The project’s been chatted about for a while now, but it looks like the brothers Warner and the brother Wachowski have settled on a lead for their "Speed Racer" adaptation, and it might be none other than Emile Hirsch.

Yeah, that kid from "Alpha Dog," "The Girl Next Door," and "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys" will probably be the one to star in (and as) "Speed Racer." Production begins this summer in Germany, and the studio aims to have the thing ready as a tentpole release for next summer.

Needless to say, producer Joel Silver is involved. No word yet on additional cast members, but sources state that several of the established characters from the series will make their way into the movie version.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

For a while there it looked like Vin Diesel was going to star in Fox’s big-screen version of the "Hitman" video game … but now it looks like "Deadwood" star Timothy Olyphant (who stole most of "The Girl Next Door") has earned that assignment.

From IGN Movies, who got it from AICN: "The cat is out of the bag and Vin Diesel is out of Hitman, the feature film version of the best-selling videogame. Diesel had been attached to star and executive produce the Fox-based film.

Now comes word, via Ain’t It Cool, that Timothy Olyphant has been attached to star. Furthermore, action icon Luc Besson will now co-produce the project.

Skip Woods penned the screenplay. AICN claims Woods’ script was strong enough to finally get the project green-lit by Fox. The studio advised IGN, however, that Hitman has not been green-lit and remains in development status."

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Effortlessly proving that Hollywood has officially run out of new ideas … production is about to get underway on that "Revenge of the Nerds" remake we’ve been hearing about. Can a remake of "Private School" be far behind?

From Variety: "On Oct. 9, filming begins in Atlanta on "Revenge of the Nerds," a reimagining of the 1984 cult comedy being produced by McG and his Wonderland Sound & Vision partner David Manpearl.

Christopher Marquette ("Fanboys," "The Girl Next Door") and Kristin Cavallari (formerly of the MTV series "Laguna Beach") have been cast in the film. Marquette will play the leader of the nerds, and Cavallari a sorority girl alongside Katie Cassidy (the forthcoming "Dallas"). Also newly cast in the pic are Dan Byrd ("The Hills Have Eyes") and Efren Ramirez ("Napoleon Dynamite").

Kyle Newman
directs the pic."

Thoughts?

Over the weekend, AICN had a review of "Casino Royale" from a test screening in London. According to this reviewer, "Royal" is a “fantastic” Bond film. It successfully introduces audiences to a new, more humanized James Bond played, this time, by Daniel Craig.

Here are some snippets from the review regarding various elements of the film:

The Film
“It honestly lives up to the trailer AICN posted up yesterday. And for everyone that doesn’t want spoilers, know this- Whatever qualms you had about the reinvention of the franchise or the film being good as a whole, you will absolutely love this film as I did.”

The Music
“The music wasn’t completed with other soundtracks thrown in as a temporary guide. Some things work and some things don’t. The first thing we gotta talk about is the theme. Someone said afterwards that it was by the band Audioslave, but everyone at my table agreed that… the song is crap.”

The Villan

“The main baddy in this flick is a guy called Le Chiffre. Played to absolute perfection by Mads Mikkleson. He really comes into his own in this movie and has what is easily the most sadistic torture scene in any bond movie.”

The Girls
“The first girl ‘Solange’ i think played by Caterina Murino is beautiful and eats up the screen with her presence. The main woman in this however is a chick called Vespa Lynd, played by Eva Green, and her character is amazing.”



Daniel Craig

“He is excellent, simply excellent. Choosing a blonde haired Bond, was a ballsy stroke of genius.”

Take it for what it is – a test screening review. The reviewer does reveal that this is a prequel of sorts, showing a James Bond who is rough around the edges; there is not a single “fancy gadget scene;” and at two and a half hours, it’s overlong.

Click here to read the full review from AICN.

“Casino Royale” opens nationwide on November 17th. It’s directed by Martin Campbell, who resurrected the Bond franchise in 1995 with “GoldenEye.”

Another wave of new releases hits the multiplexes across North America this weekend in hopes of capturing the final dollars of the summer movie season.

Leading the charge are Disney’s football tale "Invincible" for all audiences and the raunchy Warner Bros. comedy "Beerfest" aimed at young men. Music fans will get Universal’s "Idlewild" starring the OutKast duo while the New Line comedy "How to Eat Fried Worms" will play to school kids. Indie hit "Little Miss Sunshine" advances to another round in the box office pageant doubling its theatrical run in hopes of winning over new fans in all parts of the country. Overall, the marketplace looks to remain sluggish with moviegoers not being too impressed with Hollywood’s late-summer menu.

Mark Wahlberg hopes to score a box office touchdown this weekend with the football drama "Invincible" from Disney. The Good Vibrations rapper-turned-actor plays Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender who earns a spot on the starting lineup of the 1976 Philadelphia Eagles. With a PG rating and the studio’s brand name behind it, "Invincible" should play to a broad audience with men connecting to the sports angle, women responding to the emotional true story, and kids coming in for the inspirational underdog tale. The studio has devised a strong marketing promotion with the NFL which has been pushing the film to football fans during the pre-season.


Greg Kinnear and Mark Wahlberg in "Invincible"

Excitement does not match what the studio saw with "Remember the Titans" or what Universal had with "Friday Night Lights." Those fall football films opened with just over $20M a piece. But, "Invincible" does offer a feel-good story that could work for the moment. And Disney can crank out these uplifting sports dramas with its eyes closed. Wahlberg is hit or miss at the box office, but here he should add some decent starpower to the picture. And Greg Kinnear, who plays Coach Dick Vermeil here and also stars in "Little Miss Sunshine," will have a great weekend at the turnstiles allowing his agents to start asking for more bucks for future projects. Charging into more than 2,400 theaters, "Invincible" could live up to its name and score a top spot debut with around $14M.

The Broken Lizard group returns in "Beerfest," a new comedy about a group of American dudes who train to take on the Germans in a secret beer drinking competition in Munich. Warner Bros. is looking to target the frat boy crowd with this R-rated gross-out comedy. With lots of belching and the most shots of bare breasts of any movie released in theaters this year, the studio should hit its mark with older teens and twentysomethings. "Wedding Crashers" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" may have been doing brisk business at this time last year, but R-rated sex comedies with no stars often end up struggling at the box office before finding gold on DVD. Films like "The Girl Next Door," "Eurotrip," "Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle," and even Broken Lizard’s "Super Troopers" all opened in the $5-7M range. The troupe’s fan base has grown thanks to cable and video so "Beerfest" should benefit. Plus the studio is giving it a relatively strong push for an end-of-August flick. But it has also been a tough year for R flicks and there is plenty of competition for young males right now. Chugging down brews in over 2,800 theaters, "Beerfest" might drink down about $11M this weekend.


The Broken Lizard troupe is back in "Beerfest"

Andre Benjamin and Antwan A. Patton of the Grammy-winning hip hop act OutKast reunite for the new music-driven film "Idlewild" which also stars Terrence Howard, Cicely Tyson, Patti Labelle, and Ving Rhames. The R-rated drama about the goings-on at a Prohibition-era nightclub will have significant appeal to hardcore fans of the popular musical act and should see much of its business come from African American adult audiences. Casual fans who only know them as the "Hey Ya" guys are not likely to spend money on tickets. Last summer, "Hustle & Flow" played to a similar audience and bowed to $8M from 1,013 theaters for a solid $7,915 average. "Idlewild" is going out in about the same number of playdates and could end up in the same neighborhood. Debuting in 973 theaters, the Universal release could capture about $7M over the frame.


Outkast’s Big Boi in "Idlewild"

New Line offers up "How to Eat Fried Worms," the big-screen adaptation of the best-selling kids book.The PG-rated film is aimed at school children and the tween set with a pic filled with immature boy pranks. Last weekend’s top five lacked any movies for kids so "Worms" should not face too much direct competition. However, excitement might not be high enough to generate a large opening. Parents and children familiar with the book might take a trip to the local cinema for this one. But the real cash will be made on DVD. Opening in about 1,800 theaters, "How to Eat Fried Worms" could bow to around $6M this weekend.


New Line Cinema’s "How To Eat Fried Worms"

In limited release, Sony Classics opens its dramatic thriller "The Quiet" which stars Elisha Cuthbert as a popular cheerleader whose life changes when her parents adopt an orphaned deaf girl into the family. Edie Falco co-stars in the R-rated film which opens in six sites in New York and Los Angeles on Friday. Reviews have been mixed.

Last weekend, "Snakes on a Plane" eked out a victory atop the box office charts with a less-than-expected $15.2M bow. About half of that business was generated on Thursday night and Friday leaving little audience left for the days and weeks ahead. A steep drop is sure to occur this weekend now that the hype is all gone. Most people interested in "Snakes" in the first place have already gone and seen it. A 60% fall would leave New Line with a $6M weekend and a ten-day tally of $26M.

Will Ferrell has been satisfying audiences with "Talladega Nights" all month long. A 35% drop could result giving the Sony hit about $9M for the frame which would push the cume to $128M. A similar decline could be in the works for Paramount’s "World Trade Center" which may grab around $7M this weekend boosting its total to $56M.

The comedy sensation "Little Miss Sunshine" will more than double its run this weekend and further infiltrate theaters across the country. Fox Searchlight’s unstoppable hit will expand from 691 to over 1,400 locations on Friday and could collect about $7M in its fifth frame. That would put "Sunshine’s" cume at $22M putting it on course to become a bigger hit than "Snakes on a Plane" will be.

LAST YEAR: The Steve Carell surprise hit "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" enjoyed a small decline and held onto the top spot with $16.3M dropping only 24% in its second frame. Miramax opened its Matt Damon adventure "The Brothers Grimm" in second with $15.1M on its way to $37.9M. The airline thriller "Red Eye" followed with $10.3M with the revenge actioner "Four Brothers" in fourth place with $7.9M. Opening poorly in fifth was "The Cave" with $6.1M leading to a disappointing $14.9M finish. The teen flop "Undiscovered" opened to an embarrassing $676,000 from 1,304 theaters for a pathetic $518 average landing in the number 20 spot. The Lions Gate release ended up with a miserable $1.1M.

Author: Gitesh Pandya, www.BoxOfficeGuru.com

The SAGs, the BAFTAs, the Globes and the Oscars are all fine and good, but if there’s one voting process I always look forward to, it’s JoBlo’s Golden Schmoes. It’s time for the "normal schmoe" movie geek to chime in with their 2 cents and vote on categories including "Best Action Scene," "Worst Movie of the Year," and "Best DVD of the Year." Click right here and cast your vote!

Just to give you a taste of what the Golden Schmoes are about, here’s a reminder of last year’s GS winners:

Best MovieEternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Worst MovieCatwoman

Best DirectorQuentin Tarantino, Kill Bill Vol. 2

Best Screenplay — Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Most Overrated MovieThe Passion of the Christ

Most Underrated MovieThe Girl Next Door

Trippiest Movie of the Year — Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Best ComedyShaun of the Dead

Best HorrorSaw

Best AnimatedThe Incredibles

Best Sci-Fi — Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Best FXSpider-Man 2

Biggest Disappointment
Alexander

Biggest Surprise — Shaun of the Dead

Best ActorJamie Foxx, Ray

Best ActressUma Thurman, Kill Bill Vol. 2

Best Supporting ActorDavid Carradine, Kill Bill Vol. 2

Best Supporting ActressNatalie Portman, Closer

Breakthrough PerformanceZach Braff, Garden State

Favorite CelebrityJohnny Depp

Coolest Character — Vincent, Collateral

Best Music — Kill Bill Vol. 2

Favorite Movie Poster — Saw

Best Trailer — Spider-Man 2

Best DVDLord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Extended Edition)

Best Action Sequence — Elevated Train Brawl, Spider-Man 2

Most Memorable Scene — The Finale, Saw

Best T&A — Elisha Cuthbert, The Girl Next Door

Best Line"No, I shot him. The bullets and the fall killed him," from Collateral

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Fun stuff. So go vote!

Nick Cannon plays a youthful bike cop who’s enlisted for undercover duty at a posh private school in "Underclassman," the trailer for which can now be seen at Yahoo! Movies. Directed by Marcos Siega ("Pretty Persuasion") and penned by "Girl Next Door" scribes Brent Goldberg & David Wagner, "Underclassman" has been sitting in a Miramax vault for many a moon — but hey, it might be good anyway!

Alongside Mr. Cannon you’ll find Roselyn Sanchez ("Boat Trip"), Shawn Ashmore ("X-Men 2"), Kelly Hu ("Cradle 2 the Grave"), and everyone’s favorite old stoner, Cheech Marin.

"Underclassman" registers for class on August 5th.

Screenwriters Brent Goldberg & David Wagner ("The Girl Next Door") are preparing to dust off the great 1984 comedy "All of Me" for a remake treatment, courtesy of New Line Cinema.

The original movie, which starred Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin, told the tale of a harried attorney who ends up with half his body possessed by the spirit of a dead (and rather obnoxious) woman. Variety indicates that New Line would like funny lady Wanda Sykes ("Monster-in-Law") to headline the remake, but she’s waiting to see a script before she signs on the dotted line.

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