Justin Theroux Joins James Franco, Natalie Portman in "Your Highness" 


Justin Theroux joins the cast of "Your Highness" as the villain. As we reported back in May, Natalie Portman, Danny McBride, Zooey Dechanel, and James Franco star in the medieval fantasy comedy for Universal Pictures.

Franco's "Pineapple Express" director, David Gordon Green, is helming the production currently shooting in Ireland.

McBride, who also wrote the script with Ben Best, will play a lazy prince who, together with his brother (Franco), must go on a quest to save their kingdom and those they love. Portman will star as a warrior princess who falls in love with the lazy prince.

Theroux will play the evil wizard Leezar who kidnaps a princess (Deschanel). He has a bejeweled magical staff! The film marks a return to acting for Theroux, who co-wrote last year's "Tropic Thunder" with Ben Stiller and Etan Cohen.

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Christopher Nolan's "Inception." See New Teaser Trailer!  


All we know right now is that "Inception," from "The Dark Knight" director, Christopher Nolan, is a contemporary science fiction tale set within the architecture of the human mind.

We also know that this Warner Bros. production stars Leonardo DiCaprio alongside Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy, and Ellen Page.

And I'm also thrilled that Nolan is directing a script he wrote! I think he's a brilliant director and scriptwriter.

Right now, the film's official site only shows a magical spinning top, but you can visit it right here, it's totally trippy!

The film opens nationwide July 16th, 2010, take a look at "Inception's" teaser trailer. It does look like the director is digging deeper inside the architecture of the human mind:



Genres: Action/Adventure and Science Fiction/Fantasy
Release Date: July 16th, 2010 (wide)
Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution

Actors:
Leonardo DiCaprio
Marion Cotillard
Cillian Murphy
Ellen Page
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Ken Watanabe
Tom Hardy
Tom Berenger

Director
Christopher Nolan

Writer
Christopher Nolan

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Universal Finds Director for "Bioshock" 


Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is in serious talks to direct "Bioshock" for Universal Pictures. It's an adaptation of the Take-Two-Interactive videogame.

Fresnadillo is known for directing "28 Weeks Later."

Gore Verbinski ("Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise) was attached to direct but stepped out due to his commitment to Paramount's animated film "Rango" reuniting him with his "Pirates" star Johnny Depp. The actor is set to voice the lead character.

Verbinski is still attached as "Bioshock's" producer. At one point, Universal and Verbinski couldn't agree on the budget (the film's original budget, under Verbinski, was reaching $160 million).

With Fresnadillo's involvement, this underwater adventure (the film is set in the underwater city of Rapture) sails forward.

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Directors Guild of America Announces Awards Schedule, See Complete Awards Season List 


The Directors Guild of America has selected Jan. 30th for its 62nd Annual DGA Awards! It will be held at the Century Plaza.

The awards season schedule is shaping up as follows:

GOLDEN GLOBES -- JAN. 17
SCREEN ACTORS GUILD -- JAN. 23
PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA -- JAN. 24
DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA -- JAN. 30
WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA -- FEB. 20
INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS -- MARCH 5
ACADEMY AWARDS -- MARCH 7

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"Inglourious Basterds" Wins Glorious Box-Office! See Weekend's Complete Top 10 Box-Office Films! 


Quentin Tarantino's kill Hitler revenge fantasy claimed victory at the box office with a $37.6 million debut!

Starring Brad Pitt, "Inglourious Basterds," is Tarantino's best opening ever, beating the $25.1 million debut of 2004's "Kill Bill - Vol. 2." The World War II film also scored high globally. Opening in 22 countries, "Inglourious Basterds" earned $27.5 giving it a worldwide total of $65.1 million.

(See my "Inglourious Basterds" movie review right here)

"Inglourious Basterds" is the first true hit by the Weinstein Co. since leaving Disney-owned Miramax four years ago.

Meanwhile, Tarantino's comrade, Robert Rodriguez, didn't fare so well. Rodriguez's children fantasy "Shorts" only made $6.6 million at the box-office debuting at No. 6.

"Shorts" tells the story of a magical wishing rock and how it creates chaos in one community. The film stars William H. Macy, James Spader, Jon Cryer, Leslie Mann, Jolie Vanier, Jimmy Bennet, and a lovably gross giant booger!

(See my complete interviews with Rodriguez and "Shorts" cast right here)

Previous weekend's No. 1 film, "District 9," slipped to No. 2 with $18.9 million. The film is on its way to becoming a $100 million hit with its domestic total of $73.5 million.

Here's the complete Top 10 list of box office films for weekend of Aug. 21st:

1. "Inglourious Basterds," $37.6 million.

2. "District 9," $18.9 million.


3. "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," $12.5 million.


4. "The Time Traveler's Wife," $10 million.

5. "Julie & Julia," $9 million.


6. "Shorts," $6.6 million.

7. "G-Force," $4.2 million.

8. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," $3.5 million.


9. "The Ugly Truth," $2.9 million.

10. "Post Grad," $2.8 million.

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