End of Week Recap: 'The Karate Kid - Part II' Back on Track, 'The Amazing Spider-Man' and Dreamworks Remakes Hitchcock Film

News:

The Karate Kid: Part II is back on track. The sequel to the inexplicably successful remake has scored a writer to re-draft a previous script. The story is being kept under wraps, but don't be surprised to see Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan return to America.
 
That live-action Jetsons movie that never got off the ground and at one point, had Kanye West tweeting that he was involved in it in some form, has brought on a pair of writers to pen a script.
 
The trailer for Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part II will be seen in front of The Hunger Games next month, marking the first cross-promotional opportunity for Summit and Lionsgate since they joined forces last month.
 
Speaking of Twilight, in a chat with Vulture, Catherine Hardwicke took the time out to bash the first Twilight movie. Yes, the one that she directed. "I thought the script was horrible, but then I looked it up on the Internet and I thought, Okay, it’s based on a book and people tend to like it. There’s gotta be something there."
 
And speaking of Hardwicke, she re-teams with Evan Rachel Wood for the erotic thriller Plush. Hardwicke calls it a "really wild, erotic thriller. Super sexy. It's about a character that's really pushing the edge, really pushing the envelope. That's Evan's character."
 
Naomi Watts has stepped in to play Princess Diana in the biopic titled Caught in Flight after Jessica Chastain stepped down from the role.
 
In other Princess Di news, Charlize Theron and Carey Mulligan are two actresses rumored to be in the lead for an adaptation of the controversial book, Diana: Closely Guarded Secret, which was written by her former personal protection officer.
 
 
Legendary Pictures has pulled the plug on Alex Proyas' Paradise Lost. The film, which would have starred Bradley Cooper as Lucifer, reportedly spent tens of millions in pre-production but Proyas and crew were unable to put together a plan to pull off the required visual effects on the $120 million budget. So instead of risking more money, the studio backed out entirely.
 
Comedian/actor Billy Connolly has joined the cast of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit. Connolly will play dwarf warrior Dain Ironfoot, who joins the Battle of the Five Armies at the request of his cousin, Thorin Oakenshield.
 
Dreamworks has hired Eastern Promises writer Steven Knight to script a remake of the Alfred Hitchcock film adaptation of the mystery, Rebecca.
 
Animal Kingdom actor Sullivan Stapleton is in talks to play the lead in the 300 prequel. Indie filmmaker Noam Murro is set to direct and French actress Eva Green will co-star.
 
A court has ordered Gary Friedrich to pay Marvel $17,000 for creating Ghost Rider.
 
Jason Statham and Brian De Palma are teaming up for a Heat remake. Before you Michael Mann/Al Pacino/Robert De Niro fans get worked up, this is actually a remake of the 1987 movie starring Burt Reynolds.
 
 
Joseph Gordon-Levitt will make his directorial debut with a yet-to-be titled comedy that he wrote. His co-star? Scarlett Johansson, of course.
 
Eli Roth is starring and producing in an earthquake horror-thriller set in Chile. Chile was the site of an 8.2 earthquake in 2010 that caused widespread destruction. His co-star? Selena Gomez. Wait, what?
 
If anybody still cares, The Wolverine has finally received a release date. Wolvie fans can triple shank July 26, 2013 on their calendars for when the James Mangold directed sequel hits theaters.
 
Speaking of sequels featuring characters wielding sharp weapons, the sequel to Machete, titled Machete Kills, will begin filming in April. Scroll down below for the new blood-splattered promo poster.
 
Russell Crowe took to his Twitter account to set the record straight regarding rumors of him starring in Darren Aronofsky's Noah and the proposed Robocop reboot.
 
The sequel to The Chronicles of Riddick revealed its cast, plot and first couple images.
 
Michael Fassbender and Ridley Scott could possibly be reuniting for a film adaptation on Cormac McCarthy's The Counselor.
 
America's only action movie film festival, known by the less than creative title, ActionFest, will give their inaugural Chick Norris Award to Gina Carano. This, of course raises two questions: Will we see butt-kicking ladies on an annual basis and how does Chuck Norris feel about the name pun?
 
Natalie Portman joins the cast of two upcoming Terrance Malick productions. Portman hasn't worked since winning a best actress Oscar for her performance in The Black Swan and then taking maternity leave.
 
Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger will team up for a prison-break thriller titled The Tomb. Scroll down to check out the first image from the set.
 
Mike deGruy and Andrew Wright, two of James Cameron's frequent collaborators, died in a helicopter crash off the coast of Southern Australia while scouting for a new documentary.
 
SxSW is almost here. Check out this Ultimate 2012 Trailers page.
 
The annual tradition known as the Oscar luncheon took place earlier this week at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Check out images of the stars, the dining area and imagine what a "Trio of Sorbets in Chocolate Cup" must look/taste like.
 
In case you hadn't heard, we announced a newly expanded partnership with AMC theaters earlier this week. We now offer online and mobile ticketing for all AMC theaters.
 
This week's entertainment industry deaths: Herb Burton, 72, executive director of ShoWest; Sue Dwiggings Worsley (The Gene Autry Show, Deliverance), 97; Morgan Jones (The Blue Angels, Singin' in the Rain), 84; Dave Maynard, WBZ broadcaster, 82; Philip Kellogg, 99, former Hollywood producer and William Morris Talent Agency motion picture head.
 
Pics and Posters:
 
New posters this week for The Bourne Supremacy, Machete Kills, Apart, The Decoy Bride, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar MovieThat's My Boy teaser, Iron Sky, Pirates! Band of Misfits, Osombie, Dark Tide, Damsels in Distress, Israeli Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance and John Carter, Dutch Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Croatian Catch .44, Scandanavian Mirror, Mirror and Wrath of the Titans character and banner poster.
 
 
 
 
New images from Wreck-It Ralph, Dredd, John Carter and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter can be found here.
 
Here's another new image from Prometheus.
 
 
The Oscars launched a new series of posters. Check out a few of them below as well as the full slate here.
 
 
New images were released in conjunction with the new The Amazing Spider-Man trailer. Check out the images (click them for larger versions) and the trailer down below.
 
 
Here are the couple of set pics from M. Night Shymalan's new film A.E. One (the A.E. stands for After Earth) starring Will and Jaden Smith.
 
 
Speaking of Will Smith, here's yet another image from the upcoming Men in Black III.
 
 
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone take a break on the set of The Tomb. Or this could be the lounge for The Expendables 2. (Kidding)
 
 
 
Sterling-Cooper-Draper-Pryce-Tebow?
 
 
If you have any writers, producers or directors in your Facebook family, you've undoubtedly seen these amusing (and somewhat true) wall photos from Todd Downing. Be sure to check back as he's sure to post one for actors and other film crew roles.
 
 
 
Trailers and Videos:
 
Jeremy Renner makes you forget all about Matt Damon in The Bourne Legacy trailer:
 

 
Steve Carell and Keira Knightley shine in the first trailer for Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.
 

 
Love it or hate it, here's the new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man.
 

 
Here's the teaser trailer for Osombie, which finds a team of Special Forces hunting down zombie insurgents in Afghanistan.
 

 
You may not know Wayne White's name, but many may recognize White's work from Pee-Wee's Playhouse. He created the wonderfully bizarre puppets used in the surreal comedy series — including Dirty Dog and Randy (who he also voiced). Check out the trailer for Beauty Is Embarassing and catch the film when it premieres at SXSW next month.
 

 
Daniel Radcliffe guested on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live and chatted about Lana Del Rey, his favorite music and, yeah, Twilight.
 

 
One eBay seller attempted to sell a vintage photograph of Nicolas Cage's mustachioed doppleganger for $1 million claiming the picture proved that Cage was a time-traveling vampire. Cage, who's currently promoting Ghost Rider, guested on Late Night with David Letterman and amusingly refuted the claim.
 

 
Movies.com has the latest exclusive TV spot for Tyler Perry's upcoming flick Good Deeds.
 

 
Will Ferrell Introduces the New Orleans Hornets and Chicago Bulls. We want Will to introduce the players at every NBA game from now on…
 
Chicago Bulls:
 

 
New Orleans Hornets:
 

 
Werner Herzog, on chickens:
 

Fandango Exclusive Interviews for, in descending order, Safe House, The Vow, Star Wars: Episode I 3D and Journey 2.
 

 

 

 

 
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