Normally, studios would have shown their Academy contenders to voters and critics, oh, right about now. But MGM, the production studio behind Tom Cruise's "Valkyrie" (see photo above courtesy of LA Times) has been unbelievably quiet.
But there were some folks who were able to see the movie in advance, and the general response? "Tepid, laughable, bad"
Now, the Razzies, which hands out the year's worst film awards, is salivating, and can't wait to pounce on poor Tom and his "Valkyrie."
This is unfortunate as I like the film's director, Bryan Singer ("The Usual Suspects," "X-Men 1 & 2," "Superman Returns"). But hey, even Darren Aronofsky, who made the horribly inspired (?) film "The Fountain" bounced back with this year's "The Wrestler" (one of the year's best!).
So what do those unfortunate "Valkyrie" viewers say about the film? Click here to read. HINT: They're saying Cruise is...laughable!
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Director Catherine Hardwicke (seen here with "Twilight" star Robert Pattinson") is already making plans for the sequel to "Twilight" called "New Moon" even though Summit Entertainment hasn't offered her the job...yet.
Summit said that "New Moon" is going to be made, but the big question -- is Hardwicke going to direct?
The director seemed psyched about the sequel, and she's been in talks with Summit bosses but there's no firm offer on the table so far.
Miss Hardwicke was heard telling MTV:
"Well, right now we're trying to figure out if the studio people, and me, and everyone's on the same page.
"I want to do (New Moon) better than we did Twilight, and do it really cool. I definitely don't want to do it as something just tossed off, like a Saw II or something like that. We want to be sure that it's really going to be great and that everyone's on the same page.
"I would say that the film could be finished by the end of 2009, if not the beginning of 2010; cameras could be rolling in about five months. We spent about a year and three months getting (Twilight) ready, between writing the script and casting. We could probably do things a little bit faster this time, but who knows? It depends."
She further jokes, "Where's my crystal ball? I need a crystal ball, I need a fortune teller. I hope (I make New Moon), but you just have to see if everything can work out. I don't know."
Look, the reason the "Harry Potter" film franchise has been gratifying is because of the different takes new director brings to the film.
So maybe, a new director is needed to inject new blood to the "Twilight" franchise.
I love Hardwicke, but I think the best film in her resume is still "Thirteen." Maybe with the sequel, let's up the action factor, and flesh out the characters deeper.
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The lovable "Wall-E" captured the hearts and minds of British kids, emerging as Feature Film winner at this year's Children's Awards for British Academy Film and Television Arts.
"Wall-E" triumphed over fierce competition from films such as "Horton Hears a Who," "Ratatouille," and "Stardust."
Meanwhile, "Hannah Montana" received the BAFTA KIDS VOTE. The category lets children pick their favorite film, TV program, video game or website of the last twelve months.
Check out the complete list of winners right here.
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Get ready for an exciting week for DVD buying and renting. This past summer's biggest hits come to DVD this week, and an all-time classic is debuting on BLU-RAY.
First, we have "Wanted." Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy star in this comic book thriller -- One of my favorites from last summer. Lots of features on the making of this R-rated film are included on the two disc DVD and BLU-RAY versions.
Another one of my favorites from last summer, "The Chronicles of Narnia" sequel "Prince Caspian" arrives on DVD. Bloopers, as
well as behind the scenes features, are included in this triple DVD set.
The comedy "Stepbrothers" also arrives on DVD this week. Will Ferrel and John C. Reilly try to live under one roof as...stepbrothers. Look for this one in R and unrated versions on DVD.
It's not as great as the TV series but Mulder and Scully reunite for a second "X-Files" movie called "I Want to Believe." Bloopers and deleted scenes are among the bonus features for this one.
And one of the best movies ever made arrives on BLU-RAY! "Casablanca" is being released in an ultimate collector's edition that includes among other things, a "Casablanca" passport case.
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We have been tracking down the progress of the "Fame" production on its road to the big screen.
Now, Debbie Allen, Charles S. Dutton, Kelsey Grammer, Megan Mullally, and Bebe Neuwirth have been cast for the roles of instructors and supervisors in the upcoming "Fame" remake.
Production is set to begin this Wednesday with Kevin Tancharoen attached to direct. Yes the plot remains the same -- the movie will follow dancers, singers, actors and artists from auditions to graduation at the New York City High School of Performing Arts.
"Fame" has been set for release Sept. 25.
According to Variety:
Mullally's a graduate of the School of American Ballet and will portray a voice instructor; Grammer, who attended Juilliard, will play an orchestra maestro; Dutton, a graduate of Yale School of Drama, will portray an acting teacher; Neuwirth, a Tony winner, will play a dance instructor.
Allen, who made her feature debut in the original "Fame," has been cast as the school's principal.
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