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Jada Pinkett Smith has joined the cast of Fox’ Batman prequel show Gotham, playing a villain. But she isn’t going to be taking the role you might immediately assume she would nab. Details are below. Read More »

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While the Madagascar franchise has never drawn Pixar levels of respect (what does, really?), for kid-oriented entertainment you could do a lot worse that these films. The series has generally been cute, mildly amusing, and totally inoffensive — which may not sound like glowing praise, but that’s a lot more than I can say for Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked — and the newest entry, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted seems to be along the same lines.

Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, and Jada Pinkett Smith are on board once again as a quartet of Central Park Zoo animals just trying to get back to New York. Unfortunately, they wind up in Europe instead, where they’re chased by a ruthless animal control squad led by Capitaine Chantel DuBois (Frances McDormand). In an effort to escape their clutches, they take up with a circus traveling across the continent, meeting new friends like Vitaly the tiger (Bryan Cranston), Gia the jaguar (Jessica Chastain), and Stefano the sea lion (Martin Short) along the way. Watch the first full trailer after the jump.

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A movie starring Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer, Frances McDormand and Sacha Baron Cohen could get even the most casual movie fan excited. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted is exactly that, and yet I’d be lying if I said I was anticipating this one. The series follows a group of Central Park Zoo animals who were shipped back to their native continent and get into crazy adventures trying to find their way back to New York. In this installment, they’re traversing Europe as incognito members of the circus. Directors Eric Darnell and Conrad Vernon present the third theatrical film in the animated franchise, in 3D, on June 8. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

Late last week we heard that Will Smith might be developing a remake of Annie at Columbia/Sony, the idea being to create a star vehicle for his daughter Willow Smith. At the time there was a rumor that Jay-Z would be involved with the music for the film, just as he was in the production of Willow Smith’s hit single ‘Whip My Hair.’ Now Mr. Smith’s company has officially announced the remake and partnership with Jay-Z. All the details are after the break. Read More »

There’s a lot of small casting news today. Let’s kick off with word that Spongebob Sqaurepants himself, Tom Kenny, will once again lend his voice to a robot in the third Transformers film, Dark of the Moon. He voiced Skids (one of the generally reviled ‘racist’ bots) and Wheelie in the last film, but we don’t know what character(s) he’ll be voicing this time. [Popeater]

After the break, Frances McDormand voices a rare villain role, and the Sam Raimi-produced Dibbuk Box gets a lead. Read More »

The Smith Family Robinson

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Production Weekly were good to their tweet and this weekend’s edition is a monster. Their publication, in case you don’t know, is designed to inform craftspeople and crewfolk from the film industry  about projects that will be hiring – and, not to put too fine a point on it, result in people getting work. As a side effect, they also give the world all manner of bits and pieces of breaking film news. My heroes.

One of the most interesting notes is this bumper, super-expansive edition is their listing for The Robinsons – an adaptation of The Swiss Family Robinson designed to star Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and all three of the Smith kids – Trey, Jaden and Willow.

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I find it quite amusing that not even a year ago, people were heated over the concept of a movie that involves September 11th. And now an Adam Sandler movie is flying under all the radar. Is it a sign of the times, or do people just have short-term memories and small attention spans?

Reign Over Me, taken from The Who song of the same name, follows Alan Johnson (Don Cheadle), a married dentist who bumps into Charlie Fineman (Adam Sandler) a former college roommate, who lost his wife and children in the 9/11 attacks. Once a successful dentist, Charlie has retreated into his apartment where he plays video games (Shadows of Colossus) and has been working to remodel his kitchen. He wonders alone, floating on his motorized scooter through the streets of New York City. Reign Over Me is about their rekindled friendship.
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Reign Over Me Production Photos Revealed

Reign Over MeWe have a folder full of new production photos to show you from Mike Binder’s (The Upside of Anger) Reign Over Me. The new film stars Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle as two former college roommates who run into each other years later and rekindle their friendship. Charlie, who recently lost his wife and children in 9/11, has retreated from his life, while Alan is overwhelmed by his family and professional responsibilities. Their chance meeting becomes a lifeline for Charlie and Alan, both of whom are in need of a trusted friend at this pivotal moment in their lives.

The movie also stars Jada Pinkett Smith, Liv Tyler, Saffron Burrows, Donald Sutherland and Mike Binder (yes, the guy who’s also directing — never a great sign).

Rated R for language and some sexual references, Reign Over Me (125 minutes) hits theaters on Friday, March 23rd 2007.

As always, left click on the images below to see a high res version.

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