Who's Directing "Predators?" 

Nimrod Antal is set to direct "Predators" for producer Robert Rodriguez.

This marks the 5th incarnation of the "Predator" franchise. The first one starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, then "Predator 2," then "Alien vs. Predator" and "Alien vs. Predator: Requiem." And then the franchise died.

Until Rodriguez resurrected the franchise and attached Antal with it.

Antal is great at establishing the mood of his films. His best one still though is the Hungarian drama "Kontroll." "Vacancy" was just okay, but I did enjoy the mood and the claustrophobic atmosphere. His upcoming film "Armored" seems like a good movie, at least based on the trailer.

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Giant Robots and Prehistoric Creatures Tie for No. 1! "Transformers 2" and Ice Age 3" Dominate Box-Office! 

The Fourth of July box-office weekend ended with a tie between "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs!" Both sequels finished first and tied with $42.5 million each.

But these numbers are just studio estimates right now, final winner will be tallied on Monday.

Meanwhile, the Johnny Depp-Christian Bale crime drama "Public Enemies" debuted at No. 3 with $26.2 million.

Here are some box-office fun facts for the 4th of July weekend:

*** "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" already scored a domestic total of $293.5 million in just 12 days!

*** Since opening Wednesday, "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" earned $67.5 million.

*** "Public Enemies'" 5-day total is a healthy $41 million.

*** Disney-Pixar's "Up" already hauled in $264.9 million, making it the No. 2 box-office champion in the history of Disney-Pixar hit machine. "Finding Nemo" is still the No. 1 flick with $339.7 million total. "The Incredibles" is now at No. 3 with $261.4 million.

*** "The Hangover" passed the magical $200 million mark. It's the fourth movie this year to do so joining "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," "Up," and "Star Trek" in the exclusive $200 million club.

Here's the Top 10 Box-Office estimate for the Fourth of July weekend:

1 (tie). "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs," $42.5 million.

1 (tie). "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," $42.5 million.

3. "Public Enemies," $26.2 million.

4. "The Proposal," $12.8 million.

5. "The Hangover," $10.4 million.

6. "Up," $6.6 million.

7. "My Sister's Keeper," $5.3 million.

8. "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3," $2.5 million.

9 (tie). "Year One," $2.1 million.

9. (tie). "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," $2.1 million.

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"The Green Hornet" Gets New Release Date! 

Sony has switched up its 2010 slate. Now, "The Green Hornet" starring Seth Rogen and Stephen Chow is set for release on July 9, 2010. It was scheduled for release on June 25.

Meanwhile, to imitate Warner's success with "The Hangover," Sony is releasing its buddy comedy starring Adam Sandler called "Grown Ups" in the summertime. Initially slated for a March opening, "Grown Ups" is now set to open in the middle of summer, much like "The Hangover."

But there are other interesting films set to open during the June-July window next year. Some of them are:

"Twilight Saga: The Eclipse" -- June 30
"The Last Airbender" -- July 2
"Despicable Me" -- July 9
"Predators" -- July 9

It will be an interesting time at the box-office. No one can doubt the power of a "Twilight" movie, and M. Night Shyamalan's "The Last Airbender" is getting major buzz. Meanwhile, we have to wait and see for Universal's cartoon "Despicable Me" and the Robert Rodriguez sci-fi reboot "Predators."

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"Asteroids" the Movie! 

Remember the Atari classic "Asteroids?" Well, Universal Pictures has won, yes won, the bidding to turn this vintage game into a big-screen project!

Apparently, Universal beat Fox and Sony.

Hhhmmm, lots of interest to make this 1979 game into a movie?

Scribe Matt Lopez ("Race to Witch Mountain," "Bedtime Stories") is attached to write the script.

I wonder what kind of narrative is Lopez going to come up with? Stay tuned.

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Watch "Public Enemies" Movie Review!  

Good not great, but "Public Enemies" is still worth your $10 bucks! Why?

Watch my movie review of "Public Enemies" by clicking right here.

(For my full written review, click here)

"Public Enemies"

Studio: Universal Pictures
Release: July 1, 2009
Director: Michael Mann
Writer: Ronan Bennett, Michael Mann, Ann Biderman, Mark St. Germain
Cast: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Giovanni Ribisi, Billy Crudup, Stephen Dorff, Rory Cochrane, Stephen Lang, David Wenham, Stephen Graham, Channing Tatum, Jason Clarke

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