Thursday, December 25, 2008

BUZZ: "Narnia" Sequel Canned?, Bullock & Stallone Together Again?, Death on "Ugly Betty," and more

• Last weekend, Jim Carrey's Yes Man dominated the box office, coming in at #1 with $18 mil. (It was pretty damn funny.) Will Smith's heartwrenching Seven Pounds, which came in at #2 with $14 mil, however, was butchered by the critics. And while The Tale of Despereaux did top the other animated films, coming in at #3, it only opened with $10 mil, which isn't really that impressive. Meanwhile, critics' favorite The Wrestler made $288,220 in 4 theaters, grossing more per theater than any other film.
• Disney bailed out on the third installment of The Chronicles of Narnia. The first film made its profit back domestically without breaking a sweat, ultimately grossing $745 mil worldwide. Prince Caspian, on the other hand, stalled right out of the gate, only grossing $141 mil domestically--sixty short of the budget. In the end, it could only muster $420 mil worldwide. I preferred the second film and was looking forward to the third because of Ben Barnes alone. But I guess until the franchise is picked up by a more cost-efficient studio, it'll be yet another victim of the recession.
• There are plans to remake Judge Dredd sans Sylvester Stallone. Speaking of the old bags of muscle, rumor has it that he's been chatting with his old Demolition Man co-star Sandra Bullock for a role in his upcoming star-studded action film, The Expendables. He's already locked in Jason Statham (Transporter), Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren (his old Swedish boxing nemesis from Rocky IV), and Forest Whitaker is rumored to have signed on as well. I hope he's not booking her for a girlfriend role. I think she's due for some major Demi Moore-G.I. Jane-type ass kicking.
Katee Sackoff, cult favorite of "Battlestar Galactica," paid her dues playing second fiddle in NBC's failed "Bionic Woman," and they're rewarding her with her own series, "Lost & Found." It's about an "offbeat LAPD detective who, after butting heads with higher-ups, is sent as punishment to the basement to work on John and Jane Doe cases." Sounds kind of like "X-Files" minus the crazy.
Lauren Velez (Lieutenant on "Dexter") has been tapped to join the cast of "Ugly Betty" as a nurse for a muder plot concerning a major character. Could they possibly be killing off her father Ignacio?

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