Rob Zombie Leaves "The Blob," Worships "The Lords of Salem" 

Last year, we told you that Rob Zombie was ready to slice and dice "The Blob" remake. But now, the rocker-turned-director has dropped his planned remake. Why? Because he's tired of having his creation be compared to the original. In an interview with Deadline, Zombie said:

“The remake train is getting pretty tired now and when I made Halloween, everybody complained, either that it was too much like the original or too different. I like that people either love or hate what I do because it’s better than being in the middle, which means forgettable. But when you do an original premise, they take it on face value and after three years of not being able to win on Halloween, I just couldn't go through that again.”

Instead, the director will focus on "The Lords of Salem," a horror flick from Haunted Films, the shingle from "Paranormal Activity" folks headed by Jason Blum, Steven Schneider, and Oren Peli.

Zombie will also write the script of the thriller set in contemporary Salem where the residents are being haunted by 300-year old coven of witches. Hhhmmmm, okay, sounds interesting.

I still believe Zombie is a good genre-director. I totally enjoyed "The Devil's Rejects," heck I even enjoyed the first "Halloween" remake he did in 2007. But the sequel? Forget about it. I'm glad he's sticking to an original, and still spooky, material.

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Will Joaquin Phoenix Make Out with Leonardo DiCaprio in New J. Edgar Hoover Movie? 

Back in June, we told you that Leonardo DiCaprio was closed to signing a deal with Warner Bros. for the planned J. Edgar Hoover biopic by director Clint Eastwood (See Leonardo DiCaprio IS J. Edgar Hoover -- the Crossdressing Crime Fighter!).

Now, there's a big rumor going around that Joaquin Phoenix is the top choice by Eastwood to star as Hoover's paramour and protégé, Clyde Tolson. Supposedly, Hoover and Tolson had a questionable relationship (codeword: gay). The pair socialized and vacationed together, and when Hoover passed away, Tolson was the beneficiary of Hoover's estate. The script is written by "Milk's" Dustin Lance Black so I can't wait to see the Academy Award-winning scribe's take on the ambiguously gay duo.

I think it's a perfect casting choice for both DiCaprio and Phoenix, the actor who fooled us all with "I'm Still Here."

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"Legend of the Guardians: The Ows of Ga'Hoole" Movie Review! It's a Hoot! 

When I first heard that Zack Snyder was attached to direct the animated flick “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole,” I welcomed the news with trepidation. How can the director of the R-rated “300” and “Watchmen” transition to PG-rating animated adventure territory? And it’s about owls of all things! But fear not Snyder fans, the director brings his action sensibilities to the whimsical tale of an owl who dreams.

Based on the first three books of the fifteen-book series Guardians of Ga’Hoole by Kathryn Lasky, the film follows the tale of Soren (voiced by Jim Sturgess), a young owl who loves listening to his father’s epic stories of the Guardians of Ga’Hoole. According to his dad, the Guardians are a mythic band of winged warriors who fought the evil Pure Ones to save all of owlkind. Read More...

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"Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" Movie Review! How Many Kisses Do Oliver Stone, Shia LaBeouf, and Michael Douglas Deserve? 

In the original “Wall Street,” Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) uttered the immortal line, “greed, for the lack of a better word, is good.” In the new sequel “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” Gekko asserts that greed is no longer just good, it’s legal and can potentially doom the U.S. economy.

Gekko prophesizes the economy’s impending doom and gloom prior to the market crashing in 2008. The sequel follows the real-life timeline of when our stocks came crashing down. It makes for a good and timely movie. Read More...

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Kyle Chandler and Elle Fanning Join J.J. Abrams' "Super 8" 

Paramount has announced that Kyle Chandler and Elle Fanning have joined the cast of the super-mysterious "Super 8" from the mind of J.J. Abrams. The film began shooting in West Virginia yesterday.

Ron Eldard, Noah Emmerich, Gabriel Basso, Joel Courtney, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee and Zach Mills complete the cast. Back in May, we told you that a teaser for "Super 8" would be shown with "Iron Man 2," and this is what we knew then, and it's still what we know now: a sequel or a prequel to "Cloverfield" and it tells the story of a group of teenagers from the 70s or 80s who are shooting a movie using a Super 8 camera (Did you have one of those, I did, and they're fantastic! And since it's a Super 8 camera, I'll assume that it's a bunch of 70s kids, the 80s kids will have their bulky camcorder). So when the kids get their film developed, they noticed an image of an alien in the film, tan dan dan...

All we know is Abrams wrote the screenplay, and Paramount is gunning for a summer 2011 release. Check out "Super 8's" teaser, doesn't it remind you of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind?" Oh yeah, Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment is attached to the project:

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