Weekly Movie News Round-Up: May 10-14

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Here's what you may have missed:

(1) Brad Bird is confirmed to direct M:I-4.  I love this choice.  One of the great things about the Mission: Impossible franchise is how flexible it is.  All three movies have had a different director, each with their own style, which makes each movie its own special thing.  As many of you already know, I am a die-hard fan of JJ Abrams' M:I-3.  Though he's only producing the fourth film (still a good sign), he and Cruise have picked Brad Bird to helm it.  Bird is best known for his work in animation (The Iron Giant, Ratatouille, The Incredibles), and this would be his first live action film.  I think he's going to be hungry and want to prove himself, which bodes well.  Plus, the action in The Incredibles is spectacular.  I can't wait to see what Bird does here.  M:I-4 is set for release in December 2011.

(2) Horrible Bosses cast list grows.  This is sounding like a must-see comedy.  Jason Bateman, Paul Rudd, Colin Farrell and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Charlie Day star in a movie about disgruntled employees who plot to murder their bosses.  Just added to the cast - Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, as a scam artist who offers murder advice.  His character's name?  Motherfu**ker Jones.  Now, that is awesome.  The King of Kong's Seth Gordon is directing.

(3) Naomi Watts to play Marilyn Monroe in Blonde.  Fitting title, and it will be interesting to see what Watts does with the character.  From the sound of it, this is not a typical biopic, so the need to be 100% accurate may not be there so she'll have more freedom with the character.  This is the higher profile one of two Monroe pics in the pipeline.  Andrew Dominik (Chopper, Assassination of Jesse James) is directing.

(4) Will Smith signs on for Men in Black 3.  Can Tommy Lee Jones be far behind?  I love the first Men in Black, but the sequel sucked.  The script will need to be pretty good.  Oh, who am I kidding?  I'll still go see it, and I bet I'm not the only one.  Smith is also eyeing a Bad Boys 3 (he came up with the story idea), which, earlier this week, producer Jerry Bruckheimer confirmed his "hopes and dreams" of it actually happening.

(5) Colin Farrell to vamp it up in Fright Night remake.  Farrell will be taking over the role played by Chris Sarandon in the original.  Anton Yelchin (Chekov from Star Trek) co-stars.  I wasn't excited by the remake at first, but the casting of Farrell is promising, and should further cement Farrell's path back to the A-list.

(6) New comedy from the Wet Hot American Summer guys.  It's called Wanderlust - written by David Wain, Ken Marino, and Paul Rudd.  Rudd also stars, along with Jennifer Aniston, as a married couple who go off the grid and live in a hippie commune.  Judd Apatow is producing.  In.

(7) Pixar cancels Newt.  This was going to be their big summer 2011 release.  Not sure why it was cancelled.  Maybe the quality wasn't there, and they didn't want to ruin their stellar reputation.  I guess we'll never know. 

(8) Dario Argento doing Dracula 3D.  Argento hasn't made a good movie in seemingly forever, so there's no real reason to get excited about this.  Rumor has it that this version will be a faithful retelling of Bram Stoker's novel.  Whatever.  Vampires are hot right now, so why not let a past-his-prime horror icon take a stab at the genre?

(9) Will Skids and Mudflap be back for Transformers 3?  We've received all kinds of mixed signals this week.  Michael Bay tweeted that the "twins" would not be back for Trannies 3.  But then others saw the very same vehicles on location - maybe the twins are back, just as a new/improved, less racist version?  Bay is an idiot if he thinks these robots are worth bringing back in any capacity.

(10) Katherine Heigl cast in The Age of Adaline.  Sounds like a Benjamin Button rip-off.  The movie is described as an epic love story.  Heigl would play a woman who ceases to grow older.  Hey, at least it's not one of her dumb romantic comedies (Knocked Up being the exception, of course).

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