"Chicago" Director to Helm "Pirates of the Caribbean 4?" 

Get ready for a song and dance extravaganza from Captain Jack Sparrow!

Choreographer-turned-director Rob Marshall is in serious talks to take over the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise from director Gore Verbinski.

Verbinski chose to jump the ship and work on the movie adaptation of the videogame "Bioshock." Though that film is stalling right now, the director has moved on to other producing and directing projects.

If negotiations go well, the production of the fourth installment will set sail for an early 2010 start. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney are eager to push the project forward before they work with Johnny Depp for "The Lone Ranger" film. They want to work with the actor for a new "Pirates" then hi-ho silver they go!

Bruckheimer and the studio are optimistic that Marshall will come on board that they've begun casting new characters for the new "Pirates" film.

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My Fun "Funny People" Movie Review! Stand-Up Comedian, I Ain't! 

I visited our lovely Fantasy Springs Resort Casino to do my stand-ups for my "Funny People" review. It's a fun, local casino, and they opened their Improv door just for me :happy

I wanted to do my stand-ups pretending I'm a stand-up comedian and the result? I think it's funny, people!

So yeah, writer-director Judd Apatow recruited Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jason Schwartzman, Leslie Mann, and Eric Bana to act side-by-side with Adam Sandler in "Funny People." A film so serious, it's funny!

Take a look at my review and have fun! (For my written review of "Funny People," click here)

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"Alien" Prequel in the Works! Director Ridley Scott Set to Return! 

Get ready to revisit "Alien." The groundbreaking 1979 film is getting a prequel, and Ridley Scott, the original director is set to return!

YAY! This is the first time Scott is directing an "Alien" movie made after his visionary film came out.

The genesis of the project started with screenwriter Jon Spaihts who was hired to pen the script based on his pitch to Twentieth Century Fox.

The plot of the film? Variety is saying:

It will precede that film (the original "Alien"), in which the crew of a commercial towing ship returning to Earth is awakened and sent to respond to a distress signal from a nearby planetoid. The crew discovers too late that the signal generated by an empty ship was meant to warn them.

So who is Spaiths? Apparently, he's the go-to-guy for space thrillers. He has written many scripts that are currently in pre-production like the Keanu Reeves sci-fi "Shadow 19," there's the space journey film "Passenger," and "Children of Mars" for Disney and Scott Rudin.

Wow, the powers-that-be in Hollywood have such great faith on Spaiths and his sci-fi know-how that he better deliver a fantastic script for the "Alien" prequel!

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Jerry Bruckheimer Set to Battle with "World War Robot" 

After making a splendid showing at the box-office with "G-Force," uber-producer Jerry Bruckheimer is set to go to war! He has bought the feature rights to the comic book "World War Robot" by Ashley Wood.

The graphic novel tells the story of a group of humans and robots battling it out on Earth, the moon, and Mars. The comic book is told in a war-diary format.

Apparently, Bruckheimer closed the deal during Comic-Con last week.

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Summit Fights Back! Rachelle Lefevre is to Blame! 

The drama between Rachelle Lefevre and Summit Entertainment continues. And it's all about the role of Victoria in the third "Twilight" film, "Eclipse."

First, Summit announced that Bryce Dallas Howard will be playing the role of Victoria in the third film. (For more on the story, click here)

Then, Rachelle Lefevre said she didn't even know she was fired! She said:

“I was fully committed to the ‘Twilight’ saga, and to the portrayal of Victoria,” Rachelle continued, explaining the turn of events that led to the casting change. “I turned down several other film opportunities and, in accordance with my contractual rights, accepted only roles that would involve very short shooting schedules. My commitment to ‘Barney’s Version’ is only ten days. Summit picked up my option for ‘Eclipse.’ Although the production schedule for ‘Eclipse’ is over three months long, Summit said they had a conflict during those ten days and would not accommodate me. Given the length of filming for ‘Eclipse,’ never did I fathom I would lose the role over a 10 day overlap. I was happy with my contract with Summit and was fully prepared to continue to honor it. Summit chose simply to recast the part.”

“I am greatly saddened that I will not get to complete my portrayal of Victoria for the ‘Twilight’ audience. This is a story, a theatrical journey and a character that I truly love and about which I am very passionate. I will be forever grateful to the fan support and loyalty I’ve received since being cast for this role, and I am hurt deeply by Summit’s surprising decision to move on without me. I wish the cast and crew of ‘Eclipse’ only the very best,” she said.

Now, Summit is saying it's all Lefevre's fault. The studio said:

Ms. Lefevre's representatives were advised as early as April that THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE was expected to start shooting in early August.

If Ms. Lefevre was, as she describes “passionate,” about being part of THE TWILIGHT SAGA, we feel that she and her representatives would have included us in her decision to work on another film that would conflict with the shooting schedule of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE.

It was not until July 20th that Summit was first informed of Ms. Lefevre’s commitment to BARNEY’S VERSION, a commitment we have since been advised she accepted in early June. Summit had acted in good faith that she would be available to fulfill her obligations both in terms of rehearsals and shooting availability for THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE. We feel that her choice to withhold her scheduling conflict information from us can be viewed as a lack of cooperative spirit which affected the entire production.

Furthermore Ms. Lefevre took a role in the other film that places her in Europe during the required rehearsal time, and at least ten days of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE’s principal photography. This period is essential for both rehearsal time with the cast, and for filming at key locations that are only available during the initial part of production.

Contrary to Ms. Lefevre’s statement, it is simply untrue that the Studio dismissed her over a ten day overlap. It is not about a ten day overlap, but instead about the fact that THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE is an ensemble production that has to accommodate the schedules of numerous actors while respecting the established creative vision of the filmmaker and most importantly the story.

The fact remains that Ms. Lefevre’s commitment to the other project - which she chose to withhold from Summit until the last possible moment - makes her unfortunately unavailable to perform the role of Victoria in THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE.

I told you...drama! If the first "Twilight" was as exciting as this, it would have been the best film of 2008 :happy

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