FIRST IT'S "RAMBO," NOW....IT'S "CONAN THE BARBARIAN!!!" 


Lionsgate films, purveyor of pop-culture junk food! First, they're releasing "Rambo" on Jan. 25th. Now, talks are being made that "Conan the Barbarian" will return to the big screen!

Listen, I love "Conan" as much as you do, but this new film version will not star the famous celeb-Governor from California!

As you may totally recall, the original 80s film launched the career of Arnold Schwarzenegger. But now, owners of the Robert E. Howard created character are treading carefully. Why not? There are profits from comic books, video games (Xbox 360), and online role-playing games at stake!

Here are some fun facts:

* The film will be written by Thomas Dean Donnely and Joshua Oppenheimer (the guys who gave us the equally junkie "Sahara")

* Production is set to begin later this year DEPENDING on the Writers strike!

WHERE'S RED SONJA WHEN YOU NEED HER?

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SALMA HAYEK'S FIRST FILM AFTER PREGNANCY!!! 


Can you imagine this pretty lady joining a freak show?

Well Miss Salma is going to be a freak -- A BEARDED LADY!!!!

She just signed on to star opposite John C. Reilly in the horror drama "Cirque du Freak" from Universal Pictures. This is her first film since giving birth.

The actress has signed on to star opposite John C. Reilly in Universal Pictures’ horror drama “Cirque du Freak,” which will mark her first acting role since her maternity leave.

Paul Weitz will be directing, and the production is set to begin next month.

Based on the bestselling children's series by Darren Shan, Reilly will play a vampire who drafts a 14-year-old to serve as his assistant. The youth is turned into a half-vampire and becomes the catalyst in a battle between vampires and the rival Vampanese.

Hayek will play Madame Truska, yes, the bearded lady.

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CHRISTIAN BALE VS. JOHNNY DEPP IN NEW FILM? 


Right now, Christian Bale is in talks to possibly join Johnny Depp in the new film to be directed by Michael Mann.

The movie is going to be called "Public Enemies" and will be based on actual events.

Bale will play Melvin Purvis, the legendary FBI agent who led the manhunt for John Dillinger. You guessed it, Depp will play Dillinger.

The film will be produced by Universal, and is set to start shooting in March.

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EDITORS (ACE) ANNOUNCED NOMINATIONS -- WHICH FILMS MADE THE FINAL CUT? 
The American Cinema Editors announced their nominees for the 58th annual Eddie Awards (wow, they've been handing out awards for 58 years!).

The Eddie Awards honor editing achievement in film, documentary, television, and reality television categories.

Winners will be announced on Feb. 16th at the Beverly Hilton. It's non-televised though, but I'll post the winners right here, so stay tuned.

For the complete list of nominees, Read More...

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RESPECTED CHINESE DIRECTOR ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES!!! 


No silly, we're not talking about Ang Lee, he's Taiwanese, we're talking about the visionary director who made his reputation with 1993's "Beijing Bastards" and created the first Chinese gay-themed flick "East Palace, West Palace."

He won best director at the 1999 Venice Film Festival for the family drama "Seventeen Years" while the semi-autobiographical "Little Red Flowers" won kudos at the Berlinale.

In 1994, Time Magazine named Zhang one of 100 young world leaders for the 21st century.

And now, according to reports, he tested positive for crystal meth!

Click to read the full story from China Daily, Read More...

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