Almost one year ago to the day, Brett Ratner took over from Steven Spielberg to helm a property Spielberg championed way back in 2008: The 39 Clues. Ratner had been actively developing the film for the past year, but apparently he’s now out and the incredibly busy Shawn Levy is on board to direct.

Based on the an 11-book series, The 39 Clues follows two children who find out they’re part of the most famous family in history, with a lineage that includes Napoleon and Houdini. The pair then sets out on a global treasure hunt to find 39 clues, ingredients to a potion which will create the most powerful person in the world. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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Two years ago we started to hear that Robert De Niro might reprise his role from the Martin Brest-directed suspense comedy Midnight Run, in which De Niro played a bounty hunter on the trail of a mob accountant (Charles Grodin). There were a lot of questions, chief among which was “why?” Midnight Run is a lively, entertaining movie, but not one that ever demanded a follow-up. Not to mention that Grodin has basically retired from acting.

Soon we heard that, in addition to De Niro, Grodin would be open to doing the film if it didn’t take him far from home, and Martin Brest might even return.

Well, that’s not quite what is happening. While Grodin’s participation remains uncertain, Brest is almost certainly not going to direct, because Brett Ratner is in talks to take that job. Read More »

Briefly: Brett Ratner‘s next project might chronicle the early days of MTV. Sony is near a deal with Ratner to adapt the Craig Marks and Rob Tannebaum book I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution. Jody Lambert (Welcome to People, now titled People Like Us) is set to script, which suggests that this will be a dramatic attempt to tell the story, rather than a documentary. Read More »

When Dwayne Johnson was a WWE wrestler known as The Rock, one of his catch phrases was “Know your role.” Today, The Rock knows not one, but two roles. He’s confirmed to star in Hercules for director Brett Ratner and will also topline Ciudad, an action thriller based on an upcoming graphic novel by the Russo Brothers. Read much more about both projects below. Read More »

Dwayne Johnson in Talks for Brett Ratner’s ‘Hercules’

A couple of years ago, Brett Ratner signed on to direct a Hercules film at Millennium/Nu Image.  That one never quite worked out, but he seems to be having much better luck with that other Hercules project he boarded last spring. At least this one’s gotten as far as casting, and with a pretty big name at that. Dwayne Johnson is reportedly in talks to star as the Greek demigod in MGM’s Hercules, an adaptation of Steve Moore‘s graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars. More details after the jump.

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Why is Stellen Skarsgard unsatisfied with The Avengers? Want to see Brett Ratner dressed up as Wolverine? What does Hans Zimmer have to say about his Catwoman theme in The Dark Knight Rises? Does James Mardsen want to play Cyclops again? Which prop from The Avengers is Tom Hiddleston‘s favorite? Would you like to see some new photos from The Amazing Spider-Man? What is the name of Stan Lee‘s new comic character? How much would you spend on a Bane mask from The Dark Knight Rises and what does a baby doll look like dressed as The Joker from The Dark Knight? Read about all of this and much more in the biggest Superhero Bits to date. .

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‘Woody Allen: A Documentary’ Trailer

Thanks to a career that spans all the way back to the ’50s and includes nearly four dozen directorial efforts — more than a few of which are well-loved classics — Woody Allen is one of those all-American icons everyone’s familiar with. But since he’s almost as private as he is prolific, he’s also a figure that retains a surprising amount of mystery. While he’s hardly a hermit on the order of J.D. Salinger, Allen has tended to stay quiet about his personal life and creative process throughout the years.

Happily, the allure of becoming part of PBS’ American Masters series was apparently too much for even Allen to resist. The legendary writer-filmmaker has revealed himself like never before for Woody Allen: A Documentary, directed by Robert Weide (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and produced by Brett Ratner (seriously!). The two-part, three-and-a-half-hour film follows Allen’s tale from his Brooklyn childhood all the way through his current work. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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