Steven Spielberg has finally made up his mind, he'll be directing Michael Morpurgo's children's book, "War Horse," according to Production Weekly. The film is scheduled to be released on August 10, 2011.
The book was adapted for the stage before by Nick Stafford and was staged at the Olivier Theater in London. The stage version used life-size puppets of horses from the Handspring Puppet Company and won an Olivier Award, Evening Standard Theatre Award and London Critics' Circle Theatre Award for design according to a Wikipedia entry.
It was announced in February that the play would make its Broadway debut and Spielberg bought the film rights of the play. Now, he also wants to direct it too! This is Spielberg territory -- wars, animals, human emotions -- and I'm looking forward to seeing how the director will tell the story from the point of view of the horses.
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Sam Rockwell is reteaming with his "Iron Man 2" director, Jon Favreau, for "Cowboys and Aliens." The actor will be joining Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, and Harrison Ford for the comic book adaptation.
Based on the 2006 graphic novel, "Cowboys & Aliens" is 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.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Rockwell will play a bar owner named Doc who joins in the pursuit of the aliens. Once Favreau and the writers -- Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof -- learned that Rockwell was interested in the movie, they reconceived and expanded the role, which initially called for a heavy-set man."
Now Doc is skinny and fit
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt successfully romanced Zooey Deschanel in the fantastic "(500) Days of Summer," now he wants to be an action hero according to The Hollywood Reporter.
First, the actor is in final negotiations to star in "Premium Rush" for Columbia Pictures from director David Koepp. He is also in talks for the sci-fi thriller "Looper" from his "Brick" director Rian Johnson.
In "Premium Rush," Gordon-Levitt will play a New York bike messenger who picks up an envelope at Columbia University. Trouble is, that envelope is hiding something that a big bad cop wants desperately. Koepp co-wrote the script with John Kamps. Columbia Pictures wants to start production of this film late summer.
Then he has "Looper," a time-travelling sci-fi thriller where the actor will play an assassin sent back to...tan dan dan...kill himself. Hmmm, sorta like a darker, morality tale in the veins of "Terminator."
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Lynn Redgrave, who took the 1960s world by storm with her performance in "Georgy Girl" and Vanessa Redgrave's sister, has passed away after a seven-year battle with breast cancer. She was 67. Redgrave's death comes a year after her niece, Natasha Richardson, died from a skiing accident and just one month after her older brother, Corin Redgrave, passed away.
Redgrave died peacefully Sunday night at her home in Connecticut. Children Ben, Pema and Annabel were with her, as were close friends. She is survived by six grandchildren, her sister Vanessa, and four nieces and nephews.
A private funeral will be held later this week.
Here's the trailer for "Georgy Girl," a peek at Redgrave's memorable performance:
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Moviegoers loved Freddy Krueger! The remake of the slasher flick "A Nightmare on Elm Street" debuted at No. 1 with a $32.2 million box-office take.
Producer Michael Bay knew that more blood could be squeezed from the "Nightmare" franchise and hired Jackie Earle Haley to slip into the Krueger persona previously played by the great Robert Englund.
Honestly, I enjoyed the 1984 version, waaaay better, and the remake is just that...a commercial, financial decision! (Check my review of "A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)" right here )
Meanwhile, Brendan Fraser failed to capture moviegoers' hearts with "Furry Vengeance." The cuddly flick about cute woodland creatures bombed with just $6.5 million opening. (Check my interviews with Fraser, Brooke Shields, and Angela Kinsey right here )
Previous weekend's No. 1 film, "How to Train Your Dragon," fell to No. 2 with $10.8 million raising its total to $192.4 million. (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)
Here's the estimated Top 10 box-office films list for weekend of April 30:
1. "A Nightmare on Elm Street," $32.2 million.
2. "How to Train Your Dragon," $10.8 million.
3. "Date Night," $7.6 million.
4. "The Back-up Plan," $7.2 million.
5. "Furry Vengeance," $6.5 million.
6. "The Losers," $6 million.
7. "Clash of the Titans," $5.98 million.
8. "Kick-ass," $4.5 million.
9. "Death at a Funeral," $4 million.
10. "Oceans," $2.6 million.
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