George Clooney Says Buh-Bye to Steven Soderbergh's "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." 

As we told you last year, Steven Soderbergh wanted to make a big screen version of the 1960s NBC spy drama "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." George Clooney was attached to star but now, Deadline is saying that the actor is "in the process of withdrawing." The reason for the exit is still unclear, perhaps it's the good, old "creative differences" excuse?

But apparently, Warner Bros. wants to stay on track for a February 2012 production start, so let's wait and see who they will pick to replace Clooney. Stay tuned...

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Josh Brolin is Spike Lee's "Oldboy!" 

I love "Oldboy," the 2003 Korean thriller from Park Chan-wook which was the Grand Prix Winner at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. Mandate Pictures is remaking the film with Spike Lee set to direct the Mark Protosevich script.

Josh Brolin was rumored to be on the short list but now, Deadline is saying it's official: Brolin will be working with Lee and production
begins in March.

Can you picture Brolin as an avenging father who was kidnapped on his daughter's birthday and kept in solitary confinement for 15 years? I can! For now, check out the trailer of the original "Oldboy!"

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Hurricane Irene Helps "The Help" Beat New Box-Office Contenders 

It was a storm-soaked box-office weekend with the wrath of Hurricane Irene affecting box-office results and helping "The Help" weather competition from new films.

"The Help" remained the No. 1 film of the weekend with its $14.3 million box-office take (so far, "The Help" has grossed $96.6 million and is expected to reach $100 million by Tuesday.) Many East Coast theaters closed in preparation for Hurricane Irene and did not help the fate of new nationwide releases such as Zoe Saldana's action thriller "Colombiana" which debuted at No. 2 with 10.3 million.

Meanwhile, Katie Holmes' "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" from producer/co-writer Guillermo Del Toro only managed to scare up $8.7 million debuting at No. 3. And Paul Rudd's comedy "Our Idiot Brother" landed at No. 5 with $6.6 million.

Here's the list of the Top 10 Box-Office Films for the rain-soaked weekend of Aug. 26th:

1. "The Help," $14.3 million.

2. "Colombiana," $10.3 million.

3. "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," $8.7 million.

4. "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," $8.65 million ($22.1 million international).

5. "Our Idiot Brother," $6.6 million.

6. "Spy Kids: All the Time in the World," $5.7 million.

7. "The Smurfs," $4.8 million.

8. "Conan the Barbarian," $3.1 million.

9. "Fright Night," $3 million.

10. "Crazy, Stupid, Love," $2.9 million.


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Win Exclusive Prizes from "The Debt!" It's Easy to Enter! 

Thanks to our friends at Focus Features, you can win exclusive prizes from the movie "The Debt" starring Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain, and Helen Mirren.

One lucky winner will get:

*** THE DEBT duffle bag
*** THE DEBT drinking sports cup
*** THE DEBT ball cap

Just log on to, "like" my page and "like" the post, it's that easy!

Deadline to enter is Thursday, Sept. 1st. The winner's name will be drawn on Friday, Sept. 2nd.

Sorry international friends, but this is limited to U.S. residents only!

Thanks and watch THE DEBT when it opens August 31st.

Watch my video of yours truly explaining the contest!

HAVE FUN!!! :happy

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"The Debt" Movie Review! How Many Kisses Does Sam Worthington Get? 

To watch my interviews with:

Sam Worthington, and you should, click here

Jessica Chastain, click here

Director John Madden, click here

Here’s more info on “The Debt” from Yahoo:

In 1997, shocking news reaches retired Mossad secret agents Rachel and Stefan about their former colleague David. All three have been venerated for decades by their country because of the mission that they undertook back in 1966, when the trio tracked down Nazi war criminal Vogel in East Berlin. At great risk, and at considerable personal cost, the team's mission was accomplished - or was it? The suspense builds in and across two different time periods, with startling action and surprising revelations.

Genres: Thriller, Crime/Gangster, Adaptation, Remake and War

Release Date: August 31st, 2011 (wide)

MPAA Rating: R for for some violence and language.

Distributors: Focus Features

Production Co.: MARV Films

Studios: Miramax Films

Filming Locations: United Kingdom

Produced in: United Kingdom

Cast and Credits

Starring: Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, Tom Wilkinson, Ciaran Hinds, Marton Csokas

Directed by: John Madden

Produced by: Eitan Evan, Matthew Vaughn, Kris Thykier

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