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Rooney Mara eying 'Oldboy' remake

Rooney Mara is threatening to become the belle of violent hard-R cinema.

The striking star of David Fincher’s upcoming The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is in talks to join Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy, according to a source close to the production. Twitch Film first reported the news that Mara, who made an enormous impression in just a few scenes as Mark Zuckerberg’s ex-girlfriend in The Social Network, was considering a leading role in Oldboy.

The 2003 South Korean revenge film, about a man seeking vengeance after 15 years of mysterious confinement, shocked audiences with its gruesome depictions of violence. Mara would play the chef who connects with the newly-free man and helps him seek justice.

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Cee Lo Green joins 'Sparkle' cast, while R. Kelly signs on for soundtrack

The big-screen remake of the 1976 film Sparkle just got a bit, er, more sparkly. EW has confirmed that Cee Lo Green, the Grammy-winning multi-platinum R&B singer and mentor on NBC’s The Voice, has joined the cast, which includes American Idol winner Jordin Sparks in the title role of an aspiring music star, and Whitney Houston as her mother.  READ FULL STORY

Johnny Depp's true 'Dark Shadows' vampire revealed! -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK

Photo by Leah Gallo

Behold the real visage of Johnny Depp’s vampire from Dark Shadows!

Last week, long-range paparazzi shots of the actor wearing ghostly white makeup, large sunglasses and a pulled down fedora made fans of the original 1966-71 supernatural soap opera bristle nervously, with complaints he looked simply too strange.

Nevermind that he’s playing a 200-year-old vampire, which is strange enough.

As you can see from this cast shot, Depp’s bloodsucking pater familias Barnabas Collins actually borrows heavily from the aged-little boy look of original Dark Shadows star Jonathan Frid — not that anyone would be happy to see this guy show up as your prom date either.

Still, this official First Look may reassure those die-hard fans of the original series, memorably offbeat ABC daytime drama about a vampire whose extended family are bedeviled by ghosts, witches, and other gothic woes.

Depp, who fought for years to make this movie, is one of those fans. “I do remember, very vividly, practically sprinting home from school in the afternoon to see Jonathan Frid play Barnabas Collins,” the actor says. “Even then, at that age, I knew — this has got to be weird.”

Weird certainly sums up this particular family portrait — a shot director Tim Burton, who also obsessed over Dark Shadows as a boy, staged in the early days of production.

“I remember seeing a group photograph of the cast of the original series,” he tells EW. “For me it captured the weird Dark Shadows vibe in a single image. I had a brief window of opportunity to have our cast present at the same time, the day before principle photography began. We decided to stage a similar picture instead of rehearsing, to see if we captured the Dark Shadows feeling.”

Here’s who those family members are, one by one. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: 'The Lion King 3D' hopes to reign over 'Contagion,' 'Drive,' and 'Straw Dogs'


I guess there’s a “Circle of Life” at the movies too!

This weekend, Disney’s technologically enhanced The Lion King 3D “Just Can’t Wait to be King” of the box office, as it’s being re-released for a limited two-week engagement. The film should “Be Prepared” for some light competition from Straw Dogs, Drive, and I Don’t Know How She Does It, but we’re sure Disney is saying “Hakuna Matata” about the newcomers. By the way, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” that I’m expressing for The Lion King? That’s exactly the kind of nostalgia that should propel it into first place. But just how much will it earn? And how will other films do at the box office? Check out my full predictions below.  READ FULL STORY

Reboot planned for Patrick Swayze's surf-heist movie 'Point Break'

To paraphrase the end of the original Point Break: Turns out, he is coming back.

Of course, Patrick Swayze was too soon lost in real life, but when his adrenaline-junky bank-robber Bodhi disappeared at the end of 1991′s Point Break, it seemed to be for good. Not so. In Hollywood, there’s always a reboot around the corner.

Alcon Entertainment, best known for releasing The Blind Side and prepping a spin-off of Blade Runner, has announced plans to fast-track a remake of Point Break at Warner Bros.  READ FULL STORY

Disney's D23: Look behind the curtain at 'Oz: The Great and Powerful'


Oz: The Great and Powerful isn’t just walking the yellow brick road — it’s walking a delicate line.

Playing off a beloved, classic movie is a dangerous game. On one hand, you’ve got a built-in audience who cares deeply about the original. On the other, those fans are even quicker to turn on you if they feel the new film doesn’t live up the one they’re so passionate about.

The teaser footage revealed at Disney’s D23 fan gathering begins “Before a house fell out of the sky… ” and it seems to mirror 1939’s The Wizard of Oz in multiple ways, not the least of which is the apparent use of grainy black-and-white film stock for the bookending “real world” scenes of James Franco’s young would-be wizard.

Sam Raimi’s movie, which started shooting in soundstages in Detroit on July 21, and is aiming for a March 2013 debut, is clearly trying to draw on fond memories of Judy Garland’s film version of Frank L. Baum’s fantasy story, while also trying to leapfrog it with a prequel story.

“While there have been movies and stage plays based on the series, one story has been left untold,” Sean Bailey, Disney’s head of production, told the crowd. “Who is the wizard and where did he come from?”

Or as Franco paradoxically put it: “We’re stepping into a great tradition, but a tradition that isn’t fully established yet.”

While the images and footage haven’t been released, here’s what those of us at the presentation saw …


Kenny Ortega set to direct 'Dirty Dancing' remake

If the song “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” makes you want to twirl across a dance floor, and you know where the line “Nobody puts Baby in a corner” comes from, this news is bound to stir up all kinds of emotions in you: Kenny Ortega has signed on to direct a big-screen remake of the 1987 hit Dirty Dancing. Ortega served as the choreographer on the original film, which starred Jennifer Grey as a wealthy 1960s teen who falls in love with a dance instructor (Patrick Swayze) while spending the summer at a Catskills resort.

Ortega — who most recently directed the documentary Michael Jackson’s This Is It – said in a statement, “The opportunity to direct Dirty Dancing is like returning home for me…. Patrick Swayze set the bar for men dancing in the movies as Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire did before him. I believe everywhere you look there is evidence that the talent is out there and I can’t wait to begin the process of discovering the next breakout triple-threats.”  READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' dominates with $54 million; 'The Change-Up' weak


Now here’s some monkey business that everyone in Hollywood will take seriously! Rise of the Planet of the Apes conquered the box office with a tremendous $54 million in its debut weekend. The $90 million Fox reboot/prequel exceeded all expectations and churned out the fifth-best August opening of all time. And it did it all without any of that pesky 3D!

Rise of the Planet of the Apes played primarily to an older male crowd. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' thrashes expectations, earns $19.8 million on Friday

(UPDATE: ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ dominates weekend box office with $54 million)

Audiences went ape for Rise of the Planet of the Apes at the box office on Friday, pushing the film into the top spot by a wide margin. According to estimates, Rise earned a terrific $19.8 million on opening day, and if it can keep up that kind of momentum, it could be looking at a $55 million weekend.

After it earned a so-so $1.25 million at midnight showings, some prognosticators assumed that Apes was headed for an underwhelming weekend gross, but clearly that’s not going to happen. READ FULL STORY

First Look: Lily Collins as the fairy-tale princess in 'Snow White' -- EXCLUSIVE


Presenting… the fairest of them all! “I keep saying to everyone I feel like I’m walking into a snow globe, a fairy tale, every single day,” says Lily Collins, star of Relativity Media’s as yet untitled Snow White, which co-stars Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen. “It’s so epic. I was part of a costume ball today, so you can only imagine the outfits.”

The movie, out March 16, is directed by Tarsem Singh (The Fall, the upcoming Immortals) and promises a world as surreal as anything dreamed up by the Brothers Grimm. Click through for more details… READ FULL STORY

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