Leonardo DiCaprio Wants Gothic "Little Red Riding Hood" 

A Gothic reimagining of "Little Red Riding Hood" is in the works, thanks to Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way production. David Leslie Johnson, the guy who wrote "Orphan," is set to write the screenplay.

The story of "Little Red Riding Hood" is gothic already -- big bad wolf eating kids -- but through the years, it's been sanitized. So I suspect that DiCaprio and company will go back old-school from when the story was first popularized.

The story by Charles Perrault, the author of the first published version, has Red Riding Hood being eaten by the wolf, and has no happy ending.

Don't look for DiCaprio donning a red riding hood anytime soon though, or a Big Bad Wolf costume for that matter. The actor is not going to be in the film, he's just producing the gothic version.

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Jason Segel Teams Up with Jonah Hill, Jason Schwartzman for Adventure Comedy 

Jason Segel made us appreciate the magic of puppets in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," now he wants to take us to a grand adventure.

Segel is teaming up with Jonah Hill and Jason Schwartzman for "The Adventurer's Handbook." "Hot Rod" director, Akiva Schaffer, is set to helm for Universal.

Hill co-wrote the script along with Matt Spicer and Max Winkler. The story? The Hollywood Reporter is saying:

Four childhood friends who are bored with the monotony of their lives embark on a global adventure inspired by the stories of explorers detailed in Mick Conefrey's book "The Adventurer's Handbook: Life Lessons From History's Great Explorers."

Segel, Hill, and Schwartzman, in essence, are all going to play losers. Segel is a talented musician who's an alcoholic and ends up being a backup piano player; Hill stars as an engineer estranged from his family; Schwartzman is a three-time Grammy winner but is spoiled rotten!

These lovable losers will test their mettle when production begins early 2010.

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Bon Appétit! "Julie and Julia" Movie Review, Plus See Recipes Inspired by the Film! From Herb-Roasted Chicken to Butter Poached Maine Lobster! YUM! 

Ah summer. It’s a time for big blockbuster movies and Meryl Streep. The greatest living American actress must contend with a new title – box-office queen. Streep scored in summer of 2006 with “The Devil Wears Prada” and then in 2008 with “Mamma Mia!” Now, she’s getting ready for a three-peat with her meaty performance in “Julie and Julia.”

Streep stars as Julia Child, the woman who forever changed the way America cooks and eats. But before she became a household name, Child was an American housewife living in Paris in 1948. “Julie and Julia” captures Child’s rise to culinary fame from her humble beginnings as a student at the famous Cordon Bleu cooking school to her game-changing cooking show, “The French Chef.” Read More...

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We Told You So! Paramount Denies Critics Sneak Peek of "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" 

Last week, while I was trying to mend my wounded heart, I posted that Paramount told me "G.I. Joe's" a no go for critics! So, yeah, that hurt me a bit. Being a fan of the cartoon, not the dolls :happy

Read what I said about that here.

Now, it's all over the blogosphere and the inter-web!

And I wonder why Paramount won't show it! From what I've heard, "G.I. Joe" is not that bad -- definitely a film made for fanboy. So was "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," and I actually enjoyed that film!

But here's what the Associated Press is saying about the critics being dissed!

And this one's from Variety.

Oh well, I guess I just have to review "Julie and Julia" this weekend. Time to cook!

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Hugh Jackman to Star in Musical "The Greatest Showman on Earth" 

Hugh Jackman is attached to star in 20th Century Fox's new musical "The Greatest Showman on Earth."

The actor will play American showman P.T. Barnum in this original contemporary musical to be written by Jenny Bicks ("Sex and the City").

"Dreamgirls" producer, Laurence Mark, will oversee production. This new musical is a product of Mark and Jackman's collaboration at the 81st Academy Awards.

Barnum was known as the creator of the three-ring circus, and more importantly, popular for being called the showman. He was also infatuated with the Swedish Nightingale, Jenny Lind.

Their inspiration for the Lind character is actress Anne Hathway.

The best part? British singer-songwriter Mika is in talks to write music and lyrics. Fox wants "The Greatest Showman on Earth" to have a contemporary musical score, and I think Mika's a great choice!

Jackman really wants to make several big-screen musicals. Besides "The Greatest Showman on Earth," the actor is also attached to star in a "Carousel" remake for Fox 2000.

And yes, Jackman also wants Hathaway to be his on-screen partner for the musical remake as well. Wow, they really hit it off with their song-and-dance number for this year's Oscars huh?

But I do agree. Jackman and Hathaway have palpable on-screen chemistry! But then, the Sexiest Man on Earth can make any actress look good :happy

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