"H2" News: Is Laurie Strode Returning to "Halloween 2" 

As we reported last week, director Rob Zombie is returning for the second installment of his "Halloween" re-imagination.

Simply called "H2," the sequel is on schedule to be released next year!

Now, Zombie is dropping hints that the Laurie Strode character will return as well!

The character, popularized by Jamie Lee Curtis in the John Carpenter classic and played by Scout Taylor-Compton in Zombie's take, also returned on the 1981 sequel.

Remember Haddonfield Hospital?

The battleground between Michael Myers and his sister, Laurie.

Check out Zombie's MySpace page and see what he's saying about Laurie Strode.

It's still unclear whether Compton will return for "H2" though.

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You May Have Heard it! Eddie Murphy as Riddler, Shia LaBeouf As Robin? Oh yeah, Who's Going to be Catwoman? 

These "Dark Knight" rumors are just too good to be true!

The internet was abuzz with an "exclusive" report from a certain U.K.-based tabloid reporter. According to Gordon Smart of The Sun:

1. Eddie Murphy will be the Riddler
2. Shia LaBeouf will star as Robin
3. The title of the new movie is going to be "Gotham"

I did like rumor No. 3, that title is catchy. But really? Murphy and LaBeouf? Riddler and Robin? Did Warner Bros. folks remember what happened to the once-great "Batman" franchise that Tim Burton built once the Riddler (Jim Carrey) and Robin (Chris O'Donnell) showed up?

Well, according to MTV.com:

Warner Bros., director Christopher Nolan and various high-level execs attached to the franchise have all gone on record saying that there’s been absolutely no movement on the film, let alone a script or preliminary casting.

Whew...all is well...for now!

But then, Mister Smart defended his "exclusive" report by saying that, hey, he was the one who first called Daniel Craig Agent 007!

Uh-oh...does Smart know something we don't? Or is he just bluffing?

Either or, I hope it's not true! Please movie gods! No Murphy as Riddler! I just named "The Dark Knight" the Best Picture of the year, let's not ruin this fantastic franchise!

Okay, moving on to Catwoman!

Another week, another Catwoman-wannabe.

First it was reported that Angeline Jolie will be the feline villainess. (I like this one)

Then, Rachel Weisz! (I kinda sorta like this one too)

Now, Kate Beckinsale says, she wants to purr and meow too! Apparently, she wants to do more action-oriented roles (she's brilliant in the new film, "Nothing But the Truth," by the way).

She reveals to MTV.com, "Absolutely, that would be awesome. I'd love to do that."

Whoa! Hang tight y'all.

I suspect more rumors will come out even before Christopher Nolan write the first sentence of the third Batman script!

Oh, and don't even get me started on the past rumors that Cher will play Catwoman and Johnny Depp as the Riddler.

But hhhmmmmm, on second thoughts...

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What do Oscar Publicists Really Do? 

You've heard it before mentioned many times, FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION.

Chances are, behind that plea, is a brilliant publicist hoping a nod from an Academy voter.

So what do Oscar publicist really do?

The marketing person behind "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" confesses!

Read her interview right here.

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My New BFF! The PUMP Blogspot! 

The folks behind Pump Blogspot approached yours truly to write and contribute on their blog, and of course, I said Yes!

It's a great blog that captures politics, as well as popular culture, and movies!

Check it out right here!

You'll be able to read and watch my reviews there as well!

Thanks y'all!

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"Milk's" Gus Van Sant to be Honored at Palm Springs International Film Festival 

The great Gus Van Sant is being honored by my hometown film festival, the Palm Springs International Film Festival!

This is great! This year's list of honorees capture the cream of the crop of 2008's best films of the year!

From Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in "Revolutionary Road" to Anne Hathaway in "Rachel Getting Married" to Gus Van Sant, the visionary director behind "Milk," the Palm Springs International Film Festival folks got it right!

Mister Gus is being honored with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award! Academy Award® winner Dustin Hoffman is also being honored with the Chairman’s Award and Academy Award® nominee Alexandre Desplat with the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing.

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