Bad Sequel Idea #2 -- "Johnny English 2" 


The first "Johnny English" starring Rowan Atkinson released in 2003 cost $40 million but only earned $28 million. So why is Universal Pictures bringing back the bumbling British spy? Because worldwide, the comedy made $161 million, and that's enough for the sequel to be greenlit.

Apparently, Universal is dumping all its dramatic Oscar-bait thrillers in favor of cheap, safe comedies! The studio just scrapped the dramatic thriller "Cartel" and greenlit two comedies -- One, a Judd Apatow produced film starring Kristen Wiig, and the Ryan Reynolds-Jason Bateman buddy vehicle "The Change-Up."

See what happened folks? Since you didn't pay attention to recent Universal action-dramas like "Public Enemies," "State of Play" and "Green Zone," now, we must settle for "Johnny English 2!"

Atkinson will be back for the second film, and Oliver Parker is set to direct from a script by Hamish McColl (he wrote 2007's "Mr. Bean's Holiday").

Universal wants to start shooting in August.

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"Date Night" Movie Review 


My movie review of "Date Night" starring Tina Fey and Steve Carell from Twentieth Century Fox. Should you set a date to see this film? Check out my review by clicking here.

Here's more info on "Date Night" from Fox:

Phil and Claire Foster are a sensible, loving couple with two kids and a house in suburban New Jersey. The Fosters have their weekly "date night" -- an attempt at re-experiencing the spice of the dates of yesteryear, involving the same weekly night out at the local Teaneck Tavern. Their conversations quickly drift from barely-date talk to the same chore-chat they have at the dinner table at home.

Exhausted from their jobs and kids, their dates rarely end in fore- or any other kind of play, let alone romance. After seeing two of their best friends -- another married couple with kids in suburban New Jersey -- split apart from living the same life they themselves lead, Phil and Claire begin to fear what may lie ahead: a state of bland indifference and eventual separation.

In an attempt to take date night off auto-pilot, and hopefully inject a little spice into their lives, Phil decides a change of plans is in order: take Claire into Manhattan to the city's hottest new restaurant. The Fosters, however, don't have reservations. Hoping to be seated sometime before the clock strikes twelve, they steal a no-show couple's reservations. What could it hurt? Phil and Claire are now the Tripplehorns.

The real Tripplehorns, however, it turns out, are a thieving couple who are being hunted down by a pair of corrupt cops for having stolen property from some very dangerous people. Forced on the run before they've even finished their risotto, Phil and Claire soon realize that their play-date-for-parents has gone awry, as they embark on a wild and dangerous series of crazy adventures to save their lives -- and their marriage.

Genres: Comedy and Romance
Running Time: 1 hr. 28 min.
Release Date: April 9th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual and crude content throughout, language, some violence and a drug reference.
Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Starring: Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Mark Wahlberg, Taraji P. Henson, Jimmi Simpson
Directed by: Shawn Levy
Produced by: Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr, Josh McLaglen, Tom McNulty

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"Dreamgirls" Director for the Last Two "Twilight" Movies? No Singing and Dancing Vampires and Werewolves! 


Bill Condon ("Dreamgirls") is in serious negotiations to direct the last chapter of the "Twilight Saga" called "Breaking Dawn" according to EW.com. Condon is in talks to direct two films based on the fourth installment from "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer. Summit Entertainment, inspired by "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," is breaking the last chapter into two movies.

Apparently, the two movies will be split as such:

*** The first film will feature the wedding, honeymoon, Bella's pregnancy, and the birth

*** The second movie will be about Bella's transformation into a vampire and Jacob's relationship with Renesmee Cullen, the half-vampire/half-human hybrid daughter of Bella and Edward

So Condon emerged on top of the director heap. At one point, Summit met with other high-caliber group of directors such as "Milk's" Gus Van Sant, and "Mean Girls" director Mark Waters.

"Lost in Translation's" Sofia Coppola was also in the running but dropped out since she only wanted to direct one of the two films. EW.com is reporting that Condon, Van Sant, and Waters met both with Summit and Meyer.

There's no confirmation from Summit yet about Condon or their "Breaking Dawn" plans, but kudos to the studio for wanting to end the "Twilight" saga in a big way -- get a great storyteller for a director. Now, if we can have a better scriptwriter to pen the adaptation other than Melissa Rosenberg, then we will have a "Twilight" happy ending.

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Who Should Play "Captain America's" Girlfriend Peggy Carter? 


British actress, Alice Eve, may land the role of Peggy Carter, Captain America's girlfriend, in the upcoming film "The First Avenger: Captain America" according to E!Online.

I sure hope so. Eve is such a sweet, sweet person with impeccable timing as an actress! (Check out her new film "She's Out of My League" with Jay Baruchel, and check out my fun interview with Eve right here)

Eve is also starring in the "Sex and the City" sequel out next month as Charlotte's nanny.

But before Eve lands the prime "Captain America" role, she must first beat fellow Brit Hayley Atwell. E!Online confirmed that both actresses are screen-testing for the second time in London. Good luck to both, but my heart belongs to Eve.

Oh, and I also heard that Keira Knightley, who was in the running, dropped out!

So if Eve gets the part, she'll be joining Chris Evans as our hero, and "Gossip Girl's" Sebastian Stan as Captain America's sidekick James "Bucky" Barnes.

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Jon Favreau Tweets 'Harrison Ford Joins "Cowboys & Aliens"' 


Jon Favreau revealed that Harrison Ford is joining the cast of the sci-fi western extravaganza "Cowboys & Aliens" via Twitter. He tweeted: "Please stop asking if Harrison Ford is in "Cowboys & Aliens." Okay? He is. Please don't tell anybody." Of course we'll tell everybody!

Ford joins Daniel Craig (who replaced Robert Downey Jr.) and Olivia Wilde in this adaptation of the popular 2006 graphic novel from Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. It's about extraterrestrials who land in Arizona in the mid-19th century. Now, a group of cowboys and Apache Indians must bond together to fight these out-of-this world creatures.

The film written by "Star Trek" vets Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof is being produced by DreamWorks which is planning to release the movie on July 29, 2011. Shooting is set to begin this July.

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