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Selick Circles Gaiman’s Graveyard

Coraline” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas” helmer Henry Selick is is attached to direct the film adaptation of author Neil Gaiman‘s Award-winning novelThe Graveyard Book for Disney according to Deadline.

The story follows a boy named Nobody Owens who is raised by ghosts in a cemetery after his family is murdered. When he is a teen, he is pursued again by his family’s killer – a being named ‘The Man Jack’.

Gil Netter and Ben Browning will produce the film.

Miramax Films and filmmaker Neil Jordan previously tried to get a Graveyard adaptation off the ground–but it got stuck in the development stage..

Meantime Selick is almost finished work on an as-yet-Untitled 3-D Project also at Disney reports The Los Angeles Times

The top secret project will be based on an original story of Selick’s and is the first project under his exclusive deal with Disney/Pixar Animation Studios which he inked in 2010.

Roché Joins Bell’s "Wer"

The great character actor Sebastian Roché has joined the cast of  “The Devil Inside” director William Brent Bell on the horror flick “Wer” reports The Playlist

The pseudo-doco follows a defense attorney (Kate Moore) looking to clear a client (Brian J. O’Connor) suspected in a grisly multiple slaying of a vacationing American family. There’s more to the client however than it would appear on the surface.

Roché plays an French ex-military type turned detective.

A.J. Cook and Simon Quarterman also star in the film

Bell and Matthew Peterman wrote the script,

Peterman, Morris Paulson and Steven Schneider are producing. 

Production is currently underway in Romania

The Future Of Iron Man Films

With filming on “Iron Man 3” about to get going, studio suit Kevin Feige talked to Bad Ass Digest late last week on the future of the franchise.

Feige was asked what would happen if star Robert Downey Jr decided to leave the franchise, and he insinuated that they’d like recast rather than reboot.

I think [pre-Casino Royale] Bond is a good example. Let’s put it this way: I hope Downey makes a lot of movies for us as Stark. If and when he doesn’t, and I’m still here making these movies, we don’t take him to Afghanistan and have him wounded again. I think we James Bond it.

As it happens over the weekend, MTV News asked RDJ what he thought about the notion of being recast.

I would really hate for someone else to think they could step into my shoes. I wonder who’s playing Tony Stark next.… I know things are looking like that they could go on for a long while. As usual in my book, it’s all about quality control and delivering a product that you can have this kind of reaction to. If they keep doing that, maybe I’ll keep showing up” says the actor.

I think RDJ will be playing Stark for awhile–“The Avengers” opened in many international markets over the weekend and has already racked up a whopping $178.4 in global ticket sales.

Chronicle 2 Deets

Chronicle” writer Max Landis talked to TBreak about the film and the subject of Chronicle 2 came up.

Landis is currently writing the script which will focus on the aftermath of the events in the first film.

The movie you saw (Chronicle) in the sequel, is a thing. That edited footage … is a thing. So it’s not like ‘we found this footage after this kids died’. You can’t deny cars being thrown in the air in Seattle. You saw all those helicopters. The world changed. That’s the end of ‘Chronicle’. And things are going to be different now. They can’t possibly cover up what happened” says Landis.

Aussie actor Alex Russell (pictured) is expected to return as Matt Garetty.

I loved Matt, and I felt really bad for him because I understood just how emotionally lazy he is and how he doesn’t really do what he’s doing. And that’s why I’m putting him through hell in [number] 2” And he adds that the film will essentially be about the world’s first super-villain.

Landis says that director Josh Trank will most likely pass on the sequel- “Probably not. Josh is all over the place with other projects. I’m also all over the place with other projects, but ‘Chronicle’ is really my baby. Josh will probably be involved in some respect but right now I just want to get the script done.

The first film hits Blu-ray/DVD on May 15th.

New Prometheus Trailer: "An Invitation…"

The newest international trailer for for director Ridley Scott‘s “Prometheus” has hit the Net…

This peek gives you a bit more of  the mission specs. It also puts the Charlize Theron character, Meredith Vickers, front and center. “My name is Meredith Vickers, and it’s my job to see you do yours,” she says when greeting the crew. It seems that Ms. Vickers may have a hidden agenda on this mission.

As to the other footage–HOLY CRAP!…..

Michael Fassbender Noomi Rapace Idris Elba Rafe Spall, Sean Harris, Logan Marshall-Green Ben Foster and Kate Dickie star. With Emun Elliott Patrick Wilson and Benedict Wong also in the cast as well. Guy Pearce cameos as Peter Weyland CEO of Weyland-Yutani that became the big biz of the franchise

Damon Lindelof worked with director Scott on the film script, which was originally written by Jon Spaihts.

Scott is said to have shot both an R rated and a PG-13 rated version of the script.

The lastest chapter in the Alien franchise has a June 8th, 2012 release date Stateside.

Weekend Box Office Update: Still Da Man

Wow! For the second straight weekend the Rom-Com Think Like A Man came out on top–beating 4 new wide debuts!! The CG animated Pirates! Band of Misfits takes 2nd. Zac Efron romancer The Lucky One only slips to 3rd place.  Five-Year Engagement and The Raven disappoint big time…

Pamela Mclintock of THR:

The African-American themed comedy Think Like a Man grossed an impressive $18 million in its second weekend to stay at No. 1, while Jason Segel-Emily Blunt comedy The Five-Year Engagement came in No. 5 with a disappointing $11.2 million debut.

From Sony’s Screen Gems, Think Like a Man has earned $60.9 million in its first 10 days of play, making it one of the most successful African-American movies of recent times and already pacing ahead of the lifetime gross of most Tyler Perry films.

Otherwise, the domestic box office was decidedly muted, with revenue down a steep 30 percent from a year ago, when Universal’s Fast Five opened to $86.1 million.

After Think Like a Man, the race was close between Sony’s animated 3D pic The Pirates! Band of Misfits ($11.4 million), The Lucky One ($11.3 million), The Hunger Games ($11.25 million) and Five-Year Engagement.

The biggest box office headline was overseas, where Disney and Marvel Studios’ The Avengers rolled out in 39 markets, grossing a massive $178.4 million.

Heading into the weekend, Five-Year Engagement was expected to come closest to beating Think Like a Man in North America. The pic reunites many of the principals from 2008’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which opened to $17.7 million, including Segel. This time around, he teams up with Blunt as they play a couple enduring a long-term engagement.

Universal says its financial exposure on the R-rated comedy is limited, between a modest $30 million production spend and co-financing arrangement with Relativity Media.

Five-Year Engagement, which received a B- CinemaScore, skewed noticeably older, with 57 percent of the audience over the age of 30. Females made up 64 percent.

Although it opened slightly lower than expected, the movie will make up ground in ancillary markets,” Universal president of distribution Nikki Rocco said.

Sony and Aardman Animations’ The Pirates cost in the mid-$50 million range to produce, and has already earned $63.7 million internationally for a worldwide total of $75.1 million through Sunday.

Pirates opened right in our sweet spot domestically,” Sony president of distribution Rory Bruer said.

The weekend’s other new offerings — Safe and The Raven — came in No. 6 and No. 7, respectively, both doing modest business.

Safe, directed by Boaz Yakin and starring Jason Statham, debuted to $7.7 million after receiving a B+ CInemaScore. Safe, distributed by Lionsgate, was fully financed and produced by IM Global.

The Raven, opening to $7.3 million, was directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) and stars John Cusack as Edgar Allen Poe. FilmNation and Intrepid Pictures co-financed and co-produced the film, with Relativity distributing.

Top 10 Domestic box office, April 27-April 29

1. Think Like a Man, 2/2,015, Sony, $18 million, $60.9 million.

2. The Pirates! Band of Misfits, 1/3,358, Sony/Aardman, $11.4 million.

3. The Lucky One, 2/3,175, Warner Bros., $11.3 million, $40 million.

4. The Hunger Games, 6/3,572, Lionsgate, $11.25 million, $372.5 million.

5. The Five-Year Engagement, 1/2,936, $11.15.

6. Safe, 1/2,266, Lionsgate/IM Global, $7.7 million.

7. The Raven, 1/2,203, Relativity/Intrepid, $7.3 million.

8. Chimpanzee, 2/1,567, Disney, $5.5 million, $19.2 million.

9. The Three Stooges, 3/3,105, $5.4 million, $37.1 million.

10. The Cabin in the Woods, 3/2,639, Lionsgate/MGM, $4.5 million, $34.7 million.

Next: Summer Blockbuster Season Is Here! And to kick things off–The Avengers FINALLY Assemble!!!!

The Hobbit @ 48 FPS: Jackson Responds To Critics

Peter Jackson‘s has responded to mixed reaction over the 10 minutes of footage from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey/The Hobbit: There and Back Again that screened during CinemaCon (formerly called ShoWest)

Jackson told THR: “It wasn’t particularly surprising because it is something new“.

The Oscar-winning director is filming his two-part 3D prequel to The Lord of the Rings Trilogy at a higher frame rate of 48 frames per second. Movies have been shot and projected at a standard rate of 24 frames per second since the arrival of talkies, and with that there is a different aesthetic look to the film.

Jackson’s epic, is the first major motion picture to be made in 48 fps that Jackson believes can result in smoother, more lifelike pictures.

A lot of the critical response I was reading was people saying it’s different. Well, yes, it certainly is,” Jackson, speaking by phone from New Zealand, said. “But I think, ultimately, it is different in a positive way, especially for 3D, especially for epic films and films that are trying to immerse the viewer in the experience of a story“.

It does take you a while to get used to,” he said. “Ten minutes is sort of marginal, it probably needed a little bit more. Another thing that I think is a factor is it’s different to look at a bunch of clips and some were fast-cutting, montage-style clips. This is different experience than watching a character and story unfold.”

Because of that, he isn’t planning to release a 48 fps trailer for the movie. “I personally wouldn’t advocate a 48-frame trailer because the 48 frames is something you should experience with the entire film. A 2 1/2 minute trailer isn’t enough time to adjust to the immersive quality.”

Jackson himself has grown accustomed to watching 48fps imagery. He watches dailies in 48 frames every day, sometimes two hours worth.

You get used to it reasonably quickly,” he said, commenting that now when he views traditional 24 frames footage, “I’m very aware of the strobing, the flicker and the artifacts.”

We have obviously seen cuts of our movie at 48 and in a relatively short amount of time you have forgotten (the frame rate change). It is a more immersive and in 3D a gentler way to see the film.”

Jackson also explained the footage presented at CinemaCon would look different once it goes through the post-production process.

Because production is still going on the usual post production that affects the overall look of a film has not yet been done, so the clips were unfinished. They were not yet color corrected, nor had the visual effects been completed.

While the CinemaCon footage may have hinted at the direction in which Jackson is heading, he added, “People haven’t experienced it yet in the way it should be experienced.”

I think the higher fps will be easier to adjust to than everyone thinks–I hear many folks still complaining about 3-D in my travels–Heck I still think it’s lame. And though it’s impact on box office may have lessened a bit–it’s generally accepted that Tentpoles will be using that format. This is no different….This is just another shift for the medium like going from Silents To Talkies or from B&W To Color.

The prequel sees Bilbo (Martin Freeman) travel on his journey with dwarves Thorin Oakshield (Richard Armitage) Bofur (Stephen Hunter), Bombur (James Nesbitt), and Bifur (William Kircher). Oin and Gloin (John Callen and Peter Hambleton) Jed Brophy as Nori, Adam Brown as Ori Mark Hadlow as Dori Balin (Ken Stott) and Dwalin (Graham McTavish)

Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage Benedict Cumberbatch Luke Evans Conan Stevens Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving Dean O’Gorman, Elijah Wood, Ian Holm, David Tennant, Barry Humphries., Lee Pace Bret McKenzie Orlando Bloom Billy Connolly Ian McKellen, former “Lost” actress Evangeline Lilly and Christopher Lee also star in the Hobbit 2-fer…Production takes place through July.

Journey will bow on December 14th 2012 while Again reaches cinemas on December 13th 2013.