Saturday, September 6, 2008

Roundup 9/6

I feel like I should have a short intro video for these Roundups, like "It's Reality Show Clip Time!" on The Soup. That'll be my first project when I get a budget. Let's wrassle up some recent movie news, shall we?

  • Russell Crowe, although not attached to the Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes film as Watson, is in talks to play the hero's arch-nemesis Moriarty. Cool - sounds like Downey vs. Crowe would be a nice dynamic.
  • The rumors of Spider-Man 4 and 5 being shot back to back are apparently true, and one source reports that director Sam Raimi and star Tobey Maguire are both returning for the sequels. No word on the return of The Dunst. Early speculation puts The Lizard as the main villain in the running, but I'll keep you updated with more on this as it arises.
  • Denzel Washington has signed on to star in Book of Eli, a movie that sounds remarkably like I Am Legend. "In the not-so-distant future, a lone warrior fights to bring society the truth needed for its redemption." Hmm.
  • There have been some legal troubles for Warner Brothers' highly anticipated Watchmen film. Apparently Fox is suing them for the right to distribute the movie, claiming that they have the rights to the movie instead of the other studio. The case is actually going to trial in January, so hopefully they can just settle it out of court and the movie will still be released in March as planned. If anything drastic happens, I'll let you know.
  • There's now the possibility that School of Rock 2: School Harder won't actually happen. Fine with me, the first one was good enough without a sequel to ruin it.
  • After a lot of hullaballoo, Spike Jonze's Where The Wild Things Are will be released on October 16th, 2009. I can't decide if I want to see it - there have been so many stories about it being cut down and then fixed up again. Hopefully the trailer will be a good indication, although that's not always the case.
  • Steven Soderbergh's four hour Che Guevara biopic (called Che together, but The Argentine and Guerilla if separated into 2 two hour films) has been tentatively picked up by Magnolia Pictures for a US release. Benicio del Toro stars, but the only problem is that the entire thing is going to be subtitled. Early reviews say it's supposed to be a great awards contender, but I'm not sure if I can put up with four hours and twenty two minutes of subtitles. That's intense.
  • A couple of the writers for "The Office" are writing a script for Ghostbusters 3, hoping to reunite the original cast. There are all kinds of theories about this one (including Judd Apatow and Co. getting involved), but I'm sure hard core fans would just be happy with a worthy story and the original cast.

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