News Briefs

Oscar nominee Josh Brolin joins Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins in the ensemble cast for Woody Allen’s next picture, which the Vicky Cristina Barcelona auteur wrote and will direct this summer in London. No word on the plot or title.

Juan Antonio Bayona, a protégé of Guillermo del Toro who’s best known for the stylish Spanish-language scarefest The Orphanage, has been tapped to direct the franchise’s third installment, Eclipse, Variety reports. Although he’s never directed an English-language film, Bayona’s skilled way with the horror genre must have won over Summit Entertainment. Eclipse features an army of newborn vampires hunting down Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), culminating in a showdown with Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and the werewolves.

Sir Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe’s much-anticipated, yet currently untitled Robin Hood project, has a release date. Universal Pictures today announced that the flick, which will see Crowe play Robin Hood and possibly the Sheriff Of Nottingham as well will come out on May 14, 2010.

Naomi Watts and Slumdog Millionaire newcomer Freida Pinto have joined Josh Brolin and Anthony Hopkins in the cast of Woody Allen’s next comedic effort, Whatever Works according to Variety

Tropic Thunder’s Jay Baruchel is about to start work soon on the big-budget Disney adventure The Sorceror’s Apprentice opposite Nic Cage.

Joe Wright, the acclaimed director of Atonement and Pride & Prejudice, has signed on to direct an adaptation of Alex von Tunzelmann’s novel, Indian Summer, for Working Title and Universal Pictures.

John Cusack and Rob Corddry have signed on for the comedy Hot Tub Time Machine, about a jacuzzi that takes a few midlife-crisis suffering buddies to 1987.

Juno scribe Diablo Cody will be producing the big-screen adaptation of the upcoming romantic satire Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament. Fox Searchlight recently acquired the rights to the S.G. Browne-penned novel, due out March 3, about the love that flourishes among members of Undead Anonymous.

Arnold Schwarzenegger has agreed to make a cameo as his state-ruling self in Sylvester Stallone’s latest movie The Expendables. The flick is set to begin shooting March 28 in Brazil and then will then move to New Orleans for an additional two months of photography.

Pirates of the Caribbean filmmaker Gore Verbinski is developing a new live-action movie based on the Hasbro board game Clue. No word whether the update will feature three different endings, like the 1985 version.

Acclaimed helmer Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) has been tapped to take over The Green Hornet, starring Seth Rogen as the classic hero and Stephen Chow as his sidekick, Kato.

Per the Hollywood Reporter, Ellen DeGeneres has signed on to voice the lead stray dog in Warner Bros.’ Dog Show, an animated comedy about a stray pooch and her misfit friends who crash the purebred world of dog shows. This is her first voice role since 2003’s Finding Nemo.

Sources:
E!
Variety
EmpireOnline
The Hollywood Reporter

12. March 2009 by Edward
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