It’s taken over 30 years to get Judy Blume’s classic 1981 novel Tiger Eyes on the big screen. In fact, this is the first time any of her 25 wildly successful books (with sales exceeding 80 million copies) have been turned into a movie. Maybe she was waiting for the right director? READ FULL STORY
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As far as being a record-breaking box office champ is concerned, it looks like the odds are already in The Hunger Games‘ favor.
Advanced tickets went on sale for the hotly anticipated release and already the film is showing impressive numbers a month before it even hits theaters. On Wednesday, the day advance tickets went on sale to the eager public, Fandango reported that The Hunger Games accounted for 83 percent of the site’s totals. In fact, sales were so high, the movie has already trumped another beloved adaptation: The Twilight Saga. The Hunger Games toppled Eclipse for Fandango’s top first-day advanced ticket seller, previously set on May 14, 2010.
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Jason Reitman has aimed his sights at reinterpreting a new classic: Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs.
After re-creating The Breakfast Club, The Apartment, The Princess Bride, and Shampoo in a series of Los Angeles staged readings, Reitman has selected the 1992 crime saga for his latest one-time-only live performance with a new cast.
And there’s a big switch in store for Mr. Blonde, Mr. Pink, Mr. White, Mr. Orange and the rest of the diamond-heist crew.
“We’re changing the race of the entire cast,” Reitman says.
EW has the details, along with the event’s new poster by artist Matt Owen …
Fancy Nancy is aiming to put together an appropriately fancy line-up of talent as she makes her way to the big screen.
Night at the Museum and Real Steel filmmaker Shawn Levy just signed on as producer, and now 30 Rock‘s Tina Fey is being offered a chance to help him bring the sparkly little girl to life, sources close to the project tell Entertainment Weekly.
If Fey signs on as co-producer, the homemade princess would undoubtedly be very pleased, and both parents and little girls everywhere will be saying: “I want to go to there.”
Think back to the disturbing scene from the 2009 movie Precious, when Mo’Nique’s character unleashes a lifetime of fury on her illiterate and overweight daughter hunched over at the top of the stairs. But instead of Gabourey Sibide dodging the frying pan, picture the Oscar-winning Jennifer Hudson as the pregnant protagonist.
Can you imagine?
Apparently director Lee Daniels could. According to Hudson’s upcoming book “I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down” (Penguin, Jan. 10), the former American Idol-runner-up-turned-Dreamgirls costar turned down the pivotal role because she didn’t want to pack on the pounds needed to play the tragic character.
“I had done that with Effie… and as much as I was moved by this film,” she says in her book. “I wanted to try a role that had nothing whatsoever to do with my weight.”
Instead, Hudson chose to star in the first Sex and the City movie as Carrie Bradshaw’s assistant Louise while the then-unknown Sidibe went on to earn an Academy Award nomination. But hey, Oscar Schmosker! Hudson already won one in 2007 for costarring in Dreamgirls. (Next up: She’s playing a nun in The Three Stooges and a drug-addicted New York City mother in the indie Mister and Pete).
Billed as a healthy lifestyle tome, Hudson’s book chronicles her rise to stardom and her impressive 80-pound weight loss on Weight Watchers.
The longtime partner of late Swedish crime writer Stieg Larsson says the author wouldn’t have approved of merchandise being linked to this week’s release of a Hollywood adaptation of his bestselling novel, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
Eva Gabrielsson said Monday that Larsson would have instead used the buzz around his work to call attention to violence and discrimination against women.
“We would never have sold any rights for merchandising,” Gabrielsson said. “It has nothing to do with books.” READ FULL STORY
Oscar-winning actor William Hurt is in talks to join Andrew Niccol’s film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s sci-fi novel The Host, according to a source close to the production. Hurt would play the pivotal role of Jeb, eccentric uncle to Saoirse Ronan’s Melanie Stryder, whose brain is hijacked by the soul of an alien being known as Wanderer. Jeb is one of the grizzled leaders of the human survivalists fighting the alien invasion.
Max Irons will portray Jared Howe, and Jake Abel has been cast as Ian, the two men who help form a complicated Meyer-esque love triangle with Melanie.
For 40 years, fans of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax have wondered about The Once-ler.
Exactly who – or what – is attached to those spindly green arms, seen in the 1971 storybook heedlessly chopping down the lush, candy-colored truffula forest? Until now, only the grouchy Lorax (who confronts him declaring, “I speak for the trees!”) could know for sure.
Though the good doctor never showed us The Once-ler’s face, a new Universal movie (out March 2) from the animation team whose credits include Despicable Me and Horton Hears a Who offers a surprising twist to a longtime pop-culture mystery.
Dr. Seuss fans, prepare to lay your eyes on The Once-ler.
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