Rats! New Movie Based on "NIMH" Novel 


You may remember the 1982 MGM animated tale "The Secret of NIMH" directed by Don Bluth.

Now, Paramount wants to do a big-screen adaptation of the award-winning "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH."

Director Neil Burger from "The Illusionist" is in negotiations to write the screenplay and possibly direct.

The original film was based on Robert C. O'Brien's "Rats of NIMH" which won the 1972 Newbery Medal and focuses on Mrs. Frisby (renamed Brisby for the film) who must save her family from a farmer's plow.

With the success of "G-Force," more studios are turning to rodents for inspiration, but the "NIMH" series are more serious and don't feature secret agents rats :happy

Take a look at the trailer of "The Secret of NIMH":



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"Wall Street" Sequel Blues! Goodbye Javier Bardem, Hello Josh Brolin? 


Right after Javier Bardem bid adios to director Oliver Stone and his "Wall Street" sequel ("Money Never Sleeps"), we're now hearing that Josh Brolin, who worked with the director in "W," may be offered the role of the villain. That role was of course, first offered to Bardem, but he turned it down.

Brolin is in serious talks to play the hedge fund manager role. The actor would join Michael Douglas reprising his role as Gordon Gekko, and Shia Labeouf as an ambitious trader engaged to Gekko's daughter.

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Mila Kunis to Play Natalie Portman's Nemesis in Supernatural Thriller 


As we reported back in June, Natalie Portman is set to star in director Darren Aronofsky's supernatural thriller called "Black Swan."

The film is set in the world of New York City ballet about a ballerina (Portman) who's competing with a rival dancer. But is the rival a ghost or is Portman's character just having a mental breakdown?

Now, Mila Kunis is in talks to star as Lilly, the mysterious rival dancer.

"Black Swan" is set to begin shooting in New York in the fall under Aronofsky's Protoza Pictures banner. The film is being financed independently, but Fox Searchlight, which distributed the director's "The Wrestler," could come on board.

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"King Kong" Prequel in the Works! 


Spirit Pictures wants King Kong to roar again! The company just picked up the rights to the book "Kong: King of Skull Island," written by Joe DeVito and Brad Strickland. It's a prequel revolving the giant ape. Spirit Pictures wants to align the prequel to the mood of the project developed by effects icon Ray Harryhausen.

This film will focus on Kong's back story before going to the big city, specifically, Skull Island, and will feature other giant gorillas and more dinosaurs.

I'm glad that Merian C. Cooper's family is behind this project. Cooper co-directed the original "Kong" released in 1933. His family helped facilitate the deal with Spirit Pictures.

The visual look of the film will use the same motion-capture technology seen in "The Polar Express" and "Beowulf."

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Guinea Pigs Triumph Over Teen Wizard at Box-Office!  


"G-Force" karate chopped "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" at box-office. The talking, butt-kicking guinea pigs from producer Jerry Bruckheimer debuted at No. 1 with $32.2 million.

The film features voiceover work from Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Tracy Morgan, Penelope Cruz, Steve Buscemi, and Jon Favreau. "The Hangover's" Zach Galifianakis co-stars as the squad's creator and father figure.

(Check out my full interviews with "G-Force" cast and crew and movie review right here)

Previous box-office champion "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" fell down to No. 2 with $30 million. It may be a whopping 61-percent drop from its huge opening last weekend, but the sixth installment already earned $222 million in just 12 days!

Coming in third place was another of the week's wide releases, the Katherine Heigl-Gerald Butler rom com "The Ugly Truth." The battle-of-the-sexes flick passed high expectations and debuted with $27 million box-office take.

"Orphan," another new wide release, came in fourth place with $12.8 million. Meanwhile, "The Proposal" has surpassed "Terminator Salvation" and "Angels and Demons" at the box-office and is shaping up to be star Sandra Bullock's highest-grossing movie.

Here's the Top 10 box-office list for weekend of July 24th:

1. "G-Force," $32.2 million.

2. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," $30 million.

3. "The Ugly Truth," $27 million.

4. "Orphan," $12.8 million.

5. "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs," $8.2 million.

6. "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," $8 million.

7. "The Hangover," $6.5 million.

8. "The Proposal," $6.4 million.

9. "Public Enemies," $4.2 million.

10. "Bruno," $2.7 million.

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