Another Mattel Action Figure Film! Tom Hanks to Star? 

Universal Pictures is developing yet another toy-based film. This time, it's a Mattel action figure called "Major Matt Mason" and Tom Hanks is in talks to star. "Speed" writer Graham Yost is writing the script, and Hanks' Playtone is set to produce.

My big question: Why create a film version of a toy line that originated in 1966! Mattel retired the line in the 1970s, and many folks are not familiar with the product.

The plot will have Mason and his team of astronauts work on the moon and live in a space station. Hence, Hanks' involvement. The actor has worked in various space-related projects such as "Apollo 13" and the HBO mini-series "From the Earth to the Moon."

"Major Matt Mason" joins Universal's long list of toy-based film projects such as "Stretch Armstrong," "Monoploy," "Candyland," and "Ouija."

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"Monsters vs. Aliens" Movie Review -- It's an Out-of-This-World 3-D Adventure! 

The world of the classic 1950s B-movie genre is explored in the new animated film “Monsters vs. Aliens.” From “The Fly” to “Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman,” the film pays a loving homage to its source that monster movie lovers will have a blast watching this out-of-this-world adventure.

Reese Witherspoon provides the voice of Susan Murphy, a bride-to-be who’s about to experience her worst nightmare. On her wedding day, she gets hit by a meteor full of outer space gunk. To make matters worse, as Susan is exchanging vows with her husband-to-be, Derek Dietl (the always funny Paul Rudd), she turns into a giant, 49-feet-11-inches tall, woman! Read More...

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What Director James Cameron Really Thinks of "Terminator"  

We're, of course, talking about the first "Terminator," the 1984 sci-fi classic that has been selected for preservation by the National Film Registry.

In an article in Wired magazine, Cameron talks about the film's origins, the robotic Arnold Schwarzenegger (that term is a compliment :happy), and machine wars.

Here's an excerpt:

I first remember being aware of geopolitics during the Cuban missile crisis. When I was 7 or 8, I found a pamphlet for fallout shelters on the coffee table in my family's house in Ontario, and I remember thinking, "What's this about?" I had the sudden sensation that my coddled existence was a facade. Something dark and terrifying lurked behind it.

I've been fascinated ever since by our human propensity for dancing on the edge of the apocalypse. So when I wrote the first Terminator outline around 1982, I was just working out my childhood stuff. It was also born out of the science fiction movies and literature I grew up with. For the most part, they were warnings—about technology, about science, about the military and the government. You couldn't escape those themes or the fear of nuclear holocaust.

Fascinating? Read more by clicking here.

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"Twilight" Saga: "New Moon's" Wolf-Pack 

So, Summit Entertainment hires the wolf pack in the "Twilight" sequel, "New Moon." This wolf pack is our friend! In the "Twilight" world, they defend humans against mean vampires!

The actors hired to run with the pack are: Chaske Spencer, Bronson Pelletier, Alex Meraz, Kiowa Gordon, and Tyson Houseman.

Here's the complete press release from Summit.


Chaske Spencer, Bronson Pelletier, Alex Meraz, Kiowa Gordon and Tyson Houseman to Star as Members of Wolf Pack

Los Angeles, CA — March 23, 2009 — Summit Entertainment announced today that Native American/First Nation actors Chaske Spencer, Bronson Pelletier, Alex Meraz, Kiowa Gordon and Tyson Houseman have signed on to star as the members of the wolf pack in THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON. In the film, the wolf pack defends humans against vampires although they have a tribal history intricately entwined with Edward Cullen and his family. The wolf pack members will join Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and fellow wolf pack member Taylor Lautner in the film directed by Chris Weitz which will be released domestically November 20, 2009.

In THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON, Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) is devastated by the abrupt departure of her vampire love, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) but her spirit is rekindled by her growing friendship with the irresistible Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner). Suddenly she finds herself drawn into the world of the werewolves, ancestral enemies of the vampires, and finds her loyalties tested.

Each member of the wolf pack is of Native decent. Spencer is Lakota (Sioux), Pelletier is Cree-Metis, Meraz is Purepecha (Tarasco), Gordon is Hualapai, and Houseman, who was discovered at an open casting call, is Cree. Casting of the wolf pack was overseen by award-winning casting director Rene Haynes who is well-known for her work on Native projects ranging from DANCES WITH WOLVES to BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE.

The action-packed, modern day vampire love story and blockbuster success of the first film in the series entitled TWILIGHT was released in theatres on November 21, 2008 grossing $60.9 million domestically during its first weekend. To date the film has grossed nearly $380 million worldwide. TWILIGHT was released on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD this past Saturday, March 21st and sold over 3 million DVD units in its first day of release making it one of the top five best first day DVD releases over the past two years.

About Summit Entertainment LLC:
Summit Entertainment is a worldwide theatrical motion picture development, financing, production and distribution studio. The studio handles all aspects of marketing and distribution for both its own internally developed motion pictures as well as acquired pictures. Summit Entertainment, LLC also represents international sales for both its own slate and third party product. Summit Entertainment, LLC plans to release 10 to 12 films annually.

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Anne Hathaway to Star as Judy Garland! 

Why didn't I think of this before? I can totally see Anne Hathaway as Judy Garland!

As we reported last month, the Weinstein Co. is set to turn the life of tragic icon Judy Garland into a major Hollywood motion picture!

But wait there's more! Hathaway will also star on stage as Garland! The studio is also producing a stage version of the book by Gerald Clarke called "Get Happy."

Harvey Weinstein was heard saying:

"Hathaway will be a true class act in this challenging role" and Clarke's book is a great resource because it "is particularly outstanding because of its exlusive details from her own writings."

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