Robert De Niro / Vince Lombardi
De Niro to play Vince Lombardi
He’s considered one of the best coaches of all time and now Hollywood is looking to make a film about his life. Two-time Oscar winning actor Robert De Niro (Raging Bull) has reportedly signed on to play legendary coach Vince Lombardi in a film being developed by ESPN. The movie, written by Eric Roth (Forrest Gump) will focus on Lombardi’s years as coach of the Green Bay Packers. It will show how he took the worst team in the NFL and transformed them into five-time NFL champions. No word yet whether the movie will shoot any of its scenes in Green Bay, Wisconsin. “Lombardi” is slated to hit theatres in 2012.
J. Edgar Hoover Film
He’s won four Oscars and now legendary actor and director Clint Eastwood (Invictus) is setting his sights on the life of controversial lawman J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover is credited as being one of the founding members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He assumed the role as the agency’s first director in 1935 where he remained until his death in 1972. Brian Grazer and Ron Howard (Angels & Demons) are partnering with Eastwood to produce the biopic. No word who will play Hoover or when it is slated to begin filming.
‘Avatar’ on DVD
It’s considered the most successful movie of all time and now after earning more than $2.6 billion dollars at the box office, 20th Century Fox is preparing for more records to be smashed when “Avatar” hits DVD next month. The special effects driven film, directed by James Cameron, was released in theatres December 18th, 2009 and only took a matter of weeks to claim the top spot from another Cameron epic “Titanic.” “Avatar” has won countless awards at the Golden Globes and Oscars, however lost the Best Picture prize to “The Hurt Locker” directed by Cameron’s ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow. “Avatar” is set to hit Blu-ray and DVD on Thursday, April 22nd. For more information on “Avatar” please click on the following link.
‘Titanic’ in 3D
With all the hype being built around 3D movies, Oscar winning director James Cameron says not only will he continue to use 3D technology in future projects, he also hopes to transfer some of his former films into 3D starting with “Titanic.” Cameron says he and his team hope to transfer the original film using the 3D technology and re-release it back into theatres and IMAX to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking ship in 2012. On a side note the director says he’s also in talks to re-release “Avatar” back into theatres this fall with additional scenes.
Trailers of the week
“How To Train Your Dragon”
Director: Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois
Cast: Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Jay Baruchel, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Craig Ferguson
Release date: March 26th, 2010
“Shrek Forever After”
Director: Mike Mitchell
Cast: Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas
Release date: May 21st, 2010
DVD Tuesday - (March 16th, 2010)
“The Princess and the Frog”
Budget: $105 million
Box office: $228 million
“Did You Hear About the Morgans?”
Budget: $58 million
Box office: $73 million