Moses to Get "300" Makeover! 


Holy Moses! The prophet's inspirational story will be re-told in "300" style! Much like the narrative of "The Ten Commandments," the new Moses film will start with the prophet as an infant to his adoption into the Egyptian royal family, all the way to his deliverance of the Hebrews from enslavement.

Peter Chernin is producing for 20th Century Fox. Adam Cooper and Bill Collage will write the script. The duo wrote a "Moby Dick" script with a comic book feel. "Wanted" director Timur Bekmambetov is attached to the project based on Herman Melville's classic, and may work on the film if "Wanted 2" doesn't materialize first.

As far as the Moses film is concerned, all the magical and mystical elements will be retained including the parting of the Red Sea. But this new version will also include new elements of Moses' life that the writers took from Rabbinical Midrash and other historical sources.

So Moses will get the CGI treatment similar to "300," which is fine, just don't give him a 6-pack stomach and a cod piece :happy

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Tab Hunter to Reveal Dark Side of Hollywood in New Documentary 


Actor Tab Hunter is set to appear in the documentary "Tab Hunter Confidential" about what it was like to live a lie in Hollywood. Titled after Hunter's 2005 autobiography, the documentary will be directed by Jeffrey Schwartz (""Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon," and "Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story").

The documentary will profile Hunter as a closeted gay actor at a time when Hollywood forced their homosexual stars to hide so they could market them as heterosexuals. Allan Glaser, Hunter's longtime partner, and Neil Koenigsberg are set to produce.

A little bio about Hunter from Wikipedia:

Arthur Gelien was signed to a contract at Warner Bros. and christened "Tab Hunter" by his first agent, Henry Willson.[2] His good looks got him pegged as a screen idol. He landed a role in the film Island of Desire opposite Linda Darnell. However, it was his co-starring role as young Marine Danny in 1955's World War II drama Battle Cry, in which he has an affair with an older woman but ends up marrying the girl next door, that cemented his position as one of Hollywood's top young romantic leads. He went on to star in over 40 major Holywood films

In September 1955, the tabloid magazine Confidential reported Hunter's 1950 arrest for disorderly conduct. The innuendo-laced article, and a second one focusing on Rory Calhoun's prison record, were the result of a deal Henry Willson had brokered with the scandal rag in exchange for not revealing his more prominent client Rock Hudson's sexual orientation to the public. Not only was there no negative impact on Hunter's career, but a few months later he was named Most Promising New Personality in a nationwide poll sponsored by the Council of Motion Picture Organizations.[3]

Hunter had a 1957 hit record with a cover of the song "Young Love", which was #1 on the charts for six weeks. He also had the hit "Ninety-Nine Ways", which peaked at #11 in the charts, and was actually his first single, before "Young Love". His success prompted Jack Warner to enforce the actor's contract with the studio by banning Dot Records, the label for which Hunter had recorded the single, from releasing a follow-up album he had recorded for them. He established Warner Bros. Records specifically for Hunter, although his singing career foundered after a few more recordings.

Hunter's best role during this period was in the 1958 musical movie Damn Yankees, in which he played Joe Hardy of Washington D.C's American League baseball club. The movie had originally been a Broadway show, and Hunter was the only one in the film version who hadn't appeared in the original cast. The show was based on the 1954 best-selling book The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant by Douglass Wallop.


Koenigsberg promises the film to be as frank as Hunter's book. He tells Variety, "While he and Tony Perkins were lovers, they were on the covers of magazines that asked which of them would get married first. Has it changed that much in Hollywood? If a virile old-fashioned movie star came along like Tab, how would the studios, the financiers and the public respond to the idea he might be gay? Would that star not have to stay in the closet, like Tab and Rock Hudson?"

This will be a salaciously delicious documentary!

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Mandalay Pictures Develops "Horns" by Joe Hill 


The novel is not coming out until February, but the film rights to "Horns" by Stephen King's son, Joe Hill, has been optioned by Mandalay Pictures.

The premise is intriguing -- it's being described as a love story driven by horror and vengeance "that revolves around a 26-year-old man who wakes up one morning from a blackout hangover and finds horns sprouting out of his head. As the horns grow bigger by the day, the reason why seems to lie in the unsolved murder of his girlfriend." (Source: Variety)

Warner Bros. has already bought the rights to Hill's first novel, "Heart-Shaped Box."

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"Couples Retreat" Becomes No. 1 Box-Office Destination! 


Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau teamed up for "Couples Retreat," the weekend's No. 1 box-office flick. The comedy debuted with $35.3 million.

Universal Pictures is celebrating the film's high box-office take. The good news for the studio came just days after management shake-up where top managers March Shmuger and David Linde were replaced by Adam Fogelson and Donna Langley.

The studio is banking on "Couples Retreat's" excellent box-office performance after a crappy season with under-performing films such as "Land of the Lost" starring Will Ferrell, "Funny People" with Adam Sandler, and "Love Happens" with Jennifer Aniston.

But the good news for the weekend belonged to Paramount's "Paranormal Activity." Shot for $15,000, the horror flick debuted at No. 5 with $7.1 million showing in just 160 theaters! It averaged $44,163 per theater compared with $11,780 in 3,000 cinemas for "Couples Retreat!"

With the high demand for "Paranormal Activity," Paramount is putting the film in wide release beginning Oct. 16th. Billed as the first-ever major film release decided by viewers, demands from fans for the movie to be released in their towns reached more than 1 million requests; hence, you'll soon be able to watch "Paranormal Activity" in your neighborhoods! Check out their site http://www.paranormalmovie.com/ for more info.

Here's the estimated Top 10 box-office list for weekend of Oct. 9th:

1. "Couples Retreat," $35.3 million.
2. "Zombieland," $15 million.
3. "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," $12 million.
4. "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2" in 3-D, $7.7 million.
5. "Paranormal Activity," $7.1 million.
6. "Surrogates," $4.1 million.
7. "The Invention of Lying," $3.4 million.
8. "Whip It," $2.8 million.
9. "Capitalism: A Love Story," $2.7 million.
10. "Fame," $2.6 million.

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Simon Cowell to Produce Film About Reality Star Paul Potts 


Simon Cowell is producing a film, along with former Paramount production chief, Brad Weston, that will tell the story of British reality star, Paul Potts.

The film will be called "One Chance" from a script being developed by "The Bucket List" writer Justin Zackham.

Julian Jarrold, the director who gave us "Becoming Jane" and "Brideshead Revisited," is in talks to helm.

Variety tells us that Cowell "is producing the project along with Mike Menchel, who helped discover Potts when his daughter watched a YouTube video of the everyman hero, as well as Menchel's Relevant Pictures partner Steve Whitney. Weston helped steer the project when he was an exec at Paramount, and it was one of several he took with him when he segued to a producer deal on the lot."

Matthew Vaughn ("Stardust" and the upcoming "Kick-Ass") is expected to come aboard to help finance the movie.

"One Chance," a feel-good drama tells the story of Potts, a chubby cell phone salesman and amateur opera singer who defied all odds and became an overnight sensation when he appeared on "Britain's Got Talent." Much like Susan Boyle, Potts saw his video become a viral phenomenon.

Paramount is fast-tracking this film so it will be ready right around the finale of the upcoming season of "Britain's Got Talent" next summer.

Casting will be announced very soon!

Now, I don't know much about Potts, I haven't been following "Britain's Got Talent," but from the videos I saw? This guy is like the "Rocky" of reality singing competition!

Just take a look at his mini-biography:



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