CATEGORIES Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Casting, Disney, Paramount, Sony, Comic/Superhero/Geek, Cinematical
- Penny Arcade lovingly weigh in on Roger Ebert's 'games can never be art' position. (I was being sarcastic when I said lovingly.)
- Disney-Pixar have officially announced Monsters Inc. 2 for November 16, 2012. That means we'll have two Pixar films in 2012, the other being Brave (formerly titled Bear and the Bow), the Reese Witherspoon-starrer about a princess who shirks her royal duties to became a world-class archer.
- Seth Rogen has confirmed to HitFix that Sony is giving the go ahead to convert The Green Hornet into 3D in post production. However unlike Clash of the Titan's abysmal 3D conversion, none of the effects shots have actually started, so though Michel Gondry shot the film with 2D cameras, they are, more or less, starting the 3D from scratch. Drew McWeeny's explanation of it all is well worth the read.
- The Last Airbender, on the other hand, has been in post for some time, so Paramount's decision to now convert it to 3D in is a little more worrisome. Kind of a bummer considering all the trailers so far have had me surprisingly eager to see a new film from M. Night Shyamalan after the embarrassment that is The Happening.
- The Hollywood Reporter has the latest round of casting for Woody Allen's next film, Midnight in Paris. Kathy Bates and Michael Sheen (among others) have joined Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard and Rachel McAdams in the film about a young couple visiting Paris who realize their life isn't what they hoped for.
- In more casting news, Helen Mirren is in talks to join Russell Brand in Warner Bros.' remake of Arthur. She'll be taking on the role originally played by John Gieglund in the 1981 film starring Dudley Moore.
- No surprises here: the Avatar Blu-ray has dethroned The Dark Knight's record of first-day sales with 1.5 million units changing hands.
- Den of Geek has a great list of 10 films that are said to have been ghost-directed. I feel like a failed geek for not knowing more about Howard Hawks presumed involvement with The Thing From Another World.
- Do you feel bad for the current state of Stephen Baldwin's personal finances? If so, Slog (via BoingBoing) have stumbled across a (legit) page that should deeply interest you. RestoreStephenBaldwin.com, a site created by the same company that manages Baldwin's official site, exists solely to express that the good, Christian thing to do is donate money to the Sharks in Venice star to help get him out of bankruptcy.