Adam Sandler to Play Both "Jack and Jill" 


Adam Sandler is set to star in the romantic comedy "Jack and Jill" for Columbia Pictures. Yes, Sandler will play both Jack and his twin sister, Jill. The film is scheduled to start shooting next year to be released early 2011.

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Matt Damon, Josh Brolin in Talks for Coen Brothers' "True Grit" Remake 


Matt Damon and Josh Brolin are both in serious talks to star in Ethan and Joel Coen's remake of "True Grit."

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Paramount Pictures and the Coen brothers are adamant that the new film is not necessarily a remake of the 1969 western that won John Wayne an Oscar, but a re-adaptation of the Charles Portis novel about a 14-year-old girl who's helped by an aging U.S. marshal and another lawman to track her father's killer.

Jeff Bridges has been negotiating to play the Wayne role, Marshall Reuben J. 'Rooster' Cogburn. Damon would take on the role that Glen Campbell played in the original -- a Texas Ranger tracking an outlaw. Brolin is in talks to play that outlaw.

Both Brolin and Bridges have worked with the Coen brothers before. Brolin, with his star-making turn in the fantastic "No Country for Old Men," while Bridges, in his iconic role of The Dude in "The Big Lebowski."

This is an exciting turn of events for this "True Grit" remake. I worship at the altar of the Coen brothers so I'm looking forward to this production.

By the way, if you guys haven't seen "A Serious Man" yet, go watch it now. It's classic Coen brothers, complete with a tragic figure at the center of the narrative. Michael Stuhlbarg will get a Best Actor Oscar nomination!


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"Short Circuit" to be Remade by "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" Director! 


Steve Carr, the director who gave us the Kevin James hit "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" has been hired by Dimension films to remake the 1986 sci-fi film, "Short Circuit."

They're calling this a robot reboot and will bing Johnny 5 into the 21st century. If you remember, the film is about Number 5, one of a group of experimental military robots, who develops self-awareness after being struck by lightning.

The remake's script is written by Dan Milano from "Robot Chicken."

The original 1986 "Short Circuit" film starring Ally Sheedy and Steve Guttenberg was cute, but the one that I remember the most was El Debarge's hit song "Who's Johnny." Do you remember this video?



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Bidding From Next Film from "Paranormal Activity" Director 


As we reported on Oct. 6th, director Oren Peli's "Paranormal Activity" follow-up is an exploration into the horrors of Area 51. Sounds exciting right? But apparently, Hollywood is approaching this news with caution. (Check original story -- "Paranormal Activity" Director to Explore Area 51!)

Oh there's a bidding war going on right now for the U.S. rights to "Area 51," but every studio is taking a "wait-and-see" approach.

"Paranormal Activity," a film that was made for $15,000, so far, has made $62.5 million! If you haven't seen the film, go watch it now, it's truly scary!

Now, "Area 51," being made with a modest budget of $5 million, is still in search of a studio backing. So the big question is, how much is Peli's next film really worth?

Take a look at this article and pay attention to how cautious Hollywood is playing the "Area 51" game.

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Director Kenny Ortega Pulls a Zac Efron, Leaves "Footloose" Remake 


Much like his original chosen star, Zac Efron, director Kenny Ortega is no longer putting on his dancing shoes for "Footloose."

Efron quit the production, then replaced by Chace Crawford, now, Ortega has left the film! DRAMA!

All this drama is heightened by the fact that Ortega directed the expected-to-be-huge Michael Jackson concert film, "This is It."

Paramount is in search of a new director, and the studio insists that production will still begin in March when Crawford's on hiatus from "Gossip Girl." "Dancing with the Stars" dancer and part-time country singer, Julianne Hough, is set to co-star.

So why did Ortega leave the production?

Well, Paramount said it's because of the budget, while Ortega issued a press statement saying "Coming off the extraordinary project, Michael Jackson's `This is It,' director Kenny Ortega has decided it is premature for him to commit to his next film and will not be moving forward with `Footloose' as previously reported."

But our trusted friends from Variety revealed that Paramount production chief Adam Goodman "wanted an edgier drama with less emphasis on the musical numbers, and a budget around $25 million or less. Paramount has confirmed the budget dispute, but the studio said the budget will be less than $25 million."

Honestly, I side with Paramount on this. If the studio is planning an edgier take on "Footloose," then more power to them! I think, the story, and the original 1984 film starring Kevin Bacon, certainly warrant a new, darker take on a parable about a town that banned dancing forever!

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