Eric Bana Vampire Hunter? 


Will Eric Bana join the cast of "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?" The actor is supposed to be circling the title role of the big screen adaptation based on Seth Grahame-Smith's novel.

According to The Wrap, the actor is scheduled to meet with director Timur Bekmambetov very soon. Tim Burton is set to produce the film which has a June 22, 2012 release date.

Bana may be a perfect fit, at least physically, for the role of Abraham Lincoln. For starters, he's tall just like Honest Abe.

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Get Ready to Conjure Up Spirits with "Ouija" the Movie! 


Universal Pictures is planning a film adaptation of "Ouija," the classic Hasbro board game about calling the spirits of the dead.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, McG presented his vision for the project which is written by "Tron: Legacy" scribes Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. The movie version is being produced by Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes.

But McG has a strong competition in Breck Eisner, the guy who gave us "The Crazies." And honestly? I'd pick Eisner over McG. Have you seen "The Crazies?" Creepy, fun, silly -- same elements that a film version of "Ouija" needs in order for it to work.

Plot is being kept under wraps but it's going to center around a family that's ala "The Mummy" and "Indiana Jones."

Universal has been very picky on their choice of directors. Sylvain White ("The Losers"), Scot Stewart ("Legion"), John Moore ("Max Payne") and Pierre Morel ("Taken") failed to impress with their visions for the project.

The studio has set November 9, 2012 as the film's release date. Again, of all the directors vying for the project, Eisner seems to be the strongest!

Take a look at a 1980s Ouija commercial:



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Will Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin Play "Rock of Ages?" 


"Rock of Ages" is a fun rock musical featuring classic rock hits from the 80s with a feel-good vibe it's no wonder a movie version is set to rock at a theater near you.

New Line is adapting the hit musical with "Hairspray's" Adam Shankman set to direct. And now, rumors are swirling around that Gwyneth Paltrow, Tom Cruise, and Alec Baldwin may be joining the cast.

Shankman even tweeted that, “RUMORS: t cruise as stacee, Alec Baldwin as Dennis, Mary j as justice, Gwyneth paltrow as Constance from rolling stone... Sounds crazy :)”

So far, Mary J. Blige is the only one confirmed to join production and according to the Hollywood Reporter, New Line, Shankman's Offspring Entertainment, and Tobey Maguire's Maguire Entertainment and Corner Store Entertainment all want Cruise to play Stacee Jaxx, a rock star for the band Arsenal.

And apparently, Cruise is very close to saying yes. The actor has been quietly sharing his ideas for the script, and will sign on very shortly.

Meanwhile, Baldwin is being offered the role of Dennis Dupree, the ex-rocker who runs the Rock of Ages club. Will Ferrell was first offered the role, then Steve Carell, and now Baldwin.

Paltrow was offered the role of Constance, a Rolling Stone reporter trying to interview Staxx.

The original "Rock of Ages" musical was nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for Constantine Maroulis, Best Direction of a Musical for Kristin Hanggi, Best Costume Design for Gregory Gale and Best Sound Design for Peter Hylenski.

Here's the original "Rock of Ages" cast performing "Nothin' But A Good Time"



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Blake Edwards Dead at 88 


Blake Edwards, known as the Master of Sophisticated Slapstick, has died in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 88.

His films as writer,director, and producer have included "Days of Wine and Roses," "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "Victor/Victoria," "Pink Panther" films, and the black comedy "S.O.B." He had been married to Julie Andrews since 1969.

Below are clips of his biography. Get to know an icon!

So long Mister Edwards!







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Watch My "Yogi Bear" and "Tron: Legacy" Movie Reviews 


My reviews of the upcoming films "Yogi Bear" and "Tron: Legacy," both opening in theaters December 17th and both are updates of previous incarnations. Which one should you see first? Take a look!



Watch my "Yogi Bear" interviews with Anna Faris, Tom Cavanagh, and director Eric Brevig. Oh and with Yogi and Boo Boo!

Here's more info on "Yogi Bear" from Yahoo:

Jellystone Park has been losing business, so greedy Mayor Brown decides to shut it down and sell the land. That means families will no longer be able to experience the natural beauty of the outdoors -- and, even worse, Yogi and Boo Boo will be tossed out of the only home they've ever known. Faced with his biggest challenge ever, Yogi must prove that he really is "smarter than the average bear" as he and Boo Boo join forces with their old nemesis Ranger Smith to find a way to save Jellystone Park from closing forever.

Genres: Comedy, Kids/Family, Animation and Adaptation
Running Time: 1 hr. 22 min.
Release Date: December 17th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for Some mild rude humor.
Production Co.: De Line Pictures, Sunswept Entertainment, Rhythm & Hues Studios
Hanna Barbera Productions
Bonifant & Saxby
Rhythm & Hues Studios
Entity FX
Persistence of Vision Digital Entertainment
Sassoon Film Design
yU+co
Scarlet Letters
FotoKem Film & Video
Cameron/Pace Designs
Pace
Studios: Warner Bros. Pictures
Filming Locations: New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand
Produced in: United States

Cast & Crew
STARRING:
Dan Aykroyd ......................... Voice of Yogi Bear
Justin Timberlake ................... Voice of Boo-Boo Bear
Christine Taylor .................... Voice of Cindy Bear
Tom Cavanagh ........................ Ranger Smith
Anna Faris .......................... Rachel
T.J. Miller ......................... Ranger Jones
Andrew Daly ......................... Mayor Brown
Nathan Corddry ...................... Chief of Staff

DIRECTED BY: Eric Brevig

And here's more info on "Tron: Legacy"

Sam Flynn, a rebellious 27-year-old, is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father Kevin Flynn, a man once known as the world's leading video-game developer. When Sam investigates a strange signal sent from the old Flynn's Arcade -- a signal that could only come from his father -- he finds himself pulled into a digital world where Kevin has been trapped for 20 years. With the help of the fearless warrior Quorra, father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe -- a universe created by Kevin himself that has become far more advanced with never-before-imagined vehicles, weapons, landscapes and a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing to prevent their escape.

Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Sequel
Running Time: 2 hr. 7 min.
Release Date: December 17th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for sequences of sci-fi action violence and brief mild language.
Production Co.: Idealogy, Inc., Grid Productions
Studios: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures
Produced in: United States

Cast & Crew
STARRING:
Jeff Bridges .............. Kevin Flynn
Garrett Hedlund ........... Sam Flynn
Olivia Wilde .............. Quorra
Bruce Boxleitner .......... Alan Bradley
Michael Sheen ............. Castor
James Frain ............... Jarvis
Beau Garrett ............. Siren Jem

DIRECTED BY: Joseph Kosinski

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