Source: Entertainment Weekly

Robert Downey Jr., star of Iron Man 2 and Sherlock Holmes, is set to provide the voice for Dr. Peabody, a supersmart dog who pairs up with his "pet boy" Sherman in the forthcoming DreamWorks Animated feature based on cartoons from the Rocky & Bullwinkle cartoon series. The Lion King director Rob Minkoff is directing Downey from a script written by Jeffrey Ventimilia and Joshua Sternin, who previously worked on the big-screen Yogi Bear movie as well as The Simpsons TV series.

Dr. Peabody and Sherman are fairly little-known by contemporary audiences, who likely haven't seen the 1950s and ‘60s cartoon series where they first appeared. The show focused on Peabody and Sherman traveling through time to discover unusual (and unlikely) things about historical figures, but Minkoff indicated that the film would also include an origin story for the duo.

"Mr. Peabody is this genetic anomaly," Minkoff said. "He does have brothers and sisters, all of them non-speaking, no super-smart dogs. He's an outcast, but has overcome it by being so great at so many things."

EW said that Sherman wasn't cast yet, although from the character's description - a wide-eyed, well-meaning kid - Up costar Jordan Nagai would probably be a good choice. Meanwhile, the magazine plans to unveil the first image of DreamWorks' rendering of Downey Jr. as Peabody in their Jan. 21 issue, and indicated that the character bears a surprising resemblance to Downey's human countenance.

 

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Monday Update: Some quick Tangled stats from Disney:

* Tangled passed Disney's own Beauty and the Beast and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the domestic box office to become the third highest-grossing release from Walt Disney Animation Studios (behind Aladdin and The Lion King).
* Tangled is the 25th most popular animated title ever released on a worldwide basis.
* Tangled is Disney's 34th title, live action or animated to cross the $200M international box-office threshold.
* Tangled is Disney's 20th animated film to gross more than $300M at the global box office.
* Tangled is Disney's 50th animated film.
* Tangled is Disney's 68th title to cross $100M at the domestic box office.
* Tangled had the #2 highest-grossing Thanksgiving weekend opening in industry history ($49.1M three-day, $69M five-day) behind Toy Story 2, (wide release 11/24/99 - $57.4M three-day, $80.1M five-day)

Sunday Update: Disney's Tangled was able to tack on $15.6 million abroad this weekend, which puts its international total at $212.5 million and its worldwide total at $393.5 million. Tangled is currently playing in 33 territories representing about 55% of the market. Expansions are coming up in U.K., South Africa, Scandinavia, Spain, Taiwan, Korea and Japan.

TRON: Legacy ended up in second with $14.6 million from 45 territories and around 75% of the international market. The sci-fi flick now boasts an international total of $167.2 million and global haul of $324.1 million.

Other key international grosses:

The Tourist: $13.9 million internationally for a $122 million international cume and $186 million worldwide
Gulliver's Travels: $11 million for an international cume just shy of $100 million and $136.6 million worldwide
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: $9 million internationally for a global cume of $258.9 million.

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Source: Krone.at, TheArnoldFans.com

With his run as governor of California behind him, Arnold Schwarzenegger is looking to get back on the big screen. The legendary action star is reportedly considering a couple of new projects.

Schwarzenegger tells Knone.at, "Currently I'm reading three scripts. One topic/script, which I considered a long time ago before governor, is delighting me particularly. In it I would play an older [German] soldier, who gets the order at the ending of the war to kill a bunch of kids. But he doesn't do it and get them to safety at the risk of his life and it has all kind of adventure. This script is based on a true story!"

ArnoldFans.com says that this script is called With Wings as Eagles by Randall Wallace (Braveheart), which is "based on the true life story about a German officer who does not agree with his surrounding Nazi party and instead helps the American POWs escape."

No word yet on what the other two scripts are.

 

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Best Motion Picture Drama: The Social Network

Best Actor in a Drama: Colin Firth (The King's Speech)

Best Motion Picture Comedy/Musical: The Kids Are All Right

Best Actress in a Drama: Natalie Portman (Black Swan)

Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical: Paul Giamatti (Barney's Version)

A nice surprise. Check out our interview with Giamatti here.

Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo (The Fighter)

Best Foreign Language Film: In a Better World

Wow. I thought all the campaigning for star Javier Bardem would translate to a win here.

Best Screenplay: The Social Network

Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical: Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right)

Of course. She deserves to win the Oscar, but she probably won't.

Best Animated Feature: Toy Story 3

Best Original Score: The Social Network

Yes! So glad to see an unconventional score take the prize.

Best Original Song: "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" from Burlesque

Will anybody be listening to songs from Burlesque in 10 years? No. Probably not.

Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale (The Fighter)

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Best Picture: The Social Network

Best Actress: Natalie Portman (Black Swan)

Best Actor: Colin Firth (The King's Speech)

Best Editing, Best Visual Effects: Inception

Best Costume Design & Makeup: Alice in Wonderland

The Joel Siegel Award: Matt Damon

Best Director: David Fincher (The Social Network)

Best Original Screenplay: The King's Speech

Best Adapted Screenplay: The Social Network

Duh! Of course. Easily the biggest sure thing of the awards season.

Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo (The Fighter)

A minor surprise. The Best Supporting Actress Oscar race is still wide open. Expect an upset there as well.

Music+Film Award: Quentin Tarantino

Best Song: "If I Rise" from 127 Hours, performed Dido and A.R. Rahman

Best Foreign Language Film:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Best Score: The Social Network

Best Animated Feature: Toy Story 3

Reaction: No surprise here. Without TS3, How to Train Your Dragon would be the favorite this year.

Best Comedy: Easy A

Reaction: Weak category. Personally, I would have picked Get Him to the Greek.

Best Picture Made for Television: The Pacific

Best Documentary: Waiting for 'Superman'

Reaction: Definitely a huge upset, but Inside Job is still the favorite for the Oscar.

Best Action Movie: Inception

Reaction: No surprise here. The Town was probably the runner-up.

Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale (The Fighter)

Reaction: Nice! Hopefully he takes the Oscar as well. Totally nailed the acceptance speech.

Best Young Actor:
Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit)

Reaction: Nice pick. She more than holds here own with Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon chewing scenes. I thought this was going to go to Jennifer Lawrence for Winter's Bone.

Best Acting Ensemble: The Fighter (Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo)

 

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