Kevin's Korner: Pirates of the Caribbean 4, Megan Fox gets canned, MIB 3 and more!

[image-1]Pirates of the Caribbean 4 will have Three D’s, and some rum: Soon, you will be able to see Jack Sparrow’s long … sword poking out at you in 3-D. It was announced that Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will be shot in 3-D — not just converted from a 2-D original. Pirates 4 will mark our first chance at seeing Penelope Cruz (left) in 3-D, which is probably worth lining up for all on its own.

Drew Barrymore gets fitted for some ruby slippers: Drew Barrymore, coming off her directorial debut Whip It, is picking up a sequel to the Wizard of Oz. Penned by Stranger Than Fiction screenwriter Zach Helm, the sequel will follow the “great-great-granddaughter of Dorothy, who has to learn how to use the power of those ruby slippers to keep the Wicked Witch of the West from taking control of the kingdoms of Earth and Oz.” Um, don’t you just need a super-soaker?

LeBeouf dropped the fedora: Shia LeBeouf has said what we all always thought, that he “dropped the ball on the Indy Legacy.” Playing the character of Mutt in Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, he said that the responsibility lies with the actor to bring the movie to life, and he took responsibility for the failure. (Note: Failure is relative, as the movie was a huge financial success.) There is no mention of whether he put sugar in George Lucas’s gas tank in retaliation for the bullshit lines he had written for him.

Conan returns to TV Nov. 8: TBS has announced that Conan O’Brien will return to late night television on Nov. 8. O’Brien was in headlines after being booted from The Tonight Show so that NBC could give Jay Leno his old time slot back after his 10 p.m. show tanked bigger than a BP oil rig. Now, the big question is can Conan manage to stay on TBS for more than a few months? Stay tuned …

[image-2]Emma Watson shows The Perks of Being a Wallflower: It's been announced that we will be seeing the incredibly adorable Hermoine after the last Harry Potter adventure — just not as Hermoine, of course. Actress Emma Watson (right) has signed on for a movie adaptation of Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, along with Percy Jackson star Logan Lerman. And, yes, she’s still a kid, so no offering to show her your wand. Perverts.

CL Exclusive: Todd Thompson says “Just Do it”: This week, Rabid Nick Refer sat down with independent filmmaker Todd Thompson to talk about filming in Florida, and what advice he has to give to aspiring filmmakers. If you’ve ever thought you could be the next Steven Spielberg, than you’re going to want to read this …

CL Exclusive: The Super 8 trailer provides plenty of mystery and just a few clues: This week, I went over the J.J. Abrams-directed trailer for Super 8 and checked out the viral marketing that goes along with it. How can I already excited for a movie that hasn’t even started filming yet? That J.J. is one clever dude.

CL Exclusive: Romero’s Survival of the Dead needs brains: In addition to posting about Super 8 this week, I also reviewed George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead. Longer story short, the flick is a Hatfields-and-McCoys tale with zombies thrown into the mix, and lacks both the shock value and social commentary of Romero’s older movies.

CL Exclusive: You need to race you to see Racing Dreams: Movie editor Joe Bardi got a chance to see the documentary Racing Dreams, and seemed really moved by the film. It’s not playing many places (currently only slated for Regal Citrus Park and University), but if he tells you it’s worth the drive, you better believe it.

Box Office Breakdown — May 14-16, 2010

1. Iron Man 2 - $52,041,005

2. Robin Hood - $36,063,385

3. Letters to Juliet - $13,540,486

4. Just Wright - $8,284,989

5. How To Train Your Dragon - $5,003,536

6. A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) - $4,657,190

7. Date Night - $3,823,515

8. The Back-Up Plan - $2,387,480

9. Furry Vengeance - $2,242,106

10. Clash of the Titans - $1,231,396

Trailer of the Week

This week’s trailer is for Dreamwork's Megamind, an animated feature with the voices of Will Farrell, Brad Pitt and Tina Fey. Megamind looks to be an absolutely hilarious movie. Check it out!

Kevin's Korner is your weekly wrap-up of all things Hollywood. There was plenty of news this week, including casting changes, 3-D updates, a LeBeouf mea culpa and so much more. I also have your box office report and a great trailer of the week. So, let's get started with the news, and add a side of snark!

I got quit: Megan Fox has stated that she quit Transformers 3, but that was only after reports popped up claiming director Michael Bay had canned his hot starlet for shooting off her big mouth while doing publicity for Transformers 2. Fox had said that director Bay, who is responsible for more explosions than the Army, is like “a Nazi.” Oh yeah, I’m sure that had nothing to do with anything. There are reports, however, that Gemma Arterton (pictured right, and seen recently in Clash of the Titans and Prince of Persia) is a front-runner to be Fox’s replacement. But is she Fox-y enough?

Saving the earth from Jemaine Clement: The villain has been cast in the third Men in Black film, with Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Concords) getting the part. Clement will star opposite of Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, who will reprise their roles as agents K and J respectively. No word yet if Tony Shalhoub will return (he better), and I still want one of those neuralizers!

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