"Prince of Persia" Director to Helm "The Box of Delights" 

Director Mike Newell, the guy who gave us "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" and the soon-to-be released "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" is set to direct The Box of Delights" based on John Masefield's 1930's children novel!

It's about a magical box that allows our hero to travel through time.

Aw, I want a box like that :happy

Newell tells Variety:

"I first heard 'Box of Delights' as a radio play on the BBC when I was a boy in a freezing, mostly dark-brown England where the radio sets were huge and the whole country seemed to be lit with a single 40 Watt bulb," said Newell. "I was immediately seduced by the tingling, opening harp music and the fantastical, mysterious, magic story that followed."

Just to get you excited, take a look at the opening animation of the 1980s BBC production of "The Box of Delights."

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Teenage Drug Use, Murder! "Twelve" Adaptation by Joel Schumacher 

The book "Twelve" is getting a big-screen treatment from director Joel Schumacher. Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts, Rory Culkin, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Ellen Barkin and Kiefer Sutherland are set to star!

Based on the 2002 book by Nick McDonell, "Twelve" is about teenage drug use set in New York's Upper East Side.

Wikipedia says:

"Twelve is a novel by Nick McDonell about drug addiction, violence and sex among mainly wealthy Manhattan teenagers. The title refers to a new designer drug which the protagonist of the novel, White Mike, sells. The drug is referred to as a cross between cocaine and ecstasy."

Hhmmm, interesting! Jordan Melamed ("Manic") wrote the screenplay.

Production will begin April 20 in New York.

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"Ice Castles" Remake! Real-Life Figure Skater to Star! 

Remember the movie "Ice Castles?" The 1978 tearjerker starring Robbie Benson? The ballad by Melissa Manchester called "Looking Through the Eyes of Love" was even nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song.

The story? A young girl's dream of becoming a world-class figure skater is dashed after a tragic accident. But after much drama, crying, and spinning around, redemption occurs, the end.

Donald Wrye, the director of the original, is working on the remake. Figure skater Taylor Firth will headline the new film. Rob Mayes, Henry Czerny and figure skater Molly Oberstar will co-star. Michelle Kwan will appear in a cameo.

The film is being shot right now at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

If you want some good-old nostalgic piece, take a look at the video below featuring Manchester's soaring ballad, and FYI, I used to sing this song when I was a child :happy

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Martin Scorsese to be Honored by the Motion Picture Association of America 

The great Martin Scorsese will be honored by the MPAA with the Jack Valenti Humanitarian Award! The award is given to industry folks "whose work exemplifies a dedication to humanity and community."

Clint Eastwood was the first to receive the Jack Valenti Humanitarian Award in 2007.

Why is Scorsese being bestowed the honor? MPAA chairman and CEO Dan Glickman says, the director "for decades has exemplified an extraordinary sense of community both on and off screen."

The award will be given in Washington on April 21 during MPAA's "The Business of Show Business" symposium.

Congratulations Mister Scorsese!

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"Fast & Furious" Wins Box-Office Race! Go Vin Diesel! Go Paul Walker! 

"Fast & Furious" opened huge! $72.5 million huge! Better than last weekend's $59.3 million debut of "Monsters vs. Aliens." The Vin Diesel-Paul Walker testosterone adventure has the biggest opening of the year, so far.

It wasn't my pick of the week, and actually, it wasn't the best of the series, but apparently movie buffs miss their Diesel and Walker, so more power to you! My pick of the week was "Superbad's" Greg Mottola's "Adventureland" starring "Twilight's" Kristen Stewart. That film only made $6 million, but not bad for a small budget picture.

Meanwhile, the DreamWorks Animations flick slipped to No. 2 with $33.5 million, BUT, "Monsters vs. Aliens'" 10-day total is now up to $105.7 million.

Oh, by the way, "Fast & Furious" by Universal also sped past the previous No. 1 film opening in the month of April. The action flick left "Anger Management" in the dust which opened at $42.2.

"The Haunting in Connecticut" slipped to No. 3 with $9.6 million. But the interesting story at the box-office this weekend is the entry of "Sunshine Cleaning." The small film starring Emily Blunt and Amy Adams sold $1.9 million in ticket sales! So thanks for patronizing lovely, indie flicks!

Here's the Top 10 Box-Office films for weekend of April 3rd:

1. "Fast & Furious," $72.5 million.
2. "Monsters vs. Aliens," $33.5 million.
3. "The Haunting in Connecticut," $9.6 million.
4. "Knowing," $8.1 million.
5. "I Love You, Man," $7.9 million.
6. "Adventureland," $6 million.
7. "Duplicity," $4.3 million.
8. "Race to Witch Mountain," $3.4 million.
9. "12 Rounds," $2.3 million.
10. "Sunshine Cleaning," $1.9 million.

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