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GI Joe Cast Cut to Three for Sequel

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Plans for the sequel to GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra are underway, and at least one cast member isn’t too happy about it. Rachel Nichols, who played Scarlett in the first film, just broke the news via Twitter: only three cast members from the first flick are returning.

She isn’t one of them (sorry, Rachel Nichols fans). Channing Tatum will reprise his role as Duke, Ray Park will come back as Snake Eyes and Lee Byung-hun is set to play Storm Shadow.

If Nichols is correct, Jon Chu is directing a sequel that will leave Scarlett, Ripcord (Marlon Wayans), Sergeant Stone (Brendan Fraser), General Hawk (Dennis Quaid) and Cobra Commander (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) completely out of the franchise.

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Marlon Wayans, Chris Rock and Adam Sandler Team for Richard Pryor Flick

(Warning: Explicit language featured in the clip above)

Chris Rock and are producing a new biopic focusing on the life of well-loved comedian Richard Pryor, who inspired countless comics during his career. Pryor appeared in films and on stage from the 1960s to his 2005 death, though he is best known for his ribald standup routines.

Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said details Pryor’s early life, rise to fame and his serious drug problems, which led to the famous “freebasing incident” of 1981. will portray Pryor in the flick, though the role was originally given to Eddie Murphy. Murphy passed on the movie due to “creative differences.” Rumor has it that Pryor himself, who passed away in 2005 at 65, wanted Mike Epps to play the role.

said that Marlon’s screen test was amazing, and Wayans himself stated “I’m ready” to play the part.

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Box Office Breakdown: Another Win for Final Destination

The Final Destination

Ticket buyers ended their summer vacations by booking . For the 2nd time in a row, the horror entry topped all entries with a 1st place finish. Thanks to the $15.3 million added to the pot, Warner Bros. saw its sequel rise above the $50 million mark during the Labor Day weekend

pulled in another $15 million and narrowly missed another win of its own. The WWII movie has now raked in over $95 million domestically and given Quentin Tarantino the 2nd best gross of his career. (Pulp Fiction is still the champ.)

Meanwhile, Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper joined forces for a 3rd place debut. may not have done Proposal or Hangover-esque numbers, but the comedy did walk away with something to brag about. The Fox feature totaled the largest per screen average of any movie in the Top 10.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: September 8, 2009

Crank 2 DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks: DVD
  • Catwoman: Blu-ray
  • Crank 2: High Voltage: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Creepshow: Blu-ray
  • Dance Flick: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Dead Calm: Blu-ray
  • Freddy vs. Jason: Blu-ray
  • Friday: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Local Color: DVD
  • Menace II Society (Director’s Cut): DVD, Blu-ray
  • The New World (The Extended Cut): Blu-ray

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Box Office Breakdown: Final Destination Has Last Laugh

The Final Destination

Theatergoers made the destination this weekend.

Even though it had no A-list names and was pitted against another horror film, the fourth Destination installment gave the franchise its best opening to date. The movie, which was boosted by 3D venues and pricing, grossed approximately $27.4 million since its Friday debut. Up until now, the series only saw openings under $20 million.

Warner Bros.’ win meant a loss for . Rob Zombie’s latest splatter-flick scared up nearly $14 million less than 2007’s Halloween grossed. (This could be part of the reason why the director is being replaced for Halloween 3D.) Unfortunately, the $16.3 million take wasn’t even good enough for 2nd place. The sequel was actually topped by a different Weinstein Company film: Inglourious Basterds.

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Box Office Breakdown: Glorious Outing for Inglourious Basterds

Inglourious Basterds

, Inglorious Bastards. However you spell it, it was still a hit.

The WWII-era tale about a band of Jewish-American soldiers hit the mark this weekend with a $38 million debut. Basterds, which more than doubled its nearest competitor, gave his biggest premiere ever. (Kill Bill, Vol. 2 grossed only $25.1 million in 2004.) The director also raked in his best international turnout to date.

Finding himself even further down the list was Tarantino buddy Robert Rodriguez. The director followed up Planet Terror with a $6.4 million outing for the PG-rated . That was enough to give the Warner Bros. feature a 6th place finish.

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Box Office Breakdown: Number 1 for District 9

District 9

may not have have any big name stars and it may not be based on a story everyone knows, but it does have something no other film has this Monday: a first place finish.

Over the weekend, the R-rated actioner landed on Earth safely with over $37 million in ticket sales. The sci-fi entry also raked in one of the best per screen averages ($12,251) of any film currently in in theaters. (Sony Pictures Classics’ averaged $13,240 while in limited release.)

In the non-alien department, cornered the romantic genre with an $18.6 million total. Meanwhile, Vanessa Hudgens proved she’s nothing without her better half. The Disney star’s new film, Bandslam, failed to even crack the Top Ten. The teen comedy barely managed to gross over $2 million.

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Sequel News: Wolverine, True Lies and More

Wolverine: Oscar award-winning screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) has been tapped to write the follow-up to Wolverine. The movie, which will be produced by Hugh Jackman, is not to be confused with the Deadpool spinoff focusing on Ryan Reynold’s character. This Japan-set film will follow Wolverine as he struggles between his killer instincts and the noble life of samurais. McQuarrie also did some work on the 2000 X-Men film.

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White Chicks Sequel on its Way

White Chicks sequel in the worksKeenan Ivory Wayans is set to direct brothers Marlon and Shawn yet again in a sequel to their 2004 comedy White Chicks.

Marlon and Shawn will reprise their roles as FBI agents who go undercover posing as Paris and Nicky Hilton-esque girls.

Rick Alvarez and Joe Roth are set to produce, along with Keenan.

All three brothers are currently writing the script; however, there’s no word yet as to where the story is headed this time around, nor when the release date might be.

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The G.I. Joe Cast Photos

Back in January, we found out which stars would be taking on the live-action version of G.I. Joe.  Now we’re getting our first glimpses of some those actors in character.

The Paramount film is scheduled to hit theaters on August 7, 2009.

G.I. Joe, General HawkG.I. Joe, Snake EyesG.I. Joe, Baroness

Pictured above: (General Hawk), Ray Park (Snake Eyes), Sienna Miller (The Baroness)

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