Peter Jackson in cast talks for The Hobbit

The Hobbit still has not been given the official green light, but Sir Peter Jackson is in Los Angeles this week quietly meeting with actors.

Sources say Jackson’s pact with Warner Bros to direct the two-part Hobbit adaptation is close to done, but the sticking point continues to be the dire financial situation at MGM, which holds half the rights to the property.

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Director of the upcoming Tron Legacy, Joseph Koskinski, is set to direct a new sci-fi/action film called Archangels, with Ridley and Tony Scott producing.

Joseph Kosinski’s directorial debut Tron Legacy is still five months away from being released in theaters and yet from what people have seen of it he’s now very much in-demand. On top of a Black Hole remake and an adaptation of a graphic novel he wrote called Oblivion, Kosinski now has a new sci-fi/action film on his slate entitled Archangels.

Heat Vision reports that Archangels is being developed by New Regency for Kosinski to direct and produce from a spec by newcomer Andrew Will. A bonus is the fact that brothers Ridley and Tony Scott are producing Archangels through their Scott Free production company. With the those two involved, I’m even more interested in the project.

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‘Tron: Legacy’ exclusive: Disney looks to Pixar for help; hires screenwriters Michael Arndt and Brad Bird to beef up script

Olivia-Wilde-Garrett-Hedlund-TRON-LEGACYImage Credit: DisneyJoe Kosinski’s Tron: Legacy is getting a little help from above. has learned that the CG-extravaganza due out at the end of the year received some key input from some very brilliant filmmakers, mainly the elite brain trust at Pixar in Northern California.

In late March, the Tron filmmakers chose to show a very early working cut of the film starring Garrett Hedlund and Jeff Bridges to Pixar’s John Lasseter, Ed Catmull, The Incredibles director Brad Bird, Toy Story 3 screenwriter Michael Arndt, and others.

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Steampunk Is In The Air

I want to give you a heads up about a really cool looking film that was released in France earlier this year, Luc Besson’s Les Aventures Extraordinaires D’Adèle Blanc-Sec.

First, a bit about the story:

The year is 1912. Adèle Blanc-Sec, an intrepid young reporter, will go to any lengths to achieve her aims, including sailing to Egypt to tackle mummies of all shapes and sizes.

Meanwhile, in Paris, it’s panic stations! A 136 million-year old pterodactyl egg on a shelf in the natural history museum has mysteriously hatched, and the bird subjects the city to a reign of terror from the skies. But nothing fazes Adèle Blanc-Sec, whose adventures reveal many more extraordinary surprises…

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Just make Peter Jackson direct The Hobbit already. No more negotiations JUST DO IT!!!!!

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