Not catching a flick till the weekend? Some movie news bites to tide you over:
Christopher Nolan’s third Batman film is titled “The Dark Knight Rises.” As far as who the main villain will be, it’s NOT the Riddler. That’s about all we know so far. [Hero Complex]
Huzzah! Let’s celebrate with elevensies! After rigorous negotiations, “The Hobbit” movies will indeed stay and be filmed in New Zealand. This will fill the country’s coffers, get lots of perks for studio shooting there and of course please the fans and Peter Jackson. [Deadline]
Twentieth Century Fox is teaming up with the Na’Vi again. James Cameron’s next films will be “Avatar 2” and “Avatar 3,” hitting theaters December 2014 and 2015, respectively. Let’s see if he can out-gross the original. [The Hollywood Reporter]
]]>Angela Lansbury joins Jim Carrey for the adaptation of “Mr. Popper’s
Penguins.” She’ll play Mrs. Van Gundy, the owner a tavern that Popper
(Carrey), a businessman who just inherited six penguins, is trying to
buy. In completely unrelated news, Wesley Snipes is going to produce and
star in the martial arts film “Master Daddy,” despite his tax problems.
You can be Luke’s father too. Christie’s action house is set to auction
off the original Darth Vader costume from “The Empire Strikes Back” on
Nov. 25 in London. [AP]
“Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World” has begun shooting in Austin, TX, aiming for an August 19, 2011 release. Jeremy Piven joins as a villain named the Timekeeper. The ensemble cast that includes Jessica Alba, Joel McHale, Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara, Antonio Banderas, Rowan Blanchard and Mason Cook. The film centers on retired spy Marissa (Alba) who gets called back into action. [Weinstein]
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