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Clint’s Bits – June 11, 2009

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– Several new reviews up today : Eddie Murphy’s latest “Imagine That”, the acclaimed Sam Rockwell drama “Moon”, and the remake of “The Taking of Pelham 123″ (which, despite how sucky it sounds, I’m still interested in seeing – the idea of Travolta and Scott is too irresistible).

– Joel Soisson talks about a possible remake of 80s classic “Trick or Treat” in today’s Moviehole Mailbag.

– Peter Hedges has signed on to write and direct “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” a modern-day fable for Disney. The house of Mouse are keeping details under wraps for now. (The Hollywood Reporter)

– Congrats to one of the stars of “Complacent”, Keir O’Donnell, who is set to star in the pilot for “Ghosts/Aliens,” a live-action comedy for Comedy Central that also is being developed as a feature at Paramount Vantage. Jonathan Sadowski from “Friday the 13th” is also onboard.

– Lifetime Movie Network is making a “Cinderella Pact,” greenlighting an original movie toplined by “Without a Trace” star Poppy Montgomery. Based on Sarah Strohmeyer’s novel “The Cinderella Pact,” “Cinderella” centers on Nola Devlin, a frumpy, overworked and underappreciated magazine editor whose alter ego, Belinda Apple, is the magazine’s “reclusive” but sexy advice columnist. (The Hollywood Reporter)

– The Australian release of “Stargate SG-1 : Children of the Gods” has been set for Wednesday August 5 (EzyDVD)

– Eli Roth has a cameo in director Alex Aja’s “Piranha 3D”, according to Bloody Disgusting. Meanwhile, Fangoria reports that the filmmaker is in talks to direct the remake of “Funhouse”.

– A remake of the 2002 horror film “2LDK” (the title refers to “two bedrooms, living room, dining room and kitchen) is in the works. (Bloody Disgusting)

– Todd McFarlane says he wants Leonardo DiCaprio to star as ‘Spawn’ in the (second) big-screen version of the comic book series (MTV)

– Despite Ridley Scott and Tony Scott appointing Carl Rinsch for the job, Fox are reportedly much keener on having Ridley direct the “Alien” prequel. (EW)

Michael Ausiello reports that Brian Austin Green will not be headed to “One Tree Hill” as previously reported.

– Aging hottie Diane Lane is set to star in “Secretariat,” the Disney film about the relationship between the 1973 Triple Crown-winning racehorse and his owner, Penny Chenery. Randall Wallace (“Braveheart”) is directing the film this fall from a script by Mike Rich. (Variety)

– Dark Hero Studios partners David Hayter and Benedict Carver have joined with Pandemonium’s Bill Mechanic to turn the comicbook “Deadworld” into a zombie feature franchise. Hayter (“Watchmen”) will write the screenplay, and he and Mechanic will produce with Framelight’s Robert L. Robinson Jr. and Jeffrey D. Erb (initially a producer on “First Howl”). (Variety)

– Matt Prokop (TVs “The Office”) has joined the cast of Summit Entertainment and Participant Media’s family comedy “Furry Vengeance.” He will star opposite Brendan Fraser as a sarcastic city kid transplanted to the country after his father moves them there to build a housing subdivision. The two do battle with local wildlife fed up with intrusions into their Oregon wilderness. (The Hollywood Reporter)

– Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), Vinessa Shaw and Ron Livingston have joined the cast of Robert Celestino’s indie thriller “Leave,” about a novelist and his encounters on a road trip. (Variety)

– The long-gestating Lance Armstrong biopic (at one stage said to be courting Matt Damon) has brought on writer Gary Ross (“Seabiscuit”), a writer well-versed in sports comeback stories and could shoot as early as next year, according to producer Frank Marshall. (The Hollywood Reporter)

– Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have set Justin Theroux (the writer of “Tropic Thunder”) to direct “Chief Ron.” The Jordan Roberts-scripted comedy concerns a conman who claims Mohegan ancestry in an attempt to open a casino. (Variety)

– Warner Bros. television boss Peter Ross is apparently keen on a “Gilmore Girls” feature film. (Michael Ausiello)

– In a low- to mid-seven-figure deal, Sony Pictures Animation has picked up the rights to “The Familiars,” an upcoming children’s fantasy book series written by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson. Sam Raimi and Josh Donen are in negotiations to produce via their Stars Road Entertainment banner. Epstein and Jacobson also will write the script. (The Hollywood Reporter)

– The next season of “Ghost Whisperer” will jump forward five-years in the future. Casting agents are now on the lookout for a youngster to play Melinda and Jim’s five-year-old son Aiden. (Michael Ausiello)

– A sequel to “Kick-Ass” is likely (if the first film is a hit) to happen within two years of the first film’s release. (Sci-Fi Wire)

– Is James Bond headed to Afghanistan? If the British Press says so, it must be true… right? (The Guardian)

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The writer/publicist/producer who wears the editor hat on Moviehole. Favorite films include "Say Anything...", "The Hunt for Red October", "Jerry Maguire", "Almost Famous", "Die Hard", "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo", "Young Guns", "American Psycho", "Back to the Future" and the "Star Wars" series.
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