Kevin's Korner: Lindsay Lohan, Adam Sandler & Seth Rogen edition

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MOVIE NEWS:


IRON MAN 2 GOES GREEN: - [image-1]first cameo is standard stuff, with Iron Man creator Stan Lee reportedly playing CNN talker Larry King as he interviews Robert Downey's Tony Stark. The other reported cameo is Edward Norton's Bruce Banner making an appearance — along with his alter ego, The Hulk. That is big news, but it also seems like a quid pro quo since Tony Stark appeared in a small cameo at the end of The Hulk. I do like these universes coming together.


ROB MARSHALL TO DIRECT PIRATES 4: The guy behind The Memoirs of Geisha and Chicago looks to be at the helm of the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, in which Johnny Depp will be reprising his role as Capt. Jack Sparrow. The best part about the fourth movie seems to be the departure of Orlando Bloom. If they can get Geoffrey Rush back, I'd say this movie has a chance of being all kinds of awesome.


SPIELBERG TO REMAKE HARVEY: Yes, Steve is remaking a movie about a guy with an imaginary friend that happens to be a 6 foot tall bunny rabbit. The original 1954 movie starred James Stewart and is considered a classic. Spielberg has said he is looking to adapt more of the play than the movie. The lead was originally offered to Tom Hanks, who reportedly turned down the role out of respect for Stewart. (Uh-huh.) I wonder if the rabbit will actually be "real," or if it will be more of a Roger Rabbit-type creation.


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WARM UP THE HARRIER FOR TRUE LIES 2 … MAYBE: Tom Arnold was quoted as saying director James Cameron, is waiting for the Governator to officially step down at the end of his term to start shooting the sequel to the 1994 action comedy. Ain't It Cool News is claiming they talked to Cameron, who, at this point is denying the progress. It could be he is so used to keeping things under wrap with Avatar, he doesn't know any better now.


UNNECESSARY REMAKE OF THE WEEK: The Hurt Locker's Jeremy Renner is on the short list of actors looking to reprise the role of Mad Max. The movie (and it's sequels) was made famous by Mel Gibson, but now the franchise is set for a reboot, with studios looking to put this on the fast track for production. No Gerard Butler? I guess he's too busy making The Ugly Truth 2, Secret of the Ooze.


LINDSAY LOHAN JOINS MACHETE: The movie started as a fake trailer between the main features of Grindhouse, but now the fake has become real. Machete will reportedly star Robert DeNiro, Michelle Rodriguez, Steven Segal and Jonah Hill (maybe), but the latest news involves Robert Rodriguez casting fallen starlet Lindsay Lohan in the flick. Unless she dies in the first 30 seconds, that could be kind of painful to watch.


JACKMAN TO PLAY BARNUM: Hugh Jackman, fresh off his run as Wolverine, is teaming up with Anne Hathaway in a biopic of P.T. Barnum. The movie is set to be a musical about the life of the great circus tycoon and his famous attitude that a sucker is born every minute. Hathaway is on board as Barnum's love interest, the ‘Swedish Nightingale, Jenny Lind.' After watching these two during the opening of the Oscars, this could be excellent.


BOX OFFICE REPORT:


This week was a slow one at the multiplex. Funny People premiered Friday (check out the review here) and earned a lackluster $23 million over the weekend. This marks the first movie Judd Apatow had a hand in that didn't turn to gold — possibly a sign of things to come — and it's going to be tough from Apatow & Co. to recoop the film's $75 million budget. Harry Potter finally premiered in IMAX, but the showing clearly didn't do much to help the wizards numbers (although Harry has already made back its budget plus millions more). Aliens in the Attic was the big disappointment of the weekend, grossing only a fraction of its $45 million price tag.


BOX OFFICE TOP TEN


1. Funny People - $23.4 million


2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - $17.7 million


3. G-Force - $17 million


4. The Ugly Truth - $13 million


5. Aliens In The Attic - $7.8 million


6. Orphan - $7.2 million


7. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs - $5.3 million


8. The Hangover - $5 million


9. The Proposal - $4.8 million ($148.8 million)


10. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - $4.6 million


THIS WEEK ON DVD:


Obsessed


Race to Witch Mountain


The Soloist


The Mysteries of Pittsburgh


Mutant Chronicles


TV NEWS:


Netflix has announced that users will now have the option of streaming their favorite episodes through an X-box 360, PC or any other device capable of streaming. And speaking of Netflix, there are rumors that a long-awaited Netflix IPhone app is coming, and it will do more than manage your queue. The app is rumored to stream video directly to your IPhone, given you are using a Wifi connection. (AT&T doesn't think their 3G network can support everyone watching episodes of Lost.)


TRAILER OF THE WEEK:


This week's trailer features the immortal Woody Harrelson in the Redband trailer (there is a bit of NSFW language) for Zombieland. I have a feeling this movie will do for zombies what Shaun of the Dead did for zombies.



GOODIES:


Everyone dreams of Megan Fox, but let's face it: If any of us actually met the Foxy one, the rejection would be epic. So, when a big name like Seth Rogen gets rejected, we can all laugh … and sympathize. check it out:


Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome to another edition of Kevin's Korner, the column that gives you all the movie news you need — plus some you never knew you wanted. This week, we have Lindsay Lohan casting rumors, TV news, a hilarious Seth Rogen rejection video, the can't-miss trailer of the week and much more.

So please check it out and enjoy!

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