James Patterson‘s Alex Cross character was brought to the screen by Morgan Freeman in two films, Kiss the Girls and Along Came A Spider. Now there is a reboot of the character being assembled at QED. Rob Cohen will direct an adaptation of I, Alex Cross with Tyler Perry playing the psychologist/detective that appears in over a dozen novels.

Now I, Alex Cross has a bad guy: Matthew Fox will make his first big screen appearance following the end of Lost as Michael Sullivan, “who kills both for money and thrills.” Ed Burns has also signed on to the film, and will play Tommy Kane, partner to Alex Cross. Read More »

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Most of us stop thinking about work as we enter the holiday season, but Hollywood actors and actresses are lining up their jobs for the new year.  There is a whole bunch of casting news that’s recently been announced, much of it in the romantic comedy genre, and here’s the rundown.

Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks and G4′s Olivia Munn will join Kelsey Grammer and Pierce Brosnan in the comedy I Don’t Know How She Does It, which stars Sarah Jessica Parker as a woman juggling her work on Wall Street with a family life. Parker herself is also joining the huge ensemble for Garry Marshall’s romantic comedy New Year’s Eve while Halle Berry is in negotiations for a role too. 30 Rock award winner Alec Baldwin is the latest actor circling a spot in the Broadway adaptation Rock of Ages. Everyone’s favorite Viper pilot, Battlestar Galactica‘s Katee Sackhoff will star in Sexy Evil Genius, which is about a girl who brings all her exes to the same bar. Rosario Dawson and Lynn Collins are now part of the high school reunion film Ten Year with Chris Pine and Channing Tatum and Ed Burns joins Megan Fox and Jon Hamm in Jennifer Westfeldt’s romantic comedy Friends With Kids.

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In this week’s special episode of the /Filmcast, Dave, Devindra, and Adam spend over 3 hours discussing one of the greatest cultural works of our time, The Wire. Special guests and TV critics Alan Sepinwall and Myles McNutt join us from their respective and wonderful blogs. The first hour is a general discussion about The Wire, its themes, and its impact, and is meant for general audiences including those unfamiliar with the show. The last two hours are a detailed dissection of each individual season (with sound clips). The entire series of The Wire came out on DVD this week. Buy it now at the insanely low price of $135 (I remember when they ued to be $70 each!)

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  • (02:18) Why was The Wire the best show on TV?
  • (48:27) Season 1
  • (1:14:48) Season 2
  • (1:31:10) Season 3
  • (2:13:40) Season 4
  • (2:43:10) Season 5
  • (3:03:50) Closing Thoughts

Correction: In this episode, we mistakenly identified a character as Michael, when the correct person was in fact O-Dog. We regret this mistake. (Thanks commenters!)

Ghost Rider

Mark Steven Johnson explains why Ghost Rider sucks so bad: “It was a hard R and bleak in my opinion, Johnson says of David Goyer’s early script. “But then the studio says to you, ‘I’m going to let you make your movie, your vision, but you’ve got to make sure it’s a PG-13. We’ve got to make money.’ Which is fair.” So don’t expect the unrated directors cut on DVD: “There’s not an R-rated version, We didn’t shoot that.”

Possitive early reviews of Evan Almighty are streaming in. The Bruce Almighty sequel starring Steve Carell is “funny, heart warming and impactful film – it is a close encounters of the almighty kind,” according to one audience member.

DreamWorks has hired Carter B. Smith (Love Rome) to direct the big screen adaption of Scott Smith’s novel The Ruins. The horror thriller follows four American friends on vacation in Cancún who find themselves lost in the jungle. A Simple Plan author/screenwriter Scott Smith is writing the script.

Night at the Museum helmer Shawn Levy is getting handed everything now-a-days. Next up will be an adaptation of the canine bestseller Marley & Me. This sounds more Levy’s speed than Flash. I hope he has to drop out of The Hardy Men, because that film has potential. Shooting will start in late April in Los Angeles.

Pop Quiz: How much does it cost to buy an advertisement during the Academy Awards?
Answer: $1.6 million, up from $700,000 in 1995.

New Star Wars video game will hit stores in November. The game allows players to become Darth Vader’s “secret apprentice” and promises to reveal new secrets about the Star Wars galaxy. George Lucas has no shame.

Zooey Deschanel (Elf) has been cast as the Tin Man in SCI FI Channel’s miniseries retelling of The Wizard of Oz. Alan Cumming is playing the Scarecrow-like character of Glitch. Sounds interesting.

Forest Whitaker, Kate Beckinsale, Guy Pearce and Dakota Fanning will star in the ensemble drama Winged Creatures, about “survivors of a brutal restaurant murder who are left to divine their own individual paths to understanding their mortality and connection to society.”

Warner Bros. are moving back the remake of Takashi Miike’s One Missed Call from August 2007 to January 4, 2008. The movie follows a bunch of people who receive terrifying cell phone messages of their own final fatal moments. The film is directed by Eric Valette, and stars Ed Burns, Shannyn Sossamon, Ana Claudia Talancon, Ray Wise, Azura Skye, Johnny Lewis, Jason Beghe and Margaret Cho.

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