Source: Variety

spielbergnews2.pngAfter making such definitive World War II movies as Saving Private Ryan and Schindler's List, Steven Spielberg is set to focus on World War I. The Oscar-winning helmer will adapt Michael Morpurgo's novel War Horse for theaters.

The film will focus on a boy who is separated from his favorite horse during the conflict.

War Horse will be distributed by Disney and DreamWorks on August 10, 2011.

This decision obviously means that Spielberg's planned Abraham Lincoln biopic will take even longer to find its way to multiplexes.

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Source: Empire Magazine

While doing the rounds for his upcoming action film The Expendables, writer/director/star Sylvester Stallone revealed that the fourth Rambo sequel was no longer in the cards. "I think Rambo's pretty well done. I don't think there'll be any more. I'm about 99% sure," he says.

"I was going to do it," Stallone continues, referencing the initial word that the sequel might be an adaptation of a James Byron Huggins novel called Hunter, or a later rumor that had him rescuing a girl from across the border. "But for Rambo to go on another adventure might be, I think, misinterpreted as a mercenary gesture and not necessary. I don't want that to happen."


Instead, the star is working on a director's cut that would restore 12 minutes to Rambo, the previous installment, and turning his attention towards a follow-up to The Expendables, even though the film hasn't been released yet. "We are very serious," he says.

The Expendables, starring Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, and Eric Roberts, will hit theaters on August 13th, 2010, opposite Universal's highly-anticipated adaptation of Bryan Lee O'Malley's graphic novel Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. The Rambo director's cut is slated to arrive in stores on July 27th.

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Source: Production Weekly

Jon Hamm ("Mad Men"), Dianne Wiest (The Birdcage), and Matt Lucas ("Little Britain", Alice in Wonderland) are saving the date for "Saturday Night Live" star Kristen Wiig's untitled wedding comedy.


The project, which Wiig co-wrote with first-time feature writer Annie Mumolo, centers on two women who fight for the opportunity to plan their friend's wedding party. Wiig plans to star, while IMDb reports that Maya Rudolph and Rose Byrne will co-star. No word on what roles each actor will be playing.

The film is being directed by Paul Feig and produced by Judd Apatow, who together famously created the cult television show "Freaks and Geeks" before Apatow became a box-office sensation. Apatow's last directorial effort, Funny People, was a critical success but an underperformer at the box office, grossing only $51.8 million domestically against a $75 million budget. He has several projects currently lined up in a producer capacity, including a film about Aziz Ansari's Funny People character "Randy".

The comedy is slated to open on May 12th, 2011.

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Bill Condon, who recently officially jumped on board to direct the two-part Twilight finale Breaking Dawn, reached out to his new audience by posting a letter to the series' official facebook page. It reads:

Greetings Twihards, Twifans, Twilight Moms, Team Edward, Team Jacob and Team Switzerland,

I just want to say hello to all of you and let you know that I'm stoked to be getting underway on the adventure of making BREAKING DAWN. As you've probably heard, I've been given a very warm welcome by Stephenie and Team Summit - who are super-focused, as you know, on getting these movies right.

I'm pretty busy bringing myself up to speed on what you already know by heart: I've read BREAKING DAWN twice, rewatched Catherine's and Chris's movies 2-3 times each, have all four CDs playing in my car, and have Catherine's notebook, Mark Cotta Vaz's companion books, and even Volume 1 of the graphic novel here on my desk - a corner of my office is starting to look like Hot Topic. I realize that this barely qualifies me for "newborn" status in the universe you've been living inside for a few years now, but a guy's gotta start somewhere.


Like many of you, I've always been slightly obsessed with vampires, dating back to the prime-time series DARK SHADOWS, which I followed avidly as a kid. But that alone hadn't been enough to get me interested in making a vampire movie, even though my early screenwriting and directing efforts grew out of a great love for horror movies and thrillers. Since making GODS AND MONSTERS thirteen years ago, however, I've been yearning for a return to a story with Gothic overtones.

The wonderful world that Stephenie has created has obviously struck a chord with you, and I don't think it's difficult to see why. For me, her characters are simultaneously timeless, yet very modern. Rooted in a beautiful, real landscape with a great sense of place, Bella, Edward, Jacob, and the rest of the Forks/La Push menagerie, experience emotions that are primal, and universal: desire, despair, jealousy - and it all comes to fruition in BREAKING DAWN. This is a final chapter in the best sense; not just wide in scope and scale, but emotionally charged and intense throughout.

I'm a huge admirer of the already-iconic Kristen, Robert, and Taylor, and wanted to be the one to work with them as they face the challenges of bringing your beloved characters to the end of their journeys. Really, what could be more fun than that?

Please feel free to ask questions in the comments section below, and I'll do my best to answer them. I hope that this will be the first of many occasions I'll get to check in with you as we set to work bringing BREAKING DAWN to the screen. I am excited and grateful to have all of you alongside me for my TWILIGHT journey.

All best,

Bill Condon

P.S. Answer #1: No, there won't be any musical numbers

Summit has also released two new photos from the upcoming sequel Eclipse, which you can see at ComingSoon.

The David Slade-directed Eclipse will open on June 30th, 2010, while the first part of Breaking Dawn is set for 2011.

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