Magical "Nanny McPhee" Gets a Sequel! 

As we broke last week, Ralph Fiennes was in talks to work on an uncredited cameo in the upcoming "Nanny McPhee" sequel.

Well, it's now official! And the second installment is going to be called, "Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang!"

Emma Thompson will reprise her role as the magical nanny, and joining her are Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rhys Ifans, Maggie Smith and Asa Butterfield ("The Boy in the Striped Pajamas").

Thompson will also work as the executive producer, and will write the script.

The plot of the film will revolve on a group of city kids who are forced to move to a farm during wartime.

Susanna White is set to direct, and the production is scheduled to start this summer.

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"State of Play" Interviews! A Passionate Russell Crowe! 




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McG's Next Project! A Musical! "Terminator Salvation's" Director to Helm "Spring Awakening" 

Right after he straightened out Christian Bale in "Terminator Salvation," McG will next face the music with "Spring Awakening" based on the well-revered Broadway show!

Here's some fun facts about "Spring Awakening" from wiki:

Spring Awakening is a Tony Award-winning rock musical with music by Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sater. The musical is based on the controversial 1891 German play of the same title by Frank Wedekind. Set in late-nineteenth century Germany, it concerns teenagers who are discovering the inner and outer tumult of sexuality. The original play was banned in Germany due to its portrayal of masturbation, abortion, rape and suicide. In the musical, alt-rock is employed as part of the folk-infused rock score.

I heard that McG is not asking for any studio backing because he doesn't want anyone meddling with his vision. Good for him!

Still curious about "Spring Awakening?" Here's a little snippet from when the cast visited David Letterman:

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Zac Efron to Star in "Jonny Quest" BUT With a Different Title! 

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Zac Efron is in talks to star in the planned big-screen adaptation of the Hanna-Barbera classic, "Jonny Quest."

Efron will play the titular role. But here's the problem, Quest is an 11-year old boy. Surely, Efron can't go back to being "11 Again" (:happy) so the solution? Make the character closer to Efron's 21 year-old.

Okay die-hard fans, before you cry bloody murder, let's think of this for a second. Perhaps the franchise will be better, richer maybe, if the character's a bit older? Oh by the way, "Race to Witch Mountain's" Dwayne Johnson is also in talks to star as Race Bannon.

But I heard that Warner Bros. (the company behind another pop-culture inspired movie, "Speed Racer" -- um, not a good sign) wants to change the title. The argument is the studio doesn't want to date the franchise. Well, why remake it then? Why not start from scratch if you're not going to embrace the common identifier of the product!

Would "Speed Racer" have not failed at the box-office if it was just called, oh, "Racer" maybe? I highly doubt that!

But the "Jonny Quest" script written by Dan Mazeau is supposed to be phenomenal!

For now, let's check out the good, old "Jonny Quest," the cartoon!

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Elizabeth Shue to Star in "Piranha 3-D"  

Why would Elisabeth Shue sign on, let alone entertain the thought of starring in "Piranha" remake? Surely the actress wasn't enticed by the film's 3-D technology. It's probably because Shue just wants to have fun in a film role designed for mindless entertainment.

According to

Shue is playing the role of Sherrif Julie Forester, a take-charge authority figure in the community of Lake Victoria - where the action/ankle-biting takes place. She's the mother of Jake (one of the central characters in the film - the shy teenager who gets to prove his worth when human-eating fish threaten his family and friends), Laura and Zane.

Oh, similar to the roles Dee Wallace used to play in the '80s :happy

By the way, the remake is going to be directed by Alexandre Aja ("Mirrors," "The Hills Have Eyes") from a script with multiple writers attached (Aja, Josh Stolberg, Pete Goldfinger, Gregory Levasseur).

The Weinstein Company is hoping to release the film on March 19, 2010.

Now travel back in time with me, 1978 to be exact, and watch the trailer of the original "Piranha."

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