Mars Needs Moms!

Disney has announced a release date for the Robert Zemeckis’ produced adaptation of Berkley Breathed’s children’s book Mars Needs Moms! and Paramount Pictures has confirmed the release o fthe Steven Spielberg-directed 3D performance capture adaptation The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. Details after the jump.

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Stuntman Spills Details on Iron Man 2 and Tintin


It seems that I’m doubting the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rather a lot today (after questioning Mike Leigh’s sole credit on screenplays) but I do have a real issue with their lack of recognition for stunt teams. If somebody dies making a film, chances are it was one of the stunt team or, perhaps more to the point, if there’s anticipated risk of death on a film set, we’re definitely talking about the stunt team. Does this alone not warrant a little gold man or two every year?

The Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards do gong-up for the stuntees, though, and the winner of their 2009 award is the incredible Garrett Warren. This ‘Stunt Choreographer of the Year’ has most recently worked on Iron Man 2, Tintin, Alice in Wonderland, Avatar and Mars Needs Moms and is therefore a wonderful treasure trove of mid-scale scoopage.

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The motion-captured movie of Berkley Breathed’s Mars Needs Moms is getting stacked up with cast and The Hollywood Reporter have named the three latest signings to join the mission: Seth Green, Joan Cusack and Mindy Sterling.

Taking advantage of the body-morphing facilities of the mo-cap process, Green’s character will be little Milo, a mere lad (see above) . Joan Cusack will play his mom, who gets kidnapped by an Alien race that will have Mindy Sterling as their queen. The previously cast Dan Fogler has the obligatory best friend part.

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As any bad observational comedian will tell you, you can wait all year for a Berkley Breathed news story to come along, and then two will come along at once. One of these is from a nameable – and therefore, visibly verifiable – source, and the other… I can’t tell you who told me. So take that one with a pinch of salt if you want.

Okay, story one. Coming Soon have been speaking to Dan Fogler at the Fanboys press junket and he let about his joining the cast of Mars Needs Moms. Set to be Robert Zemeckis‘ next project after A Christmas Carol, you’ll probably be not at all surprised to hear it wil be another motion caption movie.

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Johnny Depp has told Disney that he would be willing to return for a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean, but now word comes that director Gore Verbinski (who helmed the three previous films) is uninterested in helming the project.

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