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'Batman 3' production to begin April 2011

dark-knightImage Credit: Stephen VaughanHoly sequel-news, Batman! At the London premiere of Inception, star Michael Caine revealed to Digital Spy that Christopher Nolan’s as-of-yet-untitled sequel to Batman Begins, and the $1 billion-worldwide-grossing The Dark Knight, is slated to begin production in April of 2011. Although Nolan, his brother Jonathan, and David S. Goyer are still working on the script, an insider confirms that, although subject to change, Warner Bros. is indeed on track for an April start date, and Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Gary Oldman are attached.

So far, Nolan himself has been reluctant to talk about the future of the caped crusader. Apparently he’s very much of the mindset that, until his current film, the critically-adored Inception, opens this Friday, he’s not interested in discussing details of his future projects. But Warner Bros. has also penciled in the next Batman for a July 20, 2012 release date. The studio was determined to set a definitive release date this far in advance due to the strong slate of other superhero movies to be released in the next two years.

So Bat-philes, does this news that the studio’s gears are turning get you excited for Nolan’s next comic-book opus? Or are you even more psyched about his hand in producing a Superman reboot?

Zac Efron has a production company: Help pick his next project!

Zac-EfronImage Credit: Michael Buckner/Getty ImagesLittle Troy Bolton is growing up. Zac Efron is clearly in the process of making the transition into actor-adulthood, and not just because he’s shed his proto-Bieber haircut and bared his envy-inducing torso on the cover of People. In the spirit of “If you want something done right…,” Efron has started up his own production company under Warner Bros.’ aegis, now with the admittedly not-so-mature name Ninjas Runnin’ Wild Prods. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the company is set to produce a spate of genre-spanning films starring Efron, including an untitled workplace comedy by 17 Again writer Jason Filardi, the action-thriller Fire, a time-travel film called Einstein Theory, a remake of the Swedish film Snabba Cash, and a based-on-a-true-story heist flick Art of the Steal.

I think it’s smart of Efron to be making his own opportunities after graduating with honors from High School Musical. READ FULL STORY

Guillermo del Toro talks 'The Hobbit' and his next project: 'It's a pretty big one'

It’s been weeks since Guillermo del Toro made the shocking decision to walk away from directing the highly anticipated adaptation of The Hobbit (Peter Jackson is now in negotiations to direct) and the Pan’s Labyrinth director says he’s almost over the disappointment. “It’s the biggest heartbreak of my life professionally,” del Toro tells EW. “But at the same time, I’m entirely at peace with it.”  The director will be at Comic-Con in a few weeks to preview Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, a horror film he produced and cowrote, starring Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce. “We’re gonna announce a few things at Comic-Con that are surprises,” teases del Toro. “But I’m probably going to announce my next directing project right after Comic-Con. It’s a pretty big one.” Hmmmm. Could this mean that del Toro’s oft-rumored Frankenstein remake is finally coming to fruition?

What do you think del Toro’s next project should be, PopWatchers? Would you like to see him tackle Frankenstein?

Have any advice for Miley Cyrus at the end of the 'Hannah Montana' era?

Miley-Cyrus-then-and-nowImage Credit: Disney Channel; Central Image Agency/FilmMagic.comIt’s wild to think that on March 26, 2006–just a bit more than four years ago–the Disney Channel’s tween-tastic series Hannah Montana launched with the then relatively unknown Miley Cyrus at the helm. Well, she was a bit known, what with being the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus, a country star who’d struck gold with a one-hit wonder “Achy Breaky Heart.” But generally, at the time, it somehow seemed unlikely that the awkward looking gal would shoot to stardom through a silly little show that featured her as a pop star who goes to a regular school in disguise, so she can lead a (relatively) normal life. But as we all now know, Miley is nothing but regular–she’s now one of the biggest stars in the world. Tonight, however, begins the end of an era for Miley, as the final season of Hannah premieres at 8 p.m.

At this juncture, we should all take a moment to ponder how she’s handled this transition and what it all means for her post-Disney future. Just look at the photo attached to this blog post–the change in Miley from season 1 of Hannah Montana (on the left) to the current Miley who seemingly “Can’t Be Tamed” (on the right) is downright stunning. But doesn’t almost everyone radically change between the ages of 13 and 17? I certainly did.


Lindsay Lohan's missing from the new 'Machete' trailer. Coincidence? We think not...

When it rains it pours. Just ask Lindsay Lohan. As the troubled 24-year-old prepares to head off for a 90-day hitch in the pokey for violating the terms of her probation, she’s now being hit with the cold reality that she’s also persona non grata on-screen, too. After all, the actress is nowhere to be found in the latest trailer for her upcoming film, Robert Rodriguez’s Machete. The Mexican avenger flick, which grew out of a faux trailer within Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s 2007 drive-in double feature, Grindhouse, comes out on Sept. 3. And while earlier clips from the movie hyped Lohan as part of a huge — and impressively bizarre — ensemble cast that includes Danny Trejo, Jessica Alba, Robert De Niro, Michelle Rodriguez, Steven Seagal, Cheech Marin, Jeff Fahey, and Don Johnson, the latest teaser is suspiciously Lohan-free.

Let’s compare. Here’s an older version of the trailer, which shows Lohan as a pistol-packing avenger in a nun’s habit: READ FULL STORY

Chris Nolan says he'd love to do a Bond film

nolan-james-bondImage Credit: Karen Ballard; Stephen VaughanJust when things couldn’t get a whole lot worse for the James Bond franchise, 007 fans may finally have something to get excited about. As the next installment in Daniel Craig’s super-spy saga sits idle waiting for the cash-strapped MGM to sort through its financial woes, Chris Nolan told the audience at last night’s London premiere of his new film, Inception, that he would love to do a Bond film. According to the BBC, the big-budget visionary said, “I’ve loved the Bond films since I was a kid. For me, they’re always about the expansiveness of cinema. The first Bond films set up infinite possibilities of about the world they create. I’d love to do a Bond film.”

Putting aside the fact that Sam Mendes (American Beauty) has been attached to direct the next Bond film, how awesome would it be to see a guy like Nolan — someone who we already know can push the boundaries of action spectacle — tackle the franchise? READ FULL STORY

'Gilmore Girl' Lauren Graham to star in 'Scream 4'?

Lauren-GrahamImage Credit: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic.comYup, you read that right. The beloved Gilmore Girls star Lauren Graham is thisclose to joining the cast of the next installment in the Scream saga, according to a source close to the production. The actress better known to millions of rabid TV fans as Lorelai is the latest high-profile name attached to the self-referential slasher franchise. The series’ original writer and director, Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven, are on board, as are the original trilogy’s stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette. Graham would join Scream newcomers Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin, Lake Bell, Nico Tortorella, Anthony Anderson, and Marielle Jaffe. The film will start shooting in Ann Arbor, Mich., at the end of this month and is scheduled to hit theaters on April 15, 2011.

With all of that obligatory casting news and speculation out of the way, let’s take a step back and put this question to all you Gilmore Girls fans: Would you be more excited about Lorelai on the big screen or bummed that she might end up as part of the film’s bloody bodycount?

Does Kristen Stewart have what it takes to replace Angelina Jolie in 'Wanted 2'?

wanted-2Image Credit: Insidefoto/PR PhotosFor months, it’s been rumored that Kristen Stewart was being considered to replace Angelina Jolie as leading lady in Wanted 2. Now, the Twilight star herself has added fuel to the fire. When asked by MTV News whether she’d be interested in filling Jolie’s shoes in the sequel to the 2008 action flick hit, Stewart said, “Yes. Definitely, as long as it was really good.” The actress added, “Wanted was a great movie…James McAvoy makes that movie different than most other action movies because he’s a real guy, and I feel most action movies don’t have that. But I wouldn’t just want to be in a mindless, blow-up movie. I’m not into it.”

Hm, that sounds like a ‘Yes’ to us.

While Universal, the studio behind the film, has not returned EW’s request for comment, Stewart’s name has been floating around the project ever since it was reported that Jolie would not return for the sequel and that the female lead might be rewritten for a younger actress. In the meantime, Stewart says that she is already booked to star in parts one and two of Breaking Dawn and On the Road.

So what do you think? Does Bella have what it takes to fill in for action babe Angie? And, perhaps more importantly, are you interested in seeing a Wanted sequel?

James Cameron calls BP 'morons'

James Cameron might have declared himself “the King of the World” after winning an Oscar for Titanic, but if you ask BP, he’s not quite the king of ideas. And the director is taking his revenge — Cameron’s slamming BP, the company currently in the crosshairs for the biggest oil spill in U.S. history, after they rejected his problem-solving ideas. Last week, Cameron made headlines when he was approached by the government to brainstorm new approaches to plugging the deep-sea gusher in the Gulf of Mexico. And now, in the second act of that unlikely Hollywood-comes-to-the-rescue soap opera, Cameron appears to be feeling a bit spurned by BP’s reluctance to listen to him.

In an interview at the D8 tech conference on Wednesday night, Cameron said:

“Over the last few weeks I’ve watched as we all have with growing sort of horror and heartache watching what’s happening in the Gulf and thinking, those morons don’t know what they’re doing.”

What do you think: was BP wrong to dismiss Cameron’s ideas or should they listen to the Avatar director? Watch the video, and vote in our poll, after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Cowabunga! Michael Bay to revive 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'

Teenage-Mutant-TurtlesImage Credit: Everett CollectionIn case you needed further proof that no franchise — no matter how ridiculous or festooned with pizza — is safe from Hollywood resurrection, Michael Bay’s production company, Platinum Dunes, has signed on to reboot Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The news, first reported by Deadline and confirmed by EW, comes on the heels of Bay’s headline-making casting call for a replacement for Megan Fox in the Hasbro-inspired Transformers 3. (Clearly the guy has a thing for ’80s and ’90s cultural flotsom…what’s next, Cabbage Patch Kids: The Movie?)

Paramount and Nickelodeon reportedly shelled out $60 million for the TMNT franchise and brought it to Bay’s company in the hopes that his knack for kickstarting seemingly dead movie properties (see: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror) would once again unlock the secrets of The Ooze and reignite the star-power of ninja-trained crime-fighters Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Donatello (voiced in the 1990 movie by Corey Feldman). And while, in theory, we’re all for any potential employment opportunity for Mr. Feldman, we’re not so sure about this one.

What do you think? Should the Turtles get another shot at box-office glory? Or should they be left alone to rest in peace? Wait, before you answer, you might want to check out the trailer from the 1990, um, “classic”… READ FULL STORY

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