"XXX: The Return of Xander Cage" Gets New Director 


Columbia Pictures has hired Ericson Core to direct "XXX: The Return of Xander Cage," the third installment in the action franchise. Neal Moritz and Joe Roth are producing.

Vin Diesel will return as Xander Cage, an extreme sports athlete-turned-government agent. Rob Cohen directed the original "XXX," but both star and director decided to ignore the 2005 sequel, "XXX: State of the Union," which starred Ice Cube and was helmed by Lee Tamahori.

Cohen agreed to return as director last year, but dropped off and chose to work on "Medieval" instead.

The hiring of the new director must also get the approval from Diesel. The actor worked with Core before in the 2001 movie "The Fast and the Furious." Core was a cinematographer in that film.

Core made his directorial debut with the 2006 football flick "Invincible."

"Terminator Salvation" scriptwriters, John Brancato and Michael Ferris, wrote the script for "XXX: The Return of Xander Cage."

The plot involves Cage's return to the National Security Agency after an eight-year absence.

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The Santa Barbara Film Festival to Honor Quentin Tarantino 


Quentin Tarantino is set to get the 2009 Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film at The Santa Barbara Film Festival.

The trailblazing director is having a great year. His "Inglourious Basterds" debuted at No. 1 selling $38 million worth of box-office tickets. It's his biggest to date.

Now, he will be presented with the award by Douglas himself at the Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara during a gala dinner on Oct. 22.

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Get Ready to Board "Soul Train" the Movie! 


Remember the classic TV show "Soul Train?" Well, Warner Bros. has just hired Malcolm Spellman to write a big screen adaptation!

Don Cornelius, the host and producer of the TV show, will co-produce along with Darryl Porter and Aaron Geller of Porter/Geller Productions.

Spellman's take on the project? He's writing a film set in the 1980s!

He tells Variety:

"All of the hip-hop street dances you see today were born during that time period and were first seen on that show, and I remember doing all of them when I was a kid."

Wow, the big screen version of "Soul Train" sounds like "Breakin'" and "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo!"

According to Spellman, the plot revolves around our hero who comes from the L.A. hood, and his dancing prowess (he's good at "popping") will be his ticket out of the ghetto and into the spotlight.

Spellman further says, "This guy is a serious popper, with street edge, and he wants to get on that tour, with the hottest of the hot."

"Writing with Don involved is quite an experience. He's still the godfather of cool."

That's cool, but I told y'all, the plot sounds like "Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo." :happy

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Susan Sarandon to Join "Wall Street" Sequel  


Susan Sarandon is in talks to join "Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps" from 20th Century Fox.

Oliver Stone is set to direct from a script by Allan Loeb.

Sarandon will play the mother of a young Wall Street trader (to be played by Shia LaBeouf). Michael Douglas will reprise his memorable role as Gordon Gekko. Frank Langella also co-stars Lewis Zabel, an old-time broker who becomes the mentor of LaBeouf's character. Apparently, the fate of the Zabel character plays a major part in the film.

Shooting begins next month in New York.

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"Taking Woodstock" Movie Review -- How Many Kisses Do These Hippies Get? 


If I could have the opportunity to go back in time and visit the 1960s, I will first choose 1969. Two big life-changing events happened that year. First, the Stonewall Riots in June which marked the beginning of the Gay Liberation movement; and second, the “Woodstock Music & Art Fair” in August that changed the face of popular culture forever.


From August 15th to the 18th in 1969, half a million people attended and more tried and failed to get to the Woodstock concert site in White Lake, NY. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most pivotal moments in music history.

Forty years later, director Ang Lee (“Lust, Caution,” “Brokeback Mountain”) captures the event in the new film “Taking Woodstock.” Based on the autobiography by Elliot Tiber called “Taking Woodstock: A True Story on a Riot, a Concert, and a Life,” the film aims to tell more on what happened behind the scenes and less on the concert itself. “Taking Woodstock” is about what Tiber saw at the countercultural revolution. Read More...

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