"The Green Hornet" Pushed Again, Gets New Release Date! 

I guess third time's the charm for "The Green Hornet," the big screen adaptation of the classic TV show starring Seth Rogen.

First, the film was supposed to open on June 25, 2010, then it was moved to July 9.

Now, Sony is moving "The Green Hornet" out of its summer slate and will release the movie on Dec. 17, 2010.

Director Michel Gondry begins shooting the film this week. The script is co-written by Rogen with Evan Goldberg.

Rogen stars as the masked crimefighter known as the Green Hornet. Jay Chou replaced Stephen Chow as Kato.

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Get Ready for "Bad Boys 3" 

Columbia Pictures has hired Peter Craig to write the script for the third installment of the "Bad Boys" franchise.

The studio would like to bring back the original players together -- director Michael Bay, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence -- if the price is right.

In 1995, the first "Bad Boys" was released signaling Smith's foray as an action star and Bay as a stylish maestro. The film grossed $66 million nationwide and $141 million worldwide.

The sequel, released in 2003, grossed $138 million domestically and $273 million worldwide.

Everyone involved has expressed interest in returning to the franchise IF there's a good story. But it's to early to tell whether Smith will return as Mike Lowrey and Lawrence as Marcus Burnett -- two Miami detectives who seemed to face never ending car chases and explosions!

But Craig may come up with a great script. He co-wrote "The Town" which Ben Affleck is directing for Warner Bros., and Craig is also adapting the anime "Cowboy Bebop" for 20th Century Fox and Keanu Reeves.

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Nicolas Cage to "Drive Angry" in New 3-D Revenge Action Film 

Nicolas Cage is getting a "My Bloody Valentine 3-D" treatment.

The actor just signed to star in Nu Image/Millenium Films' "Drive Angry" from the writing-directing team of "My Bloody Valentine," Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer.

Lussier will direct from a script he co-wrote with Farmer. According to The Hollywood Reporter:

The story centers on a man (Cage) driven by rage who is chasing the people who killed his daughter and kidnapped her baby. The vendetta/rescue spins out of control as the chase gets bloodier by the mile, leaving bodies strewn along the highway.

The film sounds like a bloody videogame! Oh, and "Drive Angry" will be shot and released in 3-D!

The film is being planned to go into production in April in Louisiana.

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It's Official! Sylvester Stallone to Return as John Rambo for Fifth Film! 

John Rambo is getting ready for his fifth mission!

Sylvester Stallone is going to star and direct in the fifth installment of "Rambo" from Nu Image/Millennium Films.

The fourth film of the franchise released in 2008 grossed $42 million domestically and $113 million overseas.

The Rambo character first appeared in the 1982 film "First Blood," then in 1985 in "First Blood II," in 1988 in "Rambo III," and in 2008 in "Rambo."

The plot of the fifth film has Rambo fighting human traffickers and drug lords to rescue a young girl abducted near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Shooting for "Rambo 5" is set to begin in the spring.

Currently, Nu Image/Millenium and Stallone are busy working on post-production for the upcoming film "Expendables." Stallone wrote and directed and starred in the project. Jason Statham, Jet Li, and Mickey Rourke also co-star with cameos from Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis. "Expendables" is set for release April 23.

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"The Final Destination" Beats Michael Myers and Hippies at Box-Office! 

"The Final Destination" became the top movie destination during the final weekend at the summer box-office.

The fourth film in the "Destination" franchise from Warner Bros. and New Line debuted at the No. 1 spot with $28.3 million. Shown in 3-D and in 3,121 theaters, the scary flick easily beat out Michael Myers in "Halloween 2."

Both horror films were not shown to critics, but this type of movies has built-in audiences to support the genre. Not getting much love though is Rob Zombie's "Halloween 2." The sequel to his far-better "Halloween" film debuted at No. 3 with $17.4 million 3,025 theaters.

Previous weekend's box-office champion, Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" slipped to second place with $20 million. But the film raised its domestic total to $73.8 million after just 10 days in theaters. Overseas, "Inglourious Basterds" has grossed an estimated $19.4 million from 31 countries for a foreign total of $59.1 million. Worldwide total is a healthy $132.9 million.

Not doing so well is Ang Lee's "Taking Woodstock." The film only grossed an estimated $3.7 million from 1,393 theaters to debut at No. 9. It's still a great film, and it deserves to be seen!

(To see my "Taking Woodstock" movie review and interviews with cast including Emile Hirsch, Liev Schreiber, Demetri Martin, and Jonathan Groff, click here)

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box Office films for weekend of Aug. 28:

1. "The Final Destination," $28.3 million.

2. "Inglourious Basterds," $20 million.

3. "Halloween II," $17.4 million.

4. "District 9," $10.7 million.

5. "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," $8 million.

6. "Julie & Julia," $7.4 million.

7. "The Time Traveler's Wife," $6.7 million.

8. "Shorts," $4.9 million.

9. "Taking Woodstock," $3.7 million.

10. "G-Force," $2.8 million.

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