From Rabbit Hole to Mr. Rochester, See "Alice in Wonderland's" Mia Wasikowska's Latest Project! 

Focus Features has announced that production begins this week in the U.K. for the Focus and BBC Films collaboration "Jane Eyre" based on Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel. Cary Fukunaga ("Sin Nombre") is set to direct from a screenplay adaptation by Moira Buffini.

Mia Wasikowska, fresh from the success of Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland," is set to star as the title character. In the story, Jane Eyre (Wasikowska) leaves Thornfield House where she works as a governess for Edward Rochester ("Inglourious Basterds'" Michael Fassbender. Soon, Jane will return to Mr. Rochester and confront the terrible secret that the wealthy man is hiding.

The supporting cast and crew are topnotch! According to Focus:

The supporting cast includes Jamie Bell (of Focus’ September release "The Eagle of the Ninth"), Academy Award winner Judi Dench, Holliday Grainger (of the upcoming "Bel Ami" with Robert Pattinson), Golden Globe Award winner Sally Hawkins ("Happy-Go-Lucky"), Tamzin Merchant (of Focus’ "Pride & Prejudice"), and Imogen Poots (of the May release "Solitary Man").

The director of photography on Jane Eyre is Adriano Goldman, reteaming with Mr. Fukunaga following their acclaimed collaboration on "Sin Nombre." Will Hughes-Jones ("Survivors") is the production designer; Academy Award winner Michael O’Connor ("The Duchess") is the costume designer.

With an excellent cast and crew, Focus CEO James Schamus promises " this will be a Jane Eyre for the ages.”

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"Alice in Wonderland" Remains on Top for Third Weekend! 

Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are unstoppable! Their latest collaboration, "Alice in Wonderland," took in $34.5 million to maintain its No. 1 position for a third-straight weekend.

So far, the film has raised its domestic total to $265.8 million, and worldwide to $565.8 million after just three weekends y'all!

Meanwhile, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" debuted at No. 2 with $21.8 million and "The Bounty Hunter" starring Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler opened at No. 3 with $21 million.

But the Jude Law and Forest Whitaker starrer, "Repo Men," was deemed a flop with an opening of $6.2 million. The action thriller debuted at No. 4.

But the good box-office news belonged to Ben Stiller and his comic drama "Greenberg." Premiering in limited release, the film took in $120,432 in just three theaters for an astounding average of $40,144 a cinema. (I will be posting my review of the film, plus my interviews with the cast including Stiller)

Here's the estimated list of the Top 10 Box Office films for weekend of March 19th:

1. "Alice in Wonderland," $34.5 million.
2. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," $21.8 million.
3. "The Bounty Hunter," $21 million.
4. "Repo Men," $6.2 million.
5. "She's Out of My League," $6 million.
6. "Green Zone," $5.96 million.
7. "Shutter Island," $4.8 million.
8. "Avatar," $4 million.
9. "Our Family Wedding," $3.8 million.
10. "Remember Me," $3.3 million.

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Watch "Predators' New Trailer! 


Here's more info on "Predators" from Yahoo:

"Predators" (2010)

Royce, a mercenary, reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors who come to realize they've been brought together on an alien planet... as prey. With the notable exception of a disgraced physician, they are all cold-blooded killers -- mercenaries, Yakuza, convicts, death squad members -- human "predators" that are now being systemically hunted and eliminated by a new breed of alien Predators.

Genres: Action/Adventure and Science Fiction/Fantasy

Release Date: July 9th, 2010 (wide)

Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Cast and Credits

Starring: Adrien Brody, Alice Braga, Louis Ozawa Changchien, Danny Trejo, Walton Goggins

Directed by: Nimrod Antal

Produced by: Robert Rodriguez, Alex Young, Elizabeth Avellan

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César Chávez -- the Movie! 

Renowned civil rights activist and labor organizer, César Chávez, is soon getting the Hollywood treatment. According to The Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter Keir Pearson and Larry Meli have optioned the life rights of Chávez.

Pearson (Oscar-nominated for "Hotel Rwanda") will be writing the feature screenplay, and will be producing with Meli for Canana Films -- the shingle from Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna.

No word yet on the cast, but who should play César Chávez?

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"A Wrinkle in Time" to Travel to the Big Screen! 

Screenwriter Jeff Stockwell has been hired by Cary Granat and his Bedrock Studios to adapt "A Wrinkle in Time," the time-travel extravaganza from author Madeleine L'Engle.

Granat, who previously worked with Disney in the "Chronicles of Narnia" movies and "Bridge to Terabithia," is developing "Wrinkle in Time" for the studio, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

L’Engle’s 1962 Newbery Medal-winning science fiction novel features teenage protagonist Meg Murry, her whiz brother Charles Wallace, and classmate Calvin O'Keefe and their intergalactic mission to rescue Meg's missing scientist father. They are helped along the way by Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which -- I bet you, these characters will be memorable in the film version.

Stockwell previously co-wrote the adaptation of "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys," and "Bridge to Terabithia" for Disney.

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