Get Ready for Another "Brewster's Millions!" 


The life of "Brewster's Millions" keeps going on and on and on...

Beginning as a 1902 novel, then a play in 1906, the project has seen many film incarnations, including the popular 1945 movie starring Dennis O'Keefe, and the 1985 version starring Richard Pryor and John Candy.

Now, Warner Bros. has set Michael Diliberti and Matthew Sullivan to write the script for yet another film version of "Brewster's Millions."

The film tells the tale of a man who inherits $1 million from a rich grandfather. But when a rich uncle who hates the grandfather also dies, the man gets $7 million more but...he must spend the grandfather's million within a year! Ah...fairytale in this dire economy of ours.

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Mike Nichols to Work on Patricia Highsmith's "Deep Water" 


The great director Mike Nichols ("Closer," "Charlie Wilson's War") will tread "Deep Water," an adaptation of the 1957 Patricia Highsmith novel. Fox 2000 has also set Joe Penhall to write the script.

Penhall recently wrote "The Road," an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel. The film version stars Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron.

Highsmith also wrote "Strangers on a Train" and "The Talented Mr. Ripley." "Deep Water" tells the story of a couple where the husband allows the wife to have multiple lovers. But trouble begins when her lovers begin dying.

I like this film already :happy

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"District 9" Invades Box-Office with $37.5 Million! 


Hurray for "District 9!" The cast of unknowns with a relative newcomer director topped the box-office with $37 million debut!

The only A-list name attached with the movie is producer Peter Jackson. Based on director Neil Blomkamp's short film, it's fun to see a "message movie" (strong anti-apartheid allegory told in pseudo-documentary style) win the crowded box-office race. (See review right here)

Previous weekend's No. 1 flick, Paramount's "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," infamously known for not being shown to critics, fell to No. 2 with $22.5 million. So far, its 10-day total is $98.8 million.

"The Time Traveler's Wife" starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams debuted at No. 3 with $19.2 million. This sci-fi romance was just okay, relatively bland, but Bana and McAdams have solid chemistry.

It was a crowded box-office weekend. The other debuts, the funny used-car comedy starring Jeremy Piven "The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard" opened at No. 6 with $5.4 million, Disney's animated adventure "Ponyo" from Hayao Miyazaki came in at No. 9 with $3.5 million, while the teen rock comedy "Bandslam" failed to crack the Top 10. Starring "High School Musical's" Vanessa Hudgens, "Bandslam" only made $2.3 million coming in at No. 13.

(Check out my interviews with the cast of "The Goods, Live Hard, Sell Hard right here; for my interviews with the "Bandslam" cast, click here)

Here's the estimated Top 10 list for box-office weekend of Aug. 14th:

1. "District 9," $37 million.

2. "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," $22.5 million.

3. "The Time Traveler's Wife," $19.2 million.

4. "Julie & Julia," $12.4 million.

5. "G-Force," $6.9 million.

6. "The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard," $5.4 million.

7. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," $5.2 million.

8. "The Ugly Truth," $4.5 million.

9. "Ponyo," $3.5 million.

10. "500 Days of Summer," $3 million.

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Watch "Junction" -- A True Indie Flick! 


Taking a somber flight from Palm Springs to New York, I chose to kill time by watching some independent films that were sent to me by various filmmakers.

One of them was a film called "Junction" from Women on Top Productions. I refused to learn anything about this movie prior to watching it (I do that with other films, even major Hollywood movies if I can, so I'm not tainted), and all I knew was that the film's main actress, producer, and original screenwriter, April Wade, was such a sweetheart, and was lovingly patient with me for she sent this film eons ago and I just never had time to watch it.

Now I had time, and boy, was I pleasantly surprised!

"Junction" is equal parts intriguing, mesmerizing, and an edge-of-your-seat crowd pleaser!

An allegory to isolation and alienation, "Junction" starts with an explosive and bloody fight, and ends with rumination and redemption.

Wade stars as Michaela McHenry, a photojournalist wannabe, who is sent into a personal detective work when she visits her estranged father in prison. To her surprise, she finds out she has other siblings. This startling news sets off the gripping narrative.

One of her siblings is Victoria (co-producer Lira Kellerman) who is hiding a secret of her own. Both Michaela and Victoria are dealing with mother issues and the brimming tension will come to a halt when they cross the "Junction."

Fittingly shot in Arizona's Apache Junction, also known as "dysfunction junction," the film gives a new twist to dysfunctional family.

Adapted by James Ryan and directed by Neal Fradsham, "Junction" is a delight of a film -- a small, true-independent movie that is dark, witty, and will make you want to see the gripping conclusion.

Both actresses did a fine job with their solid performances. Wade is the crux of the film for she invites us to take the dysfunctional journey with her. If she's not believable, the movie would have crumbled.

Giving her equal weight is Kellerman, she's as mysterious and mesmerizing as Wade. Out of 4 kisses? I give this film :35k

So I urge you lovely readers, please take a look at their site, and rent or buy "Junction." Now I know why this film is a multi-award winner within the indie circuit. (Visit the official site by clicking here, there's a link to buy or rent the film)

I can't wait to see what Women on Top Productions will do next!

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Peace! Get Your Own Psychedelic Poster In Time for "Taking Woodstock!" 


Isn't this far out? You too can have your own picture become a hot, psychedelic poster! How? First, my talking points:

1) Keep an eye out for my interviews with the cast of "Taking Woodstock" including Emile Hirsch, Liev Schreiber, Demetri Martin, and Jonathan Groff. Hirsch gave me a compliment for the interview I did with him for "Milk" and that was sweet :happy

2) You have to see "Taking Woodstock" when it opens Aug. 28th! It's about the town that didn't know it's going to be a setting for one of the biggest, pop culture events of the century! It's transformative, thought-provoking, and fun!

3) And of course, I'll post my review right here on www.mannythemovieguy.com

And now, head on out to the official site of "Taking Woodstock" and get posterized -- psychedelic style!

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