Keanu Reeves Boards "Passengers" 

Keanu Reeves is attached to star in "Passengers." It's being called "Adam & Even in Space," and Keanu will play the male lead. This is going to be a $90 million production and Universal will release the film domestically. Set designs will be created by the folks who gave us "Avatar."

Here's the film's logline from The Hollywood Reporter:

Set in the future, "Passengers" centers on Jim Preston (Reeves), a mechanic on a 120-year journey to a distant colonized planet in another galaxy, who becomes the first traveler to experience pod hibernation failure. Having woken up 100 years too soon, he is stranded in the world of an interstellar spaceship with only robots and androids for companionship.

A year into his journey, he decides to wake up a fellow passenger, a beautiful journalist named Aurora. They fall in love but must soon deal not only with the revelation of Jim's misjudged act of waking her but a major malfunction of the ship itself.

The original script was written by Jon Spaihts but the screenplay is now getting a polish. Production is set to begin in January.

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Disney's "Winnie the Pooh" Moves Forward, Gets Release Date 

Disney has announced that "Winnie the Pooh" will be released on July 15, 2011. Another one from Disney, "Reboot Ralph" (formerly known as "Joe Jump") will be seen on March 22, 2013.

As we told you last September, John Lasseter, Academy Award-winning animator, director, and the chief creative officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is exec producing the project based on A.A. Milne's children classic. The film will feature five of the author's original stories.

Steve Anderson and Don Hall ("Meet the Robinsons") are directing the film. Jim Cummings will voice Pooh/Tigger, and Craig Ferguson (I love him!) will voice the Owl. The best part? Burny Mattinson, the animator of the original "Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree" featurette in 1964, will serve as lead story artist on the new project.

Meanwhile, "Reboot Ralph," according to Moviefone, "is rumored to be about an '80s-era video game character who makes the leap into the new-fangled games of today."

Hhmmm, sorta like "Tron" in reverse!

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Two Versions of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea!" Let's Compare and Contrast Shall We? 

Captain Nemo will be battling against himself at the box-office with two planned "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" versions from two studios. Walt Disney Pictures will be racing against 20th Century Fox to dive deep into the "20,000 Leagues" territory. Both, of course, will be based on the beloved Jules Verne sci-fi novel, but each version will have different takes.

So let's compare and contrast:

In the Disney version, David Fincher, yes, THE David Fincher of "Fight Club" and "The Case of Benjamin Button" fame, is under negotiations to direct. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the director approached the House of Mouse because he wanted to make a big-blockbuster film and stay away from R-rated dramas. Aw :sad

Last year, Disney cancelled their planned "20,000" version, but apparently, the studio revived the project after Fincher expressed interest. "Bourne Ultimatum's" Scott Z. Burns will write the Disney project and is supposed to be in the vein of "Star Wars."

Meanwhile, Fox has producers Ridley and Tony Scott to develop their own version of the classic tale. The script is from one of the "Clash of the Titans" writers, Travis Beacham, and the producers are in talks with director Timur Bekmambetov ("Wanted"). This one will be set in the future but will follow Verne's plot closely.

Personally? I'm rooting for Disney, why? Because the studio was the first to give us a "20,000 Leagues" film with the 1954 version starring Kirk Douglas as Ned Land and James Mason as Captain Nemo. That was also Disney's first-ever live-action film.

Plus, as much as I admire Bekmambetov, Fincher is a stronger director. But hopefully, after Fincher gets his blockbuster on, he'll return to work on R-rated dramas!


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More Complaints From Shia LaBeouf! This Time, He's Dissing "Indiana Jones 4" 

After cutting "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" to shreds, Shia LaBeouf bit another hand that fed him! (Click here to see what the actor said about "Transformers 2")

This time, the actor revealed he was not happy with "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." Truth be told, I agree with LaBeouf on his cases against "Transformers 2" and "Indiana Jones 4."

The actor was at Cannes to promote another franchise, "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps." And LaBeouf felt that the Indy filmmakers (are you listening Steven Spielberg and George Lucas?) and he have dropped the ball on the Indiana Jones legacy.

Here's the best of the best of LaBeouf's brutally honest confessions about "Indiana Jones 4" from the LA Times:


"I feel like I dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished." (talking about "Indiana Jones 4") "If I was going to do it twice, my career was over. So this was fight-or-flight for me." (talking about "Wall Street")


"You get to monkey-swinging and things like that and you can blame it on the writer and you can blame it on Steven [Spielberg, who directed]. But the actor's job is to make it come alive and make it work, and I couldn't do it. So that's my fault. Simple."


"I think the audience is pretty intelligent. I think they know when you've made ... . And I think if you don't acknowledge it, then why do they trust you the next time you're promoting a movie." LaBeouf went on to say he wasn't the only star on the film who felt that way. "We [Harrison Ford and LaBeouf] had major discussions. He wasn't happy with it either. Look, the movie could have been updated. There was a reason it wasn't universally accepted."


"I'll probably get a call. But he needs to hear this. I love him. I love Steven. I have a relationship with Steven that supersedes our business work. And believe me, I talk to him often enough to know that I'm not out of line. And I would never disrespect the man. I think he's a genius, and he's given me my whole life. He's done so much great work that there's no need for him to feel vulnerable about one film. But when you drop the ball you drop the ball."

The LA Times' Steven Zeitchik noticed that LaBeouf was "relentlessly intense and unfailingly earnest, taking every question hyper-seriously." Exact words I would use to describe the actor when I interviewed him for "Eagle Eye." Hhmmm, I wonder when he's going to talk trash about "Eagle Eye." :happy

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"Iron Man 2" Triumphs at Box-Office for Second Week! 

It's heavy metal versus bows and arrows at the box-office this weekend. And in the end, the clanging sounds of "Iron Man 2" bested "Robin Hood's" archery.

"Iron Man 2" remained at No. 1 with $53 million box-office take. So far, in just two weeks, the Paramount super hero extravaganza has made $212 million. (Check out my review of "Iron Man 2" right here)

Meanwhile, "Robin Hood" debuted in the No. 2 spot with $37.1 million. It's a very strong debut, and the marquee names of Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, and director Ridley Scott attracted more viewers overseas. "Robin Hood" was the No. 1 films outside North America, making $74 million. The film still hit the target with its combined box-office total of $111.1 million. (Check out my movie review of "Robin Hood" right here)

"Letters to Juliet," one of the new releases last weekend, debuted at No. 3. The Amanda Seyfried-starrer from Summit Entertainment made $13.75 million. At No. 4 was another new release, this one's with Queen Latifah in "Just Wright." It's not quite a slam dunk for this basketball romantic comedy. "Just Wright" made $8.5 million. And honestly? If you buy into the film's notion that Queen Latifah is a hapless woman-in-love, then that's half of the battle.

Here's the list of the Top 10 box-office films for weekend of May 14th:

1. "Iron Man 2," $53 million.
2. "Robin Hood," $37.1 million.
3. "Letters to Juliet," $13.75 million.
4. "Just Wright," $8.5 million.
5. "How to Train Your Dragon," $5.1 million.
6. "A Nightmare on Elm Street," $4.7 million.
7. "Date Night," $4 million.
8. "The Back-Up Plan," $2.5 million.
9. "Furry Vengeance," $2.3 million.
10. "Clash of the Titans," $1.3 million.

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