Tim Burton, Timur Bekmambetov to Hunt Vampires with Abraham Lincoln 


I thoroughly enjoy Seth Grahame-Smith's novels. He loves marrying genres to come up with truly original books. His "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" novel, about, you guessed it, a mixture of Jane Austen and zombies, is set to be adapted by Lionsgate with Natalie Portman attached to star. (See Natalie Portman to Star in "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies")

Now, our friends from DeadlineHollywoodDaily.com told us that directors Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov ("Wanted") will produce a movie adaptation of "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."

In the novel, Lincoln's mother was killed by a supernatural creature, so it became his lifelong passion to kill vampires and their slave-owning helpers. The beloved U.S. president metamorphosizes into an axe-throwing vampire hunter.

No word yet on who's directing or writing the screenplay. But who should star as the 16th U.S. president who can kick major vampire booty?

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"Alice in Wonderland" Movie Review -- How Many Kisses Do Johnny Depp and Tim Burton Get? 


When I was a little kid, I could never fully enjoy the animated Disney movie “Alice in Wonderland” for I thought the theme and the characters were too mature for me. Now that I’m a grownup, director Tim Burton’s version, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic, did not completely satisfy me either. I find the new 3-D event catering to its young audience.


Burton has never been a solid storyteller in my book, but he’s a visionary and a great actor’s director. That’s probably why “Alice in Wonderland” is Johnny Depp’s seventh collaboration with him. Burton knows how to get his actors to emote. Read More...

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"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 


NOMINEES and WINNERS
FOR THE 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 *


12TH ANNUAL COSTUME DESIGNERS GUILD AWARDS — HONOREES


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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