Log Entries: 12/19/2011

THE FIRST TRAILER FOR The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has been confirmed to accompany The Adventures of Tin TinAND PRODUCER KATHLEEN KENNEDY has acknowledged that Herge’s The Calculus Affair, will probably be the basis for the second Tin Tin film to be directed by Peter Jackson … DAN GILROY, writer of the Hugh Jackman vehicle, Real Steel, will write The Annihilator.  Project is based on a new Stan Lee created character, said to be a globetrotting hero of Chinese heritage … PHILLIP K. DICK’S Now Wait for the Last Year, has been optioned for a motion picture.  Dick’s daughter, Isla Dick Hackett is on board as a producer … A HIGHLY PLACED SOURCE has reiterated that “Khan” (as in Star Trek II: The Wrath of) will in fact be the villain in J.J. Abrams second Star Trek feature … DANIEL CRAIG is currently negotiating to do 5! more James Bond films … RIDLEY SCOTT has commented on H.R. Giger’s involvement in his Alien Prequel, Prometheus: I brought him in, I showed him what we were doing, showed him the story and he liked it a lot.  So he’s doing a little bit of work for me.  He’s been doing some murals, big murals, which we’ll see is almost one of the first chambers we encounter when we land where we’re going.”  Scott also added that the “Xenomorph,” otherwise known as the original “ALIEN,” will NOT be seen in the film at all … GUY (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) RITCHIE will take over directing duties from Steven Soderbergh on the The Man From U.N.C.L.E. … DIRECTOR PATTY (Monster) JENKINS has been fired from Thor 2, supposedly over “creative differences.”  Natalie Portman, who only signed on to work with Jenkins, is said to be extremely unhappy … AND IN THE TOTALLY LAME DEPARTMENT — in addition to previous disappointing comments made by director Steven Spielberg on the progress of a proposed fifth Indiana Jones film — George Lucas has now commented, “...I know what it’s about, but I just have to find a MacGuffin that fits into the arena we’re working in.” … WRITER STEVEN (Schindler’s List) ZAILLIAN is looking to remake the Spanish cult hit Timecrimes … DAVID FINCHER has commented on his in-the-works $200 million 3D version of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: “The thing that’s interesting to me is a science-fiction movie that takes place five years after the Civil War; the idea of what does science-fiction look like through the eyes of somebody 120 years ago?” … CBS HOME VIDEO will release Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season One, remastered for Blu-ray late next year.  The initial “demo” is still scheduled for release on January 1st. … CASTING AGENT MARION DOUGHERTY passed away on December 4th at the age of 88 of natural causes.  She was responsible for giving numerous Hollywood stars their big breaks (Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, ) and casting films such as Slaughterhouse-Five, Tim Burton’s Batman films, Spies Like Us, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, and LadyhawkeCAPTAIN AMERICA co-creator Joe Simon passed away at the age of 98 on Wednesday night.  Simon created Cap with Jack Kirby for Timely Comics in 1941, only months before the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  He also co-wrote and illustrated Captain Marvel (also with Kirby) and later founded Mad Magazine … AND SADLY, Mash veteran Harry Morgan died on December 7th at the age of 96.  In addition to starring roles in films like High Noon, The Big Clock, and Disney’s The Cat From Outer Space, Morgan made appearances in numerous television programs throughout his 56 year career.  Some of these included: Rod Serling’s Night Gallery, The Twilight Zone (1988 series,) and Third Rock From the Sun.  All of them will be missed …

See you in two weeks.  Happy Holidays !

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