"The Crazies" Director to Helm "Escape From New York" Remake! 

Breck Eisner, the guy who gave us "The Crazies" is in talks to remake "Escape From New York" for New Line according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Once upon a time, Gerard Butler was attached to star as, gasp, Snake Plissken (How could they!), but he dropped out. Then the remake went through development hell, replacing writers and directors.

Now, THR is saying that Eisner's entrance into the project should bring "Escape" back on track and New Line is sticking to the script written by Allan Loeb.

Loeb's draft ambitiously tries to mix an origin story for Plissken and the story we know from the 1981 version directed by John Carpenter.

I enjoyed "The Crazies," so hiring Eisner may be a good sign, but then, he also directed the much-maligned "Sahara."

Personally, I'd rather see Kurt Russell in another Plissken role, where he's escaping from somewhere else, maybe "Escape From Earth" or "Escape From Indiana" or anything as long as the film involves Russell as Plissken again.

I'm sure he's Plissken to millions of "Escape" fans!

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"Green Hornet" Pushed AGAIN! Film Gets January Dumping Ground Date! 

Uh-oh...this is not a good sign. The much beleaguered "The Green Hornet" has its release date pushed again! Now, you can see Seth Rogen as the Green Hornet on January 14, 2011 -- Just FYI, January is considered THE dumping ground for bad films!

But Sony is saying that the Michel Gondry directed film co-starring Cameron Diaz, Christoph Waltz, and Jay Chou as the sidekick Kato, has been pushed back so they can have more time to improve its 3D quality.

Should we believe the studio?

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"Monsters, Inc." Scares Up A Sequel! 

The new Disney film big poppa, Rich Ross, announced that "Monsters, Inc." is getting a sequel and an opening release date of Nov. 16, 2012!

Here are other notable announcements:

1) "The Bear and the Bow" gets a name change, it's now called "Brave" and will be release on June 15, 2012. Reese Witherspoon and Billy Connolly are among the voice talents.

2) According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ross also unveiled the first three movies he's greenlighting namely "Pirates of the Caribbean 4" and "The Muppets" (both coming in 2011) and the teen-flick "Prom" in 2012.

3) Ross' favorite film is "Tootsie!" GREAT CHOICE!


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So Long Meryl Streep, Hello Helen Mirren? The Queen in Talks for "Arthur" Remake! 

So, we now all know that Russell Brand is going to channel Dudley Moore in a brand new version of "Arthur." (Read our original story about the "Arthur" remake right here)

Then, back in February, we heard rumors that Meryl Streep was in talks to star as Arthur's foil -- the great John Gielgud was the foil in the original as Arthur's valet. (Check out our Meryl Streep rumor right here)

Apparently, the supposed talks between Streep and the producers were just that...talks, because now, Helen Mirren, the Queen herself, is in negotiations to star opposite Brand according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Let's face it, Gielgud's Academy Award-winning performance is hard to beat, but honestly, either Streep or Mirren could give the part its much needed heart. So if the original was a valet, and of course, a man, the new role is reconstructed to be played by a woman as Arthur's nanny. Perfect!

Production is set to begin shooting in New York in July.

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"Beastly" Trailer! "Beauty and the Beast" Retelling Starring Vanessa Hudgens!  

Exactly one year ago today, April 22, 2009 to be exact, we told you about Vanessa Hudgens' participation in a retelling of the "Beauty and the Beast" called "Beastly" based on the fantasy novel by Alex Flinn. (Check out our original story right here)

Now, production is done, the movie is set to open July 30th, and we have the trailer! Take a look, it's actually kind of intriguing, come on, Mary-Kate Olsen as a witch? Camp! I'm soooo there!

Here's more info on the movie courtesy of Yahoo:

Kyle Kingson has it all - looks, intelligence, wealth and opportunity - and a wicked cruel streak. Prone to mocking and humiliating "aggressively unattractive" classmates, he zeroes in on Goth classmate Kendra, inviting her to the school's extravagant environmental bash.

Kendra accepts, and, true to form, Kyle blows her off in a particularly savage fashion. She retaliates by casting a spell that physically transforms him into everything he despises. Enraged by his horrible and unrecognizable appearance he confronts Kendra and learns that the only solution to the curse is to find someone that will love him as he is - a task he considers impossible.

Repulsed by his appearance, Kyle's callous father banishes him to Brooklyn with a sympathetic housekeeper and blind tutor. As Kyle ponders how to overcome the curse and get his old life back, he chances upon a drug addict in the act of killing a threatening dealer.

Seizing the opportunity, Kyle promises the addict freedom and safety for his daughter, Lindy if she will consent to live in Kyle's Brooklyn home. Thus begins Kyle's journey to discover true love in this hyper-modern retelling of the classic "Beauty and the Beast" story.

Logline: A retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" set in modern-day New York City.
Genres: Drama and Romance
Release Date: July 30th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language including some crude comments, drug references and brief violence.
Distributors: CBS Films
Production Co.: CBS Films, Storefront Pictures
Filming Locations: Montreal, Canada
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Produced in: United States

Cast and Credits
Starring: Vanessa Hudgens, Mary-Kate Olsen, Alex Pettyfer, Neil Patrick Harris, Peter Krause
Directed by: Daniel Barnz
Produced by: Susan Cartsonis, Roz Weisberg

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