"Death Race 2" Will Not Be Seen in Theaters!  

"Death Race" 2, the prequel to Universal's 2008 Jason Statham film, is shooting in South Africa right now, but it's going straight to DVD under the studios DVD Originals banner.

When I interviewed the 2008 "Death Race" cast and director Paul W.S. Anderson at Comic Con (check my complete interviews right here), Anderson revealed to me some plans for a sequel.

Apparently, those plans have been scrapped for a straight-to-DVD prequel.

Sean Bean is set to star opposite Luke Goss ("Hellboy 2: The Golden Army") along with Lauren Cohan, Ving Rhames, Danny Trejo and Frederick Koehler. Anderson is producing and Roel Reine is directing.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, "the prequel is serving as the origin story for the character named Frankenstein, a convicted cop killer (Goss) in a declining American empire where a racing reality show is about to be born in the country's corrupt prison system."

So Statham, Joan Allen, and Ian McShane are not returning.

Honestly? I don't care. I still love the original 1975 cult film from director Paul Bartel, and starring David Carradine, Simone Griffeth and Sylvester Stallone.

Watch that instead!

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Johnny Depp Wants Cameo in "21 Jump Street" Movie! 

Johnny Depp first conquered pop culture as undercover officer Tom Hanson on the cop show "21 Jump Street" (that is if you're not counting his appearance on the first "Nightmare on Elm Street).

Now, the star revealed to Entertainment Weekly that he wants to make a cameo appearance in the planned "Jump Street" movie!

“I’m hoping they’ll let me do a cameo,” Depp said. “Someone will say, ‘Whatever happened to Tom Hanson?’ and they’ll find me somewhere hoarding jars of peanut butter and shaking in my underpants.”

Right now, Sony Pictures is developing the film version with Jonah Hill attached to write, executive produce, and possibly star.

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"Crazy Heart," "The Young Victoria," Top 12th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards 


(Winners were announced at the February 25, 2010 at the Awards Gala Event)

Excellence in Contemporary Film:

"(500) Days of Summer" – Hope Hanafin
"Brüno" – Jason Alper
"Crazy Heart" – Doug Hall *
"Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire" – Marina Draghici
"Up in the Air" – Danny Glicker

Excellence in Period Film:

"Coco Before Chanel" – Catherine Leterrier
"Julie & Julia" – Ann Roth
"Nine" – Colleen Atwood
"Sherlock Holmes" – Jenny Beavan
"The Young Victoria" – Sandy Powell*

Excellence in Fantasy Film:

"Avatar" – Mayes C. Rubeo & Deborah L. Scott
"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" – Monique Prudhomme *
"Star Trek" – Michael Kaplan

Outstanding Made for Television Movie or Miniseries:

"Georgia O'Keeffe" – Michael Dennison
"Grey Gardens" – Catherine Marie Thomas *
"Little Dorrit" – Barbara Kidd

Outstanding Contemporary Television Series:

"Big Love" – Chrisi Karvonides-Dushenko
"Glee" – Lou Eyrich *
"Dancing with the Stars" – Randall Christensen
"No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" – Jo Katsaras
"Ugly Betty" – Patricia Field

Outstanding Period/Fantasy Television Series:

"Mad Men" – Janie Bryant *
"True Blood" – Audrey Fisher
"The Tudors" – Joan Bergin

Excellence in Commercial Costume Design:

Milk: "Milkquarious"– Casey Storm *


Mistress of Ceremonies:
Parker Posey

Swarovski Award:
Emily Blunt

Distinguished Collaborator:
Rob Marshall

Lacoste Career Achievement in Film Award:
Sandy Powell

Career Achievement in Television Award:
Michael Travis

Hall of Fame Award:
Robert Turturice

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"Shrek Forever After" to Open 2010 Tribeca Film Festival 

"Shrek Forever After" aka "Shrek 4" is set to be the opening-night film of the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. The DreamWorks animated flick will make its world premiere on April 21 when the Tribeca Film Fest opens.

The main voice cast headed by Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and Antonio Banderas are expected to show up at the event. The plot of the film revolves around Shrek and his battle with Rumpelstilskin who tricked the jolly green ogre into signing away his life.

The film opens nationwide on May 21.

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Angelina Jolie to Team Up with Director Darren Aronofsky for "Serena: A Novel" 

The Hollywood Reporter told us that Angelina Jolie and director Darren Aronofsky are in talks to develop a big-screen adaptation of "Serena: A Novel" by Ron Rash. Jolie will star, while Aronofsky will helm. Chris Kyle wrote the screenplay.

So what is "Serena" about? It's quite gripping! THR revealed:

Set in the rugged mountains of 1929 North Carolina, "Serena" follows a man named George Pemberton and his new bride, Serena, as they create a timber empire. Serena not only takes to the woods, but she also pushes her husband to commit more and more ruthless acts. When she learns she cannot bear a child, Serena sets out to murder the son her husband fathered illegitimately.


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