Universal Pictures has found a director and a new writer for their big-screen toy extravaganza "Stretch Armstrong!"
Rob Letterman is set to direct the live-action 3D superhero flick while Nick Stoller, the writer-director of the super-funny "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" is attached to rewrite. Steve Oedekerk wrote the original script.
Letterman previously co-directed "Monsters vs. Aliens." He and Stoller met working for the comedy "Gulliver's Travels" starring Jack Black. Letterman directed the film while Stoller wrote the script. "Gulliver's Travels" will serve as the live action debut of Letterman since it will come out before "Stretch Armstrong."
Lautner will play the title role of a man who can stretch his arms and legs up to four feet. Yes, I did own the 1970s Kenner toy
Universal seems to be putting its faith on this project. Brian Grazer is producing, and I admire both "Monsters vs. Aliens" and "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." "Armstrong" is shaping up to be a good, entertaining superhero film...for now, at least.
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As we told you last February, "Dear John's" Amanda Seyfried will star as Red Riding Hood in a visualized Gothic version of the popular fairy tale. David Leslie Johnson, the guy who wrote "Orphan," is penning the screenplay for "Twilight" director Catherine Hardwicke.
Now, Shiloh Fernandez (pictured above) is set to star as the male romantic lead of Seyfried who will play a woman in a medieval village being terrorized by a werewolf according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Apparently, Fernandez auditioned for the role seven times before landing the part of Peter, an orphaned woodcutter who falls for Seyfried.
Fernandez also screen-tested for the role of Edward for "Twilight" that eventually went to Robert Pattinson. The actor also tried for the lead role in "Speed Racer" that Emile Hirsch portrayed.
Leonardo DiCaprio is producing through his Appian Way shingle. Warner Bros. will be distributing the film.
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Our friends at ComingSoon.Net told us that "007 producers, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions, announced they have suspended development on the next James Bond film previously scheduled for release 2011/2012."
Who are the producers blaming? The future of MGM! Wilson and Broccoli said in a joint statement, "Due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the future of MGM and the failure to close a sale of the studio, we have suspended development on 'Bond 23' indefinitely. We do not know when development will resume and do not have a date for the release of 'Bond 23."
So James Bond may be dead for now, but we all know, the franchise will keep on ticking, it might as well die another day!
But will Daniel Craig still be the Bond of this generation? Stay tuned...
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Forbes Magazine has published a list of the hard-working actors! No, it's not about our talented actors who all go Method acting on us, but thespians who starred in films that earned the most money! It's a business magazine after all.
So in order to compile their rankings, our friendly Forbes folks "considered all movies released between January 2005 and December 2009 that earned more than $20 million at the U.S. box office (559 films total). Based on data from Exhibitor Relations, we tallied which actors had the most starring or significant roles in those movies, with ties broken by cumulative box-office totals. By drawing a line based on box-office returns, the list also selects for the stars whose work is most effective for the studios."
And the No. 1 hardest working actor in the biz? No other than the uber-busy Seth Rogen who starred in 12 films with a cumulative total of $892 million! From "Knocked Up" to "Kung Fu Panda," Rogen's movies made lots of cash.
Here's the list of the Top 10 Hardest Working Actors (as compiled by Moviefone), oh yeah, Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep made the list, yay!
1. Seth Rogen: 12 films / $892 million in total
2. Morgan Freeman: 9 films / $1,168 billion in total (including The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, Invictus)
3. Matt Damon: 8 films / $696 million in total (including The Bourne Ultimatum, Ocean's Thirteen, The Departed)
4. Will Ferrell: 8 films / $607 million in total (including Talladega Nights, Man vs. Wild, Stranger Than Fiction)
5. Robert Downey Jr.: 7 films / $788 million in total (including Tropic Thunder, Iron Man, The Soloist)
6. Samuel L. Jackson: 7 films / $700 million in total (including Snakes on a Plane, Star Wars: Episodes II and III)
7. Sandra Bullock: 5 films / $655 million in total (including The Blind Side, The Proposal)
8. Meryl Streep: 7 films / $547 million in total (including Mamma Mia!, The Devil Wears Prada)
9. Shia LaBeouf: 6 films / $1.3 billion in total (including Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Transformers)
10. Christian Bale: 6 films / $1 billion in total (including The Dark Knight, Terminator Salvation)
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Gwyneth Paltrow Will Not Be Nicole Kidman's Wife, Star Leaves "The Danish Girl!" But Wait, There's More!
What's going on with "The Danish Girl?" First, Charlize Theron ditched the Nicole Kidman-starrer, then she was replaced by Gwyneth Paltrow. Now, Paltrow also said "Farvel," that's Danish for goodbye
Based on David Ebershoff novel, the film tells the story of a relationship between the first post-operative transsexual, Einar Wegener (Kidman), and his wife Greta. Paltrow was supposed to play the wife.
The brilliant Swedish director, Tomas Alfredson, who gave us the equally brilliant "Let the Right One In" is set to helm.
According to the Daily Mail:
Gwyneth Paltrow has pulled out of her latest film "The Danish Girl" to spend time with her family.
The 37-year-old has just finished shooting Love Don't Let Me Down in Tennessee and was to start work on the new film with Nicole Kidman.
But Gwyneth, who has two children with Chris Martin, dropped out, saying: 'Some days I feel like everyone in my world has plugged themselves into my kidneys. I'm so tired.'
Was Paltrow really tired, or was it all Kidman's fault? Read on:
A source said: 'Nicole lives in Nashville not far from where Gwyneth, has been working on her latest movie for five weeks.
'Gwyneth made the effort to get in touch with Nicole but Nicole declined.'
Gwyneth, 37, whose family was in the UK, was said to have been lonely in Nashville.
'Gwyneth is on her own and lonely, it would have been nice for Nicole to make the effort.'
So was that Theron's reasoning for leaving the production too? Kidman just didn't make herself more accommodating and available to her co-stars?
Regardless, I'll still watch this film for it's intriguing factor. Well, I'll watch it when they finally finished the film with the right co-star!
SOURCE: DAILY MAIL UK
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