'Fight Club'I’m still not convinced that the supposed “Fight Club” musical, which I’ve been writing about since February, isn’t just an elaborate practical joke from director David Fincher and novelist Chuck Palahniuk, although the author himself seemed sincere and insistent when MTV News last caught up with him in August.

What would it be like? How would the songs sound? What from the movie would make it in? Even though we’re no closer to knowing the answers to those questions, we now know what won't make it in – the stars themselves.

“I doubt it will be me and Brad [Pitt],” “Fight Club” star Ed Norton laughed when asked about the possibility of starring in a Broadway revival of perhaps his most iconic role. “I know Brad can’t sing!” Read More...

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Billy Bob ThorntonSince winning an Oscar for writing “Sling Blade” in 1996, Billy Bob Thornton has appeared in some 40 films and TV shows, an average of roughly 3 and a third a year. Look at his upcoming slate of films, then, and what’s immediately noticeable isn’t this or that particular project, but the lack of them.

That’s because at age 53, the award winning thesp is ready to throw in the towel – for a little while, anyway, Thornton confessed to MTV News.

“I’ve been in fifty some odd movies and directed three or four, and written a few, and I figure I’m tired of fighting it. I’ve had a good career as an actor, and mostly I just care about music now,” Thornton said. “There’s no passion or desperation in me anymore about movies and I think there is for music, and for my family, and for a lot of other things. [But] in terms of movies, yeah, I’ll go do it - if they call and I need the money.

“[Otherwise] it’s not exactly retirement,” he said, pausing, “but in a sense you can say that.” Read More...


- Michael Pena offered a role in "The Green Hornet." (IESB)

- New details on "Transformers 2" emerge from Hasbro Licensing Summit. (TFW2005)

- Sigh. First "Moby Dick" and now "Rashomon" gets the update treatment. Story will be moved to American courtroom. Producers' souls to be moved to Hell. (Variety)

- "American Psycho" now heading to Broadway. Can the long rumored "Fight Club" musical be far behind? (Variety)

- Now that the Yankees stink again (thank God), Billy Crystal decides to make another movie, will star in "Tooth Fairy" alongside MTV favorite Dwayne Johnson. (Variety)

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OprahShe’s an unparalleled cultural force and the undisputed Queen of daytime television. But it wasn’t until Disney came along that Oprah Winfrey finally got her princess.

The syndicated talk show host, philanthropist, and Academy Award nominated actress has signed on to voice a character in Disney’s upcoming “The Princess and the Frog,” company officer John Lassseter revealed this morning at a Hollywood conference. She will play Eudora, the mother of the titular New Orleans princess, Tiana.

According to Wikipedia, Angela Bassett was originally rumored to be slated for the role. Read More...

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Painting of Blackbeard by Mildred McMullen RumbleyThe wildly successful “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise may have brought pirate lore back into the mainstream, but it was hardly a story rooted in historical fact. So that said, are the kids who came for Johnny Depp and fantastical creatures really interested in true-life debauchery on the high seas?

Producer Barry Josephson ("Men In Black," "Enchanted") is banking on exactly that, hoping his upcoming “Blackbeard” does for pirate pictures what “Gladiator” did for sword and sandal epics: namely, bring it out of caricature and parody and back into being a serious genre. It certainly won't hurt having David Franzoni, the screenwriter behind "Gladiator" and "Amistad," penning his script as well.

“Blackbeard’s an incredible character," Josephson told MTV News. "A former naval captain who rejected the English and became a privateer, and who then becomes a pirate because he doesn’t want to be lorded over by anyone.” Read More...

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Martin ScorseseSaying that a man who directed “Raging Bull,” “Taxi Driver,” “The Last Temptation of Christ,” “The Departed,” and many more has helmed some great films isn’t exactly stepping out onto a ledge. Saying that that very same man’s best work is in front of him? Now we’re talking!

Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island,” (or “Ashecliffe,” we’re not exactly sure) is shaping up to be one of the famed director’s best, co-star Mark Ruffalo said.

“It is Martin Scorsese’s playground with this movie. He gets to do everything he loves about film,” Ruffalo insisted. “He does noir, fantasy sequences, dream sequences, madness, suspense, tough urban stuff. It’s absolute madness and twist upon twist. This could be one of his great films.”

The film, based on a book by “Mystic River” and “Gone Baby Gone” author Dennis Lehane follows two US Marshalls (Ruffalo and Leonardo DiCaprio) and their investigation into the disappearance of a mental patient from a Massachusetts asylum. Read More...

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'Hari Puttar'- Warner Brothers loses Indian “Hari Puttar” copyright case. (BBC News)

- The eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg scope Keira Knightley in “The Beautiful and the Damned,” a love story about F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre. (THR)

- Re-imaginings of classic properties continue as "Wanted" helmer Timur Bekmambetov tackles "Moby Dick." (Variety)

- Slackers of the world unite...Michael Moore’s “Slacker Uprising” available today for free download. (Slacker Uprising)

- Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reportedly offered roles of Thompson Twins in Spielberg’s “Tintin.” And because everything else on this list has a literary reference, ummm, something, something Holden Caulfield. (Times Online)

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Scarlett JohanssonMichael Caine is without a doubt an international treasure, an actor in possession of a great and nearly endless talent. Bless him, the same cannot be said of his memory, which goes from spotty, to just plain wrong.

We’re going to give him the benefit of the doubt here (unlike with Batman 3 stuff. Did we mention that was wrong?) and assume this next bit of news is in the former camp, something that’s true even if he can’t recall the details.

Why? Mostly because it’s a doozy.

“I have ‘Harry Brown,’” the actor said of his elderly vigilante film. “Then I’ll probably do a film with Scarlett Johansson. I forget what it’s called. It’s an adventure film. I was told yesterday that they have Matthew McConaughey as the guy. I’ve got go home and read it again. It’s a heist adventure film.” Read More...

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Greg Kinnear as Dr. Robert Kearns in 'Flash of Genius'I’ll admit: I love reading comments on my stories. I devour them, scour them, argue them, and use them. But very rarely do they throw me for a loop. That’s exactly what happened, though, when I broke the news last year that Greg Kinnear and Lauren Graham were starring together in a movie about Bob Kearns, the inventor of the intermittent windshield wiper. One comment came from a personal acquaintance of Kearns’. Another from a friend of his son’s. Another still from his own daughter, Kathy.

As self-evident as it should have been, it hit me only after reading those comments: This guy was actually a real person who, for better or worse, waged a nearly unwinnable battle, profoundly messing up his children in the process.

If I felt that way reading a comment from his daughter, though, imagine how Greg Kinnear must have felt playing the man in “Flash of Genius” and having the daughter right there! Read More...

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Megatron- The first images of supposedly Megatron from "Transformers 2: Something, Something Fallen" get released online. (Latino Review)

- "Half-Blood Prince" to feature 25 minutes of footage in IMAX 3-D, 120 minutes of footage that's not as good as the book. (ComingSoon)

- "Sims" movie to have a dash of "Weird Science," producer explains of adaptation to insanely popular video game. (Collider)

- Quantum of Knowledge: Bond star and director answer fan questions from various websites across the net. (Coming Soon, UGO, AICN, Cinematical, IGN, & CHUD)

- Nicolas Cage joins "Season of the Witch," about a 14th Century knight responsible for transporting a suspected witch. (Variety)

- Details emerge for "Dark Knight" Blu-Ray release. (BluRay)

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