Log Entries: 01/02/2012

THERE IS RUMOR circling Hollywood that Warner Bros. have renewed their on again/off again interest in making Gremlins 3.  Original Gremlins director Joe Dante has stated that he will definitely not be involved … A PROPOSED THIRD! INCARNATION of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is however dead in the water.  After a very negative response from fans of the original (mainly due to a lack of involvement on the part of Joss Whedon,) and a rejected script, the project has been abandoned … ANDREW KOSOVE, one of the producers of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner follow up, has commented that the project is a “high priority” for director Scott, and added, “Sometime in the first 2 months of the new year we’ll announce who the screenwriter will be and whether or not it’s a prequel or a sequel.”  This information is in direct contrast to Scott’s own previous statements wherein he confirmed that a writer was already at work on the project and that the film would definitely be a sequelTELEVISION DIRECTOR ALAN TAYLOR, of Game of Thrones fame, has been hired to replace Patty Jenkins on Thor 2ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER’S next genre film will reportedly be Black Sands.  Described as a cross between Commando and Constantine, the film will feature Arnold waging war against a ruthless weapons manufacturer, with a twist. “I’m kind of an angel,” says Arnold … HERE’S ONE THAT CAME OUT OF NOWHERE: Kristen Dunst stars in yet another remake of Romeo & Juliet, this one being a science fiction take on the Shakespeare play titled, Upside Down.  The film is due to be released sometime in 2012, you’ll find the trailer already on YouTube under that title … THE LOVELY ERICA DURANCE (Lois Lane on Smallville) will make an appearance on the NBC show Harry’s Law on January 11th, wearing the Wonder Woman costume from Producer David E. Kelley’s rejected W.W. pilot … FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE STUDIO’S HISTORY, Paramount had a float in a Rose Parade.  The 55-foot long ‘Paramount Pictures – 100 Years of Movie Magic‘ float, featured a motif of the studios more popular assets, including a USS Enterprise representing the Star Trek franchise, and a replica of Bumblebee from Michael Bay’s Transformers films. … HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART II has been chosen by the National Board of Review as one of the 10 best films of the year.  And Roger Ebert listed the film as #16 on his list of the 20 best films of 2011 … WITH MOST OF ITS CASTING COMPLETED, Ender’s Game has been fast tracked into production and will begin shooting next month.  The film stars Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Abigail Breslin, and Hailee Steinfeld … J.J. ABRAMS has revealed that his next Star Trek film will be shot in the Panavision film format, with a possibility for one or two IMAX sequences.  The film will not be shot in 3D, but could possibly be post-converted … UNIVERSAL has officially retired the JAWS ride at their Universal Orlando theme park.  And in tandem, the Studio says that after much harassment by fans, the classic Steven Spielberg blockbuster will finally bow on blu-ray on August 14th.  No official dates have been set as of yet for the remainder of Spielberg’s canon, however it has been confirmed that both the Indiana Jones films and E.T. – the Extra-Terrestrial, will also arrive sometime in 2012 … BOB ANDERSON, an Olympic fencer and career stunt choreographer and master swordsman in Hollywood, died early New Years day in a hospital in England.  He worked on such films as From Russia With Love, The Guns of Navarone, Barry Lyndon, Superman II, The Princess Bride, Highlander, the original Star Wars films, The Phantom, The Mark of Zorro, and Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films, along with the forthcoming Hobbit films.  In a 1983 interview with Starlog Magazine, Mark Hammill commented: “Bob Anderson was the man who actually did Vader’s fighting.”  He was 89 years old …

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