Archive for April, 2010

‘Bond 23’ put on hold “indefinitely”

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
'Bond 23' put on hold

Rex Features

The next James Bond instalment has reportedly been put on hold for an indefinite period of time by MGM.

The studio was apparently forced to postpone the release, tentatively called Bond 23, due to its ongoing financial troubles.

EON Productions executives Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced the delay in a statement released to Variety.

“Due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the future of MGM and the failure to close a sale of the studio, we have suspended development on Bond 23 indefinitely,” the two explained.

“We do not know when development will resume and do not have a date for the release of Bond 23.”

Earlier this month, MGM dismissed rumours that screenwriter Peter Morgan had quit the Sam Mendes-directed project. In October, star Daniel Craig claimed that the picture would start shooting at the end of this year.

Syfy original movie presentation of Mothman

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

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‘Train Your Dragon’ reclaims top spot at US Box Office

Sunday, April 18th, 2010
'Train Your Dragon' reclaims top spot at US BO

How To Train Your Dragon has returned to the top of the US box office.

The DreamWorks-Paramount animated film earned $20 million over the weekend and has grossed over $158 million since its release four weeks ago.

Debuting at number two is the action comedy Kick-Ass with $19.7 million, with Chris Rock’s Death At A Funeral premiering in fourth place with $17 million.

Alice In Wonderland slips to number nine with $3.5 million, while Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler’s The Bounty Hunter claims the tenth slot with $3.2 million.

The US box office top ten in full:

1. (3) How To Train Your Dragon – $20,000,000
2. (-) Kick-Ass – $19,750,000
3. (2) Date Night – $17,300,000
4. (-) Death At A Funeral – $17,000,000
5. (1) Clash Of The Titans – $15,770,000
6. (5) The Last Song – $5,800,000
7. (4) Why Did I Get Married Too? – $4,180,000
8. (6) Hot Tub Time Machine – $3,545,000
9. (7) Alice In Wonderland – $3,500,000
10. (8) The Bounty Hunter – $3,200,000

Syfy original Sunday movie presentation of Riverworld

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

(review link)

Billie Piper: ‘Doctor Who assistant is gorgeous’

Monday, April 12th, 2010
Piper: 'Doctor Who assistant is gorgeous'

Billie Piper has praised Doctor Who‘s new assistant.

The Secret Diary Of A Call Girl star, who played Rose Tyler in the programme before quitting in 2006, has said that she approves of 21-year-old Scottish actress Karen Gillan’s casting.

Piper told GMTV: “I think she’s great, I love her, she’s gorgeous.”

Earlier this year, the 27-year-old ruled out a return to Doctor Who.

‘Date Night’ beats ‘Titans’ at US Box Office

Monday, April 12th, 2010
'Date Night' beats 'Titans' at US BO

Date Night has debuted at the top of the US box office with $27.1 million over the weekend.

The comedy, starring Tina Fey and Steve Carrell, has knocked last week’s top earner Clash Of The Titans to the number two spot with $26.8 million.

How To Train Your Dragon remains in the number three position with $25.3 million, followed by Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too? and Miley Cyrus’s The Last Song.

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid slips to number nine with $4.1 million, while Letters To God debuts in tenth place with $1.2 million.

The US box office top ten in full:

1. (-) Date Night – $27,100,000
2. (1) Clash Of The Titans – $26,875,000
3. (3) How To Train Your Dragon – $25,350,000
4. (2) Why Did I Get Married Too? – $11,000,000
5. (4) The Last Song – $10,000,000
6. (5) Alice In Wonderland – $5,600,000
7. (6) Hot Tub Time Machine – $5,430,000
8. (7) The Bounty Hunter – $4,300,000
9. (8) Diary Of A Wimpy Kid – $4,100,000
10. (-) Letters To God – $1,250,000

Tony, Ridley Scott to aid ailing MGM?

Friday, April 9th, 2010
Tony, Ridley Scott to aid ailing MGM?

Tony and Ridley Scott are to come to the assistance of beleaguered MGM, says the Financial Times.

The director brothers, who have separately been responsible for movies such as Alien, Top Gun and Gladiator, are believed to have submitted a restructuring plan to the studio’s creditors and have also proposed taking over MGM’s management. The firm currently faces a $3.7bn (£2.25bn) debt.

A recent attempt by the creditors to auction off the historic studio, whose assets include a film library of over 4,000 titles as well as rights to the James Bond and Hobbit franchises, failed to accrue any significant interest.

The Scotts currently run their own production house Scott Free, although it is not clear whether the pair’s aims for reorder include combining the company with MGM.

Last month, the studio was given a fourth extension on its payment deadline.

Karen Gillan: ‘I’m a sci-fi geek now’

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
Karen Gillan: 'I'm a sci-fi geek now'


Doctor Who newcomer Karen Gillan has revealed that she has turned into a “sci-fi geek” since she joined the show.

The actress was not a big fan of the genre until she was cast as The Doctor’s new companion Amy Pond last year.

Speaking to The Big Issue, Gillan explained: “I’m a complete sci-fi geek now. I’m completely converted. It’s very exciting!”

Praising Who‘s new showrunner Steven Moffatt, the star continued: “He’s able to tap into what really scares people. He has a real understanding of fear and what scares children. I think that makes for some really exciting episodes.”

Gillan added that she was particularly pleased when she learned that the sinister Weeping Angels – first seen in series three – were to return this year.

She commented: “I was so excited when I found out they were coming back. But they’re definitely the scariest ones to work with. They’re these beautiful, still statues – but they’re deadly!”

7.7 million viewers tuned in to see the launch of Doctor Who‘s new series at the weekend.

Fox cancels comedy ‘Sons of Tucson’

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010
Fox cancels comedy 'Sons of Tucson'

Fox has reportedly cancelled freshman comedy Sons of Tucson.

The network only aired four episodes of the series before deciding to pull the plug, says The Hollywood Reporter.

Animated comedy American Dad will fill Tucson‘s Sunday night timeslot.

The show starred Tyler Labine as an Arizona slacker posing as the father of three young boys.

Fox also confirmed the cancelation of sitcom ‘Til Death.

George A. Romero’s Survival Of The Dead

Monday, April 5th, 2010

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