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Movie News Tuesday: 8 July, 2008

Ferrell, Baron Cohen, Apatow take on Sherlock Holmes From the Official Press Release:

Comedy superstars Sacha Baron Cohen and Will Ferrell will team together for a Columbia Pictures comedy based on the renowned characters Sherlock Holmes and Watson, with Baron Cohen taking the role of the master detective and Ferrell as his partner in solving crime, Watson, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach, presidents of Columbia Pictures. The screenplay will be written by Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder). Judd Apatow and Jimmy Miller will produce.

The film will re-team Baron Cohen and Ferrell after their collaboration on the 2006 box office hit Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. The Sherlock Holmes characters by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle will inspire the screenplay, which will use the works as a starting point for the comedy.

This is either inspired, or insipid. Guess we'll have to wait and see.

Mamma Mia Gets Website Upgrade Just in time for the opening of the new musical, Universal launches a new online "experience" featuring games, widgets, and quizzes. While buzz is definitely building for this theatrical smash (the members of ABBA even reunited on the red carpet at the recent Swedish premiere), there's still time before the 18 July opening to click through and enjoy.

Watchmen Get a New Video Blog For many, Zack Snyder's adaptation of the Alan Moore comic is a true test of fanboy endurance. While the movie isn't scheduled to open for another nine months (March 2009), the information coming out regarding the production is beyond enticing. It's sizing up to be a major motion picture event. For those who can't get enough moviemaking minutia, UGO has access to the latest video blog entry. You can check it out here. (UGO)

Seth Rogen Talks Green Hornet, Pineapple Express and More With his latest comedy about to open, Moviehole tracked down the Superbad/Knocked Up star and got him to spill the beans on several upcoming projects, including his take on the superhero genre and a possible sequel to one of his biggest hits. (Moviehole)

Friends Movie a Go…and then Gone? You can thank - or curse - the ladies of Sex and the City for this bit of studio back and forth. With the amazing success of the TV show turned big screen blockbuster, it's only natural that other favored series would get the greenlight. After a couple of the cast members suggested they would be open to a reunion of the popular sitcom for a Cineplex spin, Warner Brothers was quick to quash such speculation. Maybe the negative response from fans fueled their decision…or the lack of signed contracts among an already cash-flush company. Who knows, but it's apparently off…for now. (IGN)

Bend It Like Beckham Director Has New Brit Teen Comedy After the big screen version of Dallas fell apart, filmmaker Gurinder Chadha has gone and adapted Louise Rennison's novel Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging for her next project. The Scotsman had a chance to speak with the 48 year old Indian auteur, and her insights into Hollywood and cinema are interesting indeed. (The Scotsman)

Juno Team Reitman/Cody Prepare Their Next Project Talk about unreasonable expectations! Jennifer's Body is the latest collaboration between Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody, the pair responsible for last year's sleeper hit about teen pregnancy. With Reitman only producing this time (Girlfight's Karyn Kusama will direct), the dark horror comedy with a rock and roll edge will have a lot to live up to. It will be interesting to see if it can. The Globe has more. (The Globe)

DVD releases of Note for 8 July

Batman Begins: Limited Edition Gift Set

The Future is Unwritten: Joe Strummer

Hard Times at Douglas High

Little Girls: Read the SE&L Review HERE

The Ruins: Unrated: Read the SE&L Review HERE

Stop-Loss

Superhero Movie: Read the SE&L Review HERE

The Tracey Fragments

Box Office Figures for Weekend of 4 July

#1 - Hancock: $107.6 million

#2 - WALL*E: $33.9 million

#3 - Wanted: $20.8 million

#4 - Get Smart: $11.2 million

#5 - Kung Fu Panda: $7.5 million

#6 - The Incredible Hulk: $4.9 million

#7 - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: $3.9 million

#7 - Kit Kittredge: An American Girl: $3.2 million

#9 - Sex and the City: $2.4 million

#10 - You Don't Mess with the Zohan: $1.9 million

Films Opening This Week:

General Release:

Hellboy 2: The Golden Army - Guillermo Del Toro is back with his second installment of a planned trilogy revolving around everyone's favorite demon turned paranormal warrior. Expect a bigger budget, bigger vision, and bigger box office this time around. Rated PG-13

Meet Dave - Eddie Murphy is an alien spacecraft piloted by…Eddie Murphy, and a crew of diminutive extraterrestrials. Could be good, considering it was co-written by Bill Corbett of Mystery Science Theater 3000 fame. It could also be garbage, considering Murphy's recent big screen comedy record. Rated PG

Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D - Brendan Fraser takes on the Jules Verne classic, that has been, per Hollywood SOP, "reimagined" for modern audiences. There's also the 3D angle, for those not interested in another kid-oriented action adventure. Rated PG

Limited:

August - Josh Hartnett stars in this indie effort about two brothers desperate to keep their company afloat. The title refers to the month before 9/11. From thre director of XX/XY. Rated R

Garden Party - An attempt at an Altman like portrait of disaffected individuals floating through an LA landscape of drugs and depression. Sounds like perfect Summer movie fare, huh? Rated R

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