Josh Brolin Replaces Sean Penn in "Cartel" 

In June, citing personal reasons, Sean Penn announced that he was taking a movie making sabbatical and left the films "The Three Stooges" and "Cartel." (See Bummer! Sean Penn Says No to "Three Stooges" Among Others!)

Now, Universal Pictures has set Josh Brolin to star in "Cartel." Asger Leth will direct the drama, and production is set to begin in January in Mexico City. Brian Grazes is producing through his Imagine Entertainment banner. Peter Craig wrote the script.

Variety tells us that "Brolin will play a man on a mission to protect his son after his wife is brutally murdered in the gritty world of Mexican cartels." The film is inspired by the 1993 Italian drama "La scorta."

"Cartel" is going to be Leth's feature film debut. He directed the 2006 documentary "Ghosts of Cite Soleil."

Penn was a great choice for the film, but Brolin is a perfect replacement. The actor's career, sparked by his turn in "No Country for Old Men," is still on fire! Brolin has just finished filming a Woody Allen feature and "Jonah Hex." He will next be working on "Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps" for director Oliver Stone.

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Release Date Change! When You'll Be Able to Watch George Clooney's "Up in the Air!" 

Dec. 4th, that's when you can see "Up in the Air," a film that wowed audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Paramount decided to shift its release date so as not to butt heads with another George Clooney film from a rival studio.

Overture's "The Men Who Stare at Goats," also starring Clooney, will remain on its Nov. 6 slot

"Up in the Air" from director Jason Reitman ("Juno") is considered the more commercial of the two, but both can have the elusive Oscar magic.

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"Pulp Fiction" and "Silent Hill" Writer Going to Prison! 

Oscar winner Roger Avary has been sentenced to a year in jail for causing a fatal traffic crash! (See "PULP FICTION" WRITER ARRESTED AFTER FATAL CRASH" dated Jan. 14, 2008)

In August, Avary pleaded guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving that killed his passenger. Police reports say Avary's car was traveling at more than 100 mph when it crashed into a telephone pole.

Avary won an Oscar in 1995 for co-writing "Pulp Fiction" with Quentin Tarantino. He also co-wrote "Beowulf" and was the credited sole writer of "Silent Hill."

Two weeks ago, it was announced that Avary signed on for the sequel of "Silent Hill." (See Get Ready for "Silent Hill 2").

Davis Films, the company behind the sequel, plans to shoot the movie next year. Avary may have to finish the script and work on pre-production in jail.

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"Zombieland" Movie Review! Caution -- Spoiler Ahead! 

Zombies, like vampires, are the rock stars of the horror genre. From George A. Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” to 2004’s “Shaun of the Dead,” zombies have fed our hunger for flesh-eating mayhem.

With the release of “28 Days Later” and “Shaun of the Dead,” the zombie genre has had a makeover. No longer are the zombies slow and almost immovable, they are now fast and furious.

And it’s just not enough that zombie movies are scary. They also can be funny. “Zombieland” fits right in the funny and scary category. Star Woody Harrelson brings the right charisma to make “Zombieland” one of the most entertaining films this year that is a quasi-buddy movie with a road trip angle and a romantic sentiment. Read More...

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"Twilight" Executive Producers Want to Lick Lauren Conrad's "L.A. Candy" 

Temple Hill Entertainment, one of the producing partners of the "Twilight" franchise, has acquired screen rights to "L.A. Candy," Lauren Conrad's bestselling debut novel.

Conrad, is of course, the ex-star of the MTV reality series "The Hills" and "Laguna Beach." She will be the executive producer of "L.A. Candy" the movie.

Experts say write what you know, so Conrad wrote the book about a 19-year old young woman named Jane Roberts who moves to Hollywood and becomes a reality series star (Sounds familiar?)!!!

There's no writer yet to adapt the novel, nor a studio/financier so stay tuned.

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