Not too long ago, Jamie Foxx and Taylor Hackford teamed up and essentially took over Hollywood for a few memorable months, as fans and critics alike marveled at the “Booty Call” comedian’s transformation into Ray Charles. Now, I’ve got to admit that I’m a bit fascinated by the duo’s current plans to reunite – and take on an even more difficult real-life icon to portray in Mike Tyson.

Yesterday, we broke the news that Foxx has tapped Hackford to direct him in the upcoming Tyson biopic that he and the former champ have spoken about in the past. If you read those comments, it’s pretty obvious that Foxx views the controversial Iron Mike as something of a misunderstood figure, and it seems likely that the biopic would aim to make Foxx’s admitted friend a bit more sympathetic. In the rest of our conversation with Jamie, he expanded a bit on such feelings. Read More...

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Now that it’s October, we’re all in the mood to get the bejeezus scared out of us. And this year we’re in luck, because the instant cult classic “Trick ‘r Treat” debuted on DVD Tuesday, and its Halloween-themed tales of terror are scaring up some huge business. Naturally, if writer/director Michael Dougherty has his way, he’ll be haunting our All Hallows’ Eve with sequels for years to come.

“Yeah, I have to say that the excitement over the past few months of watching the film grow has started to jumpstart some ideas, and I know how the next one ends,” Dougherty revealed to us this week, saying he’s already brainstorming “Trick ‘r Treat 2” ideas in response to the film’s cult fanbase explosion. “If this [DVD release] does become something, if it catches executives off-guard, it might [get sequels]. I would love to do them.” Read More...

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Every now and then, a movie comes along that truly becomes a cult phenomenon. And over the last few years, it’s hard to remember one that has inspired as feverish a following as “Trick R Treat,” the much-buzzed-about horror flick that finally premieres on DVD this week after nearly a three-year delay.

“Oh, it’s been longer than that, actually. I could go all the way back to 1996 if I wanted to,” laughed writer/director Michael Dougherty (“X2”) when we spoke to him Tuesday. “The film was inspired by an animated short I did in school called ‘Season’s Greetings,’ and it was an old-school, traditionally animated short…it was the first place where I featured the mascot for the film, Sam. That film became a calling card, and then in 2001 I decided to make a companion piece to Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ film…off and on between 2001 and 2006, there were multiple drafts. Then we finally got the greenlight in 2006.” Read More...

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Being a movie nut, I often get fascinated by very odd pop-culture curiosities. Like the time Mr. Cunningham gave away a million dollars to promote a movie whose grosses didn’t even cover the prize. Or the time I caught Bill Pullman playing with a “Star Wars” action figure. Or the hidden “Toy Story” cameo in “Up.” Now, there’s a new one I can’t stop thinking about, and it involves one of my favorite movies of the Fall: “Zombieland.”

I was lucky enough to see the flick a few weeks back, so I can safely tell you (without giving away any spoilers) that there are zombies in it. And the opening of the film is a true masterstroke, a fun compilation of insane, eye-popping moments depicting the end of civilization as we know it. One of these is a blink-and-you'd-miss-it glimpse of three unfortunate horndogs fleeing from a strip joint, alcohol and dollar bills flying through the air as a topless zombie chases them in slo-mo. Read More...

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One of the movies we’re watching closely in these parts is “Paul,” the next off-the-wall comedy from Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Two of the guys behind “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz.” By now, you probably know that "Paul" has a dream cast which includes Pegg, Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Sigourney Weaver, Jason Bateman and Bill Hader. However, little has been divulged about the role played by comedy veteran Jane Lynch – a scene stealer in flicks like “Role Models,” “The 40 Year Old Virgin” and most any Christopher Guest mockumentary you can think of. Until now, that is.

“In ‘Paul,’ I am in one scene, but it’s a pretty cool one,” Lynch explained when we caught up with her recently. “I run this little restaurant called the ‘Ailey-Inn.’” Read More...

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Love ‘em or hate ‘em, there have never been a group of moviemakers better at appealing to multiple generations than the dudes over at Disney. During the last decade-and-a-half, they’ve received a major assist from Pixar and this weekend the powerhouse movie entities join forces again to bring the first two “Toy Story” films back in 3-D. Recently, we caught up with Tim Allen and he weighed in on whether Buzz Lightyear’s return to cinemas is motivated by money, nostalgia, the opportunity for a new audience – or all of the above.

“Disney loves these projects, and those of us involved in [the ‘Toy Story’ franchise] think it’s a good idea to see these in theaters again,” explained Allen, who voices Buzz. “That’s what it’s about, really. It’s not like Disney needs the coin. That’s not what this is about, people! This is about love - in the shape of greenbacks.” Read More...

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Every now and then a movie comes along that delights millions, but ticks off just as many with its safe, non-threatening, seemingly formulaic plotline. I'm thinking back to “RV,” “Doctor Dolittle,” even the “Ernest Goes To/Saves [insert location/event here]” films that puzzled so many with their success back in the day. Well the latest in this tradition might just be “Wild Hogs,” a harmless trifle of a family film that employed big stars and scatological humor to attract $169 million worth of viewers in 2007. And now there's a sequel on the way.

Recently, at Disney’s D23 Conference, it was announced that the sequel had been titled “Wild Hogs 2: Bachelor Ride” and that it would begin filming soon. So when I caught up with Tim Allen recently, I had to get the scoop on where he and his biker brothers would be heading next. Read More...

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There are some projects that you hope will be awesome, and others that you know will be an instant classic. Personally, I’m wiling to put my money down on “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters,” a film that exists as little more than a rough script at the moment – but that director/producer/all-around funnyman Adam McKay assured me will get turned into something special soon.

“Oh, I love that project,” the “Funny or Die” co-founder and frequent Will Ferrell collaborator enthused. “That’s really chugging along.”

Written and soon-to-be directed by Norwegian filmmaker Tommy Wirkola, McKay told me that both he and Ferrell are fans of Wirkola’s beloved, little-seen Nazi zombie film “Dead Snow.” “It’s the guy who did the zombie Nazi pic, so it’s a bad-ass movie,” the “Talladega Nights” director said of his “Hansel” collaborator. “It’s in the vein of an ‘Evil Dead II’ or ‘Army of Darkness.’” Read More...

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She may have become a bit typecast over the last few years with lighthearted romances like “He’s Just Not That Into You,” “The Break-Up” and “Along Came Polly,” but one of the cool things about Jennifer Aniston is that the girl does have a neat little indie streak buried deep inside her. With flicks like “The Good Girl,” “The Iron Giant” and “Office Space,” she has the guts to lend her star power to something different and daring from time to time – and in an upcoming flick, it sounds like she might be singing that tune once again.

“I’m taking time off until January or February even and diving into my production company, Echo, with projects that we’re developing… ’Goree Girls’ is the one I’m most excited about,” explained the star, citing the name of a period drama she’s been developing for more than a year. “[The script is based on] an article from Texas Monthly that Skip Hollandsworth wrote. It’s about the first female country/western band.” Read More...

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Happy “Battle: Los Angeles” week, folks! We’ve been eagerly tracking this so-out-there-it’s-gotta-be-awesome project for awhile around these parts, and with Ne-Yo joining the cast it’s gotten even more interesting. Aliens, scandal-plagued rappers, Harvey Dent kicking ass -– as cameras begin rolling on the February 2011 flick, what more do you need?

One of the more interesting aspects of the film emerged earlier this year, when we interviewed filmmaker Jonathan Liebesman, who oversaw “Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning” and this year’s impressive Sundance thriller “The Killing Room.” At the time, the only actor who had come on board the aliens-invade-Los Angeles film was Aaron Eckhart, and Liebesman said that the star was planning to channel Dirty Harry. Read More...

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