From Brothel Owner to Blackbeard, Ian McShane in Talks for "Pirates of the Caribbean 4" 

"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" may have found its villain! Ian McShane is in negotiations to play legendary pirate Blackbeard for the fourth installment of the pirate franchise.

Rob Marshall is attached to direct from a script by Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot. Jerry Bruckheimer is producing.

The Hollywood Reporter told us that "McShane will join Johnny Depp, reprising his role of Captain Jack Sparrow, and Penelope Cruz, Sparrow's foil and equal in many ways, in a tale that revolves around the Fountain of Youth."

McShane is well known for his memorable brothel owner character in HBO's "Deadwood" so adding him to the pirates mix will certainly help the franchise, but honestly, do we really need another fourth "Pirates" film? The third one was such a letdown!

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Taylor Lautner to Be Abducted! 

Things are going pretty well for "Twilight" actor, Taylor Lautner. He's rumored to star in a "Vision Quest" update, he's getting paid $7.5 million for "Northern Lights," and Universal Pictures handpicked the actor for its "Stretch Armstrong" superhero flick.

Now, Lionsgate has signed a deal to distribute "Abduction," a mystery thriller to star, you guessed it, Lautner. The actor's Tailor Made shingle is also producing the project.

The script by Shawn Christensen has Lautner playing a young man who discovers his own baby picture on a missing persons website.

Tan dan dan...

Isn't this the kind of films that Shia LaBeouf should be starring in?

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Marlon Wayans Wants You to Love Him as Richard Pryor 

As we reported last October, director Bill Condon ("Dreamgirls") picked Marlon Wayans to star in his Richard Pryor biopic to be called "Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?"

Adam Sandler is attached to produce the $20 million picture along with Jack Giarraputo, Chris Rock, Mark Gordon, and Jennifer Pryor.

After Wayans was announced to play the comedian, many, including myself, doubted the actor's acting prowess. This after starring in brainless comedies like "White Chicks" and "Scary Movie" films. Playing a character in "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" did not help matters.

Now, Wayans is fighting back and is saying that "he's ready" to tackle the Pryor role. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the actor said, "I want to be in dramas, I want to produce, I want to write and I want to prove I can handle a role such as this one."

Apparently, Eddie Murphy, the first choice to play Pryor, gave Wayans his blessing! His publicist, Arnold Robinson, said, "Eddie thinks Marlon will be wonderful in the role and he's given his blessing for Marlon to do it...He's looking forward to seeing Marlon in the role."

I still doubt that Wayans can pull this off, but let's not forget that he was part of the acting ensemble in Darren Aronofsky's "Requiem for a Dream." He also starred in "The Ladykillers" for Joel and Ethan Coen aka the Coen brothers.

But why couldn't I remember his roles in the film? Could it be the actor was forgettable? If so, will he turn in a memorable performance as Pryor?

Have no fear folks, I heard that Wayans' audition for "Richard Pryor" was so great, that Condon and Sony Pictures Entertainment offered him the job. Hhhhhm, I wonder how I can get a hold of that audition tape!

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Updated Awards Avenue! Your One-Stop Awards Depot Leading to the Oscars! 

From the Golden Reel to BAFTA winners to the WGA Awards winners, click here for all your awards season needs before the Academy Awards!

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Moviegoers Visit "Shutter Island" with $40.2 Million Opening! 

Director Martin Scorsese and his muse, Leonardo DiCaprio, dominated the box-office weekend with their "Shutter Island" debuting at the top spot.

The creepy crime thriller opened at No. 1 with $40.2 million. "Shutter Island" is the fourth collaboration between Scorsese and DiCaprio and the film with the biggest opening for both the director and his star. (Check out my review of "Shutter Island" right here)

Before "Shutter Island," the duo worked in "Gangs of New York," "The Aviator," and the 2006 best picture Oscar winner "The Departed."

Last weekend's box-office champ, the all-star ensemble romantic comedy "Valentine's Day" slipped to No. 2 with $17.2 million. So far, the Garry Marshall-directed film has raised its 10-day total to $87.4 million.

(Watch my interviews with "Valentine's Day" stars right here, and my movie review right here)

"Avatar," the No. 1 box-office film of all time, is still going strong, earning $16.1 million to come in at No. 3. The sci-fi flick has its domestic total to $687.8 million.

But the good news of the week belonged to Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer (a fantastic film!). The still-incarcerated director can relish the fact that his political intrigue thriller pulled in $179,000 at only four theaters in New York City and Los Angeles for a per screen average of $44,750 compared to a $13,440 average in 2,991 theaters for "Shutter Island."

Here's the estimated Top 10 box office list for weekend of Feb. 19:

1. "Shutter Island," $40.2 million.
2. "Valentine's Day," $17.2 million.
3. "Avatar," $16.1 million.
4. "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief," $15.3 million.
5. "The Wolfman," $9.8 million.
6. "Dear John," $7.3 million.
7. "The Tooth Fairy," $4.5 million.
8. "Crazy Heart," $3 million.
9. "From Paris With Love," $2.5 million.
10. "Edge of Darkness," $2.2 million.

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