"Hostel" Director Reveals Horror, Sci-Fi Plans 


"Hostel" producer-director, Eli Roth, unveiled his exciting plans at the Morelia International Film Festival. He was at the fest with Quentin Tarantino to promote "Inglourious Basterds" where Roth co-starred as Sgt. Donny Donowitz.

Some of Roth's revelations were:

*** He's planning to finish the script for "Endangered Species" this month. Roth is also planning to direct the sci-fi project

*** He's also writing a script for the horror flick "Thanksgiving," which originally appeared as a fake movie trailer that ran between Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's "Grindhouse."

*** Roth will be directing, producing, and possibly acting in "Thanksgiving"

*** He will be presenting the exorcism movie "Cotton" by director Daniel Stamm to Sundance in two weeks

*** Roth is also developing the martial arts flick "The Man With the Iron Fist" with rapper-turned-director Robert Fitzgerald Diggs set to helm. Diggs is more commonly known as the rapper RZA.

Some exciting plans there Roth! See what happens when you leave the "Hostel" franchise behind? :happy




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"Arrested Development" the Movie! Script is Coming Soon! 


"Arrested Development" creator Mitchell Hurwitz and his co-executive producer James Vallely are working on a script for the big-screen version of the popular show.

Imagine, the production company behind the TV show, and Fox Searchlight are producing the film.

The main cast of the TV show include Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, David Cross, Arnett, Alia Shawkat, Portia de Rossi and Jeffrey Tambor. It's still unclear whether all the cast members are going to star in the film.

Director Ron Howard, who was credited as one of the executive producer of the series, will not helm the movie. Hurwitz will be the one to direct the feature.

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"Up in the Air" and "An Education" Receive Critics' Choice Seal! 


"Up in the Air" and "An Education" have earned the Critics' Choice seal. This Critics' Choice distinction is given to new movies receiving a high Critics' Choice Ratings score in the weekly voting by the Broadcast Film Critics Association to which I'm a proud member!

"Up in the Air," from director Jason Reitman ("Juno") and starring George Clooney and Vera Farmiga, wowed audiences at the recently-held Toronto International Film Festival. The film is being touted as an Oscar contender! "Up in the Air" received a 99 rating from the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

Meanwhile "An Education" from director Lone Scherfig and writer Nick Hornby based on a memoir by Lynn Barber, received a rating of 94 from the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

The film is a coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London and actress Carey Mulligan is receiving much praise for her Oscar-worthy performance!

Congratulations to the filmmakers of "Up in the Air" and "An Education."

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C.S. Lewis' "The Great Divorce" Set for Big-Screen Adaptation 


Beloved Pictures has secured the film rights to C.S. Lewis' "The Great Divorce." This is from the bestselling author who gave us "The Chronicles of Narnia" series.

The first two books under the "Narnia" banner, "The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe," and "Prince Caspian"), were translated brilliantly on the big screen by Disney and Walden Media. Lewis was also the focus of the Academy Award-nominated film, "Shadowlands," starring Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger.

"The Great Divorce" is an adventure tale about one man's journey from the post-apocalyptic world of Grey Town to the outskirts of heaven.

Beloved has hired director David L. Cunningham ("To End All Wars," "Seeker: The Dark is Rising") to helm.

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Oprah is Asking "Will You Be My Black Friend?" 


Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Films has partnered with Lionsgate for a big screen adaptation of the November 2008 GQ Magazine article “Will You Be My Black Friend?”

The article, by senior correspondent Devin Friedman, a self-confessed white boy, details his attempt to make friends with African-Americans.

The story's preface says, "Sure, we may elect a black president this month. And yeah, Oprah has all kinds of white ladies in her audience. But in real life, it seems the older you get, the less chance you have of being friends with someone who is not in your racial demographic. Can a nice white boy make some black friends if he puts his mind to it? Devin Friedman posts an ad on Craigslist to find out."

Read Friedman's article by clicking here.

The film version is being set as a star vehicle for Chris Rock. I'm not quite sure what Rock is going to play, but I hope Harpo and company don't change the race of the main storyteller. The reason why “Will You Be My Black Friend?” worked is because of the racial differences between the characters, and how everyone found out that friendship knows no color.

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