Is Robert Downey Jr. Leaving Sandra Bullock in "Gravity?" 


First, it was Angelina Jolie who left Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity." Sandra Bullock stepped in to co-star with Robert Downey Jr. in this sci-fi tale of a woman survivor left out in the space. (Click here for more on "Gravity")
Now Downey Jr may leave production because of scheduling problems! Here's what Deadline reported:

I'm hearing scheduling problems have made Robert Downey Jr. suddenly doubtful for Gravity, the Alfonso Cuaron-directed Warner Bros space film that weathered a bunch of setbacks before finding its footing when it landed Sandra Bullock for the lead female role. Now, Warner Bros is denying Downey will exit, despite what I'm hearing. The studio is saying they expect to work out the scheduling problems, and executives certainly have access to Downey at the moment because he's junketing the Todd Phillips-directed Due Date. I'm also hearing that Bullock is among those lobbying him to stay. A Downey exit is a blow: just wait until you see what he brings to Due Date. But it's not necessarily fatal, because he was playing a supporting part.


But still, the tandem of Bullock and Downey Jr. may be fun to watch!

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Mark Wahlberg's Best Bud is a Teddy Bear in Seth MacFarlane's Directorial Debut 


Mark Wahlberg is in talks to star in a buddy comedy to be directed by "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane according to Deadline. Yes, this one's a buddy comedy BUT it's about a guy and his life-size, walking-talking teddy bear!

Fun!

This one will be an R-rated directorial debut of MacFarlane and will be released by Universal Pictures.

MacFarlane will also voice the bear. Aw :happy

The script is co-written by MacFarlane with his "Family Guy" buddies Alec Sulin and Wellesley Wild and features Wahlberg as an average Boston guy whose best friend is his teddy bear. He wished for it to come alive when he was a little boy, and they've been friends ever since. Until, Wahlberg's character meets the girl of his dreams.

This sounds intriguing and very promising!

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"Yellow Submarine" Remake Still Afloat! Or Is That Sinking? 


Director Robert Zemeckis revealed that the "Yellow Submarine" remake is still on! During the "Back to the Future" 25th Anniversary celebration, Moviefone caught up with the director and he said the film was "all ahead full" but wouldn't give any other details.

The psychedelic 1968 animated flick was based on the music by the Beatles and told the story of Old Fred who meets up with the quartet and travels in a yellow submarine to Pepperland. The big bad? The Blue Meanies -- I'm wondering who will play them?

The new Walt Disney remake will feature Dean Lennox Kelly as John Lennon, Adam Campbell as Ringo Starr, Peter Serafinowicz as Paul McCartney, and Cary Elwes will be George Harrison.

The film is supposed to be released in 2012.

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"Inception" Tops Hollywood Movie Awards 


Christopher Nolan's "Inception" won the Hollywood Movie Award presented by Starz. 160,000 votes were cast via Yahoo! Movies. "Inception" beat other nominees such as “Alice in Wonderland,” “Despicable Me,” “The Expendables,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Inception,” “Iron Man 2,” “Salt,” “The Social Network,” “Shutter Island,” and “Toy Story 3.”

Winners of the "Hollywood Discovery Awards were Tyler Langdon – favorite male actor and Ariel King – favorite female actor. The nominees for favorite male actor were: Eric Hulen, Tyler Langdon, Jose Morales, and Cameron Radice and the nominees for favorite female actor were: Zamara Jimenez, Sarah Joanou, Ariel King, Lauren Serrano, and Jessica Williams.

Here's the rest of the press release for the Hollywood Movie Awards. For more info, click here.

The winners of the festival’s film competition were announced Sunday night at the “Hollywood Discovery Awards® Presentation Ceremony at ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood. This year’s winners are: “FORT MCCOY” by Kate Connor and Michael Worth — Best Feature Film; “RECONCILIATION: MANDELA’S MIRACLE” by Michael Henry Wilson — Best Documentary; “WILD TARGET” by Jonathan Lynn — Best Comedy; “EL ARMADILLO FRONTERIZO” by Miguel Anaya — Best Animation, and “THE DESPERATE” by Ben Hur Sepehr — Best Short Subject.

Special honors went to Sylvester Stallone for career achievement; Robert Duvall, Annette Bening, Sam Rockwell, Helena Bonham Carter, Andrew Garfield, Mia Wasikowska, Jennifer Lawrence, Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer, Max Minghella, Brenda Song, Rashida Jones, Josh Pence, Douglas Urbanski, Rooney Mara, Milla Jovovich, Mila Kunis, Leighton Meester, Barry Pepper, Noomi Rapace for acting; Zach Galifiankis for comedy; Tom Hooper for directing; Danny Boyle and Christian Colson for producing; Aaron Sorkin for screenwriting; “Toy Story 3,” directed by Lee Unkrich, for animation; Hans Zimmer for film composing; Wally Pfister for cinematography; Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall for editing; Janek Sirrs (“Iron Man 2″) for visual effects; Robert Stromberg for production design; and Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary for innovation.

In addition, the Hollywood Humanitarian Award was presented to Sean Penn for his tireless work and devotion to helping the people of Haiti recover from the ravaging effects of the earthquake that struck in January.

Celebrities and Hollywood notables who attended the Hollywood Awards included Chris Albrecht – President and Chief Executive Officer of Starz LLC, Stephan Shelanski – Executive Vice President of Starz Entertainment, Arnold Schwarzenegger – Governor of California, Lt. General Ken Keen – Joint Task Force Haiti commander, Pam Dixon – President of the Casting Society of America, Timothy Sean Phillips – head of Yahoo!Movies, Josh Brolin, Danny DeVito, Aaron Eckhart, Jodie Foster, James Franco, Andy Garcia, Heather Graham, Paul Haggis, Bryce Dallas Howard; Ren Klyce, Justin Long, Leonard Maltin, Nancy Meyers, Carey Mulligan, Ryan Murphy, Christopher Nolan, Don Rickles, Hilary Swank, and Emma Thomas, to name a few. The gala awards presentation Monday evening was hosted by Mary Hart of “Entertainment Tonight” and attendees were treated to the music of Johnny Crawford and his Orchestra.

The sponsors of the Hollywood Film Festival include presenter sponsor Starz Entertainment, and American Cinema Editors, American Society of Cinematographers, ArcLight Cinemas, The Casting Society of America, Castit Systems.com, Celebrity Services, Entertainment Tonight, Focus Features, Fox Searchlight, ILM, Los Angeles Times, Motion Picture Editors Guild, Sony Classics, Universal Pictures, Variety, The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros., The Weinstein Company and YAHOO! Movies, Inc., among others.

ABOUT STARZ ENTERTAINMENT
Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service provider operating in the United States. The company offers 16 premium channels including the flagship Starz® and Encore® brands with approximately 17.3 million and 31.9 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs in total more than 1,000 movies and original series every month across its pay TV channels. Starz Entertainment is recognized as a pay TV leader in providing HD, On Demand, HD On Demand and online advanced services for its Starz, Encore and MoviePlex brands. Starz Entertainment (www.starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation and is attributed to the Liberty Starz tracking stock group (NASDAQ: LSTZA).


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"Paranormal Activity 2" Spooks Movie Fans with $41.5 Million Opening 


Moviegoers loved to be scared, and took "Paranormal Activity 2" all the way to the top! The sequel debuted at No. 1 with $41.5 million!

The film is essentially a prequel to "Paranormal Activity" and is on track to follow its $100-million box-office total.

"Paranormal Activity 2" has escaped the "Blair Witch Project 2" curse! Most film sensations like "Blair Witch" are deemed to be one-note wonders. The horrible "Blair Witch" sequel flopped with $13 million total.

But not "Paranormal Activity 2." Paramount was wise enough to improve on the template created by the first one without totally revamping the franchise.

It worked! I enjoyed the sequel (yes, yes, prequel) as much as I did the first one. Sure, I found the first film more intimate in its characterizations, but the second movie doesn't disappoint. Not one bit!

Meanwhile, Paramount is also rejoicing the fact that "Jackass 3D," which opened in first place last weekend, sold another $21.6 million worth of box office tickets, sliding to No. 2 with its 10-day total of $87.1 million! More than either of the earlier two "Jackass" films! (Click here for my movie review of "Jackass 3D." For my fun one-on-one interviews with the entire cast and director Jeff Tremaine, click here)

At No. 3 is the action comedy flick "Red" starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, and Helen Mirren. The film took in $15 million with a 10-day total of $43.5.

Clint Eastwood and Matt Damon must settle for No. 4 for their supernatural drama "Hereafter" which sold $12 million tickets in wide release. (For my review of "Hereafter," click here)

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box Office films for weekend of Oct. 22nd:

1. "Paranormal Activity 2," $41.5 million.

2. "Jackass 3D," $21.6 million.

3. "Red," $15 million.

4. "Hereafter," $12 million.

5. "The Social Network," $7.3 million.

6. "Secretariat," $6.9 million.

7. "Life as We Know It," $6.2 million.

8. "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole," $3.2 million.

9. "The Town," $2.7 million.

10. "Easy A," $1.8 million.

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