End of Week Recap: Reese Witherspoon, Jason Segel 'Sex Tape,' Samuel L. Jackson is $7.4 Billion Man and Freddy vs. Jason Rematch Showdown

While Reese Witherspoon and Jason Segel get ready to make (a comedy titled) Sex Tape, Samuel L. Jackson went into the record books, Sean Penn will direct Robert De Niro and Kristen Wiig, and a Grace Kelly biopic is in the works. Plus Independence Day sequels appear to be on the way along with more Dumb and Dumber and Sherlock Holmes, but no Beverly Hills Cop 4. Also check out the new posters, pics, trailer and videos including a rematch between Freddy and Jason. Happy Halloween weekend everybody!

 
News
 
 
Reese Witherspoon and Jason Segel will be making a comedy titled Sex Tape. No, this won’t be a collection of famous faces in fornicating follies, but rather a story about a married couple who decide to spice things up by making a sex tape, which promptly disappears (kinda like in Road Trip).
 
Samuel L. Jackson was named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the highest grossing actor of all time. His movies have pulled in $7.4 billion over the course of this 39 year acting career. And with The Avengers and Django Unchained set to release next year, the number’s only going to keep climbing.
 
Sean Penn will direct Robert De Niro and Kristen Wiig in The Comedian, but don’t expect this to be some laugh riot. The plot sounds a lot more like a drama with De Niro’s Jackie Burke as a "raging comic past his prime." A once-loved TV character, he clings to any recognition of his former fame in hope of reviving his stagnant career. Enter Wiig, a "dazzling, defiant redhead who turns his life sideways."
 
Redbox is jacking up their rental price from $1 to $1.20. Blu-Ray rentals will remain $1.50 per night.
 
The Farrelly Brothers are looking to reunite Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels for a Dumb and Dumber sequel.
 
A biopic about actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly is currently under development. The script appears to have the feel of The King’s Speech and the big question now is who will play the Hollywood icon?
 
Fox Searchlight will look to try to banish the stigma behind the NC-17 rating with Steve McQueen’s Shame.
 
Sony is hoping to snag award-winning writer Aaron Sorkin to pen the Steve Jobs biopic.
 
Warner Bros. will be pulling all copies of Harry Potter out of stores on December 29. The final film of the franchise Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 goes on sale Nov. 11, the same date as when the box set of all the films hits shelves.
 
Eric Bana will portray Elvis Presley opposite Danny Huston as Richard Nixon in Cary Elwes’ directorial debut titled, what else? Elvis & Nixon.
 
Warner Bros. has brought on Iron Man 3 scribe Drew Pearce to pen Sherlock Holmes 3.
 
W.E., directed by Madonna continues its rocky tour through the festival circuit. After getting mixed reviews from critics at the Venice and Toronto film festivals, fans at the London Film Festival boo-ed the 53-year-old singer not because they didn’t like the movie, but because she only talked to a handful of waiting fans.
 
Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham Carter are being considered for roles in the live-action remake of Akira. Oldman is up for Colonel Shikishima while Carter has been offered the role of Priestess Miyako.
 
A 6-minute prologue for The Dark Knight Rises was confirmed but only for 70mm IMAX screens. The sneak peek will screen before Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, which arrives in IMAX theaters Dec. 16.
 
Peter Jackson has said that he will direct the sequel to Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin, titled Prisoners of the Sun, once he’s done with The Hobbit.
 
Brad Bird reiterated what he’s said in the past in regards to a sequel to The Incredibles.
 
Kerry Washington has landed the lead role of Broomhilda in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained.
 
Eddie Murphy says that Beverly Hills Cop 4 is dead though a TV series about Axel Foley’s son is in the works.
 
Sylvester Stallone is being sued for stealing the storyline of The Expendables from another script titled The Cordoba Caper.
 
In other Expendables news, one person is dead and another critically injured in a tragic stunt accident on the set of The Expendables 2.
 
Fox is planning back-to-back Independence Day sequels with or without Will Smith and his $50 million salary demand.
 
 
Pics & Posters
 
Busy week in posters. First up, the collection of eight new character posters from The Hunger Games, including our exclusive Cinna poster. CLick each for a larger version.
 
 
 
 
Here are the rest of the posters that premiered this week: (Click each for larger version)
 
 
 
Check out these cool drawings by Patrick Brown of famous movie, TV and video game characters including Tony Montana/Scarface, below.
 
 
Check out this beautiful Katniss watercolor by German artist Anja that was highlighted on The Hunger Games Facebook page. Check out her other paintings including Katniss and Peeta and Bella Swan.
 
 
Since we’re on a Hunger Games kick, here’s a cool fan poster for the Japanese action flick Battle Royale, which carries the same vibe as The Hunger Games.
 
 
Speaking of Japanese flicks, iconic director Takashi Miike (he recently directed the ridiculously awesome 13 Assassins) is currently working with Capcom to bring ace attorney Phoenix Wright to the big screen! There will be no objections! to checking out the first look image below.
 
 
One of 72 new J. Edgar images released by Warner Bros. Click here for the rest.
 
 
 
You knew someone out there was going to make one of these. (The Dude Jack o’ Lantern)
 
 
Who doesn’t want to munch on some chocolate zombie head bon-bons?
 
 
Captain Morgan… Freeman.
 
 
Rest in peace, Google Plus.
 
 
 
Trailers, Clips & Videos
 
Here’s the newest trailer for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol which premiered on Yahoo Movies yesterday.
 

 
Legendary Studio Ghibli animator/founder Hayao Miyazaki’s latest feature film gets the English-dubbing treatment with the first domestic trailer for The Secret World of Arriety.
 

 
From the guys who brought us Wallace and Gromit comes The Pirates! Here’s the UK trailer:
 

Antonio Banderas, Mark Strong and Freida Pinto star in Black Gold, a sort of Lawrence of Arabia meets There Will Be Blood.
 

The final Muppets parody trailer arrived yesterday. The gang takes on Paranormal Activity, Puss in Boots, Happy Feet 2 and Breaking Dawn.
 

 
Festival circuit and indie favorite Tyrannosaur gets a new trailer.
 

 
The Many Deaths of Steve Buscemi
 

 
This video builds a strong case that no one showed Kurt Russell the script for Big Trouble in Little China.
 

 
Check out this creepy clip from The Awakening starring Rebecca Hall.
 

 
If you’re a bad guy in a movie, chances are you’ve got a killer laugh. Here’s a compilation of various villains laughing.
 

 
 
 
Who needs to wait till Christmas to decorate your house with a bunch of lights and synchronize them to LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem? Not this guy, though that’s gotta be one crazy electricity bill.
 

 
An oldie but a goodie. The Notebook as a horror-thriller.
 

 
Finally, because it’s Halloween, here’s a martial arts-y rendition of a rematch between Freddy Kreuger and Jason. With strategically placed boxes.
 

 
 
Interviews
 
Puss in Boots
 

 
In Time
 

 
The Rum Diary
 

 

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