Movie News in 60 Seconds: Micronauts Are Coming; Aaron Eckhart, Beach Boy Drummer; Marky Doesn't Like Davey

Movie News in 60 Seconds: Micronauts Are Coming; Aaron Eckhart, Beach Boy Drummer; Marky Doesn't Like Davey

Oct 18, 2011


Micronauts action figures

Oh Boy, Another Movie Based on Toys!: Hasbro, the people who brought you all those Transformers movies, is moving forward on a plan to transform their toyline Micronauts into a movie. Writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese (Zombieland) have been hired; J.J. Abrams is one of the producers. The project was first announced in December 2009. (Deadline)

California Dreaming: Aaron Eckhart will play the titular role in The Drummer, a biographical portrait of Dennis Wilson. Wilson was a founding member of The Beach Boys and served as the group's drummer until his untimely death in 1983, when he drowned at the age of 39. Eckhart, by the way, is 43. (Screen Daily

Coming to Blows?: Reportedly, Mark Wahlberg doesn't like director David O. Russell anymore because Russell cast Bradley Cooper instead of Wahlberg in his upcoming movie, The Silver Linings Playbook. No word yet on whether Russell will now act opposite Wahlberg in the proposed sequel, The Fighter 2: This Time It's Personal. (The Wrap)

Mile High Festivities: The 34th Starz Denver Film Festival announced its gala presentations and competition lineup. The festival will open on November 2 with Drake Doremus' Like Crazy; Alexander Payne's The Descendants will serve as the Centerpiece gala; and the black-and-white silent film The Artist will close on November 13. (indieWIRE)

Korean Movie Anger: Nearly 1 out of 10 people in South Korea have seen The Crucible (Dogani), a film that "has tapped into widespread anger over official reluctance to take sexual crimes seriously, and over how justice is served, or not, in South Korea." (New York Times)

From Drug Trafficking to Movie Watching: Built in one of Rio de Janeiro's most notorious favelas, the CineCarioca has become "one of the most successful cinemas in Brazil." The success of the 93-seat theater has "driven DVD pirates out of business." (The Independent)

Movie Hosting Duties Can Be Fun: Film critic David Edelstein provides delightful insight about filling in this week for Robert Osbourne while the primetime host for Turner Classic Movies remains on leave. I caught Edelstein's introduction to House of Wax last night, and surprise! Some good writers can talk good, too. (New York Magazine)


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