John Hughes Documentary Finds Distributor! 


The fitting title of a new documentary about the late, great John Hughes is "Don't You Forget About Me." That title is, of course, an homage to the new wave group Simple Minds and their similarly titled song for "The Breakfast Club," one of Hughes' 80s classics.

This documentary did not have a future until the director's untimely death last week.

Now, Alliance Films has purchased world rights to the documentary.

The film delves deeper into Hughes' pop culture hits such as "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "The Breakfast Club," and "Sixteen Candles."

But it is also an "in-search of" type of documentary with the filmmakers (headed by director Matt Austin-Sadowski) going to suburban Illinois to find the reclusive Hughes.

Why did Austin-Sadowski do the documentary? He tells Variety, "He inspired me as a person, going through an awkward adolescence, as many people do."

"He took affairs of the heart very seriously, and no other director gave teenagers that sort of treatment at that time."

And Austin-Sadowski interviewed the Brat Pack as well such as Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Mia Sara, Kelly LeBrock and Andrew McCarthy.

But that Molly Ringwald! She refused to be part of the film!


And ultimately, Austin-Sadowski said he worked on the documentary not for monetary gain but for the public to have renewed interest in Hughes' films. He said, "That's what's important to us. It's not the deal. It's not more exposure for us."

Aw...I'll certainly support this documentary!

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Get Ready for "Hank Williams" the Movie! 


The elusive movie magic worked for Johnny Cash in the Oscar-winning "Walk the Line," now, Nashville-based 821 Entertainment Group and Strike Entertainment teamed up to give us a feature film based on the life and times of country music legend Hank Williams.

Marc Abraham ("Flash of Genius") will write the script and Universal is getting a first look at the project.

The production gets the blessing from Hank Williams estate including his most memorable songs such as "Cold, Cold Heart," "Your Cheatin' Heart" and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry."

Williams, one of the most influential country music singer-songwriters, had a gripping but emotionally-rich life story. After growing up poor during the Depression, Williams found fame with 11 No. 1 hits!

Then Williams turned to alcohol and morphine for pain relief due to his spina bifida. He died in 1953. He was 29.

Abraham will be using the book, "Hank Williams: The Biography" by Colin Escott for inspiration. Escott, in turn, will get an associate producer title. Abraham told Variety, "He (Williams) was the first real star who went down as the result of his lifestyle, succeeded by Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and Kurt Cobain."

"He destroyed himself, but for six years leading to his death, Hank had six songs each year in the top 10."

The last time Williams' story was turned into a movie was the 1964 film called "Your Cheatin' Heart" starring George Hamilton.

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Let's All Act Surprise! "G.I. Joe" Sequel Being Planned! No, Really? 


"G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" opened worldwide to resounding success, a triumphant $100 million box-office bonanza! And in the U.S. alone, "G.I. Joe" collected $56.2 million during its debut weekend.

So now, Paramount's vice chairman, Rob Moore, confirmed that a sequel will soon go into development!

"G.I. Joe's" main actors are contractually obligated to return for another round, but the director, Stephen Sommers, is not! And with all the production rumors surrounding Sommers, Paramount may have thought of looking for another director.

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N'yuk, N'yuk, N'yuk! Is Paul Giamatti Replacing Sean Penn in "The Three Stooges?" 


As we reported in June (Bummer! Sean Penn Says No to "Three Stooges" Among Others!), Sean Penn left Peter and Bobby Farrelly's planned production of "The Three Stooges."

But now, Mark Shanahan of The Boston Globe is saying that the Farrelly brothers have signed on Paul Giamatti to replace Penn as Larry!

Benicio Del Toro is still set to play Moe! Not looking so great though, is Jim Carrey's participation as Curly. Apparently, the star is not going to say n'yuk, n'yuk, n'yuk.

But the Farrely brothers know who they want, they're just not revealing the name right now. Stay tuned...

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When Will You Be Able to See Michael Jackson's Concert Film? 


Sony Pictures and Sony Music are officially producing a film of Michael Jackson' final concert tour!

The studio will release "This Is It" worldwide on Oct. 30!

The film will feature rehearsal and behind-the-scenes footage shot by show director Kenny Ortega. The director also helmed the super-popular "High School Musical" series.

Some sequences of the movie will be featured in 3-D.

Sony apparently paid as much as $60 million to AEG Live and the Michael Jackson estate.

Sony Pictures CEO, Michael Lynton, says: "This historic recording of the last time (Jackson) sang and danced on stage shows the legendary artist in an incredibly powerful way, with crystal clear images and sound."

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