Who's Writing John Grisham's "The Associate" Starring Shia LaBeouf? 


Shia LaBeouf's star vehicle, John Grisham's "The Associate," will be written by "The Departed's" William Monahan!

Monahan won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay in the Martin Scorsese crime drama. "The Associate" is right up Monahan's alley -- blackmails and sordid secrets!

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My DVD Pick of the Week! 


Lots of new DVD releases for Tuesday, 02/17/09. Here they are:

"Body of Lies" starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe. This is not the best film from director Ridley Scott, but DiCaprio and Crowe make it all worthwhile.

"Choke" -- I love this film! Based on the book by Chuck Palahniuk, Sam Rockwell is a marvel, and Anjelica Huston, as always, is divine! Check out my interviews with the cast and crew here.

"High School Musical 3" -- a feel good romp through senior year for our favorite high schoolers. Check out my review of the film right here.

"Changeling" -- This your chance to watch Angelina Jolie's Oscar-nominated turn from director Clint Eastwood. Check out my review right here.

"Miracle at St. Anna" -- Spike Lee's World War II drama is overwrought and feels overextended, but it's still a great history lesson!

"Flash of Genius" -- This is quiet and meditative. Check out my review here, and my interviews with the cast and crew right here.

MY DVD PICK OF THE WEEK!


"Religulous" -- Bill Maher teamed up with "Borat" director Larry Charles for this witty documentary about God and religion. The film is both funny and thought-provoking, and will open up your eyes.

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The First of 3 "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" TV Spot! 


As a gentle reminder last Thursday, we told you that FOX was airing "3 Sixty-Second Spots – Together Forming a Narrative – to Air over 3 Days."

The first of those spots aired last night! It's called Outcasts, and it's a bit thrilling!

If you missed it, here it is:



Now don't forget, the second one airs tonight during "House," and the third one, tomorrow during "American Idol." I'm sure you won't miss tomorrow night :happy

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Is Scarlett Johansson Going to Play Black Widow in "Iron Man 2?" 


As we reported back in January, Emily Blunt was offered the role of the mysterious Russian superspy Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow for "Iron Man 2."

But, Blunt's commitment to "Gulliver's Travels" may prevent her from co-starring in the Marvel sequel.

Now, Entertainment Weekly is exclusively reporting that Johansson has met with the filmmakers and is interested in taking the role.

Here's the full article, and fanboys, start fantasizing!

Because Emily Blunt's commitment to Twentieth Century Fox and the studio's upcoming Gulliver's Travels movie may prohibit her from costarring in Iron Man 2, Marvel is in discussions with other actresses, most significantly Scarlett Johansson, to take her place, EW has learned exclusively. Marvel will not confirm, but sources around Hollywood say Johansson has indeed met with the filmmakers and is interested in taking the role of Russian superspy Natasha Romanoff, who doubles as Black Widow. Blunt's reps are still trying to make both projects work, but Gulliver's is further along, with a start date of April 15. Iron Man 2 still doesn't have a shooting script and a start date has not yet been determined.


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"Wall-E" Makes History, Wins Best Edited Award! 


For the first time ever, an animated film won the ACE Eddie Best Edited Feature Film Award in the organization's 59-year history!

"Wall-E's" editor, Stephen Schaffer was awarded the comedy/musical trophy. In the drama category, "Slumdog Millionaire's" editor Chris Dickens earned top honors!

"Man On Wire's" Jinx Godfrey won for documentary.

Here's the complete list of the winners of the 59th annual Ace Eddie Awards:

EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC)
“Slumdog Millionaire,” Chris Dickens

EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY OR MUSICAL)
“Wall-E,” Stephen Schaffer

EDITED DOCUMENTARY

“Man on Wire,” Jinx Godfrey

EDITED HALF-HOUR SERIES FOR TELEVISION

“30 Rock: Reunion,” Meg Reticker

EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION

“Breaking Bad: Pilot,” Lynne Willingham, A.C.E.

EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR NON-COMMERCIAL TELEVISION
“True Blood: Strange Love,” Michael Ruscio, A.C.E. and Andy Keir

EDITED MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE FOR NON-COMMERCIAL TELEVISION
“Recount,” Alan Baumgarten, A.C.E.

EDITED MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE FOR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION

“24: Redemption,” Scott Powell, A.C.E.

EDITED REALITY SERIES
“Greensburg: The Tornado,”
Leonard Feinstein and Phontaine Judd

STUDENT EDITING COMPETITION
Junna Xiao, American Film Institute

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