Italian filmmaker Gabriele Muccino, best known in the U.S. for his Will Smith collaborations "The Pursuit of Happyness" and "Seven Pounds," is in talks to direct Keanu Reeves next in the sci-fi flick "Passengers," according to Variety. Reeves has been involved with the project at least since 2007, when the film's script popped up on the annual Black List of greatest unproduced screenplays.

Written by John Spaihts, who is also penning Ridley Scott's "Alien" prequel (partly thanks to Reeves), "Passengers" is a love story set on a spaceship. It sounds more frightening than romantic however. Reeves plays a man accidentally awakened too early from hibernation during a centuries-long flight to a distant planet. So rather than wait around to die while the rest of the crew sleeps, he wakes up a female passenger in order to have company. Read More...

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In a little less than two months, "New Moon" hits DVD and Blu-ray. March 20, to be precise. You won't have to line up that day, however. Not in this age of online retail and pre-orders.

As of this morning, Amazon is offering "New Moon" for pre-order at a price of $21.99 for the two-disc special edition DVD and $24.99 for the Blu-ray. A number of bonus features are listed on the special edition DVD page, though I wonder if it is a complete list. You'll get an audio commentary with director Chris Weitz and editor Peter Lamber, an hour-long, six-part behind-the-scenes documentary, Muse rehearsal footage and music videos from Death Cab for Cutie, Anya Maria and Mute Math. That's a decent helping of content, but it seems a little light for two discs, no? Perhaps we can find some clues elsewhere... Read More...

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Jonathan Levine should be a bigger name by now. Unfortunately the filmmaker's only theatrical release in the U.S., the Sundance-winning drama "The Wackness," was underrated and under-seen. There's also his teen slasher flick "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane," which still hasn't seen a U.S. release. Some people in Hollywood must appreciate him though, because his name is regularly in the trades attached to different projects in development. The latest of these gigs is adapting Isaac Marion's self-published zombie romance novel "Warm Bodies," which he will also direct, for Summit Entertainment.

The "Twilight" distributor seems an appropriate place for the adaptation, which The Hollywood Reporter acknowledges sounds like a cross between the popular vampire franchise and the British zombie comedy "Shaun of the Dead." According to the tagline, "Warm Bodies" is about a zombie who befriends the human girlfriend of one of his victims. Apparently the relationship "transforms" him and his fellow undead, though what that transformation entails remains a mystery. Read More...

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Peter Jackson was betting on black when he decided to adapt the complex supernatural novel, "The Lovely Bones." Thankfully for him, it seems to have impressed moviegoers. We set upon a local theater to hear from the people themselves, and returned with the following video.

"The Lovely Bones" is in theaters now.

The past few weeks have been a flurry of excitement for "Arrested Development" fans. Back in mid-December, "Youth in Revolt" star Michael Cera told us that the long-awaited movie will shoot sometime this year. Then, just this week, "When in Rome" star Will Arnett told ComingSoon essentially the same thing.

Now we've got Jessica Walter, star of the new FX animated spy-comedy series "Archer," talking about the old "Arrested" gang. While she didn't have much to say about the current status of the movie in her recent interview with Movieline, she did speak a bit about how it all came together in the first place. Read More...

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Every year, it seems, awards season gives us some sort of feel-good Cinderella story. We all remember the “Slumdog” kids, or Keisha Castle-Hughes… hell, heartwarming awards season tales go all the way back to folks like Harold Russell in 1946’s “The Best Years of Our Lives.” Well, the tradition is continuing this year with one of the greatest real-life success stories we’ve heard in a awhile, and it involves Jason Reitman, a tape recorder and an unemployed musician who was in the right place at the right time.

“At that point I was telling myself ‘This is all I can do’,” St. Louis native Kevin Renick remembers of the fateful day he attended a lecture hosted by the “Juno” director in February 2008 and, out of sheer desperation, snuck him a cassette tape of a demo he had recorded. “I thought ‘This is not going to work. He’s probably going to throw the thing in the trash.’ But I thought I’d try it anyway.” Read More...

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As we were reminded recently when we caught up with Todd Phillips, director of “The Hangover,” everyone involved with the sequel to 2009’s most surprising hit is keeping their lips zipped. All he’d reveal to us is that there’ll be more Bartha.

But, as those who’ve already enjoyed the four-buddies-in-Vegas flick will remember, a key subplot involved scandal-plagued boxer Mike Tyson. And in one of the many other interviews Phillips has done promoting this week’s “Hangover” DVD release, the filmmaker stated (joked?) that he wants to use the sequel to give the same treatment to Tiger Woods.

Yep, that Tiger Woods.

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Earlier this week, a rumor surfaced that Tobey Maguire's people were in the preliminary stages of discussing the actor taking on the role of Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit" with the film's producers. Many fans weren't so keen on the idea, but the rumor seemed viable enough given that it came out on the day "Hobbit" casting was supposed to start. Then we heard late yesterday from The Hollywood Reporter that the rumor was maybe not so true after all. Well MTV's Josh Horowitz ran into Maguire last night on the red carpet at the premiere of director Nine." Here's what the "Spider-Man" star had to tell us...

"I don't believe I've ever met ['Hobbit' director] Guillermo del Toro," he said. "So... that is some kind of false rumor." Interesting. Read More...

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FROM SPLASH PAGE: MTV's next "Behind The Screen" special airs this week (Wednesday, 4 PM EST) with bunches of new footage and interviews from some of the hottest upcoming films, including James Cameron's blockbuster 3-D adventure "Avatar." When we sat down with Cameron recently to discuss his plans for "Avatar," we also had to ask about another project that's been on his radar: an adaptation of Yukito Kishiro's popular manga, "Battle Angel Alita."

Following the adventures of a robotic warrior rescued from the scrapheap by a scientist, it stands to reason that Cameron's groundbreaking "Avatar" filmmaking tech could be put to good use on "Alita."

"The mixture of live-action and CG is a little trickier in 3-D than it is 2-D," Cameron told MTV News. "Now we see it's good to have done 'Avatar' first before 'Battle Angel,' because the tricky scenes are where you're blending live-action photography, stereoscopic photography and CG."

Continue reading 'Avatar' Director Offers Update On 'Battle Angel Alita' Adaptation

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You've got a lot to look forward to this week, movie fans. There's a little movie called "Avatar" coming out of course. And to prime you for your trip to Pandora, we'll be featuring James Cameron's latest in the newest episode of MTV's "Behind the Screen"! You'll be able to see an exclusive clip from the movie in advance of its Friday release as well as an all-new interview with Cameron (as in, not outtake footage from our recent "Avatar" live stream).

That's not all. We'll also have exclusive first looks at "The Other Guys," starring Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell, and "Dinner for Shmucks," starring Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Zach Galifianakis. In addition, you'll get to check out an action-packed exclusive clip from "Sherlock Holmes," which hits theaters on Christmas Day, December 25.

Tune in to MTV this Wednesday at 4pm EST/1pm PST to see all of this for yourself!

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