IESB is reporting the following items:
*** "Thor" will open July 16, 2010
*** Kenneth Branagh will direct and co-star in the movie
*** According to an early script, "the script dealt only with Thor in his native land of Asgard, his father issues with Odin and his battle with his brother turned evil-doer Loki with hopes of Asgard domination with no mention of the modern world."
*** The character of Donald Blake has added to the end of the script. (Donald Blake is, of course, Thor's mortal alter-ego)
*** The addition of Blake's character anchors this film into the present and the eventual start-up of "The Avengers" franchise where all the Marvel heroes gather up ala "The X-Men" to battle evil forces
*** Yes, Blake will discover the magical Norse hammer Mjoinir and becomes Thor!
As of now, no cast has been announced, so stay tuned.
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"Waltz with Bashir" won the 43rd annual best picture prize from the National Society of Film Critics beating "Happy-Go-Lucky" and "Wall-E."
Here are the other winners:
Best Actor -- Sean Penn for "Milk"
Best Actress -- Sally Hawkins for "Happy-Go-Lucky"
Best Writer -- Mike Leigh for "Happy-Go-Lucky"
Best Director -- Mike Leigh for "Happy-Go-Lucky"
Best Supporting Actor -- Eddie Marsan for "Happy-Go-Lucky"
Best Supporting Actress -- Hanna Schygulla for "The Edge of Heaven"
There are no ceremonies or parties, instead, scrolls are sent to winners!
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U.S. cinema owners and film buyers voted Will Smith the top money-making movie star of 2008 in the annual Quigley poll, which has been running for 76 years.
Smith, star of new film, "Seven Pounds," is the second African-American actor to be voted on the top. The first one? Sidney Poitier in 1968.
Here's a complete Top 10 Money-Making stars of 2008 according to Quigley poll:
Top Ten Money Making Stars
1. WIll Smith
2. Robert Downey Jr.
2. Christian Bale
4. Shia LaBeouf
5. Harrison Ford
6. Adam Sandler
7. Reese Witherspoon
8. George Clooney
9. Angelina Jolie
10. Daniel Craig
The Stars of Tomorrow were given to Anne Hathaway (the upcoming "Bride Wars" and a possible Oscar contender for "Rachel Getting Married") and Chris Pine (who will soon be seen as Captain James T. Kirk in J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek").
You can check out Quigley's site here.
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After losing to FOX, Warner Bros. released a sneak peek of "Watchmen." This is a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most highly anticipated films of 2009.
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Happy New Year, may all your hopes, dreams, and wishes come true in 2009!
I was blessed in 2008! I had such a wonderful time in the world of cinema! Why? I met most of my favorite directors, interviewed most of my favorite actors, and even had fun with some, who were not that much of a favorite of mine, yet.
I even had fun with some movie reviews that I did! I flew ("Hancock"), turned green ("Incredible Hulk"), turned red ("Hellboy 2"), and even exploded ("Tropic Thunder").
Here's a special look back at my movie adventures in 2008.
Martin McDonagh for "In Bruges"
Guillermo DelToro for "Hellboy 2: The Golden Army"
Clark Gregg (with Chuck Pahlaniuk) for "Choke"
Kevin Smith for "Zack and Miri Make a Porno"
Ron Howard for "Frost/Nixon"
Darren Aronofsky for "The Wrestler"
George Clooney for "Leatherheads"
Renee Zelwegger for "Leatherheads"
Brendan Fraser for "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor"
Joan Allen for "Death Race"
Steve Coogan for "Hamlet 2"
Anjelica Huston for "Choke"
Diane Lane and Richard Gere for "Nights in Rodanthe"
Billy Bob Thornton for "Eagle Eye"
Greg Kinnear for "Flash of Genius"
Paul Rudd for "Role Models"
James McAvoy for "Wanted"
Dennis Quaid for "The Express"
Emile Hirsch for "Milk"
James Franco for "Milk"
Cleve Jones for "Milk"
Frank Langella for "Frost/Nixon"
Mickey Rourke for "The Wrestler"
"Horton Hears a Who" Movie Review -- I was poetic!
"Forgetting Sarah Marshall" Review -- I flew all over Hawaii!
"Step Up 2 The Streets" -- I danced!
"Iron Man" Movie Review -- I flew!
"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" Movie Review -- I channeled Indy!
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