Scott Derrickson sure has a fair bit on his plate, from Paradise Lost to Devil’s Knot. Now, reports, he may also be attached to a remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951; my comments).The original movie, which came out at the dawn of the Cold War, concerns an alien and a robot who come to Earth to impose peace on us … or else. While the film is often hailed for its supposedly pacifist message, the movie… Read more

Time for another batch of updates.1. Lena Headey, who will soon be seen in 300, tells Sci Fi Wire that Summer Glau is, indeed, playing a Terminator in The Sarah Connor Chronicles — but is she the good one or the bad one? Glau’s character is named Cameron, apparently in honour of franchise creator James Cameron, but that could be interpreted either way. The other Terminator is being played by Owain Yeoman.2. Variety reports that the producers of Thank You… Read more

Here are the figures for the past weekend, arranged from those that owe the highest percentage of their take to the Canadian box office to those that owe the lowest.Pan’s Labyrinth — CDN $4,873,293 — N.AM $34,215,000 — 14.2%The Number 23 — CDN $3,062,697 — N.AM $24,684,000 — 12.4%Zodiac — CDN $1,227,761 — N.AM $13,100,000 — 9.4%Music and Lyrics — CDN $3,245,415 — N.AM $38,680,000 — 8.4%Ghost Rider — CDN $7,350,957 — N.AM $94,757,000 — 7.8%Bridge to Terabithia — CDN… Read more

It’s been almost a year since it was first announced that Legendary Pictures and Scott Derrickson were developing a movie version of John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost. There hasn’t been much news since — but the New York Times did post this story today:”AS soon as you started talking about a battle in Heaven, he just couldn’t relate,” the screenwriter Philip de Blasi recalled.It was a particularly demoralizing pitch meeting, explained his writing partner, Byron Willinger, because the producer,… Read more

The newest issue of BC Christian News is now online, and with it, my film column, which looks mainly at Bridge to Terabithia — this section was posted a few days earlier at ChristianWeek — but also touches on the DVD release of Conversations with God and the upcoming theatrical releases of the Fox Faith films The Ultimate Gift and The Inquiry. The paper also includes an edited version of my interview with Terabithia author Katherine Paterson. Read more

Given all the casting rumours surrounding the next Star Trek film, I have begun to have my doubts that it will, in fact, concern the Starfleet Academy days of Kirk and Spock. Not only are all the rumoured actors at least as old as the original actors were when the TV series began, but it hardly seems likely that so many members of the Enterprise’s bridge crew would have worked together ten, twelve, however many years in advance.Now adds… Read more

In all the news stories and blog posts that I have seen this week on James Cameron and Simcha Jacobovici’s documentary The Lost Tomb of Jesus, I don’t believe I have yet seen anyone make a reference to Jonas McCord’s The Body (2001), which starred Antonio Banderas as a priest who investigates the possibility that a recently discovered skeleton may be the bones of Christ.Then again, considering almost nobody saw that film, and the few who did didn’t care for… Read more

I almost forgot to mention this one. Lou Lumenick and others have noted that the horror film The Abandoned opened south of the border last Friday without advance critics screenings — which is kind of odd, since the film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, and it was seen around the United States in November as one of eight films on the After Dark Horrorfest ticket. As another blogger asked: If, after showing the film in public… Read more

What if Bob Dylan recorded the works of Dr Seuss? Click here. Read more

The kids are asleep, so it’s time for more newsbites!1. Do you want a sneak peek of the storyline for WALL-E, the next film from Pixar (after this summer’s Ratatouille, that is) and director Andrew Stanton (2003’s Finding Nemo)? Jim Hill has the spoiler-filled details. FWIW, I’m cautiously optimistic; as one of the comments puts it, the film sounds like “E.T. meets A.I.”Meanwhile, Variety has an interesting story on the “Pixar-ization” of Disney since the two companies merged early last… Read more

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