April 30, 2009

Joseph Gordon-Levitt joins the cast of another indie film...

...a dramedy, no less. The Hollywood Reporter has the details:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rainn Wilson have joined Natalie Portman in "Hesher," an indie dramedy being directed by Spencer Susser. The story centers on a loser twentysomething who invades the life of an awkward 13-year-old who is living with a pill-popping father and grandmother.Gordon-Levitt is playing the title character, a good and bad influence on the boy's life. Wilson is the dad trying to keep his family together after the death of his wife.Portman, who is producing the film with Lucy Cooper, plays a supermarket worker for whom the kid falls for after she saves him from a bully. Matt Weaver and Scott Prisand also are producing, while Scot Armstrong ("Old School") exec produces. Susser wrote the script with David Michod. CAA packaged the film and is co-representing the film's North American distribution rights with Endeavor.The movie begins shooting next week in Los Angeles. CAA-repped Gordon-Levitt, who stars in this summer's "(500) Days of Summer" as well as "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," recently booked a lead role in Christopher Nolan's "Inception." Wilson, repped by Endeavor and 3 Arts Entertainment, appears in this summer's tentpole "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and will shoot the indie comedy "Peep World" this year.
-I'm a big fan of his, so I'm interested in this. Throw in Portman and it's looking real good...what do you think?

Tell No One to be remade already?

Seems as such, as per this in Variety:
Miramax and Focus Features Intl. have snagged English language remake rights to Gallic thriller "Tell No One" from EuropaCorp and Kathleen Kennedy has come on board to produce.
Miramax and Focus will co-develop the project, still in early stages of development. No director or cast have been attached although a start date of spring 2010 has been tentatively set for principal photography.
The original French-language pic, centered on a doctor grieving for his dead wife who then discovers she may still be alive, was a surprise hit last year in the U.S. with grosses topping $6 million for nascent distrib Music Box. "Tell No One" also grossed $22 million in France and $2.3 million in the U.K.
EuropaCorp financed and co-produced "Tell," the first film adaptation from prolific American novelist Harlan Coben.
Miramax will take domestic rights on the remake while Focus Features Intl. will retain all international rights with the exception of France where EuropaCorp will release the pic.
EuropaCorp is also in negotiations with a U.S. partner for an English-language remake of "District B13," about an undercover policeman and former criminal trying to infiltrate a gang armed with a neutron bomb. That remake will be retitled "Brick Mansion."
-Thoughts?

The writer of Recount gets a new gig

From Variety:
Danny Strong (“Recount”) will adapt “The Butler” for producer Laura Ziskin, based on the Washington Post story about an African-American butler’s career at the White House.
Sony acquired the feature rights to Wil Haygood’s Washington Post story “A Butler Well Served by This Election” a few weeks after the presidential election. The story chronicled Eugene Allen’s work for eight presidents from 1952 through 1986 along with the hope and optimism he and his wife shared as Barack Obama was about to be elected.
Allen’s wife died the day before the election and was buried on the same day that the article was published.
Strong’s debut script for HBO’s “Recount” won a WGA award and an Emmy nomination. He’s also an actor who’s appeared on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “The Gilmore Girls.”
Haygood will act as an associate producer on the film.
-Sounds pretty interesting...thoughts?

April 29, 2009

Trailer for Julie & Julia


-I remain unconvinced of its Oscar chances, but I've been wrong before...thoughts?

A new poster for The Hurt Locker

This is on my must see list...how bout you?

A cartoon by Ricky Gervais is headed to the big screen

From Variety:
Universal-based Illumination Entertainment will create a 3-D animated feature based on "Flanimals," a children's book series by Ricky Gervais.
Gervais will voice the lead character, and the script will be written by Matt Selman ("The Simpsons").
The four-volume series, illustrated by Rob Steen, encompasses a world inhabited by 50 species of creatures so ugly and misshapen they become cute and endearing. Gervais' character, a pudgy, perspiring purple creature, goes on a mission to change the world. "It will be great to play a short, fat, sweaty loser for a change," Gervais said. "A real stretch."
Illumination founder Chris Meledandri will produce with Courtney Pledger. Gervais will exec produce.
Illumination, formed to give Universal a presence in family and animated fare, is in production on "Despicable Me," a film that Universal will release July 9, 2010. The pic's lead voices are delivered by Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Danny McBride, Will Arnett, Kristen Wiig and Julie Andrews.
-Could be cool...thoughts?

Case 39 gets a Poster


About as average and boring as the trailer was...

Sex and the City will have a part 2...with Mr. Big in it...

...if anyone cares. Variety has the confirmation:
In a seven-figure deal, Chris Noth has committed to "Sex and the City 2," the sequel to be directed by Michael Patrick King for New Line Cinema.
The pic shoots in early September, and Warner Bros. has set a May 28, 2010, release date. The original grossed $412.6 million worldwide.
Noth will next be seen onscreen in "My One and Only" and will reprise his Off Broadway role in the play "Farragut North," which opens at L.A.'s Geffen Playhouse in June and also stars Chris Pine.
-No interest on my part, but hey...more power to you if you dig it.

April 28, 2009

Oliver Stone set to direct Wall Street 2


Looks like Stone is on board to direct 'Wall Street 2'. Michael Douglas is in negotiation to reprise his Oscar winning role as Gordon Gekko. There's also talk that Shia LeBeouf will join. I enjoyed Wall Street. Anyone excited for a sequel?

A couple of fine choices on DVD this week!

Indeed, while none of the releases this week are absolutely fantastic, there are two very solid choices, and a number of ok ones too. All in all, it's a good week, led off by my PICK OF THE WEEK. It's:
Nothing But The Truth
This criminally underseen drama by Rod Lurie (The Contender), based somewhat off of the Valerie Plame scandal, features a terrific cast, led by an awards caliber Kate Beckinsale. If you like "ripped from the headlines" flicks, this is definitely a good one, and in fact, is one of the better ones.
-Also out and coming in second place was the crime film What Doesn't Kill You. This is a good film made better by an almost career best performance by Mark Ruffalo. If you want a gritty look at people on the wrong end of luck in Boston, this is a fine choice.
-We also have JCVD, which gave the kickboxer a great concept to work with, but only an above average film to make. There's The Uninvited, which is better than you'd think (but the original Asian version, called A Tale of Two Sisters is better), the harmless Hotel for Dogs (though it has some odd parallels to the Holocaust, but it might just be me), and the very medoicre Bride Wars, which is another bad first film after getting an Oscar nom (Anne Hathaway is the culprit here).
-My Vintage pick this week is Boogie Nights. If you've never seen the world of 70's porn through the eyes of Paul Thomas Anderson, you owe it to yourself to check this out, if for no other reason than to finally see Mark Wahlberg become "a big bright shining star".
-What will you be watching on DVD this week?

Adam Trailer


-I like this a lot, even if it's not the most original premise in the world...what do you all think?

Antichrist gets a creepy Poster

Excuse me while I shower...shiver

Trailer for Post Grad


-This wants to be The Devil Wears Prada so badly, but I actually see potential in this, mainly because I'm a few weeks away from being in the same position...thoughts?

April 27, 2009

Poster for Humpday

Thoughts?

Tell me this isn't the weirdest sounding project in a long time...

Variety has the details on this project that can only be described as, well...odd:
"Snakes on a Plane" helmer David R. Ellis has been tapped by former New Line exec Mark Ordesky to direct "Humpy Dumpty."
The 3-D sci-fi horror pic is about a half-human, half-alien creature who embarks on a murderous rampage after his alien mother is abused by two rednecks in the Deep South.
Ordesky is producing through his recently launched shingle Amber Entertainment along with Suzanne de Passe and Madison Jones of the iDream Company and Darry Welch from Instinctive Film.
Fabienne Villette is co-producing. Billy Majestic is writing the script.
U.K. sales and finance entity Intandem Films is exec producing and handling worldwide sales on the pic, which is slated to go into production this September
-Wow, there really are no words, on my part at least...what about you?

More shots of ' The Lovely Bones'


Also, the first 2 pages of the script...

I'm not completely overwhelmed by the movie (In fairness, I have yet to read the book). I think Peter Jackson is great with the camera, and the cast is solid. I'm guessing it'll be a good film, but I'm not yet sold on it being a GREAT film. Any other thoughts?

Vote for the finalists in the Awards Circuit Community Awards: 2006 Edition!

Indeed, the nominations for the 2006 version of the ACCA's are in, and they aren't quite what the Academy came up with a few years ago. Check out the nominees: http://www.awardscircuit.com/Images/acca2006.html
-Scroll down on that page to vote and make your voice heard!

Needless remake #3456: Videodrome

Variety has the details:
Universal Pictures will remake the 1983 David Cronenberg-directed thriller "Videodrome," with Ehren Kruger set to write the script and produce with partner Daniel Bobker.
The producers tracked down the rights to Canadian distribution vet Rene Malo, who will be exec producer. Universal distributed the original and had first refusal on a remake, and the studio snapped up the opportunity.
The original "Videodrome" starred James Woods as the head of Civic TV Channel 83, who makes his station relevant by programming "Videodrome," a series that depicts torture and murder that transfixes viewers.
The new picture will modernize the concept, infuse it with the possibilities of nano-technology and blow it up into a large-scale sci-fi action thriller.
Cronenberg has no role in the film as yet. He is prepping for MGM "The Matarese Circle" as a starring vehicle for Tom Cruise and Denzel Washington. Since Cruise appears likely to next star in the DreamWorks drama "Motorcade" and Washington has committed to the Fox drama "Unstoppable," "Circle" doesn't appear likely to get under way until later this year or 2010.
Bobker/Kruger Films recently set the thriller "Dream House" at Morgan Creek and is producing, with Matthew Stillman, "The Keep" for Rogue. Kruger co-wrote the June 24 Paramount/DreamWorks release "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.
-Granted, this is a concept that can work, I just don't see it ending up very well...thoughts?

Maria Bello joins a cast for The Company Man that is quickly becoming one to watch!

From Variety:
Maria Bello and Craig T. Nelson are joining independently financed drama "The Company Men."
The pair joins Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner and Tommy Lee Jones in the independently financed drama that John Wells wrote and is directing.
The pic is getting under way in Boston.
Story concerns the impact that a corporate downsizing has on its casualties and survivors. Bello will play the veep of human resources, who is forced to fire the character played by Affleck. Nelson plays the CEO of the global conglomerate.
Wells, Claire Rudnick Polstein and Paula Weinstein are producing, and Barbara Hall is exec producer.
Bello most recently starred in "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" and will next star in the Rebecca Miller-directed "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee." Last seen in "Blades of Glory," Nelson most recently wrapped the Sandra Bullock-Ryan Reynolds comedy "The Proposal."
-I like where this project is going...how bout you?

Renee Zellweger's career continues its downward spiral with this trailer for Case 39


-It's a pity, really...hopefully she can pick up her game soon and not be stuck with films like this one...

April 26, 2009

This weekend at The Award Circuit

Howdy all...just keeping everyone abreast of some of the updates on the Main Page. The long anticipated return of Big Openings by your friend and mine Myles (well, my friend for sure, and if you knew him, he'd be yours as well) came about, with an article for this particular weekend as well as a look back at the year so far. Check out the first official article of the new season here: http://www.awardscircuit.com/BigOpenings/bigopeningsapril23.html
-We also added new reviews of Adventureland (a kinda brilliant flick) and Knowing (somewhat less brilliant) by yours truly, and a review of Observe and Report by our fearless leader Clayton (he and I will have to aree to disagree on this film). Head over to the reviews page and check them out: http://www.awardscircuit.com/reviews.html
-Finally, we'll have the finalists for the ACCA Awards 2006 edition very soon, so keep your eyes open for that!

Some kids are headed to Elm Street...

...if anybody cares. The Hollywood Reporter has the story:
Like lambs to the slaughter, "Twilight" actor Kellan Lutz, "Terminator" TV show star Thomas Dekker and Rooney Mara have joined the cast of New Line's re-imagined "A Nightmare on Elm Street," being directed by Samuel Bayer and produced by Platinum Dunes.Lutz, who is in negotiations, would play a popular school jock. Dekker is an alpha male trying to get back together with his girlfriend. Mara plays a girl who can't wait to leave town after graduation. Those young dreams will prove to be dust as the duo join Kyle Gallner, in the role played by Johnny Depp in the 1984 pic, as fodder for slasher Freddy Krueger, being played by Jackie Early Haley. "Nightmare" is slated to begin shooting May 5 in Chicago. Lutz played Emmett Cullen in "Twilight," a role he is reprising for the sequel, "New Moon," which is shooting in Vancouver. His part in "Nightmare" would not be scheduled until later in the shoot. The actor, repped by Innovative, also appeared in "90120" and "Generation Kill." Dekker, repped by ICM and the Schiff Co., is coming off starring on Fox's "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles." He next appears on the big screen in New Line's "My Sister's Keeper" with Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin. Gersh-repped Mara, the sister of Kate Mara, has "The Winning Season" with Sam Rockwell and "Youth in Revolt" with Michael Cera coming out this year.
-Hope for the best, as they say...

April 25, 2009

R.I.P. Bea Arthur

The sad news comes from IMDB:
Beatrice Arthur, the larger-than-life actress who scored on Broadway as the original matchmaker in Fiddler on the Roof and the hard-drinking actress in Mame before she went on to star in the groundbreaking '70s TV series Maude and, in the '80s, the beloved sitcom The Golden Girls, died early Saturday morning. She was 86. Dan Watt, a spokesman for Arthur's family, told the Associated Press that the star had been suffering with cancer, though he did not specify what kind. She died peacefully at her Los Angeles home with her family by her side, said Watt, who remembered Arthur as "a brilliant and witty woman." Maude, which debuted on CBS in 1972 (and ran until 1978) was a spin-off of the hit All in the Family. As the liberal cousin of archconservative Archie Bunker's wife Edith, the much-married Maude wasn't afraid to broach such controversial (especially for TV at the time) topics as abortion and civil rights.
Golden Girls, a popular NBC Saturday-night staple from 1985 to 1992, featured Arthur as the outspoken Dorothy Zbornak, who shared a Florida home with three other retired women, including her mother, played by Estelle Getty - who died last July, at 84. The other stars were Rue McClanahan and Betty White.
Born Bernice Frankel in New York City but raised in Maryland, where her parents ran a women's clothing store, Arthur debuted on the Off Broadway stage in New York in the 1940s, with her Broadway musical triumphs - though her singing voice was deep and scratchy - in the mid-'60s.
Married and divorced twice, Arthur took her stage name (in part) from her first husband, the screenwriter, director and producer Robert Alan Aurthur, whose credits include the Bob Fosse film All That Jazz. With second husband, Mame director Gene Saks, she adopted two sons, Matthew, 47, and Daniel, 44. They survive her.
Of her powerful stage and TV persona, which often found her cast in the same sort of role, Arthur once said, "Look - I'm 5-feet-9, I have a deep voice and I have a way with a line. What can I do about it? I can't stay home waiting for something different. I think it's a total waste of energy worrying about typecasting."
-Rest in Peace...

Trailer for Outrage

The director of "This Film is Not Yet Rated" (Kirby Dick) has a new documentary to show everyone:

-FYC for Best Documentary?

Bruno gets his Poster!

Will this film top Borat? Probably not, but we shall see...

Is Bioshock going the way of Halo?

Variety says no, but judge for yourself:
Universal Pictures has put the brakes on "Bioshock," the Gore Verbinski-directed live action adaptation of the bestselling Take-Two Interactive vidgame. The picture was in pre-production, but the studio has halted that effort--and let some production staff go--as Universal and Verbinski figure out a way to make the film at a more reasonable budget.
Sources said that the John Logan-scripted picture was gearing up to shoot in Los Angeles, but that changed when the budget rose to the vicinity of $160 million. U and Verbinski are looking at alternatives like shooting in London as a way to pare costs. The plotline takes place in the underwater city Rapture, where a pilot crash-lands near a secret entrance and becomes involved in a power struggle.
"We were asked by Universal to move the film outside the U.S. to take advantage of a tax credit," Verbinski said. "We are evaluating whether this is something we want to do. In the meantime, the film is in a holding pattern."
Verbinski and sources at the studio say they are determined to make the pic. Indeed, Verbinski (who has also been directing the Paramount animated film "Rango" with Johnny Depp) bowed out of directing a fourth installment of "Pirates of the Caribbean" so that he could direct "Bioshock" and produce under his Blind Wink banner.
Studio sources said that the budget simply became untenable, but U sources said this is no different than when the studio delayed the start of the untitled Robin Hood pic that Ridley Scott is now directing with Russell Crowe starring. U is making that picture for $130 million, a much lower budget that in its first incarnation. For a number of reasons that included the need for extra script work, that picture temporarily halted, a move which enabled Crowe to star in "State of Play" when Brad Pitt fell out.
All parties vow that "Bioshock" will not become another "Halo," the live action adaptation of the Microsoft game that was going to be turned into a film by U and Fox until both studios got cold feet and cancelled the deal over budget fears.
-Time will tell I guess...what do you think?

Poster for In The Loop

A resounding "meh"...

Odysseus gets the big screen treatment

From Variety:
Warners Bros. has nabbed Ann Peacock's spec "Odysseus" and has set Jonathan Liebesman to direct.
Story centers on the Greek lit hero and king of Ithaca, who returns to his island after 20 years of fighting the Trojan Wars only to find his kingdom under the brutal occupation of an invading force, which he ultimately defeats.
Gianni Nunnari ("300") is producing through his Warners-based Hollywood Gang shingle. Craig Flores is exec producing.
"We at the Gang are proud to have such fantastic partners like Ann Peacock and Jonathan Liebesman," said Nunnari. "Warner Bros. is the perfect studio to bring Odysseus back to his island."
Hollywood Gang, which produced the upcoming pics "Everybody's Fine" and the Martin Scorsese-helmed "Shutter Island," is currently in pre-production on "War of Gods" and the Mickey Rourke starrer "11 Minutes."
Liebesman, whose directing credits include "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning," has been tapped to helm Columbia Pictures' apocalyptic thriller "Battle: Los Angeles," which is being produced by Neal Moritz.
Peacock's writing credits include "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," "Nights in Rodanthe" and "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl."
-Another Greek themed flick...thoughts?

Poster for I Love You Beth Cooper

Another solid book they're ruining...but what do you think of the poster?

April 24, 2009

Teaser for Rob Zombie's Halloween 2

Or H2 if you prefer
-I know I'm about the only one who liked the original, and this seems like more of the same...I'll give it a shot....

Joseph Godron-Levitt cast in Nolan's Inception...

...making it officially the most exciting project around...to me at least. Take a gander at this from The Hollywood Reporter:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is coming on board Christopher Nolan's "Inception," the filmmaker's thriller for Warner Bros. that stars Leonardo DiCaprio.A veil of secrecy exists over loglines, though the project, which Nolan also wrote, is described as a contemporary sci-fi actioner set within "the architecture of the mind."It is known that Gordon-Levitt is taking the role to have been played by James Franco, who bowed out over scheduling issues. He would play an associate of DiCaprio's character, a CEO-type.Marion Cotillard is already on board as DiCaprio's wife, while Ellen Page is playing a grad student and DiCaprio's sidekick. Cillian Murphy is also in the cast. Nolan and the studio are aiming for a summer shoot ahead of a 2010 release.Nolan and Emma Thomas are producing through their Warners-based Syncopy Films shingle.Gordon-Levitt, repped by CAA, has a big summer lined up: He stars in "500 Days of Summer," the romantic comedy that earned much buzz in Sundance and is now set for a July 17 release by Fox Searchlight, and plays the villainous Cobra Commander in Paramount tentpole "G. I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," which opens Aug. 7.
-How can you not be excited about this?

Downloading Nancy gets two Posters




Which do you prefer?

Robert Rodriuez to direct a reboot of Predator?

Well, he's already written it, according to this in Variety:
Robert Rodriguez is ready to cut a wide swathe, and his plans include re-launching the "Predator" franchise for Fox and co-directing "Machete."
For the later, the filmmaker will create a feature out of the blade- wielding antihero who appeared in a mock trailer that was part of "Grindhouse."
Rodriguez is eyeing a June start date in Austin for "Machete," a film that is financed and produced by Overnight Productions, with Danny Trejo starring as the title character.
Machete is a Mexican ex-Federale with a gift for wielding a blade, who hides out as a day laborer, who is double-crossed by a corrupt state senator.
Rodriguez wrote the script and will direct the film with Ethan Maniquis, his longtime editor. The film is being produced by Rodriguez, Rick Schwartz of Overnight Productions and Aaron Kaufman.
Not immediately clear is whether Rodriguez and Overnight will find a way to use the irresistible marketing slogan that appeared in the "Grindhouse" trailer: "This time, they fucked with the wrong Mexican." It is the first non-studio movie that Rodriguez has directed since "El Mariachi." For Fox, Rodriguez has scripted "Predators," a film that will bring back the dreadlock-sporting alien hunter who originated in the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger hit "Predator." While a sequel didn't become a hit, Fox kept the alien sharp by launching the "Alien Vs. Predator," a wildly profitable series that has racked up strong grosses and DVD sales, wit little or no gross out the door.
While Rodriguez juggles these projects, he's also directing his script "Nerveracker" for Dimension Films, with Bob Weinstein setting a 2010 release for the futuristic action thriller.
-Both projects could be really cool, but might also fail miserably...what do you think?

Poster for The Hangover


Thoughts?

April 23, 2009

Cannes debuts its lineup and gets its own Poster to boot

We finally know what will be showing at the festival, as per this announcement in Variety:
It's official: Quentin Tarantino, Ang Lee and Pedro Almodovar will face off with Jane Campion, Ken Loach, Michael Haneke and Park Chan-wook in Cannes' biggest heavyweight auteur smackdown in recent years.
All have snagged Competition berths at next month's 62nd Cannes Festival, whose Official Selection was unveiled Thursday.
This year's Competition is heavy on European fare but the lightest Yank presence since 2006. Asia makes a strong showing.
Cannes has given competition berths to Quentin Tarantino's World War II actioner "Inglourious Basterds," toplining Brad Pitt, and Lee's "Talking Woodstock," a comedic take on the legendary concert, with Liev Schreiber, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Emile Hirsch.
Sam Raimi's feel-good horror movie, "Drag Me to Hell," already a highlight in an unfinished version at March's SXSW fest, scores a Midnight Screening slot.
Terry Gilliam screens Out of Competition with "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus." Of other U.S. pics, Lee Daniel's "Precious" plays in Un Certain Regard.
Competition includes Almodovar's "Broken Embraces," Jane Campion's "Bright Star" and Ken Loach's "Looking for Eric."
Amping up the auteur factor, Competition will also feature Lars von Trier's "Antichrist," Austrian Michael Haneke's "The White Ribbon," Isabel Coixet's "Map of the Sounds of Tokyo" and Italian Marco Bellocchio's "Vincere."
Confirming prognostications, Cannes Official Selection looks relatively light on U.S. fare this year. At a packed press conference in Paris' Grand Hotel, fest program director Thierry Fremaux, flanked by Cannes president Gilles Jacob, told journos Thursday that Hollywood WGA strike could have been responsible for the lighter U.S. presence.
As already announced, continuing its support for ground-breaking studio toon pics, fest opens with Pete Docter and Bob Peterson's Pixar movie "Up," the first time an animated film, let alone a Digital 3-D one, has kicked off Cannes.
Park Chan-wook's "Thirst" leads a strong Asian presence in Competition. He has joined by more Asian titles: Johnnie To's "Vengeance," Brillante Mendoza's "Kinatay" and "Face," a French-set extravaganza from the Taiwan-based maverick. China's Lou Ye ("Summer Palace") is back at Cannes with a reportedly torrid young love triangle tale, "Spring Fever."
Otherwise this year's Cannes Competition belongs largely to Europe.
Alain Resnais' "Les Herbes folles," Jacques Audiard's "A Prophet," Xavier Giannoli's "In the Beginning" and Gaspar Noe's "Enter the Void" fly the flag for France, which has one of its biggest Competish presences in recent years, especially if one includes co-production.
Competition is given spread by a sprinkling of newish directors such as Brit Andrea Arnold, who segues from acclaimed debut "Red Road" to teenage girl drama "Fish Tank," and Competition is rounded up by Palestine's Elia Suleiman, "The Time That Remains," a six-decade Palestine family saga.
Alejandro Amenabar's "Agora" snared an out-of-competition placing.
Cannes' 62nd edition closes May 24 with Jan Kounen's "Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky."
Cannes' Directors' Fortnight and Critics' Week will be fully announced Friday in Paris.
-What do you think of the flicks chosen? Were there things you'd rather have seen there, or anything specific you're looking to see?

Schwarzenegger Confirmed for Digital Appearance in ‘Terminator Salvation’

Yup it's true.
Speaking of Arnold...He's underwhelmed with Salvation.

The Ninja Turtles to return in a live action movie

Variety has the story:
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are making their way back to the bigscreen.
The Mirage Group, which owns the property, is moving forward with a live-action film focusing on the origins of the iconic crime fighters. Project, targeted for release in 2011, would mark the fifth bigscreen outing for the sewer-dwelling heroes Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael as well as their master Splinter.
News coincides with the Turtles' 25th anniversary celebration, which kicks off Thursday in New York as the first "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" film unspools at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Legendary Pictures former chief marketing officer Scott Mednick is producing the new pic alongside Galen Walker, who produced the 2007 computer-animated "TMNT" pic, the most recent installment in the franchise. Peter Laird, Gary Richardson, Frederick Fierst, Eric Crown and Napoleon Smith III are exec producing the film, which is based on the characters created by Laird and Kevin Eastman.
The characters first appeared in a May 1984 comicbook before spawning a lucrative line of toys, cartoons and three films released in the early 1990s. In 2003, the Turtles were reintroduced to a new generation via a TV series, the "TMNT" film and a revamped merchandising program.
The latest project is being financed by Lightbox Prods.
"The original dozen comics created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman are some of the best source material one could hope for," said Mednick, whose exec producing credits include the upcoming "Where the Wild Things Are." Laird, who bought out Eastman's share of the property several years ago, said the film will remain true to the spirit of the original comicbooks. He added that the pic may employ face replacement technology, which would allow the turtles to be much more expressive.
Today's 25th anniversary "Shell-ebration" will also include lighting the Empire State Building in "turtle green."
-I'm not sure it can work, but I'll probably see it...what about you?