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Robert Downey Jr to Make Movies

Written by Tara the Mom    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 06:54   

Lots of actors have their own production companies (Natalie Portman's handsomecharlie,  Reese Witherspoon's Type A, Drew Barrymore's Flower Films, Ashton Kutcher's Katalyst Films, Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment, Ben Stiller's Red Hour, Julia Roberts' Red Om, etc.). They do this because it's much more financially lucrative, it gives them more power, and they can be more active in finding their own starring vehicles.

Of all the people to start their own production company, however, none makes more sense than Robet Downey Jr. whose wife Susan Downey was already an established, successful producer before they married. Team Downey hired Susan's former assistant David Gambino to be president of production (who says assistant jobs are thankless?!). Robert and Susan have worked on five films together including Susan serving as exec producer on Iron Man 2 (right) and the upcoming Due Date. They announced that Robert may not star in all of the films that come out of Team Downey.

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SHREK Makers Find New Home in Bedrock

Written by Tara the Mom    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 06:43   

New family film studio Bedrock Studios have secured two guys who make movies turn green. Shrek producers Andrew Adamson and Aron Warner have signed a multiyear deal to make films for the company. Adamson wrote and directed Shrek 1 and 2 and exec produced 3 and 4 while writing, directing and producing the first two Chronicles of Narnia movies. Warner exec produced the first three Shrek films. Adamson and Warner's production company is called Strange Weather.

Bedrock has one film in development: Turkeys with Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson signed on to voice the story about two turkeys who go through a time machine to try and change the first Thanksgiving, and thus the fate of all turkeykind come November. Toy Story 2 director Ash Brannon is directing.

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Zach Galifianakis May Become a Nazi-Fighting Fish

Written by Tara the Mom    Tuesday, 15 June 2010 09:04   

Zach Galifianakis (G-Force) may take over the role made famous by comedy icon Don Knotts in Disney's remake of The Incredible Mr. Limpet. The story is about a man whose deepest desire to become a fish is realized and then enlists in the Navy to help them fight the Nazis during World War II. Enchanted director Kevin Lima will direct.

Galifianakis has already seen success in voicing an animated character in the upcoming Puss in Boots.

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Written by Tara the Mom    Tuesday, 15 June 2010 08:52   

As movie studios look to make movies from properties for which audiences may already feel warm and fuzzy feelings, remakes are on the rise. The Karate Kid's success at the box office last weekend just guaranteed what previous outings like Alice in Wonderland and Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory indicated: audiences pay to see their favorite childhood movies remade with modern filmmaking and technology.

So now, what kid-friendly movie could be reinvented? Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead. This was not a "classic" by any sense of the word and, in fact, I never saw it in the theater and caught moments on basic cable later in life. Not a fan...which is why I do support that the Christina Applegate-starrer could be done again and hopefully, better this time. The story follows a family with four kids, the oldest of whom is 17 (Applegate), whose mother goes on an extended trip to Australia and leaves her brood in the care of an elderly babysitter...the title is a spoiler on how that turns out. Applegate's big sister pretends she's older and gets a cool job in the fashion industry and takes care of her siblings.

2012 producer The Mark Gordon Co. is behind the remake which is just in the zygote stage of development.

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Written by Tara the Mom    Tuesday, 15 June 2010 08:38   

Robert Rodriguez has an interesting body of work: he makes kids films like Shorts, The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl and the Spy Kids movies and then he makes Rated R over-the-top gorefests like Sin City, Grindhouse, and From Dusk Til Dawn. Perhaps 20th Century Fox's offer to the writer-director-producer-editor-composer to helm the film about the X-Men villain Deadpool will finally give him a film that will utilize all his talents. Rodriguez reportedly hasn't responded to the offer yet but Ryan Reynolds is still in to reprise his X-Men Origins: Wolverine character (both are pictured, right) and the script comes from Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

It's a pretty active summer for Rodriguez. He's filming Spy Kids 4: Armageddon, July sees the release of Predator (which he produced) and September is the release date for Machete (which he wrote, directed and produced).

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