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Development suspended indefinitely on Bond 23

MGM’s financial troubles have claimed a victim. Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions announced today that they have suspended development on Bond 23 indefinitely:

“Due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the future of MGM and the failure to close a sale of the studio, we have suspended development […]

Peter Jackson updates The Hobbit

In an interview with Moviefone, The Hobbit executive producer Peter Jackson confirmed that the screenplays for both parts have been handed in to the studio and he expects the films will soon get a greenlight and gear up for production:

We’ve just delivered the script. Literally last week, we delivered the second […]

The Hobbit Will Begin Production This June

Production Weekly is reporting on their Twitter page that Guillermo del Toro’s adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien novel The Hobbit will begin production this June.  The production schedule will run for 14 months:

Guillermo del Toro’s adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” is due to begin a 14 month production schedule this […]

Hot Tub Time Machine Movie Trailer

MGM has released the first trailer for the upcoming R-rated sci-fi comedy Hot Tub Time Machine from director, Steve Pink.  Head on over the jump to watch the trailer.

Synopsis

Hot Tub Time Machine follows a group of best friends who’ve become bored with their adult lives: Adam (John Cusack) has been dumped by his girlfriend; Lou (Rob Corddry) is a party guy who can’t find the party; Nick’s (Craig Robinson) wife controls his every move; and video game-obsessed Jacob (Clark Duke) won’t leave his basement. After a crazy night of drinking in a ski resort hot tub, the men wake up, heads’ pounding, in the year 1986. This is their chance to kick some past and change their futures – one will find a new love life, one will learn to stand up for himself with the ladies, one will find his mojo, and one will make sure he still exists!

Hot Tub Time Machine is scheduled to hit theaters on March 19, 2010. Continue reading Hot Tub Time Machine Movie Trailer

The Hobbit Casting Begins + Peter Jackson Clarifies Production Rumors

Peter Jackson has revealed that casting for the two Hobbit films started this week.  Jackson, who will produce the two films and is writing with screenwriters Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens and director Guillermo del Toro also discussed some details on its status:

“We’re still working on the script, and of course it’s going to be directed by Guillermo [del Toro],” Jackson said. “That’s going really well, and in fact we’ve already delivered the first script to the studio, and they really liked it, so now we’re working hard on the second script, and that’s going to keep us pretty busy until the end of this year.”

“There’s no budget yet, and no cast, but we plan to start shooting next year, with the first one coming out by the end of 2011, hopefully,” Jackson said. “And while Guillermo’s making The Hobbit, I’m not quite sure what I’ll be working on, as I want to make completely sure that I’m doing what I need to do for The Hobbit, and that I’ll be there to help Guillermo.”

Continue reading The Hobbit Casting Begins + Peter Jackson Clarifies Production Rumors

The Hobbit Filming Delayed to Mid-Summer 2010

Peter Jackson told the German site moviereporter.net that he estimates filming will begin on The Hobbit by the middle of next year (translation courtesy TheOneRing.net):

“We’re currently working on the second script which we hope to have completed by the end of this year or beginning of next. When the scripts are completed, […]

Guillermo Del Toro Confirms Hobbit Cameo + Casting Rumors

The Hobbit director Guillermo Del Toro confirmed that he’ll be making a cameo in the film as a small monster:

“I had a hand on the design of the creature and I will personally sculpt the appliances that will be applied on my face and hands. I used to sculpt the creatures […]

Daniel Craig Says Production on Bond 23 Will Start “end of next year”

Daniel Craig, who starred as James Bond in both Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, has revealed that production on the next film, the franchise’s 23rd, will get underway in the second half of 2010.  The statement from Craig came after his performance in the Broadway play A Steady Rain when he was asked by a member in the crowd on the status of the film to which he replied: ‘Uh, we start the end of the next year, so…’

Watch the video clip after the jump (his comment is at the 57-second mark). Continue reading Daniel Craig Says Production on Bond 23 Will Start “end of next year”

DVD Review: The Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Edition

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In this charming film adapted from L. Frank Baum’s timeless children’s tale, Dorothy and her dog Toto are caught in a tornado’s path and somewhow end up in the Land of Oz.  “The Wizard of Oz” opened on August 15, 1939 and is ranked among the top 10 best movies of all-time.  The film received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and captured two Oscars – Best Song (“Over the Rainbow”) and Best Original Score – plus a special award for Outstanding Juvenile Performance by Judy Garland.

Now, the colorful characters and unforgettable songs of Oz come alive as never before when Warner Home Video brings this cinematic treasure into the digital age with the September 29 Blu-ray (and DVD) release of The Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition. The commemorative edition contains nearly 4 hours of all-new and never-before-available bonus features and is housed in numbered collectible packaging, and will be available for a limited time only.

Head on over the jump to see my review of the 2-Disc Special Edition DVD. Continue reading DVD Review: The Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Edition

Poltergeist Remake Coming in 2010

MGM’s planned remake of Tobe Hooper’s classic 80’s horror film Poltergeist has received a release date of November 24, 2010.  Vadim Perelman is attached to direct and production has been in development for some time, but there has been no information released surrounding the cast and when actual filming would begin.

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Comic-Con 2009: Kurt Russell In Talks for Red Dawn

Kurt Russell is in talks with MGM to star in the studio’s upcoming remake of Red Dawn.  Set for release next year, the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck and Adrianne Palicki and will be directed by Dan Bradley.

Red Dawn is scheduled to hit theaters on September 24, 2010.

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Comic-Con 2009: Hot Tub Time Machine Red Band Trailer

MGM has released a new Red Band trailer for the upcoming sci-fi comedy Hot Tub Time Machine, starring John Cusack, Rob Corddry and Craig Robinson.  Watch it embedded after the jump.

Hot Tub Time Machine hits theaters on February 26, 2010. Continue reading Comic-Con 2009: Hot Tub Time Machine Red Band Trailer