"Interview with the Vampire" Director Returns to Bloodsucker Genre with "Byzantium"  

Director Neil Jordan is set to return to the vampire genre with his upcoming film "Byzantium." According to the Hollywood Reporter, the director is teaming up with producer Stephen Wooley for the new bloodsucker film which focuses on a mother and daughter vampires.

Both Jordan and Wooley have corralled Saoirse Ronan ("Hanna") and Gemma Arterton ("Clash of the Titans") for the film. Moira Buffini wrote the original script which tells the story of the mommy vampire who turns her own daughter into a bloodsucking creature. The film is set to shoot in October with a budget of $11 million.

Jordan gave us "Interview with the Vampire" in 1994 starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Christian Slater, and a very young but very memorable Kirsten Dunst as the little vampire Claudia.

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"Thor" Wields Box-Office Power for Second Weekend! 

Lightning truly struck twice for the mighty "Thor!" The Paramount super-hero pic hammered down competition to emerge as the box-office champ in its second week of release. ("Thor" Movie Review)

Directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Anthony Hopkins, "Thor" sold $34.5 million worth of tickets for a total of $119.2 million since its release. ("Thor" interviews with Chris Hemsworth, director Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hiddleston, Kat Dennings, and Jaimie Alexander)

Meanwhile, Universal's laugh-a-minute, "Bridesmaids" had a strong, solid opening! The raunchy but sweet comedy starring Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph debuted at No. 2 with $24.4 million. ("Bridesmaids" Movie Review)

Universal is having a great weekend at the box-office! Its super-popular car-racing flick, "Fast Five" took the No. 3 spot with $19.5 million.

The other new film to open last weekend, "Priest," debuted at No. 4 with $14.5 million, not too shabby for a reheated B-movie schlockfest. But Fox's animated adventure, "Rio" continued to fly high with its No. 5 performance selling $8 million of box-office tickets in its fifth weekend in theaters.

Here's the complete Top 10 Box-Office Films for the weekend of 05/13/11:

1. "Thor," $34.5 million.
2. "Bridesmaids," $24.4 million.
3. "Fast Five," $19.5 million.
4. "Priest," $14.5 million.
5. "Rio," $8 million.
6. "Jumping the Broom," $7.3 million.
7. "Something Borrowed," $7 million.
8. "Water for Elephants," $4.1 million.
9. "Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family," $2.2 million.
10. "Soul Surfer," $1.8 million.

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Why I Love "Bridesmaids!" 

Here's more info on "Bridesmaids" from Yahoo:

Annie's life is a mess. But when she finds out her lifetime best friend is engaged, she simply must serve as Lillian's maid of honor. Though lovelorn and broke, Annie bluffs her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals. With one chance to get it perfect, she'll show Lillian and her bridesmaids just how far you'll go for someone you love.

Genres: Comedy
Running Time: 2 hr. 5 min.
Release Date: May 13th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for some strong sexuality, and language throughout.
Distributors: Universal Pictures

Cast and Credits
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, Chris O'Dowd, Maya Rudolph, Ellie Kemper
Directed by: Paul Feig
Produced by: Paul Feig, Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel

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"Bridesmaids" Movie Review! How Many Kisses Do Kristen Wiig and Her Colorful Bridesmaids Get? 

"Bridesmaids" is unfairly categorized as the female version of "The Hangover." But the only common denominator between both comedies is the wedding theme inherent in their respective plots. And I hate to break it to you "Hangover" fans, but I find "Bridesmaids" funnier and more emotionally satisfying.

If "The Hangover" is a mystery built as a comedy, "Bridesmaids" is about one woman's quest to find redemption. In the center of it all is co-writer and star Kristen Wiig who is about to steal Tina Fey's cerebral comedienne crown. Read More...

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Confirmed! Johnny Depp, Director Rob Marshall to Reteam for "The Thin Man!" 

Back in October of last year, we told you that Johnny Depp was collaborating with Rob Marshall to develop a remake of the private eye classic "The Thin Man" for Warner Bros. The actor and the director were going for the "Sherlock Holmes" vibe with the project retaining its period setting but with a contemporary feel. (See Johnny Depp Wants to Remake "The Thin Man!")

It's now confirmed! Depp and Marshall will reteam for "The Thin Man." The two just finished "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" for Disney which the studio will be releasing on May 20.

Here's the full press release:

MAY 09, 2011 (New York, NY) – Rob Marshall and John DeLuca have officially signed on to the Warner Bros. planned remake of THE THIN MAN. The pair will produce the film via their LUCAMAR Productions banner. Award-winning director Marshall is also confirmed to direct. The film will reteam Marshall with Johnny Depp, who is attached to star in the project. The two just worked together on PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES which Disney will be releasing on May 20.

LUCAMAR Productions joins Infinitum Nihil Company and Langley Park Pictures as production companies on the project. In addition to DeLuca and Marshall, Johnny Depp and Christi Dembrowski are producing on behalf of Infinitum Nihil, and Kevin McCormick is producing on behalf of his Langley Park Pictures. Jerry Stahl is attached as screenwriter. Says Marshall, "John and I are overjoyed at the idea of working with Johnny again, especially on such a classy and classic project. We are also thrilled to be partnering this time with such wonderful producers as Christi Dembroski and Kevin McCormick, and we are looking forward to working with Warner Bros. to create a reinvention of a beloved story."

CAA and Michael Gendler of Gendler & Kelly negotiated the deal with Warner Bros. on behalf of Marshall and DeLuca. THE THIN MAN is a remake of the Oscar-Nominated 1934 film starring William Powell and Myrna Loy.


LUCAMAR Productions most recently produced the film adaptation of the Broadway musical “Nine,” starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman, Penélope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Kate Hudson, Fergie, Sophia Loren and Judi Dench, which was nominated for four Academy Awards®. Prior to that, LUCAMAR produced the star-studded, NBC television event “Tony Bennett: An American Classic," which won seven Emmy Awards®, the most of any nominated show that season.

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