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New Astro Boy Trailer March 25, 2009 2:07 pm

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astroboyvideo-032509Summit Entertainment has released a second teaser trailer for the upcoming computer-animated film Astro Boy.  Watch it after the jump.

Astro Boy hits theaters on October 23, 2009. (more…)

Casting Bites: Amanda Seyfried, Anne Hathaway, Tom Selleck, Peter Krause and More March 24, 2009 12:52 am

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amandaseyfried-032409Here’s a round up of the latest casting related news for television and film.

  • Amanda Seyfried won’t be able to take on the lead role in Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch because HBO won’t release her from her contract on Big Love. Snyder’s film begins shooting this fall, which would conflict with scheduled shooting on the fourth season of Big Love. [EW]
  • Actors Chaske Spencer, Bronson Pelletier, Alex Meraz, Kiowa Gordon and Tyson Houseman have all signed on to star as members of the wolf pack in Summit Entertainment’s The Twilight Saga: New Moon. [STYD]
  • Anne Hathaway has signed on to star as Judy Garland in the film and stage adaptations of Gerald Clarke’s biography Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland. [Weinstein Co.]
  • Giovanni Ribisi has joined the cast of Hunter S. Thompson’s adaptation of The Rum Diary from Warner Independent. Ribisi will play a carousing journalist in the film, which stars Johnny Depp.  [Variety]
  • Amanda Bynes has landed the starring role in the ABC pilot Canned.  The actress will play Sarabeth, a naive Midwesterner who’s being exploited by her boss – and doesn’t realize it. [Variety]
  • Tom Selleck, Catherine O’Hara and Martin Mull have all joined the cast of Five Killers, a Lionsgate action comedy that also stars Ashton Kutcher (as a retiring hitman) and Katherine Heigl (his computer tech girlfriend).  Selleck and O’Hara are playing Heigl’s overprotective father and doring mother, while Mull is playing Holbrook, Kutcher’s handler. Robert Luketic is directing the film which is scheduled for release on June 4, 2010 release. [THR]

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So Is Juan Antonio Bayona Directing ‘Eclipse’ Or Not? March 13, 2009 3:33 am

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eclipsenovel-031309There are conflicting reports about the accuracy of a piece written by Nikki Finke of Deadline Hollywood Daily (and later confirmed by Variety) that Juan Antonio Bayona is directing The Twilight Saga’s Eclipse.

Here’s the quick rundown.  Yesterday, I reported on news that Summit Entertainment had settled on a director for The Twilight Saga’s Eclipse, and the director would be Bayona.  But now comes word from Summit (via a piece in the LA Times) that the reports were inaccurate and that the studio hasn’t settled on director to helm the film.  From the LA Times:

“The ‘Eclipse’ directing job hasn’t been offered to Juan Antonio or anyone else,” Erik Feig, president of production at Summit said. “We’ve met with three or four talented filmmakers and we’ll be meeting with three or four more other candidates before we make any decision. No one has been offered the job.”

For her part, Finke stands by her original story and points out that in her original piece she was careful to note that the announcement was being kept under wraps for the time being: “I can confirm that Summit Entertainment is telling Hollywood privately that Juan Antonio Bayona will direct Eclipse.”

So it seems to me that Bayona will be the director, it’s just that Summit wants to be the one to make it all official.

The Twilight Saga’s Eclipse hits theaters on June 30, 2010.  The film will be preceded by the second film in the franchise, The Twilight Saga’s New Moon on November 20, 2009.

Juan Antonio Bayona Tapped to Direct The Twilight Saga’s Eclipse March 12, 2009 1:08 am

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juanantoniobayona-031209Summit Entertainment has settled on Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona to helm the studio’s third film in the Twilight franchise, The Twilight Saga’s Eclipse.  According to Variety, Summit is expected to make the official announcement shortly.

Bayona is best known for directing the Spanish-language horror/thriller The Orphanage, which was executive produced by Guillermo Del Toro.  His next project is the Universal Pictures thriller Hater, with Del Toro and Mark Johnson on board to produce.

Production on the second film in the franchise, The Twilight Saga’s New Moon, is expected to begin shortly.  That’s set to hit theaters this November 20th.

The Twilight Saga’s Eclipse is scheduled to hit theaters on June 30, 2010.

Dakota Fanning To Star in New Moon March 8, 2009 8:21 pm

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dakotafanning-030809It’s official.  The late-January report from E! Online that Dakota Fanning was in talks to play Jane in The Twilight Saga’s New Moon has been confirmed. A rep for Summit Entertainment has confirmed the casting news to People Magazine.

Filming on ‘New Moon’ is set to begin in Vancouver later this month.

“We did just get a script. We’re shooting the rest of the films back to back,” says Nikki Reed, who plays Rosalie Hale in the film. “(Director) Chris Weitz is amazing and I think it’s going to be wonderful.”

The Twilight Saga’s New Moon hits theaters on November 20, 2009.

Drew Barrymore A Candidate to Direct ‘Eclipse’? February 26, 2009 10:27 pm

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drewbarrymore-022609Here’s another wild rumor.  EW.com is reporting that Summit Entertainment is talking to a select group of directors, including actress-turned-helmer Drew Barrymore, to direct the third installment in the Twilight franchise, ‘Eclipse’. Barrymore recently finished her directorial debut, Whip It! starring Ellen Page.

Film Synopsis
As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob — knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death.

The Twilight Saga’s Eclipse is scheduled to hit theaters on June 30, 2010.

New Astro Boy Images February 4, 2009 6:18 pm

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astroboy-1-020409Summit Entertainment will be at the New York Comic Con this weekend to debut a new trailer for the upcoming CG-animated film Astro Boy.  AICN has gotten their hands on two new images that will also be showcased at the event.  Click to head on over to AICN to get a closer look.

astroboy-2-020409Astro Boy hits theaters on October 23, 2009.