EXCITING WOLVERINE NEWS!!!! 


Exciting news about Wolverine:

1) We have a title -- "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"

2) Director Gavin Hood is set to direct -- he must do a better job than "Rendition" though...

3) It will feature many new mutants.

4) Liev Schreiber is in final talks to take on the role of William Stryker!

5) According to Variety, pic explores the claw-wielding character Wolverine's violent and romantic past, and his complex relationship with Victor Creed and the ominous Weapon X program, as well as his encounters with other mutants.

6) The film is set to open May 2009

7) And yes, Hugh Jackman is set to reprise his star-making role!

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"THE BIRDS" REMAKE WITH NAOMI WATTS!!! 


Naomi Watts is set to star in the remake of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds."

"Casino Royale" director, Martin Campbell, is in talks to direct.

Michael Bay's production team is also set to produce this reimagining of Daphne du Maurier's short story.

I enjoyed "The Birds" when I was a kid, it scared the bejeesus out of me. I'm a sucker for "animals gone wild" film, and "The Birds" is a prime example of that.

And of course, we all bow down at the altar of Hitchcock, which leads me to my question -- why remake another Hitchcock classic? (are the filmmakers aware of the laughable fate that met a remake called "Psycho?")

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BIG OSCAR WANNABES WEEKEND -- BERRY, WITHERSPOON, AFFLECK DUKE IT OUT!!! 
This weekend, Oscar hopefuls battle it out at the box-office. We have "Things We Lost in the Fire," "Rendition," and "Gone Baby Gone."

It's Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro versus Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, and Jake Gyllenhaal versus the 2 Afflecks -- Ben and Casey!

So which one is my pick of the week? Watch to find out...

For an in-depth look at "Things We Lost in the Fire," check out The Desert Post Weekly



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STAR WARS COMES TO TV -- BUT WHERE ARE THE SKYWALKERS? 
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Force may soon be coming to a television near you.

George Lucas said Tuesday he is planning a live-action television series spinoff of the "Star Wars" film franchise.

Lucas told The Los Angeles Times he has "just begun work" on the series, which will not include the films' major characters Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader.

"The Skywalkers aren't in it, and it's about minor characters," Lucas told the Times.

Lucas wouldn't reveal details, but joked that the series would be about "the life of robots."

Lucas already has another television series in the works. Lucas Animation has been working for months on the computer-animated "Star Wars: The Clone Wars."

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NICOLAS CAGE VANISHES 
Nicolas Cage just signed on to star in "The Vanished" to be directed by Hany Abu-Assad, the Palestinian director who gave us the searing film, "Paradise Now."

This will be the first studio film for Abu-Assad.

Cage will be busy! He will first shoot "The Wrestler" in January for director Darren Aronofsky (his first film after the disastrous "The Fountain"), then Cage will disappear right into "The Vanished" in April.



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