Guy Ritchie Takes On "Lobo," Alien Bounty Hunter! 

Fresh from teaming up with "Sherlock Holmes" starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, and Rachel McAdams, Warner Bros. has hired Guy Ritchie to direct "Lobo," the DC Comics adventure about an alien bounty hunter.

The recent script draft was written by Don Payne; Joel Silver, Akiva Goldsman, and Andrew Rona are attached to produce.

"Lobo" will be Ritchie's follow-up to "Sherlock Holmes."

Production for "Lobo" will begin early next year.

The character first came alive in 1983 in a comic book title "Omega Men," written by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen.

In the movie adaptation, Lobo will be an indestructible, blue-skinned, 7-foot tall antihero who lands on earth in search of four fugitives hell bent on destruction.

Oh, he drives a super cool, pimped-out motorcycle too!

But to give heart to the movie, the antihero will be teaming up with a small-town teenage girl.

Warner Bros. is gunning for a PG-13 rating, and they picture the film to be a visual effects-driven movie with Ritchie's trademark rough and tough storytelling.

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Coming Soon to YouTube: Online Movie Rentals? 

Pretty soon, you may be able to watch new releases alongside your favorite kitty video on YouTube!

Google's online video streaming service, is in deep negotiations with Hollywood studios. The topic? For YouTube viewers to be able to rent new release movies online.

This deal is similar to the one with Apple's ITunes. There's no final deal yet, discussions are still ongoing, but you can read the full story here.

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Fall 2009 Movie Preview! From September to December, See Complete Calendar Release Dates! 

From FX-driven movies to Oscar hopefuls, here are the films I’m looking forward to seeing this fall.



“9” – From producers Timur Bekmambetov (“Wanted”) and Tim Burton, this post-apocalyptic nightmare promises to be surreal and heartbreaking.

SEPT. 18

“Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” – Based on the 1982 children’s book by Judi and Ron Barrett, the film tells the tale of a town where food falls from the sky. Yum!

(Click Read More to see complete calendar list)

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Film Critics Murdered in Philippines 

Alexis Tioseco (pictured left) and Nika Bohinc (pictured right) were shot dead after they disturbed robbers in their Manila home.

This is sad. The Southeast Asian film community is in shock over this news.

Tioseco, a Filipino-Canadian critic, and Bohink, a Slovenian journalist, both worked as programmers and film critics. According to the Mindanao Enquirer newspaper, both were shot several times by one of the three suspects who broke into their home. The newspaper further reported that the police were investigating the alleged involvement of the housemaid. After stealing a laptop and some valuables, the assailants fled in the couple's car.

Both have been strong supporters of Southeast Asian cinema. Tioseco did much to help young independent Filipino filmmakers. He wrote for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, as well as the Philippine Star. He was also the founder of the online journal Criticine.

Tioseco's partner, Bohinc, was a former editor of the Slovenian film magazine Ekran, and she was working as a freelance journalist in Manila.

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"Star Trek" to be Re-released in Imax! 

This coming Friday, Paramount is re-releasing "Star Trek" in almost 100 Imax locations!

The film will only play in Imax for two weeks!

So if you want to see this film again (I've seen it 5 times already -- I love this movie, it's one of my favorite films of the summer) and in Imax to boot, then here's your chance.

So far, "Star Trek" has made $256.7 million, placing it as the Top 5 highest-grossing film of the summer.

Incidentally, summer of 2009 has record-breaking success! It's the highest grossing summer ever. Read the full story right here.

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