"The Sorcerer's Apprentice" Starring Nicolas Cage Gets a Release Date! 

Walt Disney Pictures waves its magical wand and picks July 16, 2010 for the release date of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice!"

The film, based on a memorable segment in "Fantasia," is being produced by super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Nicolas Cage is set to star and he's being directed by his "National Treasure" director, Jon Turteltaub.

According to IMDB, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" tells the story of:

A sorcerer (Cage) leaves his workshop in the hands of his apprentice (Jay Baruchel), who gets into trouble when the broomstick he's tasked to do his chores for him somehow develops a mind of its own.

With the release of the film in summer of 2010, the house of Mouse will be very busy! Here's their film release rundown JUST for that summer:

"Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" May 28
"Toy Story 3" June 18
"The Sorcerer's Apprentice" July 16


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Mary J. Blige Joins Taraji P. Henson in Tyler Perry's New Film -- Yes, Madea's Going to Show Up! 

Mary J. Blige will star with Oscar-nominee Taraji P. Henson in Tyler Perry's new flick, "I Can Do Bad All by Myself." Lionsgate is releasing this film, based on Perry's stage play.

Blige is going to play a nightclub manager and singer who's Henson's BFF in the movie.

Yes Madea fans, America's sweetheart is going to show up in teh film!

You'll be able to see "I Can Do Bad All by Myself" on Sept. 11. Hhhmmmmm...

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"Get Smart" Director to Direct "Fockers" 

Sorry David Wain, but Pete Segal is the chose one to direct "Little Fockers."

Segal, the guy who gave us "Get Smart 2," is the frontrunner to helm the third installment of the "Meet the Parents" franchise. This is the only film in the franchise that is not going to be directed by Jay Roach.

According to Variety, Segal is meeting with the film's principal players this week.

If you want to know more about Segal, or you just want to "friend" him, go to his MySpace page.

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Confucius Says...There's Going to be a Movie About Him, and Chow Yun-fat is Starring 

Yes, "Confucius" the movie is coming to theaters near you, and Chow Yun-fat (upcoming "Dragonball Evolution," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon") is going to play the Chinese philosopher!

Here's the article from WENN:

Action movie star Chow Yun-fat is giving up his trademark fighting scenes for his most peaceful acting role to date - as philosopher Confucius.

The Hong Kong actor, who starred in 2000's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, rose to fame starring in a series of martial arts movies in the 1980s and 1990s.

But now he is set to channel his inner peacemaker as the ancient thinker Confucius, whose most famous teaching was the golden rule - treating all people with consideration.Filming on the biopic is to begin in April under director Hu Mei.

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Disney/Pixar's "UP" to Open Cannes -- Disney Chairman Dick Cook and John Lasseter Speak Out! 

It's a joyful day at the house of Mouse! Their upcoming 3-D collaboration with Pixar, "UP," has been selected as the opening night film at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

This is a very prestigious honor in so many ways!

First, it's the first time ever an animated film has opened Cannes. Second, it's also the first 3-D film to ever open the Festival, and the first Disney film to kick off the Riviera extravaganza!

Opening night of the Cannes Film Festival is Wednesday, May 13th!

As expected, Disney and Pixar are both in jubilant mood!

Mr. Dick Cook, who is super-sweet in person (check out my interview with him for "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" premiere) says:

"It’s a great honor for The Walt Disney Studios, and our incredibly talented cast members at Pixar Animation Studios, to have ‘UP’ selected as the first animated feature to ever open the Cannes Film Festival. Adding to this historic milestone, ‘UP’ is also the first digital 3D film, and the first Disney film selected for the coveted opening night slot at Cannes. We are so proud of this terrific movie, and can’t wait to share it with the filmmaking community and festival-goers on Wednesday, May 13, and the rest of the world starting on May 29th."

And John Lasseter, chief creative officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, adds,

“We are absolutely thrilled that the Cannes Film Festival has chosen ‘UP’ to be its prestigious opening night offering. This is a huge step for animation, and further supports our belief that a great animated film is simply a great film. Pete Docter, the director of 'UP,' and the amazing team of artists, animators, technicians, and storytellers at Pixar have worked so hard to create a great motion picture that is impressively fresh, funny, and powerfully emotional.”

I can't wait to see this film! By the way, "UP" is a comedy adventure in which 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen fulfils his dream of a great adventure when he ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away to the wilds of South America, only to discover that he has brought with him his biggest nightmare, a 9-year-old Wilderness Explorer stowaway.

"UP" is directed by Pete Docter, director of "MONSTERS, INC." who also developed the story and characters for "TOY STORY," Pixar’s first full length animated feature film, for which he also served as supervising animator. He served as a storyboard artist on "A BUG’S LIFE," and wrote the initial story treatment for "TOY STORY 2." The film is co-directed by Bob Peterson, also a screenwriter and author of "FINDING NEMO."

With that pedigree, can this film go wrong? Well you know, so far, the Disney/Pixar team has never been wrong! :happy

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