"Juno's" Diablo Cody to Produce Romantic Zombie Flick! 


In the grand tradition of reinventing the "zombie genre," "Juno's" scriptwriter, Diablo Cody, is stepping in to produce the film adaptation of "Breathers: A Zombie's Lament" by S.G. Browne for Fox Searchlight.

The studio also produced "Juno," and Cody's upcoming flick, "Jennifer's Body."

I haven't read the book yet (the book is on sale March 3rd), but it sounds interesting. I think this will be my next read. Amazon says:

Meet Andy Warner, a recently deceased everyman and newly minted zombie. Resented by his parents, abandoned by his friends, and reviled by a society that no longer considers him human, Andy is having a bit of trouble adjusting to his new existence.

But all that changes when he goes to an Undead Anonymous meeting and finds kindred souls in Rita, an impossibly sexy recent suicide with a taste for the formaldehyde in cosmetic products, and Jerry, a twenty-one-year-old car-crash victim with an exposed brain and a penchant for Renaissance pornography. When the group meets a rogue zombie who teaches them the joys of human flesh, things start to get messy, and Andy embarks on a journey of self-discovery that will take him from his casket to the SPCA to a media-driven class-action lawsuit on behalf of the rights of zombies everywhere.

Darkly funny, surprisingly touching, and gory enough to satisfy even the most discerning reader, Breathers is a romantic zombie comedy (rom-zom-com, for short) that will leave you laughing, squirming, and clamoring for more.


No offense to planned scriptwriter, Geoff Latulippe, but I hope Cody will add her endearing quips to the script!

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Meet the Cast of "Fame" -- Remember Their Names! 


I enjoyed the 1980 film directed by Alan Parker and starring Irene Cara. The soundtrack became a hit, and empowered many dreamers -- young boys and girls alike!

As we told you back in August of last year, Lakeshore Entertainment is pirouetting forward with the reboot!

And today, I received all these "Fame" goodies! We have some photos, and a synopsis! Yay!





The film will be released on Sept. 25th of this year. The plot?

A reinvention of the original Oscar®-winning hit film, Fame follows a talented group of dancers, singers, actors, and artists over four years at the New York City High School of Performing Arts, a diverse, creative powerhouse where students from all walks of life are given a chance to live out their dreams and achieve real and lasting fame...the kind that comes only from talent, dedication, and hard work.

In an incredibly competitive atmosphere, plagued by self-doubt, each student’s passion will be put to the test. In addition to their artistic goals, they have to deal with everything else that goes along with high school, a tumultuous time full of schoolwork, deep friendships, budding romance, and self-discovery.

As each student strives for his or her moment in the spotlight, they’ll discover who among them has the innate talent and necessary discipline to succeed. With the love and support of their friends and fellow artists, they’ll find out who amongst them will achieve Fame…

The cast includes Asher Book as Marco, Kristy Flores as Rosie, Paul Iacono as Neil, Paul McGill as Kevin, Naturi Naughton as Denise, Kay Panabaker as Jenny, Kherington Payne as Alice, Collins Pennie as Malik, Walter Perez as Victor, and Anna Maria Perez de Tagle as Joy. Their instructors include Debbie Allen as Principal Simms, Charles S. Dutton as Alvin Dowd, Kelsey Grammer as Joel Cranston, Megan Mullally as Fran Rowan, and Bebe Neuwirth as Lynn Kraft.


Here's more photos, and for more "Fame," you can go the official website at http://generationfame.com/





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Finally, the Governator Confirms He'll Do Cameo for Stalone's Upcoming Film 


After days of speculations, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has confirmed that yes, he'll join Ben Kingsley, Eric Roberts, and Mickey Rourke in the Sylvester Stallone-directed film, "The Expendables."

Schwarzenegger says:

"Since I've become governor I've done three cameos. Sly asked me if I would do a cameo, and I said of course I'll do a cameo. I enjoy him, he's a terrific director and actor and we hang out a lot of times together."

Filming is scheduled to start shooting next month, so the Governor is going to take some time off to work on the film.

What about the budget crisis in California?

"It has nothing to do with the budget crisis, or the budget negotiations, because that will take place sometime in April, May or June."


You know what? I bet you? Schwarzenegger is thrilled to return in front of the cameras after the real-life hard work of being a Governor, and to try to save California from an impending budget disaster!

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Full, Complete 2009 Oscar Winners -- the 81st Annual Academy Awards!!! 


Kate Winslet emerged the victorious winner of the Best Actress category for the 81st Annual Academy Awards.

Sean Penn won for Best Actor for "Milk," and "Slumdog Millionaire" won the Best Picture, with its director, Danny Boyle winning the Best Director trophy.

The tally?

“Slumdog Millionaire” – 8 wins
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” – 3 wins
“Milk” – 2 wins
“The Dark Knight” – 2 wins

I scored 20 out of 24, based on my Oscars predictions.

The night’s biggest upset? Japan's "Departures" winning over Israel’s Best Foreign Language frontrunner, “Waltz With Bashir.”

Here's the complete list of winners! And check out my Oscar minute-by-minute, play-by-play account below!

COMPLETE WINNERS OF THE 81ST ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Penelope Cruz – “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Dustin Lance Black – “Milk”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Simon Beaufoy – “Slumdog Millionaire”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

“Wall-E” – Andrew Stanton

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

“La Maison En Petits Cubes” – Kunio Kato

BEST ART DIRECTION

“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” -- Art Direction: Donald Graham Burt, Set Decoration: Victor J. Zolfo

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

“The Duchess” – Michael O’Connor

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKE UP

“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” – Greg Cannom

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

“Slumdog Millionaire” – Anthony Dod Mantle

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM

“Spielzeugland (Toyland)” -- Jochen Alexander Freydank

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Heath Ledger – “The Dark Knight”

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

“Man on Wire” – James Marsh and Simon Chinn

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

“Smile Pinki” – Megan Mylan

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” – Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton, and Craig Barron

BEST SOUND EDITING

“The Dark Knight” – Richard King

BEST SOUND MIXING

“Slumdog Millionaire” -- Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING

“Slumdog Millionaire” – Chris Dickens

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

“Slumdog Millionaire” – A. R. Rahman

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Slumdog Millionaire” – “Jai Ho” – A. R. Rahman; Lyrics by Gulzar

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

“Departures” (“Okuribito”) – Japan – Yojiro Takita

BEST DIRECTOR

“Slumdog Millionaire” – Danny Boyle

BEST ACTRESS

Kate Winslet – “The Reader”

BEST ACTOR

Sean Penn – “Milk”

BEST PICTURE

“Slumdog Millionaire”

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2009 Oscars Blogfest -- Minute-by-Minute Look at the 81st Annual Academy Awards! The Winners!!! The Losers!!! The Show!!! The Excitement!!!! 


5:31 pm Hugh Jackman's opening performance, a bit hawkish, corny-ish, but kinda fun, I enjoy the "Benjamin Button" bit, okay, per our report earlier, Anne Hathaway's "supposed to be" surprised performance.

5:35 pm Hathaway still performing, kinda funny with the peace sign ala Nixon.

5:36 pm Hathaway done, now "The Reader" techno performance

5:37 pm "The Wrestler" to I'm Wolverine...funny

Standing ovation...

I like the "faux intimate" setting

5:42 pm I like the Best Supporting Actress montage

Aw...a gallery of real-life past Best Supporting Actress winners...

Tilda Swinton is very regal...so is Miss Eva Marie Sainte...Viola Davis is fighting back tears...ooooh Miss Anjelica Huston for Penelope Cruz, I'm kinda liking this homage nominations presenters thingie...

Whoopi talking about Amy Adams, and being a nun...bless you Amy indeed! Goldie Hawn talking about Taraji P. Henson...Tilda Swinton honoring Marisa Tomei...

AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS GOES TO PENELOPE CRUZ...YAY I GOT THIS ONE RIGHT!!!!

Penelope looks HOT! Touching speech, who was the heckler?

Much like Javier Bardem before her, Penelope thanked her motherland -- Spain!

5:53 pm funny opening script montage with Steve Martin and Tina Fey...I think this is the Best Screenwriting Award

Very creative, very fitting Best Original Screenplay nominations announcement...

It's all about the writing craft...

AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY GOES TO DUSTIN LANCE BLACK FOR "MILK" -- ANOTHER YAY! I GOT THIS ONE RIGHT TOO!

I love Black's passion...I LOVE IT I LOVE IT LOVE IT!

YES, THANK GOD FOR HARVEY MILK!!!!

Have I told you I'm loving the 2009 Oscar telecast..so far?

Time for drink re-fill....

Okay I just felt shivers watching "Slumdog" clip...

AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY GOES TO SIMON BEAUFOY FOR "SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE"...ANOTHER YAY FOR ME!

6:01 pm Jennifer Aniston and Jack Black introduces Best Animation category...funny as Angelina Jolie laughs at Black's jokes...

Lots of dancing animated animals...I'm confused :happy

AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST ANIMATED FEATURE GOES TO "WALL-E" -- BIG SURPRISE THERE!!!

6:07 pm Director Andrew Stanton accepts the award...I love him!!!

Best Animated Short will Pixar's "Presto" win?

6:10 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST ANIMATED SHORT GOES TO "LA MAISON EN PETITS CUBES"...SORRY PIXAR...THE ACADEMY SAID, YOU WON THE BEST FEATURE ALREADY, SPREAD THE LOVE....

Director Kunio Katao accepts award...

COMMERCIAL BREAK -- MORE DRINK REFILLS!!!

Okay, sorry I got sidetracked. James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) presents the ART DIRECTION.

6:15 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST ART DIRECTION GOES TO "THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON"

Acceptance speech, blah blah blah

6:21 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST COSTUME DESIGN GOES TO "THE DUCHESS"

For the record, I've gotten 6 out of 7 correct, so far...

6:23 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST MAKE UP GOES TO "THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON"

Yay, 7 out of 8!!!


Okay, I'm really loving this telecast, or is it just my drink working its mojo?

6:24 pm Twi-hards rejoice! Robert Pattinson shows up with Amanda Seyfried ("Mamma Mia!") for "a special look at love in the movies in 2008"

They're using Coldplay's "Lovers in Japan" for soundtrack...

6:29 pm Oh I get it, Ben Stiller as Joaquin Phoenix...with Natalie Portman for Best Cinematography

6:35 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY GOES TO "SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE"

Anthony Dod Mantle accepts the award!

Yay, 8 out of 9 for me!!!!

6:37 pm Jessica Biel talking about something...potty break

Oh, the scientific and technical awards...I see...

COMMERCIAL BREAK

6:42 pm James Franco and Seth Rogen reenacting their roles in "Pineapple Express" talking about the nominated films...my favorite bit is when Franco's watching himself in "Milk" kissing Sean Penn...funny!!!

Franco, Rogen, and Janusz Kaminski presenting the Best Live Action Short Film

6:47 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM GOES TO "SPIELZEUGLAND (TOYLAND)" -- YAY, I GOT THIS ONE RIGHT!!!

Jochen Alexander Freydank accepts the award...

COMMERCIAL BREAK...DRINKS?

6:52 pm another song and dance number from Hugh Jackman...

Oh, Beyonce shows up!!!

Shake them booties Beyonce!!!

All of a sudden, I'm asking...is this the Tony Awards?

Oh look, Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens show up too! Singing their "HSM3" song...

Okay, I'm kinda enjoying the Mamma Mia! part...

Hugh Jackman is such a showtunes-lover!

I got it! The secret of producers Bill Condon and Laurence Mark? As their numbers start getting cloying, they pull back harder...as a result? Just perfect production numbers!

7pm Best Supporting Actor presentation...

Past winners descend like gods from Mt. Olympus...

Alan Arkin honors Philip Seymour Hoffman...aw....

Joel Grey introduces "Milk's" Josh Brolin

Brolin + Diane Lane = HOT!!!

Cuba Gooding Jr. honors Robert Downey Jr., sidenote: Are you feeling that Downey Jr. is slowly feeling self-important? I miss the good, old days of the drugging, down-in-the-dumps actor...okay, maybe not!

Christopher Walken's fitting tribute to Michael Shannon!

Oh, and Kevin Kline honors Heath Ledger..sob

7:07 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR GOES TO HEATH LEDGER IN "THE DARK KNIGHT" YAY YAY YAY YAY

Ledger's dad, mom, and sister accept the award! More sobbing...

A tear in director Christopher Nolan's eye...Kleenex...

7:10 pm Best Documentary...you know? This is actually one of my favorite categories! I love documentaries!

Oooooh will "Man on Wire" win?

7:13 pm "Religuolous'" Bill Maher presents the winner!

Yes, it's a tear-inducing documentary open...more Kleenex!!!!

More yes, documentarians present "windows to the world."

And more, more yes, you should go see their movies more!

7:15 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE GOES TO "MAN ON WIRE" -- YES! I'VE LOOOOOOOOOVED THIS FILM SINCE LAST SUMMER!!! SPEAKING OF CRYING...THIS FILM WILL BREAK YOUR HEART!!!!

Aw...Philippe Petit showed up, the "Man on Wire" himself!!! Yes, I believe in magic, and it's a cute act, balancing the Oscar gold on his chin!

7:17 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT GOES TO "SMILE PINKI"

Megan Mylan accepts her award.

So far, I've lost only two categories, Best Animated Short and Best Documentary Short.

Did they say Will Smith is showing up? For what?

Was that Tom Cruise in the Jimmy Kimmel Show promo?

7:23 pm Action Montage

Cool montage by the way...

7:25 pm Will Smith enters for...action movies?

Oh I get it...the Best Visual Effects...will it be "The Dark Knight?"

7:26 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST VISUAL EFFECTS GOES TO "THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON"...DANG IT, I CHOSE "THE DARK KNIGHT"

Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton, and Craig Barron accept the award...

7:28 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST SOUND EDITING GOES TO "THE DARK KNIGHT"

Richard King accepts his award

7:31 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST SOUND MIXING GOES TO "SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE"

Oooops, I voted for "The Dark Knight." But if the film won Best Sound Editing, logic says, it will also win Best Sound Mixing, no?

Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty accept their award.

Director Danny Boyle looks proudly!

More post production categories...

7:35 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING GOES TO "SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE"

Chris Dickens accepts his award! It seems like the "Slumdog" folks really had fun making this film! Note to self: watch "Slumdog Millionaire" again!!!

Danny Boyle looks happy!!!

Now, I've lost three categories -- animated short, documentary short, and sound mixing...

7:44 pm The contemporary "Nutty Professor" honors the original "Nutty Professor" with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award...they're honoring the guy who uttered "faggot" on live TV...but he apologized for it, and apparently the Academy forgave him too!

Oh, and the Academy loves Coldplay too, they're using a second song from the fantastic group, "Vida La Vida"...

14 awards given, 7 to go...I'm halfway, mildly drunk!

Quick, the telecast is fast losing steam!

7:50 pm We're now in the music categories...ahhhh, lovely music...

7:53 pm Zac Efron and Alicia Keys show up for Best Original Score

7:54 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST ORIGINAL SCORE GOES TO "SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE"

A.R. Rahman accepts his award! Congratulations!!!!

7:56 pm I'M LOVING THE BOLLYFICATION OF HOLLYWOOD!!!

I love the production number...GO GO GO!!!!

Rahman Rocks!!!!

John Legend channels the great Peter Gabriel singing the "Wall-E" song "Down to Earth." And he's doing a great job!!!!

I love "Jai Ho." I'm dancing now!!!!

8:01 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST ORIGINAL SONG GOES TO "JAI HO"

Congratulations again Mister Rahman, and Gulzar!!!!

19 categories given, 5 more to go!!!

COMMERCIAL BREAK -- Coming up, the Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film, and Best Actor, Best Actress, supposedly...

8:05 pm Liam Neeson and "Slumdog's" Freida Pinto present the Best Foreign Language film

Ooooops an upset!!!

8:07 pm THE OSCAR FOR BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM GOES TO JAPAN'S "DEPARTURES" (OKURUBITO)

Director Yojiro Takita is very, very happy, he says! And why not? He beats the frontrunner "Waltz With Bashir."

COMMERCIAL BREAK

8:10 pm Queen Latifah serenades Hollywood players that are no longer with us..a sweet Memoriam, if you asked me...I'm crying again...sobbing...Kleenex!!!!

Aw...the dear Paul Newman :sad

Oh for the record, I've lost four categories now, animated short, documentary short, sound mixing, and foreign language film...

Sid Ganis didn't make his annual speech! Hugh Jackman introduced him, and said that Ganis is stepping down...

8:19 pm Reese Witherspoon enters...for Best Director...

Could it be, will it be Danny Boyle for "Slumdog Millionaire?"

8:20 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST DIRECTING GOES TO "SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE"

Danny Boyle accepts his award....oh, cute bit about Tigger...

Boyle thanks the previously unnamed choreographer of the film....

COMMERCIAL BREAK

8:25 pm The Best Actress Award!!!

Once again, past winners, goddesses, descend from Mt. Hollywood...

Shirley MacLaine offers love to Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard honors Kate Winslet...

Halle Berry gives love to Melissa Leo...Sophia Loren for Meryl Streep...

Loren puts a smile on my face :happy

Nicole Kidman gives love to Angelina Jolie...aw....

8:32 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST ACTRESS GOES TO "THE READER'S" KATE WINSLET!!!!

Finally, Miss Winslet wins!!!

YAY!!!!

Aw...she's soooo sweet....I'm still not sure about the hair though...but it's very clean!

Her dad whistles :happy

Her fellow nominees, the goddesses...Winslet is GREAT!!!!

8:37 pm The Best Actor Award

Yes, the dudes, the gods of Mt. Hollywood descend...

Michael Douglas honors Frank Langella, Robert DeNiro, fittingly gives tribute to Sean Penn...

Adrien Brody gives love to Richard Jenkins...a tear in Mister Jenkins' eye...touching!

Oooooh Hannibal Lectre, Sir Anthony Hopkins himself, gives love to Brad Pitt! Ben Kingsley honors "the returning champ," Mickey Rourke!!!

8:42 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST ACTOR GOES TO SEAN PENN, "MILK." YAY, YAY, MILLION-TIMES YAY!!!!

You commie, homo-loving, sons of guns, says Penn! Funny!

Penn talks about gay-marriage...I HEART PENN!!!!!


Mickey Rourke rises again, and he's my brother!

8:47 pm Steven Spielberg presents BEST PICTURE AWARD!!!

Another heart-breaking montage...aw....I LOVE THE WORLD OF THE MOVIES!!!!!!

8:52 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST PICTURE GOES TO "SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE"

Yay! Finally, the "Slumdog" love arrives at the biggest awards show of the season, the 81st Annual Academy Awards!!!

Wow, a movie with no stars, no studio backing, no budget triumphs over the Oscars!

It's love, it's hope, it's the biggest movie event of the year!

So, I enjoyed the telecast, and Hugh Jackman was a great host and showman!!!

It truly is all about love this year!!!!

Now, I'm drunk, I'm full, I'm ready to go night night :happy

I have to wake up early for our morning show tomorrow!!!

The topic? The Oscars of course!!!

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