-- Whenever anyone mentions 'Twilight,' people automatically think of forbidden love, sparkly vampires, and that werewolf kid who can't keep his shirt on -- but the 'Twilight' fans know and love almost didn't happen. Instead, the teenage romance tale nearly became an action film. Producer Mark Morgan talked with Hollywood Life recently and revealed some of the details found in the early drafts of the big screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's novel. If you ever wondered what Bella and Edward's love story might have looked like with a Korean FBI agent tracking vampires or with Bella fighting back against the vampire clan, you would have found out had the first scripts been filmed. Morgan tells the site, "They wanted to change everything." According to the producer, one draft had Bella becoming a vampire in the first film and others had her father dying. Twi-hards are no doubt thrilled that these interpretations of the beloved books never saw the light of a projector's bulb -- but the franchise they adore could have gone in an entirely different direction ... one that looked something like 'Underworld.'
-- So, we keep hearing rumors about everyone and their mother playing a role in the 'Sherlock Holmes' sequel and finally today Latino Review delivered the good news that Holmes' arch nemesis Professor Moriarty has been cast. Actor Jared Harris -- currently on AMC's 'Mad Men' -- will be taking on the role of the mysterious criminal mastermind. The character will reportedly play a bigger role in the sequel versus the the few shadowy glimpses audiences were treated to in the 2009 film.
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-- Add one more cool dude to the cast of 'The Movie That Won't Be Called Mission Impossible', as THR reports that Josh Holloway (formerly of 'Lost') has landed his first big-screen gig since 'Lost'. He'll be starring alongside Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg as a member of the Impossible Mission Force in the fourth installment of the popular action franchise.
-- If there was ever a car to win you nerd points and the tongue-wagging of adoring Catwomen everywhere it would be this thing of beauty. Mark Racop of Fiberglass Freaks in Indiana has been building Batmobile replicas since a teenager and now has his very own Batcave courtesy of D.C. Comics who have licensed his company to produce official Batmobile replicas. His version of the vehicle includes all the bells and whistles of the hotrod seen in the original TV series, including your very own Batphone with pedestal, deluxe roll-top dashboard, the Batbeam and freaking rocket flame-shooting exhaust pipes. One of these 1966 replicas costs a mere $149,999 -- a small price to pay for being the baddest Batpimp on your block. More pics in the gallery below.
-- After Marvel dumped Ed Norton as the Hulk in Joss Whedon's 'Avengers' flick, the actor is now setting his sights on Christopher Nolan's new 'Batman' movie. Norton spoke to IGN about the part: "Chris Nolan's making the best ones out there by far, I'd do one [a superhero movie] with him. He's set a new bar for sure, and I think he's done a great, great job." He told IGN he'd "not say no" to playing a villain in 'Batman 3' and when asked if he'd be up for taking on the role of the Riddler, Norton played coy and said, "Your guys can put their votes in on that." Can Norton find a place in the D.C. universe as the flamboyant, questionable character? In the meantime, Nolan spoke about 'Batman 3' at an 'Inception' press conference in Rome where he gave a brief update on the caped crusader: "I don't like to talk too much about things until I'm further along with them. But I'm working on the script right now. My brother Jonah has done a draft for the script and now I'm writing on it. We have set a release date. And as far as the film being officially greenlit, they haven't told me they don't want to do it. So I'm hopeful."
-- Did everyone recover from the pervy-ish 'Yogi Bear' poster that set the Internet ablaze? The second trailer for the CG-animated/live-action film based on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon is now available. When Yogi (Dan Aykroyd) and Boo Boo (Justin Timberlake) face the closing of Jellystone Park, the duo joins forces with a park ranger (Tom Cavanagh) and a documentary filmmaker (Anna Faris) to save their home from a terrible fate. Maybe if that doesn't work out, Yogi and Boo Boo can follow Aykroyd and Timberlake's entrepreneurial lead and start selling moonshine.
-- 'Gideon's Sword,' Michael Bay and Paramount's newest project, has landed a screenwriter. Heat Vision is reporting that 'Changing Lanes' screenwriter Chap Taylor has been tapped to pen the film based on an upcoming twelve part novel series by popular writers Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. The first book of the multi-part narrative is set for release this February and focuses on a man with the power to convince people of almost anything. He's out to help his father -- who's been wrongly imprisoned by the NSA -- and save the world. Early buzz is comparing the project to the 'Bourne' films -- meaning they'll be filled with clever action sequences that co-exist alongside an engaging and fairly intelligent story. Sounds interesting.