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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Russell Crowe to Set Sail in New "Master & Commander" Film? 


Russell Crowe is in early talks to reprise the role of British sea captain Jack Aubrey in a new movies based on the "Master & Commander" series of novels by Patrick O'Brian.

A script has been written and it's based mostly on the eleventh novel of the series called "The Reverse of the Medal."

Crowe starred in the original 2003 film "Master & Commander" which was based on several novels of the O'Brian-written series.

The actor gave no indication on when the production will begin and was just heard saying, "there's still a long way to go."

Meaning -- he's probably not happy with the script and would like a rewrite.

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You've Read it, Now Watch it! "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" Movie Review! It's Quite Magical! 


Here's my "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" movie review.

If you want to read my in-depth take on the film, as well as the differences between the book and the movie, click here. Caution, there are many spoilers in that post.

For now, enjoy my magical review, and see why I'm calling this "Harry Potter" the best of the franchise!



"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"

Warner Bros. Pictures

Directed by David Yates
Produced by David Heyman, David Barron
Written by Screenplay: Steve Kloves
Novel: J. K. Rowling
Starring

Daniel Radcliffe
Rupert Grint
Emma Watson
Michael Gambon
Jim Broadbent
Alan Rickman
Tom Felton
Helen McCrory

Music by Nicholas Hooper
Themes John Williams

Cinematography Bruno Delbonnel
Editing by Mark Day
Studio Heyday Films
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date: July 15, 2009
Running time 153 minutes

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