Who is "Hari Puttar" and Why is Warner Bros. Upset? 

Warner Bros. feels the upcoming Mumbai film "Hari Puttar -- A Comedy of Terrors" is a tad too similar to its "Harry Potter" franchise that the studio has filed a lawsuit!

According to Variety, the case is being heard in the Bombay High Court and comes up for hearing Monday, while "Hari Puttar" is slated for a Sept. 12 release.

The Hari Puttar name began making the rounds here as a comic gag when the first "Harry Potter" film was released. "Hari" is a popular Indian name while "Puttar" means "son" in the Punjabi language.

Well, since Warners moved the showing of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" to next summer, I may just have to watch "Hari Puttar -- A Comedy of Terrors."

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The Voice of Astro Girl!!! 

As we reported back in February, "Astro Boy" is set to fly to the big screen with Freddie Highmore ("Finding Neverland") as the voice of the title character.

So who will voice the female lead? Click Read More to find out! Read More...

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"Juno," "Lars" Among Humanitas Prize Film Category Finalists 

The HUMANITAS Prize is an "annual screenwriter's award founded in 1974 to encourage, stimulate and sustain the nation's screenwriters in their humanizing task, and to give them the recognition they deserve."

They honor excellent writing that "explores the human condition in a way which affirms the dignity of the human person and reveals common humanity."

The ceremony, which will award the winners in various categories including $115,000 in prize money, will be given out at a luncheon on Sept. 17 in the Crystal Ballroom of the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Go to their website here, and click read more to see the complete list of nominees. Read More...

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Oh Look! I Got Quoted!!! 

I give studios quotes right after watching an upcoming film. Some of my quotes are half-hearted but they're all coming from my heart -- I stand by each and everyone of them!

So last Friday, a friend of mine was reading the Los Angeles Times, and lo and behold, he saw my name on a full-page ad that Universal Pictures bought for "Death Race."

So he excitedly text me, and I excitedly grabbed a copy of the paper! I was proud EVEN THOUGH Universal used my real name, and not my affable moniker, Manny the Movie Guy!

Oh well, at least my name's out there, and it made my mommy happy :happy

I said, "Death Race" is a thrill-a-minute action adventure, and Jason Statham is Hollywood's new action hero.

And guess what? I truly meant those words, and oh yeah, they were not half-heartedly written :happy

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"Tropic Thunder" Remains Box-Office King 

"Tropic Thunder" survived an onslaught of new films to come out on top for the second week in a row! 5 new movies tried but failed to grab the box-office crown from the current box-office king. Among them, "Death Race," "Hamlet 2," "The Rocker," "The House Bunny," and "The Longshots."

But none of those films managed to topple the comedy flick starring Ben Stiller, Jack Black, and Robert Downey Jr.

"Tropic Thunder" made $16.1 million bucks while the No. 2 film, "House Bunny" raked in $15.1 million. "Death Race" finished third with an estimated $12.3 million box-office take.

Click read more to see the complete Top 10 box-office list for the weekend of August 22nd. Read More...

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