TV's 24 director Jon Cassar is gearing up to have Ryan Reynolds star in Motorcade.
Should Reynolds officially sign on for the role, he would play the disgraced Secret Service agent who happens to be in the wrong place at the right time when the U.S. president is kidnapped in New York.
The studio hopes to get the picture into production by mid 2010.
In this make-believe world where animals can talk and magical sorcerers look like big Slinkys with a heads and arms we meet a shaggy puppy named Doogal (voiced by Daniel Tay). The candy-loving mutt lives a carefree life entirely devoted to his best friend Florence (voiced by Kylie Minogue). But when the evil sorcerer Zeebad (voiced by Jon Stewart) escapes from his ancient prison he vows to exact revenge by collecting three magic diamonds that will plunge the land into an eternal deep freeze. Now Doogal and his friends--a cow a rabbit and a snail--embark on an epic adventure to stop him and save the world in the process. Interestingly enough Doogal was actually already made as a direct-to-DVD movie called The Magic Roundabout based on the popular British animated show. In that version all the voices were done by big-name British folk including Robbie Williams Bill Nighy Joanna Lumley Jim Broadbent and Tom Baker as Zeebad. But I guess when the Weinstein Company brought the film over the Pond to release in the U.S. they felt the British voices were too obscure replacing almost all them with American actors. Now instead of Williams we have a kid Tay (Elf) playing the dog; Jimmy Fallon voices the laid-back rocker rabbit instead of Nighy; Whoopi Goldberg takes over Lumley’s part as the opera-singing cow; William H. Macy replaces Broadbent as the sweet snail whose in love with the cow; and lastly the wise-cracking Stewart takes over as the voice of Zeebad the maniacal Slinky head. Only Ian McKellen as a good wizard and Minogue as the little girl remain from the original cast. It’s a shame. I’m pretty sure the British voices would have made Doogal at least a little better. Honestly why did the Weinsteins feel they had to Americanize the film? Perhaps with a distinctly British flavor the jokes wouldn’t fall so flat. Doogal is just one derivative after another--everything from The Lord of the Rings to The Matrix to Raiders of the Lost Ark is referenced. There isn’t one truly original idea in it. The imagery is decent enough if slightly rudimentary but the worst part of the film is the trite dialogue. Young children probably won’t notice much but Doogal really insults moviegoers' intelligence. Sitting through the film is like watching one of those Barney or Teletubbies episodes in which you can just see how it ever so slowly lowers childrens' IQs. There’s a good reason why Doogal wasn’t pre-screened for the press: Bad word of mouth should kill this.
Vampire warrior Selene didn't just slay werewolves on the big screen; she executed Underworld's competition and helped the supernatural thriller suck $22 million* from box office patrons this weekend.
Underworld becomes Sony Pictures' eighth No. 1 opener this year. The thriller also replaces Remember the Titans as the fifth best September opening of all time, after Sweet Home Alabama, Rush Hour, Once Upon a Time in Mexico and Double Jeopardy.
The new drama Secondhand Lions came in second with a tame $12.1 million, while the gospel-inspired musical The Fighting Temptations came in third to the tune of $11.7 million.
Last week's box office champ, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, lost half its audience in its second week to place third with a so-so $11.5 million, while Cold Creek Manor rounded out the Top Five with a frosty $8.3 million.
Meanwhile, Woody Allen's latest comedy Anything Else, which opened in just over 1,000 theaters, failed to register in the Top Ten with its paltry $1.7 million. Making its mark, however, was Sofia Coppola's Lost In Translation, which raked in a notable $2.8 million at only 183 theaters, comfortably taking the No. 10 spot.
THE TOP TEN
Sony Picture's R rated supernatural thriller Underworld vanquished the competition at the box office in its debut weekend, taking the No. 1 spot with an ESTIMATED $22 million at 2,915 theaters with a per theater average of $7,547.
In the film, vampire warrior Selene finds herself at odds with the rest of her clan when she encounters a mysterious young man who may hold the secret to the war that has raged between vampires and werewolves for a thousand years.
Directed by Len Wiseman, it stars Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman.
New Line's PG rated family drama Secondhand Lions opened in second position with an ESTIMATED $12.1 million in $3,013 theaters ($4,273 per theater).
In the film, a sullen teen is forced to spend the summer with his grumpy old uncles, but life on their rundown Texas farm gets interesting after the eccentric seniors decide to make a man out of their nervous nephew.
Directed by Tim McCanlies, it stars Haley Joel Osment, Robert Duvall and Michael Caine.
Paramount Picture's PG-13 rated musical The Fighting Temptations premiered in third place with an ESTIMATED $11.7 million in 2,026 theaters ($6,516 per theater).
The film revolves around a slick-talking, city-dwelling ad exec who travels to his small hometown of Monte Carlo, Ga., to claim an inheritance.
Directed by Jonathan Lynn, it stars Cuba Gooding, Jr., Beyonce Knowles, Mike Epps and Steve Harvey.
Sony Pictures' R rated sequel Once Upon a Time in Mexico came in fourth place in its second week with an ESTIMATED $11.5 million (-51%) in 3,289 theaters (+ 7 theaters; $3,497 per theater). Its cume is approximately $41.4 million.
Directed by Robert Rodriguez, it stars Antonio Banderas, Johnny Depp, Salma Hayek and Willem Dafoe.
Buena Vista's R rated thriller Cold Creek Manor premiered in fifth place with an ESTIMATED $8.3 million at 2,035 theaters ($4,081 per theater).
In the film, a family moves into their country dream house to get away from the city but neglects to find out the sordid history of the house's former owner.
Directed by Mike Figgis, it stars Dennis Quaid, Sharon Stone, Stephen Dorff and Juliette Lewis.
*Box office estimates provided by Exhibitor Relations, Inc.
Warner Bros.' PG-13 rated drama Matchstick Men dropped four places in its second week to take the No. 6 position with an ESTIMATED $7.8 million (-40%) in 2,711 theaters (unchanged; $2,877 per theater). Its cume is approximately $24.4 million.
Directed by Ridley Scott, it stars Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell and Alison Lohman.
Lions Gate's R rated gore fest Cabin Fever slid four notches in its second week to place seventh with an ESTIMATED $3.9 million (-55%) in 2,105 theaters (+18 theaters; $1,853 per theater). Its cume is approximately $14.7 million.
Directed by Eli Roth, it stars Rider Strong, Jordan Ladd, Joey Kern, Cerina Vincent and James Debello.
Paramount Picture's PG-13 rated comedy Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star also slipped four positions in its third week to place eighth with an ESTIMATED $3.8 million (-24%) in 2,083 theaters (unchanged; $1,831 per theater). Its cume is approximately $17.3 million.
Directed by Sam Weisman, it stars David Spade, Jon Lovitz, Alyssa Milano, Doris Roberts, Craig Bierko and Mary McCormack.
Buena Vista Pictures' PG-13 rated hit Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl fell four spots to ninth in its 11th week with an ESTIMATED $3.4 million (-23%) at 1,746 theaters (-283 theaters; $1,998 per theater). Its cume is approximately $292.5 million.
Directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, it stars Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley.
Focus Features' R rated dramatic comedy Lost In Translation rounded out the Top Ten in its second week with an ESTIMATED $2.8 million (+203%) in 183 theaters (+160 theaters; $15,337 per theater average). It cume is approximately $4.1 million.
Gaining remarkable word of mouth from favorable reviews, the film follows the unlikely friendship between a bored young wife and an aging movie star, both staying in a hotel in Tokyo.
Directed Sofia Coppola, it stars Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson.
DreamWorks' R-rated comedy Anything Else premiered with a soft ESTIMATED $1.7 million at 1,033 theaters, with a $1,646 per theater average.
The film revolves around an aspiring writer in New York who falls in love at first sight with a free-spirited younger woman.
Directed by Woody Allen, it stars Christina Ricci, Jason Biggs, Allen, Danny DeVito, Jimmy Fallon and Stockard Channing.
The Top 12 films this weekend grossed an ESTIMATED $93.7 million, up a noteworthy 29.19 percent from last weekend, when they grossed $72.7 million. The Top 12 movies were also up 36.99 percent from this time last year when they took in $68.5 million.
Last year's top three included: MGM's riotous PG-13 rated Barbershop came in at No. 1 in its second week with $12.8 million in 1,894 theaters (+ 289 theaters; $6,767 per theater); Fox Searchlight's comedy The Banger Sisters premiered in second place with $10 million in 2,738 theaters ($3,666 per theater average); and the indie sleeper My Big Fat Greek Wedding, came in third in its 23rd week of release with $9.7 million at 1,853 theaters (+89 theaters; $5,261 per theater).
"Good evening, my dress is see-through," 2000 MTV Movie Awards host Sarah Jessica Parker said during her introduction to the ceremony.
Snappy one-liners like those are what make the MTV Movie Awards - or any MTV awards show for that matter - unique.
Long after the dust has settled on the crowded movie-award season, MTV rolls out its own red carpet to honor, well, not always the best that Hollywood has to offer.
The whole event has an air of informality. The stars are much more likely to wear urban cool than evening formal. MTV's viewers decide who walk away the big winners.
Jimmy Fallon and Kirsten Dunst will host the 10th annual show, scheduled for Thursday, June 7, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Up for Best Movie: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Erin Brockovich, Gladiator, Hannibal and The X-Men.
Joel Gallen, who produced last year's awards show, told The Detroit News that the awards show gets harder each year to stage. Challenges come in the form of topping such features as the movie spoof segments.
The MTV Movie Awards show also is trimmed for two hours, which, Gallen said, is the target audience's attention span.
"We keep the best stuff and capture a lot of really great moments backstage that I don't think we would be able to do if the show was aired live," Gallen told The Detroit News before last year's ceremony. "All that stuff makes it a cooler and better show."
The MTV Movie Awards aren't your typical movie awards. Sure, there are prizes for Best Picture, Director, Actress, but there also are plaudits for Best Kiss, Villain, Fight Sequence, and more.
MTV relies on its audience, which considers anyone older than 35 decidedly over-the-hill, and polls viewers to select nominees. This year, the show will include four new award categories: Favorite line from a movie, Best Cameo, Best Music Moment and Best Dressed nominations.
The MTV Movie Awards always promises a few unforgettable moments. In 1999, when Jim Carrey, dressed like The Doors' late Jim Morrison, stumbled onstage to accept the Best Male Performance award for The Truman Show.
The never-shy actor tossed his hair from side to side as he smoked his cigarette, thanked the ladies for "looking so pretty," and dedicated his award to his "new biker friends."
Music also plays a prominent role in the evening's entertainment. Last year, 'N Sync sang "It's Gonna Be Me," the second single from their No Strings Attached album, for the first time on television. Metallica offered up "I Disappear," the metal institution's contribution to the Mission: Impossible 2 soundtrack. Rapper D'Angelo's, bearing his famous "six pack," performed a selection from his Voodoo album.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Best Male Performance
Tom Cruise - Mission: Impossible 2
Mel Gibson - The Patriot
Omar Epps - Love and Basketball
Tom Hanks -Cast Away
Russell Crowe - Gladiator
Best Female Performance
Julia Roberts - Erin Brockovich
Jennifer Lopez - The Cell
Julia Stiles - Save the Last Dance
Aaliyah - Romeo Must Die
Kate Hudson - Almost Famous
Best Comedic Performance
Ben Stiller - Meet the Parents
Martin Lawrence - Big Momma's House
Tom Green - Road Trip
Eddie Murphy - Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
Jim Carrey - Me, Myself & Irene
Best On-Screen Team
Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz & Lucy Liu - Charlie's Angels
Robert De Niro & Ben Stiller - Meet the Parents
George Clooney, John Turturro & Tim Blake Nelson - O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Tom Hanks & Wilson - Cast Away
Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry & James Marsden - The X-Men
Joaquin Phoenix - Gladiator
Anthony Hopkins - Hannibal
Kevin Bacon - Hollow Man
Jim Carrey - Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Vincent D'Onofrio - The Cell
Breakthrough Performance Male
Ashton Kutcher - Dude, Where's My Car?
Jack Black - High Fidelity
Tom Green - Road Trip
Sean Patrick Thomas - Save the Last Dance
Patrick Fugit - Almost Famous
Hugh Jackman - The X-Men
Breakthrough Performance Female
Zhang Ziyi - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Aaliyah - Romeo Must Die
Piper Perabo - Coyote Ugly
Erika Christensen - Traffic
Anna Faris - Scary Movie
Julia Stiles & Sean Patrick Thomas - Save the Last Dance
Ben Affleck & Gwyneth Paltrow - Bounce
Anna Faris & Jon Abrahams - Scary Movie
Julianne Moore & Anthony Hopkins - Hannibal
Tom Hanks & Helen Hunt - Cast Away
Best Action Sequence
Car Chase Through Construction Site - Gone in 60 Seconds
Roman Army vs. Germanian Horde - Gladiator
Motorcycle Chase - Mission: Impossible 2
Plane Crash - Cast Away
Zhang Ziyi vs. Entire Bar - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Russell Crowe vs. Masked Opponent and Tiger - Gladiator
Jet Li with Hose vs. Attackers - Romeo Must Die
Drew Barrymore vs. Attackers - Charlie's Angels
Best Dance Sequence
Cameron Diaz Fantasy Sequence - Charlie's Angels
Opening Cheer - Bring It On
Billy's First Lesson - Billy Elliot
Club Scene - Save the Last Dance