work adapting Charles Burns' graphic novel Black Hole. In February, it was announced that David Fincher was attached to direct, turning this project into something truly incredible. But as time has gone on, and Fincher has stayed behind close doors to work on Benjamin Button, no updates on the adaptation have arrived. However, MTV finally talked with Gaiman recently and learned that unfortunately both Avary and Gaiman have left the project, citing Fincher's request for numerous rewrites. Let's review what Black Hole is all about before we get into the juicy details. Black Hole is a black-and-white comic series that was first published in 1995. Set in the suburbs of Seattle during the mid-1970s, the story follows a group of middle class teenagers who contract a mysterious Std »

- Alex Billington

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Roger Avery and Neil Gaiman Quit 'Black Hole'

21 October 2008 3:24 PM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Roger Avery and Neil Gaiman have officially stepped off of penning the adaptation of Black Hole for direct David Fincher. According to MTV. Gaiman tells the website that Fincher's process requires over ten drafts to be written, regardless to say the Beowulf writing duo weren't so into that idea. In Charles Burns' twelve-issue series, high school kids in the 70s get a sexually transmitted disease called teen plague, which at first, has no known cause. Some only got a rash. Others became monsters and grew new body parts, like a tail or an extra mouth or webbing. Its like a mini-aids, with all the sexual-social outsider issues that entails but way more mutations. »

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Beowulf Scribes Exit Black Hole

21 October 2008 2:28 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Earlier this year we discovered that Charles Burns' interesting comic Black Hole, where teens undergo mutations via a sexually transmitted disease, was going to be adapted to the big screen by David Fincher. Then came eight months of silence.

MTV updated us on the situation thanks to an interview with co-writer Neil Gaiman, who teamed with fellow Beowulf scribe Roger Avary to adapt the comic.

It appears that the duo left the project due to Fincher's work ethic. Gaiman elaborates, "David explained his process consisted of having over ten drafts, done over and over, and Roger and I were sort of asked if we wanted to, if we were interested in doing that. And we definitely weren’t."

Depending on your opinion of Beowulf, this may have been rather welcome news, though Fincher does have the last script the two writers created ... but the ultimate fate of Black Hole »

- Kryten Syxx

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Zemeckis Flies Through The Air

18 September 2008 7:15 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Despite what everyone said about Tom Hanks' dead eyes, Robert Zemeckis' foray into motion-capture animation with The Polar Express wound up being a huge financial success. Then, of course, came Beowulf, which convinced the world that Ray Winstone is a hunk and that Angelina Jolie is made of gold. Now he's giving the technology yet another go, with Monster House director Gil Kenan set to helm Airman, which Zemeckis will produce. Airman, a children's book released in January, is described by The Hollywood Reporter as a "swashbuckling scientific story" that also involves a land where there is a king, and a young boy born in a hot air balloon. There's a lot going on there, and, to be honest, a lot that could look really great in motion-capture animation. Just look what happens next: "After his tutor and king are murdered, Broekhart [the boy] spends two years in prison, escapes »

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Burn After Reading Movie Review

18 September 2008 1:50 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Watch the latest Spill.com movie review of the dark comedy “Burn After Reading” by directors Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (Fargo, No Country For Old Men) and starring Brad Pitt (Inglorious Bastards), George Clooney (Michael Clayton), Frances McDormand (North Country) and John Malkovich (Beowulf, Being John Malkovich). Plot: A dark spy-comedy from Academy Award winners Joel and Ethan Coen. An ousted CIA official’s (Academy Award nominee John Malkovich) memoir accidentally falls into the hands of two unwise gym employees intent on exploiting their find. Stay tuned to Toxic Shock TV for the latest “Burn After Reading” movie posters and news. »

- Brian Corder

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Ray Winstone Replaces De Niro

12 September 2008 8:04 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Though he's been acting for decades, Ray Winstone has been taking on some of his most unusual roles just in the last year-- namely, a buff and toned Beowulf and a two-timing, completely odd character in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Now apparently he's proven his versatility enough that he's fit to replace one of Hollywood's most distinctive actors-- Robert De Niro. Winstone has stepped into De Niro's role in Edge of Darkness, the movie De Niro abandoned last week due to "creative differences" with either director Martin Campbell or co-star Mel Gibson. Winstone, Variety writes that Winstone will play a police operative who cleans up the evidence in a murder, the victim being the daughter of Mel Gibson's character. Given De Niro's recent penchant for playing cop figures, and how much it annoys some of us, this switch probably isn't bad for De Niro's career. »

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Johnny Depp is Gore Verbinski's Pet in 'Rango'

10 September 2008 9:32 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Animation, Casting, Paramount, Scripts, Family Films, Newsstand, Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp never forgets his director friends. According to Variety, he's teaming up again with his Pirates of the Caribbean main man, Gore Verbinski, for Paramount's animated feature Rango. The movie will realize the dreams of thousands (nay, millions) of women worldwide as it casts Depp in the role of household pet. He'll go on an adventure to discover his true self -- which, I think, involves discovering he is Johnny Depp, commander of women.

Verbinski cooked up the story himself, but gave the writing job to John Logan. He will direct the movie as a nice relaxing break from adapting Bioshock. Some of us do yoga, some of us direct Paramounts "most ambitious star-driven entry into animation."

The effects will be handled by Ilm, who did such brilliant work on Pirates' Davy Jones. According to Verbinski himself, Rango »

- Elisabeth Rappe

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