Opinions are divided on whether 1987′s The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (a Topps Chewing Gum Production!) is so bad its good, or so bad that you’ll want to cut your throat with blades chipped into the rock-hard gum once packed with the original ’80s Cabbage Patch Kids parody sticker collection. The “little people in suits” alien/kids are so ugly they make the Howard the Duck suits look like objects of erotica, and story manages to be both absurd and completely dull.

But now the Garbage Pail Kids are getting another shot. Michael Eisner‘s current outfit The Tornante Company is financing and producing the development of a new film based on the card/sticker set. Read More »

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Each December since 2004, studio executive Franklin Leonard has compiled the best unproduced screenplays of the year, as voted by hundreds of execs, agency guys, and high-level assistants. Titled The Black List, the compendium highlights both established screenwriters and up-and-comers, and has served as a launching pad in the past for projects like Juno, Lars and the Real Girl, and (500) Days of Summer. Last year’s list included Margin Call, Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Hunger Games, and Snow White and the Huntsman.

It should be noted that the headline is somewhat misleading — some of these screenplays have already been acquired and are already in development, though according to Leonard none will have entered principal photography by December 31, 2011.¬†Also worth pointing out is that, as in previous years, there have been rumors that some of the participants have been accused of using the Black List to promote their own clients or friends. Finally, as Leonard reminds us each time, “The Black List is not a ‘best of’ list. It is, at best, a ‘most liked’ list.”

Regardless, we can always rely on the Black List to stir up conversation among both industry insiders and outside spectators alike, so without further ado, hit the jump for the complete 2011 list.

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Shawn Levy to direct Pinocchio Prequel

Briefly: Shawn Levy‘s Real Steel was the box-office champ for a second weekend in a row, so it’s no surprise to see him set up with a new high-concept project. Fox has picked up a script called The Three Misfortunes of Geppetto, by Michael Vukadinovich, which is a prequel to the story told in Pinocchio. (Didn’t Fox learn anything from the returns and reviews for The Thing this weekend?)

Shawn Levy is now attached to direct the film, called “a fresh way into the Pinocchio story.” Read More »

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