Collider Goes to the STUDIO GHIBLI Museum in Tokyo! Images and Recap Here

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Along with attending Comic-con and E3, visiting the Studio Ghibli Museum in Japan completes the Holy Trinity of Geek Pilgrimages. The interactive museum, only nine years old, is a testament to Studio Ghibli’s popularity in Japan and around the world. The museum, designed by Ghibli head Hayao Miyazaki, is a bit on the small side—only two hours to fully explore—but since it is such a popular attraction tickets are often sold out for as much as a month in advance. After waiting said month I was finally able to go to Inokashira Park in Tokyo and experience it for myself. Hit the jump for more.

I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS Finally Getting Released on December 3rd

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I Love You Phillip Morris is finally getting an American release. The film, written and directed by Bad Santa screenwriters Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, has faced a tortuous road to multiplexes. After premiering at Sundance 2009 and accumulating a lot of buzz the film was to be distributed by Consolidated Pictures Group way back on February 12th. But that did not happen. The alternate release dates, March 26th, April 30th, and July 30th all came and went and left audiences waiting.  The the film was delayed indefinitely.

Now, Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, which produced the film, has made a deal with Roadside Attractions and Liddell Entertainment to have the film distributed on December 3rd with full advertising to promote the release. The movie, inspired by a true story, stars Jim Carrey as Steven Russell, a con-man who meets and falls in love with his prison cellmate, Phillip Morris, played by Ewan McGregor. After Morris’ release, Russell repeatedly escapes prison in order to see him again. Already released internationally (and garnering a 81% “Fresh” rating on RottenTomatoes in the process), the film is sure to be controversial, albeit critically lauded, upon its release in America.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer and see what the love is all about.

Update: We’ve now included the press release after the jump

Studio Ghibli’s THE BORROWERS Review

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The release of a Studio Ghibli animated film is always a hotly anticipated event in Japan. The animation studio, whose head Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) is regarded as the “Walt Disney of Japan,” has been enchanting audiences worldwide since the premiere of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind in 1984. Its latest film, The Borrowers, the work of long-time animator/first-time director Hiromasa Yonebayashi, bowed recently in Japan. Released over a holiday weekend, the film racked up approximately $15.5 million in ticket sales out of 447 screens and secured 1st place at the box office. The movie is based on Mary Norton’s book The Borrowers, the first in her five-book series chronicling the adventures of a diminutive family who make their life underneath the floorboards of a large house by borrowing small items from the big people. The film is a breezy, fanciful work which lives up to the Studio Ghibli banner. For the full review, hit the jump.

Edgar Wright to Make ANT-MAN a “Bad-Ass Secret Agent”

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The uninspiring box-office premiere of the critically-lauded Scott Pilgrim vs. the World may have the fanboys howling in the aisles but director Edgar Wright is already looking forward to his next project. The production of Ant-Man, the oft-ridiculed superhero movie that has been in development for several years now, is getting closer as Wright has confirmed to Vanity Fair that he is getting set to work on the second draft of the script. In his own words, he wants the final product to be “a shrinking film about a bad-ass secret agent.” Hit the jump for more.

Bruce Willis Talks UNBREAKABLE 2 and DIE HARD 5

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Bruce Willis is a busy man at this year’s Comic-Con. In addition to stopping by The Expendables panel, he also talked to MTV about his upcoming projects, namely Die Hard 5 and the long-awaited sequel to M. Night Shyamalan’s last good movie, Unbreakable. The Unbreakable front, sadly, is bleak. Willis is eager to continue the story of David Dunn, the Philadelphia security guard who discovers his body is, well, unbreakable, but Shyamalan is a different story. According to Willis, “We’d have to hip-check Night [Shyamalan] into doing it.”

Willis was much more optimistic about Die Hard 5. Live Free or Die Hard grossed $383 million worldwide and became the most successful film in the franchise — it seemed only a matter of time before Willis’ John McClane, the everyman badass, would be back in theatres. Willis says the greenlight is “imminent… the coin is about to drop.” Yippee kay yay indeed.  Check out a clip of the Die Hard comments after the jump.

First Image of Nicolas Cage in DRIVE ANGRY – UPDATED with New, High-Res Stills

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An upcoming installment in Nicholas Cage’s current pulp period (the next is Season of the Witch) is Drive Angry, the 3D revenge/road film from Patrick Lussier (My Bloody Valentine 3D). For interviews and a behind-the-scenes look at the film’s production be sure to check out Steve’s set visit. In advance of its premiere at Comic-Con on Friday, the first official images of the film have gone online. One is of Cage as Milton, the tough as nails criminal who breaks out of Hell on a quest for redemption, and the other is of William Fichtner as The Accountant, a mysterious demonic agent sent to retrieve Milton and return him to the fiery depths from which he came. Drive Angry will open February 11, 2011. Hit the jump for the high resolution images as well as the official synopsis.

J.J. Abrams, James Mangold, Ryan Murphy, Rob Marshall Considered for WICKED Musical Adaptation

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The creative minds of the wildly successful Broadway show Wicked — producer Marc Platt, playwright Winnie Holzman, and songwriter Stephen Schwartz — have been meeting with some of Hollywood’s premier musical directors… and J.J. Abrams.  The play, itself an adaptation of the book Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire, tells the story of the Wicked Witch of the West from L. Frank Baum’s classic Wizard of Oz and casts the emerald-skinned enchantress in a far more heroic light than the original story.

While Abrams’ composition of the 17-second opening theme to LOST may not qualify him as a musical director, the other candidates (James Mangold, Ryan Murphy, and Rob Marshall) have much stronger resumes.  Mangold provided deft directing to Walk the Line, Murphy created Glee (but also Nip/Tuck), and Marshall was behind the camera for Chicago, the film often cited (along with Moulin Rouge!) for bringing musicals back into Hollywood’s good graces.  For more, hit the jump.

Comic Release: Craig Zobel to Direct THE LITIGATOR; Weird Al Coming to the Big Screen?

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Fox Atomic may have shut down last year but its film’s are not going silently into that good night. The Litigator, a comedy written by the possibly-poised-for-a-breakthrough tandem of Chris Poole and Mike Arnold, has been transferred to 20th Century Fox for the duration of its development. Craig Zobel, a rising director who won Breakthrough Director at the Gotham Awards in 2007 for the film Great World of Sound, is now attached to direct. According to Risky Business, The Litigator is about a loser lawyer who works at his uncle’s successful firm. The man finds himself in deep water when he must defend a man faslely accused of murder.

Weird Al Yankovic’s new movie, the appropriately titled, Untitled Weird Al Yankovic Project, is no longer in development at Cartoon Network Studios. According to Weird Al’s blog [via Movie Web], the network is getting out of the filmmaking business which means he is now free to shop his script around. He notes that this exact same sequence occurred when he was trying to produce the cult-classic UHF. Hopefully a studio takes a flier on the script, Weird Al deserves to ride nerdy on the big screen.

Brad Pitt Get Serious About THE BIG SHORT

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Brad Pitt is a good friend to have, especially if you are Michael Lewis. Pitt purchased the film rights to Lewis’ wildly successful book, Moneyball, a look at the unorthodox style of Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane, and the two worked together to bring it to the big screen. We already knew that Pitt had optioned Lewis’ latest novel, The Big Short, an analysis of the 2008 financial crisis, for production under his Plan B banner. Now, NY Magazine is reporting that Plan B and Paramount Pictures are moving quickly and have already hired Charles Randolph (The Interpreter) to write a script. Hopefully there are not any Moneyball-esque delays with the film. Otherwise, Lewis might fall in Pitt’s speed-dial rankings.

Rumor: Marvel to Introduce Second-Tier Superheroes Through Short Films

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Disney’s Marvel Studios is looking to press its advantage over Warner Bros’ DC Entertainment in the Marvel-DC comic book cinema wars.  Only two years away from releasing the ambitious The Avengers, Marvel is looking to expand its cavalcade of stars.  All the familiar faces (Iron Man, Fantastic Four, Captain America, etc.) have headlined or will headline their own feature-length films.  Now, according to a rumor that Latino Review attributes to a well-placed source, executives at Disney/Marvel are considering making short, ten-minute films that introduce lesser known superheroes (like Luke Cage or Dr. Strange) that would play before features like Thor or Captain America: The First Avenger.  Until we see the press release, this report is more speculation than anything else.  That said, hit the jump to hear my thoughts on it.

Warner Bros. Hires Writers for GREEN LATERN 2 and THE FLASH

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Warner Bros. must really love the Green Lantern dailies. In a bold move, the studio has decided to have the writers of Green Lantern, Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim, develop treatments for both Green Lantern 2 and The Flash. Additionally, the trio would then go on to write the screenplay for one of the films. Heat Vision Blog is reporting that Green Lantern 2 will ostensibly continue the intergalactic story of Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) while The Flash will probably use the Barry Allen version of the character. At the very least, the writing is in capable hands considering that Berlanti, Guggenheim and Green have created the TV series Everwood, Eli Stone and Kings, respectively. Hit the jump for my thoughts on this big news.

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson Has a Big GUN in Debut Trailer

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It’s not everyday that a film releases a trailer before becoming an entry on Wikipedia, but leave it to 50 Cent to do something special.  The trailer for his new film, Gun, co-starring Val Kilmer, dropped recently and boy is it a doozy.  Featuring an appropriately buffed-out Fiddy (who wrote the script himself) Gun seems less like a movie and more like a video game with Freudian issues.

The plot is simple.  Kilmer, looking like he’s a valued customer at Old Country Buffet, is a convict given a chance at freedom if he can successfully help the police bring down the arms dealer played by 50 Cent.  Violence, sex and enough guns to satisfy even Yosemite Sam are all prominently featured.  Hit the jump to see what the phrase “high caliber stakes” really means.

Spec Script NOW YOU SEE ME Picked Up by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci

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Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci continue to flex their producing muscles.  Not content with just steering projects such as Hawaii Five-0 and Cowboys & Aliens, the dynamic duo, under their Kurtzman Orci Paper Products production company, will be teaming up with Summit Entertainment to bring the spec Now You See Me to the big screen.  See Me is written by Edward Ricourt, a member of Marvel Studios’ Writing Program, and Boaz Yakin, known for Remember the Titans (yay!) and The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (boo!).  Hit the jump for details on the plot.

Paramount Pictures Confirms Ring 3D

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Eight years after The Ring premiered, catapulting Japanese horror sub-genre and, more pleasantly, Naomi Watts into the public consciousness, Paramount Pictures has announced that a third installment in the series has been commissioned and will filmed in 3D.  The original film, itself based on a 1998 Japanese film, Ringu, told the story of journalist Rachel Keller (Watts) trying to save her son (David Dorfman) from the effects of a cursed videotape which kills anyone seven days after they watch it.  Hit the jump for more.

Olivia Thirlby May Join Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher in Ivan Reitman Comedy

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Last week we reported that Greta Gerwig (Greenberg) had joined the cast of Ivan Reitman’s still untitled comedy movie. The film, previously titled Friends With Benefits, stars Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher as two friends who find their benefits threatened when Kutcher’s character becomes emotionally invested in the relationship. According to The Wrap, Olivia Thirlby (The Wackness) is in negotiations to play Portman’s sister in the film. The Liz Meriwether-penned script has been circulating since 2008 when it landed on the coveted “Black List,” a ranking of the best screenplays to not be filmed in a given year. At that time, it was tastefully called Fuck Buddies. Probably not wanting to face the same sort of publicity nightmare that Zack and Miri Make a Porno encountered, Paramount Pictures is looking for a new title. Here’s hoping for Ivan Reitman’s How to be a Player. The film will be released Jan. 7, 2011.

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