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To Sequel or Not to Sequel: Comedies Out, Action In

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Paramount, Action, Sequels, Comedy, Rumors,

Derek Zoolander and Ron Burgundy won’t be re-appearing on the silver screen, but action flicks G.I. Joe and Avatar have been given the go-ahead to create sequels. We’re seriously screwed as moviegoers when and have trouble making films happen.

Paramount has now axed Zoolander 2, a follow-up to Stiller’s hilarious comedy about male modeling, as well as Ferrell’s Anchorman 2, which would have revisited one of his best characters. According to a recent Twitter from Stiller: “Ron Burgundy and Derek Zoolander looking to appear in sequels. Both men destitute, without means or intellect to fund their own comebacks.”

Meanwhile, the second G.I. Joe movie is expected to hit theaters as early as 2012. Paramount hasn’t committed to a script or anything else on the project, but rumor states the company is fully behind the planned sequel.

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Casting Corner: Liam Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver and More

Liam HemsworthSigourney Weaver

Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:

Sigourney Weaver: She’s already taken on ghosts, aliens and Saturday Night Live—so now it’s time for Weaver to tackle her latest challenge: vampires. In Amy Heckerling’s Vamps, Weaver will actually reign as the queen over two young vampires (Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter) who, unfortunately, find love - and potential mortality - while enjoying New York’s nightlife. Shooting may begin next month.

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Will Ferrell: Hollywood’s Most Overpaid Star

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Celeb News, Celebrity Gossip, Lists,

Step Brothers

has topped a list of the Most Overpaid Stars. The actor and comedian topped the annual list by Forbes magazine, which calculated how much moviemakers earn per dollar paid to their lead actor.

After the last couple of funnyman Will’s films - Semi-Pro and - bombed at the box office, his rate of return has dropped to $3.29 for every dollar of Will’s fee. This contrasts greatly with the other end of the scale, which saw Shia LaBeouf named as the Best Actor for the Buck in August, earning studios an average of $160 for every dollar he was paid.

Behind Will on list was actor , while Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson all made the Top Ten. Only one female (Drew Barrymore) had the unfortunate luck of being included.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: October 13, 2009

The Proposal on Blu-rayHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Adoration: DVD, Blu-ray
  • American Violet: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Craft: Blu-ray
  • Drag Me to Hell: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Every Little Step: DVD
  • Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Blu-ray
  • Happy Birthday to Me: DVD
  • Land of the Lost: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Natural Born Killers (Director’s Cut): DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Proposal: DVD, Blu-ray
  • South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut: Blu-ray
  • The Stepfather: DVD
  • Stop Making Sense: Blu-ray

Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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Will Ferrell Replaces Downey

Will Ferrell to replace Robert Downey Jr. in OobermindWill Ferrell has replaced Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. in Oobermind.

Father of six Brad Pitt and Superbad‘s Jonah Hill have also joined the voice cast of the forthcoming DreamWorks movie, which follows the titular character, an evil criminal mastermind—played by Will—who finds his life becomes dull when he defeats his rival, Brad’s Metro Man.

Jonah will voice Titan, a new superhero created by Oobermind while Tina Fey voices a reporter tracking the crime fighters.

Sherlock Holmes star Robert cited “scheduling conflicts” for his departure from the project, adding fuel to speculation he is to play the role of Lestat—made famous by Tom Cruise in Interview With The Vampire—in a new retelling of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles novels.

Oobermind is scheduled for release in November 2010.

Box Office Breakdown: Audiences Agree on The Proposal

The Proposal's Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock

It seems a little skin might just go a long way.

After weeks of talking to the media about their joint nude scene, Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds saw their movie take the top spot. Was it a coincidence? Maybe. Whatever the reason, became the actress’ biggest opener ever. Prior to this weekend, 2007’s Premonition - a horrible film, btw - had Bullock’s largest debut. (That movie grossed $17.6 million, almost 1/2 less than the romantic comedy.)

Meanwhile, Reynolds is this week’s Bradley Cooper. Sandra’s leading man, like The Hangover star, has just had his second #1 film of the year. (The first being Wolverine.)

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Box Office Breakdown: Hangover Hangs on for Another Win

The Hangover's Ed Helms and Heather Graham

This is one hangover that’s taking a while to recover from.

For the second week in a row, the must-see comedy of the summer has taken the top spot at the charts. The Hangover, which already had a greenlighted sequel prior to its debut, raked in another $32.7 million over the weekend. The film has now earned over $100 million and given Bradley Cooper his second #1 entry of the year. (His first was February’s He’s Just Not That Into You.)

Sitting in third place this week (right behind Up), was , a remake of a 1974 version starring starring Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw. The action thriller, which had Denzel Washington working with director Tony Scott for the fourth time, pulled in a respectable $23.3 million. Meanwhile, Imagine That, Eddie Murphy’s latest stinker, earned $5.5 million in wide release. That gross bests the premiere of Meet Dave by approximately $200,000.

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Box Office Breakdown: The Hangover Rises Above Up

The Hangover

Unlike most Mike Tyson fights, ‘s win was no knockout.

After a back-and-forth battle with Up, Todd Phillips’ film about an eventful bachelor party edged out the animated pic by less than $1 million. Hangover - which features no major stars (unless you count the boxer) - grossed nearly $45 million on its opening weekend. That’s the third best debut for an R-rated comedy ever. (Only Sex and the City and American Pie 2 have done better.)

Meanwhile, a project actually featuring an A-lister became the summer’s first stinker. , starring Will Ferrell, Anna Friel and Danny McBride, earned a sad $18.8 million over the past three days. Although that amount was good enough for third place, the film cost an estimated $100 million to make.

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In Theaters This Weekend: June 5, 2009

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Land of the Lost

Here are some possible suggestions for your upcoming weekend:

  • The Hangover (R): starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis (directed by Todd Phillips)
  • Land of the Lost (PG-13): starring Will Ferrell, Anna Friel, Danny McBride (directed by Brad Silberling)
  • My LIfe in Ruins (PG-13): starring Nia Vardalos, Richard Dreyfuss, Alexis Georgoulis (directed by Donald Petrie)

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Ron Burgundy’s Return

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Sequels, Comedy, Casting, Upcoming Releases,

Will Ferrell has been hinting around for months that he might reprise his role as Ron Burgundy, San Diego’s 70s-era news anchor, in another flick. While on location, the funnyman told reporters that he’ll soon meet with Anchorman co-stars Paul Rudd and Steve Carell to talk about ideas.

But don’t get excited just yet. Rudd and Carell’s careers have changed quite a bit since Anchorman hit the big screen in 2004. Carell was once just another correspondent on The Daily Show, a lot of people didn’t recognize Rudd and Will Ferrell has become one of the biggest box office stars in the biz. Will the budget stretch enough to hold them all…and the other supporting cast members?

Rumor has it that the Anchorman sequel, if it ever comes into existence, will propel polyester-clad Burgundy into the 80s.

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