Bryce Dallas Howard Replaces "Twilight" Actress 


Bryce Dallas Howard is replacing Rachele Lefevre as the character of Victoria in the third installment of the super-popular vampire romance franchise. Howard is joining the cast of "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse."

Lefevre starred as Victoria in the first film "Twilight" and will be appearing in the upcoming sequel "New Moon." Why is the actress leaving the franchise? Summit says...scheduling conflicts.

Really?

"Twilight's" main cast members Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are starring in other movies while working on the series and they've never encountered scheduling conflicts.

And why would Lefevre leave a franchise as big as "Twilight?"

Oh yeah, and why would Summit hire a bigger, and perhaps a more accomplished star, to replace Lefevre?

Just between us, I thought Lefevre's performance in the first movie was a bit off (but I blamed the poor characterization), so maybe Summit is just now catching up?

"The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" is set to start shooting in Vancouver in August from director David Slade, and is set for release on June 30, 2010.

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What? "The Wolfman" Moved Again? See What Else Universal is Changing 


Okay, I'm getting tired of "The Wolfman" and I haven't even seen it! I was excited about this film, um, last year, but now, I'll probably just wait for it on DVD, but then, that means a longer wait!

First, the Benicio Del Toro-starrer was supposed to be released Feb. 13 of this year, then was moved to April 3, and then Nov. 6.

Now, Universal Pictures has changed their calendar yet again, and has set "The Wolfman" for Feb. 12, 2010 release date.

But that date is already overcrowded! "The Wolfman" must howl against the romantic comedy "Valentine's Day," "Remember Me" starring "Twilight's" Robert Pattinson, and Disney's 3-D re-release of "Beauty and the Beast."

What's going on with "The Wolfman" and why is the film being bounced around like a red-headed stepchild?

And opening the film in a less-than-stellar month of February is not a good sign. "The Wolfman" is not good enough to be a summer blockbuster? Universal doesn't have faith in the product?

But once in a while, a terrific movie like "Silence of the Lambs" can open in February. But that's once in a while...

Universal also has announced new dates for their other upcoming films. But you know, dates can change a lot in the Universal world so take heed.

Here are the films and their respective dates:

*** "Green Zone" -- Director Paul Greengrass reunites with his Jason Bourne star, Matt Damon

*** "MacGRUBER" -- the "Saturday Night Live" spin off from producer Lorne Michaels

*** Robin Hood (it still doesn't have an official title) starring Russell Crowe -- May 14

*** "Get Him to the Greek" -- comedy produced by Judd Apatow starring Russell Brand. Take note, "The A-Team" and "The Karate Kid" films are also opening the same date. This will be a bloody showdown at the box-office.

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Another Dr. Seuss Book to Make Its Way to the Big Screen! 


Universal Pictures is getting ready to adapt the Dr. Seuss book "The Lorax" and turn it into a 3-D CG animated feature!

The film will be co-directed by Chris Renaud, Cinco Paul, and Ken Daurio. Paul and Daurio, who wrote "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who," are set to write the script.

Published in 1971, "The Lorax" is deemed to be a fable about human's impact on the environment. The Lorax in the title is a "mossy, bossy man-like creature resembling an emperor tamarin." He becomes the champion of the trees against the big bad Once-ler.

"Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" has a target release date of March 2, 2012, which by the way, falls on the birthday of Theodor Geisel aka Dr. Seuss.

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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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