The name Juan Antonio Bayona, director of the excellent Spanish horror/thriller "El Orfanato" has been bandied about as THE 3rd "Twilight" franchise director for "Eclipse."
But now, the Los Angeles Times is saying, hold on, don't move too fast! Apparently, contributor Patrick Goldstein had:
"lunch today with Erik Feig, who’s president of production at Summit and the man most involved with managing the hit series of films. ("New Moon," the second film in the series, begins production later this month with Chris Weitz at the helm.)
Feig was shocked to see the media reports saying Summit had hired Bayona, since -- ahem -- they’re not true. "The 'Eclipse' directing job hasn’t been offered to Juan Antonio or anyone else," he told me. "We’ve met with three or four talented filmmakers and we’ll be meeting with three or four more other candidates before we make any decision. No one has been offered the job."
Read Goldstein's full report here, but I have a feeling Summit already made a decision, and, um, it's going to be Bayona! If Summit wants their franchise to be respectable...I'm just saying...
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Are you excited as I am to see a new film based on the Stephen King Novel "It?" I enjoyed the 1990 ABC TV miniseries, it's like a pop culture touchstone of my younger years.
So now, I heard that Warner Bros. is doing "It," and they've hired Dave Kajganich to write the screenplay. Kajganich is also writing "Escape from New York" and he is also the scribe of the upcoming Joel Schumacher film, "Creek."
The one not-too-shining moment in Kajganich's resume? Well, he also wrote the 2007 craptacular "The Invasion" starring Nicole Kidman.
So hopefully, Kajganich will be able to intelligently adapt the story of seven children fighting the demon of their childhood, Pennywise!
No word yet on who's going to play the sinister clown.
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Yes, I was in Las Vegas shooting my review! That's not a fake wall
But take a look at my movie review of "Race to Witch Mountain." Why was I in Vegas you asked? Because the film was set there!
Check out my full interviews with the cast and director here, and if you want a more in-depth look at "Race to Witch Mountain," read my review here.
So, go race to your theaters for this film, you may actually be entertained!
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I was a bit lukewarm with "Journey to the Center of the Earth," and the Brendan Fraser-starrer didn't exactly shatter box-office records, so I was surprised to hear that New Line is planning a sequel!
The film is based on a script by Richard Outten called "Mysterious Travels: The Lost Map of Treasure Island." Apparently, Prof. Trevor Anderson (Fraser) and his nephew Sean (Josh Hutcherson) embark on a journey to...treasure island! This island is a one-for-all! It's the subject of three classic novels namely Jules Verne's "Mysterious Island," Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island" and Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels."
The director of the first film, Eric Brewig, is working with Outten on the script, although he hasn't committed yet. Fraser and Hutcherson have not said yes to the sequel either, so stay tuned...
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My Fun One-on-One Interviews with Cast, Director of Disney's "Race to Witch Mountain!" Do They Believe in UFO? Oh, and the Director is from Roswell, New Mexico! HA!
I had a blast talking to the cast and director of "Race to Witch Mountain." You can feel the love!
And it helps that I genuinely enjoyed the movie! Read my review here, and later, I'll post my video review shot in Las Vegas!
For now, let's talk about the interviews. First, the lovely and talented Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson! We talked about his role as Jack Bruno, his involvement with the movie, and yikes, he saw an alien, but is it for real?
Then, we have the two kids, well, teens, AnnaSophia Robb (Sara) and Alexander Ludwig (Seth). They seemed to have enjoyed making the movie, and they're such sweethearts! Oh, they called me, "awesome!" Self-congratulations not included.
Plus, fresh from her success as Sally Jupiter/Silk Spectre I in "Watchmen," the super sweet Carla Gugino is stepping into another possible blockbuster with "Race to Witch Mountain."
We talked about her role as Dr. Alex Friedman, the astrophysicist. Gosh, Miss Carla always plays the smart one doesn't she?
And finally, director Andy Fickman revealed some secrets to making "Race to Witch Mountain." He's such a big fan of the original, "Escape to Witch Mountain" and he wants to give fellow-fans a heartwarming homage, that he cast the original leads Kim Richards (Tia) and Iake Eisenmann (Tony), by the way, their names in the remake are also Kim and Anthony he-he-he...
Fickman is an adorable human-being! AND THANKS FOR THE HOMAGE! THIS FAN IS LOVING IT!
Oh, and did you know that Fickman was born in Roswell, New Mexico? Creepy huh?
"Race to Witch Mountain" opens Friday, March 13th, so watch it or else!
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