Published on January 6th, 2011 | by simeon0
Movie News for 1-7-2011
Star Wars fans can celebrate as 20th Century Fox has confirmed that at long last Star Wars films will be coming to Blu-ray. There are three options for fans to choose from one is a three disc set of the original film trilogy, a three disc set of the prequel film trilogy, or a nine disc set containing all six films and three discs of bonus material.
The set in addition to having over 30 hours worth of bonus features will also include deleted and extended scenes many of which have never been seen before. The set is due for release in September, you can reserve your copy currently at Amazon.com and other resellers.
Despite not appearing in the book, Elijah Wood is rumored to be appearing as Frodo in the two-part Hobbit film. According to Dark Horizons, Orlando Bloom may appear as well even though his character was also not in the book.
Dark Horizons also indicates that the origins of the Ghost Rider will be altered in the next film, and that the new Pirates of the Caribbean film will not have such a twisted and confusing plot and will be more character driven according to Johnny Depp.
Dark Horizons also reported Johnny Knoxville, Andy Samberg and Australian comedian Shane Jacobson are on the shortlist to play Moe, Larry and Curly, respectively, in the Farrelly Brothers long-gestating The Three Stooges project.
Didn’t get enough of Garrett Hedlund in Tron? Watch him again, singing this time, along with Gwyneth Paltrow in Country Strong, which opens today. Also opening today, Season of the Witch with Nicholas Cage.
As it is the first week of the new year it is not uncommon for lack of big news stories.
I can however confirm that the test screenings for Scream 4, which will hopefully usher in the start of a new trilogy for the iconic franchise, will begin tomorrow.
Due to reported issues with Paramount films director Stephen Sommers who made a name for himself with the Mummy series reportedly will not be back to helm the sequel to G.I. Joe. At this time two unnamed directors apparently are under consideration to take over the next chapter in the film series.
I can confirm that we do have an interview with one of the stars of the new Green Hornet movie which will be posted soon.
Bit of a slow news day today but I will get the highlights. First off director McG is not the only one in talks to direct a 3-D version of Cleopatra which will star Angelina Jolie, James Cameron had been rumored to be interested in this project prior to committing to filming the next two movies in the Avatar series.
As if that was not enough, the director has also been attached to the film version of the Hasbro Ouija board game. Many popular board games such as Battleship, Monopoly, Chiutes and Ladders, and others are all in various stages of development. Battleship has been filming and is set to be released sometime in the next year.
In other news, British director Gareth Edwards is set to bring an updated version of Godzilla to Legendary Pictures. You may recall that this is the same company who is behind the recent films Inceptionand the last two Batman movies.
There are also some rumors that the long gestating prequel to 300 might slowly be gaining momentum.
Moviehole.net is also reporting that the formal announcement for the release of the original Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray should be made official today. We had reported news of this in the past complete with the fact that the films would have deleted scenes that have long been rumored.
George Lucas had shown one deleted scene from Return of the Jedi at a recent convention and indicated that the set was in the planning stages. The announcement should clarify whether this is just the original trilogy or all six films, and shed light on the amount of new material and special features that will be added.
News for 1-4 -11
Hello everybody and welcome to the first of our daily news updates. One of the things that we have strived for is to give you daily news updates. Whenever we break news we, of course, posted on the main page but with so much news out there, up until now we were relegated to using RSS feeds from our syndication partners.
The big issue with this though is that syndication partner RSS feeds mix with ours and make it difficult to syndicate our RSS feed because of course not all of the content is ours. So while we attempt to come up with a few tweaks to the site, to have a specific news section on the main page what I have decided to do in the meantime is to post a daily news updates keep the news up there for couple of days and then updated as news comes in.
The first big news today is the rise of 3-D technology. We talked about this for a while on the radio show that I do and our podcast and it’s nice to see that the Walt Disney Corporation is embracing 3-D DVDs. According to a press release that was sent our way, Disney plans to release The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Tangled and Tron legacy in a 3-D DVD format which also includes a 2-D version.
In other news, according to Moviehole.net, director Philip Noyce will not be involved in the sequel to the Angelina Jolie film SALT which is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.
News continues to come in that the next chapter in the Indiana Jone saga is coming along and that final adjustments to the script are being made.
In other sequel news it looks like the sequel to Predators is likely to be announced soon considering the success of the first film which benefited greatly from getting back to the roots of the original film as well as a very budget friendly production cost which helped ensure profitability from the start.
Other sequels we are currently following include Die Hard 5, Ghostbusters 3, the Alien prequels, the new Star Trek movie from JJ Abrams, and much more.
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