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DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg thinks post-conversions could kill 3D

Jeffrey-KatzenbergImage Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage.comThe issue of 3D is being debated all over Hollywood in this post-Avatar world, where it seems every-other movie being released boasts a third dimension. In a lengthy interview with Variety, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg says that decisions being made in the next 30-60 days will determine the future of the platform. In short, Katzenberg says 3D just for the sake of 3D is not a good decision, because “all 3D is not created equal.” In that regard, the DreamWorks exec had some strong words for the 2D-to-3D conversation of Warner Bros.’ Clash of the Titans. “We’ve seen the highest end of [3D] in Avatar and you have now witnessed the lowest end of it [in Titans],” he says. (Warner Bros. said it is not commenting on Katzenberg’s statements at this time.) READ FULL STORY

Anton Yelchin cast in 'Fright Night' remake

Anton-yelchinImage Credit: Bob Charlotte/PR PhotosMan, the vampire craze is really digging deep. Anton Yelchin, best known for playing Walter Koenig’s character in Star Trek and Michael Biehn’s character in Terminator Salvation, will next be playing William Ragsdale’s character in a remake of the 1985 kinda-classic Fright Night, The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog reports.

The original was a pretty good combination of scares and laughs, about a young suburban kid who suspects his new next-door neighbor may be a vampire. As I remember it, the protagonist was relatively unremarkable, so the real questions for this remake will be who’s replacing Chris Sarandon as the bloodsucker whose powers include dance-floor seduction, and who’ll be taking up Roddy McDowell’s role as a late-night-TV host/fearless vampire killer.

Anyone love the original and is excited for the remake? Is there anyone other than me hoping for Hollywood to revisit Love at First Bite?

Jennifer Lopez eyes 'Overboard' remake. Discuss.

j-loImage Credit: Kyle Rover/startraksphoto.comOverboard is the kind of ’80s movie I’m okay with Hollywood revisiting in theory. It’s beloved — but it’s still just Overboard. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jennifer Lopez is in talks to star in a remake of the 1987 Goldie Hawn-Kurt Russell classic* for Will Smith’s production company. No word on if she’ll play a rich woman who falls off her yacht, gets amnesia, and then is tricked by the sweaty carpenter she previously pissed off into thinking she’s his wife/housekeeper/babymaker/mini-golf course artist. But per the trade, Leslie Nixon, who wrote the original film (as well as Outrageous Fortune!), is among the scribes who’ve worked on the script, so fingers crossed.

What do you think? If I can’t watch Lopez in a role as good as Karen Sisco in Out of Sight, then I’m fine with her making another movie that I could very well end up watching some Saturday afternoon on TBS’ Movie and a Makeover (see: Monster-in-Law, The Wedding Planner, Maid in Manhattan, and the upcoming The Back-Up Plan). I do think she has her work cut out for her though: She’ll need a costar with whom she has as much chemistry as Hawn did Russell (Matthew McConaughey could be shirtless as a carpenter, yes?), as well as a way to top Hawn’s deliciously dry delivery:

Any plot or casting suggestions? Go!

* And by “classic,” I mean “we will watch it every time we spot it on cable.”

The US version of 'Spaced': Why watching footage from the never-broadcast pilot may seriously damage your eyesight

A couple of years back, Charlie’s Angels director McG announced that he was overseeing a US version of Spaced, the utterly fantastic, pop culture reference-drenched, British sitcom which starred Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes. At the time, all of the creators of the original show expressed alarm at this turn of events. Director Edgar Wright blogged that he was having “a terrible recurring dream of being burgled in broad daylight (no joke, and no dream analyst required),” while Hynes jokingly declared her intention to oversee a British version of Charlie’s Angels about three women “who love to make biscuits, and wear button up cardigans.”

The US Spaced—which fans of the Brit comedy swiftly dubbed McSpaced—was subsequently abandoned, but not before a pilot was filmed. Now an enterprising blogger has tracked down footage from said show, which you can see below. I could say there isn’t enough material to judge whether it would have been good or not. But, to hell with that. Being British myself, I am instead going to side with director Wright, who has twittered his concern over “the large amount of you who stabbed out their eyes or washed them with bleach,” after watching it.

Does anyone out there think “McSpaced” could have worked? Or, for that matter, would like to see a cleavage-free, baked goods-oriented, Charlie’s Angels? Let us know! Incidentally, the original Spaced is very much available for purchase on DVD complete with commentaries from Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino, among others.

'Charlie's Angels' TV reboot: Cast it!


Last January, Drew Barrymore made her interest in making a third Charlie’s Angels movie public. Slight change of plans. Now, she’d like to update the old TV show for ABC. A rep for Sony Pictures Television confirms that the network is close to ordering a pilot of the reboot, which Barrymore would develop with Leonard Goldberg, who produced the original series with Aaron Spelling, and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles‘ Josh Friedman, who’s been tapped to write and exec produce.

The challenges facing the team are many: Though we all seem to get excited about action shows centered on ass-kicking woman, Nielsen families don’t. Fox canned Terminator and now Dollhouse, NBC made Chuck earn its renewal in Subway sandwiches. As we’ve seen (hello, Knight Rider), nostalgia will get you buzz, but it alone won’t keep viewers coming back week after week. Then there’s casting, which will set the tone for the show. Here’s hoping they’ll be looking for women in their late 20s or 30s (as the original did). It’s so much more appealing, for me at least, to think about watching women play detective rather than girls.

My colleague Michael Slezak was quick to offer his dream cast: Dirty Sexy Money‘s Natalie Zea, who played Karen Darling; AliasMerrin Dungey, who played Francie; and Secret Diary of a Call Girl‘s leading lady Billie Piper. I’d keep Zea, and add Terminator Salvation‘s Moon Bloodgood, and, in the Kate Jackson role, Claire Danes. Word was she was being courted last pilot season. (UPDATE: If Danes won’t bite, I’d go with one of the reader suggestions below: Felicia Day. I should have thought of that. Love her.)

Your turn.

Photo credit: ABC/Retna

'Yogi Bear' movie: Smarter than the average cartoon adaptation?

EW’s Nicole Sperling broke the news last night that The House Bunny‘s Anna Faris was in negotiations to join a live action/CG-animated big-screen adaptation of the TV cartoon Yogi Bear. Also in talks? Dan Aykroyd to play the voice of Yogi and perhaps most tantalizing, Justin Timberlake to lend his pipes to Yogi’s bud Boo-Boo. The details of the plot that emerged would have Faris playing a nature documentarian who follows the bear pair for her latest project. Now, I’m not sure how much the world actually needs a high-tech version of Yogi Bear. And the Hanna-Barbera oeuvre has been the target of some pretty godawful adaptations in the past (Josie and the Pussycats, why hath thou forsaken me?). But I can’t say I’m not curious after this casting news. If nothing else, they are going for broke in the talent department. What do you think — yea or nay?

And here’s a puzzler for you: With this project and the upcoming Smurfs movie joining Flintstones and Scooby-Doo big-screen adaptations, which worthy Hanna-Barbera cartoons haven’t been made into a movie yet? (Who’s just itching to see Snorks: The Movie? Just admit it already.)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Most played-out pop-culture entities of all time?

Teenage-Mutant-Turtles_l[1] Nickelodeon bought the rights to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles this week, announcing their plans to produce a CG-animated TV series launching in 2012, the same year as Paramount Pictures (owned by the same parent company, Viacom) will release yet another Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles feature film.

If you’re keeping track, this will be the third animated TV series (we shan’t count the Saban-produced live-action show), the fifth feature film, and, eventually, the kajillionth excuse to stuff our country’s already-overflowing landfills with another exciting round of plastic TMNT tie-in toys and fast-food trinkets. Based on this extraordinary output under the banner of what was a pretty plot-weak idea to begin with, one’s gotta ask: Are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles the most played-out pop culture entities of all time? READ FULL STORY

Sly Stallone to remake 'Death Wish'? Well, you can't say he's too old for that THAT franchise

Sylvester Stallone has been ruminating to Empire magazine about the possibility of starring in a remake of the 1974 movie Death Wish, which featured Charles Bronson as a vengeance-fueled vigilante. This makes a kind of sense (and, certainly, more sense than, say, Sly starring in a comedy with Estelle Getty or the plot of Tango and Cash). For one thing, there was a definite Rambo-esque propulsion to the Death Wish movies. And, for another, the now 63-year-old Stallone is probably aware that this is one franchise which suits an actor of a certain age. True, Bronson was in his early ’50s when he starred in the first movie, but he was still cranking them out almost two decades later, with the fifth DW film , Death Wish V: The Face of Death, arriving in 1994, by which time the actor was well into his ’70s.

Check out the trailer for the original Death Wish movie below and tell us if you think this would be a good move for Sly. And, while you’re at it, see if you can spot a very young Jeff Goldblum.

Please, 'A-Team' movie...tell me THIS isn't your B.A.

BA-Baracas-Rampage-Jackson_lI’ve nothing against the UFC or its champions. I’m not a moron: I don’t want to get hurt. But I am hoping for more from director Joe Carnahan and producers Ridley and Tony Scott when it comes to casting their A-Team movie. You’ve got Liam Neeson for Hannibal and Bradley Cooper for Faceman…but now we’re seeing reports that you’ve settled on Quenton “Rampage” Jackson for B.A. Barracus? [Neither 20th Century Fox nor the UFC responded to EW’s requests for confirmation.]

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: B.A. (portrayed by Mr. T in the TV series) doesn’t need to be a musclebound mountain of a man. He needs to be scary. Intelligence and ruthlessness are scarier than body mass. And maybe I’m wrong about Jackson and he’d bring everything the role requires — and then some. But I’m just not feeling it. I just hope with the last outstanding role to cast — the loose-cannon Murdock — I’m pleasantly surprised.

How does news of Rampage’s casting sit with you: tired or inspired?

Photo Credit: Mr. T: Globe Photos; Jackson: Chris Farina/WireImage

More ‘A-Team’ movie:
‘The A-Team’ movie casting: Who’s gonna play B.A. and Murdock
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