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MOVIE NEWS FOR JUNE 24 PART 2: NARNIA, JONAH HEX AND MORE!

by Dawn, June 24, 2010

Simon Pegg Replaces Bill Nighy as the Voice of Reepicheep

Source: narniaweb


NarniaWeb has learned from a production source that Bill Nighy has been dropped from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and has been replaced by British actor Simon Pegg. Best known for his role as Scotty in the 2009 Star Trek film, Pegg has also appeared in Band of Brothers, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, and How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.

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What Hollywood can learn from “Jonah Hex”

Source: reuters.com


LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – When comic books are turned into movies, they can become huge hits, like “Iron Man,” or resounding flops, a la “The Spirit.”

Put “Jonah Hex,” which hit theaters Friday, in the latter category. The Warner Bros. release of the DC Comics adaptation about an avenging Civil War veteran barely brought in $5.3 million during the weekend, one of the worst studio showings of the box office summer.

So what went wrong? And how should Hollywood proceed as it continues to develop the dozens of comic book and graphic novel adaptations in its pipelines?

In several respects, “Hex’s” problems can be chalked up to its singular and troubled production history.

Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor wrote the initial script for the Warners/Legendary co-production, based on writer John Albano and artist Tony DeZuniga’s Western bounty hunter, who first appeared in DC Comics’ “All-Star Western #10” in 1972. Five years later, the character earned his own self-titled series, which ran for 92 issues. However, though Hex appeared in other series through the years, he never became a major player in the DC universe.

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Q&A: Justin Cronin says every generation reinvents the vampire narrative

Source: Canadian press


Justin Cronin is having a moment.

His new vampire thriller, “The Passage,” published earlier this month, is a bestseller. The unfinished manuscript sold in a bidding war to Fox 2000 for $1.75 million. And Stephen King called during Cronin’s interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America” to tell him that he’s a fan.

The story takes place not far into the future, where a U.S. government experiment goes wrong, causing the end of civilization as we know it. The test subjects escape and are now vampires — on a killing spree. The one person who can help save the world is a young girl named Amy, who has mysterious powers.

Cronin talked about vampires, his inspiration for “The Passage” and readers’ reaction to his book in a recent interview.

AP: How is your daughter responsible for the book?

Cronin: It was her dare. In the fall of 2005 my daughter was 8. I was kind of wondering what to do next and she came to me and she said she thought I should write a book — in her words — “about a girl that saves the world and that it should be interesting.” I think every interesting thing a man does in his life, he probably does to impress a girl, and so I wrote this book to impress my daughter.

AP: Why vampires?

Cronin: Vampires were really sort of the vehicle for what I wanted to do but I always liked vampire stories. I grew up on a steady diet of vampires. There’s a sense that vampires are the monsters of the moment. There’s a lot of vampire novels, television shows, movies, but the truth is they’ve never gone away and every generation reinvents the vampire narrative to suit its anxieties and tastes.

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Cronenberg Heads Back To Science Fiction Territory With An Adaptation Of Jonathan Lethem’s As She Climbed Across The Table

Source: criterioncast.com

With two films already on his plate, it looks like David Cronenberg (Videodrome, Naked Lunch, Dead Ringers), one to never take much of a break, is looking to fill his schedule out for a while.

According to Pajiba, the filmmaker is set to not only return to sci-fi, but also the romance genre, with an adaptation of the 1997 hit Jonathan Lethem novel, As She Climbed Across The Table.

The story follows a scientist whose relationship with a fellow physicist falls apart after he, Phillip, becomes infatuated with a vacuum of nothingness known as Lack. The film sounds completely and utterly Cronenbergian, not only in its sci-fi tones, but as seen with films like Crash, director Cronenberg seems to have a dark view of romance.

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Dr. Strange To Be First Marvel Movie For The Magic Kingdom

Source: examiner.com


Yes everyone’s favorite Sorcerer Supreme, Dr. Strange is being developed as a live-action flick by Disney/Marvel. The team of Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer has been tapped for the script chore—these are the same guys who wrote the script for the new Conan movie.

Dr. Strange first appeared in Strange Tales #110 (1963), and was created by Amazing Spider-Man creators, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. As reported on Wikipedia, historian Bradford W. Wright describes Ditko’s work in his book Comic Book Nation: Transformation of a Youth Culture; “He [Ditko] contributed some of his most surrealistic work to the comic book and gave it a disorienting, hallucinogenic quality. Dr. Strange’s adventures take place in bizarre worlds and twisting dimensions that resembled Salvador Dali paintings. … Inspired by the pulp-fiction magicians of Stan Lee’s childhood as well as by contemporary Beat culture. Dr. Strange remarkably predicted the youth counterculture’s fascination with Eastern mysticism and psychedelia. Never among Marvel’s more popular or accessible characters, Dr. Strange still found a niche among an audience seeking a challenging alternative to more conventional superhero fare.”

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