Say It Isn't So! Darren Aronofsky to Direct X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2? 


If this rumor is true, then this is great news! Darren Aronofsky ("The Wrestler," "Requiem for a Dream," the upcoming "Black Swan") is being talked about to direct the sequel to "X-Men Origins: Wolverine."

But another director in talks is David Slade, the guy who made "Twilight" cool again! Coming off the success of "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," Slade may get the job, BUT, Mr. Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman, has a good relationship with Aronofsky even though I despised the film they both worked together on, "The Fountain."

Slade could add muscle to the sequel, while Aronofsky could infuse the film with good storytelling. 20th Century Fox is about to make a decision very soon, but either or, I'm very happy with the choices.

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Who's Interested to Star in "Bride of Frankenstein?" 


The remake of the classic 1935 film "Bride of Frankenstein" has been stuck in development hell for quite some time now. The last thing we heard about the project was that Universal and Imagine Entertainment revived the planned remake. That was last year. Today? We heard that no other than Lindsay Lohan is interested in playing the title character. I don't know if you want to believe TMZ but according to the tabloid site:

We're told Lindsay's agent at CAA gave her the script for the yet-to-be filmed remake before she checked into jail and LiLo "really wants it."


Lohan really wants the part but an Imagine Entertainment executive told TMZ that "there is no truth to this."

Regardless of who gets the part, it's about that time again when we annually hear some ramblings about "The Bride of Frankenstein." So Universal and Imagine, just do the remake and let's move forward. The last time a remake was made for "Bride" it was for the 1985 flick "The Bride" starring Jennifer Beals and Sting.

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Ryan Reynolds & Bradley Cooper to Move to San Francisco with Their Dads! 


Hold on dirty minds, don't start twittering yet. This planned move is for an upcoming buddy-cop film that both Reynolds and Cooper agreed to do.

Both actors are attached to star in an action-comedy from writer Sheldon Turner, the guy who gave us "Up in the Air." Reynolds and Cooper will play San Francisco cops who must get their respective ex-police fathers out of retirement to help them solve a case.

The Hollywood Reporter exclusive told us that this film is going for a "Lethal Weapon" vibe -- meaning, edgier R-rated flick. Once upon a time, this project was called "Blowback" and Dwayne Johnson was attached to star.

With Reynolds and Cooper on board, this film may take-off very soon. Although, there's no studio attached to the project...yet.

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UPDATE! "Takers" takes Box-Office Crown from "The Last Exorcism" 


UPDATE: According to final tally, "Takers" was the No. 1 movie in America and NOT "The Last Exorcism." Yesterday, the films were only separated by $300,000, today, it was a mere $146,000 with "Takers" ahead with $20.5 million compared to $20.4 million for "The Last Exorcism."

Here's the final Top 10 list of box-office films:

1. 'Takers,' $20.5 million (2,206 screens), new release
2. 'The Last Exorcism,' $20.4 million (2,874), new release
3. 'The Expendables,' $9.5 million (3,398), $82.0 million total
4. 'Eat Pray Love,' $6.8 million (3,108), $60.5 million
5. 'The Other Guys,' $6.3 million (3,181 screens), $99.0 million
6. 'Vampires Suck,' $5.2 million (3,233), $27.8 million
7. 'Inception,' $4.9 million (2,070), $270.5 million
8. 'Nanny McPhee Returns,' $4.7 million (2,798), $17.0 million
9. 'The Switch,' $4.6 million (2,017), $16.4 million
10. 'Piranha 3D,' $4.3 million (2,491), $18.3 million

"The Last Exorcism" and "Takers" were neck and neck for the No. 1 box office spot according to studio estimates. The horror film "The Last Exorcism" had a very slim lead with a $21.3 million box-office take compared to $21 million opening for "Takers." The distance between the first and the second was a mere $300,000.

Meanwhile, after enjoying the top spot for two weekends, "The Expendables" from actor-writer-director Sylvester Stallone fell to No. 3 with $9.5 million. So far, the Lionsgate testosterone fest has raised its total to $82 million.

Somewhere in the box-office planet, the 3-D special edition of "Avatar" (with additional 9 minutes of footage) sold $4 million worth of tickets lifting its domestic total to $753.8 million.

"The Last Exorcism" only cost $2 million to produce and Lionsgate only shelled out $1 million to distribute the horror flick about an exorcist caught on tape.

Here's the estimated Top 10 list of box-office films for weekend of Aug. 27th (final tally will be released Monday and since the lead between "The Last Exorcism" and "Takers" were so small, expect the Top 10 to change):

1. "The Last Exorcism," $21.3 million.

2. "Takers," $21 million.

3. "The Expendables," $9.5 million.

4. "Eat Pray Love," $7 million.

5. "The Other Guys," $6.6 million.

6. "Vampires Suck," $5.3 million.

7. "Inception," $5.1 million.


8. "Nanny McPhee Returns," $4.74 million

9. "The Switch," $4.7 million.

10. "Piranha 3D," $4.3 million.

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John Cusack to Star as Edgar Allen Poe in "The Raven" 


John Cusack is set to play Edgar Allen Poe in "The Raven" from director James McTeigue. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it's a fictional thriller set in 1849 Baltimore during "the last five days of Poe's life in which he is forced to partner with a detective in search of a serial killer who has kidnapped Poe's fiancé and has gone on a spree of murders that mimics the author's work."

At one point, both Joaquin Phoenix and Ewan McGregor were in talks to play Poe, while Jeremy Renner had to bow out of production because of "Mission: Impossible 4." "The Hurt Locker" star was supposed to play the detective.

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