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ROBIN HOOD and TWILIGHT NEW MOON in production and STAR TREK reviews keep getting better and better

crowehoodUniversal has released the first still of Ridley Scott’s currently filming Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe. He looks pretty good in his Maximus style haircut. Producers of this new incarnation promise a Robin Hood for our times and a character that will be more relevant than ever. Hopefully Crow’s Robin Hood can take a trip over to Wall Street and shoot Jim Cramer and the rest of the CNBC cronies in the ass with his bow and arrow. For me that would be worth the price of admission and certainly relevant. I couldn’t be more serious.

twilight-cast_lSummit Entertainment has officially begun production on Twilight New Moon the sequel to last year’s hit film Twilight. With reaction to the first film pretty much split right down the middle, there’s a lot riding on this follow-up, especially since director Catherine Hardwicke will not be back to helm this new installment. With  Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon) and Dakota Fanning added to the cast (as villainous vampires) it appears that Summit will shell out a lot more money as they try and turn out a higher quality product. While Twilight was far from perfect, it did work on a few different levels – mostly the interesting chemistry of its two leads, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattison. With Chris Weitz (American Pie) now taking over the directorial reigns my gut feeling is that this second film in this franchise will have a very different feel from the first. That may or may not be a good thing for its very strong fan base. I don’t know what went wrong between Summit and director Hardwicke but, after listening to her commentary along side Stewart and Pattison on the DVD, it appeared that they all got along great and she was very committed to the material. It looks like Summit wanted a director who was more comfortable handling special effects for the second go and to not have to deal with the headaches Hardwicke caused Summit executives. Twilight New Moon will hit theaters November 20, 2009.

Reviews are still coming in very strong on Paramount’s new Star Trek re-boot so I expect it to be a major player at the box-office when it hits theaters May 8. With X-Men Origins Wolverine coming out a week before, and Ron Howard’s Angels and Demons a week after, it will have a lot of competition, but my gut feeling is it will be a really big event movie. It was interesting this week when actor Matt Damon admitted that he turned down the role of Capt Kirk, a role which went to the relatively unknown Chris Pine.

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