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Shane Black attached to direct Doc Savage

Columbia Pictures has hired Shane Black (who made his directing debut with 2005’s Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) to write and direct Doc Savage.  Black  is directing from a screenplay he is writing with Anthony Bagarozzia and Chuck Mondry. Neal Moritz will produce.

“Doc Savage is an icon, a character with limitless possibilities,” said Columbia co-president Matt Tolmach of the character, who is by turns a scientist, physician, adventurer, inventor, explorer and researcher. “We have had a great experience working with Neal to bring another classic character of the era, the Green Hornet, to a new generation of fans, and we think he and Shane make the ideal team to bring Doc Savage back to the bigscreen.”

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Ian McShane to play Blackbeard in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Ian McShane (Deadwood) is in negotiations to play the villain in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides from director Rob Marshall.  McShane will play the legendary pirate Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard. Ian McShane joins Johnny Depp, who is returning to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow and new addition […]

Avatar Passes $200M at IMAX Worldwide

James Cameron’s Avatar grossed $8.2 million worldwide in its 10th weekend from IMAX screens ($4.3M from 179 IMAX theaters domestically and $3.9M from 84 IMAX theaters overseas),  pushing its worldwide IMAX cume to more than $200 million.  Here’s the approximate worldwide breakdown:

  • IMAX [Domestic]
    ~$125M from 179 theaters
  • IMAX [Asia/Pacific]
    ~$43M from 38 theaters
  • IMAX [Europe, Middle East and Africa]
    ~$32M from 35 theaters

Currently Avatar is sitting at $2.463 billion worldwide ($687.962M domestically and $1.775B overseas).  Head on over the jump for the complete press release.

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Geoff Johns confirms Mark Strong is Sinestro in Green Lantern

Comic book writer and recently announced Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment, Geoff Johns confirmed in a tweet that Mark Strong (Kick-Ass) has been cast as Sinestro in Green Lantern:

Back from an amazing trip to Green Lantern town a.k.a. New Orleans!! Ryan IS Hal. And Mark Strong is going to be […]

Lionsgate gets Taylor Lautner-attached Abduction

Lionsgate has closed a deal for the rights to the Taylor Lautner-attached thriller Abduction. The pickup follows a week-long bidding war over Shawn Christensen’s spec script. Abduction is based on a young man who discovers his own baby picture on a missing persons website.

Lautner can next be seen in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse […]