Remember "King Solomon's Mines?" It was originally an 1885 novel by H. Rider Haggard featuring the hero, Allan Quatermain. In the film versions, everyone from Stewart Granger to Richard Chamberlain had the opportunity to star as Quatermain. Now, Sam Worthington is attached to play the literary hero but this time, it's going to have a sci-fi twist.
Worthington will also make his debut as a producer for the DreamWorks project. According to The Hollywood Reporter:
DreamWorks’ version is set in a time in which humans have left Earth and sees Quatermain return to the planet from a sojourn in space, embarking on another “King Solomon’s Mines”-style adventure but on a planetwide scale. Mark Verheiden was the writer behind the first script when the project was revealed early last year.
So, much like his "Avatar" character, Worthington's Quatermain will explore yet again.
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Charlie Kaufman, the Oscar-winning writer who gave us "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Adaptation," and "Being John Malkovich" is entering a whole new realm -- the world of animation!
The Hollywood Reporter exclusively learned that Kauffman "is coming off of less than two weeks worth of work on DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom,” the sequel to the fun 2008 movie that had the voice talent of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and Dustin Hoffman."
The writer polished the script and it's interesting to see how much of an impact his work will have on the final product. Kaufman is known for his existentialism bent, and if you think long and hard, "Kung Fu Panda" subscribes to the same notion -- the characters find meaning in their lives by living in the here and the now. Wow!
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"The Hangover" led the nominations pack of the 2010 MTV Movie Awards. The hilarious comedy starring Bradley Cooper received six nods including Best Movie, Best Comedic Performance (Cooper and Zach Galifianakis) and Best Villain (Ken Jeong).
"The Twilight Saga: New Moon" and "Avatar" followed with five nominations each. Among the nods that "New Moon" received are Best Movie, Best Female Performance (Kristen Stewart), and Best Male Performance (Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner).
"Avatar" scored with Best Movie, Best Female Performance (Zoe Saldana) and Best Villain (Stephen Lang) nods.
The 2010 MTV Movie Awards will air live on Sunday, June 6, at 9pm ET, and will be hosted by Aziz Ansari.
If you want to vote for your favorites, you can do so until Saturday, June 5. You can vote by clicking here.
For Best Movie however, voting will stay open throughout the awards show on June 6. According to MTV, you'll have a chance to affect the night's biggest prize until the very last minute. Yeah, take that Academy!
Here's the complete list of nominees of the 2010 MTV Movie Awards:
Alice In Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Twilight Saga: New Moon
BEST MALE PERFORMANCE
Channing Tatum – Dear John
Daniel Radcliffe – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Robert Pattinson – The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Taylor Lautner – The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Zac Efron – 17 Again
BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE
Amanda Seyfried – Dear John
Emma Watson – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Kristen Stewart – The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side
Zoe Saldana – Avatar
BEST BREAKOUT STAR
Anna Kendrick – Up in the Air
Chris Pine – Star Trek
Gabourey Sidibe – Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Logan Lerman – Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Quinton Aaron – The Blind Side
Zach Galifianakis – The Hangover
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson – The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning – The Runaways
Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds – The Proposal
Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner – Valentine’s Day
Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington – Avatar
BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE
Ben Stiller – Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Bradley Cooper – The Hangover
Ryan Reynolds – The Proposal
Sandra Bullock – The Proposal
Zach Galifianakis – The Hangover
Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds
Helena Bonham Carter – Alice In Wonderland
Ken Jeong – The Hangover
Stephen Lang – Avatar
Tom Felton – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Beyoncé Knowles vs. Ali Larter – Obsessed
Hugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber vs. Ryan Reynolds – X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Logan Lerman vs. Jake Abel – Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Robert Downey Jr. vs. Mark Strong – Sherlock Holmes
Sam Worthington vs. Stephen Lang – Avatar
BEST WTF MOMENT
Betty White – The Proposal, Cops a Feel
Bill Murray – Zombieland , Bill Murray?! A Zombie?!
Isabel Lucas – Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Unexpected Transformation
Ken Jeong – The Hangover , Naked Trunk Surprise
Megan Fox – Jennifer’s Body, Vomits a Mysterious Black Ooze
BEST SCARED-AS-SH*T PERFORMANCE
Alison Lohman – Drag Me To Hell
Amanda Seyfried – Jennifer’s Body
Jesse Eisenberg – Zombieland
Katie Featherston – Paranormal Activity
Sharlto Copley – District 9
BIGGEST BADASS STAR
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Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren co-starred in the third installment of "Universal Soldier" called "Regeneration." Now, Foresight Unlimited may put the two action stars together again with "Universal Soldier IV" in glorious 3D! BUT, Van Damme's deal is still being negotiated according to The Hollywood Reporter.
John Hyams will also return to direct the project set to begin shooting in October.
In other action film news, Mark Steven Johnson, the guy who gave us "Ghost Rider" and "Daredevil" will direct "Recoil," a $35 million project about a former FBI sniper dragged back into action when his ex-wife is targeted by a deranged sniper. "Recoil" is set to begin filming in November, THR reports.
Meanwhile, "The Ledge" starring Terrence Howard, Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson and Charlie Hunnam is also being sold by Foresight at Cannes. Matthew Chapman wrote and directed this suspense drama about a suicidal man and a detective who tries to talk him down.
And another one from Foresight is "Flypaper" starring Patrick Dempsey and it's about man who's trying to protect a teller, who he's secretly in love with, from two robberies. "The Hangover's" Jon Lucas and Scott Moore wrote the script.
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What the heck is going on with Hollywood? There's no more creativity left? Now, Sony Pictures wants to make a movie based on the Atari videogame "Rollercoaster Tycoon!" Huh?
Sony is so serious about this project that they have picked up rights to the game, plus they're putting Harald Zwart (from the upcoming "Karate Kid") to spearhead the development and to possibly direct and executive produce the film according to The Hollywood Reporter.
This will be a live-action/CGI hybrid and the script will be written by David Ronn and Jay Scherick from the upcoming Kevin James comedy "The Zookeeper."
"Rollercoaster Tycoon" is such a popular game, and has generated more than $300 million in revenue, hence the movie. I'm waiting to see how Ronn and Scherick, they wrote the upcoming "Smurfs" movie as well, will write a script based on designing roller coasters and managing amusement parks. It already sounds bland and corny, isn't it?
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