Hollywood execs are coming to the uncomfortable realization that the Twitter Effect will inexorably change their business. No more tricking audiences into buying one weekend on a bad movie, they're realizing. Now movies may actually have to be good. The horror! Michael Sragow lays out the ways that Twittering on a Friday has changed the movie landscape.
Director Catherine Hardwicke, who parted ways with Summit over the Twilight sequel, is in demand: she's taking on yet another familiar global fable: Little Red Riding Hood. For Appian Way and Warners, reports Variety:
Hardwicke has several other development projects on simmer around town, including "Hamlet" at Overture and "If I Stay" at Summit, plus "21 Jump Street" and "Maximum Ride" at Sony.
With Superman off his dance card, Bryan Singer is trying to figure out his next moves. Assuming Battlestar Gallactica is next, will he remake John Boorman's great King Arthur movie, Excalibur, or return to X-Men?
By the way, Stephen Cooper, the high-priced turnaround guru who's been brought in to save MGM from its crushing debt burdens, did perform the near impossible: he brought Enron back to life.
Former Deadwood star John Hawkes is joining Lost.
Universal Music has acquired international rights to 38 albums recorded by Frank Sinatra. What will they do with them? And much as I adore Sinatra's singing, who under 50 remembers him, anyway?
Here's a Toronto International Film Festival preview from the Toronto Star.
Speaking of Toronto, Michael Moore talks to THR about his latest provocative doc, Capitalism: a Love Story
Here's the trailer: