Eric Bana is Elvis, Cary Elwes to Direct "Elvis & Nixon" 


Eric Bana will channel Elvis Presley in the new independent film "Elvis & Nixon." Danny Huston will star as Richard Nixon in the directorial debut of Cary Elwes ("The Princess Bride"). Bana will also be the executive producer through his Pick Up Truck Pictures banner.

Elwes also co-wrote the script with Joey Sagal and Hanala Sagal. The film will focus on the event of Dec. 21, 1970 when Presly traveled to Washington D.C. to meet President Nixon at the White House.

According to Variety, "Elwes was so fascinated by how the improbable meeting between the two historical figures came to pass that he chose the unlikely summit as the subject of his first film as a writer-director."

Thank you, thank you very much...

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Matt Damon, Ben Affleck Back in Each Other's Arms for Whitey Bulger Movie 


It took fourteen years, but the Academy Award-winning team of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon will be working together again since their triumphant "Good Will Hunting."

According to GQ, Affleck and Damon will work together on a biopic of mobster Whitey Bulger, the Winter Hill gang leader who was arrested this past June. Damon will star as the mobster and Affleck will direct.

These Boston boys are surely busy. Affleck is about to wrap up his CIA thriller "Argo," and is rumored to be the one, the only one handpicked by Warner Bros. to direct the big screen adaptation of Stephen King's "The Stand."

Damon will shoot the Liberace film from HBO next summer, and is getting ready to direct his first feature which he will co-write and co-star with John Krasinski.

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The Super-Secret Joss Whedon Project! Could it Be Much Ado About Nothing? 


I adore Joss Whedon! He created one of the best TV shows ever with "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," and his take on "The Avengers" looks very promising.

But this morning, to my surprise, there may be a new Whedon offering in the horizon by way of William Shakespeare!

Nathan Fillion, Whedon's partner-in-crime in the sci-fi series "Firefly" tweeted last night with a cryptic note, more like a link to muchadothemovie.com.


And when you go to the website, you see a black and white picture of a snorkeling guy, martini in hand, and the words "A Film by Joss Whedon" in the bottom.

According to The Wrap by way of The Huffington Post, the film is indeed made, and Whedon has adapted, written, and directed the movie.

Hhmmm, an intriguing news for Whedon fans everywhere!

Here's the press release for muchadothemovie.com from Bellwether Pictures:

Santa Monica, CA (October 24th, 2011)

Bellwether Pictures proudly announces the completion of principal photography on MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, a modern version of Shakespeare’s classic comedy adapted and directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel’s upcoming THE AVENGERS, “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”). Filmed in just 12 days entirely on location in exotic Santa
Monica, the film features a stellar cast of beloved (or soon to be beloved) actors – some of them veterans of Shakespearean theater, some completely new to the form. But all dedicated to the idea that this story bears retelling, that this dialogue is as fresh and
intoxicating as any being written, and that the joy of working on a passion project surrounded by dear friends, admired colleagues and an atmosphere of unabashed rapture far outweighs their hilariously miniature paychecks.

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is the first feature from Bellwether, a micro-studio created by Joss Whedon and Kai Cole for the production of small, independent narratives for all media, embracing a DIY ethos and newer technologies for, in this particular case, a
somewhat older story.

Shot in glorious black and white by Jay Hunter (PAPER HEART, “Dollhouse”), the film stars Amy Acker (CABIN IN THE WOODS, “Alias”) and Alexis Denisof (“How I Met Your Mother”, “Angel”) as Beatrice and Benedick, the world’s least likely lovers headed for their inevitable tumble into love. As Joss Whedon puts it: “The text is to me a deconstruction of the idea of love, which is ironic, since the entire production is a love letter – to the text, to the cast, even to the house it’s shot in.” The supporting cast includes Nathan Fillion (“Castle”, WAITRESS) as Dogberry, Clark Gregg (AVENGERS,
IRON MAN) as Leonato, Fran Kranz (CABIN IN THE WOODS, “Dollhouse”) as
Claudio and Reed Diamond (“Franklin & Bash”, MONEYBALL) as Don Pedro.

The film was produced by Whedon, line-produced by Nathan Kelly and M. Elizabeth Hughes, and co-produced by Kai Cole and Danny Kaminsky. The super-impressive cast is listed below. Full tech credits (for the extraordinary crew) will be up shortly. The film
should be completed by early spring and headed for the festival circuit, because it is fancy.

www.muchadothemovie.com
muchadothemovie@gmail.com

The Players:
Amy Acker - Beatrice
Alexis Denisof - Benedick
Nathan Fillion - Dogberry
Clark Gregg - Leonato
Reed Diamond - Don Pedro
Fran Kranz - Claudio
Sean Maher - Don JohnSpencer Treat Clark - Borachio
Riki Lindhome - Conrade
Ashley Johnson - Margaret
Emma Bates - Ursula
Tom Lenk - Verges
Nick Kocher - First Watchman
Brian McElhaney - Second Watchman
Joshua Zar - Leonato’s aide
Paul M. Meston - Friar Francis
Romy Rosemont - The Sexton
And introducing Jillian Morgese as Hero

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"Paranormal Activity 3" Scares Competition, Debuts at No. 1 with $54 Million! 


"Paranormal Activity" the franchise is a certifiable hit! The third installment of the popular series scared up $54 million at the box-office to debut at No. 1. ("Paranormal Activity 3" movie review click here, "Paranormal Activity 3" giveaway click here)

Budgeted at $5 million, "Paranormal Activity 3" had the biggest debut ever for a horror movie! "Paranormal Activity 2" held the crown when it opened a year ago with $40.7 million. "Paranormal Activity 3" also beat the record previously held by another Paramount film, "Jackass 3D" which had the biggest opening ever for an October release.

Not anymore. Sorry "Jackass" folks, but Katie and Kristi and their invisible friend Toby are now the box-office champs!

Falling to the No. 2 spot is "Real Steel." The Hugh Jackman-actioner made $11.3 million, and so far has sold $153.3 million in box-office tickets worldwide!

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And "Footloose" continues to cut loose! The remake starring Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough made $10.85 million for the No. 3 spot.

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Not having a great weekend was Summit and Universal. Summit's "The Three Musketeers" under-performed with $8.8 million entering at No. 4. Universal's "Johnny English Reborn" starring Rowan Atkinson as the bumbling spy only mustered $3.8 million to debut at No. 8...yikes!

But the bright, shining light at the box-office universe is the psychological thriller "Martha Marcy May Marlene." Buoyed by the strong performance of Elizabeth Olsen, the film made $137,541 in just four screens in New York and Los Angeles! That's $34,385 per screen y'all! Congrats!

Here's the Top 10 Box Office Films for the weekend of Oct. 21st:

1. "Paranormal Activity 3," $54 million.
2. "Real Steel," $11.3 million.
3. "Footloose," $10.85 million.
4. "The Three Musketeers," $8.8 million.
5. "The Ides of March," $4.9 million.
6. "Dolphin Tale," $4.2 million.
7. "Moneyball," $4.05 million.
8. "Johnny English Reborn," $3.8 million. ($13.5 million international.)
9. "The Thing," $3.1 million.
10. "50/50," $2.8 million.

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Win Exclusive "Paranormal Activity 3" Prizes Courtesy of Paramount Pictures! 


This week on Manny’s Movie Weekend Giveaway, we’re giving away fun “PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3” prizes courtesy of Paramount Pictures! One lucky winner will get:

*** "Paranormal Activity 3" T-shirts
*** "Paranormal Activity 3" ball cap
*** “Paranormal Activity 3” Mini-posters
*** “Paranormal Activity 3" stickers

How do you enter? Go to my Facebook page on facebook.com/MannytheMovieGuy, then like the page, like the post, and just like me :tongue



We will draw the name of the winner on Friday, Oct. 28th.

Sorry international friends, but this is limited to U.S. residents only!

Thanks and GOOD LUCK! Oh, watch the video below!



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