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- If the above image of Russell Brand as Trinculo in Julie Taymor's The Tempest doesn't have you kids craving some Shakespeare, how about the film's poster, which almost seems to need Nic Cage's face and/or Jerry Bruckheimer's name on it somewhere. Related: check out Brand and Tempest co-star Helen Mirren on the soapy set of the Arthur remake.
- I don't mind that Todd Phillips and Steve Conrad, who wrote and directed the very underrated comedy The Promotion, are reportedly developing a new biopic about John Belushi. I never saw Wired anyway. But I will be upset if they take any of The Hollywood Reporter's suggestions for stars, which include Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen and Ethan Suplee (not to mention too-old actors Zach Galifianakis and Jack Black).
- Barry Levinson is unfortunately taking a detour from his plans to direct Brother Jack, the second in what I wish to be a Jack-biopic-trilogy (after You Don't Know Jack), in order to do a mysterious sci-fi thriller titled Isopod, according to Production Weekly. It will begin shooting in the Carolinas next month and I'm predicting the plot will involve the fad for Southern children to keep pillbugs as pets.
- The CGI Hulk in this Bangladesh version of the Marvel character, there titled HALKa, actually isn't that much worse than the effects in the Ang Lee installment:
- In unsurprising news, Toy Story 3 has become the top-grossing Pixar movie, passing Finding Nemo with a current worldwide tally of almost $900 million.
- David L. Wolper, who produced Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, earned an Oscar nomination for directing the 1959 documentary The Race for Space and received the Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1985, has died at age 82.
- I know plenty of people who would agree with AFI's decision if it named Anchorman the #1 movie of the past 100 years. Here's basically another excuse (not that you should need one) for a clip reel of the comedy, only it features people like Scorsese, Spielberg, Mel Brooks, Dustin Hoffman and Julia Roberts seemingly talking about its merits: