Ron Perlman -- from "Hellboy" to "Conan's" Daddy! What Happened to Mickey Rourke? 


Just last month, Mickey Rourke was in serious negotiations to play "Conan's" father, Corin. But now, Vulture is exclusively reporting that Perlman, will replace Rourke!

Director Marcus Nispel is set to embark on this "Conan" adventure later this month in Bulgaria for Lionsgate. Jason Momoa is still attached to star in the role that made Arnold Schwarzenegger famous.

As for Rourke, well, the actor was probably asking for a lot of money that Lionsgate couldn't provide. The Corin character though, will be the main motivation of Conan. In the film, the Barbarian goes on a quest to avenge the slaughter of his people, including his father.

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"I May Be Finished!" -- Is Mel Gibson's Viking Film with DiCaprio His Last Movie? 


Last December, we told you that Mel Gibson will direct Leonardo DiCaprio for the very first time in an untitled drama set in the world of Viking culture. "The Departed's" William Monahan is writing the script.

Now, in an interview with the LA Times, Gibson reflected:

“It was the first movie I ever thought about making," Gibson said of making the Viking project. "I saw it in my mind back when I was teenager. Seriously, it’s the first movie I wanted to make. And I think it will be the last film I direct. It’s the thing I have been going toward, in a way, since I was young, and I think when it’s done I may be finished.”


They are tightening up the script right now (they're working "hammer and tongs" Gibson said), but seriously, don't leave us Mel! Hollywood needs your talent both on and off camera! Just don't get drunk again and spew a bunch of slurs :wink

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"Alice in Wonderland" Remains on Top with $62 Million, First $200 Million Movie of 2010! 


"Alice in Wonderland" remained magical at the box-office earning $62 million. The No. 1 weekend draw from Johnny Depp and Tim Burton has reached a $208.6 million total, becoming the first $200 million hit released in 2010.

"Alice" becomes the highest top-grossing film for the Depp/Burton partnership, surpassing the $206.5 million domestic haul of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." The pair also worked together in "Edward Scissorhands," "Sweeney Todd," "Corpse Bride," "Sleepy Hollow," and "Ed Wood."

"Alice in Wonderland" is also a hit overseas. For the weekend, the 3-D film took in $76 million, bringing its total to $221 million, and its worldwide gross to $430 million!

The weekend's No. 2 film belonged to Matt Damon's Iraq War thriller "Green Zone." The Paul Greengrass-directed film debuted with $14.5 million. Greengrass was also behind Damon's "The Bourne Supremacy" and "The Bourne Ultimatum" films. I call "Green Zone" the "Hurt Locker" meets "Jason Bourne!"

Paramount's sweet and raunchy romantic comedy "She's Out of My League" debuted at No. 3 with $9.6 million. The film is the first leading role of Jay Baruchel ("Knocked Up," "Tropic Thunder"). He stars as a lovable geek who falls for the perfect woman!

Meanwhile, "Remember Me" opened at No. 4 with $8.3 million. Starring "Twilight's" Robert Pattinson and "Lost" star Emilie de Ravin, the film is a heartwarming story on love, loss, and redemption.

Here's the complete Top 10 Box Office films for weekend of March 12:

1. "Alice in Wonderland," $62 million.
2. "Green Zone," $14.5 million.
3. "She's Out of My League," $9.6 million.
4. "Remember Me," $8.3 million.
5. "Shutter Island," $8.1 million.
6. "Our Family Wedding," $7.6 million.
7. "Avatar," $6.6 million.
8. "Brooklyn's Finest," $4.3 million.
9. "Cop Out," $4.2 million.
10. "The Crazies," $3.7 million.

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Leonardo da Vinci -- Action Hero? 


Da Vinci, Leonardo da Vinci!

So Warner Bros. wants to turn Leonardo da Vinci, painter, inventor, engineer, architect, mathematician, into a full blown action hero!

The Hollywood Reporter told us that the studio has picked up a treatment titled "Leonardo da Vinci and the Soldiers of Forever" from producer Adrian Askarieh, who is teaming with Vertigo's Roy Lee and Doug Davison.

The iconic painter of "Mona Lisa" and "The Last Supper" will be reimagined as a member of a secret society (wow, ala "The Da Vinci Code" -- isn't that ironic, don't you think?) who goes to a supernatural adventure that pits him against Biblical demons. The story involves secret codes (yes, again, "The Da Vinci Code"), lost civilizations, hidden fortresses, and fallen angels.

THR says think "National Treasure" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark" by way of "Clash of the Titans," I say, all of the above plus "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels and Demons."

WB is into fantastical/historical kick lately. First it was "Sherlock Holmes," then explorer "Marco Polo" ("I Am Legend" director Francis Lawrence is attached), now, it's da Vinci!

They should pit him against "Da Vinci Code's" Robert Langdon! :happy

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See the New "Twilight Saga: Eclipse" Trailer! More Shirtless Jacob! 


Am I turning into a twihard? First, I became an instant fan of Robert Pattinson after meeting him for the "Remember Me" press junket (check out my fun one-on-one interview with Pattinson right here).

Now, I'm giddy like a tween upon seeing the new trailer for "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse." Why? Because I love Dakota Fanning from the second film, and there's a little subplot revelation about her in the trailer, and I also love Bryce Dallas Howard who replaced Rachele Lefevre as the vengeful vampire Victoria, and there's a great revelatory shot of her in the trailer as well.

So I squealed after watching the trailer, and I want to share it with you! The third installment is from director David Slade ("30 Days of Night") and is set to open June 30th.

My only problem? Never been a big fan of screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, I thought her scripts did not give justice to the first two installments, but, the third may be the best among the three, or heck, among the four (or five, if Summit moves with plans to divide the last film in two)!

For now ogle at the world of "Twilight" and yes, there's another shirtless Jacob (Taylor Lautner) in there, and a seemingly darker Bella (Kristen Stewart).

Call me intrigued!



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