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'Chronicle' director may helm Venom movie

Sony is feeling good about Spider-Man lately. The series reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man, hasn’t yet hit theaters, but the studio is already planning a Venom spin-off, according to the LA Times. The film, based on one of Spider-Man’s most famous foes, could be directed by Josh Trank, who helmed the commercially and critically successful Chronicle — which is still in theaters (and you should probably watch). 

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First picture of Bond from 'Skyfall' released

Skyfall - First pic of James Bond, in Shanghai

A single picture hardly justifies a blog post (or does it?), but I happen to be quite excited for Skyfall, the next James Bond movie. This picture shows Daniel Craig in Shanghai, China. What he’s doing there, we do not know, but we know that he’s probably packing a few gadgets since Q (a young Q played by Ben Whisaw) has been confirmed for the film as well as two Bond girls, Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe.

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Adam Sandler set to star in a movie version of 'Candy Land'

You read that right. Hasbro is teaming up with Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions to turn Candy Land, the simplest board game there is, into a movie. Kevin Lima, who is best known for Enchanted, will direct and the screenplay will be co-written by Sandler and Robert Smigel, who wrote the Happy Madison classic You Don’t Mess with the Zohan. And by classic, we mean a film that somehow still made a ton of money despite being complete crap. Smigel is also a veteran writer for Saturday Night Live and Conan O’Brien. Sandler will star in the movie. 

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TV wars! A complete guide to Amazon, Sony, Netflix, Apple, Google, HBO, Samsung, and Hulu's plans to change TV forever

The war to control your TV is heating up. Reports are coming in that Amazon is developing a subscription service to compete with Netflix and Sony is working on a full apps platform to compete on a broader scale with Samsung Apps and upcoming platforms like Google TV and Apple's rumored "iTV." In this extended post, I'll attempt to break down what we know so far. 

Two Battles

Really, there are two battles happening here. On one side, we have the Battle of the Platforms. Companies like Google, Apple, Samsung, and Sony want to operate the software platform that runs your TV, and other devices. The days of Cable companies like Comcast dominating your TV are numbered. Soon, your TV will get smart and run applications just like an iPhone, iPad, or Android smartphone. 

On the other side, we have the Battle of the Streaming Services. Netflix practically invented this category, but Amazon, Hulu, HBO, and who knows who else are all ready to take the movie rental company down. 

We know the players, but which platforms and services will reign supreme? I break down the competition below.

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Sony hires Len Wiseman remake Total Recall

Some movies are best left in the past. Total Recall is one of them. It's a cult classic about a man and his journey through Martian urban sprawl. Some guy even made an animated musical about it. Now Sony has hired Len Wiseman to "re-imagine" the action flick, reports Deadline. Wiseman is responsible for Live Free or Die Hard and the first two Underworld films. Kurt Wimmer, the writer of this masterpiece, is penning the film. (To be fair, Wimmer did go on to write The Recruit, Salt, Law Abiding Citizen, and The Thomas Crown Affair as well.) 

What do you think? Mad? Happy? Maybe Arnold will make a guest appearance? With so many of his films being remade, he could be the new Stan Lee and start making hidden appearances for a living.


Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire out of SPIDER-MAN 4; Sony plans a complete Spider-Man reboot for 2012

Well this is sudden. Sam Raimi has left Spider-Man 4, citing an inability to finish the movie and retain his creative integrity by Sony's May 5, 2011 release date. This comes on the heels of Raimi's vocal outrage about the poor quality of the Spidey 4 script less than one week ago. Raimi and Sony executives hadn't been seeing eye to eye for a while. Executives wanted Anne Hathaway in the picture as Black Cat and weren't happy about Raimi's insistence that John Malkovich play the villain (I'm guessing it was The Vulture). Tobey Maquire and Kirsten Dunst are out as well. More details on this and the new script after the jump.

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs overindulges (Review)

If a cheeseburger dropped from the heavens and hit me in the head, I would not be happy. I probably wouldn’t be conscious either. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs shows us what happens when you get too much of a good thing, though its essentially just one big action flick.

This isn’t quite the Judi Barrett kids story you remember from childhood. It’s been altered, though a lot of the basic tenets are still in place. It’s still set on the fictional island of Chewandswallow, it still rains cheeseburgers and ice cream, and at the end the weather starts getting out of control, but Sony adds new dimensions to the classic story. We now know why those burgers fall from the sky. Flint Lockwood, a young scientist with daddy issues, is responsible.

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