Various News Items – 20/4/09


It’s probably just as well it’s a slow news day, because Clint’s not around to do his usual 20 stories-every-20 Minutes thing, and I aren’t half the machine he is. The boss man is apparently feeling like shit today and needed some rest and rum. I’m actually expecting them do an X-Ray on him and spot an object shaped eerily similar to a child’s toy wedged in his gut. Would not surprise me one bit. Whilst Clint downs an Imodium-laced bottle of Sugarfree Powerade, you guys can check out what’s happened around the web today….

– An insider has told The Wrap website that work on the fourth and final film in the “Twilight” series, “Breaking Dawn,” will start in late spring 2010. “Dawn”, the novel, is the last novel of the Twilight saga to be told from Bella Swan’s perspective. Author Stephenie Meyer had previously said that if “Breaking Dawn” were to be made into a movie it should be made into two films, because there’s too much in it to fit into 90 minutes.

– Paramount, Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (“Transformers”), and writer Joey Aucoin are teaming for a feature-film version of the popular Image Comics series “Lions, Tigers and Bears”, according to Variety.

– USA Today has the first pictures of Russell Crowe as Robin Hood. Producer Brian Grazer tells the paper, ““He doesn’t have the old Robin Hood tights. He’s got armor. He’s very medieval. He looks, if anything, more like he did in Gladiator than anything we’re used to seeing with Robin Hood”.

– Kyle Newman’s “Fanboys” will open in Melbourne on June 5. It’ll screen at the ACMI [Australian Center for the Moving Image] on Flinders Street. More details announced shortly. The flick, starring Kristen Bell and Dan Fogler, tells of a fanatical group of ”Star Wars” devotees who travel across the country on a mission to steal a print of ”Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace” from Skywalker Ranch and become the first fans to see the film.

Twentieth Century Fox is set to close down Fox Atomic, the production label started by Peter Rice in 2007 to generate comedy and genre films. Label head Debbie Liebling will return as an executive at 20th Century Fox, where she’ll continue to develop comedies and genre pics for co-presidents Alex Young and Emma Watts. Among the projects Liebling is developing, “28 Months Later”.

– Joss Whedon is optimistic that “Dollhouse” will be picked up for a second season. The genre god told Sci-Fi Wire, ”Obviously, there has to be a number we reach that is viable for them economically, or it would be senseless for them, unless they were insane fans like me. But they get it. They get the show, and they get what works. So they’re anxious for it to stay at a level where they can justify throwing down some more. Hopefully that’ll happen.”

Disney offered up the first-ever public screening of the teaser trailer for “Toy Story 3.” at NAB. The custom-animated short shows Woody supervising the Toy Story characters as they improvise a sign for the pic, only to have Buzz upstage them all with a high-tech version.

– Footage from the “H2 : Halloween” teaser – aired recently on “Entertainment Tonight” – can be found on YouTube.

– Last week Michael Bay said that he has a small ”Pulp Fiction”-type of movie before returning for ”Transformers 3”. Slashfilm have discovered the project is one he’s been trying to get up for more than a decade. Details here.

– Monica Potter (“Last House on the Left”) has joined the cast of NBC’s hourlong pilot “Parenthood.”
Additionally, Sam Jaeger is set and Bonnie Bedelia (“Die Hard”) is in negotiations for the last remaining lead roles in the comedic drama based on the 1989 movie.

– Toby Kebell (Johnny Quid from “RocknRolla”) has joined the cast of Disney’s “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” as Drake Stone, a celebrity illusionist who joins forces with Alfred Molina’s evil sorcerer, Horvath, to gain ultimate powers.

– Columbus Short (“Stomp the Yard”) has been recruited for the betrayed Special Forces team of “The Losers.” The “Stomp the Yard” actor will join Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Idris Elba and Zoe Saldana in the action film about a rogue black ops team on the hunt for revenge. Sylvain White, Short’s director on “Yard,” is writing and directing. Short will play Pooch, a smart-ass gunner who refers to himself in the third person and sports a tattoo of his infant daughter.

– Patrick Lussier tells Shock Til You Drop that there won’t be a sequel to “My Bloody Valentine”. Says the site, “According to Lussier, the studio, while surprised by the slasher film’s b.o. success, doesn’t want to develop a follow-up and would prefer to leave the film as a one-shot. Lussier and writer Todd Farmer have each said they have an idea as to where to guide a second chapter. Alas, we may never see what that idea is.”

– Thomas Dekker (“Terminator : The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) tells Bloody Disgusting that he was hesitant about doing the “Nightmare on Elm Street”, but couldn’t resist the opportunity to share the screen with the iconic Freddy Krueger. “Look, I have my feelings about remakes, but… it’s Freddy Krueger!”, Dekker laughs. “It’s like, come on! Give me a break!”

– Robert Downey Jr talked about “Iron Man 2” with Collider last week. Among topics discussed, Garry Shandling’s role, Twitter, and the pressure that Downey feels doing his first-ever sequel.

– “I am working on Grey’s Anatomy next week,” former “Charmed” star Kaley Cuoco tells Michael Ausiello. “It is a big ol’ secret. I have no clue what I am doing. I swear on my life that I have no idea what I am playing because it is the finale and they are keeping it under wraps until the last possible moment.”

– Three of the stars of the new “Land that Time Forgot” remake, C.Thomas Howell, Lindsay McKeon and Darren Dalton have reteamed for a second movie – the horror film “The Jailhouse”. Written and Directed by Billy Lewis, the film is due for release in October.

– Three of the stars, and the director of “American Pie “Book of Love”, chat to Up & Comers about the new direct-to-video sequel.

– Eugene Levy, Grace Park (“Battlestar Galactica”), Lance Henriksen and Jonathan Silverman are in talks to star in “Punctured”, a new Canadian comedy from writer/director Shari Hamrick.