Get Ready for "24" the Movie! 

Yes, there is going to be a big screen version of "24" starring Kiefer Sutherland. Just how serious are the folks behind Twentieth Century Fox and 20th Century Fox TV?

Serious enough that they have hired a screenwriter! Variety is saying that writer-director Billy Ray ("Breach," "Shattered Glass") is set to write the screenplay that finds Jack Bauer heading to Europe. And yes, Sutherland is supporting the pitch!

I think it's time for a "24" film, now that the series is losing steam both in the ratings and critical-rave categories.

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The New Oscar Poster Unveiled! 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has revealed its official poster for the 82nd annual Academy Awards -- the Oscars!

Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin are hosting the March 7 event, hence, both of them are featured prominently on the poster. The tagline? "You've Never Seen Oscar Like This."

Is that a promise dear Academy?

I don't recall an Oscar poster that features its hosts. But apparently, we've never seen an Oscar like this, hence, the trailblazing poster.

The Los Angeles-based agency, Omelet, designed the poster.

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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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