The Weekly Ketchup: Film Industry In The Red; New Spock Photos; Michael Bay To Fake Out Fanboys
Also, upcoming Pixar projects, and new Dragon Ball leads.Michael Bay prepares to fake out the Transformers fanboys. Also, Toy Story 3 and other Pixar projects are confirmed, and Dragon Ball has its leads.
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This Just In: Movies Don't Make Money
In marked contrast to the music business, which has spent the last seven years dealing with declining profits and assorted bad news, the 21st century has seen the film industry repeatedly setting new records for ticket receipts. The movie biz is healthy, right?
First Pictures of Zachary Quinto as Young Spock!
Say, none of you Star Trek fans would be interested in getting an early look at Zachary Quinto as Spock, would you?
Bay Prepares to Fake Out Transformers Fanboys
Michael Bay went through the wringer with the fanboys on Transformers. He addressed every concern -- early designs, scripts, remaining faithful to the source material -- and delivered a movie that won over most audiences, grossing nearly $320 million in America alone. But with Transformers 2 in development, Bay isn't taking any more lip service.
Lasseter Confirms Toy Story 3 and Upcoming Pixar Projects
John Lasseter usually doesn't reveal anything about upcoming Pixar projects. Even though Toy Story 3 has been a known project ever since Disney threatened to make it without Pixar, Lasseter always dodges it. Finally, Lasseter has once-and-for-all confirmed it and discussed turning over the original Pixar property to a new(ish) director.
Live-Action Dragon Ball Finds Its Leads
Brace yourselves, Dragon Ball fans. Twentieth Century Fox's live-action adaptation of your beloved manga has cast its leads, and some of you are about to start screaming bloody murder.
Get ready for some exciting new clues... or not.
In Other News:
- Kevin Dillon is set to star alongside Emma Roberts, Don Cheadle and Lisa Kudrow in DreamWorks' live-action film Hotel for Dogs.
- Robert Duvall has joined Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon in the cast of the holiday comedy Four Christmases.
- Matt Gerald has been cast as the lead villain in James Cameron's sci-fi action-adventure Avatar, set to begin filming this month.
- New Line has hired Neil LaBute to write and Taylor Hackford to direct The Woman Next Door, a remake of the 1981 François Truffaut film La Femme D'A Côté.
- Chris "Ludacris" Bridges and Zoe Bell have joined the cast of Lionsgate's untitled sci-fi action-thriller from Crank writers/directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor.
- Summit Entertainment is planning a remake of the Korean thriller Seven Days, with the Korean film's production team to contribute to the remake.
- Alden Ehrenreich will star with Maribel Verdu in Francis Ford Coppola's family drama Tetro.
- Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Bartha are set to star as drug-dealing Hasidic Jews in Kevin Asch's comic drama Holy Rollers.
- John C. Reilly will play the lead vampire role in Cirque du Freak for director Paul Weitz, based on the bestselling children's series by Darren Shan.
- Shawn Levy will to direct and produce the dramedy Father Figure at Fox 2000, based on a screenplay by Mark Friedman.
- Kathryn Hahn has been cast opposite Jeremy Piven in Paramount Vantage's The Goods: The Don Ready Story for director Neal Brennan.
- Kristen Stewart has signed on to star in Summit Entertainment's thriller-romance Twilight, based on Stephenie Meyer's young-adult novel.
- Katherine Heigl will star in the battle-of-the-sexes romantic comedy The Ugly Truth with Robert Luketic directing for Lakeshore Entertainment.
After Walking Hard, he'll bite.