"Sherlock Holmes 2" Gets New Title, And It Will Be Called... 


"SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS"

E! Online first reported that the Guy Ritchie-directed sequel will bear that title. So what does it mean? We'll know what shadowy games are being played on December 16 when Warner Bros. releases the film starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Stephen Fry and Jared Harris.

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I Love This! Michelle Pfeiffer May Join Tim Burton, Johnny Depp for "Dark Shadows!" 


Previously, in 1992, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tim Burton teamed up for "Batman Returns" where the actress memorably played Catwoman. Now, the Hollywood Reporter is saying that Pfeiffer is in negotiations to return to the loving arms of the director for the big screen version of "Dark Shadows."

Based on the 1960s gothic vampire TV soap opera, the new version stars Johnny Depp as Barnaby Collins, a vampire living in Maine who is searching for his lost love.

The role Pfeiffer is in talks to play is Elizabeth Collins Stodard, the matriarch of the Collins family. She has an interesting arch -- she's reclusive, hidden in the Maine mansion since her husband disappeared a decade earlier.

It's all about love...and vampires...and werewolves. Hhhmmmm, echoes of "Twilight" anyone?

Burton is targeting an April start date and joining the cast are Jackie Earle Haley, Eva Green, and Bella Heathcote.

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"How to Train Your Dragon 2" Completes Its Cast! 


I loved "How to Train Your Dragon!" It was a fun and entertaining animated wonder from DreamWorks Animation that also possessed a really big heart.

So my heart went aflutter to note that the sequel to "How to Train Your Dragon" is shaping up! Dean DeBlois, one of the film's directors, told Empire Online:

"What I presented to them was the second act of a much larger story," says DeBlois. "So the film takes on much more breadth, it's really quite epic. We leave the first film with these Vikings on the backs of dragons, so the world just opens up and expands exponentially."


The main voice cast are scheduled to return such as Jay Baruchel (Hiccup), Craig Ferguson (Belch), America Ferrera (Astrid), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Fishlegs), Jonah Hill (Snotlout), TJ Miller (Ruffnut) and Kristen Wiig (Tuffnut). Yes, even Gerald Butler has signed back on, and cinematographer Roger Deakins ("True Grit"). (Check out my fun one-on-one interviews with the "How to Train Your Dragon" cast by clicking here)

Check out Empire's interview with DeBlois below:



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Finally, "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" Gets New Distributor, Release Date 


"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" is finally seeing the light at the end of its bleak journey.

Produced by Guillermo del Toro and starring Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes gets a new distributor according to the LA Times. Once upon a time, the film was set to open Jan. 21 until Disney sold Miramax to Colony Capital in a $660-million deal.

Now, FilmDistrict swooped in and acquired all U.S. rights to the film and has set the date for the movie's release. We'll all see Holmes' terrified heroine on Aug. 12. It will be released with its original R rating.

For now, let's check out the trailer which actually makes the film look interesting!



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"Inception's" Wally Pfister Tops American Society of Cinematographers Awards! 


Wally Pfister, the brilliant cinematographer of Christopher Nolan's "Inception" won big at the 25th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Award in the feature film competition.

Pfister, receiving his first ASC Award, beat Matthew Libatique ("Black Swan"), Danny Cohen ("The King's Speech"), Jeff Cronenweth ("The Social Network"), and Roger Deakins ("True Grit"). All of the nominees are also Oscar-nominated this year.

Jonathan Freeman took home the Outstanding Achievement Award in the Television Episodic Series/Pilot Category for his work on the "Boardwalk Empire" episode entitled "Home."

Steven Windon claimed the top honor in the Television Movie/Miniseries for the "Okinawa" episode of "The Pacific."

Here's the rest of the press release from the ASC:

Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks presented the Board of Governors Award to the Julia Roberts in recognition of her tremendous body of work and contributions to the art of filmmaking. Roberts earned an Academy Award® in 2001 for her powerful role in ERIN BROCKOVICH, and Oscar® nominations for her heartfelt character portrayals in STEEL MAGNOLIAS and PRETTY WOMAN. Her films have grossed more than $2.5 billion worldwide. Hanks and Roberts star together in CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR and the upcoming LARRY CROWNE.

The presentation of the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award to 10-time ASC Award nominee Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC by Joel Coen was a highlight of the memorable evening. Deakins has also earned nine Oscar® nominations. Five of those films were written and directed by Joel and his brother Ethan Coen (TRUE GRIT; NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN; THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE; O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?; FARGO). He won ASC Awards for THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE in 2002 and THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION in 1995.

The ASC International Award was presented to John Seale, ASC, ACS by acclaimed director Michael Apted. They collaborated on the Oscar®-nominated film GORILLAS IN THE MIST. Seale’s credits include THE ENGLISH PATIENT, for which he won an Oscar®, as well as COLD MOUNTAIN, RAIN MAN, and WITNESS, among others.

The Career Achievement in Television Award was presented to Emmy®-winner Michael O’Shea, ASC (CSI: MIAMI) by John C. Flinn III, ASC. The ASC Presidents Award was given to renowned photographer Douglas Kirkland by Ellen Kuras, ASC.

ASC also recognized the next generation of cinematographers with the presentation of the ASC William. A. Fraker Student Heritage Award to undergraduate student Boyd Hobbs of Full Sail University and graduate student Dagmar Weaver-Madsen of UCLA.

“The 25th anniversary of the ASC Awards is a celebration of the best that we can be, and an inspiration for those who will tell memorable visual stories in the future,” said ASC President Michael Goi. “It is a milestone in our ongoing celebration of the power an indelible photographic image has to move an audience, influence social change, and communicate who we are within a snapshot in time.”

Last year, Christian Berger, AAC won the ASC feature award for THE WHITE RIBBON.


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