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New 'Wolfman' Trailer – A second trailer for Universal's Wolfman movie (starring Benicio del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Hugo Weaving and Emily Blunt) has arrived online in all its angry, disturbing gothic glory. This one's for you metal heads out there who adore werewolves. Watch the trailer below…
'Crow' Remake Gaining Speed – Speaking of gothic characters, Relativity Media is currently prepping a remake/reboot of The Crow. Last we heard it was in the scripting stages, but Comics2Film now reports that a script has been "well received" and they're moving forward on casting it. Steve Norrington is the man behind this remake, which he wants to be "realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost documentary-style." Bring it on!
Ninja Turtles Head to Nickelodeon – So much for fans wanting a dark and twisted reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, as The Hollywood Reporter tells us that kid-friendly Nickelodeon has acquired the global rights to TMNT with plans to premiere a new CG-animated TV series and a feature film in 2012. The company's goal, says THR, is to introduce the 25-year-old franchise to new fans. Ahem, but what about its old fans?
Jason Voorhees Joins 'Predators' – I know what you're thinking, and, no, they're not doing a Jason vs. Predators movie anytime soon. However, Shock reports that the actor who plays Jason Voorhees in the latest Friday the 13th reboot, Derek Mears, has been cast in the Robert Rodriguez-produced Predators. Cast as what? We do not know yet. But since he's a big guy who looks even bigger in horrific costumes, there's a good chance he'll be playing a giant, blood-thirsty Predator. And that we like.
Weather Channel to Start Showing Movies – Yup, the channel that you turn to every morning to find out what the weather is going to be like has decided to take things in a new (and interesting) direction by airing weather-related movies from time to time. They'll begin their film series with The Perfect Storm and most likely continue with movies like Twister, The Day After Tomorrow…and pretty much any movie where really bad weather kicks our ass. So thanks Weather Channel for telling me the weather sucks, and for then showing me how much the weather can really suck.
Adam Shankman to Produce The Oscars – This Shankman guy is a busy dude. Yesterday, we told you how he'd be directing a big-screen adaptation of the Broadway musical Rock of Ages – and now there's news that Shankman will also be producing next year's Oscar telecast…which means, well, get ready for more singing and dancing than you know what to do with. Last year, Hugh Jackman earned raves with his musical numbers, and so the choice to bring in Shankman makes sense. That said, we're not watching the Tony awards – we're watching the Oscars. Let's keep it that way, m'kay?
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Erik is a leading movie commentator who has worked for outlets such as AOL Moviefone and Movies.com.