"Godzilla" Reboot in the Works From "The Dark Knight" Studios  

Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, the partnership that gave us "Batman Begins," "The Dark Knight," "Superman Returns," "The Hangover," and the remake of "Clash of the Titans" opening Friday want to add our favorite fire-breathing giant lizard "Godzilla" to their growing number of franchises.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Legendary has acquired the rights to develop and produce a new feature based on the iconic Toho Co. character. Warner Bros. will co-produce, co-finance and distribute through its deal with Legendary.

The last time "Godzilla" stomped onto the big-screen was the horrible 1998 film from Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin. In order to erase that film from our memories, Toho produced "Godzilla 2000" the following year to no avail.

So why did Legendary purchased the rights to "Godzilla?" Here's the company's chairman and CEO, Thomas Tull:

"Godzilla is one of the world's most powerful pop culture icons, and we at Legendary are thrilled to be able to create a modern epic based on this long-loved Toho franchise...Our plans are to produce the Godzilla that we, as fans, would want to see. We intend to do justice to those essential elements that have allowed this character to remain as pop culturally relevant for as long as it has."

In other words, we'll all pretend that the Emmerich-Devlin craptacular flick never happened. Right now, no word yet on who's starring, directing, or writing, but WB and Legendary want the new "Godzilla" to breathe box-office fire in 2012. Stay tuned...

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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


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


Christopher Sanders and Dean DeBlois

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