News: Muppets, Maleficent, Michelle Williams and More. It's The WEEKEND ROUNDUP! Vol. 1

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Bits n' Bobs From The Week's Movie/TV News...

* Terrence Malick’s eagerly awaiting new movie THE TREE OF LIFE made its debut in Cannes this week, and the response was less than encouraging. The movie, which stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, split critics, many of who booed the screen (what a bunch of knobs.) It’s worth noting that the Cannes audience also gave en equally frosty reception to Richard Kelly’s SOUTHLAND TALES in 2007, and look how that turned out. Oh, wait…

* Tim Burton has dropped out of MALEFICENT, the Disney SLEEPING BEAUTY re-imagining that would have focused on the titular evil witch. Burton is instead now giving his full attention to FRANKENWEENIE, the feature length adaptation of his brilliant short. But first up, DARK SHADOWS (read our plot synopsis here.) Disney are now courting David Slade (30 DAYS OF NIGHT) to take the helm.

* ARABIAN NIGHTS is heading back to the big-screen courtesy of Universal Pictures and producer Brian Grazer. Plans are to turn the property into a massive franchise, and they’re already planning to extend it across several mediums; including graphic novels, video games, and Happy Meal tie-ins.

* Last week we previewed the (rather crappy quality) leaked poster for THE MUPPETS, now check out the product proper! Can. Not. Wait. (But ‘still’ don’t understand that tagline…)

* Phillip Noyce (SALT) is attached to direct a remake of ‘80s martial arts ‘classic’ BLOODSPORT. The movie will be written by TAKEN scribe Robert Mark Kamen, and released sometime in 2012. Disappointingly, there’s no sign of Van Damme’s involvement as of yet…

* Israel’s first foray into the slasher genre RABIES has been picked up for US distribution by Image Entertainment. The film – which tells the tale of a brother and sister falling prey to a psychotic killer - is getting a huge amount of buzz on the festival circuit, so expect a UK release to be announced soon. In the meantime, check out the poster:

* Craig Robinson, star of the US version of THE OFFICE, will play Satan in Lionsgate Films’ new post-apocalyptic comedy RAPTUREPALOOZA. The writer of BILL AND TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE Chris Matheson has penned the script, and will co-produce with Robinson himself. Also set to feature is Rob Cordray (he of the unbearably unfunny HOT TUB TIME MACHINE) and Anna Kendrik (she of the awesome SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD.) With the day of the actual Rapture being this very weekend (Saturday 6pm to be precise) the film won’t be a laughing matter for those of us left behind.

* The excellent Michelle Williams is the latest to sign up to Sam Raimi’s OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL as the good witch Glinda. Read our previous report here for more deets on the project.

Tune in for more WEEKEND ROUNDUP tomorrow! In the meantime, have at it in the comments section below!

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+1 #4 sophiea iqbal 2011-05-22 10:19
Sleeping beauty, and the re-imaging of it seems interesting, and dark as i like it. Done just so, it we could really have something there.

"Its not quite a mop, and its not quite a puppet. But it sure is..." we are hoping, worth the wait.
As for the Muppets, love them and always have. Though this new movie according to the tagline, will most definatly be in 3D. Not sure what to make of that, and kinda think its pointless and takes away from the whole puppet angle.
The christmas muppets was my fav, not sure if anything could top it, but a nice story would be a start.
+2 #3 Claudia Whitehouse 2011-05-21 19:55
hope the good witch glinda isn't going to be rummaging around in her crotch like michelle williams is in that picture. because that would be disturbing, even in an edgy sam raimi version
+2 #2 Rachel Collins Barrett 2011-05-21 19:39
actually pretty excited for a maleficent movie! even more so now that tim burton's not involved.
+1 #1 Mr Cheese 2011-05-21 17:17
Love the Muppets, even the legs (which seem to be getting some internet flaming), like the Michelle Williams pic more though...

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