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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Catfight! Kristen Bell to be Christina Aguilera's Nemesis in "Burlesque" 


Kristen Bell joins the cast of "Burlesque," the musical drama being directed by Steve Antin. The actress will star as Christina Aguilera's rival.

"Burlesque" tells the story of a small-town girl (Aguilera) with a big voice who becomes the toast of the town after appearing in a Los Angeles neo-burlesque club.

Cher will co-star as Tess, a former dancer who takes the small town girl under her wing. Stanley Tucci will play the manager of the club and the best friend of Tess.

Shooting begins Nov. 9 with a release aimed for Thanksgiving 2010.

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Show Goes On for Chris Rock! Hirsute Lawsuit Dismissed! 


TMZ tells us that a judge has cleared the way for Rock to be able to release his movie "Good Hair."

Regina Kimbell sued Rock, claiming he copied her documentary "My Nappy Roots." Well, the judge has shut down her request for a temporary restraining order. (See the original story by clicking Chris Rock's Hair-Raising Lawsuit! Injunction Filed Against Comedian's "Good Hair")

So all's well that ended well for Rock. He's having a "Good Hair" day!

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