Jean Claude Van Damme and Vinnie Jones to Play Assassins in "Weapon" 


Jean Claude Van Damme, fresh from his fantastic "JCVD," will star opposite Vinnie Jones in "Weapon." The action stars will play rival assassins.

"Highlander's" Russell Mulcahy will direct for new production company Flagship Films.

The production is set to begin in August and will be shot around Vancouver, California. The film is being shopped right now at the Cannes International Film Festival.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jones will play a master sharpshooter while Van Damme's character is skilled with a knife. The two join forces to take down the head of a drug cartel, backed by the DEA.

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Coming Soon to Theaters Near You -- "American Gladiators" The Movie! Yeah, "American Gladiators" 


I almost fell out of my chair reading that Johnny Ferraro, the creator of the "American Gladiators" TV show, is bringing his property to the big screen!

All together now...WHAT?

And what will be the plot?

Read on my lovely readers, and start thinking of various plots for this unthinkable project!

According to Variety:

Johnny Ferraro, creator of the "American Gladiators" TV franchise, is bringing a live-action adaptation of the property to the bigscreen.

The film will be based on the TV show that first aired in 1988 and has been on the air every year except one during the past 20 years. Most recently, NBC aired a primetime installment in 2008. The show has aired in more than 90 countries, with the format adapted for the local market in 14 of them.

Former Legendary Pictures chief marketing officer Scott Mednick is producing "American Gladiators." The goal is to create an action story that takes place inside the world Ferraro has created.

"I look forward to creating a compelling story that launches a whole new set of characters," Mednick said.

Development on the film is being funded through Sunset Pictures, with prexy Martin Guigui exec producing "American Gladiators" alongside Ferraro and Joe Allegro.

Ferraro noted "American Gladiators" was originally conceived as a film, but the property "took a detour and became a TV phenomenon." Mednick, who recently began developing a film installment in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, has producing credits including "300," "Superman Returns" and the upcoming "Where the Wild Things Are."

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Dark Castle to Remake "I Saw What You Did and I Know Who You Are!" 


Joel Silver's Dark Castle is getting help from the "My Bloody Valentine 3-D" writer and director duo, Todd Farmer and Patrick Lussier.

Lussier and Farmer will write a remake of "I Saw What you Did and I Know Who You Are!" for Dark Castle. This time, it's just going to be called "I Saw What You Did" with Lussier set to direct.

The 1965 original, directed by William Castle, starred Jon Crawford and was based on the Ursula Curtis novel "Out of the Dark." The plot revolves around two bored teenage girls making prank calls until they call the wrong guy -- a wife murderer!

I just hope this will not suck like the previous Dark Castle remake of a William Castle flick, the horrible "House on Haunted Hill."

But for now, let's take the way-back machine to see the trailer of the original "I Saw What You Did and I Know Who You Are!" This is quite retro-fun :happy



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Jim Carrey's Gay Prison Romance "I Love You Phillip Morris" Gets Distributor and Release Date! 


Consolidated Pictures Group has just acquired domestic distribution rights for "I Love You Phillip Morris." Jim Carrey stars as a married conman who falls in love with his cellmate, played by Ewan McGregor.

The film, written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa ("Bad Santa") is set to be released Valentine's Day of 2010.

"I Love You Phillip Morris" debuted at Sundance and will be seen during the Directors' Fortnight at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.

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Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway to Star in Overcrowded "Valentine's Day" 


Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Garner, Shirley MacLaine, Bradley Cooper and Ashton Kutcher are in talks to star in "Valentine's Day."

Director Garry Marshall is set to helm the film which is about five interconnecting stories set during a Valentine's Day in Los Angeles.

It's like "Crash" minus the drama plus romantic comedy equals "Valentine's Day."

Here's the various story lines according to The Hollywood Reporter:

-- Roberts is an army officer on leave from Iraq on a flight to L.A. Cooper, on the same flight, is a gay man whose lover is a closeted football player.

-- Kutcher is an owner of a flower shop who proposes to his girlfriend (Alba), only to realize he is in love with his close friend, played by Garner, who discovers her boyfriend is married.

-- MacLaine plays Roberts' mother, a happy retiree who reveals to her husband a long-ago affair.

-- Hathaway is an assistant working at the biggest talent agency in town and dating a mailroom assistant; Biel is a publicist unlucky in love (is there any other kind?) who has no date on Valentine's Day.

And there are more major roles left to be cast! There's the gay football player, MacLaine's husband, the mailroom worker, a talent agent and a young boy looking to give his crush some flowers.

Katherine Fugate wrote the first draft, while Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein scripted the latest.

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