Columbia Hires "Predators" Writers for "Master of the Universe" 

As we reported back in September, Columbia Pictures regained the power of Grayskull when "He-Man" and Mattel parted ways with Warner Bros. Now, Columbia Pictures moves the project forwad by hiring Mike Finch and Alex Litvak to write the screenplay for "Masters of the Universe."

The duo are fresh from rebooting "Predators" and are ready to tackle the world of He-Man and his planet Eternia. According to The Hollywood Reporter, in their pitch, "the scribes attempted to balance a treatment that would convince the studio it was cinematic and keep the toy company satisfied that its characters were being portrayed appropriately."

So be rest assured, He-Man fans, that all your favorite characters will be featured in the film such as Battle Cat, Man-at-Arms, and Orko. Of course, Prince Adam will be there, as well as his nemesis, Skeletor!

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"Glee," "Melrose Place" Stars Join Selena Gomez in "Monte Carlo" 

Selena Gomez is starring in Fox 2000 and New Regency's teen adventure movie "Monte Carlo" and she's bringing along "Glee" star Cory Monteith and "Melrose Place" star Katie Cassidy with her.

Leighton Meester is also co-starring along with Andie MacDowell.

Based on Julie Bass' "Headhunters," the film is about a young girl (Gomez) who has been mistaken for a socialite, so she, her best friend and her stepsister fly to Monte Carlo for a charity auction. But when a million-dollar necklace goes missing, the trio must find it before big problems arise.

Tom Bezucha, who co-wrote the script with April Blair, is set to direct.

Cassidy will play one of Gomez's friends, Meester is also set to play one of the BFFs. Monteith will play Gomez's football player boyfriend who travels to Europe to pursue her, aw...

As for MacDowell? She'll play Gomez's mommy.

"Monte Carlo" is shooting this spring everywhere but Monte Carlo. THR is saying the film is shooting in Budapest, Paris, and Nice, France.

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Bad Sequel Idea #1 -- "Big Momma's House 3" 

As if "Big Momma's House 2" is not enough, now, get ready for "Big Momma: Like Father, Like Son," the third installment of the one-note franchise!

Big Momma himself, Martin Lawrence, is returning, and Faizon Love, Emily Rios, Portia Doubleday, and Michelle Ang are joining the actor. Also joining the cast are Brandon T. Jackson and Jessica Lucas.

So why do we need another "Big Momma" film? Because the franchise made $310 million worldwide, that's why! People love seeing fake overweight folks, I guess.

The director of the second film, John Whitesell, is returning to helm the third film from a script by Matthew Fogel and Randi Mayem Singer.

Now I'm sure you really want to know about the plot right? Well, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that "in the latest story line, Big Momma (Lawrence) and Charmaine (Jackson) go undercover at an all-girls performing-arts school to unmask a murderer. Love will play Kurtis Kool, a school security guard and former Run-D.M.C. roadie who becomes smitten with Big Momma. Rios, Doubleday and Ang will play students at the school who befriend Jackson's character."

Oh what fun! :huh

The film begins shooting this month in Atlanta at the private, all-girls Agnes Scott College.

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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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