Fox is trying to figure out a strategy to put to work adapting Richard and Florence Atwater‘s WWII-era childrens’ book Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Earlier this year it looked for a moment like Noah Baumbach and Ben Stiller might reunite post-Greenberg to make the film. But that didn’t work out and Fox has continued to look for talent.

Now there’s a report that pins two new names to the project: director Mark Waters (Freaky Friday) and Jim Carrey. Read More »

The Spiderwick Chronicles Movie Trailer

 Spiderwick Chronicles

I’ve been extremely disappointed with the recent batch of fantasy films based on bestselling children’s books. The Chronicles of Narnia, Bridge to Terabithia, Arthur and the Invisibles – it seems like the movie studios are trying to capture the magic of Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. They are looking for a family friendly film that could be fleshed out into a franchise. But they haven’t been able to get it right, YET at least. The good news is that The Golden Compass is nearing the horizon, and I’m pretty sure that movie is going to deliver (hey, I could be wrong – I have been before).

And today Nickelodeon/Paramount brings us the movie trailer for The Spiderwick Chronicles. The film is of course based on Holly Black and Tony Diterlizzi’s bestselling children’s book series about three kids who battle goblins and other magical creatures who are after Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide. From the look of the trailer, this film might deliver on the promises made in the deceptive marketing for Bridge to Terabithia. And Mean Girls director Mark Waters knows how to make a good teen/childrens flick. Check out the new trailer after the jump. Tell me what you think. One thing is for sure, those giant toad creatures are creepy.
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On The Lot

I think I’m one of the only people still watching Fox’s filmmaking reality show On The Lot. And I’m not quite sure why I’m still watching, they’ve done everything they can to make it an unenjoyable experience. And last week the Marty Martin, the most gifted filmmaker of the bunch was voted off because the public thought he was arrogant. Imagine if Hollywood kicked out all arrogant directors… We’d have no Star Wars or Godfather films.

Reality TV Magazine are reporting that “Mean Girls” director Mark Waters and “Hostel Part II” director Eli Roth will serve as the next two guest judges alongside regulars Carrie Fisher and Garry Marshall. Waters will be on tonight judging six comedy films, and Roth will guest next week to judge six horror films. I’m wondering if any of the remaining filmmakers will include torture porn in their short film to get on Roth’s good side?