Al Pacino to Star in "King Lear" 


Al Pacino had a bad 2008! Both of his released films, "88 Minutes" and "Righteous Kill," to put it bluntly, sucked!

He's even nominated for the Worst Actor Razzie Award for BOTH films!

So, perhaps to prove he's still a great actor, Pacino will play the title role in "King Lear" to be directed by Michael Radford who's also writing the script.

This is the second time the actor is working with Radford in a film based on a Shakespeare play. The first time they worked together was in 2004 for "Merchant of Venice."

If you remember, Pacino played Shylock in the film.

"King Lear" will be a great role for Pacino. It's full of pathos and despair, which I know the actor can bring!

According to the film's producer Barry Navidi:

"Al has been offered this role many times over the years, but didn't feel ready. He's ready now. The film will be true to its period, very similar to the classical look of 'Merchant of Venice.' Michael came up with the most brilliant adaptation and Al and I flipped for it."

So Mister Pacino is ready now? Bring it on!

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"Milk" Screenwriter to be Honored by the Writers Guild of America 


Dustin Lance Black, who worked hard in his quest to bring Harvey Milk's life to the big screen is being honored by the Writers Guild of America West.

Black, who's nominated for the WGA award for original screenplay is going to receive the Paul Selvin Award.

The Selvin Award is given to writers whose works examine civil rights issues.

"Milk" is a fitting tribute to Harvey Milk, a gay rights pioneer!

WGA West president Patric Verrone revealed to Variety:

“Lance Black's script reminds us that all it takes is a single spark to light the fuse of an entire movement.”


The WGA awards will be this Saturday at the Century Plaza hotel. Congratulations Mister Dustin!

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Christian Bale Goes Psycho on "Terminator Salvation" Set -- Caught on Audio Tape...YIKES! 


What is going on with Christian Bale? First he was accused of beating up his mommy, now, he goes off on the director of photography of his upcoming flick, "Terminator Salvation."

Apparently, Shane Hurlbut, the poor guy who received all of Bale's anger, accidentally ruined a scene by walking onto the set!

And after listening to the audio recording? You would not want to make Bale angry. Batman turned into Hulk! Big, mean, green with anger!

Our friend Nikki Finke of Deadline Hollywood Daily checked the authenticity of the recording for all of us. It's authentic alright, and her source says:

"Christian and the DP are all good now. It happened. It was one isolated event. He regrets that he lost his temper."

Oh, okay!

The next time I meet Bale in one of the press junkets, I'll put on my best behavior! But he was soooo sweet when I met him for "The Prestige."

Want to listen to the recording? Just be warned, lots of F bombs all over the place, so it may not be suitable for work!

But here it is.

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"Dirty Harry" The Musical?  


Singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock is planning to turn "Magnum Force" into a full-blown musical!

"Magnum Force" is, of course, the 1973 sequel of "Dirty Harry" and Hitchcock, an obsessive fan, wants to turn this shoot 'em up to a song and dance extravaganza!

According to the Guardian:

Plans are reportedly afoot for the 1973 sequel to Dirty Harry, in which Clint Eastwood hunts down a vigilante cop with a penchant for murdering gangsters, to be turned into an all-singing, all-dancing production. It would follow in the footsteps of rather more comprehensible conversions such as Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Dirty Dancing, Sunset Boulevard and the world-conquering Billy Elliot.


Hitchcock revealed:

"It's a film that seemed to be on all the time when I was on tour," he said. "By the fifth time [I saw it], I became addicted to it. It's taken a very strange hold on my life."


Now keep in mind, it's just a planned stage musical for now, but I would love to see Clint Eastwood's reactions!

But hey, Eastwood sang in "Gran Torino."

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Super Bowl XLIII Movie Trailers 


Yes folks, I watched the Super Bowl XLIII, not for the game mind you, but for the ads, more specifically, the movie trailers.

Did you see them all? If not, I compiled everything to the best of my knowledge, and I tried to do my list alphabetically for your own good :happy

Oh yeah, and thanks to our friends at IMDB, I've included a movie synopsis, and the planned opening date.

Here you go:

ANGELS & DEMONS


Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon works to solve a murder and prevent a terrorist act against the Vatican.

OPENING DATE: MAY 15



FAST AND FURIOUS


As he is released from prison, Brian O'Conner teams up with Dominic Toretto work with the feds to bring down a heroin importer by infiltrating his operation.

OPENING DATE: APRIL 3



G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA

An elite military unit comprised of special operatives known as G.I. Joe, operating out of The Pit, takes on an evil organization led by a notorious arms dealer.

OPENING DATE: AUGUST 7



LAND OF THE LOST


Three adults inadvertently stumble into a mysterious land populated by dinosaurs and other creatures, including the mysterious and dangerous race of Sleestak.

OPENING DATE: June 5



MONSTERS VS. ALIENS


When a meteorite from outer space hits a young girl and turns her into a giant monster, she is taken to a secret government compound where she meets a ragtag group of monsters also rounded up over the years.

OPENING DATE: March 27



RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN


A UFO expert enlists the help of a cabbie to protect two siblings with paranormal powers from the clutches of an organization that wants to use the kids for their nefarious plans.

OPENING DATE: March 13



STAR TREK


A chronicle of the early days of James T. Kirk and his fellow USS Enterprise crew members.

OPENING DATE: May 8



TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN


Decepticon forces return to Earth on a mission to take Sam Witwicky prisoner, after the young hero learns the truth about the ancient origins of the Transformers. Joining the mission to protect humankind is Optimus Prime, who forms an alliance with international armies for a second epic battle.

OPENING DATE: June 26



UP


By tying thousands of balloon to his home, 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Right after lifting off, however, he learns he isn’t alone on his journey, since Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years his junior, has inadvertently become a stowaway on the trip.

OPENING DATE: May 29



THE YEAR ONE


When a couple of lazy hunter-gatherers (Black and Cera) are banished from their primitive village, they set off on an epic journey through the ancient world.

OPENING DATE: June 19



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