Hopkins Plays Odin In “Thor”

Anthony Hopkins is set to play the Norse God Odin in “Thor” for Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures says the trades.

The story follows the powerful but arrogant warrior Thor (Chris Hemsworth) whose reckless actions re-ignite an ancient war. As punishment, Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans.

Once here, he learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world, his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), sends dark forces of Asgard to invade Earth.

Natalie Portman also stars while Kenneth Branagh directs. Mark Protosevich and Zack Stentz penned the script.

Filming kicks off in January for release in 2011.

“This Is It” Has Solid Opening Day

Michael Jackson tribute feature “This Is It” scored a solid $20.1 million opening day at the worldwide box office says Variety.

Domestically the film took in $7.4 million on its opening day including $2.2 million from Tuesday night shows. That’s short of the $8.6 million that “Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour” took on its first day, but that feature opened on a Friday.

Reviews have generally been good for “This Is It” which is expected to top the box-office over the Halloween weekend unless Paramount’s sleeper hit “Paranormal Activity” proves more of a draw with audience after a spookier affair.

Clare’s “Instruments” Get Unique Film

Cassandra Clare’s fantasy novel trilogy “The Mortal Instruments” is becoming a feature film for Unique Features and Constantin Films says Variety.

The story revolves around teenager Clary Fray’s search for her missing mother, which leads her to a city filled with mysterious fairies, raucous warlocks, vampires and other demons.

Jessica Postigo (“Operation Checkmate”) will adapt the script using all three novels “City of Bones,” “City of Ashes” and “City of Glass.”

Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne will produce.

“Twilight” Is Back For One Night Only

Summit Entertainment has announced it will re-release the first “Twilight” movie in select theatres nationwide on November 19th. The bow comes the day before the highly anticipated release of the movie‚Äôs sequel, “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”.

The move comes in response to fans across the nation have been calling out to see the film once again on the big screen and the studio is honoring their request.

Summit is working with exhibitors to screen “Twilight” one night only with screenings in the evening. Select theatres will offer tickets at a reduced price.

“Avatar” Trailer, Photos, NFL Launch

The brand-new 3.5 minute trailer for James Cameron’s sci-fi epic “Avatar” debuted online in high-definition last night while new photos, artwork and some of James Horner’s score from the film are out on the just opened official site.

The preview will get its biggest bow however this Sunday on Fox NFL Sunday when the trailer will air live both in the stadium and on the air just minutes before the kick-off of the Cowboys and Seahawks.

Ninety-second Avatar commercial spots will air on all regional games carried on the Fox affiliates, the national game on Fox, and the World Series on Fox throughout the day as well.

If you haven’t caught it yet, you can watch it at Youtube or in high def – 480p, 720p, 1080p.

Cohen Penning Third “Men in Black”

Etan Cohen (“Tropic Thunder”) has been hired to pen a script for a third “Men in Black” for Sony Pictures reports the trades.

No deals are yet in place for director Barry Sonnenfeld or stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones to return.

The studio however is rushing forward with the project which aims to start filming in 2010.

“Resurrected” Dinos Go Everywhere

Mike Medavoy and FremantleMedia Enterprises are teaming for the multi-platform release “Dinosaurs Resurrected” says Variety.

The various productions will meld the latest discoveries by paleontologists with cutting-edge CGI animation. A primetime HD series, a narrative 3D feature, books, DVDs, merchandising, video games and live events are all expected to be produced starting in 2011.

Visual effects will be handled by British post-house Zoo, which worked on such productions as “Egypt Unwrapped” and “Predator X.”

“Sin City 2,” “Hard Boiled” Updates

Producer Stephen L’Heureux tells Mania.com that a “Sin City” sequel aims to go into production in the second half of next year.

The sequel will be based on an original script by Miller who co-directs with Robert Rodriguez.

Miller is also attached to direct and is working on the screenplay for “Hard Boiled”, based on the comic about an insurance investigator-turned-cyborg assassin.