Aliens Meet Jane Austen! Bring It On! 

Elton John's Rocket Pictures is going to empower its Jane Austen-inspired characters and fight aliens!


This sounds goofy and hokey, and just may be what we need to reinvigorate a tired Austen franchise! The film's working title is "Pride and Predator" :happy

Imagine the dramatic angle of aliens spooking Elizabeth Bennett and her sisters! And they don't even need Mr. Darcy to help! They can take care of their own alien-kicking, thank you very much!

The director is going to be Will Clark, who created an award-winning short film called "The Amazing Trousers." Clark also co-wrote the script with Andrew Kemble and John Pape.

One of the producers, David Furnish reveals:

"It felt like a fresh and funny way to blow apart the done-to-death Jane Austen genre by literally dropping this alien into the middle of a costume drama, where he stalks and slashes to horrific effect."

As for Mister Elton? No, he's not going to play the alien, but he will be supervising the music of the film!

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Who's Directing the Kurt Cobain Movie? 

This sounds exciting! According to Production Weekly, "Quantum of Solace's" director Marc Forster is thinking of directing a Kurt Cobain film for Universal.

Forster made Halle Berry an Oscar winner for "Monster's Ball," and helped Johnny Depp score a Best Actor nomination for "Finding Neverland."

So Forster has a good track record, even though I wasn't a big fan of the last Bond film. It is still unclear though whether this Cobain project is the one Courtney Love is producing based on the biography "Heavier than Heaven."

Love is, of course, Cobain's widow, and yes, actor James McAvoy was once rumored to star as the late Nirvana singer.

Oh, and Love wanted Scarlett Johansson to play her.

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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.


"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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