Who Are the Director Contenders for "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn?" 


Wow, Summit Entertainment is upping the ante in the director department for the fourth installment of the super-popular "Twilight" franchise! According to EW.com, the studio is looking at Academy Award nominated directors to helm Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner for the fourth and final chapter.

The names Gus Van Sant ("Milk"), Sofia Coppola ("Lost in Translation"), and Bill Condon ("Dreamgirls") have been mentioned (pictured left to right).



Van Sant's reps confirmed to EW.com that he's been approached. But I think the biggest problem of the whole franchise is not the directors, but the scripts by Melissa Rosenberg. I would love to see a different scriptwriter tackle the project, and then maybe, an Oscar nominated director. Wait, how about an Oscar nominated writer? Because after all, a great film starts with a great script!

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Rose McGowan Joins "Conan" 


Rose McGowan is set to star as an evil half-human/half-witch in director Marcus Nispel's "Conan." The actress is joining Jason Momoa, Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang, Bob Sapp, Leo Howard, Ron Perlman and Said Taghmaoui in this remake based on the Robert E. HOward books.

Filming began on Monday at Nu Boyana Studios in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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Sigourney Weaver -- Vampire Queen! 


Sigourney Weaver is set to play a vampire queen in "Vamps," a romantic horror-comedy from "Clueless'" Amy Heckerling according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Alicia Silverstone returns to the loving arms of Heckerling to play a beautiful young vampire. Along with fellow New York vivacious vampire Krysten Ritter ("She's Out of My League," "Confessions of a Shopaholic"), the two must make a choice -- love or immortality.

Weaver will play Ciccerus, the vampire who turned the two ladies into bloodthirsty babes. Production is set to start late April.

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Ryan Phillippe is the Latest "Captain America"....Wannabe 


Ryan Phillipe joins a long list of actors who are vying to wear the red, white, and blue spandex outfit of "Captain America" according to Hitflix.com

As we reported last month, Marvel Studios has been conducting screen tests in search of the actor to play Steve Rogers aka Captain America for the big screen adaptation of the comic book hero titled "The First Avenger: Captain America."

Now, Phillippe must duke it out with Mike Vogel ("She's Out of My League"), Garret Hedlund ("Tron Legacy"), Chris Evans ("Fantastic Four"), Scott Porter ("Friday Night Lights"), Chace Crawford ("Gossip Girl") and Michael Cassidy ("Smallville.") John Krasinski is still considered the leading contender. (See the original article Who Should Play "Captain America?" Meet the Wannabes!)

Marvel bosses are taking their sweet but intricate time to find their hero, although Hugo Weaving has been cast as Captain America's nemesis, the Red Skull.

With all this drama involving the hunt for the actor to play Captain America, it's a wonder Marvel is sticking with the film's scheduled release date of July 22, 2011.

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Jason Segel to Star in Disney's Muppet Movie! 


Jason Segel will star as the human lead in Disney's Muppets movie! The actor co-wrote the script with Nicholas Stoller (he directed Segel in the smash hit "Forgetting Sarah Marshall"), and will also produce the project with David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films/TV, the production outfit behind "The Proposal."

When I spoke with Segel during the press tour for "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," he talked about the Muppets movie. Click here to watch my fun one-on-one interview with Segel.

James Bobin is set to direct the film, although the plot is top secret right now. But TheHollywoodReporter.com is saying that Segel will play a man on a quest to find and reunite the Muppets.

Aw...

If you remember in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," there's a great bit featuring a singing and emoting Dracula puppet, so Segel knows how to add heart and soul to plush Muppets.

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