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Hallelujah! After months of MGM financial drama and stop-and-start news on the next installment of the James Bond film franchise, it’s been announced today that it is officially a go, with Daniel Craig reprising his role as 007 and Sam Mendes on board to direct from a screenplay written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan. There had been speculation one or both might depart the project due to its uncertain fate, but Coming Soon reports that “Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions, together with GaryRead More
Those having a hard time choosing between the lesser of two evils in a Kevin James animal comedy and a Katherine Heigl action comedy can breathe a sigh of relief. On July 8th, 2011, you’ll be given a third option. Variety reports that “One Day”, directed by Lone Scherfig and adapted from the novel by David Nicholls, which was originally slated for the fall, has been moved up to the prime summer blockbuster slot. In Sherfig’s highly anticipated follow-up to 2009’s “An Education”, which launched the skyrocketing career of CareyRead More

Posted On December 29, 2010By Linda GeIn General News

Jeremy Renner will cameo as Hawkeye in “Thor”

There had been contradicting reports about whether Jeremy Renner, set to play Clint Barton, aka Marvel superhero Hawkeye, in “The Avengers”, would make a cameo appearance in character in next summer’s Chris Hemsworth starrer “Thor”. Most of the confusion came from Renner himself, who first hinted to Empire that Hawkeye might make his first appearance in “Thor” but later recanted to Movieline. It appears now that perhaps he had simply given away a secret he shouldn’t have, as someone who saw an early cut of “Thor” tells The Wrap thatRead More
“Blue Valentine” makes no promises to be a happily ever after love story. Quite the opposite, actually. Rather than tracing how a couple gets together, how it all falls apart in the end is the selling point of the story. Today, four new stills from Derek Cianfrance’s debut feature show the couple in question, played by Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, in their less tragic beginning stages. Newly rated R after a court rulingRead More
James Franco continues to expand his horizons by optioning a biography of “Rebel Without a Cause” actor Sal Mineo as a potential writing and directing project, but has no plans to star in the film, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Franco famously played the “Rebel” himself James Dean to critical acclaim in a 2001 TV movie, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe. Mineo co-starred with Dean in the film that eventually led to him being the youngest actor ever nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.Read More

Posted On December 8, 2010By Rebecca LewisIn General News

MPAA overturn ‘Blue Valentine’ rating

When earlier this year Michelle Williams’ and Ryan Gosling’s potential Oscar nominee “Blue Valentine” was handed an NC-17 rating there was anger and dismay. The rating had not only the potential to ruin any Oscar chance for the film, as well as limiting the audience to those not under 17, but it was felt that the rating was too hypocritical, considering other films with similar scenes were being handed lower ratings. But now, after weeks of speculation, differing opinions and appeals from the Weinstein Company, the director, and the actorsRead More
File this one under “Huh?!” and then immediately “Sign us up!” In a bold and wholly unexpected move – not to mention right up our alley here at Up and Comers! – the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences have set Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway, star of “Love and Other Drugs” and this year’s likely Oscar nominee James Franco, star of “127 Hours”, to host the 83rd annual Academy Awards, taking place on February 27th, 2011. Oscar telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer just told Deadline, “James FrancoRead More

Posted On November 22, 2010By Tamara ManneIn General News

Hit or Miss? ‘Buffy’ Movie Remake in the Works

It’s no secret that Joss Whedon was unhappy with 1992’s final cut of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, and he wasn’t alone. Despite the fact that Whedon doesn’t seem to be involved in the upcoming Buffy remake, will Warner Bros. Entertainment’s fresh adaptation have what it takes to rectify the original? Buffy, the Vampire Slayer fans appear to be torn on this–many are ecstatic to see a favorite character’s return to the big screen, while others are up in arms over it. Maybe it’s too early to make a judgement eitherRead More