Tim Robbins Joins "Green Lantern" Cast 

Academy Award winner Tim Robbins is joining the cast of "Green Lantern!" He will star as Senator Hammond, the father of the film's villain, Dr. Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard), who develops psychic powers.

Ryan Reynolds stars as Green Lantern, and Blake Lively will play his love interest, Carol Ferris. Martin Campbell is directing the film which starts production in New Orleans in March.

TRIVIA ALERT: This marks Robbins' second comic book outing. The first being..."Howard the Duck" the 1986 Marvel Comics adaptation from producer George Lucas.

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"Terminator" Rights Sold! 

Previously on the "Terminator" saga, Halcyon Holding Corp was looking for interested buyers to spend cash to own the rights to film future "Terminator" films, TV shows, and other spin-offs. Both Lionsgate and Sony were pouncing on the chance to own "Terminator," but neither won!

Oh, but Sony supposedly exclaimed "I'll be back!"

So who won? Our friend Nikki Finke from Deadline Hollywood exclusively revealed that "Halcyon Holding Corp accepted the $29.5 million bid from, of all parties, the debtholder which pushed it into bankruptcy, Santa Barbara-based hedge fund Pacificor. (This is the same Pacificor whom Halcyon accused in a lawsuit of extortion, bribery, and fraud and demanded $30M in damages.)"

Ooooh salacious! Read more on the titillating story right here.

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Steven Soderbergh Directing Virus Action Flick and Many Stars Have Gotten the Bug! 

So the fantastic Steven Soderbergh is focusing on "Contagion," an action-thriller about the outbreak of a deadly virus. The Playlist told us that it's going to be a multi-strand film that will take place over four continents. And yes, it's supposed to be terrifying!

The script by Scott Z. Burns is so good, coupled with the prospect of working with Soderbergh, that the project is attracting big name Oscar-caliber stars such as Kate Winslet, Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, and Jude Law.

Right now, the director and Participant Productions are shopping the project around for co-financing, but with a film already being billed as "Traffic" meets "Bourne," and with a great cast in tow, they should not have a problem selling the concept.

I, for one, am intrigued, just don't call it "Outbreak Part 2!"

So what will happen to Soderbergh's "Liberace" project? Don't worry Liberace fans, Michael Douglas and Damon are still attached to the film which is supposed to follow "Contagion's" schedule in early 2011.

But right now, the director is busy at work finishing his martial arts spy film "Knockout."

Oh that Soderbergh is one prolific filmmaker!

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"The Thing" Remake Cast Revealed 

Universal Pictures has announced that Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton will star in the studio's remake of "The Thing." Based on the 1938 short story, "Who Goes There?," the project has been adapted twice. First, as the 1951 film "The Thing From Another World" from director Howard Hawks, and then the 1982 John Carpenter flick called "The Thing" starring Kurt Russell.

Matthijs Van Heijningen is directing the remake from a script written by Ronald D. Moore and Eric Heisserer. The Hollywood Reporter is saying that "Winstead will play a Ph.D. candidate who joins a Norwegian research team in Antarctica after it discovers an alien ship in the ice. When a trapped organism is freed and begins a series of attacks, she is forced to team with a blue-collar mercenary helicopter pilot (Edgerton) to stop the rampage."

The film is set to start shooting March 15 in Toronto.

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"Dear John" Unseats "Avatar" From Top Spot! Oh NO! 

While the rest of America was getting ready for Super Bowl weekend, romantic drama lovers fell happily in line to watch the ultra-sappy "Dear John," thus ending the long reign of James Cameron's "Avatar" at the box office.

(Check out my movie review of "Dear John" right here)

The film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' novel starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried debuted at No. 1 with $32.4 million, while "Avatar" fell to No. 2 with $23.6 million raising its domestic total to $630.1 million, surpassing Cameron's own "Titanic" which held the all-time domestic high of $600.8 million until, well, "Avatar" came into the picture.

Meanwhile, "From Paris With Love" starring John Travolta opened at No. 3 with $8.1 million. But the good news of the weekend belonged to the Academy Award-nominated country-music flick "Crazy Heart." The Jeff Bridges starrer came in at No. 8 with $3.7 million and entered the Top 10 for the very first time.

Here's the complete Top 10 box office list for weekend of Feb. 5:

1. "Dear John," $32.4 million.
2. "Avatar," $23.6 million.
3. "From Paris With Love," $8.1 million.
4. "Edge of Darkness," $7 million.
5. "The Tooth Fairy," $6.5 million.
6. "When in Rome," $5.5 million.
7. "The Book of Eli," $4.8 million.
8. "Crazy Heart," $3.7 million.
9. "Legion," $3.4 million.
10. "Sherlock Holmes," $2.6 million.

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