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WENN reports actor George Takei is heading into the Australian jungle. Takei is set to star in the British reality show I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! The 71-year-old actor has agreed to appear in the TV programme which will been seen on U.K. screens later this month. The competition sees a group of stars live in the jungle for several weeks with basic necessities, earning their food and little luxuries in a series of challenging tasks. And the star is reportedly relishing the opportunity He is quoted as saying “I’m physically fit. I used to run marathons, now I work out every day. I’m Japanese and love sushi. I’ve even eaten live fish. It was delicious.” Other stars appearing in this series of the reality show include former Blue singer Simon Webbe and tennis player Martina Navratilova.

According to BollywoodHungama Aamir Khan’s Ghajini is expected to set records in India. While the promotion of the film started during the Hindu holiday Diwali, the Indian distributors, Studio 18, have decided to put 1,200 prints of the film into circulation in India alone. “Ghajini will be the biggest and widest release ever, breaking the record set by Singh Is Kinng, which was also distributed by us,” Aman Gill, Director, Domestic Theatrical Distribution, Studio 18 divulges. Adds Priti Shahani, Sr. V.P., Marketing & Distribution, Studio 18, “With Singh Is Kinng, we set a precedent in the way the films are marketed and with Ghajini we tend to go beyond that.” Ghajini is expected to be the top grossing Indian feature of all time.

Ticket sales may not have been affected by the current economic downturn but concessions are expected to take a big hit, the Hollywood Reporter says, citing quarterly reports from Carmike Cinemas and Cinemark Holdings filed on Monday. Carmike said that in its most recent quarter concession revenue was down 8.3 percent while Cinemark said that it was down 4.7 percent in its U.S. operations. Each company forecast solid fourth quarter results, however. Cinemark CEO Alan Stock observed, “As we head into the fourth quarter, the domestic industry’s box office was up approximately 17 percent for the month of October, and we feel consumers will continue to seek affordable entertainment options during these challenging economic times.”

Stephen Graham has just signed on to the Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman starrer Season of the Which from Relativity Media says He will play a swindler and navigator in the period horror movie. Graham can be seen next in Michael Mann’s Public Enemies as Babyface Neslon. Born in Liverpool, England, Graham’s credits include the 2005 TV series Empire, 2005’s soccer flick Goal!, 2006’s The Is England, and Madonna’s Filth and Wisdom comedy drama.

Actor Will Smith’s son, Jaden, has landed his first major lead role in an upcoming remake of The Karate Kid, according to Jaden, 10, is Smith’s oldest son with wife Jada Pinkett Smith. He had previously acted alongside his father in 2006 film The Pursuit of Happyness and in the television series All of Us, which was created by his parents. He also has a role in the upcoming remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still, starring Keanu Reeves. Jaden will be starring in the remake as the character of Daniel, originally portrayed in 1984 by Ralph Macchio. Its script is being worked on by Chris Murphy, while the movie itself is scheduled to be shot in Beijing has learned from 20th Century Fox that the studio is targeting The Day the Earth Stood Still for the launch of its first X-Men Origins: Wolverine teaser trailer. The Keanu Reeves-starrer opens in conventional theaters and IMAX on December 12th. We’ll have to wait and see if the studio will release the teaser earlier online that week. X-Men Origins: Wolverine, directed by Gavin Hood, stars Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Ryan Reynolds, Taylor Kitsch,, Danny Huston, Dominic Monaghan, Daniel Henney and Lynn Collins, opens May 1st.

According to the new trailer for the J.J. Abrams directed reboot prequel, STAR TREK, may well premiere with the upcoming James Bond adventure QUANTUM OF SOLACE but if you’d like to get a taste of it beforehand, a couple of scoopers over at AICN ( recently wrote in to describe the trailer. Here’s a snippet from the more detailed description: The trailer starts by showing a mid-60’s Corvette convertible tearing across the country side. After a few seconds we see a long shot that shows a policeman in hot pursuit. Another long shot shows the Vette screaming at full speed toward a steep cliff. A slo-mo shot shows the driver leaping from the car at the last second and tumbling ass over teakettle toward the edge of the cliff itself. The driver is a young boy who looks about 13 or 14. He manages to grab a hold at the last second and hang on as a birds eye shot show the antique Vette fall away into an abyss. We see the boy get up and dust himself off and the camera cuts away to show a troopers boot come down close-up. The black leather boot is obviously the policeman’s who was chasing the car but it looks suspiciously “different.” Just different enough to let the audience know this isn’t a normal policeman. The shot then cuts to where we can see the policeman standing in front of the boy with his “bike” hovering in mid air a few feet beside him. He shouts at the boy, “Who are you?” or “What’s your name?” and the boy shouts back defiantly, “James Tiberius Kirk!”

The Resident Evil pix that’ve hit theaters the last couple years have dissapointed many fans of the original game series. The movies, staring Milla Jovovich, did not deliver what fans wanted and ultimately felt like generic sci-fi/zombie films with parts of the series tacked on. Now it looks like Capcom and Sony Home Entertainment understand what the fans want and are releasing a new entry into the Resident Evil story in the form of a new CG movie Resident Evil: Degeneration. Bringing back some beloved characters from the series — Claire Redfield and Leon Kennedy — the filmakers are taking the series back to its roots. The result is a straight-to-dvd flick that plays out closer to an extended in-game cutscene rather than a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster.

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