KEANU WILL PLAY KLAATU, THE HUMANOID ALIEN!!!! 


I've always suspected Keanu to be a friend from another planet, and now, he's playing the humanoid alien Klaatu in the reinvention of, "The Day the Earth Stood Still."



Jaden Smith, the fantastic son of Will Smith who stole his father's acting thunder in "The Pursuit of Happyness," is co-starring as the rebellious Jacob, the 8-year-old stepson of scientist Helen Benson (Jennifer Connelly) who first makes contact with Keanu/Klaatu.

Scott Derrickson is directing the contemporary reinvention of the 1951 Fox classic being produced by Erwin Stoff, Gregory Goodman and Paul Boardman.

I love the original film, so let's see if Hollywood can match it. At least the remake has a great cast...

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I'M SAYING DEFINITELY, YES TO "DEFINITELY, MAYBE" 


Alright y'all, just got back from my fave city in the world, New York City, from interviewing the cast of the new Universal Pictures film, "Definitely, Maybe."

This film will be released Valentine's Day!

You have to wait until then, for my review of the movie, but here's a quickie -- it's a fun, smart romantic whodunit, with a political twist! It's also a "chick flick" told from a guy's point of view! Intrigued?

Also, I had a blast interviewing the cast, here are some highlights:

RYAN REYNOLDS
-- We talked about his role, and how his character mirrors the rise and fall, and rise again, of the great Bill Clinton!

RACHEL WEISZ -- Her magical moment of the film? She sang, Broadway style, to Cole Porter's "I've Got a Crush on You." Does the Oscar winner sing in real life? Maybe karaoke?

ISLA FISHER -- I'm officially in love her! She's smart and funny, and very witty! Sacha Baron Cohen is one lucky man!

ABIGAIL BRESLIN
-- She named her turtle Manny! That's the quote of the day :)

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ZAC EFRON GETS INSPIRED BY THE LEGENDARY ORSON WELLES!!! 


Okay, Zac Efron mesmerized millions of tweens in the "High School Musical" films. And, he created major buzz in his star-making role in "Hairspray."

Now, Efron wants to prove he can really, really act! He's set to star in "Me and Orson Welles," an adaptation of the period coming-of-age novel by Robert Kaplow that Richard Linklater will direct.

Here's a quick plot summary -- set in 1937, the story centers on a high school student (Efron) who, while strolling the streets of New York, happens upon the yet-to-open Mercury Theatre and is noticed by its mercurial founder, Orson Welles. The man lands a bit part in "Julius Caesar," the production that catapulted Welles to the top, and spends the next week learning about life and love.

Newcomer Christian McKay will play Welles. Ben Chaplin ("Water Horse: The Legend of the Deep") has been cast as English film and stage actor George Coulouris.

The script was written by Holly Gent Palmo, who was a production coordinator on Linklater's "Dazed and Confused," and Vince Palmo, who was first assistant director on several of the helmer's films.

I worship the filmmaking sensibilities of Linklater, so I'll keep my mouth shut until I see the final cut! Plus, this may guide all the misguided tweens of today to see Welles' "Citizen Kane" -- the best movie ever!!!

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BAD NEWS -- "RAMBO" WILL NOT BE SCREENED FOR CRITICS! 
Well, it's more of a bad news for me. There's a little "Rambo" fan in me that wants to see this sequel. Why? Because I'm a child of the 80s and "Rambo" painted parts of my popular culture.

Now, I just heard from Lionsgate that they will not screen this film at all! Well, we know what that means right? The movie, directed by Mister Sylvester Stallone himself, is a potential stinker!

But have no fear lovely viewers, I will shell out my personal, hard-earned cash to see this movie and give you updates!

For now, check out my Rambo entry, which is pretty much everything you want to know about this guerilla-soldier.

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FRESH FROM SUNDANCE '08 -- "ROMAN POLANSKI: WANTED AND DESIRED"!!! 


He's the iconic director with equally iconic personal dramas:

First, in 1969, his wife, Sharon Tate, was murdered by the Manson Family.

Second, and the most intriguing, in 1978, he pled guilty to having unlawful sexual intercourse with a thirteen year old girl. Polanski fled to France, where he now resides and is considered by US authorities to be a fugitive from justice.

Now, filmmaker Marina Zenovich, unveiled her documentary at Sundance about the director's statutory rape trial and urges a second look at the particulars of the case.

And of course, The Weinstein Co., the first major American distributor to make a move at Sundance, picked up international rights to "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired."

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