Monday, January 19, 2009

BUZZ: "Veronica Mars" Film, "Karate Kid" Does Kung Fu, 500 Days of Summer Trailer, and more

• There will only be one more "24" season.

• The "Veronica Mars" movie is progressing smoothly. So far Rob Thomas, the creator, has determined that it won't involve the main character working in the FBI, like they intended on doing for the season-that-never-was. Instead, the film would open days before she graduated from college. I just hope they nail down all of the original actors, not just Kristen Bell. It won't be the same without Percy Daggs III (Wallace), Jason Dohring (Logan), Enrico Colantoni (Keith Mars), or even Francis Capra (Weevil). I would even love it for Tina Majorino (Mac) and Chris Lowell (Piz), who weren't original characters, to get some screen time. While Daggs and Capra seem to be free, there will still be trouble synchronizing everyone's schedules. Dohring will soon start on the HBO pilot "Washingtonienne," Colantoni is busy with the Canadian war drama mini-series "ZOS: Zone of Separation," Majorino's been recurring on "Big Love," Lowell scored a steady job with ABC's "Private Practice," and, of course, Bell has two films to shoot and three others to promote in '09.

• For those of you who are totally psyched (note: sarcasm) for the Karate Kid remake starring Jaden Smith, you might be bummed to learn that the producers, namely Will, intends on setting the film in China and using kung fu. And for those of you who weren't actually paying attention during the original, Mr. Miyagi is Japanese and, like the title says, he taught karate. So clearly, they might have to tweak the title, without coming up with something lame like the Kung Fu Kid.

• Check out screen shots of the comic dramedy adaptation of Kick Ass, where you can see the teen hero in uniform.

Astro Boy, the big screen animated adaptation of the 60s cartoon series set for a Fall 2009 release, was almost canned because of the recession. It turns out that banks are major investors in the moviemaking business and the film almost fell victim to the rampant bankruptcy of the freefalling industry.

• After radio stations realized Britney Spears' new single "If You Seek Amy," actually meant f*u*c*k me, they threatened to ban the song if she didn't change the title. So she dropped the "k" and it's called "If You See Amy," making the song completely meaningless. Just pick a different song Brit.

500 Days of Summer: Watch this super informative "teaser" of a comedy, where a guy (Joseph Gordon Levitt) is sort of put to the task of proving that true love exists to the girl (Zooey Deschanel) he's in love with.
Beautiful: Teenage girls are being kidnapped and two teens search for the truth that just might live next door. It's an Australian suspense thriller much like Disturbia, except not funny and possibly a whole lot more disturbing.

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