Martin Scorsese Embraces 3D for New Children's Book Adaptation 

As we told you back in January, the great Martin Scorsese is making his first foray into children's literature! The director was under negotiations with GK Films to direct the best-selling book "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" by Brian Selznick.

Winner of the 2008 Randolph Caldecott Medal, the story is set in 1930s Paris and revolves around a 12 year old orphan named Hugo who lives in a train station and must fix a broken robot to fulfill his late father's wish.

John Logan adapted the screenplay. The writer previously worked with Scorsese for "The Aviator." The film is being put on the fast track with a June 1 start date in London and a release date set for December 9, 2011.

Not only is this film Scorsese's first children's book adaptation, it will also be his first 3D film! But unlike, say "Clash of the Titans," this film will be shot in 3D and NOT just converted into the three-dimensional technology.

The film's young cast includes Asa Butterfield from "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" and the fantastic Chloe Moretz aka Hit Girl from the upcoming "Kick Ass." Both actors will be joining Ben Kingsley and Sacha Baron Cohen.

I worship at the Scorsese altar so this is exciting news for me. And plus points for the iconic director for trying something new...again!

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"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Creator to Direct "The Avengers" 

We're all buzzing about with excitement to hear that Joss Whedon, the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" god, is about to sign to direct Marvel Studios' "The Avengers." Yay!

I love "Buffy" so much that I devoted my thesis in school to the iconic show, and that's largely because of Whedon. And here's hoping that the director will do justice to "The Avengers."

It's an all-star team of Marvel superheroes such as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and SHIELD leader Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). Apparently, Marvel wants Edward Norton to return as the Hulk too, so we'll see.

Whedon is a comic book geek at heart (he wrote the 2004 "Astonishing X-Men" comic book series for Marvel) so he's the perfect choice. Perfect I say!

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"Kick-Ass" KICKS ASS!  

I enjoyed this film! I specially love Chloe Moretz aka Hit Girl! She awakens the girl power residing within me, HA! :happy

Kidding aside, I like how director Matthew Vaughn and creator Mark Millar subvert the comic book genre and ground it in realism -- painful, honest, and true!

The last 10 minutes are full of super hero conventions that will make you clap! Vaughn and company did what they sought out to do -- entertain its target audience. The film is bloody, violent, fun, entertaining, and deliciously evil.

I'll post my full review right here by tomorrow, promise! Just giving y'all a heads up...

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Movie Loot Contest Close! Congratulations to... 

Staff Sergeant Lennie Sims from Kentucky. He's finishing a year tour in Kuwait with the US Army right now. So why did we choose him? He's proudly serving our country, he's a movie buff, and the Movie Loot will brighten his and his family's day :happy

SSG Sims will be receiving the following prizes thanks to our friends at Warner Bros., DreamWorks, and Walt Disney Pictures:

"Clash of the Titans" giveaway
"How to Train Your Dragon" giveaway
"The Last Song" giveaway

Check our original Movie Loot entry to see what SSG Sims won by clicking here.


SSG Sims promised he'd take pictures with the giveaways as soon as his family receives the package, we'll post them right here, and CONGRATULATIONS!

Here's his winning email:

Hey Manny!

Why do I deserve the movie loot? my 5 year old would say....I just do! LOL

I just had the opportunity to watch "Clash of the Titans" today, and it was great. I'm just finishing up a year tour in Kuwait with the US Army. They bring new releases to us here fairly quick, so we have a chance to keep up with the latest movies. I was able to catch "How To Train Your Dragon" a couple of weeks ago, and hope it's still playing when I get back to the states. I can't wait to take my kids to see it. As for "The Last Song", they haven't gotten it here yet, but my wife and daughter went to see it several days ago, and they said it was great.

Anyway, thanks for the giveway....and hopefully, the loot! Keep the reviews coming!

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Official Numbers Are In! "Clash of the Titans" Topples "Date Night" 

It was a weekend of speculations at the box-office. First, Fox was adamant that their "Date Night" was No. 1 with $27.1 million. But Warner Bros. was equally confident that "Clash of the Titans" remained victorious, even though initial numbers showed that the Greek mythology flick made $26.9 million.

Dan Fellman, head of distribution for Warner even said, "They're (Fox) certainly entitled to their own projection, and we'll see. Maybe they're right and we're wrong. Monday will tell." (Watch my movie review of "Clash of the Titans" right here)

Well it's Monday, and the final tally is in, and guess what folks, Fellman was right! Sam Worthington and his giant Kraken beat Tina Fey and Steve Carell.

The 3-D action fantasy "Clash of the Titans" remained the No. 1 film in America with $26.6 million raising its total to $110.2 million. Meanwhile, "Date Night" must settle for the No. 2 spot with $25.2 million. (Check out my movie review of "Date Night" right here)

The fantastic 3-D animated flick, "How to Train Your Dragon," remained the weekend's solid No. 3 with $24.7 million dropping just 15% in its third week, and earning a total of $133.2 million. I love this film! (Check out my movie review right here, and my interviews with Jay Baruchel, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, and writers/director Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois)

"Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?" earned $11 million for the No. 4 spot, while the Miley Cyrus flick "The Last Song" took in $10 million for the No. 5 position.

Here's the list of the Top 10 box-office films for the weekend of April 9th:

1. "Clash of the Titans," $26.6 million.

2. "Date Night," $25.2 million.

3. "How to Train Your Dragon," $25.4 million.

4. "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?", $11 million.

5. "The Last Song," $10 million.

6. "Alice in Wonderland," $5.6 million.

7. "Hot Tub Time Machine," $5.4 million.

8. "The Bounty Hunter," $4.3 million.

9. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," $4.1 million.

10. "Letters to God," $1.3 million.

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