"Mad Max 4" in the Works But Where's Mel Gibson? 

The fourth film in the "Mad Max" franchise, to be called "Fury Road," is set to go into production in Sydney and New South Wales next year.

George Miller will produce the film which by the way, is reportedly going to cost $100 million! Yes, $100 million for a "Mad Max" film, isn't that insane?

But right now, there's no studio backing for the fourth film yet, and Mel Gibson, the original Max, is not attached to the movie.

Say what you will about Gibson, but a "Mad Max" film without him is like having an "Indiana Jones" movie without Harrison Ford.

I also heard that Miller is currently in production on "Happy Feet 2." I enjoyed the first one, here's hoping this one's great.

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New Bond Film to Shoot Next Year? 

If we are to believe the current James Bond, Daniel Craig, then the 23rd 007 film will start shooting late next year.

Craig gave that timeline answer to a fan asking him about production of the next Bond film while exiting the stage door for "A Steady Rain," the Broadway play he's starring with Hugh Jackman.

But MGM had no comment.

This is what we know -- Peter Morgan, Neal Purvis, and Robert Wade are writing the script for the new Bond film. Purvis and Wade both worked on "Quantum of Solace" and "Casino Royale."

Morgan, is the brilliant scriptwriter behind "The Queen" and "Frost/Nixon."

There's no director attached to the film yet, so stay tuned...

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"Paranormal Activity" Beats "Saw VI" at Box-Office Fright Fest! 

Jigsaw from the "Saw" franchise was no match to the demon in the center of "Paranormal Activity." The shaky-cam extravaganza has won a weekend fight of fright flicks!

"Paranormal Activity," one of the scariest films of the year, possibly of the last decade, took over the No. 1 spot with $22 million compared to just $14.8 million for "Saw VI."

Maybe you were saying "you saw it already" because the Lionsgate franchise that has been a Halloween fixture for the last few years opened with its weakest performance to date.

The "Saw" franchise's previous low was $18.3 million for the original movie. The following sequels all opened at $30 million or better...at least, until..."Paranormal Activity."

Should we stick a fork in the "Saw" franchise 'cause it's done?

When I spoke with Tobin Bell, the man behind Jigsaw/John, he revealed that there were plans to make "Saw VII" IF "Saw VI" does well. (Check out my interview with Tobin Bell right here)

Now that it failed, the future of the "Saw" franchise is bloody unclear!

"Paranormal Activity," a film that was made for a mere $15,000, has grossed $62.5 million already!

I'M TELLING Y'ALL, IF YOU LOVE SCARY FILMS, GO WATCH "PARANORMAL ACTIVITY" RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW! Sure, it used the "Blair Witch" documentary style, but that's where the comparison ends. "Paranormal Activity" has a strong narrative focus (it even foreshadows the end), and there's a satisfying payoff.

The previous weekend's top flick, "Where the Wild Things Are" fell to No. 3 with $14.4 million. I enjoyed this film as well, director Spike Jonze stayed true to the spirit of Maurice Sendak's beloved book.

Meanwhile, new releases did not fare well. "Astro Boy" opened at No. 6 with $7 million, while Universal's "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant" tanked! Tanked I tell ya!

"Cirque du Freak" came in pre-sold. It's based on a book series. But even the fans of the book ignored this Universal release. YIKES!

(Check out my interviews with "Astro Boy's" Freddie Highmore and Eugene Levy right here)

Fox Searchlight's "Amelia" starring the wonderful Hilary Swank opened at No. 11 with $4 million. Not bad for an independent film about the legendary Amelia Earhart. (Check out my interviews with Hilary Swank and director Mira Nair right here)

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box Office list for weekend of Oct. 23rd:

1. "Paranormal Activity," $22 million.

2. "Saw VI," $14.8 million.

3. "Where the Wild Things Are," $14.4 million.

4. "Law Abiding Citizen," $12.7 million.

5. "Couples Retreat," $11.1 million.

6. "Astro Boy," $7 million.

7. "The Stepfather," $6.5 million.

8. "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant," $6.3 million.

9. "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," $5.6 million.

10. "Zombieland," $4.3 million.

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"Amelia" Movie Review! 

Check out my interviews with Hilary Swank and director Mira Nair right here, otherwise, watch my "Amelia" movie review and have fun!

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"Amelia" Interviews with HIlary Swank and Director Mira Nair 

I had a great time meeting Hilary Swank and director Mira Nair. Both were very passionate about their film and its subject, the legendary Amelia Earhart.

So here are my interviews and have fun!


In this interview, we talked about:

*** Her involvement with the film
*** How she prepared for the role
*** What interested her in making Amelia
*** What she wants viewers to get from watching "Amelia"

(Click on the picture to access the interview)


We talked about:
*** Her involvement with the film
*** Her inspiration for the movie "Amelia"
*** Working with Hilary Swank and Richard Gere
*** What she hoped for the audience to get watching "Amelia"

(Click on the picture to access the interview)

Here's more info about "Amelia" from Yahoo:

After becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic, Amelia was thrust into a new role as America's sweetheart - the legendary "goddess of light," known for her bold, larger-than-life charisma. Yet, even with her global fame solidified, her belief in flirting with danger and standing up as her own, outspoken woman never changed. She was an inspiration to people everywhere, from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to the men closest to her heart: her husband, promoter and publishing magnate George P. Putnam, and her long time friend and lover, pilot Gene Vidal.

In the summer of 1937, Amelia set off on her most daunting mission yet: a solo flight around the world that she and George both anxiously foresaw as destined, whatever the outcome, to become one of the most talked-about journeys in history.
Also Known As:
Untitled (Noyce/Swank Amelia Earhart Project)
Production Status: In Production/Awaiting Release
Logline: The story of the relationship between famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart and her husband George Putnam.
Genres: Drama and Biopic
Release Date: October 23rd, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for some sensuality, language, thematic elements and smoking.
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Production Co.:
Avalon Pictures
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Filming Locations:
Nova Scotia, Canada
Tornto, Ontario, Canada
Hawaii, USA
Produced in: United States

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