Gerard Butler Goes to War for First-Time Director Ralph Fiennes 

Gerard Butler will star in the film "Coriolanus" for first-time director Ralph Fiennes. The Hollywood Reporter tells us that the film is a contemporary version of Shakespeare's Rome-set politicial and family drama. Fiennes will also star in the film.

Butler will play Tullus Aufidius, commander of the Volscian army from Shakespeare's play. William Hurt, Eddie Marsan, Jessica Chastain, and Vanessa Redgrave co-star.

"The Last Samurai's" John Logan wrote the script. The production will begin shooting in Serbia in March.

So, instead of "This is Sparta!," Butler will say, "This is Rome!"

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"Paranormal Activity" Inspires Title Change 

Katie Featherston a.k.a. Katie from "Paranormal Activity" becomes one of Hollywood's fastest rising stars of 2009 thanks to the horror film.

Now, an indie horror flick that she starred in called "Walking Distance" has undergone a name change to "Experimental Activity."

You gotta be kidding me!

But, the name change sort of makes sense because the film is about a small town that is subject to a government medical experiment.

Although we all know that the name change is because of the hit film "Paranormal Activity."

"Experimental Activity" also stars Adrienne King from the first two "Friday the 13th" films from the 80s.

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"Disney's A Christmas Carol" Movie Review! How Many Kisses Does Jim Carrey Get? 

My favorite film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is the 1951 version starring Alastair Sim. Directed by Brian Desmond Hurst and adapted by Noel Langley, the movie captured the dark yet whimsical tone of Dickens’ classic.

“Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” the new animated film from writer-director Robert Zemeckis, tried to reinvigorate one of the greatest Christmas stories ever told. Though Zemeckis failed to find the right balance between the dark and the whimsical, I still applaud the movie for being faithful to Dickens’ work.

The film is very faithful indeed, that some of the images may terrify little children. Let’s face it, Dickens’ 1843 novella was intended for adults. So Walt Disney Pictures is in a quandary. They are marketing an animated film to children that will ultimately scare them. Read More...

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Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin to Host Oscars 

Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin will serve as cohosts of the 82nd annual Academy Awards!

Telecast producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman said that the duo are "the perfect pair of hosts for the Oscars."

This will be the first time for Baldwin to host the Oscars, while Martin has hosted twice before, in 2001 and 2003. Baldwin was nominated for an Academy Award in 2003 for his supporting role in "The Cooler."

This is not the first time the Oscar telecast is presented with multiple hosts. In 1983, Liza Minnelli, Dudley Moore, Richard Pryor, and Walter Matthau hosted; In 1986, Alan Alda, Jane Fonda, Robin Williams; Then in 1987, Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn, Paul Hogan.

The 82nd Academy Awards will be presented March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre.

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"Paranormal Activity" Sequel! Already? Check Out What the Cast Revealed! 

Paramount Pictures wants a sequel to "Paranormal Activity."

According to The Hollywood Reporter:

In Viacom's earnings call Tuesday morning, CEO Philippe Dauman said the movie has been one of those surprise hits that comes along only rarely.

Given that a follow-up release wouldn't have the same element of surprise as "Paranormal," it will be key to craft a smart approach to a sequel, he said. "Our team will come up with the right creative and marketing approach," he told analysts.

But before Paramount takes the sequel route, I hope the studio pays attention to the rushed sequel to another shaky-cam phenomenon, "The Blair Witch Project." The second installment, "Book of the Shadows: Blair Witch 2" was HORRIBLE!!!!!

But I like that the studio is talking about "a smart approach to a sequel." "Paranormal Activity" is so simple, it's scary, that putting a Hollywood spin on the franchise may just hurt it in the long run.

When I interviewed the cast of "Paranormal," Micah Sloat and Katie Featherston, I did ask them about sequel plans. Take a look at what they said by clicking here.

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