"Star Trek" the Sequel Already in the Works! 

The upcoming "Star Trek" movie will not invade theaters until May 8 but Paramount is so sure it'll be a hit that they asked a team of screenwriters to begin working on the sequel!

Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (who wrote the upcoming "Star Trek" film), along with Damon Lindelof have been commissioned for the follow-up.

Director JJ Abrams is also returning, but for now, just to produce. No word yet on whether he'll helm the sequel.

Lindelof tells Variety, "There's obviously a lot of hubris involved in signing on to write a sequel of a movie that hasn't even come out yet. But we're so excited about the first one that we wanted to proceed."

As for the plot? The writers want to take a cue from you, movie buffs. The team wants to hear your fan reactions when the new film opens in May.

Kurtzman adds, "Obviously we discussed ideas, but we are waiting to see how audiences respond next month," he said. "With a franchise rebirth, the first movie has to be about origin. But with a second, you have the opportunity to explore incredibly exciting things. We'll be ambitious about what we'll do."

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Another Actor Joins "Twilight's" Sequel -- "New Moon" Plus the Vampire Saga's DVD Sales! 

British actor Jamie Campbell-Bower has been hired by Summit Entertainment to join the cast of "The Twilight Saga: New Moon."

You may remember Campbell-Bower from "Sweeney Todd" and honestly? I'm not a big fan of this guy, I think he's way too pretty, he looks like Scarlett Johannson. :happy

BUT, he may be good in the role of a Volturi vampire.

By the way, the sequel, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, is shooting right now in Vancouver under the helm of director Chris Weitz.


Its DVD sales is now hitting 5.6 million units! "Twilight" has officially passed previous title-holder, DreamWorks' "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa." The animated film has sold 5.3 million units since its release Feb. 6.

So with sales numbers like this? Expect more "Twilight" goodies to come your way, Twi-hards!

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So "Bruno" is Very Dirty! MPAA Gives the Film NC-17!!!! 

Sharon Waxman of The Wrap revealed that Sacha Baron Cohen's latest opus, "Bruno," has been slapped with an NC-17 rating because of numerous sexual scenes!

Some of the objectionable scenes are:

Bruno -- a gay Austrian fashionista played by Baron Cohen -- appears to have anal sex with a man on camera. In another, the actor goes on a hunting trip and sneaks naked into the tent of one of the fellow hunters, an unsuspecting non-actor.

Oh my! I like this film already :happy

Universal, the studio behind the film, confirmed: "On its first submission the film did not receive an R but it is far too early to say that there is any struggle to get there as the process is only at its inception.”

Right now, Cohen is appealing the decision, and making the necessary cuts to appease the MPAA. Well, we know the board has no sense of humor so, Cohen may have to cut more!

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Jackie Chan Says New "Karate Kid" has a New Title! It Will Be Called... 

"Kung Fu Kid!" Huh? Why make a remake then? Apparently, the oh-so-charming Jaden Smith is more of a Kung Fu guy than a Karate kid! Plus, "Kung Fu" is "in" right now, with the whole Jack Black as Panda thing, so hence, the title change.

As our friends at firstshowing.net reported:

"They don't want to call it Karate Kid any more," Chan said. "They want to call it The Kung Fu Kid." He quickly changed topics and unfortunately didn't add any more about as to why this change was being made. Our guess is that since this remake is a Chinese co-production and being shot in Beijing, it's much more relevant today to use kung fu as opposed to karate (which isn't as popular as it was back in the 80's) and also more appropriate considering karate actually has its historical roots in kung fu. As in, story updates and Chinese influence caused them to change the title to be more culturally relevant and accurate.

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I Won Second Place for Best Film Critic of the Year From the Los Angeles Press Club, But Wait, There's Drama, Controversy! 

Self-congratulatory warning -- I just heard that the Los Angeles Press Club bestowed yours truly the second place for Best Film Critic for their National Entertainment Journalism Awards.

I was nominated in two categories -- Best Feature (I didn't win, darn it :happy) and Best Film Critic. Last year, I was honorable mention, and cliche aside, I'm just honored to be nominated, are you kidding me? Being in the throes of the Los Angeles Press Club is honor enough!

To see the full list of winners, click here.

So, since I wasn't able to make it to the ceremony last Thursday, March 26th, I was frantically perusing the internet to see who won. And I came across this harsh critique of the LA Press Club from Brian Lowry at Variety. He said these are "Five Reasons to Ignore the L.A. Press Club Awards." He's not mean to me, but good Lord:

Here are the Los Angeles Press Club nominees for "CRITIC, TELEVISION," in its second annual National Entertainment Journalism Awards, with comment:

* Shawn Edwards and Russ Simmons, Fox4 News, Kansas City (the winner)

Rightfully notorious as a "quote whore," Edwards earned the following compilation from Variety editor Tim Gray in his 2007 wrap-up of embarrassing quote ads:
"No Reservations" -- "The most delightful movie of the year!" (July 22)
"Resident Evil: Extinction" -- "The most exciting movie of the year!" (Sept. 28)
"Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium" -- "The most magical movie of the year!" (Nov. 11)
"I Am Legend" -- "The best movie of the year!" (Dec. 15)

* Nancy Jay, AAFES-EXTV
I'm not sure what any of those letters mean.

* Manny the Movie Guy, KMIR6/NBC
This might sound like nitpicking, but shouldn't you have to provide a real last name to be nominated for a journalism award?

* Sandie Newton. CBS11/TXA21, Texas
Never heard of her.

* George Pennacchio, KABC-TV
Him I have heard of, but A) he's not a critic and doesn't do reviews, and B) gushes so much over celebrities that there's a constant fear he's going to spontaneously combust on them.

The same five folks, by the way, account for six of the eight nominees in the television "FEATURES" and "NEWS STORY" categories, which suggests either a dearth of submissions or that the ballots were tabulated in Florida and Ohio.

The press club's March 26 event will honor Wall Street Journal film critic Joe Morgenstern, who is certainly more than deserving of the accolades (and already owns a Pulitzer Prize). Still, with newspapers and broadcasters ailing financially, maybe it's time to spare journos from hitting up their bosses (or worse, digging into their own pockets) for the submission fees on these manufactured prize hunts -- or at least declare a moratorium.

In fact, I think that's "the best idea of the year!" (March 18)

Then, Chris Woodyard, President of the L.A. Press Club fought back by saying:


1. The club is proud of the NEJ awards finalists and everyone who entered in a difficult year. Quality journalism still matters.
2. The competition brought in 30% more entries this year than last year when it debuted.
3. The finalists were chosen by some top-notch judges, including Brian's managing editor.
4. Defying an era of group-think, the entries came from entertainment coverage veterans as well as cub reporters, smaller markets as well as NY and LA.
5. It gives us, the working press, a chance to honor the winners and toast Wall Street Journal/KCRW critic Joe Morgenstern at 7 p.m. next Thursday, 3/26, at the Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Blvd. Everyone is invited and the parking is free.
--Chris Woodyard, President, Los Angeles Press Club

So there you have it. I'm staying out of this drama! I'm just happy as a clam that I placed 2nd. Next year? The World! :happy

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