Nicolas Cage to Star in "The Green Hornet?" 


Columbia Pictures is in early negotiations with Nicolas Cage to star as the gangster villain in "The Green Hornet."

Cameron Diaz is also negotiating to play a reporter and love interest.

Seth Rogen is attached to star as the masked crime fighter and Michel Gondry is set to direct from a script co-written by Rogen and Evan Goldberg.

There's still no word on who will play Kato after Stephen Chow left the project last week.

Apparently, this "Green Hornet" is going to stick to the radio roots of the material. If that's the case, is Cage going to play the mysterious "Mr. X," a criminal mastermind introduced in the episode "Walkout for Profit?" (Wikipedia)

And is Diaz going to play "Clicker" Binny, a female photographer for the fictional newspaper The Sentinel?

We'll soon find out, but for now, the film is still on track to shoot in the fall with a summer 2010 release date.

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Winners of Outfest -- 27th Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 


"Mississippi Damned," Tina Mabry's portrait of a poor Mississippi family, won the grand jury award for outstanding dramatic feature at Outfest, the 27th Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Nacho G. Velilla's "Chef's Special" won the audience award for dramatic feature.

Laura Harring in "Drool" and Derrick L. Middleton in "Rivers Wash Over Me" won grand jury acting awards.

The screenwriting trophy was given to E.E. Cassidy for "We Are the Mods" which was also the audience award winner for first U.S. dramatic feature.

Here are more award winners:


"On These Shoulders We Stand" directed by Glenne McElhinney -- The Special Programming Award for Freedom

"Greek Pete" by writer-director Andrew Haigh -- The Special Programming Award for Artistic Achievement

"College Boys Live" a documentary by George O'Donnell -- The Special Programming Award for Emerging Talent

"Get Happy" by Mark Payne -- Audience Award for Documentary Short Film

"Edie and Thea: A Very Long Engagement" -- Greta Olafsdottir and Susan Muska -- Audience Award for Documentary Feature Film

"Awakening" by Christian Tafdrup -- Audience Award for Dramatic Short Film

"First and Loveliss" by Shaun Kadlec and Deb Tullman -- Jury Award for Documentary Short

"The Bath" by Lee Mi-rang -- Jury Award for Dramatic Short

"Off and Running" by Nicole Opper -- Jury Award for Documentary Feature

"The Man Who Loved Yngve" by Stian Kristiansen -- Jury Award for International Dramatic Feature

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees! :happy

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Warner Bros. Team Up for "Twilight Zone" Movie 


Leonardo DiCaprio's studio, Appian Way, and Warner Bros. are teaming up to make another big screen adaptation of "Twilight Zone." They hired Rand Ravich to write the script based on the iconic TV series.

Ravich is best known for directing "The Astronaut's Wife" and executive producing "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind." He's also the brains behind NBC's detective show "Life."

The last time "Twilight Zone" was turned into a movie by WB was 1983's "Twilight Zone: The Movie." Steven Spielberg and John Landis produced and directed segments of the film, but my favorite was the one with John Lithgow, the airplane episode. William Shatner played the character in the original TV episode called "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet." To this day, I look and peek out the airplane window to see if there's a demonic creature playing with the wing of the plane :happy

Rod Serling, of course, is THE "Twilight Zone" and no word yet if DiCaprio will be involved in front of the camera.

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The First New Role, Casting in "Twilight Saga: Eclipse" 


Xavier Samuel, an unknown Australian actor, has landed the first new role in "Eclipse," the third film in the "Twilight" saga.

Samuel will be playing the role of Riley, a "newborn vampire" who's inexplicably drawn to the villain Victoria. He joins the plot to kill Bella (Kristen Stewart).

The third movie's main plot is all about choices -- Bella must choose between the werewolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner) and the vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson).

"Eclipse" is set to shoot next month in Vancouver and be released on June 30.

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Magical Box-Office Weekend for "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" 


"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the sixth-installment of the super popular series, continues to spread magic at the box-office. The fantasy film took in $79.5 million for the weekend, and $159.7 million since its debut Wednesday.

The sixth movie came in $20 million ahead of the last film, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" which took in $139.7 million in its first five days two years ago. It's second only to "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" to have the highest box-office start for a Wednesday debut.

Meanwhile, the huge robots had to settle for No. 3 this weekend with $13.8 million right after "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" which took in $17.7 million putting it at the No. 2 spot.

The previous No. 1 film, "Bruno" plummeted to No. 4 with $8.4 million, down a whopping 73 percent!

Here's the Top 10 films at the box-office for weekend of July 17th:

1. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," $79.5 million.

2. "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs," $17.7 million.

3. "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," $13.8 million.

4. "Bruno," $8.4 million.

5. "The Hangover," $8.32 million.

6. "The Proposal," $8.3 million.

7. "Public Enemies," $7.6 million.

8. "Up," $3.1 million.

9. "My Sister's Keeper," $2.8 million.

10. "I Love You, Beth Cooper," $2.7 million.

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