Movie News – Blake Lively, Star Trek 2 and Sam Mendes

Blake Lively is Carol Ferris in Green LanternIt’s been a while since I reported on movie news, but I’m back – at least for this week. I have plenty of “top ten” lists to write over the coming months, but figured this would be an easy thing to do while watching the Patriots get their asses kicked by the Ravens. Here are some of the biggest movie news stories of 2010 so far:

  • The sequel to the Star Trek reboot has been given a release date – June 29, 2012.
  • Blake Lively has been cast as Carol Ferris, Hal Jordan’s love interest in Green Lantern. The sexy “Gossip Girl” star is hot, but does she have the acting chops to handle a big blockbuster such as this? Time will tell.
  • Hugh Jackman has announced Wolverine 2 will shoot in 2011, which presumably means a 2012 release date. Few people are excited, however, considering just how awful the first one was.
  • The A-Team movie trailer debuted this week. Unfortunately, the trailer sucks.
  • Spider-Man 4 was delayed due to script problems. Tobey Maguire still says he expects the movie to come out in 2011, but now that Thor has taken its release date, that is questionable.
  • Rumors have Bill Paxton considering a Twister 3D sequel. Oh no.
  • Other sequels were announced, including Big Momma’s House 3 (really, wasn’t one too many?) and Ghost Rider 2.
  • The writers of Zombieland have been hired to write the sequel to G.I. Joe. Does that mean that the sequel will be intentionally funny this time? By the way, these same writers were recently hired to do Deadpool.
  • Sony and other electronics companies have announced the development of 3D capable televisions and Blu-Ray players; some say that the investment will be a big waste of money, and I agree. As neat as 3D is, it is still a fad and it doesn’t add that much to most movies.
  • Warner Brothers will remake Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance. This remake is guaranteed to suck.
  • Speaking of Warner Brothers, Netflix announced that it had come to an agreement with the studio to delay renting of WB movies for 28 days. The move allows Warner Brothers to make more money off sales (most DVD sales happen in the first four weeks) while Netflix receives a discount. The benefit to consumers, unfortunately, is not to be found.
  • The Hobbit will begin production in June.
  • Sam Mendes is rumored to be in contention to direct the next James Bond sequel, though no confirmation has been made as of yet.
  • After dropping out several months back, Sean Penn has returned to do The Three Stooges.
By Erik Samdahl
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