Susan Sarandon, John Goodman Join Al Pacino in Dr. Kevorkian Movie! 

Al Pacino is an absolute great pick to star as Jack Kevorkian in the HBO Films' biopic "You Don't Know Jack."

Now, fellow thesps Susan Sarandon and John Goodman are set to co-star for director Barry Levinson's film.

As we all know, Kevorkian is labeled as Dr. Death for he assisted in more than 130 suicides. He went to prison in 1999 for second-degree murder and was paroled in 2007 for good behavior.

Loosely based on Neal Nicol and Harry Wylie's book "Between the Dying and the Dead: Dr. Jack Kevorkian's Life and the Battle to Legalize Euthanasia," the movie fill follow the doctor's rise to infamy as he waged legal battles for the patient's right to die.

Goodman will play Nicol, Kevorkian's friend. According to the UW press website:

Neal Nicol has been a friend and coworker of Dr. Kevorkian since 1961. He was a willing guinea pig in the doctor's research in cadaver blood transfusion and chromium 51 cell survival studies. His medical training as a corpsman and laboratory technician enabled him to assist Dr. Kevorkian on many occasions, while his laboratory supply company often provided materials necessary for Dr. Kevorkian's efforts. Nicol regularly visits Dr. Kevorkian in prison and continues to be a steadfast supporter of the right to die.

Sarandon will play Janet Good, an Hemlock Society activist who becomes one of Jack's supporters. When she is diagnosed with cancer, she asks Kevorkian for help with dying respectably.

Levinson will be working from a script by Adam Mazer.

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Do We Want Another Film Based On a Toy? Get Ready for "Max Steel" the Movie! 

The "Transformers" franchise is a big success, and now, Paramount Pictures, weeks before unleashing "G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra," is teaming with executive producer Joe Roth to give us "Max Steel" another action figure-based film!

Mattel introduced the toy line in 1999 and then an animated series from 2000-2002. But "Max Steel" became more popular in Latin America where it proved to be the No. 1 action figure!

The mythology behind the toy revolves around a 19-year old extreme sports junkie who's infected with nanobots. The mysterious infection turns Max Steel into a superhuman.

Now, Variety is reporting that Mattel, together with Roth, are looking for screenwriter and director (translation: slaves) to develop the characters and storyline "to match the company's plans for the franchise."

So much for creativity...

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"Bruno" Sashays On Top of Box Office 

"Bruno" emerged as the top box-office winner this past weekend. Sacha Baron Cohen's gay fashionista from Austria beat prehistoric animals and giant robots and landed the No. 1 spot with $30.4 million.

But many Hollywood insiders are doubting "Bruno's" staying power since the film, which opened huge Friday (taking in $14.4 million) had a big drop the rest of the weekend. Saturday, "Bruno" fell with just $8.8 million and an estimated $7.2 million Sunday.

Typically, word of mouth help generate a film's success on Saturday and Sunday, but in "Bruno's" case, curiosity probably drove moviegoers to watch it Friday, and then cautiously told their friends to avoid it on Saturday and Sunday.

Cohen's previous film, "Borat," started with $9.2 million Friday, then climbed to $10.1 million Saturday, suggesting that moviegoers were telling their pals to watch the film.

"Borat" eventually became a $100 million box-office smash. Many are wondering if "Bruno" can equal that success.

Meanwhile, "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" took the No. 2 spot with $28.5 million, raising its domestic total to $120.6 million.

At No. 3 is the box-office sensation "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" with $24.2 million. So far, the sequel has raised its domestic total to $339.2 million, surpassing the original's $319 million box-office total.

And the weekend's other new release, 20th Century Fox's romantic comedy "I Love You, Beth Cooper" opened poorly with $5 million to debut at No. 7. Moviegoers did not show the love to Beth Cooper.

Here's the Top 10 Box Office list for the weekend of July 10th:

1. "Bruno," $30.4 million.

2. "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs," $28.5 million.

3. "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," $24.2 million.

4. "Public Enemies," $14.1 million.

5. "The Proposal," $10.5 million.

6. "The Hangover," $9.9 million.

7. "I Love You, Beth Cooper," $5 million.

8. "Up," $4.7 million.

9. "My Sister's Keeper," $4.2 million.

10. "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3," $1.6 million.

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"Bandslam" Rocks! I Really Enjoyed this Film! And "Twilight" Fans, it's Confirmed! "New Moon" Trailer to be Shown! 

I had no idea what to expect with "Bandslam," but I had faith that director Todd Graff would do wonders with the material. In 2003, Graff wrote and directed "Camp" which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at that year's Sundance.

This time, the director is back with singing kids and a rockin' soundtrack to give us one of the most fulfilling movies this summer.

Vanessa Hudgens (Sa5m -- the 5 is silent)and Alyson Michalka (Charolotte) are fantastic but newcomer Gaelan Connell (Will Burton) is the anchor of the film. His role as a high school loser with great love for rock and roll is the focal point of the film. But perennial scene-stealer Lisa Kudrow as Gaelan's mom well, steals the show.

There is no false note in the film, the script is funny and touching, and the end result is a sweet movie about kids wanting to rock out at Bandslam, the annual band contest that turns high school rock bands into professional rock stars!

Oh yeah, there's a cameo by a respectable rock god!

So this is no "High School Musical." Trust me!

"Bandslam" opens nationwide on August 14th! And I will post my full review plus my interviews with Vanessa Hudgens, Alyson Michalka, Gaelan Connell, and Lisa Kudrow very soon!


My Summit contact confirmed to me that "Twilight Saga: New Moon" trailer will be shown before "Bandslam" on its theatrical release! And he said that it's a great trailer! But he won't tell me anything else...darn it, I wish they showed the trailer during the screening last night, but I'll keep on asking for info :wink

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Ryan Reynolds Beats Bradley Cooper, Justin Timberlake to become "Green Lantern!" 

There was big talk yesterday that Warner Bros was about to decide who will wear the super-fantastic ring in "Green Lantern." Director Martin Campbell ("Casino Royale"), producers Donald De Line and Greg Berlanti have spent 5 months searching for the actor to play Hal Jordan, the Air Force pilot chosen by a dying alien to be his successor in an intergalactic police force known as the Green Lanterns.

The top three finalists were Bradley Cooper ("The Hangover"), Ryan Reynolds ("The Proposal," "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"), and Justin Timberlake ("Alpha Dog," "Black Snake Moan").

The studio must act quick because their holding deal with the actors would have expired this coming Monday. So act quickly they did, and chose...RYAN REYNOLDS!

That's right, Deadpool will also be the Green Lantern!

Reynolds beat other contenders such as Michael Fassbender, Henry Cavill, and Jared Leto. The actor will hold the title of the only thespian to have played both DC and Marvel Comics superhero.

But here's hoping that the "Green Lantern" will not suffer the same fate as "The Flash" which Reynolds was also attached to play. And to this day, no word yet on when the superhero speedster will race to the theaters.

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