Darren Aronofsky Leaves "Wolverine" BUT Hugh Jackman Says Show Will Go On 

Two weeks ago, Darren Aronofsky backed out of "The Wolverine" citing the production's planned extended overseas shoot as the reason. In a statement from Twentieth Century Fox, Aronofsky said, “It became clear that the production of The Wolverine would keep me out of the country for almost a year. I was not comfortable being away from my family for that length of time.”

It's a shame since Aronofsky could have contributed his independent cinema sensibilities in an overwrought, big-budget production like the "Wolverine" sequel. Now, we can just wonder.

But have no fear Wolverine fans, because Mr. Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman, who has been bulking up and buffing up for the role, says there's no turning back now.

Speaking exclusively to EW in Las Vegas for CinemaCon, the actor said he’s staying on board, and the script by Christopher McQuarrie ("The Usual Suspects") is still set.

Jackman said, "So now we’re out looking for a director. We were pretty much ready to go. The script is fantastic — the best we’ve ever had, which is why it attracted Darren in the first place. His personal situation precludes him from doing it now, and I feel for him. But now we need to find a director.”

And the production is in search of a great director like Aronofsky, "not just someone to yell 'action' and 'cut.'"

So, Michael Bay is out, right? :wink

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Why I Love the New "Jane Eyre" 

Director Cary Fukunaga, fresh from the success of “Sin Nombre,” changed course and decided to work on the 19th feature film adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s novel Jane Eyre. While both movies are different in tone, they are similar in spirit.

Much like “Sin Nombre,” “Jane Eyre” is ultimately about wanting to belong. Our heroine, Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska from “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Kids Are All Right”), is an orphan looking for her place in the sun.

(Check out my "Jane Eyre" interviews with director Cary Fukunaga, Michael Fassbender, and Mia Wasikowska)

The script by Moira Buffini (“Tamara Drewe”) played with the novel’s construction. Instead of a linear narrative structure from Jane’s childhood to her governess job at Thornfield, this new “Jane Eyre” starts with a mystery and then spends the next two hours unraveling the secrets. Read More...

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Amy Adams IS Lois Lane! 

From a banished princess in "Enchanted" to a tough-as-nails reporter, Amy Adams is set to play Lois Lane in Warner Bros. Pictures' revival of "Superman" according to Hero Complex.

The star received the news from director Zack Snyder who called her from Paris where he was promoting his new film "Sucker Punch."

The director exclusively told Hero Complex that “There was a big, giant search for Lois. For us it was a big thing and obviously a really important role. We did a lot of auditioning but we had this meeting with Amy Adams and after that I just felt she was perfect for it.”

Adams will join Henry Cavill who is set to play Clark Kent and Superman. Kevin Costner and Diane Lane are also attached to star as the Kents, the adoptive parents of the Man of Steel.

I'm a big fan of Adams, and I believe she will make a great Lois Lane in this Christopher Nolan-produced reboot. Other actresses who starred as the journalist in previous "Superman" incarnations were Noel Neill (Saturday movie serials 1948-1950), Phyllis Coates ("Superman and the Mole Men 1951 opposite George Reeves), Margot Kidder (Christopher Reeve versions of the 1970s and 1980s), and most recently, Kate Bosworth in the 2006 Bryan Singer-directed film "Superman Returns' starring Brandon Routh.

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"Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2" Beats "Sucker Punch" for Box-Office Supremacy! 

A wimpy kid duked it out with hot, adventurous girls at the box-office this past weekend, and in the end, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules" beat out "Sucker Punch" for box-office supremacy.

The 20th Century Fox sequel "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules" debuted at No. 1 with $24.4 million while the girl-power fantasy film from director Zack Snyder opened at No. 2 with $19 million.

(For my interview with Zack Snyder click here, Emily Browning and Abbie Cornish click here, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, and Jena Malone click here, and Carla Gugino and Oscar Isaac click here)

Previous weekend's box-office champ, Relativity Media's sci-fi thriller, "Limitless" starring Bradley Cooper, fell to the No. 3 spot with $15.2 million. So far, the film has raised its total to $41.3 million.

Here's the list of the Top 10 Box-Office Films for the weekend of March 25th:

1. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules," $24.4 million.

2. "Sucker Punch," $19 million.

3. "Limitless," $15.2 million.

4. "The Lincoln Lawyer," $11 million.

5. "Rango," $9.8 million.

6. "Battle: Los Angeles," $7.6 million.

7. "Paul," $7.5 million.

8. "Red Riding Hood," $4.3 million.

9. "The Adjustment Bureau," $4.2 million.

10. "Mars Needs Moms!", $2.2 million.

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What I Really Think of Zack Snyder's "Sucker Punch!" 

Here’s more “Sucker Punch” info from Warner Bros (Read my "Sucker Punch" movie review right here):

(For my interview with Zack Snyder click here, Emily Browning and Abbie Cornish click here, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, and Jena Malone click here, and Carla Gugino and Oscar Isaac click here)

Close your eyes. Open your mind. You will be unprepared. A young girl's dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what's real and what is imaginary. She has been locked away against her will, but Babydoll has not lost her will to survive. Determined to fight for her freedom, she urges four other young girls--the outspoken Rocket, the street-smart Blondie, the fiercely loyal Amber and the reluctant Sweet Pea - to band together and try to escape their terrible fate at the hands of their captors, Blue, Madam Gorski and the High Roller. Led by Babydoll, the girls engage in fantastical warfare against everything from samurais to serpents, with a virtual arsenal at their disposal. Together, they must decide what they are willing to sacrifice in order to stay alive. But with the help of a Wise Man, their unbelievable journey - if they succeed - will set them free.

GENRES: Action/Adventure and Science Fiction/ Fantasy
IN THEATERS: March 25th, 2011
MPAA: PG-13 for for thematic material involving sexuality, violence and combat sequences, and for language

Cast & Crew


Emily Browning: Babydoll
Vanessa Hudgens: Blondie
Abbie Cornish: Sweat Pea
Jena Malone: Rocket
Jamie Chung: Amber
Carla Gugino: Madam Gorski
Jon Hamm: High Roller
Scott Glenn: Wise Man
Oscar Isaac: Blue

DIRECTED BY: Zack Snyder

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