Who's Directing "Paranormal Activity 2?" 


"Saw VI" director Kevin Greutert is out, and Tod 'Kip' Williams is in to direct "Paranormal Activity 2."

This may be a good move by Paramount! Williams showed his storytelling flair in 2004's "The Door in the Floor" starring Academy Award winners Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger.

Here's what original director Oren Peli said about hiring Williams:

"Director Kip Williams will join us for the next chapter of the story. We are thrilled to have Kip working with us. He is the guy we want at the helm, because he knows exactly what we want to deliver to the fans... and I can't wait to be a part of what he's putting together. I don't want to spoil the story but I promise it'll surprise you. Stay tuned."

The big question -- will the two stars of the first film, Micah Sloat and Katie Featherston, appear in cameo roles? (Check out my interview with the two stars for the first "Paranormal Activity")

The sequel is set to start production in May and is scheduled for release on Oct. 22. Great, just don't make the sequel like "Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2."

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Why Bryan Singer Will NOT Direct "X-Men: First Class" 


Back in December, Twentieth Century Fox confirmed that Bryan Singer was directing "X-Men: First Class" which was good because the first two Singer-directed "X-Men" films were the strongest!

Now, Singer and the studio both agreed that the director is instead sliding to the producer's chair instead according to Deadline Hollywood.

Why? Because Singer is already committed to directing "Jack the Giant Killer" for Warner Bros. which will start production this summer. The good news for "X-Men" fans is Fox liked the script that Jamie Moss wrote that they wanted to start making the film right away!

Fox wants this "X-Men" to be the first of a trilogy to be ready for 2011!

No cast, no definite director yet, I say, good luck!

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Hurray! "How to Train Your Dragon" Unleashes Box-Office Fire with $43.3 M Opening! 


"How to Train Your Dragon" soars at the weekend box-office with a $43.3 million opening. The fantastic DreamWorks Animation film debuted at No. 1! (Check out my movie review right here, and my interviews with Jay Baruchel, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, and writers/director Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois)

Although "How to Train Your Dragon" came in behind DreamWorks' previous animated adventure, "Monsters vs. Aliens," which opened same weekend last year with $59.3 million, the studio believes the film will have incredible staying power because of strong reviews (including yours truly) and positive responses from viewers in exit polls.

Featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Gerard Butler, and Craig Ferguson, "How to Train Your Dragon" is larger-than-life family entertainment and outperformed other recent animated films like "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" which debuted with $30.3 million last September.

Meanwhile, Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" has been toppled down by the "Dragon." The No. 1 film of the last three weekends, slipped to No. 2 with $17.3 million. So far, the Tim Burton-Johnny Depp collaboration raised its domestic total to $293.1 million and worldwide with $656 million.

"Alice" continued to wear the worldwide box-office crown where it earned $46 million while "How to Train Your Dragon" opened with $42 million.

Domestically, John Cusack's throwback to the raunchy teen comedies of the 80s, "Hot Tub Time Machine," had a lukewarm reception debuting at No. 3 with $13.7 million. Maybe MGM should have released this film in 3-D :happy

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box Office films for weekend of March 26:

1. "How to Train Your Dragon," $43.3 million.
2. "Alice in Wonderland," $17.3 million.
3. "Hot Tub Time Machine," $13.7 million.
4. "The Bounty Hunter," $12.4 million.
5. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," $10 million.
6. "She's Out of My League," $3.5 million.
7. "Green Zone," $3.3 million.
8. "Shutter Island," $3.2 million.
9. "Repo Men," $3 million.
10. "Our Family Wedding," $2.2 million.

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"How to Train Your Dragon" Movie Review -- The Film Soars! 


My movie review of "How to Train Your Dragon" from DreamWorks Animation. Voices provided by Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, and America Ferrera.

Have fun, and no 3-D glasses needed :happy




About 'How to Train Your Dragon' from Yahoo:

IN THEATERS: March 26th, 2010
GENRES: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Kids, Fantasy, Animation and Adaptation
MPAA: Rated PG for sequences of intense action and some scary images, and brief mild language.

A Viking teenager who is being trained to fight dragons encounters and ultimately befriends one of the flying fire-breathers.

Cast & Crew

STARRING:

Jay Baruchel ..... Voice of Hiccup

Gerard Butler .....Voice of Stoick the Vast

America Ferrera .. Voice of Astrid

Jonah Hill ....... Voice of Snotlout

Craig Ferguson ... Voice of Gobber

Kristen Wiig ..... Voice of Ruffnut

TJ Miller ........ Voice of Tuffnut

DIRECTED BY:

Christopher Sanders and Dean DeBlois

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The Super-Funny Jay Baruchel Reveals Secrets About "How to Train Your Dragon" 


Jay Baruchel is a sweetheart! I love him! He's one cool dude! And he's funny, funny, funny! Two weeks ago, I interviewed Baruchel for "She's Out of My League" (a super-funny film, have you seen it yet? YOU BETTER!!!!), and last weekend, I met the actor again for "How to Train Your Dragon." So I'm officially stalking him :happy

But this interview with Baruchel is definitely one of my favorites! And it helped that "How to Train Your Dragon" was great! It's a larger-than-life family entertainment best seen in 3-D!

In this interview, we talked about:

*** His work on the film (3 years he says!)
*** His character Hiccup
*** His relationship with the dragon Toothless
*** The animation of the film
*** His favorite dragon!
*** The moral of the story

To watch my interview with Jay Baruchel, click here.

About 'How to Train Your Dragon' from Yahoo:

IN THEATERS: March 26th, 2010
GENRES: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Kids, Fantasy, Animation and Adaptation
MPAA: Rated PG for sequences of intense action and some scary images, and brief mild language.

A Viking teenager who is being trained to fight dragons encounters and ultimately befriends one of the flying fire-breathers.

Cast & Crew

STARRING:

Jay Baruchel ..... Voice of Hiccup

Gerard Butler .....Voice of Stoick the Vast

America Ferrera .. Voice of Astrid

Jonah Hill ....... Voice of Snotlout

Craig Ferguson ... Voice of Gobber

Kristen Wiig ..... Voice of Ruffnut

TJ Miller ........ Voice of Tuffnut

DIRECTED BY:

Christopher Sanders and Dean DeBlois

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