The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences picked a new date for the Oscars! The culprit? The Winter Olympics Games on NBC!
Same Oscar time, same Oscar channel (ABC), but a different date!
The 82nd annual Academy Awards will now be seen on Sunday, March 7, 2010. It's still going to broadcast live from the Kodak Theater.
Due to the move, nominations and announcement dates were also affected.
Here are the key dates:
Dec. 1: Official Screen Credits forms due
Dec. 28: Nominations ballots mailed
Jan. 23 Nominations polls close 5 p.m. PT
Feb. 2: Nominations announced 5:30 a.m. PT, Samuel Goldwyn Theater
Feb. 10: Final ballots mailed
Feb. 15: Nominees luncheon
Feb. 20: Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards presentation
March 2: Final polls close 5 p.m. PT
March 7: Academy Awards on ABC
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Okay, the romantic comedy has no title yet. But previously, it's known as "Wichita" and Trouble Man." Now, James Mangold ("Walk the Line," "3:10 to Yuma") is attached to direct with a possible romantic pairing of Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. Scott Frank ("Marley & Me," "Minority Report") is writing the script.
Cruise may play a mysterious man who guides an unlucky-in-love woman he met on a blind date. That unlucky-in-love woman role may be played by Diaz.
The pair appeared together in 2001's "Vanilla Sky" and can reignite their chemistry with this romantic comedy.
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The graphic novel "The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft" is not coming out until April 8 but Universal and Imagine Entertainment are already planning a film version of the comic book!
It's not finalize yet but Ron Howard may be directing the film.
The plot? According to Variety:
Created by Mac Carter and Jeff Blitz, book borrows elements from Lovecraft’s life, such as his family’s struggle with mental illness and his own bouts with writer’s block, and transforms the young writer’s darkest nightmares into reality when he comes across a book that puts a curse on him and lets the evils he conjures up loose on the world.
Ooooh, it's like a scary version of "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" where fictional characters converge.
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As we reported last year, MGM is getting ready to produce a big screen film featuring "The Three Stooges." This Farrelly Brothers film (they wrote the script, and will also direct and produce) will not be a biopic, but more along the lines of the Stooges' characters doing their antics as popularized on TV and film.
So far, the studio has set Sean Penn to play Larry.
MGM is also negotiating with Jim Carrey to star as Curly! According to Variety, "the actor is already making plans to gain 40 pounds to approximate the physical dimensions of Jerome "Curly" Howard."
And the studio is putting Benicio Del Toro on top of their wish list to play Moe!
This is an intriguing cast! Serious actors working in a comedy. The result can either be golden or disastrous. But both Penn and Del Toro have worked in a comedy flick before.
Penn in the so-so 1989 film "We're No Angels" with Robert DeNiro, while Del Toro showed his comedic chops in "Snatch."
But the biggest surprise is Carrey to play Curly. Hopefully, his performance will far exceed his planned weight gain!
By the way, Johnny Depp was once upon a time rumored to play Moe.
Production is set to start in the fall with the film's release date sometime in 2010.
Let's go and do the Curly shuffle!
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One week before it opens right here in the U.S., "Monsters vs. Aliens" arrived in Russian theaters March 20th. (Check out my review of the film right here)
And Paramount/Dreamworks move seems to have paid off! "Monsters" grossed $6.2 million from 644 theaters!
Variety is reporting that "Monsters" scored the fourth-highest opening of all time for any animated pic in Russia.
I guess Paramount decided to open ahead to ward off film pirates! The studio only shipped dubbed prints of the film. So pirates, don't even waste your time.
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